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Molly Altman PhD, CNM, MPH

Assistant Professor
Dr. Altman is an assistant professor in the Family and Child Nursing department and core faculty in the nurse-midwifery track of the DNP program. Her program of research focuses upon respect and equity in maternity care, specifically around care provision for communities at risk for poor birth outcomes. Dr. Altman has expertise in both epidemiological and qualitative research modalities, with an emphasis on examining impact of racism and discrimination in care interactions.

My experience as a nurse-midwife in clinical practice has provided the grounding for my program of research around respectful and equitable care provision during pregnancy and childbirth. My PhD dissertation explored the comparative effectiveness of nurse-midwifery care to traditional obstetric care as one avenue for improving care provision. Later, I completed the transdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco’s Preterm Birth Initiative in which I focused my research on exploring women’s experiences interacting with health care providers in the context of respectful care provision, particularly regarding racism, discrimination, and bias in health care interactions. My current program of research uses a variety of methods including epidemiological approaches, in-depth qualitative methodologies, and community-based participatory methods to address issues in care provision for communities at risk for poor birth outcomes.


Washington State University 2015; MPH – University of Washington 2006; MN – nurse-midwifery – University of Washington 2005, BSN – University of Vermont 2002.

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

2015 – Excellence in Teaching Award – American College of Nurse-Midwives

2006 – Certificate of Excellence for Maternal Child Health Contributions – The University of Washington

What classes do you teach?

NURS 542, NURS 543, NMETH 801

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

My joy with working in the UW School of Nursing comes from the students. While I was completing my doctoral education I taught in the nurse-midwifery track as a lecturer, and I loved the reciprocity of teaching and learning that is nurtured within the DNP program. I learn just as much from my students as I could ever impart on them. I am excited to be back in the role of assistant professor both to continue my role as mentor and teacher to the DNP students as well as to build my research program among some of the great nursing researchers of our time.

Scholarly work (projects not listed in PubMed, such as books, publications or videos)

Altman MR, Jiggins-Colorafi K, Daratha KB. The reliability of electronic health record data used for obstetrical research. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2018; 9(01): 156-162.

McLemore MR, Altman MR, Cooper N, Williams S. Rand L, Franck L. Health care experiences of pregnant and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth. Social Science & Medicine, 2018; 201: 127-135.

Baer RB, Altman MR, Oltmann SP, Chambers CD, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Maternal factors influencing late entry into prenatal care: a stratified analysis by race or ethnicity and insurance. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 2018; April 22: 1-7.

Afulani P, Altman MR, Musana J, Sudinarest M. Conceptualizing pathways linking women’s empowerment and prematurity in developing countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2017 November; 17(Suppl2): 338.

Altman MR, Murphy SM, Fitzgerald CE, Andersen HF, Daratha KB. The cost of nurse-midwifery care: use of interventions, resources, and associated costs in the hospital setting. Women’s Health Issues. 2017 Jul – Aug;27(4):434-440

Altman MR, Daratha KB. Economic impact of nurse-midwifery care for childbirth: More for less? (published abstract). Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 2016; 61(5); 658-658.

Kantrowitz-Gordon I, Altman MR, Vandermause R. Parents’ prolonged distress after early preterm birth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 2016; 45(2); 196-209

Altman MR, Kantrowitz-Gordon I, Vandermause R. Synergy Among Multiple Methodologies: . International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2014; 13; 335-346

Altman MR, Lydon-Rochelle M. Prolonged second stage of labor and adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review. Birth. 2006; 33:4; 315-322


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health
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