Birth Options Expert, Author & Educator
“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.”
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.
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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.”
Recent Blog Posts
Baby Chick podcast: How to Take Charge of Your Birth
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What People Are Saying
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.
PENNY SIMKIN, P.T.
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.
DR. SARA WICKHAM, PhD, RM, BA (Hons), MA, PGCert.
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.
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