Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 11,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She producer of several birth related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for both parents and professionals. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants, the Editorial Board of the journal, Birth, and serves on the senior faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of courses, conferences and workshops.Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 7 to 27 years, and a pug, Hugo.