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Health » Entering the World with a Splash
Oct 24, 2004


So she left her Santa Barbara, Calif., home and hopped a plane to France to track down Dr. Michel Odent, an obstetrician and top expert on the subject. Ironically, she missed Odent, who was on his way to Santa Barbara to lecture on waterbirth. Undeterred, Harper spent her time training, talking with midwifes and observing waterbirths. She returned to the states three weeks later with new resolve.
"I went back to my obstetrician, and this time he threatened to have me arrested for child abuse if I did something so crazy," recalled Harper, the maverick founder and executive director of Waterbirth International, a Wilsonville, Ore.-based advocacy group.


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