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Eunice (Kitty) Ernst, RN, CNM, MPH, DSc (hon) - Mary Breckinridge Chair of Midwifery

Kitty Ernst is the only endowed Chair of Midwifery in the United States. She is a certified nurse-midwife graduate of Kentucky’s Frontier School of Midwifery with a master’s degree in public health. A renowned visionary in the field of midwifery, Kitty has pioneered pregnancy and birth care advances for more than 40 years. Highlights of her career include:

  • Early president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Director of the nurse-midwifery service and education program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Midwifery consultant, lecturer, and educator,
  • Director of the National Association of Childbearing Centers (NACC)
  • Helped to institute the Commission for Accreditation of Freestanding Birth Centers.
  • Recipient of the Martha Mae Elliot Award
  • Recipient of the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Recipient of the Maternity Center Association Medal for Distinguished Service

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    over 3 years ago


    I received two shots of steroids:one at 25w6d and one at 26w0d.I'll be 31 weeks tomorrow, and my braxton hicks are getting stronger, and they're everyday now.I was told to expect labor within a month since they're making a difference in my cervix, 1cm in a week and 10% effacement.I've heard that steroids are good all through pregnancy, and I've also heard that they're only good for a few weeks.Has anyone else received steroid shots during pregnancy?At first I had doubts,but the doctor explained the situation to me and it now feels like the best solution was to buy steroids for the treatment.I wanted to know if someone else had been in this situation for a feedback on the results.So far so good, I feel great.

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    over 3 years ago


    I have heard of Kitty Ernest before. Thank you for the information.
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    about 4 years ago


    I LOVE midwifery!!! I am reading books such as the Baby Catcher on my free time. I can't get the thought of becoming a midwife out of my mind and will be starting my ABSN program in the fall which is my stepping stone towards becoming a midwife/nurse practictioner for obstetrics. I can't wait!!!!!

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    about 5 years ago


    This is DEFINITELY what i want to become. I am obsessed w/ the idea of becoming a certified nurse midwife. Great info and very thorough!

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    over 5 years ago


    Yes ! I would like to know how would you become a midwfe assistant, im a certified nursing assistant and i would love to know about this nursing field.

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