Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Midwifery

Where Experience Becomes Expertise

Fairfield University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Midwifery is a degree that focuses on the assessment and application of existing evidence to improve practice. Taught as a cohort program, students are educated in the fundamental skills necessary to make a difference in the discipline of midwifery and in healthcare of women and newborns: population-level health care, organizational systems, leadership, business management, clinical scholarship, information technology, and policy-making. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Midwifery concentration, is a full-time, partially front-loaded program, designed to meet the competencies for the practice doctorate in midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and to meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.

The program prepares students as expert nurse midwives for every stage and in every setting in which midwifery care is delivered to women. Because nurse midwives are responsible for direct patient care, students gain hands-on experience in providing gynecologic, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, and breastfeeding care under the supervision of Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) faculty. Nurse midwifery students will attend births in a variety of settings with a heavy focus on normal physiological birth. They will also be prepared to recognize and co-manage high-risk obstetric and gynecologic cases within an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

 

The midwifery program at Fairfield University is pre-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374.

For information about accreditation, please contact ACME directly. 

Tel: 240-485-1802, acme@acnm.org, www.midwife.org/acme 

 

 

 



Philosophy of the Nurse Midwifery Program

The faculty of the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies DNP-NM program adopts the Philosophy of Care from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The Egan School is committed to educating nurse midwives at the doctoral level who are prepared to provide excellent midwifery care and who will serve as leaders in the healthcare setting. Our graduates will have a deep commitment to social justice and will be invested in improving care for women and families.

The Egan School believes that nurse midwifery education should be rooted in the science and art of midwifery, teaching students how to provide holistic, individualized, family-centered care, with an emphasis on shared decision-making and practicing according to evidence-based guidelines. The Egan School believes that it is important for interprofessional healthcare education and trauma-informed care to be woven throughout the holistic nurse midwifery curriculum. Our graduates will appreciate aspects of palliative and supportive midwifery care during perinatal loss.

The Egan School also believes midwifery education should foster a deepening of one’s own commitment to caring for vulnerable populations. Our graduates will practice midwifery in effective and ethical ways in all settings, respecting the dignity of every person.

Message from the Director

Jenna Alana LoGiudice Dear Prospective Nurse Midwifery Student,

‌I am so happy that you are considering the Egan School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Midwifery (DNP-NM) program. At Fairfield, we offer a rigorous program with a personalized approach to education. The DNP portion of your education allows you to select or build on a specialized clinical focus within midwifery, and to investigate a practice concern or issue that you are passionate about. 

Furthermore, you have chosen an opportune time to enter midwifery. The vision statement of our national organization, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), has called for “a midwife for every woman” and seeks to increase the number of midwives in the United States, to make midwifery care the standard for all women. Simultaneously, it is predicted that as the baby boomer generation of obstetricians retires in vast numbers over the upcoming years, there will be a shortage of women’s healthcare providers, that midwives are needed to fill. 

The word midwife means “with women” and midwives are in fact with women, providing full scope care throughout the lifespan. As a graduate of Fairfield’s DNP-NM program, you will not only provide high quality, holistic healthcare, but also serve as a leader in the field of midwifery education and research. The American College of Nurse-Midwives has set forth competencies for the Practice Doctorate in Midwifery, which you will achieve to the highest level through course work, seminars, clinical experiences, simulation in our new cutting edge labor and birth suite, immersion opportunities, and a final scholarly DNP project. As with all education at Fairfield, yours will be rigorous, experiential, and inspirational.

I have been in practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in the state of Connecticut since 2008 and have seen the number of CNMs in the state grow, as well as women’s desire for midwifery care continue to rise. The Egan School will prepare you, a DNP nurse midwifery graduate, to develop shared decision making skills, clinical and cultural competence, leadership abilities, and a strong interest in social justice issues in the field of women’s health. Further, you will gain a commitment to empowering women in the healthcare setting and to caring for vulnerable populations. Attention will be given to trauma-informed care and perinatal loss, two unique focuses of the Egan School DNP Nurse Midwifery program.

Feel free to explore the possibilities of a Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Midwifery program at Fairfield University on our website. Please contact me by e-mail (jlogiudice@fairfield.edu) to clarify any questions you may have. I truly look forward to hearing about your educational and midwifery career goals soon.

 

Dr. Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN
Assistant Professor
Nurse Midwifery Program Director

Information Session

Join us for a Graduate Information Session so we can answer your questions one-on-one, give you an opportunity to meet our faculty, learn about program details and introduce you to the Fairfield University community and experience.

