As of March 3, I will have been practicing as a midwife for 50 years! To date, I have helped 2876 babies into this world, including 19 breeches and 25 sets of twins.. I am NOT a licensed midwife, choose not to be because licensing in America leaves much to be desired. I was born in Denmark (in 1943) and although I have lived in America since I was 4 years old, I have been back to Denmark 4 times since my family and I immigrated to the United States. On one of those visits back, I was fortunate to get to observe how the Danish midwives handle births in their hospital maternity centers. Danish education to become a midwife is one of the best in the world. Only the students with the best grades get accepted into their midwifery programs.
We need this in America.I have had some nursing classes, but basically everything I have learned in half a century is from observation and experience and hands on with thousands of pregnant mothers. Surprisingly, what i have learned about labor and birth is a far cry from what is being taught in medical and midwifery texts. I have written 5 books about my experiences and what I call PowerBirth. I am the mother of 6 children, 6 grandkids, and 8 great grandchildren. I still practice midwifery. My hobbies are dancing, photography, and writing. I am single now. My plan for the future is to help bring about better midwifery standards in America and to teach women the many things I have learned about pregnancy, labor, birth, and the post-partum period.