Betty-Anne Daviss

Betty-Anne Daviss, RM, MA, has been a practising midwife for more than 30 years and social science writer for 15+ years, working both clinically and politically on five continents. She is a clinical preceptor for students at the Midwifery Education Program of Ontario, and is an adjunct professor at Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. She was the Chair of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Statistics and Research Committee for 14 years and co-author of “Outcomes of Planned Home Births with CPMs” published in 2005 in the BMJ. She turns breeches and has attended approximately 70 breech deliveries. She offered testimony for the breech trials of Alison Osborne (California 1999) and Shaheeda Pierce (Washington 2005) which set precedents for vaginal breech delivery at home for midwives in those states. She was recently one of the principle organizers of the 2nd International Breech Birth Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and has been instrumental in helping the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada adapt vaginal-breech-friendly guidelines and practice.