Nell Tharpe, MS, CNM, CRNFA, FACNM obtained her Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the State University of New York in 1986, and certification as an RN First Assistant (CRNFA) in 1999. Nell provided women-centered primary and maternity care in her community. Due to community need Nell expanded her practice to include the role of surgical first assistant in General, OB/GYN, and Orthopedic surgery where she honed her suturing skills.
Nell’s passion is bridging the gap between clinical practice and emerging evidence. Nell teaches midwifery skills through the thoughtful application of evidence. She teaches using evidence-informed care which melds the art of midwifery with the latest science. Nell believes that midwives can foster the highest quality midwifery and women’s health care in every practice setting through attention to detail in skill development, collaborative practice, and partnering with women.
Nell is the author of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health. She is an independent perinatal consultant, teaches on-line courses for midwives at Thomas Jefferson University, and offers hands-on midwifery workshops at her studio in East Boothbay, Maine.