Cecilia Jevitt is the Midwifery Director and a tenured associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. From 2013 to 2018, she directed the Yale School of Nursing’s Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree programs. She has done capacity-building teaching and curriculum consultations in Switzerland, Laos, China and Ghana. Jevitt studied midwifery at Emory University. Her 1993 doctorate in applied medical anthropology is from the University of South Florida. She established an academic division of midwifery with the University of South Florida College of Medicine while jointly appointed to the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health.
Jevitt is an elected Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and has served on the ACNM Board of Directors representing Region III, the US South, and on the Fellowship Board of Directors. Jevitt was a Florida Nurses Association Great 100 Nurse in 2009, the 2010 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Distinguished Alumni in 2012, and a 2014 Connecticut Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award winner. Jevitt has completed research and published on postpartum stressors and depression. Jevitt’s current scholarship focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and obesity prevention during the perinatal and lactation periods with the additional goals of reducing weight stigma and iatrogenic harm caused by overzealous risk management for those with obesity. Her teaching materials and writings about Advantage Counseling are available without charge at AdvantageMidwifery.org.