Advanced Senior Lecturer A

Midwifery puts women at the center of their care, as involved partners in learning and decision- making.  Combining ancient art and modern science, nurse-midwives use education to empower their patients to make informed decisions. Midwives focus on maintaining health, preventing disease, and the appropriate use of technology


As a practicing nurse-midwife since 1989 and a faculty member in Penn Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, Barbara Reale teaches the midwifery model of care as the context for her students to learn to become safe and competent clinicians. Students benefit from her extensive experience working with diverse patient populations and in care settings ranging from the home to birth center, to community hospital, to regional medical centers. 


Ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the Nurse-Midwifery Program prepares students to provide highly-competent, family-centered, comprehensive care to women and their families across the lifespan. As course director for several of the program’s core courses, Ms. Reale regularly participates in curriculum design to ensure that content is cohesive and up to date. She is also working to increase the number of local clinical site placements for students through the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration project, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

“There’s an ancient art and a modern science to midwifery, and a fundamental core that has to do with a very deep respect for women.


  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania , 1988
  • BS, Columbia University , 1985
  • BA, Cornell University , 1981