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Barbara Harper teaches you everything you need to know about waterbirth

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Our self-paced online, live online, and onsite training courses offer birth care professionals deep knowledge and understanding of gentle birth options for practice. We also offer courses for parents to learn about gentle birth choices for practice, which includes warm water immersion

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Barbara Harper spreads her expert waterbirth knowledge globally to further the mission of providing gentle birth options

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Find out why waterbirth is the best option for you and your baby

Every baby deserves a gentle birth

What is Gentle Birth?

Gentle Birth is an evidence-based model of maternity care, developed by practitioners worldwide, which incorporates current research on the psycho-neuro-physiology of the mother/baby pair and the consciousness of the fetus/newborn in its care practices.

Gentle Birth employs wellness promotion, integrative health care modalities, and responsiveness to the unique physiology unfolding in the mother and baby in all aspects of perinatal care, and follows the dictum, “First, Do No Harm” when considering any intervention.

Rooted in a strong sense of “pure service,” Gentle Birth practitioners place the physical, psychological, and emotional well being of the mother-infant pair, above all other system considerations and they uphold the right of childbearing women to exercise full autonomy in their care decisions.

Barbara Harper
RN, CLD, CCCE, Midwife

Barbara Harper is a leading voice for childbirth and maternity care reform, an author, educator, midwife and internationally recognized expert on the use of warm water immersion for labor and birth.

In 1988 she founded Waterbirth International after researching water immersion as a gentle birth option for mother and child.  Two of her three children were at home in water in 1984 and 1986.  Her continuous global research and personal experience as a birthing mother and midwife are her primary motivations to expand the use of water during labor and birth.

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Barbara Harper regularly appears in the media, at conferences, and in publications. 

Waterbirth Solutions provide birth pools, equipment and more for home, hospital or birth center.

Barbara Harper worked closely with Waterbirth Solutions director, Marla Althouse, to make sure the best quality birth pools, both inflatables and specially designed pools for installation, were available for parents at home, for hospital installation and for birth centers around the world.

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Experience the miracle of a gentle birth

We can put you at ease and teach you all you need to know about waterbirth


If we are to seriously address the care needs of women who desire low intervention births, we must address the provision of safe water birth in hospitals and remove impediments to such services.

– Dr. Duncan Neilson, Perinatologist, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon

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Become Waterbirth Certified

Waterbirth International provides the training, testing, and certifications for birth professionals through on-demand courses and onsite teaching.


Gentle Birth Choices book by Barbara Harper

Published in 9+ languages