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Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC, CLE, CPD
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Understanding Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
USA Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC, CLE, CPD

Alia Macrina Heise is a former sufferer of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and, despite initial resistance from sceptical care providers, she spearheaded the initial investigation of the phenomenon of D-MER.  In this regard, she has been called “the girl who talks until somebody listens.”  She lives in the Fingers Lakes region of New York State with her three children.  Alia is a homeschooling mother and is an independent curriculum contributor for Peace Hill Press.  As well as educating others about Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex, she is in private practice as an IBCLC.

 

 

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Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST
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Gamechangers: New studies that will change the way we think about tongue-tie.
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
The Faux Tie: When is a "Tongue-tie" NOT a Tongue-tie?
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
The Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
The Impact of Bodywork on Infant Breastfeeding
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
The Impact of Infant Trauma on Breastfeeding
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
What Does Torticollis Have to do with Breastfeeding?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST

Dr. Hazelbaker has 30 years of experience specializing in cross-disciplinary treatments using specialized training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Earning her Master’s Degree in Human Development specializing in Human Lactation from Pacific Oaks College, Dr. Hazelbaker received her doctorate in Psychology from The Union Institute and University. Her original research on tongue-tie, in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) which remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. Recently, Dr. Hazelbaker revised her Master’s thesis on tongue-tie into a comprehensive book on the condition titled: Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment published by Aidan and Eva Press. More information can be found at www.aidanandevapress.com.

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Alys Brown, Midwife, IBCLC, RLC
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Tongue-Tie: Is it or isn’t it? What it’s like to have a Tongue tied baby- from a Mother’s perspective
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
Australia Alys Brown, Midwife, IBCLC, RLC

My name is Alys Brown, I am married with 5 children most of whom were born at home. (3 of whom were tongue tied)- I breastfed for 12 years and have 15+ nieces and nephews that were also tongue tied. I am a direct entry trained New Zealand midwife- 2003 qualified and Lactation Consultant- qualified 2009 and I have been assessing and treating tongue ties for the past 7 years. I am a member of the IATP- International Affiliation of tongue tied Professionals, and have been fortunate enough to attend the last 2 global conferences in Florida and Montreal at which I spoke on a panel about how to ‘counteract global resistance’ and bring about changes. Here in New Zealand, Waikato DHB through the lactation service were the first to set up a training course for midwives to become credentialed to assess, diagnose and treat and follow up tongue ties. We have also conducted 4 years worth of clinical audits around our tongue tie service and were involved with treatments of tongue ties in our NICU (Neonatal Intensive care unit) and a clinical audit undertaken there too. I have been involved in a National Midwifery Council sub committee looking at our scope of practise and the development of tongue tie policies and guidelines regionally and nationally. We have a tool we are using that helps in the assessment of tongue ties pulling together Alison Hazelbakker’s tool and also signs and symptoms of mother and baby and a thorough breastfeeding assessment. I have been the BFHI co-ordinator at our tertiary hospital, am passionate about antenatal education, smoke free pregnancies where I am doing training for the Innov8 national smoke free team, Safe sleep education and work around Pepi Pods and wahakura and of course Breastfeeding and the impact Teethered Oral Tissue can have on Breastfeeding and for a lifetime.

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Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC
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Breastfeeding Without Birthing: Breastfeeding for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, or Foster Care
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

Alyssa has been helping mothers and babies in the St. Louis area with breastfeeding for the past 12 years. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and a La Leche League Leader. Alyssa enjoys working with all mothers and babies, but she has an extra special place in her heart for helping mothers through adoption and surrogacy to breastfeed their babies. She is the author of the newly released book, Breastfeeding Without Birthing, devoted to these special mothers. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption.

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Mom2Mom KMC: From Peer Mentoring to Community Culture Change
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015

Amy Barron Smolinski holds an MA from Union Institute and University, where her thesis explored re-emerging Sacred Feminine manifestations in the lives of contemporary women.  Amy’s volunteer work as a Certified Lactation Counselor and community activist for breastfeeding mothers and babies have shown her how each mother’s breastfeeding journey with each of her children is a reclamation of her connection to her inner wisdom and power as a woman and a mother.  Amy is an actress, director, and audio book narrator, and she teaches theatre classes to children in the U.S. Military community in Germany, where she resides with her husband and four sons, the youngest of whom is still breastfeeding.

 

Tamra Heald holds a BS in Christian Ministry from Hope International University and spent two years working at Wilshire Ave. Community Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries, serving families and children from birth through sixth grade.  After the birth of her first child, Tamra became passionate about  supporting families in a different way; through encouragement and mentorship of new mothers and their families to help reach their breastfeeding goals.  Currently, Tamra is the Program Director for Mom2Mom KMC, a secular breastfeeding support and advocacy group that serves the large U.S. Military community stationed overseas in Germany.  She enjoys exploring Europe with her husband and two children, the youngest of whom is still nursing.  

