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Linda Hunter to Lead Professional Society

Release Date: 11/16/2017

Linda Hunter, EdD, CNM, FACNM, a certified nurse midwife and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology (clinical) in the Midwifery Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been appointed president-elect of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). She will be appointed president in 2019 and will serve a three-year term.

Hunter joined the Midwifery Program in November 2007, previously working as a registered nurse in the emergency room, labor and delivery, and as a staff educator at Women & Infants from 1982 to 1995. Once completing her graduate education in nurse midwifery at the University of Rhode Island, Hunter worked in private practice in New London, CT. She then joined the faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM), during which time she worked in a hospital-based nurse midwifery practice and held faculty appointments in the College of Medicine and Nursing. Hunter actively participated in the classroom and clinical education of nursing and medical students and received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from UVM in 2008.

A contributing editor, Clinical Rounds section for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Hunter is also the current chair of the Certificate Maintenance Committee of the AMCB.  

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and Care New England Health System, said, “Linda has made incredible contributions to the positive culture at Women & Infants and the residency training program here. She and her colleagues in the midwifery service are integral to Women & Infants’ national recognition as an academic model of inter-professional education and clinical care, working collaboratively with physicians, advance practice nurses, and every member of the care delivery team.”

The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) is the national certifying body for candidates in nurse-midwifery and midwifery who have received their graduate level education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Certification by the AMCB is considered the gold-standard in midwifery certification and is recognized in all 50 states.


About Women & Infants Hospital 

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.