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Dr. Sheila LaFortune, DNP, APRN, CNM

Midwife Clinical Director

From an early age growing up in Massachusetts, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. My love of biology in high school made pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing both an obvious choice and a very enjoyable undertaking. The birth of my oldest daughter, which was attended by a midwife, inspired me to enroll at Stony Brook University for a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in midwifery.

I have been in the nursing profession for 24 years, 7 of which as a midwife. I worked in several areas of nursing prior to midwifery school, including the emergency departments, intensive care units, medical-surgical nursing, as well as community health homecare. Working in various types of specialties has been enormously fulfilling. These experiences gave me the burning desire to further fuel my professional growth by completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2022 in an effort to expand my contribution to the profession and have a greater positive impact.

In addition to practicing midwifery, I also teach medical students in the office setting and serve as a Clinical Instructor at Emory University. Furthermore, I teach postpartum hemorrhage drills to nursing staff at a local hospital. My clinical interests include improving outcomes for women during obstetrical care by improving communication between patients and their healthcare team. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, and walking.

Midwifery is my calling. I plan to continue answering that call to serve my patients in various capacities for many years to come.

Student’s Corner:

As a Clinical Instructor and preceptor who has mentored several students over the years, I know how important it is for students to receive help to achieve their goals. I have precepted medical students, advanced practice providers, and baccalaureate nursing students. This is my way of giving back and thanking those awesome teachers, preceptors, and midwives who mentored me during my midwifery journey. I understand that students need support and resources. Please contact us to discuss services available to students.

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