Cristina was born in Spain and has spent most of her adult life in Central America and Mexico. She completed a Masters in Public Health in 2002 as well as her midwifery licensure requirements and moved to Chiapas, Mexico. After working for a year in a large international NGO she opened a birth center in the highlands of Chiapas providing full scope midwifery and pediatric care to Mexican families. Cristina went on to open a second birth center in Mexico and in the past year created an online course and book on how to open a birth center enabling Latin American midwives and physicians to replicate the model. Cristina has published numerous articles on the decision making process and human rights context of women who refuse institutional birth and is a leader in the professionalization of midwifery in Mexico. Currently Cristina is a first year student in the DrPH program and is interested in issues related to conflict resolution and integration between medical models and patient choice.