 

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From Lovers to Parents and Back Again: A Time of Shifting Sexual Identity
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
Let’s stop trying to turn men into women –meeting the real needs of pregnant and laboring fathers
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
The Doula Effect: how and why doulas help mothers have shorter labors, less pain, and more satisfying births
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014

Dr. Gilliland is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, a psychology instructor at Madison College, and is one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. Over her twenty-five year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. Dr. Gilliland has published research on birth doula support for over ten years, but has also published on female sexuality. For UW Extension, Dr. Gilliland conducts workshops on attachment and infant mental health. She has worked with hundreds of families during the perinatal period. Her real love is taking research and making it immediately useful for those at her presentations. Dr. Gilliland is a lively and engaging speaker. Her newest venture is her blog, DoulaingTheDoula. For more information, please go to www.amygilliland.com.

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Ana Polona Mivšek, BSc in midwifery, MSc, PhD
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Mood disorders and mother-infant relationship
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
SVN Ana Polona Mivšek, BSc in midwifery, MSc, PhD

Since graduating as a first BSc midwife in 2000 (after a period of 14 years when there were no midwives trained in Slovenia) Polona Mivšek has become the first midwifery educator in Slovenia (now Head of Midwifery at the University of Ljubljana, the only midwifery school in Slovenia, Leader of undergraduate Midwifery programme and a Head of midwifery chair) and the first and currently the only midwife with a PhD in Slovenia. In order to develop Slovenian midwifery in the best possible way she nationally actively collaborated with women’s organisations, professional midwifery organisations and Ministry of Health. Her bibliography consists of 140 works, most important: 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 8 peer-reviewed professional papers, 19 scientific papers published in conference proceedings, 5 chapters in monograph. The main research interest of the MC Fellow is midwifery; in a broader sense women’s reproductive health through the sociological and psychological ocular.

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The safe conduct of vaginal breech delivery at term
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014

Andrew Bisits is the Director of Obstetrics at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, Australia- a tertiary academic hospital which oversees   4000 births per year.  He moved there from Newcastle, 150km north of Sydney, four years ago. In Newcastle he had been the director of Obstetrics for eight years. Dr Bisits has been in full time obstetrics for 30 years this time including the training and residency positions.  He has had a strong interest in breech birth since the term breech trial was first planned. In the research arena he has a strong leaning towards epidemiology and biostatistics. In the clinical arena he has participated in several initiatives to promote normal birth through helping establish primary midwifery care programs for pregnant women. Dr Bisits has a conjoint associate professorial position with the UNSW and is on the Australian board of ALSO (advanced life support in obstetrics).

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Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM
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Breastfeeding in the Immediate Postpartum Period- Opportunities and Challenges
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Breastfeeding Support and Management of Common Problems in the First Week Postpartum
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Methods of Weaning from Breastfeeding, Basic Concepts of Re-lactation, Induced Lactation, and Tandem Nursing
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Prenatal Education and Support of Breastfeeding ; Anatomy and Physiology of Breastfeeding
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Sore Nipples and Breasts- Etiologies, Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
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Symptoms, Evaluation, and Management of Excessive Lactation
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US Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM
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Annet Mulder, IBCLC, Gen. Nurse
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Antenatal Breast Expression & Colostrum Collection
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
netherlands Annet Mulder, IBCLC, Gen. Nurse

Annet Mulder first became interested in breastfeeding in the year 2000, when she became a mother for the first time.  During and because of her own breastfeeding experiences, in 2002 she became a volunteer with the Dutch breastfeeding Organization and in 2008 sat for and passed the exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, she now works with breastfeeding families at a BFHI Hospital in the Netherlands.

 

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Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner
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Birth's hidden legacy how hidden stories shape bodymind behavior. Get to the root of difficulty
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner

Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, author, Registered Movement Educator (ISMETA), public speaker, and master therapist, has worked for over three decades helping people learn to enjoy life. She has worked as a therapist in public schools, clinics, and hospitals, and been in private practice, treating infants through adults. Annie taught meditation at the Heartsong School, was guest artist in residence for the Naropa University BFA, taught group process skills and then became Director of Body Psychotherapy track for Naropa University, MA in Somatic Psychology, in Boulder Co. Annie left Naropa to open Colorado Therapies in 2006, and founded the Brook Institute in 2014, which trains and supervises MA Therapy interns. Annie integrates movement, psychology, social skills, and the expressive arts. She draws on a vast and broad background of studies that include: leadership training, communications and conflict resolution with the LIOS Institute; emotional integration, transactional analysis, and Neo-Reichian work with Healing Ourselves; in-depth movement, perceptions, and movement training via BodyMind Centering, Continuum, and the work of Suprato Suryadamo; continued advanced touch skills in Cranio-Sacral and Visceral Manipulation, and meditative holistic studies with Native American elders, Buddhist Lama's, and Sufi masters; improvisational Action Theater skills with Ruth Zapora, Playback Theater with Jonathan Fox, Motivity with Terry Sendgraff, and contact dance and improvisation; and outdoor education and guide work with Adventure Associates and Outback Kayak. Annie is certified in the Jin Gui school of Chi Gung.

