Sibley over time created courses that helped to educate midwives in underdeveloped countries. The courses were a part of her project called Home-Based Lifesaving Skills Program. These courses taught proper medical care for babies before and after they were born, along with proper care for mothers during and after pregnancy. The goal of these courses was to drop the mortality rate among these babies and mothers. Many of the countries that Sibley focused on had poor medical treatment, unsanitary facilities, and lack of technology and education. With Sibley’s help, the midwives in these countries were given instruction on how to better care for their patients with what they had and in an affordable manner. Expecting mothers were also given tips on how to better take care of themselves and their baby before and after birth.
Once Sibley’s idea became more publicized, it gained much support. For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed 8.1 million dollars to Emory University to go towards Sibley’s Home-Based Lifesaving Skills Program. This helped to fully put the idea into action, eventually spreading it to the underdeveloped countries that Sibley strived to help. Some of these countries included Ethiopia, India, Belize, and Bangladesh.
Eventually, Sibley was given an award for her efforts and success. Emory University, her employer, awarded her with their Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization. This award is given to faculty members that advance the school’s international contribution. She won the award in 2011, six years before her retirement as a professor in 2017. Sibley has also been recognized for her contributions to many peer reviewed journals along with her research that has been presented to 25 audiences, both national and international.
Lynn Middleton Sibley has greatly contributed to the advancement of education about newborn and mother survival rate. Her work is believed to have increased knowledge of proper practice and care, therefore helping many mothers and babies in underdeveloped countries to survive childbirth. Her studies and work also helped to increase awareness about poor medical care in some other countries, hopefully influencing and driving more people to work on improving the issue. She is still living today and is still involved in her Home-Based Lifesaving Skills Program.