Barbara Fildes practiced midwifery for 30 years in urban, suburban and rural settings. Midwifery was a natural extension of her nursing and advocacy work with women and families that began in the 1970s.
She has served as a division director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
She has been active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Networks (NNEPQIN), pioneering financially sustainable, collaborative practice models as a cornerstone for health care improvements.
Since retiring from clinical practice, she has managed projects in patient safety, quality improvement, risk reduction, and loss prevention. Working with Myhags has been a career highlight.