Dr. Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has over 30 years' experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing, a master's degree in perinatal nursing from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Most of Debra's career has been spent working in hospital leadership positions at the front lines of healthcare. For example, she has held the positions of Director of Maternal Child Health Nursing for two hospitals in New York City, Manager of a large referral Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New York City, a stand-alone birthing center in a small community hospital, and a fetal evaluation unit.
Debra has expertise in Quality Improvement (QI), health care safety, and implementation science. Her dissertation topic was: "Improving front-line clinicians’ quality improvement implementation effectiveness." In addition, she has led numerous QI inter-disciplinary initiatives designed to improve the safety of healthcare. She is an author of numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals and of implementation toolkits. Debra served as the Vice President of Research, Education, and Practice for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), where she led the development and launch of the Postpartum Hemorrhage Project, the Women’s Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures, and the Maternal Fetal Triage Index. Prior to working at AWHONN, Dr. Bingham was the first Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative where she helped form the collaborative and the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee, co-authored the Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit, and launched the first CA-Obstetric Hemorrhage Multi-Hospital Collaborative. Debra was the Chair on the Council in Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare (a volunteer organization comprised of representatives from 17 professional organizations). Debra is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and former Chair of Lamaze International's Institute for Safe and Healthy Births.
Currently Dr. Bingham is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Quality and Safety at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, a perinatal clinical consultant and the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement.
Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has more than 20 years of experience in inpatient obstetrics as a staff nurse, nurse manager and director with a focus on delivering high quality care to women and newborns through supporting the important work of nurses at the bedside.
She received a BSN from Curry College, MSN from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Certified Childbirth Educator. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and participates in a variety of quality improvement initiatives. Her areas of special interest include lactation and physiologic birth.
Mary Ellen is an active member of AWHONN. She is a fetal heart monitoring instructor and reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health, and is currently serving on the membership committee. Mary Ellen is co-chair of the Massachusetts Baby Friendly Collaborative and is a member of the executive advisory board for the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement.