Midwifery and Birthwork


Midwifery & birth Activists

Jeannine Parvati Baker
Website legacy of the late great Shamanic Midwife, Yogini, Astrologer, Herbalist, Mother of 6, Author, Intactivist, Freebirth Pioneer. Jeannine’s books and articles can be purchased at

Ina May Gaskin
Activist, Innovator, Author of the well known seminal work Spiritual Midwifery.
Founder of the homebirth community, The Farm Midwifery Centre, Summertown, Tennessee, USA

Robin Lim
Inspirational Midwife, Author, Mother of 8, Grandmother & Poet.
Founder of the Bumi Sehat Foundation International – providing health services, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support to the families of Bali.

Sheila Kitzinger
Inspirational anthropologist, author, speaker, activist who has worked and studied birth intensely for decades.

Gloria Lemay
Homebirth Midwife, Birth Activist, Holistic Educator of Midwives and Doulas, Intactivist (against circumcision).

Robbie Davis-Floyd
Cultural Anthropologist, Author, Speaker.
Robbie has spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery.

Henci Goer
Internationally recognized Author, Speaker, Expert on Evidence based Maternity Care.

Suzanne Arms
Author, Speaker, Birth activist, Film Maker. See also Birthing the Future

Elizabeth Davis
Midwife, Women’s Health Care Specialist, Educator, Consultant and Author of the seminal work Heart and Hands: A Midwive’s Guide to Pregnancy & Birth.

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova
Russian Waterbirth Pioneer, Spiritual Midwife, Filmmaker
Elena now travels the world teaching her inspiring Limbic Imprint Re-programming work.



Midwifery Advocacy Organisations

Australian Private Midwives Association
The Australian Private Midwives Association represents midwives in private practice and is focused on the safety of women, the ability of women to access quality midwifery care across Australia and the partnerships between women and midwives. APMA believes in women being able to access midwives in all settings. APMA unites all midwives seeking to provide continuity of care for women. APMA strives to provide midwives in private practice with information relevant to their practice and advocacy in the political process.

Australian Society of Independent Midwives
The Society is made up of midwives and midwifery advocates committed to supporting women’s birth choices, sensitive midwifery practise, continuity of care and carer and the protection and promotion of breastfeeding. Website contains a “Locate an Independent Midwife” search engine.

Australian College of Midwives
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is a national, not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak professional body for midwives in Australia. ACM provides a unified voice for the midwifery profession, supports midwives to reach their full potential, and sets professional practice and education standards. The ACM is committed to being the leading organisation shaping Australian maternity care, to ensure the best possible maternity outcomes for all Australian women. It is guided by research evidence that pregnant women and mothers benefit from having access to midwifery care throughout their childbearing experience.

A project to reclaim indigenous midwifery in India.




The Australian Doula College
The Australian Doula College (ADC) is an independent childbirth and parenting education centre which provides support, education, and continuity of care for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. We operate a fully integrated health care centre with practitioners who have a passion for natural fertility management, pregnancy, birth and post natal care. We take a holistic approach to pregnancy and birth and to our Doula Training and view pregnancy and birth as a normal physiological event.

Find a Doula – Australia
Australia’s most comprehensive online doula directory

DONA International
DONA International is the largest and oldest doula organization in the world. Drs. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell, Phyllis Klaus C.S.W., M.F.C.C., Penny Simkin, PT, and Annie Kennedy, all renowned experts in childbirth and newborns, founded DONA International in 1992. Their goal was to promote doula care – continuous emotional and physical support for women during labor and early postpartum.




The Matrona
Our philosophy is “Returning Birth to the Family”. We believe that the study of midwifery is not just the study of birth but the study of life itself. Offering Holistic Midwifery and Doula Programs and Women’s Mysteries Teachings. (USA)

Birthworks International
BirthWorks embodies the philosophy of developing a woman’s self-confidence, trust, and faith in her innate ability to give birth. It is our mission to train childbirth educators and doulas who in turn provide evidence-based, current information to birthing families through a unique experiential approach that is based on human values. BirthWorks seeks working relationships with other childbirth related organizations, striving together to help birthing families make more informed and safe choices for birth.

Birth International
Training and educational resources for midwives, childbirth educators and parents.
Dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting midwifery.

Capers Bookstore
We specialise in books and other resources on women’s health issues, pregnancy and childbirth, fertility issues, midwifery, breastfeeding, parenting, and grief and loss. We also provide educational seminars and conferences for health professionals, primarily midwives, lactation consultants and childbirth educators.

National Association of Childbirth Educators (NACE)
A national, not-for-profit organisation which supports a diverse group of professionals committed to preparing and supporting women and their families for birth and early parenting.

Midwifery Books
This site features educational materials produced by Anne Frye, midwife and author of seminal texts Holistic Midwifery Volumes 1 and 2. Teaching information is designed specifically for midwives and other birth professionals who wish to understand more about providing care in a low-tech environment and incorporating a holistic approach in their practice.


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