Amy Romano, MSN, CNM, Associate Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection

Amy Romano has worked in the maternity care field as a clinician, research analyst, educator, and consumer advocate since 2001. In 2010, she joined Childbirth Connection, where she directs the Transforming Maternity Care Partnership and works on a broad range of program activities.

Prior to joining Childbirth Connection, Amy spent six years as a perinatal research and advocacy consultant to Lamaze International, during which she analyzed, summarized, and critically appraised research for the Lamaze community and implemented the organization's social media strategy. She launched Lamaze's award-winning research blog, Science & Sensibility, and worked as lead author and production consultant on a series of consumer-oriented videos on evidence-based care in labor and birth, viewed over 5 million times on YouTube. Amy also coordinated a collaborative effort by leaders in the consumer movement for access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) that distilled the proceedings and findings of the 2010 NIH Consensus Development Conference on VBAC into a useful primer for women. Her 2010 article, "Power, Social Media, and the Future of VBAC," in the Journal of Perinatal Education is the first to explore the impact of web-enabled consumer movements to drive maternity care quality improvement. Amy has won national awards for both her research scholarship and social media activism, including the prestigious Kitty Ernst award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

In addition to her consulting work, Amy provided maternity care services to childbearing families for two years as a nurse in the postpartum and well-baby unit of a large teaching hospital and for four years as a nurse-midwife, during which she worked in the home, birth center, and hospital settings. She also coordinated the introductory labor and birth course for the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty at the Yale School of Nursing and frequently guest lectures for other courses at Yale and other universities. She is the president of the Connecticut State Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and serves as an active member of ACNM’s Health Information Technology Taskforce and the Quality Section of ACNM's Division of Standards and Practice.

Prior to entering the maternity care field, Amy worked in public health, first as a website content coordinator for the National Cancer Institute, then as a program assistant for Population Services International where she supported contraceptive and HIV-prevention social marketing programs in Africa and Asia. She has also worked in Guatemala, where she provided programmatic support to a small nonprofit organization piloting an innovative model of midwifery training and continuing education.

An accomplished writer, Amy is co-author of the second edition of Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach (Classic Day, 2012) and co-editor of the 9th edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves (Simon & Schuster, 2011). Her work has been published in several peer reviewed journals and online in various publications and blogs.

Amy received her undergraduate degree in women's health and economics from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University.

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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
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