Kaprice Welsh, CNM, MSN, MPH
I have been in women’s health for over 20 years. I obtained my BSN from Syracuse University in 1993. While in my undergraduate nursing program I fell in love with obstetrics. I was inspired by the women and babies I met during that rotation. I remember thinking how amazing and powerful the women were during their births. This was my calling to midwifery.
I was lucky to get on a busy labor and delivery floor at NY Presbyterian Hospital where I worked for 11 years. My Midwifery education began at Columbia University where I obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing, my certificate in Nurse Midwifery and Masters of Public Health. My experiences in midwifery have been exciting and diverse. I have had the opportunity to work with very high-risk moms at a busy Perinatologist practice. My most rewarding experience, working in the Bronx at the Morris Heights Birthing Center. These experiences were very different, but reinforced to me that women deserved a voice in their birth experience and I wanted to be able to offer that to them!
I moved to Atlanta in 2004. Since coming to Atlanta, I have had the opportunity to continue my work in women’s health. I joined a busy OBGyn practice, had my second child and decided to leave clinical work and focus Public Health. In 2009 I joined the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) as the Perinatal Nurse Manager, managing programs to improve maternal and infant mortality statewide. In 2010 I was promoted to Director of Women’s Services, in the Performance Quality and Outcomes unit in Medicaid. In these positions, I was able to be involved with programs and services primarily focused on improving infant and maternal mortality statewide. In 2012 I joined the Ga. OBGyn Society as their clinical liaison where I primarily focus on providing outreach and education to OBGyn’s in Ga. and working with the Ga. Department of Public Health bridging the gap with private providers and public health programs impacting women and children. In addition, I have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to work in the clinical setting proving comprehensive well women care. My work is exciting because of the opportunity of providing women’s health care. I am also a clinical faculty to Georgia State nursing students as a part of the Caring for Childbearing Families course, and lecture on preconception health and infertility to the advanced practice nursing students in the women’s health nurse practitioner program.