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Dr. Asti Praborini, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC
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Hospitalization for nipple confusion: a method to restore a healthy breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
indonesia Dr. Asti Praborini, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC

Asti Praborini, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC has 25 years of experience as a pediatrician, which has convinced her that nothing is more important and valuable than breastfeeding for both mother and baby. As a national speaker, she continues the campaign promoting the benefits of breastfeeding, despite formula marketing that is pervasive in the country. She established the first hospital-based lactation team in Indonesia that works ultimately to help mothers breastfeed their babies, and now leads three lactation teams in different hospitals. She is practicing frenotomy for anterior as well as posterior tongue tie and lip tie, established her own method for hospitalization of nipple confusion, supplementation, adoptive nursing, and many others. She also devoted her time to give pro bono service to the poor in the pediatric clinic of LKC Dompet Dhuafa and received the LKC award in 2011. She is now the chairwoman of the Indonesian International Lactation Consultant Association.

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Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders. Autumn is a recognized provider by Ankyloglossia Bodyworkers, has been a guest presenter for Creating a Care Plan for Tongue Ties and delivered a webinar through Innara Health entitled Tethered Oral Tissues: What’s a Therapist to do?. She has served on local breastfeeding professional panels and delivered numerous presentations to parents and medical professionals. Autumn has completed specialty continuing education including Beckman Oral Motor, Vital Stim, and Foundations in Myofascial Release for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing as well more than a dozen professional courses on pediatric feeding and related topics. She is pursuing further education in the areas of lactation and orofacial myology. Autumn has experience working in the school system, early intervention, an ABA center and outpatient clinics including a nationally award-winning intensive feeding program. Autumn currently specializes in pediatric feeding at a non-profit outpatient clinic in Greenville, SC and serves on the board. She recently founded a continuing education company, Chrysalis Feeding, LLC. The flagship course is TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training that launched this Fall.

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Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM
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Breech Waterbirth: A Variation of Normal or Emergency?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide.
She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women. She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. Her next book ‘Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers, will be ready for publication in 2016. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. Her website is www.waterbirth.org

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Barbara Morrison, PhD, APRN-CNM
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Breastfeeding: Only Nourishment or Part of a Larger Process?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
Understanding the Prolactin Receptor Theory
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Barbara Morrison, PhD, APRN-CNM

Barbara Morrison, PhD, CNM is an associate professor in the Janice M. Riordan Distinguished Professorship in Maternal Child Health at Wichita State University School of Nursing, Wichita, KS, USA. Dr. Morrison’s mission is to advocate, educate and inspire health care reform to enhance physiologically and ecologically appropriate care for the mother-newborn dyads especially as it relates to establishing breastfeeding, frequent Kangaroo Care (KC) and holding, and optimal attachment. Dr. Morrison’s research interests include the impact of breastfeeding and KC on psycho-neuro-endocrine development of newborns and parents, and implementing best evidence-based breastfeeding and attachment practices in hospital birthing and postpartum units and in the community. Dr. Morrison shares her research and passions through presentations, writings, radio shows and her website www.DrBarbCNM.com.

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Looking Both Ways: Taking Wisdom from the Past Into the Future
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Looking Closely at The Baby
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding: Essential Concepts for Midwives
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack

Barbara Wilson-Clay has been in private practice in Austin, Texas since 1987 specializing in difficult breastfeeding cases. She co-founded the Texas Chapter of Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.  In 1998 she helped found the non-profit Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, and retired from the (volunteer) board of directors as Vice President after 10 years of service.  She has been a volunteer lobbyist in the Texas legislature during each legislative session since 1993, and helped pass the landmark Right to Breastfeed in Public bill in 1995 and a bill to provide pumping accommodations for public employees not covered by the Affordable Care Act in 2015.  She provides corporate consulting services to Apple Computer. Barbara’s research and commentaries have been widely published. She has participated in midwifery training at local Austin birthing centers and her book, The Breastfeeding Atlas, is widely used to train midwives and health workers all over the world.

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Bethany Sasaki, RN, IBCLC
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Does Lanolin Use Increase the Risk of Infection in Breastfeeding Women?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Bethany Sasaki, RN, IBCLC

Bethany Sasaki is an advanced practice nurse, lactation consultant and the co-founder of Midtown Lactation Consultants (MiLC). Her nursing background includes pediatrics, women’s health, emergency/trauma nursing and clinical research. She is currently completing the nurse midwifery program at Frontier Nursing University. She plans to continue conducting breastfeeding research focusing on nipple wounds and breast infections. Bethany and her husband Brent live in Sacramento California, USA with their 5 year old son named Leo and 3 year old daughter named Piper.

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: An Overview for Childbirth Caregivers and Educators
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling. She is a Past President and Past Chair of Education and Training for Postpartum Support International. She currently serves on PSI’s President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and ICEA’s (International Childbirth Education Association) PAC. She is also the Certification Director for PSI. Birdie is a Perinatal Mood Disorders International Trainer and speaks frequently to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, and conferences. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in PSI’s DVD that is shown around the world: “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”.

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Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist
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Breastfeeding improvement following tongue-tie and lip-tie release: A prospective cohort study
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
Diagnosis and Management of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie in Breastfeeding
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist


Dr. Ghaheri’s clinical interest is helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties. This desire stems from personal experiences, where both of his daughters had significant problems breastfeeding. He is one of the only ENT surgeons in the US who uses an in-office laser treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast, in addition to treating older children and adults for certain dental and speech issues.

