Midwife of the Week: Whitney Pinger

After championing home births in the 1970’s, Whitney Pinger, CNM, saw a need to bring the same kind of care to a hospital setting. She has been filling that need in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. In that time she has worked in private practice, opened several low-cost clinics, and served on the faculty of Yale (her alma mater) and Georgetown Universities. Whitney founded, directs, and practices at Wisdom Midwifery, George Washington University’s midwifery service. Wisdom Midwifery is a “low-tech, high-touch,” full-service midwifery practice that emphasizes nutrition over medication, cesarean prevention, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Whitney developed a free training module, “Evidence-based Practice: Pearls of Midwifery,” with the goal of helping midwives and advocates to explain the midwifery model of care to newcomers or skeptics. The presentation can be accessed here: http://www.midwife.org/Evidence-Based-Practice-Pearls-of-Midwifery.

Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!