NAM is dedicated to one of the best midwives in the world and someone whom Michele has looked up to from the start of her journey into midwifery. Michele shares her beliefs and hope that one day there will be no need for midwives, because every person is indeed capable of being their own midwife.

Jeannine Parvati Baker
June 1, 1949-December 1, 2005
Lay Midwife, Ashtanga Yogini, Astrologer
Founder of Hygieia College,
Herbal Medicine-Woman,
Mother of Six,
Author of
Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth,
Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal
, and co-author of Conscious Conception

" I coined the term
-- to marry EARTHKEEPERS and BIRTH -- 
EarthKeeper is a Native American word
for Eco-activists
as well as holders of the sacred Earth-based wisdoms.

Midwives can be the same,
yet the term "Midwife"  has been usurped by MEDwives
and other medically-based perinatal professionals.

At this point in time on Turtle Island,
Midwifery is an endangered species.

Too many Midwives
have identified with the oppressor,
learned to speak the conquerors' language,
and otherwise been vanquished to emerge as
obstetrically-trained "Medwives".

In other words,
many Midwives have given up being
guardians and keepers of natural birth at home,
in order to survive as professionals."


Healing Birth is Healing the Earth