Penny Simkin, PT



Penny Simkin is a national and international treasure for childbearing women and families and for professionals in the maternity field. She has made major and influential contributions in many areas of central concern to childbearing women, including: labor support and labor companions, labor pain relief and comfort measures, physiologic labor and labor progress, childbirth satisfaction, and childbearing experiences of survivors of sexual abuse. She is the author or co-author of some of the most important books in the field and of many valuable articles, pamphlets, and aids for maternity professionals and childbearing women. As a founding member of Doulas of North America (DONA) and a doula trainer, Penny Simkin has played a major role in helping to establish this newest member of the childbirth team. She has worked directly with thousands of women and families as a childbirth educator, doula, or counselor addressing grief, loss, trauma and abuse. Profound wisdom and deep respect for women and families characterize Penny Simkin's work in all of these areas.

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