Midwifery education is a synthesis drawing upon the student’s maturity and willingness to take active responsibility for their learning and the faculty’s experience and knowledge of the profession. While learning styles of students may vary, mutual respect between students and faculty solidifies the midwifery educational process at NYU Meyers. Nurse-Midwifery is a blending of science balanced by art, the learning of theory is simultaneously reinforced by practical hands-on application and experience. In the end, students are maturated not merely with knowledge of midwifery but experience in its practical, clinical application.
The faculty’s commitment to didactic learning of a specific knowledge base is not compromised by a focus on imparting the Midwifery Model of Care. The faculty instill a belief in the right of every woman to receive care in the context of her uniqueness in all dimensions, namely, the spiritual, emotional, psychological, psychosocial, and physical. The Midwifery Model of Care, respects, enhances and supports the normal physiological process while understanding the importance of independent, consultative, and referral practice components.
Program content is based on the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) core competencies for basic midwifery practice. An evidence-based approach to teaching midwifery competency is utilized by a faculty representing a range of expertise in all areas and places of midwifery practice. Students are encouraged through a problem-based learning approach to actively participate in their education as well as that of their colleagues. At NYU Meyers we teach our student nurse-midwives how to be self educators/learners. Ultimately, the goal is not merely competency but an understanding that midwifery education is a career-long process. In order to sustain competency, evaluation of care through self-examination, evaluation of practice as part of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and development of the evidence base for practice through research are essential to setting and maintaining standards.
The provision of comprehensive, integrated, ethical care requires cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence on the part of the practitioner. In addition to core competencies and comprehension of the Midwifery Model of Care, student nurse-midwives are also given an understanding of the commitment that is expected of them as members of the profession at large. Nurse-Midwives are advocates for the needs of women throughout their life span. They must be socially and politically vigilant and active in ensuring that public policies effectively ensure women’s health needs. Student midwives are groomed as future leaders. Midwifery is not just a career, it is a calling. All of this represents the philosophy and the commitment of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program.
The NYU Meyers midwifery program faculty and staff stand in solidarity with our BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students. We are committed to supporting student success and are actively developing strategies to ensure a positive experience with the ultimate goal of diversifying the profession of midwifery. Prospective and current students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the website of the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation to stay abreast of events and resources available to the entire NYU community. If you have any questions or concerns as it relates to diversity and inclusion or anti-racism work within the midwifery program, please contact Susan Altman, Program Director.
The NYU Meyers Midwifery Program prepares students to be eligible for the Certification
Examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
Midwifery Certification Pass Rates:
May 2017 graduates: 100%
May 2018 graduates: 100%
May 2019 graduates: 80 %*
To date in 2020, all students having taken the AMCB Certification Exam have passed (100%).
The NYU Meyers Midwifery Program three-year (2017-2019) cumulative pass rate within twelve
months of graduation is 94%.
*One student has not retaken the exam yet due to testing site issues due to COVID-19 and is
still eligible to complete within the one-year time frame.
Graduation data ***:
Over the last 3 years (2017-2019), we received approximately 15-20 applications/year with 10-15 /year accepted for the available positions.
2017: Number of MS graduates: 10 (10 Part-time)
2018: Number of MS graduates: 9 (9 Part-time)
2019: Number of MS graduates: 6 (4 Part-time, 2 Full-time)
*** There were no Advanced Certificate Graduates 2017-2019.
The NYU Meyers midwifery program’s goal is for greater than 80% of students matriculated into their clinical cohort to complete the program and graduate on-time. The NYU Meyers Midwifery Program three-year (2017-2019) graduation rate has exceeded its goals with a rate of 100%.