Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Alexandra Michel, MSN, CNM, RN

University of Colorado
PhD Student

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