Nell Tharpe, CNM, has worked with birthing women, newborns and midwives since 1980. She teaches through Midwife Publications, the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University and Birthwise Midwifery School. She is the primary author of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women‘s Health (Jones & Bartlett Publishers).
Midwifery. The word brings to mind a pregnant woman in a softly lit room, laboring with intent, touched and tended by gentle women who are experienced and wise in the ways of labor and birth. One role of midwives is to protect the sanctity of birth.