Patrick Thornton, CNM, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development Nursing Science
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
I have practiced nurse midwifery since 1995 in a variety of settings, including 11 years in solo private practice. My research interests include birth settings and outcomes including cesarean, spontaneous birth, maternal and newborn safety, morbidity and mortality and birth centers. I am interested in evidence based care as an ideology and its benefits and limitations.
Thornton, P. (2018) Uses and misuses of VBAC success calculators Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 63(1),115-120.
Thornton, P. (2017) Characteristics of spontaneous births attended by midwives and physicians in United States Hospitals in 2014 Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, in press Feb 4, 2017
Thornton, P., (2017) McFarlin, B. L., Park, C., Rankin, K., Schorn, M., Finnegan, L., & Stapleton, S. Cesarean Outcomes in US Birth Centers and Collaborating Hospitals: A Cohort Comparison. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 62(1), 40–48.
REPORTS & WHITE PAPERS
Illinois Department of Public Health. (2018) Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report.
American Association of Birth Centers. (2018) Results and executive report on 2016 member survey. Perkiomenville, PA
Service to Community
Illinois Department of Public Health, Maternal Mortality Review Committee, 2017 present
CountyCare Quality Improvement Oversight Committee 2017 present
Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative, 2017 present
University of Illinois Hospital Advanced Practice Nursing Committee, 2017 present
American Association of Birth Centers Research Committee, 2016 present
2016 Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Illinois Chicago
1999 Master of Science in Nursing,
Case Western Reserve University
1994 Midwifery Certificate
Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing
Hyden, KY (4.0 GPA)
1987 Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The University of Akron
Akron, OH (Cum Laude)
Licensures and Certifications
Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Neonatal Advanced Life Support
American College of Nurse Midwives
American Public Health Association
American Association of Birth Centers
Sigma Theta Tau
Thornton, P. (2015). Comparison of birth center and hospital cesarean rates. In 2015 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo (Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2015). APHA.
Thornton, P. Comparison of Birth Center and Hospital Cesarrean Rates. In: American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute: Building Bridges (Sept. 22-25, 2016). Pittsburgh: American Associan of Birth Centers)
Thornton, P. Risk characteristics of women attended by certified nurse midwives and physicians in United States hospitals in 2014. Advanced Practice Nursing Conference Care Through the Ages. (April 6-7, 2017). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.