Kitty Ernst (1926 – )

Inspiration for Activism!

  • A pioneer in both the field of midwifery and in developing the best care possible for families in pregnancy and birth for over 40 years.
  • Served independently as a consultant, lecturer and parent educator, teaching some of the first childbirth education groups of the International Childbirth Education Association.
  • Tireless advocate of innovation for the sake of healthy families and family-centered maternity care.
  • Inspired many birth centers in the effort to bring birth centers into the mainstream of health care delivery.
  • Helped to institute the Commission for Accreditation of Freestanding Birth Centers.
  • Led the design and implementation of the first distance education program for nurse-midwives,

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