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Birthing Naturally

About the Author

The Birthing Naturally Web site and books are authored by Jennifer Vanderlaan, a certified nurse-midwife, family practice nurse practitioner and master of public health. After over ten years providing childbirth education and doula services, Jennifer began the journey to improve maternal health through research and policy. She is currently working on a PhD at Emory University's School of Nursing focusing her research on the effects of policy and practitioner workload on birth outcomes.


Emory University
PhD Student, Nursing
Emory University, December 2012
Master's of Science in Family Nurse Midwifery
Master's of Public Health
Russell Sage College, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Michigan State University, 1995
Bachelor of Science, Physiology
Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Professional and Clinical Educational Experience:

2000-Present  Owner, Birthing Naturally
Fall 2012  Student Nurse Midwife with YWAM in Tanzania
Spring 2012  Student Nurse Midwife with Kaiser Permanente
Spring 2012  Student Nurse Practitioner at the Grady Infectious Disease Program
Fall 2011  Student Nurse Midwife with the Grady Midwives
Fall 2011  Student Nurse Practitioner at a private rural family practice
Summer 2011  Student Nurse Practitioner, Moultrie Farm Worker Program
Fall 2010-Summer 2011  Student Nurse Midwife with the Midwife Group and Birth Center

Professional Certifications & Affiliations:

Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse, State of Georgia

American Midwifery Credentialling Board - Certifed Nurse Midwife

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lamaze International; Childbirth Educator
American Academy of Pediatrics; Helping Babies Breathe; Master Trainer
American Heart Association; Basic Life Support
American Academy of Pediatrics; Neonatal Resuscitation
American Medical Association; Basic Disaster Life Support
Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
American College of Nurse Midwives

Volunteer Work:

Summer, 2012 Doula at Dar a Luz, Honduras
Summer, 2011 Doula Trainer for Doulas of Nairobi
Summer, 2009 Skilled Birth Assistant Trainer, Democratic Republic of Congo
2004-2008 Director, Helping Hands Doula Volunteers


Adequacy of the United States Delivery Care Workforce - ACNM Poster Presentation 2013
Secrets of the Change: Clinical Updates on Menopause - Christian Midwives International Conference 2013
Training Midwives in the Congo, Midwifery Today Summer 2009
Options You May Have for a Birth Plan, Human Development 9th Edition, McGraw Hill 2009
Words, Words, Words: How to speak so your clients can hear, Christian Midwives International Summer 2008
Pregnancy and Birth with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Midwifery Today Winter 2008
Pregnancy: month by month, Baby Gro Summer 2003