Jean Rhodes has been involved in the care of women and infants for over 30 years. After completing her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1979 and a Master's of Science in Nursing in 1983, Jean joined the faculty of the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). While teaching and practicing nurse-midwifery, she earned her PhD in Nursing Science in 1990 at the University of South Carolina. She has practiced full-scope nurse-midwifery in academic and private practice settings. Over the years Jean has taught-both at MUSC and Brown University School of Medicine-students from many disciplines including nursing, midwifery, and medicine as well as medical residents in obstetrics, pediatrics and family medicine.
With nurse-midwifery as the philosophical base of her practice, Jean developed a postpartum home follow-up program at the MUSC tertiary care hospital to improve the continuity of care and provide better support of new mothers and their infants. She became an IBCLC in 2001 and, since then, has focused her clinical practice on lactation support of normal and high risk mother and infants. Her areas of research and publication include a wide range of topics from the philosophy of art and aesthetics as it applies to the art of nursing practice to the more clinically-based issues of the refrigerator shelf life of human milk and the process of test weighing to accurately determine infant intake at breast.