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Dorothea Lang

Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM

Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM career in midwifery spanned decades and drew from her colleagues the respect of being elected to the ACNM Board of Directors for more than 12 years culminating as ACNM President (1975-77), and being named President of the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. (1977-84). Over her life, the profession granted her its highest honors, including the inaugural class of ACNM Fellowship (1994) and the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award (1986) for contributions to the development and advancement of midwifery. The most distinguished honor bestowed by the A.C.N.M. Foundation is named the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award, for which she was its benefactor since 2002.

Ms. Lang completed her bachelor's in nursing at Albright College (1957) and Reading Hospital School of Nursing (1956) and her nurse-midwifery education in 1959 from the combined Maternity Center Association / Johns Hopkins University affiliate program. In 1965, she received a master's of public health degree from Columbia University.  From there, her courageous pioneering spirit was made evident through her tireless promotion of the value of midwives for women and families in New York State. In 1965, when fewer than 50 U.S. midwives practiced full-scope midwifery, beginning as a nurse educator in the New York City Maternal-Infant Care (MIC) Project, she convinced the city that midwives were integral to improving maternity care. She developed a separate department and developed programs that provided midwifery care from prenatal clinics, through the hospital, and back to the community. Expanding midwifery coverage from two hospitals to 23, and leading the most comprehensive midwifery care in the U.S. at the time, Dorothea overcame the problems inherent in big city finance, politics, and logistics to provide health care to underserved populations. She later courageously stimulated discussion of expanded pathways to accredited midwifery education in the 1970s and into the late 1990s when a single standard of midwifery, entered through post-nursing or post-health science pathways, became the law in New York with the enactment of the Professional Midwifery Practice Act of 1992. She was honored with NY Midwife License #001. Her pioneering work toward a unified professional standard of midwifery is continued today in the United States Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US-MERA) documents signed by every major midwifery organization in the United States.

Her leadership and influence extended worldwide. Born in Japan to missionary parents, Ms. Lang returned to Japan in the early 1960s. There she observed midwifery in a hospital setting, with the midwife an integral part of the maternity team. She was determined to replicate this model in MIC. She later served as a midwifery consultant in Puerto Rico, throughout the U.S. and the world. In her long relationship with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), she co-chaired the fundraising for the only ICM Triennial Congress held in the U.S. (1972), represented the ACNM and North America as an Executive Committee member of the ICM, and represented ICM as a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations. Her commitment to interprofessional education and practice was demonstrated by her serving as a member of the committee that developed the first ACNM Joint Statement with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Liz Pickett Midwifery Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Liz Pickett Midwifery Scholarship Fund is to ease the financial burden of tuition, books, and clinical education for midwifery students. This scholarship is funded by contributions from faculty, alumnae, students and the public. 

Liz Pickett was the first Certified Midwife who graduated from the Midwifery Institute. Liz is an immediate past member of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and practicing midwife in New York. She was able to successfully change hospital bylaws at her first job to enable identical admitting privileges for CNMs and CMs.

Liz graduated from Jefferson Midwifery Institute with an MS in midwifery. She received her BA in Maternal Infant Health from Empire State College. Her professional experiences prior to midwifery include working for a non-profit agency, Maternal-Infant Services Network, as a perinatal health educator. She worked closely with other agencies to create and implement a teen pregnancy prevention program for at-risk teens called Birds and the Bees. Liz also worked with expectant families as a childbirth and breastfeeding educator.

As a midwife, Liz has practiced in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, midwife and physician owned offices, and two hospitals. She precepts midwifery and nurse practitioner students. Liz is the Chair of the Credentials Administration and Reporting committee of the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is administered by the US Health Resources & Services Administration. “The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) seeks to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty nationwide by providing low interest loans for individuals studying to be nurse faculty and loan cancelation for those who then go on to work as faculty…. In exchange for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, graduates receive cancellation of up to 85 percent of the original student loan amount (plus interest thereon) as authorized by the program.” The Midwifery Program, in collaboration with the Jefferson College of Nursing, will interview eligible candidates for the NFLP as funding is available through HRSA