Cecilia Jevitt completed Emory University’s midwifery program in 1982 with a master’s degree in nursing. Her 1993 doctorate in applied medical anthropology is from the University of South Florida. She practiced full scope midwifery in the Tampa Bay Florida area for 30 years and Connecticut for 5 years.
Jevitt is currently the Midwifery Director for the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, where she is also a tenured associate professor. From 2013 to 2018, Jevitt directed and taught in the Yale School of Nursing Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree programs. She provided a weekly women’s health clinic at the University of New Haven Student Health Services and practiced with the Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice at the Vidone Birthing Center, St. Raphael’s Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut. She has done international capacity-building teaching and midwifery curriculum consultations in Switzerland, Laos, China and Ghana.
Jevitt taught midwifery for Frontier Nursing University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Florida between 1989 and 2012. She taught women’s health, health policy and economics, evidence-based practice, and qualitative research from 1999 to 2011 with the University Of South Florida College Of Nursing while jointly appointed to the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health. In 2012, she organized an academic division of midwifery within the USF Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Jevitt was a former American College of Nurse-Midwives Florida Chapter Chair. She directed the Professional Liability and Archives Committees for the ACNM and was the Region III Representative to the ACNM Board of Directors from 2007-2010. She was elected a Fellow of the ACNM and served as the FACNM Region 1 Governor from 2013-2018.
Jevitt was a Florida Nurses Association Great 100 Nurse in 2009, the 2010 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Distinguished Alumni in 2012, and a 2014 Connecticut Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award winner.
Jevitt’s scholarship focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and integrating obesity prevention and management into women’s health especially the perinatal and lactation periods.
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- Evaluation of the McMahon Competence Assessment Instrument for Use with Midwifery Students During a Simulated Shoulder Dystocia (2018)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 63 (2), 221-226
- Lactation consultants’ perceived barriers to providing professional breastfeeding support (2018)
Journal of Human Lactation, 34 (1), 51-67
- Experiences of Antenatal Care Among Women Who Are Socioeconomically Deprived in High-Income Industrialized Countries: An Integrative Review (2017)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 62 (5), 589-598
- Immune Changes and Dysphoric Moods Across the Postpartum (2015)
American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 73 (3), 193-198
- Symptoms and signs associated with postpartum thyroiditis (2014)
Journal of Thyroid Research, 2014
- Breastfeeding status and maternal cardiovascular variables across the postpartum. (2013)
- Postpartum stressors: a content analysis. (2012)
- Transition of adolescents with HIV to adult care: characteristics and current practices of the adolescent trials network for HIV/AIDS interventions. (2011)
- Effectiveness of a discharge education program in reducing the severity of postpartum depression: a randomized controlled evaluation study. (2009)
- Pregnancy complicated by obesity: midwifery management. (2009)
- Shoulder dystocia: nursing prevention and posttrauma care. (2008)
- Increasing knowledge of sexually transmitted infection risk. (2007)
Nurse Practitioner, 32 (2), 26-32
- Lactation complicated by overweight and obesity: supporting the mother and newborn. (2007)
- Liability insurance in midwifery education: faculty and student needs versus academic realities. (2007)
- Screening for perinatal depression with limited psychiatric resources (2006)
Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 11 (6), 359-363
- Working with certified nurse-midwives does not increase obstetrical liability. (2006)
- Shoulder dystocia: etiology, common risk factors, and management. (2005)
- The National Practitioner Data Bank: information for and about midwifery. (2005)
- Weight management in gynecologic care. (2005)
- Erratum: "Retirement among Florida's certified nurse-midwives: An impending workforce crisis" (Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health vol. 49 (1) (41) (2004)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 49 (2)
- Retirement among Florida's certified nurse-midwives: an impending workforce crisis. (2004)
- Role of malpractice crisis in midwifery job market (multiple letters)  (2004)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 49 (3)
- Vulvar application of lidocaine for pain relief in spontaneous vaginal delivery. (1994)
Obstetrics and Gynecology, 84 (3), 335-337