Nurse-Midwifery Specialty

With a focus on women and their families, the Nurse Midwifery Specialty prepares students as competent midwives who provide family-centered primary health care. 

Relevant research and concepts from nursing, midwifery, medicine, and the sciences provide a base for clinical practice and primary care. Students actively reflect on their clinical practice and leadership throughout the program.

Clinical practice takes place across a variety of health care systems that provide for medical consultation, collaborative management, and referral and is in accord with the Standards for Nurse-Midwifery Practice of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Students are placed in practices across CT and neighboring states and are responsible for transportation to their clinical sites.Electives and independent study courses offer opportunities for students to pursue individual educational and professional goals. Some prospective students opt to apply for the dual specialty in nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP), which requires additional tuition and time.

During the last semester of clinical experience, midwifery students are placed in practices all over the country where they work full time in learning the role with a preceptor. This requires obtaining an additional license in the state where they are placed and cost of living away from Yale for 3-4 months. For more information, click here


The course plan for part-time study can be obtained from the specialty director.


The Nurse-Midwifery (NM) Specialty curriculum prepares students to be eligible for the Certification Examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). 

*The YSN goal for American Midwifery Certification Board pass rates is >85% as determined by the Dean and Executive Deputy Dean for all specialty programs.


The midwifery program at Yale is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly.  Tel: 240-485-1802,,

Yale School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program seeking third party comments for ACME accreditation 

In accordance with ACME Policies and Procedures Manual, and the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the Yale School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program. This program will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation at the February 2020 ACME Board of Review (BOR) meeting. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation. This document may be found at under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME Executive Director,, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Preceptor orientation program

Part I: The Yale Midwifery Program

Part II: Student and preceptor responsibilities evaluation process

Part III: The one minute preceptor

Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery

In 2009, Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN, was named the inaugural Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery. The endowed Varney Chair honors Helen Varney Burst ‘63, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, Professor Emeritus at YSN, whose contributions in nurse-midwifery education, practice and scholarship have spanned more than 35 years.

Faculty practice

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 203-737-6545 or via email at

Meet the Specialty Director

Erin McMahon, CNM, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Nursing
and Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Director
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