Judith Rooks is a nurse-midwife, past-president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, epidemiologist with many years’ service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, principal investigator of several major studies, consultant to family planning and midwifery programs in developing countries and long-standing public health professional once employed in the Office of the U. S. Surgeon General and author of more than 100 published papers.
In 1993 she received the American Public Health Associations Award for outstanding service to the health of mothers and babies. She wrote “Midwifery & Childbirth in America,” the definitive book on this subject, which was published by Temple University Press in 1997. Still selling after 17 years of constant and varied use, she is currently working with two colleagues to write the second edition. She is also heavily involved in work related to the safety and risks of home births in the United States.