Susan Highsmith, Ph.D. Pre and Perinatal Consultant. Susan is an educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. She received her doctorate from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She instructs masters and doctoral candidates, lectures at universities, community colleges, and charter schools, and speaks at international congresses on the new field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Susan is a national board certified counselor (NBCC). She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, seeking to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom. In 2003 Susan co-produced an educational DVD “Babies Know” which has now been disseminated internationally. Her article “Primipara’s Expectations of Childbirth: The Impact of Consciousness” was published in the Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. Susan has developed a prenatal education program entitled “Picturing a Better Birth,” designed to assist pregnant women in optimizing the application of their minds, both conscious and subconscious, to enhance their birthing experiences for the benefit of their babies and themselves. She presented “Mothers’ Minds Matter” in Heidelberg, Germany in 2009 and has just published her book, The Renaissance of Birth (2014), with this topic as a chapter. She is an advocate for change particularly in the language used to describe birth saying that the very word “delivery” disempowers women while using expressions like “giving birth” empowers them. Susan is dedicated to awakening consciousness in the realm of childbirth, promoting the concept that gentle life beginnings have positive long-term consequences for individuals and humanity.
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