This doctor from Tehran, Iran, Ali Akhlaghi, has been promoting waterbirth in his country. A very difficult task in a country that has seen the cesarean section rate rise to over 80% in the past five years.
Have a look at his website even if you don't read Arabic. www.iranwaterbirth.com
In this photo we are in a meeting at a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. He cannot get into the US and I cannot get into Iran, so Istanbul is a great place to meet and discuss birth. He has even designed his own birth pool that was used in a randomized controlled trial. His scientific paper is waiting to be published.