Author, Midwife, Educator | Embracing the Miracle: How Birth and the First Hour Shapes Your Baby's Brain. The roles of the team members
Author, Midwife, Educator
Embracing the Miracle: How Birth and the First Hour Shapes Your Baby's Brain. The roles of the team members.
Barbara Harper (born June 25, 1952) is a US childbirth and maternity reform activist, author, educator and internationally recognized expert on the use of warm water immersion for labor and birth. The Oregonian newspaper once referred to Harper as "the Billy Graham of waterbirth" when they described her "missionary" style of promoting waterbirth around the world. Harper has conducted workshops, professional certification and training programs, lectures and conferences in 61 countries, within hospitals, medical schools, nursing schools, midwifery programs and university women’s studies departments, as well as community parent groups. She has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, radio and television shows, including CBS "The Doctors," to talk about her work with waterbirth and gentle birth. Harper founded Waterbirth International in 1988, after visiting the former Soviet Union where she met early waterbirth pioneer, Igor Charkovsky, and interviewed parents and their midwives, who had given birth in water, including in the Black Sea. She also worked with Binnie Dansby in the early 1980s learning about cognitive-repressed experiences and memories of birth. She began researching waterbirth in 1983 and traveled to France to meet Dr. Frederick Leboyer and Dr. Michel Odent in their respective clinics, where she observed water immersion.