Geradine Simkins

Geradine Simkins

Geradine Simkins is a midwife, writer, activist, and visionary who caught her first baby in 1976. She passionately provided midwifery care in a variety of settings for over forty years. She has dedicated her career to maternal and child health, women’s healthcare, and serving marginalized people in community-based programs, such as American Indians and migrant farm workers.

Geradine has been a midwifery leader in her own community and region and also spent two decades in national midwifery leadership. She has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), as MANA’s first Executive Director, as a member of many national maternal and child health coalitions, as an expert consultant for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as a member of the Governing Council of the International Confederation of Midwives.  She was recently appointed by Michigan’s governor to the new newly inaugurated Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery. Geradine is the author and editor of the acclaimed anthology Into These Hands: Wisdom From Midwives.

Geradine travels the world making connections and forging partnerships. She also travels to have fun and to meet new friends. She married Fred, the love of her life in 2013, and together they sail the bountiful and beautiful Great Lakes and scuba dive in the magical blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Geradine makes her home in Northern Michigan, is the proud mother of three amazing homeborn, homegrown children who are now adults working to make the world a better place. She excitedly awaits the birth of her first grandchild in summer 2017. 

 

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