One World Birth

National Birth Heroes Awards

One World Birth – National Birth Heroes Awards 2011



1. MAHA AL MUSA                                                              14.11 % SHARE OF VOTE

Creator of Bellydanceforbirth



2. STEPHANIE LARSON                                                           11.77% SHARE OF VOTE

3. PRIYANKA IDICULA                                                            10.72% SHARE OF VOTE

98 responses

  1. marlene gryesten

    It is with great pleasure and pride that I vote for Jette Aroe Clausen who continuesw do a tremendous work for us all.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  2. she has helped give birth to Reine & Mark’s baby girl Joia. Vote for her. . x

    December 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  3. lena morgan

    My whole labour and birth was amazingly beautiful and i wouldnt of had such a wonderful birth if it wasnt for Virginia Howes being my midwife:-) lovely natural water birth at home…no pain relieve or intervention:-)PERFECT XX

    December 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

  4. Carol Teicher

    Stephanie’s dream of helping birthing women all over the world is coming true now on four continents, She is a devoted mother to four children, and she brought forth this business in response to a sudden divorce four years ago. She is indeed remarkable and deserving of this award!

    December 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

  5. Charlott & Andrew

    Virginia made what was to me a nervous time with our home birth but made it one of the best things I have ever experienced. We recommend her highly enough. Thank you so much.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

  6. Hi I am proud of having Sylvanna being my couch during all my pregnancy mostly during birth. She supported me for 48hrs and encouraged me a lot during my daughter’s birth. Me and my husband learned lot of hints from her workshops. If she was not there I am sure of not having a natural birth.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

  7. the women I have voted for are very brave as to believe in themselves and their believe in the women who want to birh their baby where and how they want, and with whom they want.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

  8. Andy & Charlott

    Virginia made a very daunting process for us a very enjoyable experience and one i will remember for the rest of my life. Thanks you so much for everytrhing. Would highly reccomend to all. Charlott & Andy

    December 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  9. Wonderful midwife

    December 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  10. As a result of Virginia’s excellent help, we have a beautiful, healthy baby girl – recommended in a heartbeat!

    December 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  11. Suzanne McGee

    Stephanie is definitely helping women with a wonderful, natural process. Many thanks Steph!

    December 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  12. Li Thies-Lagergren

    Jette adds an extraordinary dimension to the subject childbirth by looking at evidence based medicine and midwifery with a philosophical angel regarding the use of technology in childbirth .

    December 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

  13. Louise Carrington-West

    For being a truly wonderful midwife! Lou Carrington-West

    December 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  14. Kathleen LeBouef

    Stephanie is an awesome woman and so deserving of this award.

    December 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

  15. Emma Willsteed

    For being passionate about natural birth and breastfeeding, for making it normal to be at home, relaxed and in control while giving birth in the face of a culture of intervention and distrust in what women can do. And, above all, for being alongside me for the birth of both my babies at home.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  16. Lillian Bondo

    Jette Aaroe Clausen is a fantastic researcher, opening new roads into understanding our midwifery work, understanding and development. Read her ph.d. How does materiality shape Childbirth? An explorative journey into evidence, childbirth practices & Science and Technology Studies!
    Lillian Bondo, midwife, MPA, president of the Danish Association of Midwives

    December 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  17. Kathrine Kruse Andreasen


    December 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

  18. christine testa

    good luck dear sylvana

    December 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  19. kate

    virginia cared for my sister when she was pregnant and if it wasnt for her she would have given up breastfeeding

    December 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

  20. Valerie Gillum

    Stephanie Larson is awesome!!

    December 18, 2011 at 1:03 am

  21. Marian Brent

    I can’t imagine a better midwife than Callie!

    December 18, 2011 at 1:23 am

  22. Priyanka ia a warm and passionate godmother to ever so many new borns. Takes a lot if pride in her work and thus is what brings in the much needed comfort to nervous mothers to be!

    December 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

  23. What to say about Ms. Priyanka Idicula… I have interacted with her with regards to the birth, her stories are so inspiring and she makes me feel that giving birth is not painful but you can live the whole moment in ectascy . I am still single, but I have decided that when I become pregnant I will surely come to her and to give birth in a different with passion.

    December 18, 2011 at 7:47 am

  24. Maria Nielsen


    December 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

  25. Aimee Burge-Maclean

    couldn’t have done it without you:) Vote Virginia Howes!

