Mayri Sagady Leslie

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie
Assistant Professor; Director, MSN Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery
Foggy Bottom Campus
1919 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006
[email protected]

Dr. Mayri Sagady Leslie is Certified Nurse Midwife with her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning and serves as the Director of the MSN Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery for the GW School of Nursing. She is an internationally recognized researcher, speaker and advocate for maternal child healthcare. Her research interests include delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth, hypertensive disorders in pregancy and subsequent cardiovascular disease, and the nature of individual provider adaption of evidence-based practice.

Current Research

  • Resuscitation of term infants with an intact umbilical cord
  • Umbilical cord management of U.S. obstetricians and midwives
  • Cord clamping practices and beliefs of maternity care providers in Haiti
  • Systematic review of international umbilical cord clamping practices 
  • Textbook analysis of maternity care, midwifery, purse-practitioner and primary care resources on hypertension disorders in pregnancy and subsequent cardiovascular risk
  • Knowledge analysis of nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives on hypertension disorders of pregnancy and subsequent cardiovascular risk


The George Washington University, PhD in Education, Human and Organizational Learning

Case Western Reserve University, MSN

Frontier University, Certificate of Nurse-Midwifery

Antioch University, BA


Kennedy, H., Doig, E., Hackley, B., Leslie, M., Tillman, S. (2012). “The midwifery two-step”: A study on evidence-based midwifery practice. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, (57)5, 454-460.

Leslie M.S. (2015). Perspectives on implementing delayed cord clamping. Nurs Womens Health. Apr-May;19(2):164-76.

Does prior RN clinical experience predict academic success in graduate nurse practitioner programs? J Nurs Educ. 2015 May;54(5):276-80. 

El-Banna, M.M., Briggs, L.A., Leslie, M.S., Athey, E.K., Pericak, A., Falk, N.L., Greene, J. (2015).

Leslie, M.S., Erickson-Owens, D., & Cseh, M. (2015). Is it the evidence? The evolution of individual maternity care providers to delayed cord clamping. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2015 Sep-Oct;60(5):561-9.

Leslie, M.S. & Briggs, L.A. (2016) Preeclampsia and the risk of future vascular disease and mortality: A review. J Midwifery Womens Health. May-June. In Press.

Athey, E.K, Leslie, M.S, Briggs, L.A., Park, J., Falk, N.I., Pericak, A., El-Banna, M.M., & Greene, J. (2016). How important are autonomy and work setting to nurse practitioners’ job satisfaction?  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 28(6): 320-326.


Excellence in Writing Award, Nursing for Women's Health Journal — Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Kitty Ernst Award — American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Excellence in Teaching Award (Yale University) — ACNM Foundation

Hazel T. Corbin Childbirth Connection Award for Evidence-Based Midwifery Care 

CIMS Award of Excellence — Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

John Kennel and Marshal Klauss International Research Award — Doulas of North America