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Henci Goer’s life’s work has been analyzing, and synthesizing the obstetric research in order to give pregnant women and birth professionals access to what constitutes safe, effective care. Over the decades, she has written consumer education pamphlets and numerous articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals. She has written three books, two for birth professionals and the third for pregnant women.
In recognition of the earlier of her professional books, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities (1990), she was given Lamaze International’s President’s Award. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach (2012), co-authored by Amy Romano, MSN, CNM, has received the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. The third book, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth (1999), is unique in giving women access to the research evidence.
Goer served as project director and participated as an Expert Work Group member on the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services document, “Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care” (2007), which was given the Klaus & Kennell Research Award by DONA International. She has also received Blossom Birth Services Mother’s Day Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BOLD Atlanta, and the Media Award from the National Association of Childbearing Centers (now the American Association of Birth Centers). As founder and director of Childbirth U, Goer hopes to continue her work helping pregnant women make informed decisions and obtain optimal care for themselves and their babies.