Headshot for AWHONN Lisa MillerLisa Miller, CNM, JD, is a registered nurse and certified nurse-midwife with more than 30 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of clinical settings. An attorney since 1990, her legal background gives her a unique understanding of the impact of law on medicine and nursing.

Lisa served as Clinical Instructor for the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign-Urbana and as an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, where she directed an academic midwifery service.

Lisa as an inventor and an advisor

Lisa developed Miller’s ReadRight EFM Ruler to aid clinicians in teaching and applying the NICHD nomenclature. The tool was so popular that an electronic version called E-Tools was developed and patented by Clinical Computer Systems, Inc., makers of the OBIX Perinatal Data System.

Lisa is also on the medical advisory board to LifeWave, Inc. LifeWave is developing a new intrapartum fetal monitoring technology as an alternative to the Doppler ultrasound and tocodynamometer that is expected to improve the standard of care for several underserved populations, including the overweight and obese, the preterm, and women with multiple gestation.

Lisa as an expert witness

Lisa is experienced as both an expert witness and trial consultant for obstetric malpractice cases, and provides consultations to hospitals and hospital systems on obstetric risk management, including multidisciplinary protocol development for high-risk procedures such as induction and augmentation of labor.

Lisa as an author

Widely published in the areas of EFM, obstetrics, patient safety, and legal issues, her 2003 article Safe promotion and error reduction in perinatal care: lessons from industry was chosen by her peers as one of the best of the decade in 2006.

Lisa currently writes two editorial columns for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing (JPNN) and serves as a member of JPNN’s editorial board. She provides peer review for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, and is an active member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Co-author of two textbooks on electronic fetal monitoring, Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach (8th edition, Mosby, 2016), and Fetal Monitoring (4th edition, Lippincott, 2013), Lisa spends much of her time teaching an evidence- and consensus-based standardized approach to fetal monitoring interpretation and management based on the NICHD nomenclature.

Lisa at home

When she is not on the road teaching, Lisa can be found in the coffee shops and bookstores of her new hometown in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon.

In addition to teaching continuing medical and nursing education through Professional Education Center and Symposia Medicus, Lisa provides a limited number of private presentations annually.
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Lisa is co-author of "8th Edition of Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach." This portable, practical guide provides a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to fetal monitoring that’s ideal for use in the clinical environment.
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Helpful resources like Lisa's textbooks and EFM ruler are available for purchase here.
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