Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper, a former obstetric, pediatric and neurosurgical nurse, is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and childbirth reform. The founder and director of Waterbirth International, she maintains a very active teaching and consulting schedule within hospitals, universities and community groups worldwide. She is also a midwife, doula, childbirth educator as well as a published author and film producer. She was recognized in 2002 by Lamaze International for her contributions in promoting normal birth on an international level. Her book, Gentle Birth Choices and is required reading in many midwifery programs and doula trainings and has been translated into seven languages. Her next book, Embracing the Miracle: How Pregnancy, Birth and the First Hour Influence Human Potential is in process. Barbara has dedicated her life to helping heal the way we welcome babies into the world and to help parents and providers understand the benefits of warm water immersion during labour. The mother of three adult children (two born at home in water), she lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer, a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. Her websites are www.waterbirth.org and www.gentlebirthguardians.com

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