Midwifery Faculty Practice

Michelle Telfer, from the YSN Midwifery Faculty Practice, sees a patient with YSN student Jocelyn Rinne '17.

YSN is home to one of the earliest midwifery programs and faculty practices in the United States. The Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice has provided care to women for decades at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the YNHH Women’s Center. The practice continues to thrive and since January 2014 attends births at the Vidone Birthing Center of YNHH’s Saint Raphael campus. The Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice works seamlessly with the midwives of Center for Women’s Health and Midwifery to promote normal and physiologic birth. The midwives provide 24/7 midwifery care to the nearly 100 women who birth there every month.

The Yale Midwives provide compassionate, holistic and evidence based prenatal and gynecologic care to women across the life span. In addition, the Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice is a teaching practice for the School’s midwifery students. The practice collaborates with the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to provide interdisciplinary education to midwifery students, medical students, and OB/GYN residents. In addition to teaching students in the outpatient and hospital settings, the Yale Midwives support students in learning labs, simulation, and classroom teaching.

The Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice is excited to announce the opening of a new office in Westport, CT.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Yale Midwifery practice please contact Erin McMahon CNM, EdD at 203-737-2370 or via email at erin.mcmahon@yale.edu.

Richard Jennings, CNM, MSN

Richard Jennings, CNM, MSN, pursued his career in midwifery after sharing in the pregnancy and birth of his sons. He enjoys helping women and their families through this miraculous journey. He feels great satisfaction when he informs women of all their choices around their pregnancies and their births. Helping women understand how to remain healthy throughout their experience is most gratifying. Richard remembers how it felt being the “father of the baby” and that helps him support the “fathers to be”. He has been fortunate to have attended births in every possible setting: home, birth center, community hospitals and major medical centers. Being with a family during labor and birth is as exciting and joyous to him now as it was when he first began “catching babies”. He believes that our new program at St. Raphael’s Campus of YNHH will be one of the best in the country.

Faculty member and Midwifery Faculty Practice midwife Cecilia Jevitt.

Cecilia Jevitt, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Cecilia Jevitt graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science. She earned a master’s degree in nursing along with a certificate in midwifery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jevitt earned her PhD at the University of South Florida in applied medical anthropology with cognate studies in health policy and health economics. Before coming to YSN, Dr. 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.

Faculty member and Midwifery Faculty Practice midwife Erin McMahon.

Erin McMahon, CNM, EdD

Erin McMahon is a lecturer of nursing in the midwifery and women’s health specialty and the interim faculty practice director at YSN. She has completed her Doctorate of Nursing Education from Southern Connecticut State University. McMahon is interested in studying valid and reliable ways to measure competence with nurse-midwifery students using simulation as a teaching strategy. She received the 2013 ACNM Foundation Excellence in Midwifery Teaching Award and the 2013 ACNM Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award. McMahon is volunteer member of the AMCB Certificate Maintenance Module Committee. She is an active member of ACNM and INACSL. she seeks to develop a passion for midwifery care within the students that she works with.

Faculty member and Midwifery Faculty Practice midwife Gina Novick.

Gina Novick, CNM, PhD

Gina Novick is an associate professor at YSN and teaches in the nurse-midwifery specialty. Dr. Novick received her BA from Wesleyan University, her BSN from Columbia University, and her MSN in midwifery from Yale University. After receiving her PhD from Yale in 2009, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale in 2011. Her research and policy interests focus on understanding and implementing alternatives to conventional models of maternity care, including freestanding birth centers and group prenatal care. Her research examines the experience of low income, minority women receiving group prenatal care as well as barriers and facilitators to implementing, providing, and sustaining group prenatal care in prenatal clinics. Dr. Novick has provided midwifery care to women in a wide range of clinical settings over the last 30 years and currently practices with the Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice.

YSN faculty member and Midwifery Practice midwife Heather Reynolds.

Heather Reynolds, MSN, CNM, FACNM

Heather Reynolds is a lecturer in nursing in the nurse-midwifery specialty program and the minority student coordinator at YSN. She first entered Yale’s door as a nursing student with a degree from Boston University in psychology and a background in Child development and social work. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Yale in 1980. She practices in the Women’s Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she provides a broad spectrum of ambulatory services to the women there. Heather has carried the flag in matters of health service planning and policy development. She has served as a Nurse Consultant in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing. There she speaks with the wisdom gained from her role as a midwife caring for (count them) two generations of young women having their babies at Yale-New Haven Hospital.They love to see her too, and are willing to wait for hours for a visit when her schedule is double and triple booked with patients who refuse to see anyone else.

Midwifery Practice member Michelle Telfer.

Michelle Telfer, CNM, MSN, MPH

Prior to coming to Yale, Michelle Telfer, CNM, MSN, MPH, worked in private practice in the Greater New Haven area and in New York City. She also has worked as a visiting nurse in New York City and in maternal and child health in The Gambia, West Africa. She is passionate about global health, which is why she is drawn to the diverse communities around New Haven. She is working on her Spanish. She became a midwife so she could partner with women in helping them achieve their best health, pregnancy and birth experiences. All women deserve compassionate, competent care throughout their life and she feels privileged to be a part of the Yale Midwifery Practice that strives to provide this care. In addition to her work on the Labor and Birth unit at St. Raphael’s Hospital, Michelle provides well woman gynecology services weekly at the University of New Haven’s Student Health Service.

Michelle is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she received her BA in philosophy, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she received her master’s in public health in international health and development, and Columbia University where she received her bachelor’s in nursing and master’s degree in midwifery. She is the current Vice President of the CT Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, a member of the ACNM, New Haven Obstetrical Society, and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

When she is not working and teaching midwifery students, she keeps busy with her two children.