Nurse-Midwifery Grand Rounds

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing's nurse midwifery program is pleased to announce OHSU Nurse Midwifery Grand Rounds, a program from the number one ranked nurse midwifery program in the nation. The Grand Rounds features the Northwest's leading midwifery faculty, clinicians, and experts in women's health care, as they discuss the latest research and evidence-based trends in clinical practice.

OHSU Nurse Midwifery Grand Rounds meets once a month on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and is open to all who are interested. Sessions are held in the OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium, room 144. Midwifery students and faculty, OB residents, and labor and delivery staff are especially encouraged to attend.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016
7:30 –8:30 a.m. OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium, Room 144
Presentation: Elise Erickson, CNM
Title: Examining Oxytocin: Bio-behavioral Research & Maternity Care

Oxytocin is an important hormone and neurotransmitter affecting far more than uterine contractions. This talk will present some basic neuroscience from this booming scientific field. It will also present new lines of research within obstetrics about how endogenous oxytocin function may impact obstetric outcomes. Finally, this discussion will raise some questions about the ubiquitous use of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) in clinical obstetric care.  

Elise EricksonElise Erickson, C.N.M. is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Illinois-Chicago. She has practiced Nurse-Midwifery since 2005 in high and low risk settings and is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in the OHSU Midwifery service as well as a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Nursing. She has experience with oxytocin research after studying neuroscience at the University of Illinois Chicago and working in an animal research lab. Her research interest is in the biopsychosocial function of oxytocin and how its dysfunction may be related to less optimal birth and behavioral outcomes. She is also interested in how the use of synthetic oxytocin clinically may potentially influence the postpartum transition and currently is working on a study of lactation with her dissertation chair, Dr. Cathy Emeis.   


Upcoming dates

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:30 –8:30 a.m. OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium, Room 144
Presentation: Nora Tallman, CNM, ND –The Inner Work of Birth

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7:30 –8:30 a.m. OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium, Room 144
Presentation:  TBA

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
7:30 –8:30 a.m. OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium, Room 144
Presentation:  TBA

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Grand Rounds. Video recording of previous Grand Rounds can be viewed online by following the archives link below.

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