Millennium Magazine_4th Ed

221 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine D r. Betty Watts Carrington delved into nursing during the feminist movement of the 1970s. Considered a turning point in the timeline for women’s rights, themovement advocated for the importance for secular freedom and speaking out against injustice. Dr. Carrington has always felt strongly about activism and the rights of women, children and families, and thus decided to go into midwifery as a career path. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1958, later earning a Master of Science and EdD from Columbia University in 1971 and 1986, respectively. At the inception of her career in 1972, Dr. Carrington served as the director of nurse-midwifery service for the Maternity Infant Care Project and Brookdale Hospital affiliation in Brooklyn, New York, until 1979. Shortly thereafter, she excelled in myriad academic roles as an associate professor of nurse-midwifery at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn from 1979 to 1996, as well as the director of the graduate program in nurse-midwifery at the Columbia University School of Nursing from 1986 to 1991. Most recently, she served as nurse-midwife research associate in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology at the Harlem Hospital Center in affiliation with Columbia University from 1989 until her retirement in 1998. During her career, Dr. Carrington exhibited a fervent passion for increasing the number of women of color in the nurse-midwifery field, and by 1981, she began consulting in minority recruitment and retention. Civically involved as well, she maintains affiliation with the Long Island branch of the National Association of University Women, as well as the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, Inc., a chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Notably, she was active as a national vice president, lifetime member, fellow and chair of the Accreditation Division for the American College of Nurse Midwives and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Carrington was presented with a Bishop’s Cross from the Saint David’s Episcopal Church, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives and a Community Service Award from the Kiwanis of Cambria Heights, New York. BETTY WATTS CARRINGTON, EDD, FACNM CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE, EDUCATOR Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University New York, NY HEALTH AND WELLNESS