Pamela Hunt is one of the mothers of the global modern midwifery movement. As a founding member of The Farm community in Tennessee, she has been attending births since 1970, when she and her friends, stopped their caravan of buses alongside a highway to deliver a baby while traveling the country together in search of a piece of land to call home. Inspired by each other, Pamela and The Farm midwives worked closely together over the next four decades, safely birthing more than 3,000 babies naturally with a cesarean-section rate of less than two percent. She is a mother to six children, all of whom were born naturally in a home setting.
Pamela and The Farm midwives acquired their midwifery skills through extensive first-hand experience, medical manuals and books. Local Tennessee physician J.O. Williams mentored the women, teaching them primary care and physician’s assistant skills. In addition to working as a physician’s assistant to two local doctors, Pamela has been a community midwife to the neighboring Amish community for over two decades. She is a trained Emergency Medical Technician who has supplemented her experience and medical knowledge with ongoing college and university courses in nursing, science and neonatal care. Her work with The Farm’s non-profit Plenty International helped Ojibwa woman in Minnesota learn skills critical to building a center for women and birth.
Pamela has been instrumental in developing The Farm Midwifery Workshop Program, which provides midwifery instruction to women from the U.S. and abroad. Specifically, Pamela teaches Beginning and Advanced Midwifery Skills as well as Midwife Assistant Skills. She is a member of the Midwives Alliance of North American, the Tennessee Midwives Association, the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, Inc., the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).
As she continues her work with individual families, she envisions a world where all women are able to choose the location and provider for their optimal birth; where women receive good postpartum care for the first two years following a birth; where working mothers are given affordable childcare that includes the right to bring their babies to work with them if they so desire and includes daycare facilities at hand and where all midwives are able to work cooperatively with local doctors and hospitals.