LINDA WRIGHT WILSON
GEORGE PATTON WILSON (Gables '62)
5355 Hammock Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33156-2103
Women's Reproductive Health Educator
Hey, I was the girl who wore the monkey's paw around her neck! Ohhh, nooo!
I heard this great story in Mr. Feldman's class and next thing you know...I was trying to marry science with drama a la Dr. Frankenstein...and finally did it much later in my life's work! I was Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club...don't be afraid...I was just trying to be different and very Bohemian! Well, we were all trying to make our mark and by gosh, after reading the wonderful bio's on the website...I think we all have done a pretty damned good job of changing and contributing to the world! Our kids should be proud.
After graduating from Gables High in 1962, I went to Gainesville to receive my college education. I became engaged to my Gables classmate George Patton Wilson. We were married in May of 1965. After graduation from the University of Florida with a degree in theatre, George and I returned to Coral Gables to set up housekeeping and await the arrival of our son, Spence, in 1969. His birth was followed by that of his brother Brad (1973) and sister Amy (1976). Spence, a graduate of Gables High and the University of Colorado, works and lives with his wife and our two grandkids in Longmont, Colorado. Brad, a graduate of New World School of the Arts and Maryland Institute, College of Art, was webmaster at Equitrac Corporation in Coral Gables. He now freelances doing graphic art design of websites and marketing materials. Our daughter Amy is deceased. George and I have been married for 47 years. My husband, our two sons and our two grandkids are the most important thing in my life.
As a stay-at-home mom I soon became active in La Leche League & started to teach childbirth preparation classes. From that early experience I am now director & women's reproductive health educator at Birthroot, A Wise Woman's Place. I have a website at http://www.birthroot.com which was designed by my son, Brad.
I have been a member of the Childbirth & Parent Education Association & served as a doula for an unwed mother's facility run by Mercy Hospital here in Miami. I have been a certified Lamaze, Bradley & Association For Childbirth at Home Int'l. childbirth education instructor. I was Leader of the Coral Gables La Leche League Group for ten years and have practiced as a midwife and professional labor assistant (doula).
I am a founding mother of the Midwives Association of Florida (MAF), helped write and pass the current Florida Midwifery Practice Act and was an active participant in formulating curriculum for the first direct-entry midwifery training school in South Florida which eventually became the program taught at Miami-Dade College Medical Center Campus. I attended the Birthing From Within doula training workshop taught by Pam England and have completed Level 1 and 2 certification for Birthing From Within childbirth educator.
As I was one of David Feldman's inspired drama students, I earned a BFA in Drama from the University of Florida, attended Miami-Dade Community College Nursing program and the College of Fine Arts at Florida Int'l. University in addition to many breastfeeding, childbirth, herbal, wellness and alternative medical workshops throughout the years. I was presented with Outstanding Leader Award after ten years as a La Leche League Leader. I have given breastfeeding support to approximately 30,000 women since 1972. I was also awarded Outstanding Childbirth Educator by the Association For Childbirth At Home Int'l. I nursed all of my children, had a home birth and have made a lifestyle choice of personally practicing everything that I teach. I have found great joy and personal empowerment through my work of empowering other women. I have used my drama and art background extensively in this healing work.
I teach Birthing From Within childbirth education classes, breastfeeding support, fertility awareness, herbal preparations, and menopausal alternatives. I also do private infertility counseling. You may visit my website, www.birthroot.com, to read more about my work with women of all ages.
In 1998 the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre was established through the theatre department in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida. Zoe Caldwell was the first recipient. We honored Chita Rivera with the second award for her body of work in film, television and theatre. Then we honored Estelle Parsons who won an Oscar for her role in Bonnie and Clyde. This year we had Tommy Tune, winner of nine Tony awards, at the University to teach a Master class, perform for us and receive his Lifetime Achievement Award. Monies used to create this award go to funding in the theater department and to assisting qualifying theater students.
I also enjoy cooking (See my cooking blog: www.yummiedoodle.blogspot.com), traveling, fishing, gardening, visiting our vacation homes in Big Pine Key and Santa Fe, New Mexico and concocting herbal remedies in the middle of the night ;)
Wishing you all the best, Linda