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Dr. Melissa Cheyney
Melissa Cheyney
Dr. Melissa Cheyney is assistant professor of Medical Anthropology and Reproductive Biology at Oregon State University and is also a Licensed Direct Entry Midwife (LDM). Her research examines the models, clinical practices and measurable health outcomes associated with the North American homebirth movement.
 
Dr. Cheyney believes that midwives hold the key to national health care reforms that can begin to reverse current trends toward increasing costs and declining outcomes that, along with unequal access to care, are fueling our nation’s health care crisis.
 
She has been researching, teaching and attending births since 1999 and is committed to working for a healthier future for mothers and babies both in the United States and abroad. She is also the director of the Reproductive Health Laboratory at Oregon State University, the Vice President of Doulas Supporting Teens and a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Midwives’ Alliance of North America’s (MANA) Division of Research.
 
"As both an academic researcher and LDM, I am deeply committed to ensuring safe and affordable maternity care options for the women and families of Oregon, including the option to deliver with an LDM," says Dr. Cheyney.