Milestones for Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP at ACNM

Faculty, alumni, and preceptors from the UC San Francisco (UCSF) Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program shared presentations, showed leadership, and received honors at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives held in Chicago this past May.


Cynthia Belew and Kim Dau, CNM faculty, along with colleague Felina Ortiz, CNM, DNP, of the University of New Mexico (UNM) delivered a keynote presentation at the Nurse-Midwifery Educators Workshop “Creating Inclusive Spaces for Students of Color in Classroom and Clinical Experiences."

Cynthia Belew along with Elizabeth Donnelly and Jyesha Wren Serbin, both 2015 graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP education program, and Felina Ortiz from UNM presented “Using Structural Competency to Address Racism in Clinical Care.”

Deborah Anderson, UCSF nurse-midwifery faculty, presented a roundtable at the educators workshop: “Supporting Academic Tenacity in Midwifery Students Using the Growth Mindset and Belonging Models.”

Cynthia Belew presented a roundtable on “Functional Medicine: A New Paradigm for Women’s Health.”


Ana Delgado receives Outstanding Preceptor Award

Ana Delgado, UCSF volunteer faculty and nurse-midwifery preceptor, received the Outstanding Preceptor Award from the graduating class of student nurse-midwives, primarily for her role in supporting students of color and for naming and trying to address how bias and racism impacts learners, patients, and providers in clinical care environments.

Rebekah Kaplan and Ana Delgao ACNM awards

Rebekah Kaplan received the ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award for ACNM Region 7. This is the highest award given to educators in the field of nurse-midwifery/women’s health nurse practitioner.

Structural competency presentation by Elizabeth Donnelly, Jyesha Wren Serbin, Cynthia Belew, and Felina Ortiz

Structural competency presentation by Elizabeth Donnelly, Jyesha Wren Serbin, Cynthia Belew, and Felina Ortiz


Jyesha Wren Serbin, an alumna working at Kaiser Redwood City, won the Mary Ann Shah new author award for the paper: The Impact of Racism and Midwifery's Lack of Racial Diversity: A Literature Review.

Susan Leibel and Rosemarie Mann, both retired CNMs who founded the San Francisco General Hospital midwifery service over 40 years ago, were honored with the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer award, for the visionary work of starting this midwifery service that is now nationally recognized for outstanding quality of care and patient outcomes. The Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award was established by the American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation to acknowledge those midwives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and contributions to the profession.


Alumna CNM Liz Donnelly, who now works at Kaiser Oakland, brought to the floor of the business meeting where over four hundred midwives were in attendance, a motion to institutionalize an educational track at every annual meeting to address racism and other health disparities. Ana Delgado, CNM and a current midwifery student, Darcy Stanley, as well as Alumna CNM Jyesha Wren Serbin, CNM, spoke in favor of this motion, and it passed. This will ensure that in years to come these important topics will have a rightful home at the annual meeting.

First-year UCSF midwifery students representing at the Midwives of Color reception ACNM 2017

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