Book Presentations

Taking the Anthology on the Road
Geradine Simkins, editor of Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives,

Editor, Geradine Simkins & book endorser Robbie-Davis-Floyd, medical anthropologist, CIMS Conference March 2011

is a captivating public speaker. She appears at national and international professional meetings and conferences. She has designed an expansive book presentation detailing her work as editor of this anthology and sharing the wisdom contained within its pages.

What Matters to Women, Matters to Midwives
The presentation is structured around the anthology themes outlined in the Afterword of the book. In the editing process Geradine analyzed the 25 individual memoirs in the context of the anthology as a whole. She identified common themes of “what matters” to all authors by analyzing what they talked about, how they lived their lives, and how they practiced professionally. She identified 13 persistent themes.

Click here to see What Matters to Women, Matters to Midwives—13 Essentials

In Essence

The stories deliver a compelling historical perspective on the culture of childbirth in America, insight into what really matters to women, wisdom about how to properly welcome newborns into their families, inspiration about how to courageously take charge of one’s life, and clear guidance for reforming our ailing maternity care system.

A Rose By Any Other Name…”
The book presentation utilizes a different title depending on the audience. It features the life histories of 25 remarkable women in the socio-political context of the past 3-4 decades using text from individual memoirs and photos of the contributing authors. Geradine demonstrates how the memoir authors speak with authority on issues related to women’s health and procreative lives, and how they have been instrumental in shaping the course of modern U.S. midwifery and maternity care practices. Some of the book presentation titles include:
  • Midwives Speak About What Really Matters – 13 Essentials
  • How One Gives Birth, and How One Is Born, Matters Deeply
  • Telling Our Stories: Using Storytelling for Social Change
  • What Matters to Women, Matters to Midwives – 13 Essentials
  • Strength and Resilience: Memoirs of 25 Remarkable MidwivesIMG_5853

Schedule of Presentations



  • International Confederation of Midwives, 3rd Americas Regional Conference, Kingston Jamaica, West Indies


  • International Midwifery and Humanized Birth Conference, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Editor (behind) Geradine Simkins, and contributing authors (front L to R) Jennie Joseph and Saraswathi Vedam presenting at the 2010 Midwives Alliance Conference, Nashville, TN


  • Midwives Alliance of North American 28th Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference, sponsored by International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Los Angeles, California


  • American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Denver Colorado



  • Coalition for Improving Maternity Services Mother-Friendly Forum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 11 & 12


  • Midwives Alliance Board of Directors Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, April 3
  • Mama’s Rising, hosted by CHOICE (Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences) and the Midwives Alliance of North America, Columbus, Ohio, April 4
  • International Cesarean Awareness Network Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri, April 8-10


  • Michigan Midwives Association, Lansing, Michigan, May 5 & 6
  • Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan, May 7
  • American College of Nurse Midwives 56th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, May 24-28


ICM Council members, Durban, South Africa, June 2011

  • International Confederation of Midwives, 29th Triennial Congress, Durban, South Africa, June 19-23


Geradine gives her book to Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree Indian, and celebrated singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and activist

  • 2nd International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 14-16
  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Healthy Start Conference, September 21


  • International Center for Tradtional Childbearing (Black Midwives and Healers), Biloxi, Mississippi, October 14-16
Into These Hands Editor, Geradine Simkins wiht Diva of Soul, Erykah Badu, going home with book


  • Joint Conference of the Canadian Midwifery Association, Midwives Alliance of North America and American College of Nurse Midwives, Niagara Falls, Canada, November 9-12

    Presentation at the 7th International Black Midwives & Healers Conference, Los Angeles, California. L to R, editor & author, Geradine Simkins, contributing authors Marsha Jackson, Jennie Joseph, Makeda Camara & Diane Holzer. October 2010



  • Unity Wisdom Seekers, Phoenix, Arizona, February 14
  • Midwives Alliance Region 5 Conference, Mesa, Arizona, February 17-19


  • National Healthy Start Assocaition, Washington, DC, March 11-14
  • Michigan Council of Nurse-Practitioners, March 23-25


  • Midwives Alliance Annual Conference, Monterey, California, September 27-30

Schedule a Presentation

Geradine Simkins is available for media interviews, book signings and other opportunities for book promotion and sales for Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives©. Contact: Geradine Simkins,, 231.228.5857.

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