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Stephanie Tillman

Stephanie Tillman - 2017 Nominee
Position: Certified Nurse Midwife
Organization: Feminist Midwife
Current Location: United States, North America
Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Global Health and Medical Anthropology
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Preceptor Award
    Awarding Organization:
    American College of Nurse-Midwives
    Date Awarded:
    March 17, 2017
  • Award:
    Student Legacy Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Michigan
    Date Awarded:
    March 7, 2007
Stephanie's blog and social media presence represents the new generation of midwives, who value reproductive choice across the spectrum of life experiences and gender identity. Her midwifery is pro-choice, intersectional, and always patient-centered. – Carrie Murphy, Freelance Writer/Doula at self
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My work as a midwife dedicated to sexual and reproductive health care and abortion is all-encompassing. Now in my fifth year as a full-time clinician on the South side of Chicago and in community hospitals, I teach Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner students as well as Family Medicine Residents, and serve on Boards of Directors with the intention of keeping nursing and midwifery actively engaged in family planning, abortion, and reproductive justice work. Since 2012, through writing and social media as "Feminist Midwife," I've sought to elevate conversations about and create community around advanced practice clinicians on the front lines of full-spectrum care, and align clinicians and abortion advocates with the incredible work of people of color in the reproductive justice movement.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I serve on two Boards of Directors for organizations dedicated to education and training in family planning and abortion care: as Senior Co-Chair of Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSSRH), a nationwide group focused on nursing students and alumni, and the Midwest Access Project, focused on all provider types. I also serve as Secretary of the Board for the American College of Nurse-Midwives and am public in that role as an abortion-positive midwife, advocate, and writer.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Being recognized as a young leader in this movement alone would galvanize my efforts to reach more audiences and continue leadership and advocacy roles. The $1000 would be used to expand the work of my Feminist Midwife blog, facilitate further publication of my writing in new places, educate additional providers and abortion-positive language and practices, and elevate the importance of both midwifery as a profession and the role of social media advocates in family planning and abortion.

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