Waterbirth International was founded in 1988
with one purpose in mind:
"To make waterbirth an available option for all women."
To accomplish that incredible vision changes have to be made to the way we treat women in labor and the way we welcome babies into this world. To that end, Waterbirth International has been working non-stop for almost two decades providing education, training, programs, consultations and referrals for parents and practitioners alike. And there have been major accomplishments on all fronts. We are very proud of the fact that we have assisted in the installation of birth pools in over 200 hospitals in the US and several dozen in other countries around the globe, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Turkey, Germany, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, Philippines and India to name just a few.
We have also assisted over 6000 couples with portable pool rentals for water labor and waterbirth. We take care of our clients who come to us for information, reassurance and great portable pools for home, hospital or birth center. Countless more couples have watched our videos and DVDs and shared them with family, friends and providers. All of this has helped change the consciousness of birth and parenting.
Waterbirth International is now a privately owned company and no longer operating under the auspecies of Global Maternal/Child Health Association. Will focus now only on eduation, training, mentoring and consulting. The work over the past 20 years in cluded many projects throughout the world. Barbara Harper, the founder and curent director of Waterbirth International will continue in the role of leading and direcing the education workshops while more people are trained to teach and interact with hospitals. The goals are still the same - to insure that waterbirth becomes an available option for all women and to change the way we welcome babies into the world. We are proud to have been active in projects in the former Soviet Republics just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, bringing over 1 million dollars worth of donated medical supplies and clothing to nine different sites in four countries, including, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. And active in educating nurses in Taiwan and China on the principles of Gentle Birth.
New for 2009, we began teaching a one day seminar for birth providers and birth support professionals. The Waterbirth Credentialing Workshop has been taught in Cleveland, Portland, Dayton, Trinidad, Tel Aviv, Dallas, Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale, Mrytle Beach, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City and a few other locations.
The workshop covers all the most current research, recognizing and preventing emergencies in waterbirth, pool set up, infection control, establishing a research protocol and much more. If you are interested in sponsoring or attending a workshop near you, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waterbirth: Easier for Moms...Better for Babies!™
*Photo by Christy Scherrer