Faculty & Staff

Susan Jacoby, CNM, RM

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Office: Y263
email: sjacoby@mtroyal.ca
phone: 403.440.8430

Doctorate, Massachusetts Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA, USA
CNM, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR, USA
RM, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR, USA

Dr. Jacoby has 40 years experience as a health care provider and educator in nursing and midwifery. She currently holds a faculty position as Associate Professor of Midwifery in the Bachelor of Midwifery (B-Mid) program. Her research focuses on African immigrant women with female genital mutilation/cutting, intimate partner violence in pregnant women, safety and efficacy of water birth, factors associated with perineal lacerations in childbirth, and midwifery education in Ethiopia and globally. She recently completed a sabbatical at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, working on projects associated with the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, including an original play called “Born in the Ruins” that highlights the work of midwives who care for women in conflict and humanitarian areas, even at risk to themselves.

Areas of Instruction

  • Survey of Midwifery
  • Developing Midwifery Skills
  • Pathophysiology for Midwives
  • Midwifery Clerkship I
  • Midwifery Clerkship II

Areas of Scholarship
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
  • Safety and Efficacy of Waterbirth
  • Factors Associated with Perineal Lacerations in Childbirth
  • Quality Midwifery Education
  • Vulnerable populations

Selected Publications
Water Birth Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes Among Midwifery Clients in Alberta, Canada from 2014-2017: A Retrospective Study. June 2019, Vol. 41(6), in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada

Strengthening Quality Midwifery Education for Universal Health Coverage 2030: Framework for Action. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. (contributor)

A MixedMethods Study of Immigrant Somali Women’s Health Literacy and Perinatal Experiences in Maine Volume 60, Issue 5 published in Sept/Oct, 2015 issue of Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 

Increasing Certified Nurse-Midwives Confidence in Managing the Obstetric Care of Women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting published in Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health , Volume 58(4), July/August 2013

Selected Presentations
Speaker Justice Film Festival, Female Genital Mutilation


  • Committee member Alberta Health Services Waterbirth Working Group
  • Committee member Alberta Health Services Marginalized Women Working Group
  • Committee member Alberta Health Services/Mount Royal University/Alberta Association of Midwives/College of Midwives of Alberta "Meeting of the Minds" Group