Erin Morelli, MSN, CNM, CLC, RN, FACNM

Associate Dean of Student Life

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 22106



Erin Morelli graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor’s in Nursing.  She then studied at Yale University where she earned a Master’s in Nursing with a specialty in midwifery.  She is passionate about midwifery and nursing education and she has a special interest in health policy, particularly in how this information is taught in nursing and midwifery programs.  She has worked in private practice and is currently the Director for the Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice – a collaborative full-scope practice at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  She is a lecturer at Yale School of Nursing in the midwifery/women’s health nurse practitioner and graduate entry pre-specialty in nursing programs of study and as a Clinical Instructor at Yale School of Medicine.  Additionally, Erin is the Co-Chair of the Student and New Midwives Committee for the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  She is also active on ACNM Clinical and Academic Educators Committee and the Business Committee.  She is the founder and co-facilitator of the Vidone Volunteer Doula Program at Yale- New Haven Hospital.  Erin has spoken nationally at the AWHONN, ACNM,  and the National Student Nurses’ Association Conventions.

Research Interests

Erin Morelli’s research interests include: collaborative practice in obstetrics and use of early labor tools such as walking paths to delay admission in early labor.  She also is a certified lactation counselor and is passionate about supporting breastfeeding.  

Selected Publications and Presentations


Adeyemo, O., Morelli, E., & Kennedy, H. P. (2022). How to Foster Effective Midwife–Obstetrician Collaboration on Labor and Birth Units: Qualitative Analysis of Experiences of Clinicians in the United StatesJournal of Midwifery & Women’s Health67(5), 552-560.

Combellick, J. L., Telfer, M. L., Ibrahim, B. B., Novick, G., Morelli, E. M., James-Conterelli, S., & Kennedy, H. P. (2023). Midwifery care during labor and birth in the United StatesAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Uterine Incarceration: A Case Study” Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 63(3), 352-356, 2018.

“Reliability and Validity of Midwifery Obstetrics Collaboration (MOC) Scale: A Tool to Improve Collaborative Practice” Midwifery, 96, May 2021.


“An Opening Conversation About the Midwifery Educator’s Role in Racism” 2021 American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Virtual  

“Tips and Strategies for Success for New and Experienced Preceptors” Clinical and Academic Educators’ Workshop, 2021 American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting (ACNM) Virtual

Innovative Education for Nurses and Midwives from Diverse Non-Science Backgrounds” 2020 NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Sitges, Spain, Abstract accepted, conference cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Advanced Doula Training:  Working Together to Reduce Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes in Connecticut.” 2020 Three day workshop for 42 doulas of color in conjunction with Healthy Start New Haven. 

“Effective Clinical Precepting” 2019 Advanced Practice Provider Grand Rounds, Yale-New Haven Health 

Optimizing Maternal Newborn Skills Labs and On Campus Clinical” Clinical and Academic Educators’ Workshop, 2019 American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting (ACNM), Washington, D.C.         

“Implementing a Quality Improvement Practice Bundle to Reduce Early Labor Admission and Primary Cesareans” 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

“The Early Labor Walking Path: A Tool To Reduce Primary Cesarean Sections” 2018 Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses Convention, Tampa, Florida

“The Early Labor Walking Path: A Tool To Reduce Primary Cesarean Sections” 2018 Connecticut Association of AWHONN, Bridgeport, Connecticut

“The Early Labor Walking Path: A Tool To Reduce Primary Cesarean Sections” 2018 Nursing Grand Rounds, Yale New Haven Health

“Using the Unfolding Case Study to Engage Millennial Nursing Students”, Clinical and Academic Educators’ Workshop, 2018 American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting, Savannah, Georgia

“Birth of a Collaborative Practice Model: The Yale Vidone Birthing Center Story” 2017 Yale Perinatal Nursing Conference, Orange, Connecticut

“Leadership in Nursing-Perspectives of a Fuld Fellow” 1999 National Student Nurses’ Association Convention, Raleigh, North Carolina


“Decreasing Primary Cesarean Section Rates Using Admission in Active Labor, Collaborative Practice and the Early Labor Walking Path”, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (group of 45 hospitals participating), Promoting Primary Vaginal Deliveries Initiative, 2018,

“Telehealth Workshop for Faculty and Preceptors ” Yale School of Nursing, 2020

Escape Rooms for Nursing Education” Yale School of Nursing, 2021, YNHH Innovation and Creativity in Nursing Education Workshop: Retooling for the 21st Century

Poster Presentations

“Birth of a Collaborative Practice Model: The Yale Vidone Birthing Center Story”, 2018 American College of Nurse-Midwives Convention, Savannah, Georgia

The Early Labor Walking Path: A Tool to Minimize Admission In Early Labor”, 2017 Yale Perinatal Nursing Conference, Orange, Connecticut

The Early Labor Walking Path: A Tool to Minimize Admission In Early Labor”, 2016 Yale School of Nursing 60th Anniversary Conference, New Haven, Connecticut