Susan Stapleton, CNM, DNP, FACNM is a graduate of Frontier’s post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program Class 1  Prior to, she had long been involved as faculty and education coordinator in the early years of the pilot Community-Based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, and as a clinical preceptor for many nurse-midwifery students.

Dr. Stapleton founded Reading Birth & Women’s Center in Pennsylvania and directed this private nurse-midwifery practice for 25 years, attending births in the birth center, the mothers’ homes and several area hospitals.  She also established a second hospital-based practice in the community.

Dr. Stapleton has been actively involved in midwifery, and particularly in birth centers, at the national level for most of her career. She has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Childbearing centers (now the American Association of Birth Centers) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  She serves as Chair of the AABC Research committee, was instrumental in the development of the AABC online Perinatal Data Registry and has been a strong advocate of the importance of ongoing data collection for birth centers and midwifery.