Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide
She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.
She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. She is currently working on her next book "Embracing the Miracle: The Science, Safety and Spirit of Birth," Barbara lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. Her website is www.waterbirth.org.