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Director Emma Clark

Emma Clark is a public health professional and certified nurse-midwife. Before coming to Chemonics, she worked as a midwife at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C., where she continues to practice on a per diem basis. Prior to that, she developed and managed health and nutrition programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, Jordan, Kenya, and South Sudan. Ms. Clark was a Fulbright Fellow in Botswana and is currently a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellow. She also teaches in the nurse-midwifery program at Georgetown University. After earning a bachelor’s of economics at Smith, she pursued a second bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also holds master’s degree in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.​​


Blog Posts by Emma Clark

A Voice for Midwives is a Voice for Progress

Several years ago, a colleague was telling me about his efforts to introduce a new family planning method in one of the countries he worked in. “The women just weren’t interested in this method,” he said, frustrated. Initially, he and his team of experts couldn’t figure out why. They’d done a lot of legwork to…

Maternal Mortality Review Committees Ask “Why” to Prevent Maternal Deaths

Late one night about a year ago, I got the call no health care worker ever wants to receive. The man left a heart-stopping message with my midwifery practice’s answering service saying that our patient — his previously healthy wife — and their unborn child had just abruptly passed away at another Washington, D.C.-area hospital.…

Innovations for Maternal and Newborn Health: Getting from “Great Ideas” to “Global Lifesavers”

Think we’ve made progress in maternal and newborn health (MNH) in the past 30 years? You’re right: Maternal mortality has dropped from 550,000 deaths due to pregnancy-related causes a year to 303,000, and newborn mortality from 4.4 million to 2.7 million newborns each year. But if you think that still sounds like a lot of…