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Midwifery Program Faculty

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Aleida Llanes-Oberstein, CNM, LM, MS, FACNM, CHSE


Clinical Associate Professor, International Project Director, Web Site Coordinator, and Continuing Education Coordinator

Co-Director, Center for Healthcare Simulation (CHS)

"Access to midwifery care should be a woman's right if she so chooses. The goal of my legislative and international work is to ensure that this right is protected."

Academic Responsibilities:

Course coordination of Obstetric Pharmacotherapeutics, International Women's Health Policy, Intrapartum Care, Postpartum Care, Health Care Policy & Community Assessment.


Professor Llanes-Oberstein has had extensive experience in full scope midwifery care in a private midwifery practice with a CNM partner and has also worked in a variety of midwifery settings. She is a consultant and expert reviewer on midwifery management.

Contributions to the Profession:

Professor Llanes-Oberstein was inducted into the fellowship of ACNM in 2006. She is a member of the Division of Education and the Continuing Education Section Reader Panel of the national ACNM. She is a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and served as a member of the Board of Review. Professor Llanes-Oberstein is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Currently, she is a member of the ACNM New York City Chapter Scholarship Committee. Professor Llanes-Oberstein was the NYS ACNM legislative liaison and is a consultant to the legislation committee of the NYS Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM). She was chair of the legislative Committee for 6 years and was the Chair of the peer review committee for ACNM, Long Island chapter. She was instrumental in securing the inclusion of licensed midwives in NYS's Direct Access Ob/Gyn law. In 2006 she was named to the New York City Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Committee. In 2010 Professor Llanes-Oberstein became the NYSALM representative to the New York State Maternal Mortality Expert Review Committee and a member of the Hypertension Subcommittee. This subcommittee wrote the New York State Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension During Pregnancy which were published in May 2013. She was appointed by the NYS Board of Regents to the NYS Board of Midwifery in 1998. In 2001 and 2004 was elected Vice-Chair. Professor Llanes-Oberstein was elected Chair of the Board for the 2007-2008 term. She was re-appointed to the Board for a fourth term from 2013-2018 as an extended member. In 2015 she was appointed by the NYSDOH to represent Licensed Midwives in the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (IM-CoIIN) as a member of the NYS state team. The initiative is being led by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). The state team includes members from various organizations such as: NYSDOH, NYS RPCs and RPC-affiliate hospitals, March of Dimes, ACOG, and hospital associations (i.e., HANYS and GNYHA). In 2017 she was appointed to the New York State Partnership for Maternal Health committee.

Professor Llanes-Oberstein was the recipient of the New York University Midwifery Alliance Koko Roy Award for her contributions to the midwifery profession and women's health care. In 2016 she received the Outstanding College Contributor Award for significant contributions to advance the mission and goals of the College of Health Related Professions. In 2009 she was awarded the SUNY Downstate College of Health Related Professions Dr. Donald Scherl Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of teaching innovation, scholarship, service and student advocacy. She was also the recipient of the ACNM foundation Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 and 2009.

From 1997-1999, Professor Llanes-Oberstein was on the advisory board of MEDICC (Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba) of the American Association for World Health. She received grant funding to conduct research on women's health care in Cuba and to begin an exchange program with Cuba. Professor Llanes-Oberstein directed the first international program at this SUNY campus and was the recipient of the Eugene B. Feigelson Presidential Outstanding Project Award. In 2001, she created the second midwifery international exchange program with Kingston University in London.

Professor Llanes-Oberstein authored "Perinatal Healthcare of Cuban Women," a chapter in Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Healthcare Resource Guide, Part 2. She also authored another chapter on Cuban Immigrant Women, in Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Healthcare Resouce Guide published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Professor Llanes-Oberstein has a great interest in health care simulation and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. She is a member of the Center for Healthcare Simulation (CHS) Steering Committee. She conducts interprofessional simulation activities at the CHS, SUNY Downstate's Simulation Center. In 2014 she was appointed Co-Director of CHS.


MS in Maternity Nursing, specialization in Midwifery, Columbia University
Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching, University of Pennsylvania

Simulation as a Teaching Tool: Instructor Course, Harvard University Institute for Medical Simulation