henci goer

Birth Options Expert, Author & Educator

Take Charge of Your Birth

The first in Henci’s new Take Charge of Your Birth Series, Labor Pain: What’s Your Best Strategy? delivers up-to-date access to the best medical research plus practical strategies for developing your plan and putting it into action. Also available in audiobook.


“my passion and my life’s work have been providing pregnant women what they need to make decisions about their care:

complete and accurate information, presented neutrally, on the pros and cons of all their options.”

Henci G.
Henci Goer

About Henci

Starting out as a Lamaze teacher and doula, Henci Goer became interested in analyzing and synthesizing the obstetric research in order to give pregnant women, birthing people, and birth professionals access to what constitutes optimal care in childbirth. 

She is the author of four books: Labor Pain: What’s Your Best Strategy?, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach (co-author Amy Romano MSN, CNM), The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities. In addition, she has written numerous blog posts and articles and given lectures around the world. 

In recognition of her work, she has received, among others, the American College of Nurse-Midwives Best Book of the Year Award, Lamaze International’s President’s Award, DONA International’s Klaus & Kennell Research Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BOLD Atlanta, and the Media Award from the American Association of Birth Centers.

The “Take Charge of Your Birth” series: short books on single topics to help women make informed choices and obtain optimal care for themselves and their babies, is a continuation of her work.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Optimal Maternity Care
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This groundbreaking ebook provides pregnant people and their partners benchmarks for choosing a birth place and guidance on how to select care providers who support an evidence-based, physiologic approach. It identifies the gaps between typical labor management and optimal care and gives sage advice on how to find care they can trust.


“you can’t control the birth–or, really, anything in life. you can, though, take charge by knowing what you want and why…

then planning how best to achieve it.”

Henci G.

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Henci has always impressed me with her intellect, knowledge, wisdom, humor, and writing skills. I’m thrilled these gifts will be available to readers in her Take Charge of Your Birth series.

Co-founder of DONA International
Co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn and The Labor Progress Handbook and author of The Birth Partner

I have long been an admirer of Henci Goer. Henci’s understanding of the complexities of the culture of maternity care in the USA and how these issues interlink with what we do and don’t know about obstetric interventions is unparalleled. Henci explains the issues and the evidence with clarity, honesty, and humour.

Midwife, Author, Speaker, Researcher and Director of the Birth Information Project at www.sarawickham.com.

I love the way you take the data and distill it into something accessible and palatable to doulas and parents alike.


Thank you Henci for continuing to educate and shine a light on what is truly best practice.


Thank you for all the years of service and providing women with accurate information about pregnancy and birth. My children are 11 and 16 and you were an integral part of my education and helped me make informed choices and have the most empowering births with both of them. Thank you!



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