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Judy Colla Receives Clinical Star Award

Judy-Colla-Clin-Star-Award-1PAH Certified Nurse Midwife, Judy Colla, CNM, MPH, has been named a Clinical Star Award (CSA) recipient by the American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation.


Shown L to R are: Jack Ludmir, MD, chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Judy Colla, CNAM, MPH, and Ronald Barg, MD, executive director, CCA.

The CSA recognizes midwives with exceptional longevity and excellence in clinical practice and the mentoring of younger Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs). This clinical excellence award is given to recognize and honor the midwife with a minimum of 25 years of clinical practice who has committed her career to the day-to-day care of women and the development of new midwives.

Judy has been in clinical practice continuously since 1975, having spent her entire career at PAH. As the elder stateswoman of Penn OBGYN and Midwifery Care, Judy’s clinical expertise and experience are widely respected by the nurses, attending physicians, residents and midwife colleagues with whom she works. She was one of the first midwives to practice at the hospital and has truly been a trailblazer in our region in women’s health and CNM/MD collaboration.

In 1977, Judy and a physician colleague established The Midwife and The Doctor, creating a model of CNM/MD collaboration that had not previously existed. The practice was committed to a feminist model of care, seeking to empower women through their experiences during pregnancy and childbirth and creating a network of support and camaraderie among a devoted clientele that was extraordinary.

In private practice first, Judy has worked as a full-scope midwife with the long-standing PAH midwifery practice since 1995. She continues to develop her clinical practice, staying current with research and practice updates, and is deeply involved with quality assurance initiatives and is a member of the hospital’s obstetric quality assurance committee.

Throughout her career, Judy has been committed to teaching and mentoring midwifery students and new midwives. She has precepted countless midwifery students from her early days of her private practice, through to the present.  She has also been a teacher and mentor for dozens of OB-GYN residents at PAH, introducing them to the miracle of normal labor and childbirth.

“Judy is an outstanding example of midwifery excellence and longevity, having practiced continuously for 37 years,” said colleague Pamela Kane, CNM, MSN, from Penn OB/GYN & Midwifery Care. She continues to challenge herself and grow in her practice, and to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a high level of quality care to her patients. She is extremely deserving of the Clinical Star Award.”

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