Cindy L. Farley, CNM, PhD, FACNM, studied midwifery at Emory University. She earned her BSN and PhD from the Ohio State University and her MN from Emory University. She is currently Associate Professor at Georgetown University in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program. She serves as a locum tenens clinician for the midwifery practice at Pomerene Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, home of the largest Amish and Anabaptist population in the world. Additionally, she has taken midwifery students to Haiti to work with the nongovernmental organization, Midwives for Haiti, working toward building the Haitian midwifery work force and saving lives of Haitian mothers and babies.
Dr. Farley is co-editor of a classic midwifery text, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, now out in its 5th edition. She is also co-editor and contributing author to Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman Centered Approach, winner of the 2015 Book of the Year by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She has been active in working toward the development of a Doctorate of Midwifery, as part of an American College of Nurse-Midwives ad hoc committee. In 2015, Dr. Farley received the Ohio Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives' Legacy Award for her numerous contributions to midwifery practice and education at state and national levels.
In November 2018, Dr. Farley was part of a team that answered the call of Father Michael Edomobi and Midwife Mrs. Beatrice Kroma, CM, of the Holy Family Parish of Caldwell, Liberia, to provide a workshop for midwives, nurses, and community health workers on safe conduct of care to childbearing women. The Liberian midwifery and the maternal and child primary care workforce was devastated by 14 years of civil war that ended in 2003 and by the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016. The workshop aligned with the objectives of the Liberian Midwives Association to “strengthen the midwifery profession in Liberia and promote the well-being of mothers and their newborns” and incorporated the Ignatian principle of care for the whole person to recognize individual needs of care providers as well as the patients they serve. Existing health and education needs in the local area and future plans were explored through meetings with Catholic Health Secretariat, National Public Health Institute of Liberia, and the Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery members.
While at Campion Hall this fall, Dr. Farley will work on developing an international network of midwifery training as part of a broader research project aimed at addressing the United States' high maternal mortality rates. By observing and collaborating with UK-based midwifery units, Dr. Farley hopes to expose her Georgetown students to other models of care and to encourage a more holistic, integrated, and equal approach to healthcare.