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Briana Tillman, IBCLC and LLL Leader, Osteopathic Medical Student Year 1
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Breast Milk and Sleep: Circadian Rhythms in Human Milk
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Briana Tillman, IBCLC and LLL Leader, Osteopathic Medical Student Year 1

Briana Tillman received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She has been a La Leche League Leader for 8 years and is a board certified lactation consultant. After spending 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, she is currently attending medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. She loves spending time with her husband and three elementary-school-aged children—as a family they like to play board games, go camping, and play bluegrass and chamber music.

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Carol Gray, CST, LMT, RYT200
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USA Carol Gray, CST, LMT, RYT200

Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker in Portland, Oregon for over 26 years. She is a retired home birth midwife. She specializes in infant and maternal Craniosacral Therapy.
Carol is convinced that if women are appropriately supported in growing, birthing and nurturing their babies, their lives will improve. When women's lives improve their children's health improves. Healthy children grow up to be healthier adults who create healthier communities and a saner, more peaceful world. Carol believes that when things are out of balance even the smallest intervention can bring about great healing. Our need for it is so great. Carol is passionate about using her CST skills to gently make space in maternal bodies so babies can assume ideal positions for gestation and birth. She is currently developing specialized prenatal yoga classes to support and enhance the maternal bodywork techniques she practices and teaches.

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Caroline Kruger, LLM, IBCLC
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Concept of Antifragility applied to breastfeeding, milk production and breastfeeding counseling
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Netherlands Caroline Kruger, LLM, IBCLC

Caroline Kruger read notarial civil law at Groningen University (NL) and worked in Rotterdam (NL) for one of the biggest law firms of The Netherlands, practicing family law and estate planning for close to ten years. Then she started a family. Her own journey in breastfeeding led her to read up on breastfeeding a lot. She began the VBN training for peer-to-peer breastfeeding counseling and also volunteered at a local hospital. She went to Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent (BEL) to follow lectures by Gonneke Veldhuizen-Staas (amongst others). She then assisted the start up of the only milk bank in The Netherlands (while still in Rotterdam). After the milk bank moved to Amsterdam, she started her private practice Nultien Borstvoeding.

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Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
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Aftershock: what do we need to do now we know the extent of workplace bullying in midwifery?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil

Carolyn Hastie is a mother and grandmother. She is senior lecturer of midwifery at Southern Cross University and has been at the leading edge of midwifery practice and education for four decades. Her passion is improving care for childbearing women, partners and babies; her focus is on the neurophysiological intersection of growth, development and relationships for everyone involved. Among Carolyn’s achievements are, with her colleague, Professor Maralyn Foureur: gaining visiting rights to public hospitals in 1984, a first for Australia and starting the first Australian midwives’ clinic in 1987. Carolyn commissioned and managed a quality award winning stand-alone midwifery service which included the option to birth at home. She has researched and written extensively on midwifery related subjects, including horizontal violence and bullying in midwifery after a young new graduate midwife she met at a workshop committed suicide in response to workplace bullying in 1996. Jodie’s suicide led Carolyn to seek ways to teach midwifery students and new graduate midwives the necessary skills to manage themselves and their relationships with colleagues in the workplace. 

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A study of the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) activities on physicians’ knowledge, motivation and ability to address challenges with exclusive breastfeeding practices
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015

Dr. Pound is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, and the Resident Research Coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Ottawa. She is a specialist in the field of Consulting Pediatrics and has presented at national meetings, and published in the area of breastfeeding, and has authored a position statement on breastfeeding for the Canadian Pediatric Society.

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Breastfeeding Management - Interactive Case Studies
Available in: GOLD Alumni 2016 Lecture Pack
Facilitating Infant Competence: Hand Use During Latch
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Organization of tongue movements before and after frenotomy for posterior tongue-tie: an Ultrasound analysis
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

Catherine Watson Genna has been an IBCLC in private practice in NYC since 1992. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks internationally on these topics. Her current research projects involve analyzing infant sucking via ultrasound and studying suck:swallow rhythms using cervical auscultation.  She is the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008 and 2013) and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools (Hale Publishing, 2009) and serves as the Associate Editor of the USLCA Journal

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Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC
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2014 Lactation Summit: Steps to Dismantling Inequities in the Lactation Profession
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA

Cathy Carothers is co-director of Every Mother, a non-profit organization providing lactation training for health professionals. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996, she has provided more than 600 training events and conference presentations in every U.S. state/territory and several countries. She is past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), a fellow of ILCA, and past chair of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. She chairs the design team for the equity initiative in the lactation consultant profession, and chairs the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC), which works to reduce financial barriers to the IBCLC exam. She has directed several national breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives for the U.S. federal government, including the national USDA WIC peer counseling program, and national workplace support initiatives through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was honored with the 2014 National Leadership Award from the National WIC Association. 

Sherry L. Payne has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education from Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO. She is a midwifery student and is pursuing doctoral studies in nursing education with Walden University. She is a lactation consultant and a certified nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic and birth center. Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparites in the urban core. She owns Perinatal ReSource an education, training and consulting firm. She is an editor for Clinical Lactation Journal, and sits on the board of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC). She presents nationally on perinatal and nursing education issues. Her career goals include increasing the number of midwives of color and improving lactation rates in the African American community through published investigative research and application of evidence based clinical practice and innovation in healthcare delivery models.

