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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD, CNM, ARNP
Assistant Professor

Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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Prematurity effects 12% of births in the US (500,000 newborns each year) and it is a health disparity disproportionately effecting racial minorities. Transitioning to the parenting role with an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit challenges the resources of parents and families. Premature birth is associated with increased divorce, mental illness, and the stress from concerns about the health of the infant. Despite the increased risk for these adverse outcomes, the focus of inpatient and outpatient care after preterm birth is typically on the physical well-being of the infant, with little attention paid to the needs of parents. My current research aims to understand the distress that parents experience before and after the birth of preterm infants and how these experiences of prematurity impact their well-being and roles as parents and partners. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce parents’ distress in order to improve their function as parents and as partners. I am currently working on a proposal to develop a mindfulness-based intervention to improve coping and outcomes for women at risk of preterm birth.


In all my classes I strive to incorporate active learning strategies such as case presentations, student-led discussions, and peer-teaching. I use emerging and established technologies to support these strategies, including piloting the Canvas learning management system, and using Tegrity to record lectures for online and distance learning. My teaching assignments have included didactic and clinical courses in advanced practice nursing (DNP program), focusing on women's health and nurse-midwifery.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I have practiced nurse-midwifery at Providence Medical Group in Everett, WA since 2001. Located in Snohomish County, I have served in a provider shortage area to a predominately Medicaid population. Many of my clients are from underserved minority and immigrant populations with language barriers and other disadvantages in maintaining health. This clinical work also provides a clinical context for my teaching and maintains important connections with community clinical partners. I have also volunteered with Seattle/King County Public Health Reserve Corps since 2009 providing immunization and other health services to vulnerable populations. I am an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving on the Ethics Committee and the Gender-Bias Task Force.

Current Publications

Kantrowitz-Gordon, I. (2013). Internet confessions of postpartum depression. Issues in Mental Health Nursing (in press).

Lawrence, R., Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., & Landis, A. (2013). Student midwives’ duty hours: risks, standards, and recommendations. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (in press).

Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., Bennett, D., Stauffer, D., Champ-Gibson, E., Fitzgerald, C., & Corbett, C. (2013). Facilitated family presence at resuscitation: Effectiveness of a nursing student toolkit. Nursing Education Today, 33: 1258-1263.

Kantrowitz-Gordon, I. (2013). Expanded care for women and families after preterm birth. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 58, 158-166.

Current Research Projects

Sigma Theta Tau International Kantrowitz-Gordon (PI) 2012 – 2013

Western Institute of Nursing Kantrowitz-Gordon (PI) 2012 – 2013

Small Research Grants: Parental Distress after Preterm Birth (dissertation research)

HRSA Grant #1 D1DHP20355-01-00 Corbett (PI) 2011 – 2012

Evaluation of the Facilitated Family Presence During Resuscitation Educational Tool Kit. Co-investigator on multi-site educational intervention study.

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