Sascha James-Conterelli


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Sascha James-Conterelli


Program Director, Nurse-Midwifery
Clinical Associate Professor

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Sascha James-Conterelli's additional information

Sascha James-Conterelli is a clinical associate professor. Prof. James-Conterelli’s professional journey has been unique and broad-reaching with practice settings in both the public and private sectors. In 2005, she added political advocacy and policy to her clinical work opening the door to many exciting opportunities for advocacy of midwives to be recognized as invaluable stakeholders in perinatal care. These experiences cemented her idea of the importance of education which led to her transition to full-time professor in 2014 while maintaining clinical practice.
Prof. James-Conterelli is the immediate past president of ACNM’s New York State affiliate: New York Midwives. She is also honored to continue to have opportunities to provide knowledge and expertise to many national and local policies such as the development of perinatal regionalization for New York State, serving as co-chair on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities Task Force as well as a member of New York State’s Maternal Mortality Steering Committee and New York State Maternal Mortality Review Board. Most recently, Prof. James-Conterelli served as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Maternity Task Force.
Dr. James-Conterelli recognizes the importance of global outreach and has dedicated efforts towards assisting the midwives and the perinatal community in her home of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Howard University and her master’s in midwifery and doctorate from NYU. She has been a practicing midwife since 2002.

DNP, New York University
MA, New York University
BSN, Howard University


New York Academy of Medicine
American Nurses Association
New Haven Obstetric Society
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
New York State Perinatal Association
American College of Nurse Midwives
New York State Association of Licensed Midwives

Faculty Honors Awards

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2022)
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2021)
NYU Diane O. McGivern Legislative and Policy Award (2021)
Exemplary Affiliate Award (New York State Association of Licensed Midwives) (2018)
Fellow, American College of Nurse Midwives (2018)
Teaching Excellence Award American Academy of Family Physicians-NYS (2006)
ACNM Resilience Award (New York State Association of Licensed Midwives) (1993)


The impact of systemic racism on health outcomes among Black women: Recommendations for change

James-Conterelli, S., Dunkley, D., McIntosh, J. T., Julien, T., Nelson, M. D., & Richard-Eaglin, A. (2023). Nurse Practitioner, 48(2), 23-32. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000000000000001
Black women suffer disproportionately from healthcare inequities in comparison to their White counterparts. Using the Public Health Critical Race framework, this article explores the lasting effects of systemic racism on the health outcomes of Black women across the lifespan. A case study and specific strategies are presented to examine how clinicians, educators, and policymakers can work with Black women to mitigate and eliminate health inequities.

Midwifery care during labor and birth in the United States

Combellick, J. L., Telfer, M. L., Ibrahim, B. B., Novick, G., Morelli, E. M., James-Conterelli, S., & Kennedy, H. P. (2023). American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 228(5), S983-S993. 10.1016/j.ajog.2022.09.044
The intrapartum period is a crucial time in the continuum of pregnancy and parenting. Events during this time are shaped by individuals’ unique sociocultural and health characteristics and by their healthcare providers, practice protocols, and the physical environment in which care is delivered. Childbearing people in the United States have less opportunity for midwifery care than in other high-income countries. In the United States, there are 4 midwives for every 1000 live births, whereas, in most other high-income countries, there are between 30 and 70 midwives. Furthermore, these countries have lower maternal and neonatal mortality rates and have consistently lower costs of care. National and international evidences consistently report that births attended by midwives have fewer interventions, cesarean deliveries, preterm births, inductions of labor, and more vaginal births after cesarean delivery. In addition, midwifery care is consistently associated with respectful care and high patient satisfaction. Midwife-physician collaboration exists along a continuum, including births attended independently by midwives, births managed in consultation with a physician, and births attended primarily by a physician with a midwife acting as consultant on the normal aspects of care. This expert review defined midwifery care and provided an overview of midwifery in the United States with an emphasis on the intrapartum setting. Health outcomes associated with midwifery care, specific models of intrapartum care, and workforce issues have been presented within national and international contexts. Recommendations that align with the integration of midwifery have been suggested to improve national outcomes and reduce pregnancy-related disparities.

Developing Tools to Report Racism in Maternal Health for the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA): Findings from the MMRIA Racism & Discrimination Working Group

Hardeman, R. R., Kheyfets, A., Mantha, A. B., Cornell, A., Crear-Perry, J., Graves, C., Grobman, W., James-Conterelli, S., Jones, C., Lipscomb, B., Ortique, C., Stuebe, A., Welsh, K., & Howell, E. A. (2022). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 26(4), 661-669. 10.1007/s10995-021-03284-3
Purpose: The purpose of this report from the field is to describe the process by which an multidisciplinary workgroup, selected by the CDC Foundation in partnership with maternal health experts, developed a definition of racism that would be specifically appropriate for inclusion on the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA) form. Description: In the United States Black women are nearly 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death. Recent evidence points to racism as a fundamental cause of this inequity. Furthermore, the CDC reports that 3 of 5 pregnancy related deaths are preventable. With these startling facts in mind, the CDC created the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA) for use by Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRC) to support standardized data abstraction, case narrative development, documentation of committee decisions, and analysis on maternal mortality to inform practices and policies for preventing maternal mortality. Assessment: Charged with the task of defining racism and discrimination as contributors to pregnancy related mortality, the work group established four goals to define their efforts: (1) the desire to create a product that was inclusive of all forms of racism and discrimination experienced by birthing people; (2) an acknowledgement of the legacy of racism in the U.S. and the norms in health care delivery that perpetuate racist ideology; (3) an acknowledgement of the racist narratives surrounding the issue of maternal mortality and morbidity that often leads to victim blaming; and (4) that the product would be user friendly for MMRCs. Conclusion: The working group developed three definitions and a list of recommendations for action to help MMRC members provide suggested interventions to adopt when discrimination or racism were contributing factors to a maternal death. The specification of these definitions will allow the systematic tracking of the contribution of racism to maternal mortality through the MMRIA and allow a greater standardization of its identification across participating jurisdictions with MMRCs that use the form.

The silenced pandemic

James-Conterelli, S. (2020). Nurse Practitioner, 45(10), 9-10. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000696928.66830.30