Melissa Avery

Melissa Avery Melissa Avery, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

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Office Location:
6-139 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Co-operative Membership:
Child and Family Health

Center Membership:
Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research

Education Background:
R.N., 1976, Northern Illinois University
B.S., 1976, Nursing, Northern Illinois University
M.S.N., 1981, Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery, University of Kentucky
Ph.D., 1993, Nursing, University of Minnesota

Certified Nurse Midwife, 1981 - present

Teaching Interests:
Nursing Education

Research Interests:
Increasing women’s confidence for physiologic labor and birth; vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC); exercise in pregnancy; exercise and gestational diabetes; breastfeeding; outcomes of nurse-midwifery care; technology enhanced learning, interprofessional education and practice.

Selected Research and Education Grants:

Title of Project: Developing confidence for physiologic birth: Women’s perceptions of prenatal influences. Funding transferred from President’s Multicultural Research Award. 2014-2015. Role: PI

Title of Project: Effect of exercise and wellness interventions on preventing postpartum depression.
Funding Agency: NIMH, Role: Co-Investigator
Project dates: 9/2012 – 9/2016.

Title of Project: Promoting Excellence in APRN Education: A Regional Approach to Quality, Safety and Diversity.
Funding Agency: HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing.
Role: Co-I, Interim PI
Project Dates: 7/2011–6/2015.

Title of Project: Diet and Exercise Intervention to Prevent Gestational Diabetes in Native American Women
Funded under CDC
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 9/2009-2011

Title of Project: Exercise for American Indian Women with Gestational Diabetes: A Pilot Study
Funded under NIH/NINR; P-20 Center for Health Trajectory Research, pilot 
Role: Principal Investigator

Title of Project: Helping Women Achieve Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Funding Agency: UCare MN
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 7/1/07-6/30/08

Title of Project: Development of an Exercise Intervention for American Indian Women with Gestational Diabetes: A Community-Based Approach
Funding Agency: American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 07/06-12/07

Title of Project: Technology Enhanced Learning in Graduate Education
Funding Agency: DHHS/HRSA
Role: Director
Project Dates: 9/1/04-6/30/08

Title of Project: Health Education Priorities: Perspectives from Women's Voices
Funding Agency: UMN Council on Public Engagement (COPE)
Role: Director, Outreach
Project Dates: 1/04-12/05

Title of Project: Outcomes of Nurse-Midwifery Care of Women Choosing Vaginal Birth After Previous Cesarean Section: Pilot Study
Funding Agency: American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2/02-1/04

Selected Publications:

Lewis, B.A., Schuver, K., Gjerdingen, D., Avery, M., Sirard, J., & Marcus, B.H. (2015). The Relationship between Prenatal Antidepressant Use and the Decision to Breastfeed among Women Enrolled in a Randomized Exercise Intervention Trial.  Journal of Human Lactation. 1-6. DOI: 10.1177/0890334415592153.

Miller, J., Avery, M., Larson, K., Woll, A., VonAchen, A., Mortenson, A. (2015). Emergency birth hybrid simulation with standardized patients in midwifery education: Implementation and evaluation. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio LB, Yang YT, Avery MD, Declercq E. Midwifery care and patient-provider communication in maternity decisions. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2015 Feb 10 doi: 10.1007/s10995 – 015 – 1671 – 8 [Epub ahead of print].

King VJ, Fontaine PL, Atwood LA, Powers E, Leeman L, Ecker JL, Avery MD, Sakala C, Campos-Outcalt D, Jeffcott-Pera M, Schoof B. (2015.) Clinical practice guideline executive summary: Labor after cesarean/planned vaginal birth after cesarean. Ann Fam Med, 13(1), 80-81.

