Janet Balaskas is internationally renowned for pioneering the concept of ‘Active Birth’ in the late 1970’s and since then, inspiring mothers around the world to take an ‘active’ rather than a ‘passive’ role in their birthing. Thousands of women, babies and families have have had their birth experiences – and their lives – enhanced by her guidance. Her body centred style of teaching has inspired a revolution in prenatal education and maternity care.
Janet is the mother of four children, and has five grandchildren. It was through her research as a mother that she first understood that the natural processes of birth require a woman to be actively engaged with her body and upright. The essence of Janet’s message is simple and clear; the key to an easier, spontaneous birth is that the mother is undisturbed, able to move freely and instinctively during labour, and to be led by her body.
Janet works at the Active Birth Centre in London which she founded in the 1980’s. She also travels extensively across the world to teach professionals and train Active Birth teachers, most recently in Brazil where her work has had considerable impact. Her unstoppable drive to enable women to confidently follow their instincts, continues to fuel the global spread of Active Birth. She is the author of the best selling ‘New Active Birth’ and several other ground breaking publications.