Robyn Schafer, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Assistant Professor

Division of Advanced Nursing Practice

Newark Health Sciences

SSB 1119C

(973) 972-6863

Specialty: Midwifery, perinatal care, obstetrics, lactation

  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Robyn Schafer, PhD, CNM, FACNM (she/her), is a nurse-midwife, educator, and scholar who is passionate about evidence-based, person-centered care and preparing a diverse workforce that will provide safe, respectful, ethical, and compassionate perinatal care. In addition to teaching in the RSON nurse-midwifery and women’s health programs since 2019, Dr. Schafer trains obstetric residents at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides perinatal care at Rutgers Health (New Brunswick). She holds advanced certification as a Certified Nurse Educator and Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Dr. Schafer actively contributes to multiple interprofessional research collaborations focused on clinical decision-making including risk perception, informed choice, person-centered care, and evidence-based practice in perinatal and reproductive health.

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing Science), Vanderbilt University
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse-Midwifery), Yale University
  • Master of Education (Policy, Planning, and Administration), Boston University

Research/Scholarly Interests

Midwifery, perinatal and reproductive health, shared decision-making, evidence-based practice, person-centered care, qualitative and mixed methods research

Clinical Specialties

Midwifery, perinatal care, obstetrics, lactation

Recent Publications