MELISSA CHEYNEY

Melissa Cheyney PhD CPM LDM is Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Anthropology and Reproductive Biology at Oregon State University (OSU) with additional appointments in Public Health and Women’s Studies. She received her doctorate in Biocultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 2005, where her research examined the U.S. Home Birth Movement. Dr. Cheyney is also a Certified Professional Midwife in active practice, the Chair of the Division of Research for the Midwives Alliance of North America where she directs the MANA Statistics Project — the only existing data repository for planned homebirth in the United States. She is the author of an ethnography entitled Born at Home (2010, Wadsworth Press) as well as several, peer- reviewed journal articles that examine the cultural beliefs and clinical outcomes associated with midwife-led birth at home. Dr. Cheyney currently directs the International Reproductive Health Laboratory at Oregon State University where serves as the PI on over 20 maternal and infant health-related research projects in nine countries. She is an award-winning teacher and was recently awarded Oregon State University’s prestigious Scholarship Impact Award for her work in the International Reproductive Health Laboratory and with the MANA Statistics Project. She is the mother of a daughter born at home on International Day of the Midwife in 2009.

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