|Since joining the faculty at the University of
Rhode Island in 1998, Dr. Mercer has continued her commitments to teach midwifery and
other students, provide midwifery care through the URI Center for Midwifery at Memorial
Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and carry out her research examining gentle birth
practices especially the effects of delayed cord clamping on infants. She is recognized by
her peers as a Fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Dr. Mercer is linked to
midwifery in New England through her past experience as midwifery faculty and director at
Georgetown University where she participated in the education of several current leaders
in midwifery in this region and a number of the excellent preceptors. Education of new
midwives is her primary commitment-"to make midwives for our daughters and
Her practice experience ranges from home births to medical centers in Washington
DC/Maryland/Virginia area, Alabama, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through
the URI Center for Midwifery, she offers well-woman, antepartum, birth and postpartum care
to women from Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts.
Internationally, Dr. Mercer helped to bring gentle birthing practices to Moldova and
the Ukraine as she coordinated and participated in a didactic and clinical Training of
Trainers for physicians and midwives in family-centered maternity care thus assisting to
introduce change in the former Soviet medical system that persists in Eastern Europe.
Currently, Dr. Mercer is the Principal Investigator on a randomized controlled trial at
Women and Infants Hospital examining the effect of delayed cord clamping on outcomes of
very low birth weight babies. She is also part of the Risk and Vulnerability Research
Group at URI examining these concepts across population groups.