 

Course Offerings

Foundation Core Courses

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • Advanced Healthcare Policy
  • Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice

 

Advanced Practice Core Courses

  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia Practice
  • Advanced Pharmacology

 

DNP Core Courses

  • Clinical Prevention and Strategies for Change
  • Research Translation for Clinical Practice
  • Finance & Quality Management in Health Care Organizations
  • Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement
  • Leadership & Interprofessional Collaboration
  • DNP Immersion
  • DNP Seminar I & II

 

Advanced Practice Specialty: Nurse Midwifery

  • Antepartum Care
  • Antepartum Clinical
  • Women’s Primary Care & Gynecological Health I
  • Women’s Primary Care & Gynecological Health II
  • Women’s Primary Care & Gynecological Health Clinical
  • Intrapartum Care
  • Intrapartum Clinical
  • Advanced Midwifery Management
  • Advanced Midwifery Clinical
  • Integration to Nurse Midwifery Practice

Admission

This cohort program begins once each year in September. Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee and are accepted on a rolling basis until August 1.

Applicants for the DNP must demonstrate the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited col­lege or university (or the international equivalent). RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to complete select prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the DNP program.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Connecticut RN license will be required upon admission.
  • Current BCLS certification (must be maintained while in the program).

 

Students seeking admission must submit the following online:

  • A Completed Application (apply online)
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application fee (paid online)
  • A Professional Résumé. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and educational history. Experience in women’s health preferred.
  • A Personal Statement. A three (3) page, double-spaced personal statement stating (a) why you want to be a nurse midwife, (b) your career goals for the next 5-10 years, and (c) your future contributions to the profession of nurse midwifery.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree (BSN entry). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor who can assess one's clinical expertise and academic potential, accompanied by the University recommendation forms.
  • Copy of current RN License; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.

 

International Students

All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking either TOEFL or IELTS exams. For admission to the graduate school, a TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based test, 80 on the internet-based test or an IELTS score of 6.5 is strongly recommended. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL) or www.IELTS.org. Fairfield’s ETS code is 3390.

 

Nurse Midwifery Program Director

Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN
Phone: 203-254-4000, ext. 3091
E-mail: jlogiudice@fairfield.edu

Dr. Jenna LoGiudice serves as the faculty advisor for the Nurse Midwifery program and is the appropriate person to contact with questions, or to learn more.

Faculty

At Fairfield, our dedicated faculty play a critical role in our student’s personal and moral development as healthcare providers. Meet the faculty and staff at The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

 

Student Profiles

Emily Baldwin ‘16, RN, DNP ‘20

Veterans Health Administration

Class: 2017
Major: English/Journalism and Communication
Hometown: Shelton, CT

 

get to know Emily →

What were your reasons for choosing Fairfield University for your advanced degree?
I chose Fairfield University for my advanced degree because it’s close to home and ranked as a top graduate nursing school in the country. I loved my professors during undergrad and was excited to work with them again. I’m able to learn so much from the staff here at Fairfield and they are always in your court cheering you on!

What have you liked about your Fairfield education?
I like how invested the professors are in my studies and how they strive to make sure I reach my goals.

Please explain what you would tell someone considering an advanced degree at Fairfield.
I think Fairfield University is a great place to pursue an advanced degree. We have a beautiful state of the art new facility with top of line simulators, equipment, and the most qualified staff. Additionally, Fairfield has great relationships with local hospitals and preceptors are eager to take Fairfield students because they know how well we’re trained.

Please describe how working toward your advanced degree at Fairfield has affected your life.
Being in a full time doctorate program and working part time has definitely made me more conscious of my time management skills. I wanted to make sure I could pursue my degree, still work, and still have a life and being at Fairfield has allowed me to do so.

Please describe any interesting project or research opportunity you have had while at Fairfield.
As a doctoral student I’m conducting research into educating new parents on CPR and managing infant emergencies.

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Grace Lessard ‘15, RN, DNP ‘20

Yale New Haven Hospital

Class: 2017
Major: English/Journalism and Communication
Hometown: Shelton, CT

 

get to know Grace →

What were your reasons for choosing Fairfield University for your advanced degree?
I absolutely loved my time at Fairfield University as an undergraduate student. The engaging classroom environment, personal connections with professors, diverse clinical experiences, and lifetime friendships with my classmates all contributed to a wonderful experience. In seeking graduate programs, I wanted to have that same personalized experience that I feel is unique to Fairfield University.

What have you liked about your Fairfield education?
I am one of three women in the inaugural midwifery class. I love that we have small, intimate classes with our program faculty for our midwifery track classes, but we also have classes with other DNP tracks. Gaining the perspective of students in other tracks has been incredibly beneficial to my learning and professional development.

Please explain what you would tell someone considering an advanced degree at Fairfield.
If you are passionate about nursing, and want to make that next step forward in your career with a supportive, motivating community, become a stag!

Please describe how working toward your advanced degree at Fairfield has affected your life.
The midwifery program has strengthened my passion for women’s health, as well as my confidence in my ability to make a positive, lasting impact in my career.

Please describe any interesting project or research opportunity you have had while at Fairfield.
I am looking forward to working with my program director, Jenna LoGiudice, CNM, PhD, to complete a qualitative research DNP project.

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