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Heloisa Lessa PhD, is an autonomous midwife attending home and hospital births in Rio de Janeiro and a birth activist. She trained with indigenous traditional midwives. She organized several birth conferences in Brazil and abroad and is an international speaker. She is the founder of a multidisciplinary team of midwifes and obstetricians caring for women in Rio and the Founder of Instituto Michel Odent. In 2019 Heloisa won the Human Rights in Childbirth, she received over 350 nominations for the Champions Prize. Her website is: