Marie Kodadek is a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Her background is in maternity and community health nursing. Her current research focuses on parenting, women’s health, and end of life decision making. She currently serves on the educational committee of the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Northern Virginia Chapter. She received her BSN from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, her MSN from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.