faculty profile

Julia Phillippi   PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Chair, Family Care Community


Julia Phillippi PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN is the Chair of the Family Care Community and the Director of the nurse-midwifery educational program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Over the course of her 20-year career, she has practiced in rural and urban birth centers and hospitals. She currently provides intrapartum care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research focuses on access to perinatal care, interprofessional antenatal care, and birth-center care models. Dr. Phillippi's research has been funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Nursing Research among others. She is a lead editor of the Varney's Midwifery textbook, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, and serves as a liaison for the American College of Nurse-Midwives to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.


  • MSN - Vanderbilt University
  • PhD - University of Tennessee Knoxville


  • AMCB Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring Certification through the National Certification Corporation

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Access to perinatal care
  • Birth center model of care
  • Midwifery care and outcomes
  • Teaching and learning environments

Academic Interests

Dr. Phillippi enjoys creating teaching and learning environments to improve nursing and midwifery student growth.


Vanderbilt Integrated Center of Excellence in Maternal and Pediatric Precision Therapeutics (VICE-MPRINT) PI - Prince Kannankeril
Aim 1 lead for Project 2 - Leveraging data science to understand outcomes for mothers and children affected by opioids PI - Stephen Patrick
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Home birth in the US: Data-driven safety improvements.
Expert in Birth Center Care and CNM role and scope - consultant
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Strengthening Translational Research in Diverse Enrollment (STRIDE)
Site PI (tested new format of consent) - 3% effort
National Institutes of Health / National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
University of Massachusetts (Prime)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Sub-award)

Interprofessional Perinatal Consults to Improve Communication Quality, Satisfaction, and Team Cohesion: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Collaboration for Antepartum Risk Evaluation (CARE) Model
Trainee - PI of research - 75% effort
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHRQ Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award - 1K08HS024733-01A1

Representative Publications


Davis, M. & Phillippi, J.C. (2022.) Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Treatment. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health.

Kissler, K., Breman, R., Carlson, N., Tilden, E., Erickson, E., Smith, D., Phillippi, J.C. (2022) Innovations in Prospective Perinatal Research as a Result Of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 67, 264-260.

Tang, L.A, Jeffery, A.D., Leech, A, Osmundson, S. Schirle, L., Phillippi, J. (2021.) A Comparison of Methods to Identify Antenatal Substance Use Within Electronic Health Records. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM, 4(3), 100535, doi.org/10.1016/j.ajogmf.2021.100535.

Phillippi, J., Schulte, R., Bonnett, K., Schlundt, D.G., Cooper, W., Martin, P.R., Kozhimannil, K.B. & Patrick, S. (2021) Reproductive-Age Women's Experiences of Accessing Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: We Don't do that Here." Women's Health Issues31(5), 455-461.

Breman, R., Phillippi, J., Tilden, E., Paul, J., Barr, E. & Carlson, N. (2021) Challenges in the Triage Care of Low-Risk Laboring Patients: A Comparison of Two Models of Practice. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 35(2), 123-131.

Carlson, N., Ellis, J., Page, K., Amore, A., & Phillippi, J.C. (2021) Review of Evidence-Based Methods for Successful Labor Induction. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13238. - Won the 2022 Best Review Article of the Year Award. 

Tilden, EL, Snowden, J, & Phillippi, JC (2021.) COVID-19 and Perinatal Care: Facing Challenges, Seizing Opportunities. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 66, 10-13. 

Tilden, EL, Phillippi, JC, Carlson, N, Dissanayake, M., Lee, C. S., Caughey, AB, Snowden, JM (2020) The Association between Longer Durations of the Latent Phase of Labor and Subsequent Perinatal Processes and Outcomes Among Midwifery Patients. Birth, 47, 418-429. doi: 10.1111/birt.12494. PMID: 32687226.

Maxwell, C., Mixon, A.M., Conner, E., Phillippi, J. (2020.) Receptivity of Hospitalized Older Adults and Family Caregivers to Prognostic Information about Aging, Injury, and Frailty: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 109. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103602. PMID: 32534291.  

McClure, N., Catrambone, C., Carlson, E. & Phillippi, J. (2020). Maximizing the Role of the Nurse: Strategies to Address Gaps in Asthma Care in Schools. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 53, 52-56. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2020.05.003. PMID: 32446213.  

Schafer, R. & Phillippi, J. Group B Streptococcal Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered Approach to Care. (2020). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 65, 376-381. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13085. PMID: 32096338.

Lotshaw, R., Phillippi, J.C., Buxton, M, McNeil-Simaan, E., Newton, J.M. (2020) A Collaborative Model of a Community Birth Center and a Tertiary Medical Center. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 135(3):696-702. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003723. PMID: 32028505

Smith, D.C., Phillippi, J.C., Lowe, N.K., Breman, R.B., Carlson, N.S., Neal, J.L., Tilden, E. (2020) Using The Robson Ten-Group Classification System To Compare Cesarean Birth Utilization Between US Centers With and Without Midwives. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 65:10-21. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13035. PMID: 31553129. PMCID: PMC7024566.

Carlson, N., Breman, R., Neal, J., & Phillippi, J. (2020). Preventing Cesarean Birth in Women with Obesity: Influence of Unit-Level Midwifery Presence on Use of Cesarean among Women in the Consortium on Safe Labor Data Set. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 65, 22-32. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13022. PMID: 31464045. PMCID: PMC7021572 [available on 2021-01-01].

Stewart, L., Hawkins Stringer, T., VanRegenmorter, J., Miller, S., Alexander, E., Phillippi, J.C. (2019). Interprofessional Simulation for Nursing and Divinity Students: Learning Beyond Checklists. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 35, 10-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2019.05.002.

