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About Bette L. Waters
After her three sons were adults, Bette Waters went back to finish her education and undertake a career in midwifery. A graduate of Lander University and Medical University of South Carolina School of Nurse-Midwifery, she began practice in 1983. She practiced midwifery in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico where she retired in 2001 to write full time.
Waters' research project, "Ice Massage for the Reduction of Labor Pain" was published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, Sep/Oct 2004 and subsequently picked up by Medscape. It was chosen by Elsvier to be included in Midwifery Best Practice, Vol 5, 2009.
She is the published author of Massage During Pregnancy now in its Fourth Edition (see the book scroller). Her second book My Daddy Brought Me Up To Be Good, a book of poetry in which she chronicles with pathos and occasional humor her upward journey from motherless daughter through the long task of forgiving and releasing the past. Her third book, Vaginal Politics: A Midwife's Story by Judy Lee as told to Bette Waters, is the story of a pioneering midwife in southern New Mexico and how she was harassed by the medical profession. It documents how she and her patients prevailed. This book has been adapted as a Screenplay. Another book by Waters is Dream Boat Cruising, a daily log of her travels with her husband and son from Detroit, MI to Charleston, SC where she and her husband lived aboard their 38-foot boat while Waters was a student at the Medical University of South Carolina's Nurse-Midwifery program.
Waters wrote another oral history book about Thurston Comstock, an American Cowboy from Arizona -- Beef Jerky Muscles on Barbed Wire Bones. She published two versions of the book. One has many colored photographs of a cattle drive Comstock helped organize to contribute to the 1975 U.S. Bicentennial and to honor the cowboy. Another version of the book is available without the photographs, making it a more reasonably priced book. It is a good read about Comstock, a true American Cowboy hero. The book also details Comstock's ramrodding the building of a 200-mile fence between the Hopi Indian Reservation and the Navajo Indians in Arizona in 1975. This fence was commissioned and funded by Congress as the solution to stop the Navajos from encroaching on the Hopi lands. It took him a year to the day to finish it. He had to fight the weather, the terrain, and the Indians to complete the project.
Waters edited Dear Family, Letters from Nigeria by Gayle Lewis; Whoa You Donkey, Whoa! by Laura Leveque; To The Sea Again by B.A. McClellan; El Perdido, The Lost One by Randy McCowan; Then He Said by Howard Scott; The Roosevelt Gambit by G.B. Eubanks; 13 Weeks, A Screenplay Anthology (she adapted To The Sea Again as a screenplay titled High Seas Passage in this anthology); and Autopsy of A Soul by Rev. Maria Reynolds.
She is co-author with Barry Dunleavy of Delivery, a screenplay adaptation of Vaginal Politics. Waters is also a contributor to Encyclopedia of Complimentary Health Practices from Springer Publishing, Inc. which was winner of an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She also contributed to Holistic Pathology for Body-Centered Therapists by Sharon Burch, MSN, ARNP, NCTMB.
Waters continues to write and edit. She is working on are So, You're Pregnant. My Mother Was A Space Ship is finished and in the hands of her agent. She has also adapted My Mother Was A Space Ship as a 90 minute monologue and performed it for Performing Arts Foundation of Luna County, on the Deming, NM stage, in 2011.
What's New About Bette Waters
WATERS’ newest book My Mother Was A Spaceship: Breaking the don’t tell rule, along with Massage During Pregnancy and Vaginal Politics, has been accepted into the archives of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.