Stevens, MSN has over
30 years sharing the birth experience with women and their families in and out
of the hospital setting both as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator,
and hospital staff educator. In the 80s
Maureen began writing her book for use in private childbirth classes and
began traveling extensively in Europe examining women's
alternative obstetrical practice. Maureen
spent two weeks observing labor, birth and postpartum practices in Pithiviers,
France where Michel Odent pioneered his natural childbirth techniques and began
a center for those who wished to change opinions and practices in childbirth.
In 1985 became certified in the “Relaxation Response” with
Herbert Benson, MD through the Harvard School of Behavioral Medicine, Cambridge,
1990 she became a hospital childbirth educator and used her own book, The Best Birth
Book, in her classroom, utilizing her
past experience, what she had
learned in Europe and from Dr. Benson along with William’s Obstetrics, Varney’s
Midwifery, Oxford’s Human Labor and Birth, and Myles Textbook
for Midwives . She believed
that birthing women could understand the birth process if it was presented in an
understandable format and that they deserved some of same knowledge that their
health care provider possessed. She
felt that if they understood the process, their fear would decrease and they
would began to look forward to their birth with anticipation and joy.
From her experience with birthing mothers she noticed the importance of
the emotional aspect of labor and birth, the incredible mind-body connection and
the intricate role of these both meshed with neurohormonal balance.
Her classes grew and people came from far and wide and her book grew.
has taught prenatal and postpartum fitness, movement awareness, yoga, infant
massage and water exercise.
Currently she trains childbirth educators and conducts labor support workshops for
nurses and professionals, teaches private childbirth classes, and is the
Educational Director for BIRTH WISDOM, a perinatal/ labor support training
course. Maureen is an adjunct professor in
Maternal-Child Health in the BSN program at Azusa Pacific University and teaches
clinical at UCI. Maureen has also been on the faculty at Saddleback
College School of Nursing where she taught
Nursing Care of the Family in Labor and Delivery, Labor and Delivery Clinical
Internship, Antepartum High-Risk Nursing, and Postpartum Mother Baby Couplet