Dr. Marla Marek is a Professor at California State University, Stanislaus in the rural central valley of California. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1984, her Bachelor’s in Science Nursing in 1993, her Master’s in Science Nursing in 2002, and her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in 2013. She is currently employed as a tenured faculty member and is a practicing labor and delivery nurse, having worked with women during birth for 33 years. Her research interests include labor and delivery nurse attitudes toward termination of pregnancy and perinatal bereavement. Her dissertation research focused on cultural values and beliefs for Latina women and their family members after pregnancy loss. She is also working with a research group examining the attitudes of labor and delivery nurses toward the changing environment of nursing, as well as collaborative care with Doulas and Childbirth Educators. Marla served for several years on the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative: Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review committee. Her interest in maternal mortality not only comes from her years of labor and delivery experience in California but also globally from volunteer work in low resource countries. She is an active member of AWHONN and has served as an expert panel member for several projects to reduce maternal mortality nationwide. In her off work time, she is the Co-Director of Hawa’s Hope, a nonprofit organization with the mission of reducing the number of women who die in childbirth in Sierra Leone, West Africa.