Avery, M, Saftner, M, Larson, B, Weinfurter, E. (2014). Characteristics of prenatal care to increase maternal confidence for physiologic birth: a systematic review. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.
Lewis, B.A., Gjerdingen, D., Avery, M., Sirard, J., Guo, H., Schuver, K. & Marcus, B.H. (2014).  A Randomized Trial Examining a Physical Activity Intervention for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression:  The Healthy Mom Trial.  Mental Health & Physical Activity. 7, 42-49. doi:  10.1016/j.mhpa.2013.11.002
Phillipi, J., & Avery, MD. (2014). The 2012 American College of Nurse-Midwives Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice: History and Revision. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 59(1), 82-90.
Cook, E., Avery, M., Frisvold, M. (2014). Formulating evidence-based guidelines for CNMs and CMs attending home births. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health59(2), 153-159.
Avery, M.D, Montgomery, O., Brandl-Salutz, E. (2012). Essential components of successful collaborative maternity care models: The ACOG-ACNM project. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 39, 423-34.
Kozhimannil, K.B., Avery, M.D., Terrell, C.A. (2012). Recent trends in clinicians providing care to pregnant women in the United States. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 57: 433-38.
Lewis, B.A, Djerdigan, D.K., Avery, M.D., Guo, H., Sirard, J., Bonikowske, A.R., Marcus, B. (2012). Examination of a telephone-based exercise intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression: Design, methodology and baseline data from The Healthy Mom study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 33, 1150-58.
Avery, M., Hamilton-Escoto, K., Gilchrist, L., Peden-McAlpine, C. (2011). Health Education Priorities: Perspectives from Women's Voices. Health Care for Women International, 32, 887-900.

Lewis, B.A., Martinson, B., Sherwood, N., Avery, M. (2011). A Pilot Study Evaluating a Telephone-Based Exercise Intervention for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 56, 127-31.

Avery, M.; Germano, E., Camune, B. (2010).  Midwifery practice and nursing regulation: Licensure, accreditation, certification and education.  Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 55, 411-14.

Axtell, S., Avery, M., Westra, B. (2010).  Community-University Collaboration to Improve Cultural Competence in a Graduate Nursing Curriculum.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21, 183-191.

Avery, Melissa M.; Cohen, Bradley A.; and Walker, J. D. (2008). Evaluation of an Online Graduate Nursing Curriculum: Examining Standards of Quality, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 5 : Iss. 1,Article 44.
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Pfeiffer, J, Avery, M., Benbenek, M, Prepas, R, Summers, L, Wachdorf, C, O'Boyle, C. (2008).  Maternal and Newborn Care During Disasters: Thinking Outside the Hospital Paradigm. Nursing Clinics of North America, 43, 449-467.

Lewis, B.A., Avery, M., Jennings, E., Sherwood, N., Martinson, B., and Crain, A. L. (2008). Effect of exercise during pregnancy on maternal and newborn outcomes: Practical implications for practice. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2, 441-455.

Anderson, K. & Avery, M. (2008). Faculty teaching time: A comparison of web-based and face-to-face graduate nursing courses. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at: 

Avery, M. & Howe, C. (2007). The DNP and entry into midwifery practice: An analysis. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 52, 14-22.

Avery, M. & Baum, K. (2006). Endocrine disorders. In Primary Care for Midwives, Hackley, B. & Kriebs, J. Eds. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Avery, M. (2005). The history and evolution of the core competencies for basic midwifery practice. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 50(2), 102-107.

Avery, M., Carr, C. A., & Burkhardt, P. (2004). Vaginal birth after cesarean section: A pilot study of outcomes in women receiving midwifery care. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 49(2), 113-117.

Bata-Jones, B., & Avery, M. (2004). Teaching pharmacology to graduate nursing students: Evaluation and comparison of web-based and face-to-face methods. Journal of Nursing Education, 43(4), 185-189.

Avery, M., Ringdahl, D., Juve, C., & Plumbo, P. (2003). The transition to web-based education: Enhancing access to graduate education for women's health providers. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 48(6), 418-425.

Carr, C. A., Burkhardt, P., & Avery, M. (2002). Vaginal birth after cesarean birth: A national survey of U.S. midwifery practice. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 47(5), 347-352.

Avery, M., & Walker, A. (2001). Acute effect of exercise on blood glucose and insulin levels in women with gestational diabetes. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 10, 52-58.

Avery, M., Franzich, C.R. & Duckett, L. (2000). The Experience of sexuality during breastfeeding among primiparous women. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 45, (3), 227-237.

Duckett, L., Henly, S., Avery, M., Potter, S., Hills-Bonczyk, S., Hulden, R., & Savik, K. (1998). A theory of planned behavior-based structural model for breastfeeding. Nursing Research, 47, 325-336.

Avery, M., Leon. A.S., Kopher, R.A. (1997). Effect of a partially home-based exercise program for women with gestational diabetes. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 89, 10-15.

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