Cecilia M. Jevitt




Cecilia Jevitt completed Emory University’s midwifery program in 1982. 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.

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.

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.


University of South Florida, Applied Medical Anthropology, 1993, PhD
Emory University, Midwifery Specialty, 1983, MS
University of Illinois, 1980, BSN

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Association of Midwives
Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators
College of Midwives of British Columbia
Midwifery Association of British Columbia
National Aboriginal Council of Midwives
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Affiliate
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Florida Affiliate American College of Nurse-Midwives
Virtual International Day of the Midwife
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Educational Affiliate
American Anthropological Association

Research Interests

Dr. Jevitt’s research has included projects in midwifery models of practice and workforce issues, perinatal mental health and National Institutes of Health funded research in perinatal psychoneuroimmunology. Her recent work focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and obesity prevention in women’s health. Jevitt views midwifery support for women’s knowledge and agency in perinatal weight gain as an essential tool for preventing maladaptive genomic changes in-utero.

Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Original Research

  1. Adeniyi, A., Donnelly, L., Janssen, P., Jevitt, C., von Bergmann, H.C., & Brondani, M.(2022). An interprofessional model of care for oral health during pregnancy, Journal of Interprofessional Care, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2021.2017417.
  2. Ashrafi, A., Jevitt, C.M. A Scoping Review of Perinatal Outcomes for Canadian Individuals with Obesity 1980–2020. Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2022, 49(8), 189. https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog4908189 (registering DOI).
  3. Qian J., Chen S., Jevitt C., Sun S., Wang M. and Yu X. (2023). Experiences of obstetric nurses and midwives receiving a perinatal bereavement care training programme: A qualitative study. Front. Med. 10:1122472. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1122472.
  4. Jevitt, C.M. Management of Labor and Delivery to Reduce Risk for Cesarean Birth in Women with Obesity. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13669-023-00361-y.
  5. Qian J, Sun S, Wang M, Sun Y, Sun X, Jevitt C and Yu X. (2023). The effect of exercise intervention on improving sleep in menopausal women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Front. Med. 10:1092294. Doi:10.3389/fmed.2023.1092294
  6. Qian, Jialu and Wang, Ruiliang and Jevitt, Cecilia and Sun, Shiwen and Wang, Man and Sun, Yaping and Sun, Xiangyu and Yu, Xiaoyan, Comparative Efficacy of Psychosocial Interventions on Fear of Cancer Recurrence: A Network Meta-Analysis. The Lancet. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4629313 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4629313
  7. Jevitt, Cecilia M. PhD, CNM; Ketchum, Kiley BSc, RD. Pairing Evidence-Based Strategies With Motivational Interviewing to Support Optimal Nutrition and Weight Gain in Pregnancy. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing ():10.1097/JPN.0000000000000792, January 10, 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000792.
  8. Bayrampour, H., Langlois, J., Likhodi, S., Lisonkova, S., Jevitt, C., Oberlander, T., Webster, G., Mérette, S., Vedam, S., & Janssen, P. (2023). Feasibility and acceptability of collecting umbilical cord tissue for prenatal cannabis research: A mixed-methods research study. Women’s health (London, England)19, 17455057231219599. https://doi.org/10.1177/17455057231219599.
  9. Ketchum K, Jevitt CM. Evidence-Based Eating Patterns and Behavior Changes to Limit Excessive Gestational Weight Gain: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2024; 21(1):15.https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21010015.
  10. Hayes K, Janssen P, Payne BA, Jevitt C, Johnston W, Johnson P, Butler M. Oral Probiotic Supplementation in Pregnancy to Reduce Group B Streptococcus Colonisation (OPSiP trial): study protocol for a double-blind parallel group randomised placebo trial. BMJ Open. 2024 Feb 5;14(2):e076455. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-076455. PMID: 38316588.
  11. Qian J, Wu G, Jevitt C, Sun S, Wang M, Sun X, Yu X. Psychological pathway to emotional exhaustion among nurses and midwives who provide perinatal bereavement care in China: a path analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2024 Feb 1;24(1):90. doi: 10.1186/s12888-024-05534-4. PMID: 38297253; PMCID: PMC10832229.
  12. Adeniyi A, Donnelly L, Janssen P, Jevitt C, Kardeh B, von Bergmann H, Brondani M. Pregnant women’s perspectives on integrating preventive oral health in prenatal care. l. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2021) 21:271. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-021-03750-4. (CA, IF 3.43)
