Midwifery Alumna Speaks on Capitol Hill About Improving Access to Maternity Care


Hear Ebony Marcelle speak in support of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act.

Alumna Ebony Marcelle ’07 spoke on March 8—International Women’s Day—at a U.S. Senate briefing on Capitol Hill to raise awareness for the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, S. 783.

The United States is one of just 13 countries—and the only developed nation—where the maternal mortality rate is increasing, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). One in five women in the United States live in healthcare provider shortage areas, which can lead to delays in obtaining needed care during and following pregnancy and birth. Passage of S. 783 is one mechanism to help alleviate the significant pressures on many rural and urban communities, health systems and women in need of access to qualified maternity care providers.

Marcelle is the director of midwifery services at Community of Hope Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. She has won the Save the Children’s Real Award, Midwife Honoree and the ACNM’s Kitty Ernst “Young Whippersnapper” Award, which honors a midwife who has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in clinical practice, education, administration or research relating to midwifery and women’s health.

In addition, Marcelle has served as a clinical preceptor and volunteer mentor for graduate students at the Midwifery Institute at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), said Dana Perlman, director of the Institute. “She has been an invaluable asset for career advancement to our students and has hired, mentored and advised our students and alumnae.”

Read Ebony Marcelle’s interview with the Washington Post here.

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