Assistant Clinical Professor - College of Nursing
Professor Palmer is an alumni of the University of Rhode Island where she received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Art History in 1989. She went on to complete the accelerated program in nursing at Creighton University and receive a Bachelor of Science and then to receive her Certificate of Midwifery and Masters in Science from the Frontier Nursing University and Case Western Reserve University respectively in 1998. During this time of study she had the privilege of being the research assistant to the former director of the University of Rhode Island's Midwifery Program Holly Kennedy. Michelle has practiced in a wide variety of settings related to maternal child health including international experience in a remote rural maternity center in New Zealand where she obtained a two year appointment managing the center and attending births at home, in the center or in the hospital unit. Currently, in addition to her teaching responsibilities at the University of Rhode Island, she works for an autonomous and independently owned full scope midwifery practice attending births at home and at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She began teaching as per course in 2012 and became a faculty member in 2014. Michelle teaches the maternity clinical practicum.
Research interest in demonstrating optimal maternal child health outcomes using physiological care in the extended postpartum period and demonstrating optimal outcomes for maternal child health utilizing the midwifery model of care.