Georgetown visitor Dr. Cindy Farley looks back on a term in Oxford

This Michaelmas Term the Hall welcomed a few visiting professors from Georgetown University, the Jesuit school in Washington, D.C. (USA). One of the visitors is Dr. Cindy Farley, a leading expert on midwifery and an associate professor in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown's School of Nursing & Health Studies. 

Dr Farley recently wrote a summary blogpost looking back on her time in Oxford, detailing the work she did while in the United Kingdom, and reflecting on the differences of midwifery care between the two countries. 

From her blog (via the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies webpage): 

“I am very grateful for this Campion Hall faculty residency experience,” she says. “I am heartened to see that compassionate, caring midwives are striving and thriving across the globe to help women achieve safe and satisfying birth.”

Farley directed her time in the residency program to create a short-term study abroad opportunity for her graduate students, one that would be open to nurse-midwifery/WHNP students who were in the Georgetown program’s last semester. “Each traveling student chose an aspect of midwifery care to compare United Kingdom to United States practices,” she says. 

Earlier this semester, for a week, 10 Georgetown students from the online program and three faculty, including Farley, had an “exhilarating and exhausting” time, including seeing the set of the popular series “Call the Midwife.” 

Other signature activities involved visiting the Royal College of Midwives and touring multiple free-standing birth centers, hospital obstetric units, and midwife-led units. Students had the chance to collaborate with peers in the UK and socialize at a pub one evening. Additionally, the Rev. Nicholas Austin, SJ, master of Campion Hall, discussed Jesuit values with the students.

You can read the entire blogpost here