Polly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Secondary Education in History in 1986. She went on to earn her BSN from Rush University in 1990. She received her MSN – Midwifery from Yale University in 1992.
Polly worked for several years as a full scope CNM in Bristol, CT until 2006 when her family left to live in Honduras. Polly served there for four years as a coordinator of rural projects, responsible for development, implementation and monitoring of 22 remote villages in Honduras. During this time she trained local health care volunteers, including 87 traditional birth attendants. Polly worked on Honduran government-sponsored commissions such as Integrated Maternal, Neonatal and Child Community Health and the Family Planning Initiative.
Since returning to the United States, Polly has worked for S.H.E. Medical Associates in Hartford, where she specializes in vulvar disorders and well women OB and GYN care in the office setting.
Vice President - Stephanie Welsh
A 1995 graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications, and a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a Master of Science in Nursing, Stephanie Welsh has been a certified nurse-midwife at Mansfield Ob/Gyn in northeastern Connecticut since 2003. She worked as a photojournalist until 1999, when she left journalism to pursue a career in midwifery.
Her journalism honors include the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for a photographic essay on female circumcision in Kenya. Her other awards include honors from Pictures of the Year, College Photographer of the Year, and the World Press Photo Awards. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St Lawrence University and The Newseum in Washington, DC.
Ms. Welsh has lectured widely on issues of bodily integrity and women, and about the cultural context and the social, political, and psychological issues of female genital cutting. She is a clinical instructor for Yale University, Georgetown University & UCONN Schools of Nursing. She served as secretary for the Connecticut ACNM affiliate from 2014-2015 and is currently serving as vice president.
Treasurer - Melissa Gregorio
Melissa, CNM, MSN, has been serving the New Haven area as a full-scope midwife since 2013. Previously, she worked as an RN at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. Melissa is passionate about teaching and regularly mentors midwifery students in the clinical setting. She also facilitates childbirth classes through The Parent Collective of Fairfield County, and helps prepare graduating RNs for their NCLEX exams as an instructor for Kaplan Test Prep, Inc. She has been published once in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Melissa received her BSN from Fairfield University in 2007 and her MSN from Columbia University in 2011.
Secretary - Jenna LoGiudice
Jenna, PhD, CNM, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University. She is the author of 6 peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. She has been published three times in the leading midwifery journal, the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. She currently maintains clinical practice as a CNM at Planned Parenthood and with Greater New Haven OB-GYN. Prior to moving into academia, she practiced full scope midwifery in Waterbury, CT. She enjoys traveling and swimming. She is the mother of 2 little ladies and 1 little guy who keep her on her toes. She holds her BSN from Fairfield University (class of 2006), her MSN from Yale University (2008) and PhD from the University of Connecticut (2014).
Secretary - Claudia Bradley
Claudia, CNM began her career as an RN in obstetrics, working for 25 years at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven. During those years, she worked as a staff nurse, clinical educator, childbirth educator and nursing care coordinator. She completed her midwifery education at the Institute of Midwifery, Women and Health in 2001 and at Philadelphia University with an MS in Midwifery. She has worked as aCNM at the Women’s Clinic at St. Raphaels, in private practices in New Haven and Waterbury, and now at the Women’s Center as part of the St. Francis Medical Group.
She has served as a clinical instructor at Yale University School of Nursing, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. She is a member of AWHONN, ACNM and is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Perinatal Association.