Birth & Midwifery in Italy
Resources for parents and practitioners

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Verena Schmid and Valeria Barchiesi

Verena SchmidVerena Schmid has been a midwife for over 25 years. She has founded a center for natural and homebirth with continuity of care from conception until the first year of the baby; a midwifery magazine; and a school with the goal of teaching Italian midwives the true sense of the midwifery model of care and promoting a new birth culture.

In 2000 Verena won the prestigious Astrid Limburg award for midwifery achievement and excellence. She teaches in hospitals all over Italy, in several European countries and in her school. She is the author of two books and an activist in political promotion of natural birth and midwifery. At the time she is working at a project for a birth center in Florence.




  • Scuola Elementale di Arte Ostetrica—Continous education for midwives in the midwifery model of care, with classes in german and english language
  • MIPA Centro Studi (Movimento Internazionale Parto Attivo)—Classes and workshops for prenatal educators, midwives and other birthworkers
  • Ass. Nascita Dolce, Natura e Scienza—Tel. 081 776 36 40 / 347 6360 271
    Classes and workshops about natural birth and newborn care, prenatal courses
  • Ass. ANDRIA—Association of doctors and midwives for the application of evidence-based medicine; workshops and conferences