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 Wuhan, China - Keynote for the Chinese Maternal and Child Health Association - May 5th, 2016

May 2016 Multi-city tour of Chinese Hospitals for Gentle Birth and Waterbirth Training

June 2016 - Multi-city tour of Spain for Waterbirth Training and Credentialing of Hospitals, Gentle Birth Workshops June 15th-July 10th
Formaciones para profesionales sanitarios y talleres para todos interesados en partos en el agua y partos respetado

September 2016 -  Keynote for Light in Water Conference, Cambridge UK - September 22-23, 2016





“It was absolutely amazing. After getting
in the water he was born in 2 hours, not once did I feel the need for any other form of pain relief. Baby was so calm, no crying, he just looked around wide eyed taking everything in.”


-Karli, mother of:


Elijah Samuel

Born at Hospital 4/9/2001

Rosebud, VIC, Australia


submitted 3/21/2007









"After 8 hours of labor (most of them in our birth pool set up inside our house) our daughter was water born... amazing experience, the warm water was essential... This is our second child and is a vaginal birth after cesarean. We can really tell now: this is the best way to have a baby :-)."

~ Saul, father of:

Born at home

Monterrey, Mexico




“I was free to labor in a warm tub and also within my husband's embrace, and upon the point of delivery my joyful blessing was to able to push with my body, and pull with my own arms, my dear daughter -out of me and into a warm and welcome embrace also. Lovely!”
-Sharlene, mother of:


Talia Gwenn
Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital


Maya was born in water, using a deep relaxation birthing method of HypnoBirthing. My early labor was very easy, so much so that it was difficult to distinguish it as labor at all. As my surges progressed and strengthened I opened and relaxed and my labor progressed quickly. The environment was incredibly calming and reassuring - quite a contrast from the hospital birth of my first daughter. The water supported and relaxed my body and tissues, and Maya was born easily and gently after only approximately 2 hours of (noticeable) labor. Given a typical, healthy pregnancy with no special circumstances, I would now never birth my baby any other way.


Cori ~ mother of:


Born 8/30/2007

Baby Love Birth Center

Ft. Meyers, FL

Welcome to Waterbirth International

We are excited to announce the launch of an all new, mobile friendly updated website. We are overdue and waiting patiently for this "baby" to arrive.

Come back to visit, soon.

We are dedicated to making waterbirth an available option for all women.

Every baby deserves a Gentle Birth - Every mother deserves to be supported in the best way possible.


Becky receives her baby in Joy 


Waterbirth is felt by mothers and providers alike, to be the gentlest of gentle births.


Warm luxurious water to cradle you and give you complete freedom to move during the greatest achievement of your life. Read the comments on the pages of this site - "In Mother's Words" - The women who have experienced the support and comfort of water for their labors and held their newborns in their arms speak more than any scientific article or paper on the subject.


These are real women with real babies.


Waterbirth Education and Certification Workshops

2016 is an exciting year with the credentialing of providers and Certification events happening all over the world.

 Waterbirth Education and Training 

Waterbirth is more than a fad or trend – it is evidence based practice in hospitals, birth centers and home birth throughout the world. Spending most or all of labour in water eases discomfort and creates a gentler birth process. The benefits of warm water immersion in labor and birth have been studied in many countries for over three decades. This course will explain why to integrate water immersion as a comfort measure option during childbirth and highlight the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Special emphasis is given on newborn transitional physiology, the latest research, the impact of the ACOG opinion and we explore the Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth which include: Mobility, Intimacy, Safety, Research, Confidence, Consciousness and Fetal and Newborn Capabilities.


Education is the key to successful waterbirth
practices in hospitals, birth centers and home birth.  Learn the science behind this safe, accepted and studied birth alternative. Explore how to safely use water for labor and birth and manage common complications, including estimating blood loss, infection control, emergency evacuation, handling and preventing shoulder dystocia, and newborn evaluation and newborn transitional physiology.  When you understand the physiology, you understand the safety of waterbirth.


For more information or to arrange a workshop for your hospital, organization, city, or region. 

send an email to:

Upcoming Waterbirth Workshops


Waterbirth Certification Workshop

Sunday October 9, 2016
9am to 4:30pm

Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center
9275 SW 152nd St #100, Miami, FL 33157

Register for this workshop here

Download a flyer for this conference here




Online Waterbirth Certification
Contact Waterbirth International to request a date

Six hours of professional Waterbirth Training
With Barbara Harper

Register for Online Workshop HERE

Waterbirth Workshop Description and Learning Objectives 

  Online Workshops can also be scheduled by Request

Call or email with your requirements for individual or group sessions 


Special ONLINE Spanish Workshop
Nacimiento de agua Español online taller

Waterbirth Certification Workshop
Scheduled by appointment
Taller de certificación de nacimiento de agua profesional
This course will be taught in English with Spanish 
Interpretation - All PowerPoint slides in Spanish

Register for Special Online Spanish Workshop HERE 
Inscribirse en el taller especial español aquí



Continuing education contact hours
granted for all workshops 
through the
American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)  Program #012/028 


....Workshops have been hosted in so many cities ... we would LOVE to visit your hospital or city and bring this dynamic workshop to you....



