Ashley Draper, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Lecturer in Nursing



Ash Draper (she/hers) entered YSN as a GEPN, graduating from the midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner specialties in 2016. Afterward, Ash moved to New York’s Canadian border to pioneer a rural community hospital’s first collaborative midwife practice. Caring for a diverse population including Amish, Mennonite, and Native Akwesasne Mohawk individuals, Ash advanced hospital practices such as the use of nitrous oxide for pain management and foley catheters for induction. She gained hospital approval for Akwesasne birth rituals in labor and operating rooms, and secured patient access to mental health services, trauma-informed care, emergency contraception, and abortion in a community where such services were extremely lacking.

Ash was invited back to join YSN’s faculty in 2018. She proudly serves her patients in the outpatient setting at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center and catches babies at Yale New Haven Hospital. Clinically, Ash supervises midwife and nurse practitioner students as well as resident physicians. Ash is a member of the Curriculum Counsel at YSN and the YNHH OBGYN Department DEI Clinical Taskforce. Since coming back to Yale, Ash has also advocated for progressive health policies with the Yale School of Medicine Legislative Advocacy Program, providing written testimony and helping secure passage of bills by the Connecticut General Assembly.

Ash was an enrollee of Yale’s first US Health Justice (USHJ) course in 2014 and became YSN’s first course leader in 2015, developing new curriculum and starting the USHJ Collaborative to engage a broader swath of students, staff, and community members. Ash has been a faculty advisor for this course since 2019 and is endlessly impressed by the work and dedication of the student leaders each year.

Ash is interested in plant medicine and hopes to bring back the Plant Based Health Independent Study at the West Campus farm. You can also find Ash, and her comedian sister Janelle Draper, on stage in NYC, exploring topics in sexual and reproductive health justice through a comedic lens.