Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM, ARNP

Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM, ARNP
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Lead, Midwifery/Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks
Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


Prematurity effects 12% of births in the US (500,000 newborns each year) and it is a health disparity disproportionately effecting racial minorities. Transitioning to the parenting role with an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit challenges the resources of parents and families. Premature birth is associated with increased divorce, mental illness, and the stress from concerns about the health of the infant. Despite the increased risk for these adverse outcomes, the focus of inpatient and outpatient care after preterm birth is typically on the physical well-being of the infant, with little attention paid to the needs of parents. My current research aims to understand the distress that parents experience before and after the birth of preterm infants and how these experiences of prematurity impact their well-being and roles as parents and partners. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce parents’ distress in order to improve their function as parents and as partners. I am currently working on a proposal to develop a mindfulness-based intervention to improve coping and outcomes for women at risk of preterm birth.


In all my classes I strive to incorporate active learning strategies such as case presentations, student-led discussions, and peer-teaching. I use emerging and established technologies to support these strategies, including piloting the Canvas learning management system, and using Tegrity to record lectures for online and distance learning. My teaching assignments have included didactic and clinical courses in advanced practice nursing (DNP program), focusing on women's health and nurse-midwifery.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I have practiced nurse-midwifery at Providence Medical Group in Everett, WA since 2001. Located in Snohomish County, I have served in a provider shortage area to a predominately Medicaid population. Many of my clients are from underserved minority and immigrant populations with language barriers and other disadvantages in maintaining health. This clinical work also provides a clinical context for my teaching and maintains important connections with community clinical partners. I have also volunteered with Seattle/King County Public Health Reserve Corps since 2009 providing immunization and other health services to vulnerable populations. I am an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving on the Ethics Committee and the Gender-Bias Task Force.

Current Publications

  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., & Vandermause, R. (2015). Metaphors of Distress: Photo-elicitation Enhances a Discourse Analysis of Parents’ Accounts.  Qualitative Health Research (in press).
  • Altman, M. R., & Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., & Vandermause, R. (2014).  Synergy Among Multiple Methodologies:  Investigating Parents’ Distress After Preterm Birth.  International Journal of Qualitative Methodology 13: 335-346.
  • Lawrence, R., Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., & Landis, A. (2014).  Student midwives’ duty hours: risks, standards, and recommendations.  Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 59:127-140.
  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., Ellis, S. A., & MacFarlane, A. (2014).  Men in midwifery:  A national survey.  Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 59: 516–522.
  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I. (2013).  Expanded care for women and families after preterm birth.  Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 58, 158-166.
  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I. (2013).  Internet confessions of postpartum depression.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34: 874-882.

Current Research Projects

  • Interprofessional Oral Health Education in Group Prenatal Care.  Interprofessional Oral-Systemic Health Curricular Innovation Development Award, NYU Oral Health Nurse Education and Practice (PI) 2015.
  • Feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention for pregnant women at high risk for preterm birth delivered by the Internet.  Center for Child and Family Well-Being (PI) 2014.
  • Parental Distress after Preterm Birth.  Sigma Theta Tau International/Western Institute of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Psi Chapter-at-Large (PI) 2012 – 2013.
  • Men in Midwifery Survey. Gender Bias Task Force, American College of Nurse-Midwives (PI) 2011 – present.
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