Laura Zeidenstein, CNM, DNP, is Director of the Graduate Midwifery Program at Columbia University where she teaches and guides our future midwives. She received her graduate midwifery degree from Yale University in 1988 and her Doctor in Nursing Practice from Columbia University in 2005. In her 27 years of practice, Laura has provided midwifery care in a variety of urban settings, both in hospitals and in freestanding birth centers, including Woodhull Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, the Maternity Center Association, and Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. Laura directs a collaborative clinical project in Bangladesh to improve maternal safety in childbirth. At Midwifery of Manhattan, Laura facilitates the Breastfeeding Support Group and sees our patients in the office.