Colleen Donovan-Batson, CNM, MS

Colleen Donovan-Batson, CNM, MS

Colleen Donovan-Batson, CNM, MS

ICM section Chair
Director of Health Policy and Advocacy

Colleen is a certified nurse midwife/women’s health nurse practitioner and midwifery activist with 25 years of maternal-child healthcare experience in home, hospital, and birth center settings, both nationally and internationally. As an empty nester, Colleen lives with her husband in far northeast WA, where she has a small rural home birth practice and is also involved in advocacy for women veterans. Early in her career, Colleen developed an educational track for nurses to train as midwives in order to decrease the high pre-term birth and teen pregnancy rates in Kern county, CA. She has served on the faculty of both direct entry and nurse midwifery programs, and as a preceptor for nurse midwifery distance learning midwifery programs. Colleen is active in state and national midwifery organizations, promoting unity in the midwifery profession. She is a member of the Midwifery Advisory Committee for WA State Department of Health, the US MERA workgroup, and currently serves as the director of the Midwives Alliance Division of Health Policy and Advocacy.

 

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