Loving Birth Taskforce Members

Susan Highsmith
University of AZ & SBGI



Chairwoman Susan Highsmith, Ph.D. is an author, educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. Her graduate degree, earned at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, focused on Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and often makes presentations at the organization’s congresses. Susan has been a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) for over 30 years. She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, seeking to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom.

In 2003 Susan co-produced an educational DVD Babies Know, which has now been disseminated internationally. Her article of the same name, derived from her doctoral dissertation titled Primipara’s Expectations of Childbirth: The Impact of Consciousness, was published in the Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health. Her earliest book The Renaissance of Birth: Changing the Language of Childbirth incorporates her doctoral studies and demonstrates the importance of changing the paradigm in the realm of birth.

Susan has written a series of four fairy tales that are designed to be read by pregnant women to their babies in utero. Each book has a specific focus: conception ~ The  Adventure Begins; the development of the heart ~ The Awakening Heart; the development of the senses ~ Making Sense; and birth ~ Welcome to the Light. Reports reveal that women who read to their unborn babies while pregnant bond more deeply with them. In addition, babies are known to remember the stories they heard while in the womb. Hearing the tales again after the babies are born can be helpful in resolving any gestational or birth issues as each of Susan’s stories emphasizes an ideal phase of the baby’s journey into mothers’ arms.

In addition, Susan has recently published Sailing into the Light, a gentle story of transitioning into the next life. Her personal experience with loved ones passing and her background in Gerontology prepared her write this charming story.

Shhhh. . . . Can You Hear the Songs of Angels is just reaching readers to encourage youngsters to be still and listen to the sounds of Nature. Susan is dedicated to awakening consciousness regarding childbirth, promoting the concept that gentle life beginnings have positive long-term consequences for individuals and humanity at large.