IHPC Partner for Health
Midwives Alliance of North America
Director of Health Policy and Advocacy for MANA, Colleen is certified nurse midwife/women’s health nurse practitioner and midwifery activist with 25 years’ experience in home, hospital, and birth center settings, both nationally and internationally. Colleen lives with her husband in far northeast Washington, where she operates a small rural home-birth practice and is involved in advocacy for women veterans. Early in her career, she developed an educational track for nurses to train as midwives in order to decrease the high pre-term birth and teen pregnancy rates in Kern County, California.
Colleen has served on the faculty of both direct-entry and nurse-midwifery programs, and as a preceptor for nurse midwifery distance learning programs. She is active in state and national midwifery organizations, promoting unity in the profession. She is a member of the Midwifery Advisory Committee for the Washington State Department of Health and the US MERA workgroup.