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<p>Think Empowered Birth.  Now list the top 5 most influential people (to you personally), and why?  This could be teachers, authors, midwives or ….?</p>
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<p>Thank you !!!</p>
<p>Barbara</p>
 

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<p>-Michel Odent, for explaining my intuition to my intellectual mind</p>
<p>-Laura Shanley, though I did not read her book til after my last baby was born, because she blazed a trail I would walk & got people talking about unassisted birth (so I could discover it)</p>
<p>-My mom, for chosing to home-birth my sister after I was taken hastily with forceps</p>
<p>-My Grandma, for sharing her femenist values, though not directly related to birth.</p>
<p>-(I know this is not a person, but...) The internet and all the women who shared thier experiences in communities here.</p>
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<p>Lia Joy</p>
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<p>From the top of my head...Michel Odent for explain what happen in the women , body and mind during labor, hormones,and the need in our society to change the way we give birth. Second, Ina May for empower the rol of Midwifery.Third, Laura Shanley, for made me  all the sense about the nature of sexuality of the birth.Fourth, but maybe was in the first place all the mamas of MDC  that share their experiences, Maryellen y midwife and finally, Myself for trust in my own insticts. </p>
 

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<p>Definately Michel Odent for his work with moms and also the books and things he has written.</p>
<p>Ina May Gaskin- For doing what she believes in and showing the world what birth can be</p>
<p>Stephanie (unknown last name)- The primary midwife at the first birth I attended who was incredibly supporitve and encouraging about persuing a career in midwifery.</p>
<p>Im not sure about the last 2 but Penny Simkin and Sheila Kitzinger come to mind for their incredible work in the birth field.</p>
 

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<p>For me,</p>
<p>-Ina May Gaskin- for bring to my awareness that labor "pain" could be experienced as "sensation" or "rushes of power." This was #1 in transforming my world view!</p>
<p>-Michel Odent- for having the courage to leave moms alone, AND for writing about it so prolifically.</p>
<p>-Sheila Kitzinger- because her books made it to a main stream book store when I was pregnant for the 1st time in 2001.</p>
<p>-Jill from the <span class="profileName ginormousProfileName fwb">Unnecesarean, because she is so prolific, and she made me realize that there were so many women like her active in the world... I realized that I did not have to "save the world" because there were lots of AMAZING birthworkers doing it.</span></p>
<p><span class="profileName ginormousProfileName fwb">-Carla Hartly- for being brave enough to create something new ( her Labor day information gatherings in big cities), transforming and putting herself "out there" to defend the inherent safety of birth.</span></p>
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<p>1. Ina May Gaskin, for trusting what worked in the past and blazing the trail to the future</p>
<p>2. Michel Odent, for recognizing the power of intuition</p>
<p>3. Sheila Kitzinger, for making us think about birth a political, as well as a personal, right</p>
<p>4. Pam England, for paying attention to birth as a fundamentally creative </p>
<p>5. Desolina Allard, my great-grandmother, a French-speaking native of Canada, and one of the last lay midwives attending births in RI before state regulation intervened</p>
 

