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

Jeri Antilla

LEO Lecturer I
Undergraduate Studies Program
2160A 400 NIB

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

Telephone: 764-615-8209


  • Perinatal Loss
  • Infant Mortality
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Population Health

Ms. Antilla has been caring for mothers and their newborns throughout her nursing career. She is passionate about the specialty area of obstetrics and holds a certification in inpatient obstetrical nursing. Ms. Antilla continues to lean to expand her pragmatic knowledge about the nursing profession as she completes her Ph.D. The focus of Ms. Antilla’s scholarship is on the care of marginalized populations following a perinatal or newborn loss.  

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.


Ms. Antilla has varied teaching experience that includes teaching modalities such as lecture, skills lab, clinical, and simulation for a variety of courses at the ADN and BSN nurse levels. Ms. Antilla instills the charisma and love of learning along with the passion of nursing to inspire students to continue a lifelong pursuit of knowledge within the discipline. She 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 goal 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


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

Publication Highlights

  • 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 (in press).