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Every baby deserves a gentle birth

What is Gentle Birth?

Gentle Birth is an evidence-based model of maternity care, developed by practitioners worldwide, which incorporates current research on the psycho-neuro-physiology of the mother/baby pair and the consciousness of the fetus/newborn in its care practices.

Gentle Birth employs wellness promotion, integrative health care modalities, and responsiveness to the unique physiology unfolding in the mother and baby in all aspects of perinatal care, and follows the dictum, “First, Do No Harm” when considering any intervention.

Rooted in a strong sense of “pure service,” Gentle Birth practitioners place the physical, psychological, and emotional well being of the mother-infant pair, above all other system considerations and they uphold the right of childbearing women to exercise full autonomy in their care decisions.



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The Women’s Collaborative Book Project brings you Bringing Birth Home – a collection of stories from moms, midwives, and other birth professionals. A great read for inspiration, information, wisdom, and informed decision making.

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Waterbirth Certification Courses

Now available completely online!

For Practitioners, Support Staff, and Parents
Our self-paced online, live online, and onsite training courses offer deep knowledge and understanding of gentle birth options.

Waterbirth Certification Course for Birth Professionals

Course Info

Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper
RN, CLD, CCCE, Midwife

Barbara Harper 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.

In 1988 she founded Waterbirth International after researching water immersion as a gentle birth option for mother and child. Two of her three children were at home in water in 1984 and 1986. Her continuous global research and personal experience as a birthing mother and midwife are her primary motivations to expand the use of water during labor and birth.

Waterbirth Solutions

Waterbirth Solutions provide birth pools, equipment and more for home, hospital or birth center.