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Jalana is a midwife and full-time PhD student in the Centre for Maternal and Child Health. The focus of her PhD research is on the experience of midwives facilitating group antenatal care. She is involved in research projects around the global expansion and implementation of group antenatal care in both high and low and middle income countries, developing and conducting group antenatal care training, materials and resources in both virtual and in-person formats.
She worked for 12 years as a full scope midwife and nurse practitioner in the United States, with a special focus on underserved populations and group antenatal care. She also has a background as a public health educator, specializing in sexual and reproductive health, and as a midwifery educator. She serves on local and national committees of the American College of Nurse Midwives and is an advocate for legislation promoting equity, autonomy and access in midwifery care.
Other research interests include: migrant and refugee health, midwifery education, the intersectionality of public health and midwifery and health systems change.
- Certified Nurse Midwife, American Midwifery Certification Board, 2008
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner-Certified, National Certification Corporation, 2008
- Master of Public Health, The Ohio State University, United States
- MS Nursing, Ohio State University, United States
- BA, Tufts University, United States
- Clinical Faculty Advisor, Georgetown University, 2017 – present
French (can read, write, speak and understand spoken), German (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Malagasy (can read, speak and understand spoken).
Title of thesis: With Women: Exploring the Experiences of Midwives Facilitating Group Antenatal Care
Summary of research
A mixed methods study of midwives experiences of facilitating group antenatal care with a focus on settings where this care was integrated into an existing health system
- Professor Christine McCourt, Professor of Maternal and Child Health
- Dr Ellinor Olander, Senior Lecturer