Penelope Caldewell, R.N., C.N.M., D.N.P.

Penelope Caldwell

Clinical Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, Ore. 97239

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Much of my work as a nurse midwife has been in 'out of hospital' settings. Over time this work has given me a degree of expertise in 'normal physiological' birth. My focus as a teacher is to encourage my students to trust the birth process and provide woman-centered care.

Education/Degree Awarded/Institution

2013-Doctor of Nursing Practice: University of Northern Colorado
1995-Master of Science: Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York at Stony Brook
1981-Associates Degree: Nursing, Rockland C. College


N332-Acute care and End of Life, Winter and Spring

N435-Integrative Practice, Summer


I am interested in the work of Foucault as it relates to the power of language and discourse and how it constructs 'truth'.

Practice Activities

Currently seeking a part-time clinical practice as a nurse midwife. 


Caldwell, P., & Purtzer, MA. (under review). Long-Term Learning in a Short-Term Study Abroad Program: "Are we really truly helping the community? Manuscript submitted on March 2014 to Public Health Nursing.

Bonner, J. L., Hopper, J., Martin, L. G., & Caldwell, P. (2014). Pilot Surveys of Ethics and Short-Term Medical Mission Work: University of Wyoming Agua Salada Clinic, Honduras. Universal. Journal of Public Health, (1)1.

Caldwell, P. (2011). Poster Presentation: The Unanesthetized Laboring Woman and the Sublime: antidote to a culture of ‘Debirthing’, presented at the "Mid-Pacific Conference on Birth and Primal Health Research", Hawaii.

Caldwell, P. (2010). Poster Presentation: Delivering one’s own placenta; an ancient practice rediscovered in Honduras, presented at the "Mid-Atlantic Conference on Birth and Primal Health Research", Canary Islands, Spain.