Dana B. Perlman, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Teaching Associate Professor

Dana Perlman, MSN, CNM, FACNM


130 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Dana B. Perlman, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Teaching Associate Professor


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 (Summa cum Laude)
BA, Brandeis University, Fine Art - 1989 (Magna cum Laude)

Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Dr. Perlman is an innovative and progressive educator and policy advocate. From 2012 — 2021, she directed all aspects of the Midwifery program including through its integration into Thomas Jefferson University. Her current professional interests include development and implementation of multiple routes to 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 it's 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. 

Board Certification

American Midwifery Certification Board


  • 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 Activities

  • HRSA Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship grant A10HP30095; key author of successful $224,000 federal grant award, 2016-2017.
  • HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Key Personnel for Jefferson College of Health Professions, Midwifery.
    PI Maureen Fitzgerald, Jefferson College of Nursing. 2022 to present
  • Led successful integration of Midwifery at Philadelphia University into the Jefferson College of Health Professions

Research & Clinical Interest

  • Diverse pathways to accredited midwifery education.
  • Midwifery student confidence in clinical decision-making
  • Perceptions of midwifery and in the United States
  • Midwifery models of education and student persistence

Focus Areas

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