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Rebecca L. Skovgaard, M.S.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Clinical Interests


Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-7892

Fax: (585) 482-1666

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients


I'm Becky Skovgaard. I have a bachelor's degree from Bennington College in Vermont and then another in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. I attended Georgetown University for my midwifery education and worked there as midwife and faculty after that. I have been with URMC Midwifery since 1994. I've been privileged to work with a midwife who I believe is the world expert on the topic of the timing of cord clamping, and have published a little on this. (Short answer: keep those scissors off that cord.) I also write regularly for Peri-FACTS, an ongoing, international educational program for obstetrics professionals that is based at the University of Rochester. I have two kids in college and one in the Navy (and a husband who teaches nearly every biology student at the U of R). I grew up in Montana and I guess that's why I spend a lot of time outdoors. I believe two things are true if you live in Rochester: your garden can never have too many spring bulbs, and your yard will never have enough Christmas lights. When I'm not too busy I write romance. And, oh yeah, I like waiting around for babies to come.


Faculty Appointments


  • Midwife, Certified Nurse - American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification C


BA | Bennington College

BS | Case Western Reserve Univ
Arts & Sciences

MS | Georgetown Univ Sch Medicine
Nursing - Other


Journal Articles

Mercer, JS; Skovgaard, RL; Peareara-Eaves, J; Bowman, TA. "Nuchal Cord Management and Nurse Midwifery Practice". Midwifery Women's Health. 2005; : 50: 373-379.

Mercer, JS; Skovgaard, RL. "Neonatal transitional physiology: A new paradigm". Perinatal Neonatal Nurse. 2002; : 15 (4): 56-75.

Mercer, JS; Nelson, CN; Skovgaard, RL. "Umbilical cord clamping: Beliefs and practices of American nurse-midwives". Midwifery Women's Health. 2000; : 45: 58-66.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Fetal to neonatal transition: first, do no harm
Book Title: Normal childbirth Evidence and debate, 2nd ed.
Author List: Mercer J, Skovgaard R, Erickson-Owens D
Edited By: Downe S
Published By: Churchill Livingston Elsevier2008 in Edinburgh

Chapter Title: Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate
Book Title: Downe, Second Edition
Author List: Mercer, JS; Skovgaard, RL
Published By: Edinburgh: Elsevier2004