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Seven Midwives Inducted as Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Select ACNM Members Honored with Prestigious Distinction

For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2012

Contact: Melissa Garvey
Office: 240-485-1826
Email: [email protected]

Silver Spring, MD – Seven midwives demonstrating outstanding professional achievement were inducted as fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Long Beach, CA, on June 4. A limited number of midwives are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

The 2012 ACNM fellows are:

Mary Kaye Collins, CNM, JD (Stuart, FL)
Mary Kaye Collins has helped to re-establish a midwifery service at Tampa General Hospital and worked on the ACNM Government Affairs Committee toward passage of equitable reimbursement for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). She has served multiple terms as chair of the Florida chapter of ACNM, and currently serves as chair of the Treasure Coast chapter of the Florida state affiliate.

Candace Curlee, CNM, MS (Encinitas, CA)
Candace Curlee has practiced midwifery for 30+ years, beginning in the US Navy where she attained the rank of Captain. She has persistently worked to allow women access to better health care practices by establishing inroads for midwifery within the health care system.

Elisabeth D. Howard, CNM, PhD (Providence, RI)
Elisabeth Howard is the founding midwife for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing midwifery practice and the first CNM to obtain practice privileges at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is currently on faculty at Brown University Medical School and is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on the value of midwives in medical education. She is the current ACNM delegate to the National Quality Forum, and has received numerous clinical, research, and teaching awards.

Robin G. Jordan, CNM, PhD (Petoskey, MI)
Robin G. Jordan started the first nurse-midwifery service in the greater Northern Michigan area, serving as practice director for 12 years. She is a co-author of the fourth edition of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women's Health, published in 2012. She currently is a member of the ACNM Basic Education Section of the Division of Education and the chair of the Networking Section of the Division of Research.

Karol A. Krakauer, CNM, RN, MSN (Fort Collins, CO)
Karol A. Krakauer started the first midwifery practice in Wyoming, where she was the only practicing CNM for many years. She also started the Women’s Clinic in Fort Collins, CO. She has been practicing as a CNM for 40 years and has contributed to significant legislative efforts.

Kathryn Osborne, CNM, RN, PhD (Madison, WI)
Kathryn Osborne has worked as a midwife in several settings and is currently on the faculty at Frontier Nursing University. Her most significant contributions to the profession include leadership in ACNM at the state and national level, educating future midwives, and scholarly work in the areas of health policy and second stage labor care.

Barbara J. Reale, CNM, MSN (Hopewell, NJ)
Barbara J. Reale’s most significant contributions to midwifery include revising New Jersey regulations to include CNMs, CMs, and certified professional midwives, and collaborating with midwives in Trinidad and Tobago as a Fulbright Scholar. She is on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has worked since 2000 to keep both midwifery and women safe and strong.

The ACNM Fellowship program was established in 1994. Fellowship is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside the midwifery profession.


For more information, please contact Melissa Garvey, ACNM Communications Manager at (240) 485-1826 or via e-mail at [email protected]

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.


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