Anna Verwaal is a maternal-child health nurse, conscious conception & birth consultant, primal-period and childbirth educator, UCLA certified lactation educator, doula instructor and former birth photographer. After a long career in various obstetrical, pediatric, NICU and home-health settings in different countries & cultures she preferred to work with families and babies privately and started her own practice in Los Angeles.

Because of her personal as well as professional experiences, she became very interested in the long term effects of the conception, pregnancy and birth experience at an early age. A chance meeting in the mid 90’s with Dr. David Chamberlain, one of APPPAH’s founding fathers confirmed what she had come to believe, that ‘babies remember birth’. She has been a member and supporter of the Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health ever since. 

Since 2006 Anna lectures around the world about the long term effects of the pre,- and perinatal period, the hormonal physiology of childbirth, breastfeeding & bonding and the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of birth. She currently lives in the Netherlands and has an online practice helping clients understand their pre & perinatal experiences and supporting professionals of all walks of life in working with early imprints.

For more information or to watch her TEDxtalk please visit