  13. Adeniyi, A., Donnelly, L., Janssen, P., Jevitt, C., Siarkowksi, M., Brondoni, M. (2020). Integrating oral health into prenatal care: a scoping review. Journal Integrated Care. 2020;28(3):291-310. https://www.emerald.com/insight/1476-9018.htm. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-09-2019-0041. (CA, IF 0.94; Citations 1)
  14. Adeniyi, A., Donnelly, L., Janssen, P., Jevitt, C., vonBergman, H., Brondani, M. (2020). “A qualitative study of health care providers’ views on integrating oral health into prenatal care.” JDR Clin Trans Res.2020;Sep 30;2380084420961998.doi: 10.1177/2380084420961998. (CA, IF 1.432; Citations 4)
  15. *Jevitt C, Stapleton S, Deng, Y, Song X, Wang K, Jolles D. (2020). Birth Outcomes of Women with Obesity Enrolled for Care at Freestanding Birth Centers. J Midwifery Women’s Health. 2021;66(1):14023. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13194. Epub 2020 Dec 30. (FA, IF 1.048; Citations 3)
  16. Jevitt, CM. (2019). Obesity and Socioeconomic Disparities: Rethinking Causes and Perinatal Care. J Perinat Neonat Nurs. 2019; 33(2):126-135.
  17. McMahon, E., Jevitt, C., Aronson, B. (2018). Evaluation of the McMahon Competence Assessment Instrument for use with Midwifery Students during a Simulated Shoulder Dystocia. J Midwifery Womens Health. 63(2):221-226. doi:.1111/jmwh.12721.
  18. Anstey, E., Coulter, M., Jevitt, C., Perrin, K., Dabrow, S., Klasko, L. (2018). Lactation consultants’ perceived barriers to providing professional breastfeeding support. J Human Lactation. 2018;34(1):51-67.
  19. Origlia, P., Jevitt, C., Cignacco, E., Wittenstein, D. (2017, August). Socio-economically deprived women’s experiences with antenatal care in high income industrialized countries: An integrative review. J Midwifery & Women’s Health. ePub ahead of print, DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12627.
  20. Groer, M., Jevitt, C., & Ji, M. (2014). Immune changes and dysphoric moods across the postpartum. Am J Reprod Immunol, 73, 193-198. doi: 10.1111/aji.12322.
  21. Groer, M., Jevitt, C. (2014). Symptoms and signs associated with postpartum thyroiditis. J Thyroid Res. 2014:531969.
  22. Groer, M., Jevitt, C., Sahebzamani, F., Beckstead, J., & Keefe, D. (2013). Breastfeeding status and maternal cardiovascular variables across the postpartum. Journal of Women’s Health, 59, 5:453-459.
  23. Groer, M., Sahebzamani, F., Jevitt, C., Beckstead, J. (2012). A prospective study of blood pressure, BMI and immunity in breastfeeding and formula feeding women. The FASEB Journal, 26 (1 Supplement), 44.1-44.1
  24. Jevitt, C., Groer, M., Crist, N., Gonzalez, L., & Wagoner, V. (2012). Postpartum stressors: a content analysis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(5):309-18.
  25. Brumley, J., & Jevitt, C. (2012). Optimizing prenatal weight gain through group prenatal care. JOGNN-Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 41(S1), S21-S21.
  26. Gilliam, P., Ellen, J., Leonard, L., Kinsman, S., Jevitt, C., & Straub, D., et al. (2010). Transition of adolescents with HIV to Adult Care: Characteristics and current practices of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 2011 Jul-Aug, 22(4), 283-94.)
  27. Groer, M., Jevitt, C., & Heckel, J. (2010). Biobehavioral trajectory across the postpartum. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, April; 39(S1):155-155.
  28. *Ho, S., Heh, S., Jevitt, C., Huang, L., Fu, Y., & Wang L. (2009). Effectiveness of a discharge education program in reducing the severity of postpartum depression: a randomized controlled evaluation study. Patient Education and Counseling, 77, 68-71.
  29. Groer, M., & Jevitt, C. (2008). Obesity in postpartum women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Mar; 35(S1): S98-S98.
  30. Jevitt, C., & Johnson, P. (2007). Liability insurance in midwifery education: Faculty and student needs versus academic realities, Journal of Professional Nursing, 23(5):278-284.
  31. Jevitt, C., Zapata, L., Harrington, M., & Berry E. (2006). Screening for depression with limited psychiatric resources. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 11(6), 359-363.
  32. Jevitt, C., Schuiling, K., & Summers, L. (2005). The National Practitioner Data Bank: Information for and About Midwifery. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 50(6), 525-530.
  33. Jevitt, C., & Beckstead, J. (2004). Retirement among Florida Certified Nurse-Midwives: An impending workforce crisis. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 49(1), 39-46.
  34. Jevitt, C. (1994). The Making of a Midwife: The Cultural Constructions of British Midwifery and American Nurse-Midwifery. Digital dissertation available at http://digital.lib.usf.edu/content/SF/S0/04/00/31/00001/F51-00188.pdf
  35. Collins, M., Porter, K., Brook, E., Johnson, L., Williams, M., & Jevitt, C. (1994) Vulvar application of lidocaine for pain relief in spontaneous vaginal delivery. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 84, 335-337.

