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Meet the Midwives




Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth Cooper, C.N.M., Ed.D., F.A.C.N.M.

I joined the faculty of the department of OB/GYN in 1975 as the first nurse-midwife to practice in Rochester. A nursing graduate of the University of Texas, I completed my midwifery education at Columbia University in 1971, and my doctorate in Higher Education for Health Professions from the University of Rochester in 1992. As the founder and director of the URMC midwifery practice since its inception twenty years ago, I remain an active clinician in the practice. I also am involved in providing medical and midwifery education, as well as several research studies. My areas of expertise include care of the developmentally disabled, women in the peri-menopause, as well as group prenatal care. Outside of the practice I enjoy gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family at our cottage on Keuka Lake. Beth retired from practice in October 2014, though remains involved in the OB/GYN department.