Elise N. Erickson, Ph.D., CNM

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Elise is proud to be a part of the OHSU Midwifery team. Currently she is mostly engaged in research but also works in the on-call rotation for the midwifery service. She started her midwifery journey as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan after attending births with midwives as a student nurse. Then in 2005, after completing her masters degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has served families throughout their reproductive years ever since. She moved to Oregon in 2010, completed a PhD at OHSU in 2018, having two kids while doing her doctoral work. 

She is engaged in research on the physiology and pharmacology of oxytocin, postpartum hemorrhage and most recently has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship between a person's birth related problems (hemorrhage, difficult labor, cesarean) and their epigenetic patterns. Elise also studies outcomes for people having midwifery care and the use of wearable biosensors for predicting when labor might start. She lives near Portland with her husband, two young children and dog. She enjoys being in the Pacific Northwest for all the natural beauty and recharges by getting lost on the trail.    

Education and training

    • B.S.N., 2002, University of Michigan
    • M.S., 2005, University of Illinois Chicago
    • Ph.D., 2018, Oregon Health & Science University

Memberships and associations:

  • American College of Nurse Midwives

Areas of interest

  • Parturition
  • Pregnancy physiology
  • Oxytocin
  • Epigenetics
  • Social Determinants of Health


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Selected publications

  • Bell, A. F., Erickson, E. N., & Carter, C. S. (2014). Beyond labor: The role of natural and synthetic oxytocin in the transition to motherhood. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 59(1), 35–42. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12101
  • Erickson, E. N., Carter, C. S., & Emeis, C. L. (2019). Oxytocin, Vasopressin and Prolactin in New Breastfeeding Mothers: Relationship to Clinical Characteristics and Infant Weight Loss. Journal of Human Lactation, 089033441983822. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890334419838225
  • Erickson, E. N., & Emeis, C. L. (2017). Breastfeeding Outcomes After Oxytocin Use During Childbirth: An Integrative Review. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 62(4), 397–417. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12601
  • Erickson, E. N., Lee, C. S., & Emeis, C. L. (2017). Role of Prophylactic Oxytocin in the Third Stage of Labor: Physiologic Versus Pharmacologically Influenced Labor and Birth. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12620
  • Erickson, E. N., Lee, C. S., Grose, E., & Emeis, C. (2019). Physiologic childbirth and active management of the third stage of labor: A latent class model of risk for postpartum hemorrhage. Birth, 46(1), 69–79. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12384
  • Thiele, D. K., Erickson, E. N., & Snowden, J. M. (2019). High Prevalence of Maternal Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Deficiency Is Not Associated With Poor Birth Outcomes Among Healthy White Women in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 48(2), 163–175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2019.01.001
  • Complete List of Publications available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/elise.erickson.1/bibliography/public/


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