Noted Southern California Licensed Midwife Anne Sommers

Talks Personally About Home Birth, Water Birth and Natural Child Birth

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Anne is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Home Birth and Midwifery Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered, in home birth settings, hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water!

Anne has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows (see her participation in Baby Story on our home page), and was editor for several childbirth publications. Anne also co wrote: Homebirth Making it Happen with Abbi Perets, an e book covering the basics of having a home birth.

During her years as editor, Anne had the pleasure of interviewing many prominent natural childbirth proponents and authors, such as the late Tom Brewer, M.D. notable for his works on toxemia and the Brewer Diet; the late Robert Bradley, M.D., author of Husband Coached Childbirth and whose philosophies inspired the famous Hathaway’s childbirth education course, commonly known as the Bradley Method; the late Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. the radical, quick witted and inspirational author of Medical Malepractice and Confessions of a Medical Heretic; Michel Odent, M.D. universally respected for his water birth philosophies and writings, such as Birth Reborn; the late distinguished anthropologist Ashley Montague, PhD, author of Touching; Gail Brewer, Diana Korte, David Chamberlain, and many others.
Anne began her interest in natural childbirth prior to the birth of her first child. In 1971 there were very few books on childbirth. At the library one day she discovered a book by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, Childbirth Without Fear and thought – women were meant to do this and naturally without drugs - it was society that corrupted a natural event with its attitudes about women and children. During her pregnancy she took La Maze classes and hired an OB to attend her birth at home.

According to Anne, “In those days men were not allowed in the delivery room, women were still being strapped to beds and given “twilight sleep’ to remove them from their birth experience. Hospital birth scared me!

“After my daughter was born and in the 80’s I became politically active when my midwife was brought under suspicion. The newspapers spun the truth, but the reality was that midwifery care was a viable alternative to what was happening in the hospitals.”

Anne’s training in midwifery has been a long process, mostly achieved through self study and apprenticeship.

“I have been very fortunate that the right people and many of them, came into my life at the right time to teach me.” I have had an education exceptionally varied. I never could have attained what I know through college or a midwifery school.”

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Agape Home Birth and Midwifery Care

P. O. Box 1042
Murrieta, CA 92564
1-951 461-4779
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Homebirth: Making it Happen Written by Anne Sommers, L.M. and Abbi Perets $ 15.95 - More Information


See Anne on National TV!
      "Baby Story" (The Learning Channel)
      "The Spirituality of Childbirth" (The "Midpoint Show" -Odyssey Channel)
Tears of Joy video

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