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 and provide woman-centered care.

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
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

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.