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Nurse Advisory Council

Graduate nursing scholarships

Dr. Margaret C. Freda "Saving Babies, Together®" Award

Nurse of the Year

Nursing and the March of Dimes: An historical summary

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Dr. Margaret C. Freda "Saving Babies, Together®"Award: Recipients

2020: Joanna Carrega, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Carrega received a $7,000 grant for her research proposal, Maternal Stress, Sleep and Breastfeeding Outcomes Among First-time Mothers.

2019: Lindsey Garfield, PhD, RN, APRN

Reducing Disparities in Postpartum Care Utilization: A Community Engaged Approach

2018: Caitlin Dreisbach, BSN, RNC,C-EFM

Leveraging Data Science to Examine the Influence of Maternal Obesity on the Association Between Microbial Function and Impaired Glucose Tolerance During Pregnancy

2018: Bridget Ibrahim, MSN, FNP-BC

Desperately Seeking VBAC: The Experiences of Women Who Sought a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section in the United States

2017: Lorie Goshin, PhD, RN

Perinatal Nursing Care of Incarcerated Pregnant Women in Hospital Settings

2017: Kelley Baumgartel, RN, PhD

The Sleep Experience of Mothers with Hospitalized Preterm Infants and Subsequent Breast Milk Volumes

2016: rescinded

2015: Jeanne Alhusen, PhD,CRNP, RN

Tailored self-management intervention promoting resilience

in perinatal depression

2014: Patricia Suplee, PhD, RNC-OB

Rutgers University

The award will help fund Dr. Supleeā€™s research study entitled, Identifying Urban Women's Needs for Postpartum Self-Care and Parental Transition. The purpose of the study is to explore the relationship between birth outcomes and neighborhood characteristics within an urban population of African American and Hispanic women. The study is part of her wider program of research on improving nursing interventions to improve health for underserved minority urban women.

2013: Susan W. Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Rochester University

Dr. Groth received the award for her study entitled, The dietary choices of low-income, pregnant African-American women. The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of the factors that drive the dietary choices of low-income, pregnant African-American women. The study is part of Groth's wider program of research, in which she explores a variety of factors that contribute to obesity in women, including genetic pre-disposition, behavioral and environmental components.

2012: Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC

Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Nursing

Dr. Lyndon received the award for her study Parent perspectives on communication and safety in neonatal intensive care. Dr. Lyndon is a Clinical Research Scholar in the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and a volunteer leader with the AWHONN—California Section and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.

2011: Susan M. Ludington, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Dr. Ludington received the award for her study Reducing severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome. She has conducted numerous research projects related to premature infants, breastfeeding and kangaroo care.

2010: Lynn Clark Callister, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Brigham Young University, College of Nursing

Dr. Callister received the award for her research exploring the prevalence and impact of postpartum depression among disadvantaged Hispanic women and the barriers to accessing appropriate care. She has conducted numerous research projects related to childbearing women and is widely published in the fields of global health and nursing.

2009: Robin B. Knobel, PhD, RNC, NNP

Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Knobel received the award to help fund her study Body temperature and vasomotor tone in extremely low birthweight preterm infants during the first days of life. Dr. Knobel is a previous recipient of the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship and has received a grant from the National Institutes of Nursing Research to investigate thermoregulation.

2008: Denise Côté-Arsenault, PhD, RNC, IBCLC, FNAP

Associate and Brody Professor, University of Rochester, School of Nursing

Dr. Côté-Arsenault received the award to conduct a pilot study Caring connections in pregnancy after perinatal loss. Dr. Côté-Arsenault is a nationally recognized nurse scholar. She has spent more than 2 decades researching perinatal loss and pregnancy after perinatal loss.

2008: Mary Regan, RN, PhD

Associate Professor, Minnesota State University

Dr. Regan received the award for her research Development of an elaborated coding system to score intrapartum conceptions of risk about childbirth. Her study sought to develop an instrument to measure labor and delivery nurses' conceptions of risk about childbirth.

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