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Jeri Antilla, Ph.D., MSN-Ed., RNC-OB

Jeri Antilla

Clinical Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Studies Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4153 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: 764-764-6910


  • Perinatal Loss
  • Maternal and Infant Mortality
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health inequities and racism

Dr. Antilla has been caring for birth givers and their newborns throughout her nursing career. She is passionate about the specialty area of obstetrics and holds a certification in inpatient obstetrical nursing.  Dr. Antilla’s scholarship focuses on how key constructs of racism, sexism, classism, and gender inequality contribute to health disparities, continued oppression, and the mental health and well-being of marginalized birthing people. Her recent work explored perceptions of chronic stressors of African American gestational parents before, during and after a perinatal loss and during a subsequent pregnancy. 

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Exploring the perceptions of African American women who have experienced a perinatal loss and its impact on maternal-fetal relationships in subsequent pregnancies.


Dr. Antilla has varied teaching experience that includes didactic, skills lab, clinical, and simulation for a variety of courses. Her teaching role at the University of Michigan School of Nursing includes teaching both didactic and clinical to undergraduate nursing students during their reproductive health course.  Dr. Antilla instills the charisma and love of learning along with the passion of nursing to inspire learners to continue a lifelong pursuit of knowledge within the discipline. She instills advocacy in her learners and promotes the ongoing need to address health care disparities and promote social justice as they provide care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Antilla encourages learners to take personal ownership in their growth and development through the many different avenues of learning that are presented to them. It is her overall objective to show students how to flourish within the nursing profession.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Nu Chapter
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing
  • Member, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Perinatal Outreach Support Team (POST)- Henry Ford Health System


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 2020
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN 2014
  • ADN, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI 1999

Publication Highlights

  • Olukotun, O., Mkandawire, E., Antilla, J., Alfaifa, F., Weitzel, J., Scheer, V., Olukotun, M, & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). An analysis of reflections on researcher positionality. Qualitative Reports.

  •  Antilla, J. (2020). Maternal-fetal relationship in pregnancy after perinatal loss among African American women (Publication No. 28029047) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee]. ProQuest. 

  • Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Lathen, L., Baisch, M., Cotton, Q., Dressel, A., Antilla, J., Olukotun, O., Washington, R., Jordan, L., & Hess, A. (2018). Enhancing healthier birth outcomes by creating supportive spaces for pregnant African American women living in Milwaukee. Maternal Child Health Journal.