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Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper loves babies and has been a childbirth reform activist since her first day at nursing school. She founded Waterbirth International in 1988 with one goal in mind—to insure that waterbirth is an available option for all women. She is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth. Barbara has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world. Her bestselling book, Gentle Birth Choices, has been translated into nine languages.

During the past four decades Barbara has worked as a pediatric nurse, a childbirth educator, homebirth midwife, midwifery instructor and doula trainer. She has used her vast experience to develop unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery and medical schools and conferences, and community groups worldwide.

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