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Jenifer O. Fahey C.N.M., M.S.N., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Location: 11 South Paca, 4th Floor
Phone: 667-214-1310

Personal History:

Ms. Fahey was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas and her Masters of Science in Public Health from Harvard University's School of Public Health. After spending a year in England where she worked with British midwives, Jenifer trained as a midwife and received her Masters in Nursing from Yale University's School of Nursing. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Her dissertation work will be on the health of women in the year following childbirth.

She has participated in a series of initiatives to improve perinatal outcomes in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. These activities have included participation in the Baltimore Babies Born Healthy Leadership in Action (Baby-LAP), the Maryland Patient Safety Center's Perinatal Collaborative and in the development of Baltimore's 10-year initiative to reduce infant mortality - B'More for Healthy Babies. She is director of obstetric simulation at UMMC. She is a co-founder and current Board Member of PRONTO International - an organization that provides emergency obstetric and neonatal care training internationally.

In the last several years, Ms. Fahey has worked to promote Centering Pregnancy in Maryland, an evidence-based model of group prenatal care. She serves as a reviewer in multiple peer-review journals including the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health for which she is also an Associate Editor. Ms. Fahey has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and has published chapters in textbooks, most recently in Varney's Midwifery, 5th Edition, for which she also served as one of the editors.

Research Interests:

Ms. Fahey's research interests include medical simulation including in-situ simulation Health of women in postpartum period Group prenatal care.

Clinical Specialty:

Full-scope midwifery practice: well-woman/annual, family planning, prenatal, intrapartum (birth) and postpartum care.


Fahey, J. O. (2015). Midwives in Global Health: Championing Maternal Health in a Time of Shifting Development Paradigms. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health.

Walker, D., Fritz, J., Olvera, M., Lamadrid, H., Cohen, S., & Fahey, J. (2014). PRONTO Low-Tech Obstetric Simulation and Team Training in Mexico Improves Patient Outcomes, and Evidence-Based Care at Birth. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 123, 176S-177S.

Fahey, JO.  (2014).  The recognition and management of intrapartum fetal heart rate emergencies: Beyond definitions and classification.  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 59(6): 616-623.

Walker, D., Cohen, S., Fritz, J., Olvera, M., Lamadrid-Figueroa, H., Cowan, J. G., ... & Fahey, J. O. (2014). Team training in obstetric and neonatal emergencies using highly realistic simulation in Mexico: impact on process indicators. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 14(1), 367.

Fahey, JO. and Shenassa, E. (2013), Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Women in the Postpartum Period: The Perinatal Maternal Health Promotion Model. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 58: 613, 621.

Fahey JO, Cohen SR, Holme F, Buttrick ES, Dettinger JC, Kestler E, Walker DM. (2013). Promoting cultural humility during labor and birth.  Putting theory into action during PRONTO obstetric and neonatal emergency training.  Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing. 27(1): 1-7.