Thompson, Joyce E. (Beebe)

  • Dr. Joyce Beebe Thompson, DrPH, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM is an international consultant in midwifery, women’s health, nursing, and health care ethics, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Her current focus is on midwifery education and the preparation of competent, caring teachers for the health professions. Joyce has over 40 years of international midwifery practice, teaching and consultation with an emphasis on promoting Safe Motherhood throughout the world. She conducted the 2-year Delphi study for the International Confederation of Midwives that resulted in the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education, approved in December 2010.

    Dr. Joyce Thompson, Professor Emeriti, University of Pennsylvania and Western Michigan University, received a BSN and MPH from the University of Michigan, a Certificate in nurse-midwifery from Maternity Center Association, a DrPH from Columbia University, and a certificate in Bioethics from the Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University. Her life-long passion for the health of women and human rights throughout the world was recognized in June 2007 when she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Dundee, Scotland. Dr. Thompson was President of the ACNM, Director of the ICM Board of Management, and Vice-Chair of the WHO advisory group on nursing and midwifery. She has many publications to date and is currently working on the history of midwifery in the U.S. and the history of the International Confederation of Midwives with colleagues.