Susan Fekety, RN, MSN, CNM is an author, consultant, speaker, health care practitioner, and certified nurse midwife with a special interest in Women's Health.


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Susan Fekety's Curriculum Vitae

 Susan Fekety, RN, MSN, CNM is an author, consultant, speaker, health care practitioner, and certified nurse midwife with a special interest in Women's Health.


(1979) BA Political Science, Yale College  (New Haven, Connecticut)

(1984) Master of Science in Maternal-Newborn Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery, Yale School of Nursing (New Haven, Connecticut)


(2002 to present) Women's Health Practitioner/Nurse-Midwife/Lifestyle Counselor at True North Center for Health and Healing (Falmouth Maine)

(2002 to 2006) Education Coordinator, True North Center for Health and Healing (Falmouth, Maine)

(1995 to 2002) Certified Nurse-Midwife, Women to Women/Bethany Hays MD, (Yarmouth, Maine)

(1990 to 1995) Medical Research Assistant, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (Houston, Texas)

(1984 to 1990) Faculty Nurse-Midwife/Assistant Director for Education, Baylor College of Medicine Nurse-Midwifery Program, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Houston, Texas)

Writing and Publications

(2008 to present) Periodic e-newsletters, article archive, and blog at

(2008 to 2010) Monthly column, "The Gathering Basket" (nutrition and lifestyle) in Spirit Living online e-zine

(2007 to 2010) Monthly column, "The Bright Side of Nutrition" in SWITCH (Portland area weekly newsmagazine)

(2006) Co-author with Arlene Matthews, Nurturing Baby and Me During Pregnancy (Book/CD set), Developing Hearts Publishing

(2003) The Pocket Midwife: Affirmations for Healthy Pregnancy and Normal Birthing, self-published, now in 2nd printing

(1989) "Managing the HIV-Positive Patient and Her Newborn in a CNM Service," Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 34:5, 253-258

(1987) Review of Corea, G, "The Mother Machine," Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 32:1, 55

(1986) Review of Queenan, J, "Management of High-Risk Pregnancy," Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 31:5, 247

(1984) "Endometriosis: Descriptive Exploration of Population Characteristics," Master's Thesis, Yale University School of Nursing

Professional Presentations

(Sept 2010) "Dysglycemia: A Sweet Opportunity for Change," Keynote, Northern Maine Diabetes Collaborative Conference, Aroostook Medical Center (Presque Isle, Maine)

(March 2010) "Customizing Lifestyle Therapies for Common Women’s Health Problems," Presented for American College of Nurse Midwives Maine Chapter (Falmouth, Maine)

(Sept 2009) "Nutrition and Healthy Behavior Changes," Maine Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program, Community and Integrative Medicine Rotation (2nd year residents)

(Various 2006) "Using Imagination and Creativity for Personal Wellness," Keynote, ATOMIM Annual conference (Portland, Maine); also given as Maine Human Resources Association conference workshop (Rockland Maine)

(Sept 2004) "Integrative Health Care: Fertile Soil for Advanced Nursing Practice," Keynote, Maine State Nursing Association Annual Convention (Bangor Maine)

(Various 2004 and 2005) "Environmental Endocrine Disruptors and Women's Health," Presented for American College of Nurse Midwives Maine Chapter and for University of Southern Maine Continuing Professional Education

(June 2003) "Centering Pregnancy: The private practice experience," American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting (Palm Desert, California); featured on Medscape Nurses 5(2) 2003

(Oct 2002) "Group Based Health Care: A new model for patient empowerment," True North Health Center Annual Symposium (Kennebunkport, Maine)

(Dec 2001) "The Group-Based Model for Health Care," Integrative Care Division Grand Rounds, Mercy Hospital (Portland, Maine)

(Aug 2001)  "Centering Pregnancy," Two-day workshop co-leader, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

(April 2001 "Litigation Awareness for Midwives," Maine Chapter American College of Nurse Midwives (Yarmouth, Maine)

(Jan 2001) "Centering Pregnancy," Two-day workshop co-leader,  Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, Missouri)

(May 2000) "Group Prenatal Care: How we know it works," Panel Presentation at American College of Nurse Midwives Annual Meeting (Anchorage, Alaska)

