About The Author

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins, Ph.D, CNM, RN-CEFM, FACNM, FAAN, FNAP is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Dean of the College of Nursing and Health at Loyola New Orleans.

Dr. Collins has been involved in nurse-midwifery education, research, administration, and practice since graduation from her nurse-midwifery program. She has a Diploma of Nursing from Saint Anthony School of Nursing and a BSN from Rockford College (both in Rockford, Illinois); MSN from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and PhD from University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, Tennessee).

While in her undergraduate nursing education, Dr. Collins spent a semester in London, UK alongside midwives at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington Station. This experience was pivotal to her career as it is where she first saw midwives in practice as well as the use of nitrous oxide for childbirth. Upon returning from the UK, Dr. Collins was impassioned to become a CNM, as well as to facilitate the availability of nitrous oxide to birthing women in the US. Dr. Collins led the 2011 initiative to bring nitrous oxide to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (only the second hospital in the country to offer nitrous oxide for childbirth), and presents frequently nationally, and internationally, on the topic. Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Academy of Nursing, and a Distinguished Scholar Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She has blogged for the first 8 seasons of the series for PBS affiliate Nashville Public Television (NPT).

“Serving women in the capacity of a certified nurse-midwife has ALWAYS been an honor to me. As I have taught hundreds of students, it is the highest privilege, and responsibility, to be allowed into such a sacred space as midwives enter daily. My relationship with my patients is a partnership; I walk alongside them in their care. Whether providing contraception, aiding with infertility issues, treating gynecologic conditions, or being present throughout their pregnancy and birth – it is ALL part of a journey in which I am grateful, and humbled, as well as incredibly honored to be on with the women whom I serve.”

On Poverty and Differences
On Poverty and Differences
by Michelle Collins | November 14, 2021
What do we sacrifice as a society to selectively welcome some members and not others?
Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-Informed Care
by Michelle Collins | November 07, 2021
To give trauma-informed care is to be cognizant of those signs and symptoms exhibited by survivors of trauma and approach their care from a stance of sensitivity, compassion, and empathy.
Not Letting Passion Disrupt Compassion
Not Letting Passion Disrupt Compassion
by Michelle Collins | October 31, 2021
One of the most difficult skills to teach, perhaps the most difficult, is that of preventing imposition of one’s own beliefs and judgement into a patient situation – knowingly or unconsciously.
The Legacy of Aversion Therapy
The Legacy of Aversion Therapy
by Michelle Collins | October 24, 2021
Watching the psychological pain and distress that the young man endures coming out to his parents was especially painful realizing that this conversation still plays out in much the same way today.
Finding Drama and Intrigue in the History of Medicine
Finding Drama and Intrigue in the History of Medicine
by Michelle Collins | October 17, 2021
I love learning about the history of medicine, and obstetrics in particular; how new diseases and complications of pregnancy were discovered, and new therapies constructed.
A Point to Agree On
A Point to Agree On
by Michelle Collins | October 10, 2021
I don’t have all the answers; I don’t claim to even coming close to having any of the answers. What I do have is more questions than answers.
Journey of Faith
Journey of Faith
by Michelle Collins | October 03, 2021
If there can be one word to describe human beings during this dark time, it is resilient.
Walking Alongside Our Patients
Walking Alongside Our Patients
by Michelle Collins | October 01, 2021
So much of what we do as midwives is what Shelagh did for Gloria; walk alongside our patients through the pain – physical and emotional – to get them through to the other side.
Every Person Deserves a Midwife
Every Person Deserves a Midwife
by Michelle Collins | May 18, 2020
We “midwife” people both into, and out of, this life. If you think about just the physiologic processes involved in both birthing and dying, the two are remarkably similar.
When Daily Challenges Cloud Out Judgment
When Daily Challenges Cloud Out Judgment
by Michelle Collins | May 11, 2020
Challenges for Dr. McNulty, for Sister Frances, for Nurse Franklin, for Marian Arnsby, and for others. All different, yet all challenges just the same.
'The Bonds, However Delicate, Were Perfect'
'The Bonds, However Delicate, Were Perfect'
by Michelle Collins | May 04, 2020
When people hear what any birth worker does, they inevitably comment on how “happy” our work must be. Yes, it is a glorious place to be. When it is sad, though, it is the saddest of places to be.
'Superwoman' Syndrome
'Superwoman' Syndrome
by Michelle Collins | April 27, 2020
The “superwoman” phenomenon can have very real, very negative health consequences.