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Suzy Myers, LM, CPM, MPH
Suzy Myers is chair of the Department of Midwifery, serving as core faculty and overseeing the department’s faculty, curriculum and new programs. She is part of the steering committee of the Bastyr University Diversity Committee.
- BA in psychology from Clark University, Worcester, MA, in 1971
- Certificate in Midwifery from Seattle Midwifery School in 1979
- Master's in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Program, in 1988
Suzy Myers began her midwifery training in 1975 in Seattle in a collective apprenticeship model with two family-practice physicians and four other midwife trainees. In 1978 she co-founded the Seattle Midwifery School (SMS), where she was a faculty and board member for the next 30 years. In 2009 she transitioned, along with SMS, to Bastyr University and assumed the position of chair of the new Department of Midwifery. Ms. Myers and her midwifery partner and SMS co-founder, Marge Mansfield, worked together for over 30 years in the practice they co-owned, Seattle Home Maternity Service and Childbirth Center, where today Seattle-area families continue to receive excellent midwifery care. Her other work includes:
- In the early 1980s, Myers was active in legislative reform of Washington’s Midwifery Act and served on the first Midwifery Advisory Committee, writing rules and developing the licensing examination.
- In 1983 she helped to launch the Midwives' Association of Washington State. She served as its first president from 1983-1985.
- In 1994 she co-authored the first study of outcomes of licensed midwife-attended births in Washington.
- She served 15 years on the Board of Directors of a Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) created by the Washington State legislature to provide medical malpractice insurance to midwives providing out-of-hospital birth services.
- She served on the board of directors of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) from 2002 – 2013, serving as board president from 2011-2013.
- Professional issues courses: History of Midwifery, Health Care Systems, Health Policy and Legal and Ethical Issues
- Clinical skills: Neonatal Resuscitation Provider Course
- Master’s project seminars and chair of student projects
Myers' interests include professional issues related to midwifery integration, normal birth, maternity care policy, inter-professional training for maternity care providers, and global and national midwifery education and workforce evaluation.
Myers is stimulated by adult learners who are passionate about their career choice as health care providers who will help transform peoples’ lives. She strives to share her experience, to challenge students to excel, and to partner with students to pose and answer questions that will positively impact their profession and the families they serve. She is committed to working to address institutional racism as it affects health professions education and to recruiting and retaining students from diverse backgrounds. She’s also committed to educating all of her students as culturally competent maternity care providers who will provide services to diverse populations with appreciation of the impact of health disparities on perinatal outcomes. She aims to provide the tools to help address these problems.