Midwife Registered Nursing Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

LNC, LNC Legal Nurse Consultant, Certified Nurse Midwife, Obstetrical Nursing, Labor Delivery, Nurse Midwifery, Advanced Practice of Nursing, Womens Health Care, Home Birth Safety, Certified Nurse Midwife, Antepartum Care, Newborn Circumcision, Cesarean Delivery, Intrapartum, Postpartum, Home Birth, Home Birth Safety, Labor Delivery Nurse,

Professional Summary

My 32 years as a Registered Nurse, in various hospital settings, including 22 years as a Certified Nurse Midwife provide me with a thorough understanding of medical and nursing issues, especially as they relate to Labor and Delivery, Nurse Midwifery, Advanced Practice of Nursing, and Women’s Health Care. My education and certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant, enables me to use my experience and knowledge, to evaluate, analyze, and render a professional opinion on healthcare delivery, and the resulting outcomes.


2000, Medical Legal Consulting Institute, Houston, Texas, Certificate Program for Legal Nurse Consulting, Certified by National Examination.

1980-1982, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Master of Nursing, Clinical Specialty in Nurse Midwifery, Recipient of a full Federal Traineeship for Graduate Studies

Thesis: “Empathy and the Supportive Behaviors of Labor Nurses”

1978-1980, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado, Bachelor of Science, Magnum Cum Laude, Major in Nursing Studies, Minor studies in Biology

1969-1972, Cooper Medical Center, School of Nursing, Camden, New Jersey, Diploma in Registered Nursing


Colorado State Board for Community Colleges

2003 to Present – Credential for Career and Technical Education

2000 to Present –  Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Medical Legal Consulting Institute

1982 to Present –  Certified Nurse Midwife, American College of Nurse Midwives

1996 to Present –  American College of Nurse Midwives, Continuing Competency Assessment Program

1997 to Present  –  Colorado Prescriptive Authority

1997 to Present –  Federal DEA Registration

1995 to Present –  Advanced Practice Registry, designation of Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Certified Nurse Midwife, Colorado Board of Nursing


1972, Colorado Registered Nurse, current

Professional Associations and Memberships

Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

The American College of Nurse Midwives


2003-present, Affiliate Faculty, A Local Nursing Program, Denver, CO, Clinical Instructor, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn

2001-2003, Certified Nurse Midwife, Private Practice, Colorado, Ambulatory Prenatal Care, Biophysical Profiles, Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Provider

1983-present, Certified Nurse Midwife, Private Practice, Owner and Service Director of Nurse Midwifery Practice in Denver Colorado,

Antepartum, Intrapartum, Postpartum Care, Gynecology, Annual Exams, Contraceptive Management, Lactation Services, and Water Birth

Developed Guidelines for Nurse Midwifery Practice

Developed The Gentle Circ Procedure, performing newborn circumcision considering him as an individual with his own unique set of patient rights

First Surgical Assistant during Cesarean Section.

2000-present, Medical Legal Consulting, Colorado, Independent Legal Nurse Consultant, Testifying Expert Obstetrical Nursing, Nurse Midwifery, Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff and Defense

2002-present, Instructor in Nursing, Aurora, Colorado, Obstetrical Nursing, Medical/Surgical Clinical Faculty

1993-1995, Certified Nurse Midwife, Presbyterian/St. Lukes Hospital, Teen Clinic, Prenatal Care and Delivery

1989-1992, Colorado Home Birth Project, Founder and Director of 4-year project demonstrating the safety of Certified Nurse Midwifery practice in a home setting. Provided full prenatal services and delivery of low risk pregnant women. Developed Policy and Procedure Manual for Home Birth Safety. Developed Guidelines for Nurse Midwifery Practice at Home.

1991, Testifying Expert for Home Birth Issues, State of Colorado

1983, University of Colorado Health Science Center Clinical Faculty, Nurse Midwifery Program, Antepartum Clinic

1972-1981, Staff Registered Nurse, Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care, Coronary Care, General Medical/Surgical Care, Labor and Delivery

Continuing Education

2003, RN Clinical Instructor Course, University of Colorado, Denver

2003, Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice, University of Colorado, Denver

2003, Litigating Bad Baby Cases, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Glenview, IL

2002, Medical Spanish, Colorado University, Denver

2002, OB on Trial Fetal Monitoring, Denver

2002, National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants, 7th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

2003-2005, American Heart Assn BLS for Healthcare Program, Denver, CO, certification

2001, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, National Educational Conference, Colorado

1999, Gram Stain/Wet Prep Workshop, STD/HIV Prevention/Training Center, Denver

1998, The Surgical Assistant Program, Cesarean Section, Certificate of Completion, Denver

1996, Drug Management In Primary Care, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver

1995, Fetal Assessment and Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound, Professional Educational Center, CO

1995, Tocolytic Therapy, Tokos Inc., Denver, Colorado

1995, Breastfeeding Management Workshop, Colorado Department of Health, WIC Program

1993, Aids/Hepatitis: The Facts, Center for Health Education, Arvada, CO

1993, High-Tech Skills in Low Tech Hands, Issues of Advanced Practice and Collaborative Management, Home Study Program, American College of Nurse Midwives

1993, Use of Amnio Infusion in Nurse Midwifery Practice, Home Study Program, American College of Nurse Midwives

1993, Circumcision: Refining a Traditional Surgical Technique, Home Study Program, American College of Nurse Midwives

1992, STD Clinicians Update, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia, Colorado Dept. of Health

Video Contributions

Available upon request


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