Susan Highsmith’s, The Renaissance of Birth, is an absorbing, stimulating and highly informative new book inviting readers to approach giving birth as a co-creative process in which mother, father, child, and even all those present at the birth, play a role in the physical, emotional and spiritual development of the infant. This work is chock full of pearls of wisdom and is a pleasure to read. Susan is one of that rare breed in which scientist and artist dwell in the same skin and her book is easily accessible for lay readers as well as health professionals. I highly recommend The Renaissance of Birth to all parents-to-be who wish to give their children the best possible start in life.

Thomas R. Verny MD, DHL, DPsych, FRCPC, FAPAA

Author, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child

Editor-In-chief JAPPPAH


The Renaissance of Birth is a powerful, paradigm shifting source of information that explains, in a loving, personal and scientifically rigorous way, the vitally important concepts in pregnancy and childbirth that are rarely discussed or understood by conventional Obstetricians. Any future mother or father looking for a guide to assist them to have a successful pregnancy need look no further.

Joel M. Evans, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., D.A.B.O.G.

Author, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook

Assistant Clinical Professor, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


In The Renaissance of Birth will you will journey through real-life stories that demonstrate the vital science behind what it takes to raise resilient, loving and creative children. Through these pages women and their partners will feel empowered to create the kind of birth they want that will give their little one the best start — the loving connections that will last a lifetime. Dr. Highsmith, a clinician and researcher, deeply understands the importance of this earliest period of life, and brings us all into the 21st Century regarding what it takes to create the best foundation for families who thrive. This book is a must read for any one anticipating creating a family.

Marti Glenn, PhD

Former Owner & President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute

Co-Director, the STAR Foundation

Facilitator, STAR Foundation Retreats


In this world of ours, where pregnancy has become a disease and, therefore, has to be treated as a disease, women have been taught that they no longer have the ability and power to birth their babies. They think they have to ‘be delivered.’ In reality we deliver pizza or speeches not babies. In this wonderful book, Dr. Susan Highsmith gives us information, stories, facts, and research, which allows us to believe in our natural, God given ability to reclaim this power so that we can birth our babies in love, not fear. We can truly have a Loving Birth.

Gladys Taylor McGarey M.D. MD[H].


In this compassionate, educational, scientific work, Dr. Highsmith exposes her own story in realistic terms. Dr. Highsmith was faced with a dilemma as a teenager and shares this heartwarming experience mixed with pros and cons of what women have had to face when it comes to pregnancy. She brings historical facts into pregnancy and birth, how these experiences can impact a new human life in the womb, and what we can do to give our babies in the womb the greatest chance for a mentally and physically healthy life.

She shares her experiences with those of her children and grandchildren as childbirth has changed over these three generations. This book encourages thought as to where we are headed in birthing future. Are we destined to interventions and medical birth or do we accept and respect Mother Nature’s plan? Who runs the show? Nature? Genes? Epigenetics? or Medicine?

A fascinating read.

Barbara C. Decker, Certified Prenatal Bonding (BA) Facilitator, HBCE, CD(DONA).