Would you like to host a workshop in your hospital or city?

Call or email with your request.


For all your waterbirth supplies, books and DVDs visit


And what about the babies? Over 6000 mothers or fathers have already registered their babies on the,

"I Was Born in Water," list.  We update the list at the beginning of every month.

Your participation will help convince doctors and nurses that waterbirth is safe, easy, and the most effective drug-free choice for comfort throughout labor and birth.


"A baby is the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. In a world that is cutting down trees to build highways and losing it's earth to concrete, babies are almost the only remaining link with the natural world or the living things from which we spring."
~ Eda. J Leshan

We welcome your comments and questions and hope that we can enlighten you about the benefits of choosing the gentlest of gentle births.


 Andrea and husband receive their baby in Joy









Waterbirth International

PO Box 5578   Lighthouse Point, FL 33074

Tel: 954-821-9125  






Gentle Birth Choices book in English  paperback or Kindle

Spanish is also available on Amazon
Opciones Para Un Parto Suave 

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 Waterbirth Photo Contest

View the winners here



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Barbara Harper was interviewed for 

the One World Birth Project recently

on a trip to the UK.  Watch her discuss 

topics on why waterbirth is not in most US hospitals and why people are afraid of infection in birth pools.

Why is water birth so controversial?




Waterbirth in the Media..

The National Center for Wellness
Barbara Harper interview with Dr. Rob Coombs
 the Childbirth Summit March 2015

Large Waterbirth Study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
January 20, 2016

Science Daily - No Evidence that Waterbirth Causes Harm to Newborns
January 21, 2016

Al Zahra Hospital opens
Waterbirth Facility (Barbara Harper is teaching there in April, 2016)

Rebecca Dekker, RN, PhD, lets ACOG see the errors of their anti-waterbirth statement in her Evidence Based Birth Blog

There is current controversy about waterbirth after a joint statement from ACOG and APP was released on March 20, 2014.

Read the rebuttal that NPR WBUR reporter, Rachel Zimmerman published the following day.
Water Babies: Docs Challenge Growing Trend — Childbirth In A Tub


 Barbara Harper published a fabulous article in the Journal of Perinatal Education, which refutes the ACOG/AAP opinions with actual data. - June 2014 issue.

May 22, 2014

Barbara appeared in the newspaper in Catalonia, Spain.  Here is a link to the story
Interview with Barbara Harper

February 2013

Barbara is interviewed for the Times of India. This article appeared in all major cities all over India.
Read the story here... 

August 11, 2012

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has a hospital wide training on July 18th & 19th and facilitates their first waterbirth three weeks later.  Read the story here....

Mothers Day 2012

Elmer, New Jersey nurse midwife, Karen Shields, is interviewed about waterbirth program at Elmer Hospital.  Read the article here....

April 15, 2012

Teleseminar with Amy Deagle of
Listen to a full 30 minute interview where Barbara tells some of her history, funny stories, and the basics about waterbirth. 

March 30, 2012

Live video interviews with Barbara Harper on Tracey Rose's
The interview is on her YouTube channel -  This is the link for part 1 - just follow look in the side bar for parts 2, 3 & 4.

June 8, 2010

Barbara Harper has a candid conversation on Pregnancy Place Radio - listen regularly to Doulas, Karen Wells and Erica Matteson, who bring everything to the table from experts in birthing, practical tips and tools, candid conversations with real moms and dads…all in an effort to equip and empower parents to have more satisfying journeys in early parenting.Tuesdays at Noon Pacific


February 2, 2010

Barbara Harper interviews for in great story about Brazilan supermodel, Gisele  Bundchen's home waterbirth.  Check it out!!


New article, Embracing the Miracle, by Barbara Harper posted on two different websites: Guest Blogger on Connie Livingston's Facebook page

and at the Australian website..


Barbara Harper interviews for new blog article on Flower Power  Read the blog article here: From Belly Dancing to Waterbirth at 46


Barbara Harper interviews for October 10, 2009


While in Monterrey, Mexico for the Humanization of Birth Conference, Barbara interviewed for this international radio program. Check the site for time of broadcast.


Barbara Harper interviews for Portland based "Parenting Unplugged" August 18, 2009

Listen to the 30 minute interview with Laura and Todd Mansfield and browse their fabulous archives of radio guests.  Be sure to hear Barbara's famous last words!!  







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