About the Authors

The three physician-authors, Drs. Taylor, Magee, and Nothnagle, are all fellowship-trained faculty in family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. We each have extensive clinical, academic, and personal expertise in maternal-child health. We share a predominantly maternal-child health clinical practice which includes obstetrics and are award-winning educators, scholars, and mentors for hundreds of trainees, the majority of whom are women.


Julie Taylor

Julie Scott Taylor, MD, MSc, IBCLC is the Director of Clinical Curriculum at Alpert Medical School and Professor of Family Medicine, which she first joined in 2001. Her clinical, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts focus on breastfeeding promotion as well as the professional and personal support of medical students. She is the mother of four children ages fourteen, ten, eight, and five.

Susanna McGee

Susanna R. Magee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CLC is the Director of the Maternal-Child Health Fellowship and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine as well as Medical Director of the National Rocking Chair Project. Her clinical and academic area of expertise is high-risk obstetrics including operative deliveries. She is the mother of three children ages fourteen, ten, and seven.

Melissa Nothnagle 

Melissa Nothnagle, MD, MSc is the Residency Director and Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She completed a Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship at Brown and holds a Master of Science in Health Professions Education from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She also co-directs the Scholarly Concentration in Women’s Reproductive Health at Alpert Medical School. She is a nationally known clinician, educator, scholar, and advocate in the area of women’s reproductive health. Her son is six years old.

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Kira Bromwich

Kira Bromwich, MD Class of 2019 or 2020//Research and Website Development Assistant

Kira Bromwich is currently a senior at Brown University and a student in the eight-year combined BA/MD Program in Liberal Medical Education. Officially a human-biology concentrator, Kira is deeply interested in how the health of special, often underserved, populations contributes fundamentally to a healthy society. In particular, she has a passion for maternal-child health, and has worked in this field at various organizations in Providence, RI, Washington, DC, and abroad. She looks forward to being both a future mom and physician, herself.

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