Poster with Cindy Farley and student panelists:  Kelly Grant (Oregon), Zoe Pappas (Georgia), Tayla Tingstad (California), Fleure Fraser (California), and Jennifer Pearcy (Florida)

Cindy L. Farley, CNM, PhD, FACNM, studied midwifery at Emory University. She earned her BSN and PhD from The Ohio State University and her MSN from Emory University. She has worked clinically in a variety of birth settings, including University Hospital in Cincinnati and Mount Eaton Care Center in Mount Eaton, Ohio. She is a Professor at Georgetown University in the Nurse-Midwifery/ Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) programs. She currently serves as a locum tenens midwife for Pomerene Hospital, a rural hospital in Millersburg, Ohio. Dr. Farley reviews selected legal cases involving midwifery regulatory issues and clinical care. She is co-editor of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, an American Journal of Nursing 2022 book of the year, and of Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman Centered Approach. Dr. Farley has been instrumental in organizing groups of midwifery and WHNP students to visit their federal legislators and advocate for positive change in important maternal health policies and legislation. She received the 2020 American College of Nurse-Midwives Public Policy Award for this work. She was awarded a Faculty Residency in the Fall of 2019 at Oxford University in England, learning from British midwives and midwifery students and exploring their systems of care for childbearing families. She has contributed to global health efforts in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, and Liberia. Making midwives to improve the health and well-being of all people is Dr. Farley’s passion. She is on the Board of Directors of the new Cincinnati Birth Center that will offer the women, birthing people, and families in Cincinnati and surrounding areas a safe and satisfying birth experience with competent and compassionate midwifery care.

Cohort 35: Our 5 student panelists, Kelly Grant (Oregon), Zoe Pappas (Georgia), Tayla Tingstad (California), Fleure Fraser (California), and Jennifer Pearcy (Florida), are members of the 35th Cohort of Georgetown University’s hybrid distance education program in midwifery and women’s health. They are completing their first course in labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care. Students are in program tracks ending with either the Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Midwifery students expected much of their classroom work to be in the remote environment when they enrolled at Georgetown, in fact, a number of students chose Georgetown for this very reason as they are place bound with family and work obligations. They are able to maintain these ties with occasional trips to campus for simulation learning. However, COVID-19 caused faculty and students to pivot to an entirely remote learning environment for didactic education. Peer support has been even more precious and critical during this time. These students are looking forward to their first on campus experience in April 2022 in the face of uncertain and evolving conditions imposed by the pandemic. Please come hear their stories of peer support and share yours at our VIDM Student Cafe.