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Sharon Holley is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with over 25 years of clinical practice. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director for the nurse-midwifery program at University of Alabama at Birmingham. The administrative roles she’s held include Practice Director for the Vanderbilt Faculty Nurse-Midwife Practice in Nashville, Tennessee, Chief, Division of Midwifery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts and as the first Advanced Practice Nurse faculty appointment with the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine – Baystate.

Dr. Holley’s contributions are in the areas of quality and safety in perinatal care through interprofessional collaboration in development and deployment of evidence-based clinical guidelines. She was the nurse-midwife representative for the Maternal Vital Sign Triggers with American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Partnership for Maternal Safety, and the American Nurses Association Nurse Fatigue Panel. She served on the American College of Nurse-Midwives Healthy (ACNM) Birth Initiative™ for Reducing Primary Cesareans interprofessional committee that has changed practices nationally.

She is a fellow of ACNM, serving on a variety of committees at the national level including the Quality and Business Committees, Committee for Advancement of Midwifery Education, and Quality Committee, where she has been instrumental in updating the ACNM Re-entry to Midwifery Practice Guidelines. Her publications have been cited 440 times. Dr. Holley holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University, an MSN from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a BSN from The University of North Alabama.


Sharon Holley


Director, Nurse-Midwifery Pathway

University of Alabama at Birmingham


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