Penelope Caldwell, 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 professor is to encourage my students to trust the birth process, provide family-centered care, and to question the status quo when it comes to routine practices.

Education/Degree Awarded/Institution

2013-Doctor of Nursing Practice: University of Northern Colorado.
1995-Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery: State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony brook, NY.
1985 - Board certified as a nurse midwife, ACNM. University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson Mississippi.
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'.

My dissertation is on the ethics of shot term service learning immersion in resource poor countries. The questions are related to beneficence and maleficence, are we doing 'good'?

Practice Activities

I work part-time as a full-scope midwife at the Oregon Clinic with hospital privileges at Providence Portland Medical Center.


Caldwell, P., & Purtzer, MA. (2015). Long-Term Learning in a Short-Term Study Abroad Program: "Are we really truly helping the community? 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.