Emory School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Members awarded Fellowship in the American College of Nursing and Midwifery

By Emory School of Nursing | April 16, 2020

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The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has selected Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) professionals, Sara Edwards, Ph.D., MN, MPH and Alexis Dunn Ph.D., CNM as Fellows. This designation allows them to use the FACNM title and expand their research of nurse-midwifery with the resources and platforms available to Fellows.

The ACNM is dedicated to honoring nurse-midwives and their efforts to improve the care of women, infants and families. To be accepted as a Fellow for the ACNM, nursing professionals have demonstrated consistent leadership and impactful contributions to the nurse-midwifery community and within an ACNM affiliate or related program. It is a Fellow’s responsibility to help further the ACNM mission by speaking, mentoring and advancing the midwifery profession.

Edwards is currently the director of the Nurse-Midwifery program at NHWSN and has made significant contributions to the midwifery curriculum taught at NHWSN. She earned her BSN from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received her MPH, MN and Ph.D. from Emory University. She has been an active member of the ACNM since 1994 and a committee member for the Home Birth and Birth Center since 2018; she became a member of ACNM’s Division of Education in 2019 and served as president of the Georgia Chapter from 2010-2012. Edwards’ contributions expand internationally through work in the Republic of Georgia on the development of the maternity nursing curriculum eventually adopted by Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has also presented her research findings on the maternal microbiome and gestational weight gain in multiple journals and research conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Dunn is the assistant research professor for the nurse-midwifery program at NHWSN and is decorated with accomplishments in her efforts to properly communicate midwifery care. Her focus has been on the communication and quality of care to women and infant populations. Dunn earned her BSN from the University of Tennessee and her MSN, Post-Masters and Ph.D. from Emory University. In 2015, she received the Fellowship for Graduate Education Award from the ACNM and recently completed a four-year term as vice president of the Georgia Chapter. Dunn speaks about the role nursing professionals can take to advance the care given to women and children in the midwifery field. She continually advocates for policy change and community involvement by hosting events and participating in volunteer opportunities to speak on the pivotal role of nurse-midwives.

Edwards and Dunn will be recognized at the ACNM’s 65th Annual Meeting and Exhibition event during the Fellowship Induction Ceremony on the weekend of May 29, 2020 in Austin, Texas.