Advanced Senior Lecturer A

Nurse-midwives provide the best women’s health care available.

As part of Penn Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, Mamie K. Guidera is helping to improve maternal and infant outcomes in the United States and in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti.

Combining Theory and Practice  

Ms. Guidera brings her real-world experience as a nurse-midwife into the classroom, and in a course she helped develop and co-directs, takes students to Central America to gain their own real-world experience. Maternal Infant Health in the Americas includes seminars at Penn on the health care system in Central America, how to teach women who can neither read nor write, and the ethics of working in another country. At the end of the semester, Ms. Guidera and the students travel to Honduras or Guatemala for two weeks, providing women with health care, teaching them about how to live healthier lives, and educating nurses and midwives in the community.  

Each week, Ms. Guidera spends one day caring for women at the Latina Community Health Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. She has also trained midwives in Haiti as part of Midwives for Haiti, an 11-month training program, and conducted research there on midwifery in developing countries. Several graduate students assisted in the research.

“By educating more midwives we improve maternal and infant outcomes in the United States and in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti.”

Education

  • Post master certification in nurse midwifery, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, 1997
  • MSN, Villanova University, 1986
  • BSN, Villanova University, 1977