In Memory of Deborah Frank

Last month, we lost a dear friend and dedicated supporter, Deborah Frank.

Deborah was a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and a pioneer in the field of nurse-midwifery. With degrees from Duke University and Yale, she was the first CNM to be granted clinical privileges at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, and paved the way for the value of nurse-midwives to be recognized in a physician-dominated field. She attended more than 2,500 births in her life, and was a leading voice for women to have greater choice in the birthing process.

Years ago, Debbie learned about One Heart World-Wide and became one of our greatest advocates. It was important for her that women everywhere have access to a clean and safe birth. From donating $50 to us every time she attended a delivery, to introducing us to many individuals in L.A. who later played a role in our programs in Nepal, OHW was at the top of her list of charitable organizations.

In her honor, we are setting up the Deborah Frank Memorial Fund, which will go towards building birthing centers, and providing scholarships for training midwives and skilled birth attendants. If you would like to make a contribution in her honor, you can do so on our website at:

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