Dana B. Perlman, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Teaching Associate Professor
Doctoral Program Coordinator

Dana Perlman, MSN, CNM, FACNM

Contact

130 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Dana B. Perlman, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Teaching Associate Professor
Doctoral Program Coordinator

Education

DNP, Chatham University - 2018
Graduate Certificate in Teaching, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania - 2010
MSN, Midwifery Certificate, University of Pennsylvania - 1995
BSN, University of Pennsylvania - 1993

Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Biography

Dana Perlman is an innovative and progressive educator and policy advocate.  She directs all aspects of the Midwifery Institute.  Her professional interests include development and implementation of multiple routes of entry to accredited midwifery education and the use of simulation in midwifery education. Her doctoral work explored the use of simulation to promote positive attitudes among nurses in hospital settings toward underused, evidence-based strategies to support physiologic birth.  She is an active volunteer with the American College of Nurse-Midwives including committee work and task force membership with a focus on expanding the midwifery workforce through improved access to education and licensure.  She is the immediate past legislative co-chair for the Pennsylvania ACNM affiliate and remains active on the legislative committee.  She is the 2019-20 Chair of the Directors of Midwifery Education and has served on its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. 

Clinically, she has practiced as a midwife in tertiary and midwifery-led hospital units as well as in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Philadelphia and midwifery offices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Board Certification

American Midwifery Certification Board

Awards

  • Keystone Midwife Award, Pennsylvania ACNM Affiliate, March, 2021
  • Fellowship, American College of Nurse-Midwives, May, 2017
  • D.H.H.S. SPRANS Grant for Graduate Education in Nurse-Midwifery, December, 1995
  • Paper: Norplant Protocols for the State of Delaware 
  • Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Award December, 1993
  • Celia Epstein Baron Award Brandeis University, May, 1989
  • Merit Scholarship, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, June, 1987

Additional Publications

  • Jefferson, K., MacKenzie, R.K., Hackley, B., Perlman, D. (2019). Knowledge of US midwifery credentials among members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. doi: 10.111/jmwh.13038
  • Niemczyk, N.A., Cutts, A., Perlman, D.B. (2018). Prior work and educational experience are not associated with successful completion of a master's-level, distance education midwifery program. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 63(2), 161-167.
  • HRSA Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship grant A10HP30095; key author of successful $224,000 federal grant award, 2016-2017.
  • Lichtman, R., Farley, C., Perlman, D., Jefferson, K. McCloskey, C., Kessler, J., Gallego, E., Shah, M. (2015). The certified midwife credential and the case for national implementation. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 60(6), 665-669
  • Led successful 10 year re-accreditation of the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University MS in Midwifery and Post-MS Certificate Program for basic midwifery education by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 2015-2025.

Research & Clinical Interest

Dr. Perlman is an innovative and progressive educator and policy advocate.  From 2012 – 2021, she directed all aspects of the Midwifery Institute including through its integration into Thomas Jefferson University. Her current professional interests include development and implementation of multiple routes of entry to accredited midwifery education, application of evidence and knowledge to advance integration of midwives and adoption of midwifery art and science to improve lives. Her doctoral work explored the use of simulation to promote positive attitudes among nurses in hospital settings toward underused, evidence-based strategies to support physiologic birth. She is an active volunteer with the ACNM, the professional association for midwives nationally certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Her committee work and task force membership focuses on expanding the midwifery workforce through improved access to accredited midwifery education, state licensure, and inclusion and belonging of underrepresented groups within midwifery and of the midwifery profession in healthcare. She is a past legislative co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania ACNM affiliate and remains active on the legislative committee.  She was the 2019-20 Chair of the Directors of Midwifery Education and served on its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Clinically, she has practiced as a midwife in tertiary and midwifery-led hospital units as well as in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Philadelphia and midwifery offices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  In 2021, Dr. Perlman completed a formal refresher process to re-enter clinical practice.

Focus Areas

  • Midwifery
  • Midwife
  • Midwives
  • Nurse
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics
  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Certified
  • Accredited
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Belonging
  • Licensure
  • Portability
  • Access