RUTH WATSON LUBIC

Ruth Watson Lubic is a nurse-midwife and applied anthropologist who has championed personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth for all women, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods.  Dr. Lubic has received honorary degrees and special recognitions from ten universities including Frontier,and is the first nurse to have received a MacArthur Fellowship.

She served as an Expert Consultant to the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health in Washington, is a charter member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and, in 2001, received the Academy’s prestigious Lienhard Award. Also in 2001, the American Academy of Nursing, named her a Living Legend. The American College of Nurse-Midwives honored her with its highest recognition, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award.  She has been made an Honorary Member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.  In 2006, the American Public Health Association conferred its Martha May Eliot Award.

At an international Strengthening Midwifery Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and sponsored by eight international organizations, including the United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives, Dr. Lubic was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Currently, Dr. Lubic serves as Founder of the Developing Families Center, an innovative, collaborative service including the Family Health and Birth Center and Early Childhood Development services in Washington, DC .  The service is designed to improve the health and quality of life of all childbearing and childrearing families, including those of low income, who suffer high rates of infant and maternal peri-natal morbidity and mortality.  This model has attracted much attention, both in the United States and abroad and is featured in the Institute of Medicine’s Report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010)”.