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About Mayri Sagady Leslie

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Mayri Sagady Leslie is a midwife, author, educator, and researcher currently on faculty at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing. At GWU, she is the Coordinator of the MSN Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery Program* and the ADN to BSN/MSN Program (for Nurse-Midwives, Family Nurse-Practitioners, and Adult-Gero Nurse-Practitioners). Previously, Mayri has served on the faculties of the Nurse-Midwifery Programs at Yale and Georgetown Universities. In addition she was the director of the nurse-midwifery service and in-hospital birth center for the University of California, San Diego from 2000 to 2006.

With a diverse background including working more than 10 years as a nationally certified doula and childbirth educator, serving as an apprentice to the Santa Barbara Midwifery homebirth practice  and experience as a CNM in both freestanding birth centers and the hospital setting, Mayri offers a unique and open perspective on the state of midwifery and maternal child healthcare.

She is a founding author of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and has served twice as the national chair for the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. In addition, she recently completed her term as Co-Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization. She has received the American College of Nurse-MidwivesKitty Ernst Award, the John Kennel and Marshall Klauss Award For International Research  and the Hazel T. Corbin/Childbirth Connection Award For Evidence-Based Midwifery Care.

Mayri served on the Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care Project in the Clinicians and Health Professions Educators Stakeholder Workgroup and recently completed her term as a committee member of the National Quality Forum Perinatal Committee for the evaluation of national Perinatal Measures in 2012.


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