Director of Midwifery Services
Certified Nurse Midwife
Department + Services
Perinatal Substance Use Disorder
Programs + Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Training + Education
PhD, Nursing | Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
Certificate, Nurse Midwifery | Shenandoah University | Winchester, VA
Master of Science, Nursing | Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
Bachelor of Science, Nursing | Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
Bachelor of Music | Boston University | Boston MA
Certified Nurse Midwife | American Midwifery Certification Board
Nurse Midwife (RN/MN) | Massachusetts Board of Nursing
Healthcare Provider | American Heart Association (AHA)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider | American Academy of Pediatricians / AHA
My mission is to promote optimal reproductive and sexual health through compassionate, patient-centered midwifery care. I am deeply committed to listening to the stories and needs of midwifery patients to maximize health for communities in the Pioneer Valley.
Mary Paterno was the first graduate of the midwifery partnership program between the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Shenandoah University in 2010. She was simultaneously enrolled in the PhD in Nursing program, earning her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 2012.
Dr. Paterno is highly involved with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and is currently serving as the President of the Massachusetts Affiliate of ACNM. In 2020, she was inducted as a Fellow in ACNM and won the highly prestigious Kitty Ernst Award, given annually to a midwife within their first ten years of practice who has demonstrated exceptional innovation in midwifery research, clinical practice, education, or administration.
Dr. Paterno has a breadth of clinical experience. As a registered nurse, she worked in surgical gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and in labor and delivery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. As a midwife, she began her career at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD before returning to her native New England to join Pioneer Women’s Health and Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where she worked for eight years and was the midwifery director for the Moms Do Care EMPOWER program.
Dr. Paterno was also an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2015 to 2020. Dr. Paterno has technical expertise in mixed methods research and measurement. She has had several interdisciplinary research grants, has many published papers, and speaks regularly at regional, state, national, and international events on a variety of topics in women’s health and midwifery.
Mary lives with her husband, Andrew, whom she credits with inspiring her to become a nurse, and their school-age daughter. She enjoys exercising, baking, gardening, carpentry projects, and being a gymnastics mom.