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Celebrating the Legacy of Doris Haire 

ACNM is saddened to learn of the passing of Doris Haire, president of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health. A true trailblazer in the field of maternity care and its effects on infant outcomes, she devoted more than 40 years of her life to improving the health of moms and babies. Haire was one of the original champions for normal, physiologic birth. Her landmark 1972 work The Cultural Warping of Childbirth continues to be relevant to midwives’ current work to protect and advance physiologic birth in today’s maternity care system. To learn more about the life and work of Doris Haire, read the obituary in her hometown paper or visit her website at