Lynn Sibley, RN, CNM, PhD and associate professor at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), at a special ceremony in June.
Fellowship in the ACNM honors midwives whose professional achievement, outstanding scholarship, clinical excellence, and/or demonstrated leadership have merited them special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession.
"This is an extremely big honor that is accorded to only a very few national and international leaders." Lynn brings honor not only to herself, but also to the school, distinguishing both as leaders in the field of nurse-midwifery," says nursing school Dean Marla Salmon. U.S. News and World Report ranks Emory's nurse-midwifery program 7th in the nation.
"I am delighted to join many of my mentors and colleagues as an ACNM fellow," says Dr. Sibley, "I look forward to collaborating with them further in this new capacity to promote safe motherhood world-wide."
Dr. Sibley is being honored for a career dedicated to safe motherhood and to the practice of nurse-midwifery. Her recent work has focused on innovative approaches to safe childbirth in India and Ethiopia, settings where maternal and newborn mortality rates are high and where home birth is still the norm. She co-authored ACNM's Home-Based Life Saving Skills which aims to reduce mortality by increasing access to basic life saving measures within the home and the community and to reduce delays in referral in the event of obstetric complications.
Dr. Sibley's work is based on a meta-analysis of traditional birth attendant training spanning 30 years and three world regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Funding support for this work has come from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In addition to her post as clinical associate professor at Emory's nursing school, Dr. Sibley serves as the Academic Program Director for the school's Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing, holds a joint appointment in the Rollins School of Public Health's Department of International Health, and has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in nursing and midwifery at the University of Utah, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado. Her unique anthropology approach, along with a nursing specialty in maternal and child health, lend value to her health research.