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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
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Traumatic Childbirth and its Resulting PTSD: The Ever Widening Ripple Effect
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
USA Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Dr. Beck is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is from Western Connecticut State University. She received her Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing and became a certified nurse-midwife at Yale University. Her Doctor of Nursing Science degree is from Boston University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards such as the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing’s Distinguished Professional Service Award and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Yale University. Over the past 30 years Cheryl has focused her research efforts on developing a research program on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) which is published by Western Psychological Services. She is a prolific writer who has published over 140 journal articles. Cheryl’s textbook, Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice, received both the 2007 and the 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Her book entitled Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide received the 2006 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She recently published another book, Traumatic Childbirth.

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Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
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The Vicious Cycles of Slow Weight Gain: Poor Appetite, Poor Feeding, and Poor Production
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. Smillie is an American pediatrician who founded in 1996 the first private medical practice in the USA devoted to the specialty of breastfeeding medicine.
Board certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics in 1983 and by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners in 1995, she values her continuing education from colleagues, research, and breastfeeding babies and their mothers.
She’s been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 1996, and an ABM Fellow since 2002. She serves as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding and on La Leche League International’s Health Advisory Council.
Dr. Smillie speaks nationally and internationally about the clinical management of a wide variety of breastfeeding issues, always stressing the role of the motherbaby as a single psychoneurobiological system, and emphasizing the innate instincts underlying both maternal and infant competence.

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Christine Van Den Broecke-Schneider was born in Salzburg, Austria. She worked there mainly in the graphics and printing industry. During her first pregnancy she moved to Mechelen, Belgium where she still lives with her husband and her two children. Soon she came in contact with La Leche League in Brussels and in 1997 she became the first Dutch speaking La Leche League leader in Belgium-Flanders. Since 2001 she has been a member of the Belgium Federal Breastfeeding Committee. She is active in different national and local breastfeeding projects and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. She frequently writes articles for La Leche League publications and other publications. She also gives presentations about breastfeeding through various organizations, for midwives and other maternity care workers, and she is still an active La Leche League leader.

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Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE
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The Art of Communication: Simplifying Birth and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE

Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, has a background in curriculum development and education. She has made a career of teaching lactation in ways that simplify learning. One of her early creations, the “Lego Stack” uses building blocks to compare the ingredients in human milk to formula. This model is used internationally to clearly explain the differences between human milk and artificial human milk. 
She has been awarded the United States Presidential Volunteer Award for her community service, the Phyllis Klaus Founder's Award from DONA International for her contribution to the Mother/Baby bond and the Above and Beyond Award for innovative projects that exemplify the mission of Public Health. She has also been named Lactation Educator Faculty of the Year from Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association and has earned their Visionary Award for 2015.
Christy Jo is the author of Mommy Feeds Baby/Mama alimenta al Bebe, a children’s book that normalizes breastfeeding. She created the Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant/IBCLC Prep Course which has been used to train hundreds of students to become Lactation Consultants. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She continues to serve her community as a birth doula, Private Practice IBCLC, Health Educator for the Department of Public Health, and faculty for the CAPPA CLE© and Childbirth Educator Programs.

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Cindy Leclerc, RN BSN IBCLC
Jana Stockham, RN BSN IBCLC
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14 Principles We Wish We’d Known at the Beginning; Reflections on 20 Years as IBCLC’s
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Canada Cindy Leclerc, RN BSN IBCLC

Cindy Leclerc and Jana Stockham are Registered Nurses and IBCLCs with over 40 years combined experience helping new families get started with breastfeeding.  They are the co-founders of Cindy & Jana Health Resource. The company’s website, cindyandjana.com and app, NuuNest, guide families through the postpartum period.

Cindy is a strong believer in mother-to-mother support, helping to facilitate breastfeeding and postpartum depression support groups. She is intrigued by all things online and actively uses social media to promote breastfeeding.

Jana has been trained as a Baby Friendly assessor and helped to coordinate the first Baby Friendly designation in Saskatchewan. She has a passion to help families with new babies and facilitates a group for breastfeeding moms.

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Clare Meynell, RM (rtd), IBCLC
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Galvanising Effective Action on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding: The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
United Kingdom Clare Meynell, RM (rtd), IBCLC

Clare is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Retired Midwife living in West Sussex and has been supporting mothers since 1996. She is mother to two daughters and a son and grandmother to 4 girls and 2 boys. Her background in midwifery and infant feeding lead her to instigate and facilitate the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in her local hospital which held the gold award for 10 years. Clare attended the first World Breastfeeding Conference in India in 2012 and the first European WBTi training in Geneva in May 2015. She is a La Leche League administrator and has facilitated many peer support trainings. Clare held various roles on the committee of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB), including the chair and is currently Joint Coordinator of the UK Working Group for the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) . Clare also volunteers at a local twins group and also runs her own private practice Honeysuckle Cafe.

