Karen Ehrlich, LM
Midwife, Author and Activist
Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM, MA, became a homebirth midwife in 1975. Over her four decade career she has worked with families in her private practice, in community clinic, and in medical offices as a childbirth educator, advocate, practitioner, and political activist for midwifery and birth issues. Now retired from birth-related care, she serves on the board of directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.
Karen has been a writer, poet, dancer, lover of song. She wrote her master’s thesis Life is a Sexually Transmitted Condition: The Sexuality of Labor and Birth about her observations that began as soon as she launched her study of birth in 1973 that pregnancy, labor and 3birth, postpartum and breastfeeding are all part of woman’s sexual life. It is posted on her website midwifekaren.org.
During our gathering, Karen will be bringing her many years of experience to our understanding of the postpartum time for mamatoto. She will give us signposts to watch for so we can know when a mother-baby pair are well, and when they need the attention of a clinician in order to enhance their wellness.