Karen A. DeCocker, DNP, CNM

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Bio

Karen DeCocker is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She completed both her midwifery and DNP education at Frontier Nursing University, the birthplace of modern Midwifery. Her doctoral thesis project was “Evidence Based Guidelines for Initiating and Maintaining Lactation in Breast Pump Dependent Women”.
Karen's full-scope clinical practice locations have included urban Title X (family planning), a large rural OB clinic, and consulting for high-risk patients in a home-based midwifery practice among the Amish.

Dr. DeCocker has worked in several areas of Mexico and Guatemala teaching health workers family planning and basic birth skills. She asserts that "simple measures can both dramatically improve the quality, or even save the life of a woman and her family". The satisfaction of knowing her work is meaningful, in her words, "is worth every minute I have spent on my own education.  It is a true passion for birth, healthy pregnancy and women’s health care that drives her teaching and midwifery practice.
 
Dr. DeCocker’s focus is on family planning, global health and normal physiologic birth and breastfeeding. She is excited to share her wealth of experience with the students and at UIC, while providing an exceptional level of detail and care for her patients.  Education and knowledge sharing are central to the work of Dr. DeCocker.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. DeCocker currently teaches Advanced Pathophysiology for the master and doctoral level nursing students as well as Leadership Policy for the DNP program.

Selected Publications

Couch, K., DeCocker-Geist, K., (2014). Hemotological disorders in pregnancy. In R. G. Jordan, J. L. Engstrom, J. Marfell, & C. L. Farley (Eds.) Prenatal and postnatal care: a woman centered approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Malone, A., DeCocker-Geist, K., (2014). Gastrointestinal complaints in pregnancy. In R. G. Jordan, J. L. Engstrom, J. Marfell, & C. L. Farley (Eds.) Prenatal and postnatal care: a woman centered approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Engstrom, J., Meier, P. & DeCocker-Geist, K. Evidence based practices to promote, support and protect breastfeeding in Anderson, B. and Stone, S. (eds) Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change Springer Publishers (2012).