Laura Ann Knowles, 57, died at her home in the care of family and friends on September 5, 2008, from stomach cancer. She was born in Gloversville, NY, on May 30, 1951. She graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing in 1973 and then from Frontier Nursing School, Hyden, Kentucky, trained as both a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She started The Elizabeth Blackwell Women's Health Center at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, in 1979. She also delivered babies at the Booth Maternity Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Bryn Mawr Birth Center, and provided homebirths for the Amish community in Lancaster County.