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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

School of Health Professions – Midwifery Program

Faculty Publications

Certified Midwife Credential

Lichtman R, Farley C, Perlman D, Jefferson K, McCloskey C, Lange Kessler J, Gallego E, Shah MA. The certified midwife credential and the case for national implementation. J Midwifery Women's Health 2015; 60(6): 665-669.



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Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM

Program Chairperson Ronnie Lichtman is delighted to announce the recent publication of her newest book, Dr. Guttmacher's Pregnancy, Birth and Family Planning. She was fortunate to be asked to update and revise the oldest pregnancy guide for women and families, a book that was revolutionary when first written by Dr. Guttmacher in the 1930s. With its content almost wholly revised or completely new and a voice that reflects the 21st century, Pregnancy, Birth and Family Planning provides comprehensive information on just about anything a woman could want to know about these topics, while maintaining a philosophy of the normalcy of pregnancy.

The book emphasizes a woman's right to choose between a doctor or midwife for her health care and gives her plenty of information to help in making that choice. Written with two physician colleagues, it is an example of successful interdisciplinary collaboration.

The revised content of Pregnancy, Birth and Family Planning includes:

  • choosing a doctor or midwife for your pregnancy care
  • choosing among a hospital, birth center, or home birth
  • what to expect at prenatal visits
  • morning sickness and other common discomforts of pregnancy
  • genetics and genetic testing
  • early fetal assessment
  • keeping your environment safe for your fetus
  • eating well in pregnancy
  • the effects of infectious diseases on the fetus
  • normal labor and delivery
  • complications of labor and delivery
  • controversies in maternity care, such as routine ultrasound, widespread use of electronic fetal monitoring, epidural anesthesia, and episiotomy
  • multiple birth
  • newborn care
  • postpartum care
  • infertility
  • emergency contraception and old and new methods of birth control AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!!

Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM

Lichtman R. Midwives don't deliver or catch: a humble vocabulary suggestion. J Midwifery Women's Health 2013;58:124-125.

Vedam S, janssen PA, Lichtman R. Science and sensibility:choice of birth place in the United States. Medscape 2010.



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Aleida Llanes-Oberstein, CNM, LM, MS, FACNM

Aleida Llanes-Oberstein has authored another chapter entitled Perinatal Healthcare of Cuban Women. The chapter, which focuses on Cuban immigrant women in the United States, is the result of her work in Cuba, and her research of Cuban immigrant women during the past several years. The challenges of Cuban immigrant women are detailed along with the impact that the Cuban healthcare system has had on their health status.

Now published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.



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Prof. Llanes-Oberstein (F, Center) with SUNY Downstate Midwifery Students and Cuban Obstetrical Nurses.



Fullerton JT, Shah MA, Schechter S, Muller JH. Integrating qualified nurses and non-nurses in midwifery education: the two-year experience of an ACNM DOA accredited program. J Midwifery Womens Health 2000;45:45-52.

Lichtman R, Walker D. Supporting innovations in midwifery education (editorial). J Midwifery Women's Health 2003;48:389-390.

Lichtman R, Varney Burst H, Campau C, Carrington B et al. Pearls of wisdom for clinical teaching: expert educators reflect. J Midwifery Women's Health 2003;48: 455-463.