Laura Zeidenstein, CNM, DNP, is Director of the Graduate Midwifery Program at Columbia University where she teaches and guides our future midwives. She received her graduate midwifery degree from Yale University in 1988 and her Doctor in Nursing Practice from Columbia University in 2005. In her 23 years of practice, Laura has provided midwifery care in a variety of urban settings, both in hospitals and in freestanding birth centers, including Woodhull Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, the Maternity Center Association, and Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. Laura recently initiated a clinical project in Bangladesh to improve maternal safety in childbirth.
Zeidenstein's research and clinical interests include Clinical midwifery education in the United States, training traditional birth attendants in Bangladesh, postpartum hemorrhage management in rural Bangladesh, female genital cutting, abortion access "Lifewrap" Anti shock garment for emergency control of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Bangladesh, improving social status of rural midwives in Bangladesh, student clinical narratives as professional development, methodology and evaluation of low tech clinical skills education, and midwifery student experience audio project.