LaborPayne has a masters in nursing education and works as a nursing instructor teaching maternal infant health. She is a lactation consultant candidate and a CNM (certified nurse midwife)student at Kansas University. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to pursue a MPH/PhD dual degree. She has been a doula and childbirth educator for 20 years, a nurse for 12 years, worked labor and delivery for 8 years, and has taught for 3 1/2 years. She owns Perinatal ReSource an education, training and consulting firm, and The CPR Lady, a safety training firm. In addition to authoring this blog, she is an editor for Clinical Lactation Journal, and sits on the board of CIMS, Coalition to Improve Maternity Services. She also sits on her local FIMR Board (fetal infant mortality review) as well as her city and state breastfeeding committees. She presents nationally on perinatal issues. Her career goals include decreasing perinatal morbidity and increasing lactation rates in the African American community through published investigative research and application of evidence based clinical practice. She also has plans to open a community based birth center in the urban core.