Ms. Higgins received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Valparaiso University in 1978. She entered the United States Air Force in 1978 as a Registered Nurse and over a 20-year-span specialized in women’s health care, Mobile Air Staging Hospital deployments and Flight Nursing, transporting the injured during civil disasters and wartime. During her Air Force career, she received her Masters of Science with a specialty in Midwifery from Georgetown University in 1992. Following that degree and for the remainder of her Air Force career, she practiced midwifery as well as being appointed as Flight and then Squadron Commander. After retiring from the Air Force, she came to the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine to begin a Midwifery Practice in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This practice not only delivered midwifery specialty care to women but also actively participated in departmental research projects and medical student/nursing student/resident education. She was promoted to director of the Midwifery Division in September 2007 and is responsible for the fiscal viability, expansion and regulation of the midwifery services within the department. She is interested in research into low intervention health care methods, quality improvement and women’s empowerment in their health care choices. She is married and has three children. Outside of work, she is interested in history, reading, and travel.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Valparaiso University, 1978
Master of Science with Specialty in Midwifery, Georgetown University, 1992
Certified Nurse Midwife
Centering Pregnancy Facilitator
Frontier School of Nursing Preceptor
Women’s Health Care throughout the lifespan: women’s health prevention/maintenance; preconception; pregnancy; contraception; menopause