Erin McMahon, CNM, Ed.D, FACNM

Erin McMahon

Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Director

Yale School of Nursing - Room 22302

phone: 203-737-6545
fax: 203-785-6455


Erin McMahon is an Assistant Professor of nursing in the midwifery and women’s health specialty and the Specialty Director of the nurse-midwifery program at YSN. She has completed her Doctorate of Education in Nursing 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 and 2017 ACNM Foundation Excellence in Midwifery Teaching Award and the 2013 ACNM Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award. McMahon is a board member of the American Midwifery Certification Board and has served as a volunteer member to the Certificate Maintenance Committee. She is an active member of American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Dr. McMahon has served on committees for the revision of the ACNM Core Competencies of Basic Midwifery Practice (2017) and the INACSL Standards of Best Practice (2019).

Research Interests

Dr. McMahon’s research interests include the use of simulation as a teaching strategy to develop competence in nurse-midwifery students.  In addition, she strives to bring midwifery care to high risk populations of women especially pregnancies complicated by diabetes.

Clinical Practice

Dr. McMahon is in clinical practice as a certified nurse-midwife with the faculty practice of Yale Midwifery.  She provides full scope care at the Yale Midwifery Westport location and attends births at the Vidone Birthing Center, Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus.

Selected Publications and Presentations


McMahon, E., Jevitt, C., Aronson, B. (2018).  Evaluation of the McMahon Competence Assessment Instrument for use with Midwifery Students during a Simulated Shoulder Dystocia.  Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 63, 221-226.

Zuckerwise, L., Werner, E., Pettker, C., McMahon-Brown, E., Thung, S., Han, C. (2012). Pregestational diabetes with extreme insulin resistance: use of U-500 insulin in pregnancy. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 120, 439-442.


McMahon, E. (2019, March). Simulation as an Objective Teaching Strategy to Develop Competence in Midwifery Students. Presented at the Healthcare Simulation Network of CT meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

McMahon, E. (2018, June). Strategies for charting, billing, precepting and providing great care all at the same time. Presented at the Yale School of Nursing Preceptor Workshop, Orange, CT.

McMahon, E. (2018, May). Simulation as an objective teaching strategy with midwifery students. Presented at the ACNM Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.

McMahon, E. (2017, June). Evaluation of the McMahon Competence Assessment Instrument and the Shoulder Dystocia Simulation Module for use with Nurse-Midwifery Students. Poster presented at the International Congress of Midwives, Toronto, Canada.

Telfer, M., McMahon, E., Morelli, E., & Illuzzi, J. (2016, September). Reducing Primary Cesareans ACNM Collaborative at St. Raphael’s Campus. Presented at the Yale School of Nursing 60th Anniversary of the Nurse-Midwifery Program, Orange, CT

McMahon, E. (2015, June). Simulation in Midwifery Education: A Collaborative Model. Presented at the ACNM Annual Meeting DOME, Washington, DC.

McMahon, E. (2014, May). Completing the circle of safety through competency based education. Presented at ACNM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

McMahon, E. (2008, June). Sweet Mamas: Group Prenatal Care for Women with Gestational Diabetes. Poster presented at AWHONN, San Diego, CA.