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Midwifery Program Faculty

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Suzanne Schechter, CNM, LM, MS, FACNM


Clinical Assistant Professor, Education Director and Chair of the Midwifery Admissions Committee

"I've truly enjoyed teaching midwifery at SUNY Downstate since 1985. Helping students to achieve their goal to become a midwife is enormously rewarding."

Academic Responsibilities:

Course coordination of Neonatology, Pelvic Assessment of Women, Introduction to Teaching, Antepartum Care, Medical and Obstetric Complications, Medical Complications of Pregnancy and Integration of Clinical Studies.


Professor Schechter has had extensive experience in ambulatory women's health care and primary care. She has worked in a community health center, health maintenance organization, urban tertiary care hospital, and university health care service. She is also educated as a family nurse practitioner and was certified as a women's health care nurse practitioner.

Contributions to the Profession:

Professor Schechter is currently a commissioner of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). She serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Commissioners and is an ACME representative on the United States Midwifery Education, Regulation and Association (USMERA). She previously served as an ACME site visitor and as a member of the Board of Review. Professor Schechter is a member of the Division of Education, Continuing Education Section. She spearheaded the development of the ACNM Region 2, Chapter 1 Student Scholarship Committee and is currently the Committee Chair. She coordinates and edits the "About Us" column in the Metro Midwives newsletter. She is a past chair of the Nominating Committee and a past treasurer of the local ACNM chapter.

Professor Schechter co-authored the article, "Integrating Qualified Nurses and Non-Nurses in Midwifery Education: The Two-Year Experience of an ACNM DOA Accredited Program," featured in the premier issues of the peer-reviewed Journal of Midiwfery & Women's Health in January, 2000. She was a 2004 recipient of the ACNM Regional Award for Excellence.

Professor Schechter received the ACNM Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 and is a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She was inducted as a fellow of the ACNM in 2009.


MS in Nursing with distinction, Pace University
Certificate in Midwifery, SUNY Downstate
Certificate from Legal Nurse Consultant Program, Long Island University.