Fischer was born in Sindelfingen/Germany in 1938, the youngest child
of six siblings. She grew up in the countryside, raised by her mother,
who showered her with love and taught her to become an independent
young woman. On the subject of childbirth, Fischer recalls, her
mother would say "Just when you think you're about to die,
that's when the child comes."
At the age of 23, Hanna Fischer completed her midwifery training
in Tübingen, southern Germany, and went on to work at a hospital
for several years. After giving birth to two sons herself and a
long break, she returned to work at the hospital for another 10
Starting in 1979, she worked freelance in the fields of antenatal
instruction, postnatal care and home birth support. Stimulated by
these experiences, she became increasingly interested in birthing
postures and the associated principles of anatomy, as well as with
the miracle of birth itself.
work with Liselotte Kuttner, who researched the vertical birthing
postures of indigenous civilisations, firmly convinced Hanna Fischer
that women have the innate ability to give birth naturally and that
we, as midwives, can re-ignite their sense of empowerment and be
wonderful companions to women as they prepare for natural childbirth.