Tilden, E., Phillippi, J.C., Ahlberg, M., King, T., Dissanayake, M., Lee, C., Snowden, J., Caughey, A. (2019) Describing latent phase duration and associated characteristics among 1281 low-risk women in spontaneous labor. Birth, 46, 592-601. doi: 10.1111/birt.12428.  PMID: 30924182 . PMCID: PMC6765461 [available on 2020-12-01].

Carlson, N., Neal, J., Tilden, E., Smith, D., Breman, R., Lowe, N., Dietrich, M., & Phillippi, J. (2019). Influence of midwifery presence in United States centers on labor care and outcomes of low-risk, parous women: A Consortium on Safe Labor study. Birth, 46:487-499. doi: 10.1111/birt.12405. PMID: 30414200. PMCID: PMC6509022.
              A top-cited article for 2019 & 2020

Neal, J., Carlson, N., Phillippi, J.C., Tilden, E., Breman, R., Lowe, N., & Dietrich, M. (2019) Midwifery presence in United States medical centers and labor care and birth outcomes among low-risk, nulliparous women: A Consortium on Safe Labor study. Birth 46:475-486. doi: 10.1111/birt.12407. PMID: 30417436. PMCID: PMC6511333.

Hande, K. Christenbery, T. & Phillippi, J.C. (2019). Appreciative advising pilot study: An innovative approach to advising Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Nurse Educator 44(4), 187-191. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000593. PMID: 30134441.

Schafer, R., Davis, M., & Phillippi, J.C. (2019.) Herpes zoster in pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 64(2), 230-235. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12953. PMID: 30740856.

Phillippi, J.C., Holley, S.H., Thompson, J., Virostko, K., & Bennett, K. (2019). A planning checklist for interprofessional consultations for women in midwifery care. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 64(1), 98-103. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12900. PMID: 30325575.

Neal, J.L., Lowe, N.K., Caughey, A.B., Hartmann, K.E., Bennett, K.A., Tilden, E.L., Phillippi, J.C., & Dietrich, M.S. (2018). Applying a physiologic partograph to consortium on safe labor data to identify opportunities for safely decreasing cesareans among nulliparous women. Birth, 45(4), 358-367. doi: 10.1111/birt.12358. PMID: 29851163. PMCID: PMC6342020.

Neal, J.L., Lowe, N.K., Phillippi, J.C., Carlson, N.S., Knupp, A.M., & Dietrich, M.S. (2018). Likelihood of cesarean birth among parous women after applying leading active labor guidelines. Midwifery, 67, 64-69. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.09.007. PMID: 30253316.  PMCID: PMC6217861.

Phillippi, J.C., Doersam, J.K., Neal, J.L., & Roumie, C.L. (2018). Electronic informed consent to facilitate recruitment of pregnant women into research. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 47(4), 529-534. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.04.134.  PMID: 29758172. PMCID: PMC6071311.

Phillippi, J.C., Likis, F.E., & Tilden, E.L. (2018). Authorship grids: Practical tools to facilitate collaboration and ethical publication. Research in Nursing & Health, 41(2), 195-208. doi: 10.1002/nur.21856. PMID: 29603766. PMCID: PMC7608625. - Award for being a top 20 downloaded article.

Hande, K., & Phillippi, J.C. (2018). DNP project timeline template: A guide for successful completion. Nurse Educator, 43(3), 115-116. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000472. PMID: 29135715. PMCID: PMC5908739.

Phillippi, J.C., & Hartmann, K.E. (2018). Differentiating research, quality improvement, and case studies to ethically incorporate pregnant women. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 63(1), 104-114. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12673.PMID: 29283211. PMCID: PMC7608624.

Phillippi, J.C., Danhausen, K., Alliman, J., & Phillippi, R.D. (2018). Neonatal outcomes in the birth center setting: A systematic review. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 63(1), 68-89. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12701. PMID: 29419926. - Award for being a top 20 downloaded article.

Sanders, B.D., Davis, M., Holley, S.H., & Phillippi, J.C. (2018). Pregnancy-associated stroke. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 63(1), 23-32. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12720. PMID: 29369478. PMCID: PMC7608605. - Selected for CEUs.

Phillippi, J.C., & Lauderdale, J. (2018). A guide to field notes for qualitative research: Context and conversation. Qualitative Health Research 28(3), 381-388. doi: 10.1177/1049732317697102. PMID: 29298584.- 8th most downloaded article for this journal in 2018.

Book Chapters

Women's Gynecologic Health 4th ed, 2022, Burlington, MA: Jones & Barlett.

Varney's Midwifery, 6th Edition, 2018, Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, 8th ed, 2018, Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier.

Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes, 2017. New York: Springer.

Best Practices in Midwifery, 2nd ed, 2017, New York: Springer.

Women's Gynecologic Health 3rd ed, 2017, Burlington, MA: Jones & Barlett.

Varney's Midwifery, 5th Edition, 2018, Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett.


Editor, Varney's Midwifery, 7th Edition, expected publication 2023, Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Phillippi provides intrapartum care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice.


  • Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health Associate Editor 2019- present
  • Reviewer for 10 leading perinatal journals

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Birth Centers
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Tennessee Chapter of the ACNM Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Tennessee Nurses Association


  • Best Review Article Award for 2021 - Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • Outstanding Peer Reviewer of 2021 - Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • Outstanding Peer Reviewer (2011-2020) - Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (Inducted 2018)
  • Nurse of the Year for Research - Middle Tennessee March of Dimes - 2016
  • Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Informatics, Vanderbilt School of Nursing - 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2014, American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation
  • Rising Star Award, Sigma Theta Tau - 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2007, American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation
  • Kitty Ernst Award, American College of Nurse Midwives - 2005