Ratifiers of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative

31 individuals and 26 organizations representing over 90,000 members ratified the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) on July 1, 1996. These original signers (or “Ratifiers”) of the MFCI are listed below:


(In many cases, the names of organizations and/or their officers or representatives have changed since ratification):

Academy of Certified Birth Educators (Ottawa, KS), Judie C. Wika, RNC, MSN, CNM, CCE, Linda M. Herrick, RNC, BSN, CCE, CD, Sally Riley, BSEd, CCE, CD, Co-Directors

American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (The Bradley MethodTM), (Sherman Oaks, CA), Jay & Marjie Hathaway, Executive Directors

American Association of Birth Centers (formerly the National Association of Childbearing Centers), (Perkiomenville, PA), Susan Stapleton, MSN,CNM, President

American College of Nurse-Midwives (Washington, DC), Joyce Roberts, CNM, PhD, FAAN, FACNM, President

American College of Domiciliary Midwives (Palo Alto, CA), Faith Gibson, CPM, Executive Director

Association of Labor Assistants & Childbirth Educators (Cambridge, MA), Jessica L. Porter, President

Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology & Health (Geyserville, CA), David B. Chamberlain, PhD, President

Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing (Washington, DC), Joy Grohar, RNC, MS, President

Attachment Parenting International, (Nashville, TN), Lysa Parker, BS, and Barbara Nicholson, MEd, Co-Founders

Birthworks, Inc. (Medford, NJ), Cathy E. Daub, RPT, CCE, President

Center for Perinatal Research & Family Support (River Vale, NJ), Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Executive Director

Doulas of North America Seattle, WA), Barbara A. Hotelling, RN, BSN, CD, FACCE, President

The Farm (Summertown, TN), Ina May Gaskin, President

Global Maternal/Child Health Association (Wilsonville, OR), Barbara Harper, RN, President

Informed Home Birth/Informed Birth & Parenting (Ann Arbor, MI), Rahima Baldwin Dancy, CPM, President

International Association of Infant Massage (Oak View, NY), Ellen Kerr, RN, BSN, MST, CIMI, President

International Childbirth Education Association (Minneapolis, MN), Cheryl Coleman, RN, BSN, ICCE, President

International Lactation Consultant Association (Raleigh NC), Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, President

La Leche League International (Schaumburg, IL), Carol Kolar, RN, Director of Education & Outreach

Lamaze International(formerly ASPO/Lamaze) (Washington, DC), Deborah Woolley, CNM, PhD, FACCE, President

Midwifery Today (Eugene, OR), Jan Tritten, TMME, Editor

Midwives Alliance of North America (Newton, KS), Ina May Gaskin, President

Midwives of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA), Roxanne Potter, CNM, Kate Bowland, CNM, Co-Directors

National Association of Postpartum Care Services (Denver, CO), Gerri Levrini, RN, MSN, CNAA, President

North American Registry of Midwives (Nashville, TN), Sharon Wells, MS, LM, CPM,Coordinator

Wellness Associates (Asheville, NC), John W. Travis, MD, MPH, Meryn G. Callander, ME, BSW, Co-Directors


Sondra Abdulla-Zaimah, MN, CNM, CPM, Senegal, W. Africa

Shannon Anton, CPM, San Francisco, CA

Suzanne Arms, Bayfield, CO, Immaculate Deception

Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC, FACCE, Escondido, CA

Maggie Bennett, LM, CPM, Seaside, CA

Brian Berman, Bainbridge Island, WA

Mary Brucker, CNM, DNSc, Dallas, TX

Raymond Castellino, DC, RPP, Santa Barbara, CA

Elena Carrillo, LCCE, FACCE, CD, Mexico City, Mexico

Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, Austin, TX, Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Henci Goer, BA, LCCE, Sunnyvale, CA, The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities

Dorothy Harrison, IBCLC, Edmunds WA

Jack Heinowitz, PhD, San Diego, CA, Pregnant Fathers

Tina Kimmel, MSW, MPH, Berkeley, CA

Marshall Klaus, MD, Berkeley, CA, Bonding--Building the Foundation for Secure Attachment and Independence

Phyllis Klaus, CSW, MFCC, Berkeley, CA, The Amazing Newborn

Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, FACC, Brooklyn, NY

Susan Sobin Pease, MBA, CIMI, CMT, San Francisco, CA

Paulina G. Perez,RN, BSN, FACCE, Johnson, VT, Special Women

James W. Prescott, PhD, San Diego, CA, Brain Function and Malnutrition

Mayri Sagady, RN, CNM, MSN, San Diego, CA

Karen A. Salt, CCE, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, AZ

Irene Sandvold, DrPH, CNM, Rockville, MD

Roberta M. Scaer, MSS, Boulder, CO, A Good Birth, A Safe Birth

Betsy K. Schwartz, MMHS, Coconut Creek, FL

Penny Simkin, PT, Seattle, WA, The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman through Childbirth

Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, Bright Future Lactation Resource Center, Dayton, OH

Suzanne Suarez, JD, RN, St Petersburg, FL

Sandy Szalay, ARNP, CCE, Seattle, WA

Marsden Wagner, MD, MSPH, Washington, DC, Pursuing the Birth Machine

Diony Young, Geneseo, NY

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