Cecilia M. Jevitt, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Cecilia M. Jevitt

Associate Professor of Nursing and Midwifery & Women’s Health Specialties Coordinator

Yale School of Nursing - Room 22102

email: cecilia.jevitt@yale.edu
phone: 203-737-5609



Cecilia Jevitt graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science. She then went on to earn her Master of Nursing degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time at Emory, Jevitt received a certificate of Nurse-Midwifery. Nearly ten years later, Jevitt earned her PhD at the University of South Florida. Her cognate studies were health policy and health economics. Before coming to Yale University School of Nursing, Jevitt was an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Director of Midwifery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Jevitt was a former American College of Nurse-Midwives Florida Chapter Chair. She directed the Professional Liability and Archives Committees for the ACNM and was the Region III Representative to the ACNM Board of Directors from 2007-2010. She is an elected Fellow of the ACNM and currently serves as the FACNM Region 1 Governor.  In addition, she was a Florida Nurses Association Great 100 Nurse in 2009, the 2010 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Distinguished Alumni in 2012, and a 2014 Connecticut Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award winner. 

Jevitt’s scholarship focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and integrating obesity prevention and management into women’s health. She developed the concept of advantage lists, lists of patient self-care behaviors that research has demonstrated to improve health (advantages), and paired advantage list use with motivational interviewing in health counseling.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Dr. Jevitt’s research focuses on obesity prevention and weight maintenance in women’s health, particularly in prenatal care and the postpartum period. She is interested in shoulder dystocia prevention and management and breastfeeding. She also has experience in professional liability reduction and midwifery workforce issues.

Clinical Practice

Cecilia Jevitt has been in continuous full scope midwifery practice for more than 30 years. She currently practices at the Vidone Birth Center with the Yale Midwifery Practice and provides a weekly women’s health clinic at the University of New Haven.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Jevitt, C. (2016). Best practices in weight management counseling with pregnant women. Anderson, B., Rooks, J., and Barroso, R. (Eds.), Best practices in midwifery: Using the evidence to implement change (2nd Ed.). NY, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Jevitt, C. (2015). Care of the pregnant woman with body mass index > 30.  In Tharpe, N., Farley, C., and Jordan, R. (Eds.), Clinical practice guidelines for midwifery and women’s health (5th Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jevitt, C., Rowe, W. (In press July 2016). Perinatal drug dependency disorders. In Csiernik, R. & Rowe, W. (Eds.), Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work perspectives (3rd Ed.). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Jevitt, C. (2015). Drugs to promote optimum weight. In Pharmacology for women’s health (2nd Ed.). King, T. (Ed.). NY, NY: Elsevier Publishers.

Jevitt, C. (2014, 2017 revision in progress). Management of obesity in prenatal and postnatal care. In Prenatal and postnatal are, Engstrom, J. (Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishers.

Groer, M., Jevitt, C., & Ji, M. (2014). Immune changes and dysphoric moods across the postpartum. Am J Reprod Immunol, 73, 193-198.  doi: 10.1111/aji.12322.

Groer, M., Jevitt, C., Sahebzamani, F., Beckstead, J., & Keefe, D. (2013). Breastfeeding status and maternal cardiovascular variables across the postpartum. Journal of Women’s Health, 59, 5:453-459.

Jevitt, C., Groer, M., Crist, N., Gonzalez, L., & Wagoner, V. (2012). Postpartum stressors: a content analysis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(5):309-18.

Brumley, J., & Jevitt, C. (2012). Optimizing prenatal weight gain through group prenatal care. JOGNN-Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 41(S1), S21-S21.

Jevitt, C. (2016). Best Practices in Weight Management Counseling with Pregnant Women. In Anderson, B., Rooks, J., and Barroso, R. (Eds.), Best Practices in Midwifery, 2nd Edition: Using the Evidence to Implement Change. NY, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Jevitt, C. (2015). Care of the Pregnant Woman with Body Mass Index > 30. In Tharpe, N., Farley, C., and Jordan, R. (Eds.), Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, 5th Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jevitt, C. & Rowe, W. (In press July 2015). Perinatal drug dependency disorders. In R. Csiernik & W. Rowe (Eds.), Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work perspectives (3rd ed.). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Jevitt, C. (2015). Drugs to Promote Optimum Weight. In Pharmacology for Women’s Health. King T, Ed., 2nd Edition, Elsevier Publishers.


Jevitt, C. (accepted for 2017, June). Birth Center Use by Women with Elevated BMIs: The Evidence for Developing Safety Guideline. 31st Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Toronto, Canada.

Jevitt, C., Stapleton, S., Deng, Y., Song, X. (2016, September). Birth Outcomes of Women with Pregravid BMIs > 30 Enrolled for Care at AABC Birth Centers. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Birth Centers, Pittsburg, PA. (Invited)