Midwifery Education Design and Development was founded by two certified nurse-midwives, Susan DeJoy and Sukey Krause, to address the predicted workforce shortage in women’s healthcare in the coming decades. We provide professional consultation for the design and development of midwifery education programs and clinical practices.

Our Mission

Our mission is to assist academic medical centers with the design, development, implementation and ongoing sustainability and growth of both CNM/CM clinical practices and midwifery education programs that lead to the certified nurse-midwife (CNM)/certified midwife (CM) credential. We are committed to growing the midwifery workforce through innovative education and clinical practice programs.

Susan DeJoy, PhD, CNM (ret), FACNM

Dr. Susan DeJoy is the founding director of the Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Education Program in Springfield, MA, and has served as faculty since its inception. She also has expertise in clinical program development, including full-scope midwifery practice, triage, and resident/medical student collaborative clinical education.

Dr. DeJoy developed and maintained the Midwifery Education Program (1991), the Midwifery Triage Program (1999), and the Midwifery Ob Team (2004) at Baystate, and is a founding member of Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health (1985), a full scope midwifery group.

She was Chief/Director of Midwifery at Baystate from 1986–2016, was elected to fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 1997, and received the Dorothea Lang Pioneer Award in 2016. She is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

Dr. DeJoy received a BS/Biology from SUNY Geneseo, a BS/Nursing from SUNY Downstate, an MSN/Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Public Health/Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

She has published several papers describing midwifery care in an academic medical center. She led an author group describing collaborative models of care between CNMs and ob/gyn physicians at Baystate, which won second prize in a national call for papers by ACOG and ACNM (DeJoy, SA, et al.  “Making It Work:  Successful Collaborative Practice,” Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 118, No. 3, September 2011). She explored the various models that integrated midwives as part of obstetrical teams (DeJoy, SA, et al. “The Evolving Role of Midwives as Laborists and Hospitalists.” Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Vol. 60, No. 6, November/December 2015).

Sukey Krause, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Susan “Sukey” Krause is the director of the Midwifery Education Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, where she has been on faculty since 1992 and remains in full-scope practice. Her expertise is in day-to-day program administration, faculty development, and teaching.

She chaired the ACNM Taskforce on Innovation in Midwifery Education Program Design and participated in a funded project to develop inter-professional education with midwifery and Obstetrics/ Gynecology residents. She is an active member and past chair of the Directors of Midwifery Education workgroup. An Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, she was elected to fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2017.

Ms. Krause enjoys combining clinical practice with midwifery education and is especially interested in affective skills development of student midwives. She has published an article on the topic: Precepting Challenge: Helping the Student Attain the Affective Skills of a Good Midwife, Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 61(6), 2016. 

She was involved in developing an inter-professional education curriculum with the ACNM/ACOG workgroup. Baystate Medical Center was one of four demonstration sites for the implementation of the inter-professional education curriculum for student midwives and obstetrical residents, funded by a grant from the Josiah Macy Foundation.

Ms. Krause received her BSN from the University of Vermont in Burlington, and her MSN/Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania where she also received a post-master’s certificate in teaching.