(Feb 2000) "Health Issues for Women," Maine Women's Network, (Portland, Maine)

(March 1998) "Building Bridges: Collaborative practice," with Bethany Hays, MD; Midwives of Maine (Augusta, Maine)

(1996 & 1997) "Keeping your Patient Normal (and Out of the OR)," Panel for Maine Medical Center Family Practice Grand Rounds (Portland, Maine)

(Nov 1995) "Childbearing-Are You Running Out of Time?" Mercy Hospital Women's Health Series (Portland, Maine)

(Apr 1992 to 94) "Fetal and Neonatal Neurologic Injury," presented annually to Baylor College of Medicine Nurse-Midwifery Program (Houston, Texas)

(Nov 1991) "Writing Policy and Procedure Manuals," American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Annual Conference (Houston, Texas)

(Jul 1991) "Fetal Monitoring: Practice, Principles, Pitfalls" with Nancy Locke, JD; Fulbright & Jaworski Health Law Section Litigation Training Seminar (Houston, Texas)

(Apr 1991) "The Mother's Group: Interventions for HIV-Positive Women, NAACOG, Southeast Texas Chapter (Beaumont, Texas)

(May 1990) "Special People: Support groups for HIV-positive mothers," Parent-Child Council, University of Texas School of Nursing (Houston, Texas)

(Mar 1990) "AIDS and Pregnancy," Harris County Hospital District (Houston, Texas)

(Mar 1989) "Interpretation and Management of Laboratory Values in Pregnancy, First Annual Conference: Advances in Obstetrics & Gynecology," Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas)

(Nov 1988) "Update on High-Risk Conditions of Pregnancy: HIV and Hepatitis B in Pregnancy" (with CM Hinckley, MD) City of Houston, Texas Department of Health and Human Services

(1987 to 1988) "Interpretation and Management of Laboratory Values in Pregnancy" (with A. Martinez, CNM); Eight hour workshop sponsored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Continuing Education Committee (Hartford, CT; San Jose, CA; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; and Detroit, MI)

Community Presentations

(2008 to present) Regular speaker at the Portland Whole Foods Market ("Eat to Beat Inflammation," "Gluten Free Living," "Feed your Healthy Heart," "Nutrition for Balanced Hormones," "Diabesity: It doesn’t need to happen to you," "Nutrition for a Healthy Menopause")

(2006 to present) Regular speaker at many nutrition-related programs at local colleges and Health/fitness and Adult Education venues.

Professional Activities


  • American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) (1984 to present)  (1986-1990 National Program Committee; 2004-2007 Chair of Maine Chapter Continuing Education Committee)
  • Centering Pregnancy and Parenting Association/Centering Healthcare Institute
  • Maine Nurse Practitioner Association
  • Midwives Alliance of North America
  • Midwives of Maine (MOM)
  • True North Decision Circle (Executive); True North Credentialing/Peer Review Circle (2002 to 2011)

Clinical Teaching:

  • 1999-2000 Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philadelphia University School of Science and Health
  • 1998-1999 Clinical Instructor, Yale School of Nursing
  • 1998-1999 Clinical Preceptor/Regional Faculty, SUNY Stony Brook Pathways to Midwifery and the Community Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP)


  • HIV Antibody Test Counselor/STD Clinician for Women, Montrose Clinic, Houston, Texas (1989 to 1990)
  • Program Coordinator, HIV-Positive "Baby Buddies" Program Grant, Gulf Coast Chapter, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (1989 to 1990)
  • Regional Assistant Editor, Journal of Nurse-Midwifery (1987 to 1989)
  • Review Panel Member, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (1999 to 2002)


(June 2009) "Excellence in Midwifery and Women's Health Award" from the Maine Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives

Licensure and Certification

  • Certified Nurse Midwife, American College of Nurse-Midwives, initial certification 1984 (Continuing Competency Assessment is current)
  • FirstLine Therapy® Practitioner and Lifestyle Counselor, Certified 2005
  • HIV Antibody Test Counselor, Centers for Disease Control, Certified 1989
  • Maine RN/ARNP
  • CPR (current)
  • DEA (current)







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