Alexandra Michel, , MSN, CNM, RNUniversity of Colorado PhD
I am veteran, a military spouse, and a Staff Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) working for the Department of the Army. I left my native Germany when I was 21 years old and have lived in and around the military ever since. In the process of my travels I obtained degrees in Public Administration/Information Management and Management, before settling into a career as a nurse and CNM. As a CNM I am privileged to care for our military members and their families during one of the most vulnerable times in their life – pregnancy, labor, and birth. However, in maternity care, interventions are often guided by tradition and convenience rather than evidence. My research goal is to determine if there are specific observable neonatal behaviors immediately after birth that can help us determine that neonates successfully transitioned to extrauterine life. This will help us to further research how common intrapartum interventions may affect these behaviors. However, midwifery care is more than providing care. It is a philosophy that is based on the idea of women’s choice – something that sometimes gets forgotten in a large, bureaucratic health care system like the military. My long-term goal is to help create a women’s friendly health care system. Decisions in Women’s Health Care ought to be made by women. As a Jonas Scholar I hope that I will be able to become and be the women’s support and voice so that they can feel safe to make that choice.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare – Women’s and Children’s Health
Dissertation: Assessing the successful immediate transition to extrauterine life