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Midwifery Education Program

Scholarships

 

New York City Midwives Student Scholarship

Midwifery student Lillian Dalke, Class of 2012, receives the New York City Midwives Student Scholarship.

Lily Dalke who received her MS in Midwifery from SUNY Downstate in May 2012, has already taken the AMCB exam and is a newly certified midwife. She is a natural organizer and activist who seeks to change systems of inequity in many spheres. As a student, she took the initiative to create and present an entire module to the Downstate faculty on health and health care for gender minorities. Furthermore, she presented the first motion at the recent ACNM Annual Meeting in Long Beach. Her motion regarding midwives’ role in providing care to the transgender community was overwhelming approved by the membership! Lily is a member of CAMP and intends to promote pathways to licensure for CMs and CPMs in all 50 states.

Lily will be staying local as she’s recently been hired to join the midwifery practice at Woodhull Hospital.

 

Congratulations Lily!

New York City Midwives Student Scholarship

Midwifery student Nicole Ficaro, Class of 2011, receives the New York City Midwives Student Scholarship.

Nicole Ficaro received her MS in Midwifery from SUNY Downstate in May 2011. Nicole has been involved in global women’s health outreach for several years, including eight missions in Egypt as well as to Bangladesh, Philippines, Romania, Jamaica, Ecuador and Kenya. Most recently, she presented at the annual meeting in San Antonio about her work with a local health team while in Bangladesh. Nicole will be living & working in Jordan for the next 2 years serving very poor Jordanians as well as Palestinian and Iraqi refugees.

Although unable to attend the chapter meeting at which the scholarships were announced, Nicole sent the following remarks: “Thank you so much for awarding me this year's scholarship - I am honored to accept it! I am currently out of town going through an orientation before heading out to work overseas. This gift you have given me will go towards preparing to bring midwifery care to vulnerable refugee and nomadic women in the Middle East.”

Congratulations Nicole!

New York City Midwives Student Scholarship

photo of Maria FreytsisMidwifery student Maria Freytsis, Class of 2007, receives the First ACNM Region 2, Chapter 1 Student Scholarship.

Prior to entering the SUNY Downstate Midwifery Education Program Maria had already demonstrated impressive professional leadership and long-standing involvement in midwifery advocacy. She attained an MPH from Columbia University while working part-time at the Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. She continued to work as an RN part-time or per diem throughout her full-time midwifery studies while maintaining a very high grade point average.

Maria was a co-founder and president of the board of Friends of the Birth Center (FBC). Even while a student at Downstate, she maintained her commitment to this organization and participated in advocacy, outreach & fundraising efforts.

Her international work has been focused on improving reproductive health services for women through the provision of direct clinical services as well as training local health care providers. She has traveled to many countries over the past 6 years. Examples include working with undocumented migrants on the US/Mexico border, indigenous communities in rural Peru and Guatemala, Turkish & Albanian families in pos-war Kosovo, Tibetans in remote areas of western China and tsunami survivors in Indonesia.

In her application for the chapter scholarship Maria wrote, "My commitment to advocacy and finding creative solutions to the challenges that midwives face, will help move the midwifery profession forward in the ever more complex and highly political birth culture and health care system of this country."

Maria brings compassionate, gentle support to laboring women and although her perspective is wide-ranging she understands that real change is accomplished one birth at a time.

Congratulations Maria!

 

Lily Hsia Midwifery Student Scholarship Award

Midwifery student Stephanie Abraitis received the Lily Hsia Midwifery Student Scholarship Award.