Helen Gray MPhil IBCLC is a board certified lactation consultant in London, UK. She provides workshops for lactation professionals and has a private practice as an IBCLC, as well as leading a local La Leche League mother support group. Her background in anthropology and human evolution has given her a particular interest in breastfeeding, and the way we mother our babies, also how they are influenced by both human biology and culture. She is joint Coordinator of the UK Working Group of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), and serves on the national committee of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB). She is also part of the LCGB Social Media team, and represents La Leche League GB on the Baby Feeding Law Group, which works to implement the WHO Code into UK and European law. She is actively involved with her local maternity services to improve mothers’ experiences.

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Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM
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Brief Breastfeeding Encounters: Effective Counseling Techniques When Time is Limited
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Cultural Competence or Cultural Humility? A Roadmap for Lactation Specialists
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
Heartbroken: Loss and Grief in the Perinatal Time Period
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This: Traumatic Birth, Traumatic Stress, and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
My Brain is Doing What? Bias, Ethics, and the Lactation Specialist
Available in: GOLD Alumni 2016 Lecture Pack
Perinatal Mental Health Screening: A Primer for Lactation Specialists
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Ready, Set, Listen! Preparing to Hear the Missing Voices of the Lactation Consultant Profession
Available in: Ready, Set, Listen! Preparing to Hear the Missing Voices of the Lactation Consultant Profession
The Rug Pulled Out from Underneath Me: Depression During Pregnancy and After Birth
Available in: Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Lecture Pack
Unpacking the Invisible Diaper Bag of White Privilege: An Overview of Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM

Cynthia Good Mojab, MS Clinical Psychology, is a Clinical Counselor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, author, researcher, and internationally recognized speaker. She is also Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. As one of a small group of mental health care providers in the world who are also IBCLCs, she has a strong interest in lactational psychology. She is the Director of LifeCircle Counseling and Consulting, LLC where she focuses on perinatal mental health care. She formerly served as Research Associate in the Publications Department of La Leche League International and was on the faculty of Parkland College. She has authored, contributed to, and provided editorial review of numerous publications related to breastfeeding, culture, and psychology. She brings the evidence and insights of psychology and lactation consulting to her presentations to help participants better understand and more effectively respond to the complex psychosocial realities of breastfeeding families living in diverse contexts.

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Biomechanics of milk extraction during breast-feeding
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

David Elad is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University since 1985.  He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering on 1973, M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on 1978 and 1982, all from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. He was then awarded the Rothschild and Bantrell post-doctoral fellowships at Imperial College London and M.I.T.     
David pioneered computational studies of biofluid transport phenomena in the nasal cavity in the late 80's. In the early 90's he established a comprehensive research program in bioengineering of human reproduction, both at Tel Aviv University. He developed his expertise in the fields of Respiratory Biomechanics and Reproductive Bioengineering, from complete organs all the way to the cellular levels. The respiratory studies included integrative assessment of respiratory muscles, transport phenomena in the human nose, objective noninvasive evaluation of nasal function and mechano-transduction of nasal epithelial cells cultured under air-liquid interface conditions, including effects of air-pollution. The reproductive studies included the role of uterine peristalsis in early human life, pre-implantation embryo transport after IVF, feto-maternal blood circulations in the placenta, transport of nutrition, pharmaceuticals and carcinogenic materials across a tissue engineered placental barrier, mechano-transduction of cultured ovarian cancer cells and biomechanics of infant breastfeeding. He published over 120 articles in peer-review journals and was the leading editor of 5 special journal issues in reproductive bioengineering, respiratory biomechanics and biofluid mechanics.
David has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, City College New York and Columbia University. He is a member of the World Council for Biomechanics (2002-14) and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2004), the Biomedical Engineering Society, USA (2005) and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (2013). 
Dr. Elad is currently on sabbatical leave from Tel Aviv University and affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Columbia University.

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Dawn DiSalvo, MSN, NNP, CLC
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The Development and Implementation of a Hospital-Wide Human Milk Storage and Handling Program
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Dawn DiSalvo, MSN, NNP, CLC

I am a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2010. I work in a 52 bed level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As a bedside RN for 8 years I assisted in the advancement of our lactation program by hosting Lactation Counselor courses, developed the human mil technician role, and assisted in developing the hospital standards for donor milk use in preterm infants. I am currently the Clinical Leader in which my responsibilities include the development of our hospital-wide human milk for our 900 bed hospital, educate and train human milk technicians, and ensure all human milk in our institution is handled and stored according to the highest National standards.

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Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC
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USA Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC

Denise Altman is a private practice lactation consultant and owner of All The Best in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that, she has worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare system from staff nurse to clinical educator, with experience in Maternal/Child Health since 1992. She has authored numerous articles for parents and healthcare professionals in print, as well as two medical textbooks, and has served on the Editorial Review Board for the Clinical Lactation journal since the first issue in 2010. She has established herself as a business mentor and enjoys coaching other small and microbusiness owners about methods for success. Her website is DeniseAltman.net. On a personal note, Denise is the mother of three children, and has been married since 1994.

