Christiane Northrup, MD

Christiane Northrup, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, is a visionary in women's health and wellness and is internationally known for her lectures and articles. A practicing physician for more than 20 years, Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and the body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit, in creating health.

Northrup's pioneering work has shown that conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, breast symptoms, and uterine problems are the body's way of expressing the psychological and emotional wounding it has experienced from a culture that is often not supportive of women and their feminine values. Her years of clinical experience have taught her that life-threatening, chronic, or acute illness is often a catalyst for significant inner growth and change. The lessons learned from the thousands of women with whom she has worked have taught her that we need not wait for illness to make health-enhancing adjustments in our lives. Regardless of the starting point, she has seen the vibrant improvements that can occur on all levels of a woman's life when she learns how to respect and care for herself.

Northrup is the author of The New York Times best-selling books Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change. Her latest book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health explores how and why the mother-daughter bond is at the head waters of a woman’s health. She is also the host of a PBS special on the same topic, which premiered in March 2005 nationwide. Her first two public television specials, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Minds, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Choices, debuted nationally in March 1998 at more than 100 stations. The success of these programs led to two more, which debuted in August 1999: Your Diet, Your Health, and The Wisdom of Menopause. Through her newsletter, e-letter, and her web site (, Northrup has created a virtual health care center for women that provides integrated support, education, and health assessment services to help women make changes in their lives to achieve optimal health on all levels.

Northrup is the founder and president of The Center for Women’s Empowerment, an innovative center promoting physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and is co-founder of Women to Women, an innovative healthcare center in Yarmouth, Maine. Since 1979, Northrup has maintained a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Portland and Yarmouth, Maine. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She also is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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