    December 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

  26. Priyanka has been inspiring so many women in Kerala, through her work of educating and helping mothers give birth.

    December 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

  27. Anne Fox

    Virgina is the best, most experienced and intelligent midwife on the planet. My son is now nearly 4 and not a day goes without me thanking Virginia for being there for me before, during and after the birth. Her gentle instructions changed my views not only about childbirth but parenting as well and it shows in my delightful, confident, loving son. You’re the best Virginia! Love Anne, Alistair and Alexander

    December 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

  28. C Jensen

    For inspiring to good midwifery, sensitive to women’s needs

    December 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

  29. yasmin

    priyanka is the best at her job :)

    December 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

  30. Sherin Mathew

    tadaaa voted for u!!!! uv certainly won many hearts n many wombs :) Good luck didi…..

    December 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  31. Susanne Houd

    I have worked with Jette for many years and she has always fought for the essence and understanding of Midwifery and always in the forefront.
    Susanne Houd

    December 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  32. just voted

    December 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  33. meera manu

    they helped to realise my inner strengths as a woman-mother…. this vote is for their dedication, love, care, and hard work

    December 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  34. Nina Nair

    Thanks a ton, Priyanka for teaching my husband, Maijo & me, what birthing a baby is all about and helping us do it the right way. You deserve our vote. Love & hugs

    December 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  35. Shalini Mathew

    Priyanka, you are truly the best in this. Hats off to you & your team for taking the initiative to educate the women in kerala about child birthing. Am sure everyone who has been with you has a great experience to share.

    December 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  36. Kieran

    I’d like to say huge thanks to everyone who works so hard for good birth and everything that covers – mothers, fathers and babies. Whilst I’ve only personally benefited from the services of one of these nominees, I think everyone who has been nominated – and lots of others who haven’t – deserve massive praise for everything they do.

    December 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  37. louise cooper

    virginia howes was my wonderful midwife with 2 of my children and supported me all threw :-)

    December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  38. sarah gosling

    Virginia Howes came into our world ten years ago, she has delivered all three of my children, even when I was told they were far too large!. I had good experiences and felt empowered as a woman and as a mother. But also their father did too, which always makes me laugh when he states it was a walk in the park.

    She also has designed a birth mirror which has also enhanced the experience for all involved, she is a very passionate midwife and could give many government some good advice on maternity care.

    December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  39. Rosalind

    Stephanie has a beautiful, serene, and uplifting thought which pervades her work and her DVD. Her concept of the rhythm and natural unfolding of the birth is truly inspired and important for the ultimate goal of a harmonious delivery. Her peaceful and positive approach along with her understanding of the naturalness of the birthing process is a huge help and encouragement to expectant women everywhere. I am voting for her because her work is very important as well as being very good. Because she will bless many, her approach and her work should be more widely known.

    December 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  40. Duyen Do

    Remarkable job! Way to go Stephanie!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:28 am

  41. hi, i had the pleasure of seeing dr vijaya krishnan in action when my friend s child came in for delivery. Earlier and with no family being present she was her family friend and care taker until family reached. Thank you dr vijaya. I know I have every intention of being in your care as a new mother at ‘early 35/36…or what ever age i conceive and know its going to be a natural birth process’. Love ya.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:52 am

  42. Deepa

    I have never seen a woman so commited to a cause like Priyanka…. Way to go, girl, n hope you win!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:00 am

  43. Lakshmi

    I would nominate Vijaya Krishnan as she helped many moms experience ‘Informed’ and wonderful birthing experience in Hyderabad (India) where the C-Section rate is approximately 70%. The reason why I mentioned ‘Informed’ is because, she conducts wonderful Lamaze classes for expectant moms and explains them clearly the beauty of nature (such as baby decides when it needs to come out ; how ‘trial of labor’ is really important for mom and baby ; significance of the liquid gold “Colostrum”; importance of breast feeding ; mom and baby bonding right from birth ; delayed cord clamping ; delayed baby bath so that the babies skin could absorb all the vermix ; various natural postures for birthing ; massage techniques by birth partners ; postpartum care ).

