By SWD V
is a leading voice for childbirth and maternity care reform, an author, educator, midwife and internationally recognized expert on the use of warm water immersion for labor and birth. She became a registered nurse in 1975 and has worked in obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiac, neurosurgical intensive care and as a holistic nursing specialist. In 1988 she founded Waterbirth International after researching water immersion as a gentle birth option for mother and child. Her award winning book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices
, has influenced hundreds of thousands of parents and professionals and has been translated into nine languages. The 2016 Chinese publication of Gentle Birth Choices sold over 10,000 copies in six months. She has been featured on radio and television shows including ABC Morning Show, LA Live, and The Doctors on CBS and has lectured in more than 60 countries.