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Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT
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When Mothers are Depressed: Understanding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
USA Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT

Dr. Barnes is an internationally recognized expert on women’s reproductive mental health. A past president of Postpartum Support International, she currently sits on their President’s Advisory Board and is also a member of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and the statewide Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals. She wrote the assessment and treatment guidelines for perinatal illness for the Perinatal Advisory Council of Los Angeles County. In addition to private practice, she is often retained by legal counsel on cases of infanticide, neonaticide and pregnancy denial. The 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Eli Lilly Foundation, Dr. Barnes is the co-author of The journey to parenthood: Myths, reality and what really matters (Radcliffe, 2007) and editor and contributing author to a reference text on Women’s reproductive mental health across the lifespan (Springer, 2014).

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Diana West, BA,IBCLC
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Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Breast Assessment: What, Why, How, and When
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Available in: Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Postpartum Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments, and Empathy
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
Sleep Training: History, Research, and Outcomes
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
Sweet Sleep: Bedsharing for Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Available in: GOLD Alumni 2016 Lecture Pack
USA Diana West, BA,IBCLC

Diana West is an IBCLC in private practice. She is the co-author of “Sweet Sleep: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk,” the clinical monograph “Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures,” and ILCA’s popular “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.” She is the author of the “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.” She is on the Editorial Review Board for the “Journal of Clinical Lactation,” a La Leche League Leader and the Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is the administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey in the United States.

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Diane Powers, BA, IBCLC
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Clinical Decision Making: When to Consider Using a Nipple Shield
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Diane Powers, BA, IBCLC

Diane Powers was a LaLeche League Leader for 13 years; after which she was an LC in private practice for more than a decade. In 1999, she was recruited by a hospital where she established a lactation service line in their maternity ward. This is where she currently sees more than 1000 mother-baby pairs a year, both in-patient and in the clinic setting.
She has completed two research projects that were Medical Ethics Research Board approved and has published results of both. The first article was published in 1996, and the second research article in JHL in 2004, both in the Journal of Human Lactation. She has also published several other articles connected with breastfeeding.
She finds it rewarding and satisfying to be able to articulate to new mothers how to breastfeed with ease - using words that create visual pictures - so that the next time they breastfeed, without assistance, they are able to do so. Empowering women to succeed is a very satisfying part of her job.

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Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
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The Safe Sleep Seven: Middle Ground for Safe Infant Sleep
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
What Would Mammals Do?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of La Leche League International’s Sweet Sleep Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is also a co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of LLLl's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, motherhood in other mammals, and breastfeeding language. Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers. She has spoken in over 40 states and provinces and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

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Dianne Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, CCE
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Epidural Anesthesia and its Impact on Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Paying it Forward, Support for the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Traumic Life Experiences and how they Affect the Breastfeeding Mother
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Dianne Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, CCE

Dianne Cassidy is a Lactation Consultant in Rochester, New York with Advanced Lactation Certification.  Dianne works in Private Practice, and in a busy Pediatrician office supporting mothers and babies. She also teaches prenatal breastfeeding and childbirth in the hospital setting.  In the fall of 2013, Dianne completed her MA in Health and Wellness/Lactation.  She is dedicated to serving mothers and babies, and has the unique ability to identify with the needs and concerns of new mothers.  Dianne has worked extensively with women who have survived trauma, babies struggling with tongue tie, birth trauma, milk supply issues, attachment, identifying latch problems, returning to work and breastfeeding multiples.

Dianne has 3 biological children, including twins, 3 step children and a wonderful husband.  Dianne is an author and public speaker and enjoys teaching caregivers how to support new families through breastfeeding struggles.

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Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC
Dr. Sanjay Prabhu, MD, DCH,IBCLC
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WHO Growth Charts: From Science to Implementation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
India Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC

Dr. Sanjay Prabhu is a senior pediatrician and lactation consultant working in the field of Infant and young child nutrition for past 20 years . He is an active member of Breast Feeding Promotion network of India and was the Secretary of the Maharashtra state branch. He has been closely associated with UNICEF INDIA and various State governments of india in rolling out their IYCN training plans. He was a part of the Breast Crawl video team and also the Hirkani room concept team. He has pioneered introduction of IYCN and SAM along with WHO growth charts in medical college curriculum in his state. He is actively involved in promotion of use of WHO growth charts in his country and was also part of guidelines committee to formulate IYCN guidelines for India.

Dr. Prashant Gangal is a Practicing Pediatrician in Mumbai for the last 25 years. He has also been Mother Support &  Training Coordinator of BPNI Maharashtra since 1995, Co-Coordinator of Mother Support Task Force of WABA since 2003, and a Lactation Consultant since 2009.
Dr. Gangal was trained in lactation management by Dr. Felicity Savage and has been a breastfeeding trainer and advocate for 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the first Mother Support Group in India (1995) and played a key role in training 500 Traditional Massage Women in Mumbai, Breast crawl rejuvenation (video, dossier and website), training thousands of Government health care providers in 6 Indian States with an innovatively written module in collaboration with UNICEF and organizing IBLCE exam for the first time in India (2009). He made significant contributions to LLLI publication ‘Hirkani’s Daughters’
Dr. Gangal has multiple publications to his credit and has been a speaker at LLLI conferences in San Francisco and Chicago. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee in 2008 and WABA Secretariat award in 2010. He spoke on Breast Crawl at 2014 Gold Conference

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Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP
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Aerophagia Induced Reflux Associated With Lip and Tongue Tie in Breastfeeding Infants
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
USA Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

Dr. Siegel is a pioneering Tongue Tie surgeon, mentored through medical school, residency and in private by practice by the late Elizabeth Coryllos, MD. He is a dual degree MD, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, lectures internationally and publishes on the topic of Reflux associated with Lip and Tongue Ties.

