The Midwifery Institute has been able to draw on the combined knowledge of some of the best and most experienced midwifery educators in the country. We are able to bring a national and regional outlook to our approach with faculty across the country. These are some of the people making it all happen at the Institute:

Administrative and Teaching Faculty (Click on Names to see College of Science, Health & Liberal Arts Faculty Biographies)

Dana Perlman
Associate Professor, Director of the Midwifery Institute

Barbara Hackley, PhD, CNM

Associate Professor, Dorothea Lang Term Chair
Program Director for the Doctorate in Midwifery

Elizabeth Parr
Part-time Faculty, Advisor, Clinical Coordinator

Kathy Herron
Assistant Professor, Advisor, Clinical Coordinator

Course Tutors (Teaching Faculty)

Angela Thornton, MS, CNM

Anne Gibeau, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Dr. Gibeau teaches Advanced Pharmacology II for students enrolled in the Midwifery Institute.  She is the Director of Midwifery at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY, a large full-scope midwifery practice within one of the hospitals that comprise New York City Health + Hospitals (the largest munincipal hospital system in the country).   Dr. Gibeau was full-time faculty of the New York University Midwifery Education Program for seven years, before leaving to assume her current role, and has continued to teach as adjunct faculty at NYU. In 2012, Dr. Gibeau earned the Koko Roy Award from New York Univeresity Midwifery Education Program.  Her areas of clinical expertise include care of the perinatal client with complex psychosocial presentation, and collaborative care in the high-risk intrapartum setting.  She is the Chair of the Committee on Clinical Practice and Standards for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, and actively participates in departmental research initiatives as co-principal investigator and site coordinator. Her current research is entitled "Assessment of readiness to access to a patient portal by postpartum women in a safety net setting." From 2013-2016 she served as Region I Representative to the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Rebecca Hertogs, MS, CNM

Becky Hertogs grew up in London, England and has a BS in midwifery from Oxford Brookes University, an associate degree in nursing from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and an MS in midwifery from the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University. She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife in the United States but she originally trained and practiced midwifery in England at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust. This is one of the largest National Health Service teaching trusts in the UK and a world renowned center of clinical excellence. She has also practiced full scope midwifery in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. She is a very proud alumna of the Midwifery Institute. Becky's first experiences of birth were home births, and these experiences helped form her area of special interest: that of promoting normal and physiologic birth in all settings, especially in the hospital setting. She teaches Intrapartum Care for the Midwifery Institute.

Bridget Howard, MSN, CNM

Bridget Howard  fell in love with midwifery in her final year of nursing school at the University of Pittsburgh, when she learned about really “being with woman” at The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health in Pittsburgh, PA.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Midwifery Program in 1999 to follow that same passion.  She has been working as a full-scope midwife since in private and clinic practices from rural southern to central New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia areas. She enjoys teaching midwifery graduate students, women’s health nurse practitioner students, medical students and residents.  She began precepting midwifery students in 2000 and has precepted students from multiple midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner programs.  She has also taught in the medical and residency programs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, sharing midwifery philosophies with physician colleagues from initial introductions with women and families, to being allowed to care for those same women and family systems.  She joined Thomas Jefferson University’s faculty in 2010 and has taught all of the first year courses, now primarily focusing on the Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology of Primary Care courses over the past 6 years, along with teaching during on-campus intensives.  She has been active in the American College of Nurse Midwives, chairing both the Midwives of Color Committee and the Friends of the Midwives of Color Committee and is on the board of the A.C.N. M. Foundation working to advance the practice of midwifery.  She has 3 children and lives in rural Southern NJ enjoying the outdoors and gardening.

Jan Kriebs, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Jan Kriebs is Adjunct Professor at the Midwifery Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. She was educated in midwifery at Yale University School of Nursing. For more than 30 years she practiced midwifery in both public and private settings.  She has taught midwifery students , medical students and resident physicians.  In 2015, she retired from clinical practice as Director of Midwifery for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Professional interests include patient safety/quality improvement, the midwife’s role in primary care, legislative issues relating to midwifery and women’s health, and infectious diseases including HIV.  She currently serves on the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health, the Maryland Board of Nursing’s Advisory Committee on Direct Entry Midwifery, the AMCB Certificate Maintenance Committee, and as Co-chair of the Maryland ACNM Affiliate Legislative Committee.  She is co-author of Varney’s Midwifery 5th ed and of Primary Care of Women, currently in its second edition. In 2016, she was honored with the ACNM Distinguished Service Award and recognized by Maryland ACNM as Midwife of the Year.

Michelle Chiafuilio, MS, CM, RN

Michelle is a Certified Midwife (CM). She graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1998 with a B.A. in Business/ Economics and from SUNY Downstate in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Midwifery. Before joining a private midwifery-owned practice with hospital privileges, Michelle worked in a high volume, diverse hospital in Queens, NY where she “caught” over 300 babies and cared for hundreds of women. She practiced as a doula in New York City during her midwifery training, and she spent two years in Benin, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer working at a small village maternity center.  Through this experience Michelle came to realize firsthand the intricate correlation between poverty and health, as mothers struggled to feed themselves and their babies. Michelle is an experienced midwife who advocates for the core components of midwifery care-- woman-centered, continuous care and helping women to make their own choices in their health.  In her practice as a midwife, she feels privileged to support women and their families during transformative periods in their lives.

Denise Roy, MSN, CNM 

Denise Roy is a midwife with a BSN from the University of Michigan (1973) and a MSN from University of Pennsylvania (1983).  She was in full scope clinical practice for 30+ years.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings but her main love was her time in a freestanding birth center.  Denise started teaching at The Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University in 2013. Currently, she teaches Antenatal Care and Perinatal Pathophysiology.  She also enjoys helping with the on campus intensives.  Denise lives in Pennsylvania and is active in working on Midwifery issues in the state.  She is gifted mentor to new affiliate leaders.  She is a past Chair of ACNM region 2 chapter 4.  Nationally she serves on the Commission For The Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC).  She has been a site visitor, board member, 2 term past president and currently Clinical Vice Chair for the CABC.  In 2006 she received the Professional Award for Excellence from the American Association of Birth Centers.  In 2008 she received the region 2 ACNM Award For Excellence.

Cheri Van Hoover, MS, CNM

Cheri Van Hoover has been a midwife since 1987.  She has practiced full scope midwifery in a wide variety of settings, always with a focus on advocacy for women and midwives.  She graduated with a certificate in midwifery from the University of California, San Francisco, Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery Program and later obtained a Master’s of Science, Nurse-Midwifery from the State University of New York, Stonybrook.  She has been with the Midwifery Institute since 2004, teaching across the curriculum.  She developed the Institute’s innovative project-based service learning health policy course.  Her professional interests include multiple routes of entry to professional midwifery education and full practice authority.  In addition to her expertise in health policy, other areas of professional focus have included midwifery history, ethics, the intersection between fashion and health, and health disparities.  Her clinical expertise includes reproductive healthcare, breastfeeding support, and complementary and alternative medicine.  She has been active in ACNM throughout her career and has served the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health as a contributing editor and peer reviewer.

Midwifery Institute Departmental Staff

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