    December 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

  44. Varghese Mathew

    I am the father of Jan Mary, who was under Prinka’s traing and care,I have witnessed Prinanka’s skill and dedication during my daughter’s delivery,she desrves more than an award.May God bless her.
    Varghese Mathgew

    December 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

  45. Sateesh


    December 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  46. Sangeeta Lee

    Maya is truly an inspiration with preparing for birth through belly dancing and then actually showing her birth being 100 percent true to everything she was teaching.

    December 20, 2011 at 12:02 am

  47. Just voted for Callie!

    December 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

  48. Treana

    Maha who inspires us to dance into the power and beauty of our birth

    December 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

  49. Treana

    Lisa for your courage to stand in the fire and not shrink back I honor you contribution to choice for our daughters

    December 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

    • Peter

      Lisa is truly doing the world a great favour keep up the good work.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

  50. kailash ra

    i vote for my mum maha al musa she has been working for 15 years helping women be confident in birth and believe in themselves. And use bellydance for birth to be strong she had her last baby at 46 and im very proud of her

    My mum is the best ever!

    kailash 15 years old.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

  51. Linda Joy Flower

    Maha has wonderful resources to assist in an easy, delightful way to birth your child. I bought these resources for all three of my children. The book is especially a real insight into the wonderful person that she is. Blessings to her for helping babies to be born into this world with ease and grace.
    Blessings, Linda x

    December 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

  52. Payal Agarwal

    Dr. Vijaya from Hyderabad India is the best doctor I have ever come across….Her genuine concern, love, strength and passion envelopes everyone she meets. Her skill and dedication is truly awe-inspiring!!! :))

    December 20, 2011 at 6:30 am

  53. Hisham Ayoub

    Hope To Win Maha Mousa

    December 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

  54. Love Maha’s work, passion , enthusiasm.It is a wonderful contribution to the world of birth and womanhood. Helping to birth healthy families and healthy society.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

  55. Mahesh

    Vijaya Krishnan is an outstanding person and she deserves this award and I wish she will get it.
    She is so good at counseling the Moms and preparing them for the birth mentally and physically and she practices the Natural birthing techniques and she is so skilled in imparting them. My wife gave natural birth to a baby Boy at 42 weeks 3 day

    December 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

  56. DragonMumma

    We voted for Lisa Barrett because of her dedication, knowledge, love and support. I feel truly honored to have known her and had her at the birth of our son. My daughter still talks about Lisa to this day. Thank You Lisa! <3

    December 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  57. she’s been an inspiration to all the younsters regarding giving birth. Though being a guy I have heard lots of stories from her and thus she will bring a change in India.

    December 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  58. Ms. Priyanka….wish you all the best!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  59. anusha

    Dr Vijaya carries an excellent unique personality and her councelling lets the mothers forget the pain and focus on the happiness that u get after u have ur baby. She let me felt so comfirtable through out my maternity. Thanks for all the support that Vijaya and Errin gave to me. All the best.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  60. zehra khan

    vijaya krishnan is a great midwife,wonderful care taker,loving,caring,affectionate and a beautiful human being at heart..she totally deserve this award!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  61. Trudy Graves

    Thanks to Katharine Graves for a pain free (not just drug free but truly pain free) birth. The hypnobirthing techniques she taught allowed me to have a magical birth experience and my son was born in a relaxed, happy environment.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

  62. Carmelo Steppa

    Maha Al Musa, an amazing woman with an incredible heart, a depth of inspirational wisdom, a gift to us all. A brilliant shining light to mothers and women all over the world.

    December 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

  63. Roberta Melius

    Anyone who helps bring a life into this world deserves recognition.They are all heros.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:50 am

  64. Raphaelle Large

    Maha has inspired others to birth naturally and rhythmically for many years. She is an amazing birth hero because she not only teaches and supplies resources on bellydance for birth, but has also demonstrated its use in her own birthing moments. You’re a hope to us all Maha!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:22 am

  65. Swapna. CH

    Its Vijaya Krishnan only from my side. She’s such a wonderful person that you can never feel negative with her around. She’s always there for the moms-to-be with utmost love & care and to find find one such person entirely committed towards you outside you family and friends is a real boon. She’s the one actually told me what a pregnancy would be like, how it would feel to be a mom n a child too and what all might come in the way of the process of Pregnancy and Delivery and all through my delivery she was my God sent Angel. To vote for her feels like voting to the very concept call Normal Birth. She’s my ispiration and she deserves this award more than anyone else. Love you Vijaya and guys you’ll ner regret voting for her, I repeat never……….

