|I am an American by birth and have lived and worked in India for over 40 years. I began by teaching ‘natural childbirth’ classes to women and couples, helping them prepare for natural birth but then became frustrated by the over-use of invasive obstetrics. This led me to investigate traditional childbirth and pregnancy and dais (traditional midwives). I am Director of MATRIKA, an NGO working in research and advocacy for humane and traditional birth practice. My most recent work has been with the Jeeva research project.