Margaret Montgomery, CNM, MS, is a faculty midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Ms. Montgomery is actively involved in the teaching and clinical practice of obstetrics, and in gynecology from a midwifery perspective.
Prior to joining the Hospital Center, Ms. Montgomery founded midwifery services in Johnstown and Somerset, Pennsylvania. In full scope midwifery practice, she served as a preceptor to midwifery students and attended nearly 3,000 births. Ms. Montgomery has also been involved in the Midwives for Haiti Project, assisting with curriculum development as well as teaching lifesaving midwifery skills.
Ms. Montgomery's research interests include the application of the Optimality Index-US, a measurement tool developed to analyze aggregate perinatal data. This statistical instrument recognizes that low rates of intervention will reflect a confluence of both optimal process and optimal background condition.
Ms. Montgomery likes to spend free time on her farm where her large family gathers for winter skiing, summer swimming, biking and boating in nearby state parks. She enjoys gardening, long walks with the dogs, great literature and dark chocolate. She volunteers in support of Haitian midwifery education.Additional Training, Education and Research
Ms. Montgomery received a bachelor's degree in anthropology-sociology from West Chester State University, Pennsylvania, in 1972. In 1973, she received an associate degree in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Pennsylvania. Ms. Montgomery earned national midwifery certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York in 1979. She received a master's degree in midwifery from Philadelphia University in 2008.
Ms. Montgomery has supplemented her training with the following courses:
Ms. Montgomery is a contributing author to Tharpe, N. & Farley, C.L. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women's Health, fourth edition. Sudberry, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, under development. Also, she authored the article Analysis of a Rural Midwifery Practice Using the Optimality Index-US, published in the Philadelphia University Final Projects Database 2008.Honors, Awards and Society Memberships
Ms. Montgomery is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Childbearing Centers, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), D.C. Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and D.C. Chapter of Holistic Moms. She served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Midwives from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Montgomery was also president of the ACNM Western Pennsylvania chapter, and now serves as its legislative liaison and liaison to the Board of Medicine until 2009.Practice Focus
Ms. Montgomery delivers midwifery services that emphasize caring, compassion and case management, focusing on safety of and sensitivity to the mother. Her approach to obstetrics appreciates advanced technology as a servant of safety, while empowering each woman to make her own choices.