FREDA MCKISSIC BUSH, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and a partner in private practice with East Lakeland OB-GYN Associates in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Metro Jackson and the Henry M. Johnson Women's Resource Crisis Pregnancy Center. She is active on the Medical Staffs of four hospitals, serving on the Medical Executive Committee of one.
Since 1968, she has been involved in women’s health issues and was a Clinical Instructor in Maternity Nursing at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She graduated from Columbia University in New York as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1970. In 1974, she became the Director of Nurse Midwifery Programs at the University of Mississippi, responsible for the education of nurse-midwives and their placement for service in the Southeastern United States. In 1983, she graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Mississippi Medical School. Upon completion of her residency training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, she returned to Jackson where she worked for Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and began private a practice.
Freda spends much of her time speaking on sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases and social behavior education. Her passion is to help women to "raise a standard" to become who they were created to be. To that end, she teaches and encourages a lifestyle of abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage. In 2004, she was a contributing writer to Faith Matters: How African American Faith Communities Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She co-authored her first book, Hooked, with Dr. Joe S. McIlhaney, in 2008.
Freda has been married for 38 years to her husband, Lee. They have four children and seven grandchildren.