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Oregon Health & Science University


Dr. Carol Howe reflects on her life and career in the field of nurse-midwifery and nursing education and administration. She begins by describing a bit about her childhood growing up in Texas followed by her early education and career in the field of nursing in the 1970s. Howe then goes into more detail about how she became involved in labor and delivery nursing followed by midwifery, including challenges faced by Oregon midwives in the 1970s in being allowed to practice. She also discusses her early career teaching at the OHSU School of Nursing, her decision to enter the nursing doctoral program at the University of California, San Francisco, and her return to OHSU in 1980 where she started the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the School of Nursing. Howe has served as Director of the program since it began. She describes her involvement with the School of Nursing administration, including being named Associate Dean for Practice; the university Faculty Senate where she served as President; and her time spent on the American College of Nurse-Midwives Board of Directors. In this interview, Howe also mentions notable figures from the nursing school, including Carol Lindeman and Barbara Gaines. She concludes by reflecting on major changes in nursing and midwifery education and the professions overall as well as changes at OHSU, observed throughout her career.


Transcript of oral history interview with Carol Howe, C.N.M., D.N.Sc., F.A.C.N.M., D.P.N.A.P., conducted on May 19, 2015 by Cathy Emeis, Ph.D., C.N.M.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Nursing


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