Find A PhysicianHome  |  Library  |  myDownstate  |  Newsroom  |  A-Z Guide  |  E-mail  |  Contact Us  |  Directions
curve gif

Midwifery Program Faculty


Maryanne F. Laffin, RN, FNP, CNM, LM, FACNM


Clinical Assistant Professor

“I believe every midwife must be an advocate for her clients and her/his profession. To be a midwife is an honor we must protect.”

Academic Responsibilities:

Course coordination of Physical Assessment of Women Clinical & Didactic and Pathophysiology of Acute & Chronic Conditions in Women & Their Primary Care.


MaryAnne Laffin has been involved in women’s health care for more than 34 years: first as a Family Nurse Practitioner, then as a Certified Nurse-Midwife for the last 31 years. She has a large private practice providing full scope women’s health care. She has been a student preceptor for numerous midwifery and nurse practitioner programs. She has presented on many health issues for women and children and is a strong advocate for perinatal issues.

Contributions to the Profession:

MaryAnne is very active in women’s health issues on the local, state and national level. She is a founding board member of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) — one of the first state organizations for midwives in the United States. She is a Past-President for this organization.

MaryAnne is an active member of American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), where she served on the Government Affairs Committee , as well as being active in the New York State Affiliate Chapters 1 and 8 — serving as a past president and vice president of the Long Island Midwives. She is also involved in other important women's health care organizations: past president of the National Perinatal Association (NPA), and a past board member of New York State Perinatal Association (NYSPA). MaryAnne is on the Medical Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood.

She recently co-authored "Policy, Politics, Legislation and Community Health Nursing" in Community /Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations

In 2005 MaryAnne was inducted into the ACNM Fellowship.

In 2006 she was named the "Distinguished Alumni" of the SUNY/Downstate, Midwifery Program.


MS in Science, Pace University; Certificate in Midwifery, SUNY Downstate.