Midwife of the Week: Carol Gautschi

carolgautschiCarol Gautschi, CPM, LM trained with physicians in California during the 1970s. Since 1979 she has attended home births on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she has practiced continuously longer than any other midwife in the area. Even though she was unlicensed for a good portion of her career, she later founded the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery, which promotes quality, legal maternity care options by working with legislators, birth professionals, and consumers. She is also the chairwoman for Birth Matters, a consumer group that works to increase the public awareness of home birth. Carol writes for Midwifery Today and teaches workshops all over the world. For more information on Carol Gautschi visit gentlebirths.net.

This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!

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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!