Denise Colter Smith, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

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Graduate Schools :
  • MSN, East Carolina University (2007)
  • PhD, University of Colorado College of Nursing (2015)
Undergraduate School:
  • BSN, Georgia Southern University (1997)
Languages: English
Department: College of Nursing

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor
  • Specialty Director, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife

Recognition & Awards

  • MG Kenyon Award for Faculty Research, Madigan Army Medical Center (2008)

Research Interests

Reducing Cesarean Section Rates; Outcomes of Midwifery Care; Teamwork

Teaching

  • Specialty Director, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (2016)
    College of Nursing,
    Midwife-Physician Collaboration, Interprofessional Education, Perinatal Care Quality Measurement, Outcomes of Midwifery Care, Teamwork, Health Systems Research

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives, member
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Educational Affiliate
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, member

Practice Locations

Birth Center at Anschutz Medical Campus
12605 E. 16th Ave
5th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-4111

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Certified Nurse Midwife, Board Certification (2007, 2015)
  • American Midwifery Certification Board, Board Certification (2007)
Care Philosophy
My philosophy of care is best reflected in the American College of Nurse-Midwives Hallmarks of Midwifery: "The art and science of midwifery are characterized by the following hallmarks: -Recognition of menarche, pregnancy, birth, and menopause as normal physiologic and developmental processes -Advocacy of non-intervention in normal processes in the absence of complications - Incorporation of scientific evidence into clinical practice - Promotion of woman- and family-centered care - Empowerment of women as partners in health care - Facilitation of healthy family and interpersonal relationships - Promotion of continuity of care - Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education - Promotion of a public health care perspective - Care to vulnerable populations - Advocacy for informed choice, shared decision making, and the right to self-determination - Integration of cultural humility - Incorporation of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies in education and practice - Skillful communication, guidance, and counseling - Therapeutic value of human presence - Collaboration with other members of the interprofessional health care team."

Public Speaking
Yes
Leadership; Midwifery Practice

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MSN, East Carolina University (2007)
  • PhD, University of Colorado College of Nursing (2015)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BSN, Georgia Southern University (1997)
Languages: English
Department: College of Nursing
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