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Lynn M. Sibley

Lynn Sibley

Lynn Sibley is associate professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. She holds a joint appointment in the Rollins School of Public Health’s Hubert Department of Global Health and is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Sibley has devoted her career to reducing childbirth mortality for women and newborns across the world and is one of the architects of the revolutionary Home-Based Lifesaving Skills program. HBLSS, developed in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, has been recognized as a twenty-first-century model for birth attendant education by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Created to educate home birth attendants about basic lifesaving techniques without expensive tools or technology, HBLSS is an innovative community-based healthcare program with the power to save millions of lives in developing countries and has already helped families in India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Belize.

>> Watch a video about Sibley's work in Ethiopia.

Dr. Sibley is founder and director of the Center for Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival, which is an arm of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at Emory’s School of Nursing. As director, she engages faculty and students in research to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants. 

She has served as an advisor on maternal and newborn health to well-respected global organizations including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, International Confederation of Midwives, United States Agency for International Development, and National Institutes of Health. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is also a member of the American Anthropological Association and the American Public Health Association.