Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968.
She estimates she has prepared over 12,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is the author of many books on birth for both parents and professionals, including The Labor Progress Handbook, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions. Her latest product for birth educators and doulas is the sibling video, "There's a Baby", released in Spring 2013.
Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren, and a pug named Hugo.