Meet Valeria

Cover photoI see midwives as mirrors, reflecting a mother’s hopes, dreams for birth.  The role of the midwife is to help a mother accept and focus on her innate competence and power to deliver life into the world.  I believe in a women’s instinctive ability to make autonomous decisions, taking control and responsibility for their health care.  In this way I am committed to serve and support families.   Valeria Barchiesi

Valeria discovered her own innate skills in 1978 when, attended by a midwife, she gave birth to her second child at home. Her wish to have a home birth and the challenges she faced to find a midwife, uncovered within her a passion to help other women with similar wishes.

Since completing her university studies and receiving certification in 1989, Valeria has attended hundreds of home, clinic and hospital births. She has been a natural and home childbirth advocate for over 35 years. An independent practitioner, she also serves on staff as a part-time hospital midwife in a large tertiary care center

In addition to her midwifery practice, Valeria has been a leader in studying the role of culture in maternity and childbirth. Between 1977 and 1990 Valeria directed a number of research studies including extensive interviews with older midwives to chronicled their practices and experiences in this traditional profession. Today, she continues to blend traditional practices with the latest in modern medical care.

In 1997 she founded Associazione il Nido (The Nest) in Rome. A non-profit membership organization, il Nido offers current and expectant mothers, their babies and fathers a comprehensive array of programs and activities including prenatal classes, courses in nutrition, baby-led weaning, and baby wrapping techniques as well as aquatics for infants and expectant moms and dads, yoga, music and dance. An expanding number the programs are offered in English.

Valeria has taught at USL Latin Provincial College of Midwives of Rome. Since 2001 she has held the post of teaching complement in the degree course in obstetrics at the University of Piemonte Orientale in Novara.

A native of Rome, Valeria also lived in Kenya and the United States and speaks Italian and fluent English and communicates in French and Spanish.