Leah Albers is a Professor at the College of Nursing, having joined the faculty in 1991. She earned her BSN and MSN at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and the Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. She has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1977 and has practiced in a large obstetric practice in upstate New York and a small rural practice in Chatham county, North Carolina. She joined the College of Nursing when the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program was starting up, and has taught continuously in that nationally ranked program. She has also developed a well-known program of clinical midwifery research about normal childbirth. Her work is widely published in midwifery and medical journals, in the US and beyond. She has had 2 sabbatical years abroad: in Oxford (UK) and in Melbourne (Australia) and enjoys a wide network of research colleagues in midwifery and women’s health in those countries. Here in New Mexico she is involved with the Department of Health in research on maternal health (PRAMS project and maternal mortality study) and she has a faculty appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where the University Midwifery Associates (her long-time teaching and research partners) are located.