While working as a high school biology teacher in Wisconsin, Jane Peterson felt called to midwifery after several friends invited her to provide support at their births. Inspired by catching a baby for the very first time in 1979, she secured a short apprenticeship in Wisconsin and then traveled to Texas to attend a midwifery training program, before returning home to begin her practice. The state of Wisconsin regulated midwifery until 1953, when it ceased licensing new midwives. Peterson wrote and lobbied faor Act 292, or the Midwifery Licensing Act, which was enacted in 2006. She also authored and taught the educational components required for Wisconsin licensed midwives. Those components became the foundation of the core competencies adopted by the North American Registry of Midwives. She also founded the Wisconsin Council for Midwifery Legislation and served on its board. Peterson has served as President of the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives and is currently their Director of Community Relations.
To read more about Jane Peterson, see this news article celebrating her 35 years as a Wisconsin midwife.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!