Peer Reviewed Publications (# indicates student author)

  1. Jevitt, C., Zheng, Q. (2016). American Nurse-Midwifery: A model from the United Kingdom and a possible model for the Chinese. US China Law Review, 13(10):716-729.
  2. Araya, W., Johnson-Mallard, V., Evans, M., Beckstead, J., McNerney, D., Shelton, M., & Jevitt, C. (2012). Overview of maternal mortality in Eritrea, sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 6(4):170-171.
  3. *Anstey, E., & Jevitt, C. (2011). Maternal obesity and breastfeeding: A review of the evidence and implications for practice. Clinical Lactation, 2-3, 11-16.
  4. *Jevitt, C. (2009). Pregnancy complicated by obesity: Midwifery management. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 4, 445-451. ()
  5. Jevitt, C., Morse, S., & Hankenson, Y.S. (2008). Shoulder dystocia: prevention and post-trauma care for nurses. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 22(1):14-20.
  6. *Jevitt, C., Hernandez, I., & Groer, M. (2007). Lactation complicated by overweight & obesity: Supporting the mother & newborn, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 56(6):606-613.
  7. Johnson-Mallard, C., Lengacher, C., Kromrey, J., Campbell, D., Jevitt, C., & Daley, E., (2007). Increasing knowledge of sexually transmitted disease risk. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 32(2), 26-32
  8. *Jevitt, C. (2005). Shoulder Dystocia: Etiology, common risk factors, and management. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 50(6), 485-497.
  9. Jevitt, C. (2005). Weight management in gynecologic care. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 50(4), 427-430.
  10. Jevitt, C., Wachdorf, C., Hernandez, I., & Beckstead, J. (2005, July). Integrating Obesity Management into Prenatal Care. Proceedings of the 27th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Brisbane, Australia. Conference Proceedings

Books Edited
King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Book Chapters

  1. Jevitt, C. (2020). Breastfeeding, an Essential Link in Healthy Weight Promotion and Obesity Prevention. In Campbell, S. Breastfeeing as Health Promotion. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  2. Jevitt, C. (2018). Anatomy & Physiology of the Newborn. In King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., in press 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  3. Jevitt, C. (2018). Examination of the Newborn. In King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., in press 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  4. Jevitt, C. (2018). Neonatal Care. In King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  5. Openshaw, M., Jevitt, C., King, T. (2018). Prenatal Care. In King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., in press 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  6. Smith, L., King, T., Jevitt, C. (2018). Breastfeeding and the Mother-Newborn Dyad. In King, T., Brucker, M., Osborne, K., Jevitt C. (Eds.). Varney’s midwifery (6th Ed., in press 2018). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  7. Jevitt, C., Rowe, W. (2017). Perinatal drug dependency disorders. In Csiernik, R. & Rowe, W. (Eds.), Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work perspectives (3rd Ed.). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  8. Jevitt, C. (2016). Best practices in weight management counseling with pregnant women. In Anderson, B., Rooks, J., and Barroso, R. (Eds.), Best practices in midwifery: Using the evidence to implement change (2nd Ed.). NY, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  9. Jevitt, C. (2015). Care of the pregnant woman with body mass index > 30.In Tharpe, N., Farley, C., and Jordan, R. (Eds.), Clinical practice guidelines for midwifery and women’s health (5th Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  10. Jevitt, C. (2015). Drugs to promote optimum weight. In Pharmacology for women’s health (2nd Ed.). King, T. (Ed.). NY, NY: Elsevier Publishers.
  11. Jevitt, C. (2014, 2017). Obesity. In Prenatal and postnatal are, Jordan, R., Engstrom, J., Marfell J., Farley C. (Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
  12. Jevitt C. (2010). Lactation Support for Women with Raised BMIs. In Prenatal and postpartum obesity management. Richens, Y., & Lavender, T. (Eds.). London, UK: Quay Books.
  13. Groer, M., Beckie, T., Evans, M., Lehman, B., Lengacher, C., Overcash, J., Jevitt, C., Crowell, S., & Webb, M. (2009). Allostasis and women’s health. In Inflammation, mental health & chronic disease: The link between negative mental status, immune dysfunction, and chronic disease, Kendall-Tackett, K., (Ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  14. Jevitt C. (2009). Drugs to promote optimum weight. In Pharmacology for Women’s Health. King T. (Ed.). NY, NY: Elsevier Publishers.
  15. Jevitt C. (2006). The legal basis for midwifery practice and malpractice liability. In Professional Issues in Midwifery, Ament, L. (Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.


  1. Jevitt, C, et al. (2021). The Virtual International Day of the Midwife: a model for digital knowledge translation. Eur J Midwifery 2021;5(May):12. https://doi.org/10.18332/ejm. Invited, peer-reviewed editorial.
  2. McCann M, Jevitt C. Task Force on Revising the FACNM Criteria. Quickening. 23 Feb. 2021. https://quickening.midwife.org/acnm-news/task-force-on-revising-the-facnm-admission-criteria/.
  3. Jevitt C. (2020). Covid-19 and Intergenerational Anxiety and Trauma. Child and Youth Services.
    DOI: 10.1080/0145935X.2020.1835163.