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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, Well Woman Gynecology Clinical & Didactic and Clinical Practicum in Primary Care.


MaryAnne Laffin has been involved in women’s health care for almost 40 years: first as a Family Nurse Practitioner, then as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has a large private practice providing 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).

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

MaryAnne is a member of the ACNM Fellowship and a recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award" of the SUNY/Downstate.

She is a participant of numerous state and federal committees, including:

- NYS Department of Health Redesign Team for Maternity Care

- NYS Medicaid Prenatal Care Committee

- National Perinatal Association Advocacy and Nomination Committee

- NYS Association of Licensed Midwives Finance and Bylaw Committee


MS in Science, Pace University

Certificate in Midwifery, SUNY Downstate.