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Michelle Telfer

Associate Professor; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Clinical Faculty and Lecturer, Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Specialty, Obstetric Specialties & Midwifery

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Michelle Telfer, DNP, MPH, CNM

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Dr. Telfer has been providing full-scope (well woman care/gyn, family planning, prenatal care, labor & birth and postpartum care) for nearly two decades in New York City and the greater New Haven area. She came to midwifery after working in global public health in The Gambia, West Africa where she experienced the importance of access to safe midwifery care in low-resource settings. She is passionate about partnering with women and their families to help them achieve their best health, pregnancy, and birth experiences. All women deserve compassionate, culturally sensitive, and skilled care throughout their lives. She is privileged to be a part of the Yale Midwifery group that strives to provide this care.

Areas of research and interest include reducing unnecessary primary cesarean sections though promoting physiologic birth and avoiding early labor admissions. She is working with colleagues in the school of medicine and nursing at Yale and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to support advanced midwifery education, clinical excellence and the midwifery model of care to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. She is an Assistant Professor in the midwifery and women's health specialty at the Yale School of Nursing and is faculty in the Yale School of Medicine.

When not working, she enjoys hiking and exploring Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Education & Training

  • DNP
    Frontier Nursing University (2017)
  • MSN
    Columbia University, Midwifery (2002)
  • BSN
    Columbia University, School of Nursing (2001)
  • MPH
    Tulane University School of Public Health, Global Reproductive Health (1999)
  • BA
    UC Berkeley, Philosophy (1992)


  • Makerere University/Yale University (MUYU) Collaboration
    Kampala, Central Region, Uganda 2017
    Makerere University/Yale University (MUYU) Collaboration

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Fellow of the American College of Nurse MidwivesAmerican College of Nurse Midwives2020
Nightingale Award for Excellence in NursingNightingale Nursing Awards2019
Outstanding Preceptor AwardAmerican College of Nurse Midwives2016

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