Dana Perlman, program director of Philadelphia University’s Midwifery Institute, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the organization’s annual meeting May 22.
This honor is bestowed to midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. Since ACNM established the fellowship program in 1994, only 217 people have received this distinction.
“Becoming a fellow is recognition of years of work advocating for midwifery as a distinct and essential component of high-quality healthcare,” Perlman said. “Leading the Midwifery Institute graduate programs at Philadelphia University and graduating midwives for the future is a joy. I look forward to innovative collaborations for women and communities as PhilaU and Thomas Jefferson University plan to integrate.”
Perlman, a founder of the certified midwife pathway at the Midwifery Institute, developed the midwifery doctorate program launching at PhilaU this fall. As vicechair of the ACNM’s Committee for the Advancement of Midwifery Practice, she works to increase the midwifery workforce through improved understanding of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.