Kennedy, Holly

  • Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN is the current President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is the inaugural Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale University School of Nursing. She became a midwife 27 years ago after spending a year working at the Frontier Nursing Service where she learned a unique and powerful model of care. She is committed to assuring that all women have access to high quality and safe midwifery care, and to a society in which a woman announces her pregnancy that the first question she is confronted with, is “Who’s your midwife?”

    Dr. Kennedy received her midwifery education from the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing, her masters degree from the Medical College of Georgia as a family nurse practitioner, and her doctoral degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has practiced in numerous settings including rural health, community and tertiary hospitals, and in academic practices. Her research includes numerous studies exploring specific maternity care models and their relationship to health outcomes. She completed a clinical trial of CenteringPregnancy, a group model of prenatal care, in two military settings. She is on the faculty of King’s College London where she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar during 2008 studying the NHS efforts to normalize birth care.