Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, Midwife, is an internationally recognized expert on water birth and gentle birth, a published author of books and journal articles, who founded the non-profit organization Waterbirth International in 1988, with one goal in mind – to ensure that water birth is an “available option” for all women. During the past five decades Barbara has worked as an obstetric, pediatric, and critical care nurse, midwife, midwifery instructor, childbirth educator, and Blissborn Hypnosis teacher/trainer. She teaches unique seminars within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery, and medical schools and community groups worldwide. Her bestselling book, Gentle Birth Choices, has been translated into nine languages, including Chinese. Her latest book project was published two weeks ago called Bringing Birth Home. She provides and educational website and online Waterbirth Certification Courses. Barbara has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world. She is the mother of three adult children, two of whom were born at home in water, and two grandsons. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida.