"Women are strikingly similar with respect to what they need and want when it comes to reproductive healthcare. They want to be cared for by competent hands. They want to be heard and to collaborate on their plan of care. The challenges in making sure this happens vary tremendously by setting. My work—as a midwife, as a nurse educator, and researcher—is aimed at exploring and learning to overcome those challenges."
Dr. Nicole Warren is a community public health nurse whose academic work and research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing focus on maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa and caring for women in the West who have been affected by female genital cutting. As a Certified Nurse-Midwife, she has cared for refugee and immigrant women in the U.S. and is a founding member of the Midwest Network on Female Genital Cutting, an organization that aims to improve reproductive healthcare in countries of resettlement for women who have been affected by the practice. Her doctoral research, which explored the lived experiences of rural midwives in Mali, West Africa, led her to create a not-for-profit organization—“Mali Midwives”—that supports continuing education for rural midwives in Mali.
Maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa (Mali); auxiliary midwives in low-resource settings; active management of third stage of labor; caring for women affected by female genital cutting.