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Kirby Adlam, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612


My research work focuses on infertility, third party reproduction, and traumatic birth experiences. My work is informed by social justice and reproductive justice frameworks. Along with my research work, I have extensive clinical experience as a full-scope midwife working in mostly underserved communities in Chicago.

I completed my BSN at Loyola University Chicago. I then received my MSN and my PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have taught in the BSN, graduate entry, and DNP programs at UIC since 2014.

Selected Publications

Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Adlam, K., Steffen, A. D., Driessnack, M., Grotevant, H. D., Klock, S. C., Pasch, L., & Gruss, V. (2022). Alpha test of the donor conception tool to empower parental telling and talking. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.



P Thornton, Liese, K, Adlam, K, Erbe, K, McFarlin, B. Barriers to labor after cesarean: A survey of United States midwives. Birth.2022 Dec;49(4):675-686.Epub 2022 April 22.


Adlam, K., Koenig, M. D., Patil, C. L., Salih, S. M., Steffen, A., Kramer, W., & Hershberger, P. (2022). A MIXED-METHODS EVALUATION OF EGG DONORS’ PHYSICAL, PSYCHOSOCIAL, AND DISCLOSURE EXPERIENCES POST-DONATION. Fertility and Sterility, 118(4), e16-e17. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2022.08.065


Hershberger, P., Gallo, A. M., Gruss, V., Steffen, A. D., Adlam, K., Driessnack, M., . . . Pasch, L. (2022). P-488 Perceptions of gamete and embryo donation recipient parents about the online experimental and control programs in the TELL Tool feasibility clinical trial at immediate post-test. Human Reproduction, 37(Supplement_1). doi:10.1093/humrep/deac104.124


Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Adlam, K., Driessnack, M., Grotevant, H. D., Klock, S. C., Pasch, L., & Gruss, V. (2021 [Epub]). Parents’ experiences telling children conceived by gamete and embryo donation about their genetic origins. F&S Reports.


Hershberger, P., Gallo, A., Gruss, V., Adlam, K., Driessnack, M., Grotevant, H. D., Klock, S. C., & Pasch, L.P–496 Alpha test results: Towards developing a digital prototype intervention to support parents’ disclosure about donor conception in the United States. Human Reproduction(Oxford), 36(Supplement_1)


Thornton, P. D., Liese, K., Adlam, K., Erbe, K., & McFarlin, B. L. (2020). Calculators Estimating the Likelihood of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Uses and Perceptions. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 65(5), 621-626.

Professional Leadership

Corresponding Secretary- Board Member, American College of Nurse Midwives

Professional Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau

American College of Nurse Midwives

American Society of Reproductive Medicine

Selected Presentations

Adlam, K. (2022). A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Egg Donors' Physical, Psychosocial, and Disclosure Experiences Post-Donation. In American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Anaheim
Presentation type: Oral Presentation. Event type: Conference. Event scope: National.

Hershberger, P., Shanks, J. W., McDonnell, L., Adlam, K., & Raszewski, R. (2022). A systematic review of children’s books that aid in disclosing donor gamete and embryo conception.. In Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Social + Structural Determinants of Health.. Washington, D.C Presentation type: Poster. Event type: Congress. Event scope: National. Refereed