Nora W. Coffey is the author of THE H WORD and is the president of the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services (HERS) Foundation. She has been a guest lecturer at medical schools, nursing schools, and conferences, and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, National Public Radio's Fresh Air, and The Today Show.
Nora founded HERS in 1982 to meet the need for complete, accurate information about the alternatives to and adverse effects of hysterectomy and the multiplicity of physical, social, economic, and political issues surrounding the surgery. HERS is the only organization solely dedicated to the issue of hysterectomy and has counseled over 850,000 women. Ninety-eight percent of the women HERS has referred to board certified gynecologists after being told they needed hysterectomies discovered that, in fact, they did not need them.