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Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH

Campus: 
Washington
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Midwifery

Current Roles

Wendy Gordon is a core faculty member the Midwifery Department at Bastyr University. She also provides prenatal, birth and postpartum care to families through the Center for Birth Midwives in Seattle.

Education

  • BS in Chemical Engineering from University of North Dakota in 1991
  • Certificate in Midwifery from Seattle Midwifery School in 2005
  • MPH from Oregon Health & Science University, Primary Health Care and Health Disparities track, in 2012

Teaching Interests

Gordon's teaching interests include the provision of excellent midwifery care in home and birth center settings; the role of racism in perinatal health disparities; the development of critical thinking skills; and the ability to translate and evaluate research for both clinical and political purposes.

Classes Taught

  • Midwifery Care courses: Pregnancy and Prenatal Care, Advanced Pregnancy and Prenatal Care, Labor and Birth, Postpartum and Newborn Care, Challenges in Practice
  • Professional Issues courses: Undoing Racism, Cultural Competency
  • Epidemiology for Midwives: Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Critical Conversations on Power & Privilege in Education (for faculty & staff)

Professional Leadership

Gordon serves on the board of directors of the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) as the director of equity initiatives, and as a board member and officer for the Washington Midwifery Foundation. She is active in the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS) as a member of the Data Committee, and is also a member of the Practice Committee Workgroup for the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM).

Past Experience

Gordon has had a twisting career path that included refinery engineering in Minneapolis, corporate recruiting in Kansas, and human resources work in Portland. She discovered her calling to midwifery in 2001. She trained and worked as a doula, then entered Seattle Midwifery School's three-year program and graduated in fall 2005 with the Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership. While helping to build a busy practice in Portland for 7 years, Gordon began teaching at Seattle Midwifery School in 2007.  She served as a midwifery subject matter expert for the Oregon Health Licensing Agency for two years.  In 2012, she relocated to Seattle to take on a more intensive teaching load in Bastyr’s Department of Midwifery. Wendy is a certified professional midwife (CPM) and is licensed in Washington.

Teaching Philosophy

As a lifelong learner, Gordon looks forward to learning along with her students and expects to foster the skills and drive for them to continue past their formal education to be lifelong learners as well. She strives to uphold the high standards for excellence that were set by Seattle Midwifery School and that continue on in the Bastyr Department of Midwifery. She is passionate about the integration of an anti-racism lens in everything taught in the Department of Midwifery, as it is only with a racially- and culturally-aware and diverse workforce of healthcare providers that we will be able to eradicate health disparities and elevate the health of all mothers, babies and families.
Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH
Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH