The Carola Warburg Rothschild Award

carola warburg rothschildEstablished in 1997, this award pays tribute to one of the great leaders of Childbirth Connection, Carola Warburg Rothschild. Carola Rothschild began her association with Childbirth Connection during World War II as a lab technician at the Berwind Clinic, a home-birth clinic run by Childbirth Connection in New York City. She went on to be a volunteer leader at Childbirth Connection for more than forty years, and to serve as Childbirth Connection's President from 1951 to 1964.

This award recognizes individuals who - like Carola Rothschild - have made outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of women and families.

Please contact Childbirth Connection for information on how to nominate individuals for this award.

Award Recipients:


Donna L. Lynne

President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Colorado

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Betsy Gotbaum

Choices in Childbirth

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternity care by providing the public, especially childbearing women and their families, with the information necessary to make fully informed decisions relating to how, where, and with whom they will give birth

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Doris B. Haire


Kitty Ernst

President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Founding Director of the American Association of Birth Centers

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John Kennell, MD and Marshall Klaus, MD

Authors and Researchers on Parent-Infant Bonding and Continuous Support During Labor

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Penny Simkin, PT

Physical Therapist, Childbirth Educator, Doula and internationally renowned author and advocate for childbearing women

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The Team of Murray Enkin, MD, Marc Keirse, MD, and Iain Chalmers, MD

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Over the course of more than two decades, Enkin, Keirse, and Chalmers have made outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of childbearing women and their families. Childbirth Connection celebrates and honors these three men for refining the scientific synthesis of research evidence and leading a dedicated team in the application of these "systematic review" methods to the entire field of maternal and newborn care; for disseminating their findings in a series of landmark publications; for helping to ensure that women, clinicians, and policy makers can make decisions about maternity care that are informed by the best available research; and for their continuing efforts to determine the safety and effectiveness of maternity care for mothers and babies.

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Byllye Y. Avery

Founder of The Avery Institute for Social Change and the Black Women's Health Imperative

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Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

President of The New York Academy of Medicine

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Ruth Watson Lubic

Founder and President Emeritus of the DC Developing Families Center

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Alice Stone Ilchman

Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of Sarah Lawrence College

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