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Assistant Professor
Certified Nurse Midwife | Certified Doula (DONA)
Director - DEI of Education and Community Engagement
UNC School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine



Venus received a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Duke University's School of Nursing and earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from East Carolina University.

Venus is passionate about educating women and their families and is dedicated to promoting healthy natural childbirth and encouraging breastfeeding.  

As a certified nurse-midwife of more than 10 years, a childbirth educator of 20 years, and a DONA certified doula, Venus has owned and managed a perinatal education practice, 4Moms2Be, for the last 20 years.  Throughout her career Venus has supported more than 1000 women and their families through their pregnancy, labor, and the birthing process.  As a primary provider for women at UNC's Family Medicine, Venus has her own panel of patients. Still, most of her time is spent with Family Medicine residents during their obstetrical rotation on labor and delivery. She promotes a culturally sensitive, patient-centered-hands-off approach to managing normal labor.

Venus is the UNC Family Medicine Director of DEI for Education and Community Engagement.  She precepts UNC's Internship in Science and Health Training and Research (ISHTaR) annual program: a program designed to get high school students of color exposure in the medical field through the eyes of a provider of color.  She also precepts and supports the Proyecto Puente de Salus (PPS) program; this program sponsors eight first-year medical students to rural areas of San Miguel, Mexico, to serve the underprivileged with necessary medical assessments.

From 2012 - 2016, Venus sat on the board of directors of Lamaze International.  As a board member of Lamaze International, she lobbied on Capitol Hill on the current state of prenatal care, bringing attention to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. She is the immediate past chair of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Diversity and Inclusion committee. Venus currently sits on the board of directors of the NC Perinatal Association (NCPA), NC Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives (NCACNM), and American Association of Birth Centers (AABC).

Venus is the co-chair of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG).  She sits on the Patient Advisory Council (PAC), and she is the co-chair of UNC's Advanced Practice Provider Education committee. She serves on the Maternal Health Learning and Innovations Center (MHLIC) advisory committee, The 4th Trimester Project, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Maternal and Infant Health summit planning committee, Family Medicine's Community Health Collaborative (CHC), and AABC nominating committee.

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