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Health Problems After Childbirth


  • Leah L. Albers CNM, DrPH, FACNM

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    • Leah L. Albers received nursing degrees from Vanderbilt University (BSN, 1971; MSN, 1974). She studied nurse-midwifery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1977). She was in full-scope practice for 11 years and then completed the DrPH degree at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (1990). Since 1991, she has been a midwifery teacher and researcher at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an associate professor in the College of Nursing, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine.

Leah L. Albers, CNM, DrPH, FACNM University of New Mexico College of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1061.


Of the entire maternity care cycle, the postpartum period occupies the lowest priority in practice, teaching, and research. Despite this, data from research outside the United States show that health problems after birth are very common, may persist over time, and are often under-recognized by care providers. Women's health would be favorably impacted by updating patterns of postpartum care, and by obtaining baseline population data in midwifery practices on the extent of postnatal morbidity.