Only with the collaboration of hundreds of advisors, reviewers, writers, artists, and others
was it possible to create this book.
Every staff member, intern, and volunteer here at the Hesperian Foundation helped bring
this book into the world, including those who raise funds, manage finances, publicize our
books, and pack and ship them around the world. Outside our office, dozens of reviewers
helped decide what this book should cover and how to do it. Groups of midwives and
midwifery students in 10 countries critiqued early versions to make it as useful, appropriate,
and accurate as possible. Midwives, doctors, and other health workers, trainers, and
specialists volunteered their time to ensure the accuracy and clarity of the material here.
Along with our tireless medical editors, we called on a few reviewers over and over
again, and they deserve special mention here. Thank you Deborah Billings, Lisa de Avila,
Ruth Kennedy, and Karen Strange.
The following organizations contributed time, resources, and critical thinking: Averting
Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) in the US; ASECSA in Guatemala; The Bangladesh
Women’s Health Coalition; The Berkeley Midwives Study Group in the US; El Centro Para los
Adolescente de San Miguel de Allende (CASA) in Mexico; Centre For Rural Studies and
Development in India; El Centro de Atención Integral de la Pareja in Mexico; The International
Confederation of Midwives; The Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines;
Inuulitsivak Maternity Center in Canada; Ipas in the US, Ghana, and Kenya; Ixmucane and
Midwives for Midwives in Guatamala; Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Program in India;
Kampot Hospital Maternity Center in Cambodia; the Maryknoll Sisters and the VEMA training
center of Tanzania; Pathfinder in Peru; and the Reproductive Health Research Unit at the
University of the Witwatersrand, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa.
Thanks to the following publishers who gave us permission to use drawings: Family Care
International, from Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers; Freedom From Hunger; and Pesticide
Action Network Asia and the Pacific, from Breaking the Silence! Plantations and Pesticides.
Our deep gratitude goes to everyone who gave their time, thoughts, and knowledge
so generously, both to the original edition of A Book for Midwives and to this revision.
Your commitment to health for all is what brought this book into the world. Thank you:
Leonor Bahena Erazo
Ana María Camarillo
Alice de la Gente
Maria de la Paz
Barbara de Souza
David de Leeuw
A Book for Midwives (2010)