    December 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

  66. sophia Sanyaolu

    The Lazy Daisy chain – Julie Long has been a great inspiration for empowering me to empower other women in birth. She is tirelessly ensuring that women all over the country are getting superbly trained mentors thereby reaching thousands of women and enriching their lives. Thanks to her dream women all over can enjoy and embrace their births with pride.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:26 am


    Priyanka, you have ignited a revolution in childbirth in Kerala…

    December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  68. Samantha Fenn

    Lazy Daisy Birthing – Julie Long

    I have never known anyone so passionate about pregnancy and birth as Julie. Her approach towards preparing your body ready for birth is really inspiring as choice is truly promoted and no one is excluded. With classes appearing nationwide i’m so proud to be a part of the Lazy Daisy family and to be able to help Julie in promoting positive birthing.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  69. Excellent Vijaya. Very happy & pleased to see your name here.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

  70. I’m voting for Julie Long, founder of The Lazy Daisy Chain, which is the fastest growing birth preparation method in the UK. I’ve only been teaching for 3 weeks, but I love teaching the classes and helping ladies to feel relaxed, confident, knowledgeable and empowered about their births. Julie really is passionate about helping women to be as prepared as possible to achieve the birth they want – THEIR birth and I’m proud to be part of that in my own small way. Even through a difficult time, Julie has continued to support her teachers – she is truly dedicated.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  71. Tania

    as a friend and colleague of Lisa barrett i can only say that i am in awe of her strength and tenacity in the face of adversity. Standing up for a woman’s right to choose here in Australia is a dangerous thing to do. Personally and professionally. Unwavering in her dedication and love for this cause and what it means for all women i vote for Lisa barrett today.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

  72. Tori Sorrell-Cook

    I vote for Julie Long-Founder of The Lazy Daisy Chain. Not only has she developed a programme that empowers women and encourages them to listen to thier birth intuition; she is empowering mothers (myself included) to help others have the birth they want, giving us the opportunity to build a career as a working mother and draw on our own birthing experiences. The whole philosophy of Lazy Daisy is based upon bringing women together as a (peer) supportive community, going back to grass-roots, re-defining the process of birth as a beautiful, natural, process. The beauty of the programme lies in it’s inclusivity. Whilst women are prepared for natural birth the emphasis is empowering them on thier journey, helping them to feel a part of it, so that whatever the final outcome they have a positive birth experience. What a wonderful gift to be able to give! Thanks to Julie I have ladies coming to me every week to share thier inspiring birth stories. I feel honoured I can be part of thier journey and to spread the Lazy Daisy message.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  73. Lazy Daisy Birthing – Julie Long

    Julie is a truly an inspirational person. Her passion and enthusiasm for inspiring confidence in women and educating them about active birth so that they can have positive birth experiences is outstanding. Not only has she inspired me and given me a new passion in life, to teach Lazy Daisy Classes and impart my knowledge to other women but in doing so I have received so so many positive bith stories from women. Knowing that so many women have had such a positive experience for pregnancy and also labour and that they have enjoyed this momentous experience is truly amazing. I can’t say enough about Julie as both a teacher, business woman and also a person. She is truly an inspiration and I am very proud to be a part of her team.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  74. Liz

    Lisa Barrett, for standing up for women on a level that most of us could not imagine…for standing strong in her integrity…for holding the space for birthing women in Australia.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:45 am

  75. amazing midwife, whos tireless efforts know no bounds…. a inspiration.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

  76. Go Virginia!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

  77. Sarah Garrett

    Becky had an unbelievably calming, confidence-giving, positive influence on myself and husband… her support definitely contributed to such a fantastic natural labour xxx

    December 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

  78. I really appreciate the work Maha Al Musa has put into combining birthing and belly dance. I’ve known Maha since we had babies at the same time. I saw Maha’s passion for her culture and the way women worked together using dance to prepare for birth. My wife used maha’s techniques and it was very helpful. I really can’t say enough good about Maha as I’ve seen how she has carried on after having her own children working with women to find new ways to combine the old knowledge with what we do today.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

  79. Amy in Oz

    Why is Lisa Barrett listed twice?? But other than that, I voted for her. Such strength in adversity!

