Simkins, Geradine

  • Geradine Simkins, DEM, CNM, MSN is an activist, midwife, author and visionary. She began as a self-taught homebirth midwife in 1976, was a direct-entry midwife for 20 years, and became a nurse-midwife in the mid-1990s. She has owned and operated Birthways Midwifery for over 30 years, a midwifery service that specializes in home birth. She was also co-founder and staff midwife at a freestanding birth center. Geradine is keenly interested in public health midwifery, particularly strategies for overcoming healthcare disparities and engendering a more equitable maternity care system for all mothers, babies and families.

    Geradine is President and Interim Executive Director of Midwives Alliance of North America where she concentrates on endorsing MANA’s key guiding principles including achieving optimal birth outcomes with least intervention, supporting women’s autonomy in making informed choices that affect her body, pregnancy, birth, labor, and parenting style, and increasing access to midwives in all settings. As a leader in the movement, Geradine works passionately at sustaining the midwifery profession, advocating for healthcare reform, mentoring the next generation of midwives, and collaborating with key partners and stakeholders. She is the editor of the recently published book entitled Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives, an anthology of the life stories of 25 remarkable women who have dedicated their lives and careers to the path of midwifery and social change.