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<p>Ina May Gaskins- b/c of reading "Spiritual Midwifery" when I was 13 and her and all the accounts of the births blowing my mind --  and "Ina May's Guide" and how she comes across in any interview I've seen her in.</p>
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<p>Suzanne Arms- "Immaculate Deception"--also read around age 13, also blew my mind </p>
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<p>Sheila Kitzinger- b/c of all her books </p>
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<p>My mom - the epitome of the natural birth believer/baby-haver --I was able to see this lived out through her actions and experiences, and because she invited me to see three of my siblings born (at home)</p>
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<p>Michel Odent-- Because he seems so respecting of women as capable and unique and human, and has done so much to bring respect back to birth, women and babies </p>
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<p>1.)  My Mom - she had me and my sister when she was very very young, when she got older she had two more children and chose a natural unmedicated birth for them.</p>
<p>2.) Marsden Wagner - for adding statistics and logic to the arguement that childbirth in America needs improvement.  (He was the first person i heard quote that emergency c-sections are performed most often on Tuesdays between 9AM - 5PM) </p>
<p>3.) William and Martha Sears - "The Birth Book"  - that told me why my intuition regarding natural childbirth was right.</p>
<p>4.) Sheila Kitzinger - for the humanizing stories, the voice of the emotion behind NC - she validates the concept that the experience is WORTH experiencing!</p>
<p>5.) Mary Pennington Harmon - my first midwife - for being so laid back and mellow even when i was twisted and uptight.</p>
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<p>I think I have both my parents to thank - and one amazing doctor in Kansas City.  My parents home birthed 4 children in a time when it was not illegal, but very much frowned on.  My dad was a wonderful coah and my mom gave birth to all 4 of us - one weighing 11.11  - at home, do drugs, no doula, etc.  My brother was born without a birth attendant because no one would risk getting caught at that time.  I am amazed at them both for being so courageous and so pro-active...talk about empowered!!!  And their doctor did home births - and attended the first two of our births - untill her licence was revoked for doing home births.  I remember staying up late at night in her office - she took her midwife patients after hours...very inspirational to me.  And now I'm a doula and thinking seriously of becoming a midwife some day.</p>
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<p>After that would have to come Barbara Harper - if you read Gentle Birth Choices and then meet her...WOW...she's amazing and so full of life and passion.  She knows what she's talking about and did a wonderful - though dated video called Gentle Birth Choices...really helped me understand what could be!</p>
 

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<p>Oh...feel free to quote me!</p>
 

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<p>One last thought...</p>
<p>The thing that has pushed me most to be involved in birth is the reality of how badly things can go when women are not informed or empowered!!!  THAT horrifies me.  I have too many stories of abuse and disrespect...and it impacts not only the sad mommies, but the baby too.</p>
 

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<p>Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman</p>
<p>Sheila Kitzinger</p>
<p>Robert Bradley</p>
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<p>And Connie Knauf my amazing midwife out of Atlanta, Ga.</p>
 

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<p>Pam England, author of "Birthing From Within" for writing a fantastic book, understanding laborland and encouraging parents to learn more about it, and developing the most creative doula and childbirth educator training I have ever experienced.  I would never want to "teach" any other "method" of childbirth preparation.  I love Birthing From Within and I love Pam England!</p>
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<p>Michel Odent, for his extensive research into the psychology behind the laboring, birthing woman and the newborn baby.</p>
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<p>Laura Shanley, for introducing me to the world of unassisted childbirth and reminding me who is really in charge of how a baby is birthed.</p>
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<p>Karen Strange, Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) teacher, for reminding me that newborns are thinking, feeling, miniature humans who deserve to be treated with respect, compassion, and gentleness.</p>
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<p>Anne Frye, author of "Holistic Midwifery" volumes I and II, for giving midwifery students and midwives a more gentle, comprehensive, and holistic midwifery text.</p>
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<p>Do I have to stop at five?</p>
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<p>Carla Hartley for her devotion to true "with woman" midwifery and Barbara Harper for her devotion to gentle birth and newborn babies.</p>
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<p>Susun Weed and Aviva Jill Romm for being awesome herbalists and sharing their knowledge with the birthing community.</p>
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<p>This list could go on for a while. :)</p>
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<p>I love Gentle Birth Choices and my VHS is all wiggly and worn from watching and showing others...<span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Your parents sound amazing!!!  Did you know Carla Hartly has an on line</span> midwifery course? She is a great supporter of physiological birth.</p>
<p>She just offered steep discounts to Birth workers here:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_164318150271388&ap=1" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_164318150271388&ap=1</a></p>
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<p>Payments could be as low as $100 month! If I were not driven somewhere else right now-- I would grab that opportunity!</p>
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<p>Barb</p>
 
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<p>This is a great thread to refer someone to who is curious about natural birth!</p>
 
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