    December 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    • Thanks for pointing out that Lisa Barrett is listed twice. Ooops, sorry, that is totally my mistake – you’re the first one to point it out! I can’t remove one of the “Lisa Barrett’s” as the voting poll is live, but I’ll make sure that I count both sets of votes for Lisa in the final tally. Thanks again, Toni (co-creator, One World Birth and voting adjudicator!)

      December 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  80. Carly Webber

    An amazing lady that has achieved so much and changed so many lives – thank you Julie

    December 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  81. Belinda (B There for You - Birth Doula)

    A vote for my friend Rebecca Bates because of her inspiration to me to become a doula myself. Now that i have gone on to attend births myself, i can’t thank her enough! :)

    December 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  82. You all deserve to win and you have already won just by being providers of great midwifery care but I am going to vote for the lovely Julie Long.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

  83. This is a wondeful idea and everyone should win! Congratulations to all the nominees. I would like to make special mention of Maha who’s work I have personally experienced. She is a total pioneer and wonderful mentor and advocate for birth and the arab tradition of belly dancing. thank you for sharing this with the world, making it accessible and helping so many thousands of women feel empowered through bellydance in birth.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  84. Beck

    I vote for Lisa Barrett. She is an amazing person and was there for me and my family during the growth of my bubba and the labour. She was also there holding my hand when it all turned upside down. Thankyou Lisa, from the bottom of my heart.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:21 am

  85. C Vanaja

    Dr Vijaya Krishnan is wonderful midwife with whom I gave birth to a wonderful son a year ago. She stands out in the mad medical industry of birthing and keeps empowering women by standing with time when they are going through the life changing experience. She is one of the very few who are propagating natural birthing in this part of the world.

    December 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

  86. Rebecca Bates is a calming influence at a time when you need it most. Her knowledge of alternative treatments is wide and well-researched and her recommendations worked a treat. I have another grandchild on the way and I know that, with Becky holding mum’s hand, everything will go smoothly – can’t wait!

    December 23, 2011 at 6:47 am

  87. Phnai Kumar

    Thank you all for your best services towards mother and baby care. You all deserve this award, but this vote to Dr.Vijaya is to convey my pleasure of being a happy father of healthy twin girls born at their birth centre.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

  88. Ebony Purnell

    Maha Al Musa was so wonderful during the natural birth of my son Jacka. As soon as she arrived she encouraged me to breathe and dance into the sensations and with 5 more contractions of middle eastern dancing he was ready to be born. She showed me I could really trust my birthing body and to work with the pain as my friend bringing my closer to the birthing moment. After my first born was 60 hours her presence was so comforting and supportive. Maha has worked tirelessly to support the natural birth movements fir as ling as I have known her when we were both pregnant with our first born 15 years ago. I recommend Maha and her unique style of support using dance to assist the process of birthing. Thank you Maha for helping me trust my body. Ebony Purnell

    December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

  89. omier alhindi

    maha al mousa is amazing

    December 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

  90. Frazer


    December 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  91. Darren Long

    Julie’s passion for sharing her vision of a relaxed and empowered birth has seen Lazy Daisy grow from Julie conducting classes to small groups of expectant mothers, where she individually saw over 1500 women during a two year period, receiving numerous commendations and thank you letters, to a thriving nation wide business where Julie now instructs birth mentors to deliver Julie’s vision to an ever widening audience. Julie has done this, virtually single handed and at the same time has been a wonderful wife and mother to our 5 children. I can think of a no more deserving nominee. You’re a truly amazing and inspirational woman and I am incredibly proud of all you have achieved.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

  92. My vote is firmly with Julie Long for her amazing work with Daisy Birthing. The 1000’s of women she has helped to have relaxed confident births and the many many testimonials speak for themselves!

    December 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

  93. Anna & Tom

    Virginia is a fab midwife and has helped us to feel fully prepared and excited about the birth of our first child very soon!

    December 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  94. Nancy

    Stephanie is an incredible teacher & inspiration to childbirth educators & doulas. Thank you. Nancy

    December 25, 2011 at 12:27 am

  95. Dianne Edwards

    Maha has a unique way of assisting women with embracing the birth process with tradition, ritual and dance. Amazing.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:09 am

  96. Emma Lee

    I vote for Julie Long – Lazy Daisy Birthing

    December 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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