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Dr. Valerie Lavigne, DC, chiropractor, MSc, I.B.C.L.C.
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Neuromusculoskeletal disorders in the breastfed baby: causes, assessment, & treatment
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CAN Dr. Valerie Lavigne, DC, chiropractor, MSc, I.B.C.L.C.

Dr. Valérie Lavigne graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  in 1998. In July 2005, she became an IBCLC, the first chiropractor in Quebec with the title. She has her fellowship in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has graduated in November 2014 with a Master of Science  in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College. She is working in private practice in her chiropractic clinic in Kirkland, Quebec.

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Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI
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The New IBC Tongue Tie Assessment Tool: From Validation to Practice
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Canada Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI

Edith Kernerman is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and clinician in Toronto, seeing over 2000 breastfeeding families each year. She is co-founder and President of the International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC), co-founder and Clinic Director of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic, (NBC), senior faculty at IBC’s Centre for Breastfeeding Studies, and an IBLCE mentor. She is the creator and founder of the International Meeting of the Minds, co-creator of Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding, the L-Eat Latch and Transfer Tool; author of GamePlan for Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the First 24 hours of Life and Beyond, and creator of the Pain Algorithm for Sore Nipples and Breasts. Her recent focus has been 1] not yet latching baby, 2] identifying and treating tongue and lip tie, 3] Mammary Constriction Syndrome. Kernerman is also co-founder and President of the Ontario Lactation Consultants Association. Edith Kernerman has 3 wonderful breastfed children.

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Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD, FHEA, MPHE
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Social and medical models of childbirth
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
United Kingdom Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD, FHEA, MPHE

Edwin van Teijlingen is a medical sociologist with an interest in mixed-methods research. He has published widely in the field of midwifery and maternity care. He has also published on various aspects of research methods in a format easily accessible to a lay audience, including a paper on research ethics published in a midwifery journal. He has conducted cross-cultural research into the organisation of maternity care, whilst his most recent overseas’ research is largely based in South Asia. He is professor at Bournemouth University, England and Visiting Professor at two universities in Nepal. His edited books include: Birth by Design: Pregnancy, Midwifery Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe, New York: Routledge, 2001 and Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth: Comparative Perspectives, New York: Nova Science, 2004

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Elissa O'Brien, B.Sci (clin) M.Health.Sci (osteo) Member Osteopathy Australia
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Australia Elissa O'Brien, B.Sci (clin) M.Health.Sci (osteo) Member Osteopathy Australia

Elissa is a passionate osteopath, business owner and mentor.Elissa has worked as an Osteopath in private practice in Melbourne since graduating in 1998.
She started her own multidisciplinary clinic in 2002, combining osteopathy with, massage, naturopathy, kinesiology and counselling. In 2015 Elissa merged her business with a local podiatrist and started The Balwyn Health Hub.
She is well known for her treatment of children and pregnant women although her patient base also includes a strong focus for; the family unit, the elderly, performers, athletes and the chronically ill. Her special interest in osteopathic diagnostic reasoning often helps patients understand why chronic dysfunctions are not healing.
Elissa’s passion for working with pregnant women, babies and children allows close professional relationships with lactation consultants, midwives and doulas which has led to her guest lecturing at a number of multidisciplinary conferences.

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Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC
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USA Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC

Beth is the owner and manager of Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services and Breastfeeding Center in Northwest NJ. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a NJ licensed Registered Nurse (RN) with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and reproductive biology from Tulane University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She began her clinical nursing career in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and now has over 16 years of experience in the areas of reproductive biology, community and mental health, school nursing and maternal/child health.
Beth was a US Peace Corp Volunteer in French-speaking Cameroon, West Africa, where her passion for working with mothers and babies was born. Beth is an accredited La Leche League Leader (since 2006) and has trained as a birth and postpartum doula. She enjoys working with medically diverse mother/infant dyads, training and mentoring lactation consultants and interns. She enjoys writing for breastfeeding publications and speaking professionally, especially internationally, where she has the opportunity to learn about the diversity of breastfeeding experiences and share her knowledge. She also enjoys planning and hosting Mother Blessing ceremonies, an alternative to the traditional "baby shower," where expectant mothers are emotionally supported to explore their instinctive abilities to birth and breastfeed their babies.
Beth is currently attending Georgetown University’s Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program and will graduate in the Spring of 2017. She looks forward to having the privilege of incorporating her lactation expertise with comprehensive primary health care of the whole family.

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Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.
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south africa Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.

Ellen Kamman was born in the Netherlands. After completing her degree in Biomedical Health Sciences in 1995, she decided to move to South Africa in 1997. She runs her own research support company, focussing on social statistics, poverty, HIV and development research. She became a La Leche League leader in 2008 to help other mothers breastfeed, and is actively involved in the field of breastfeeding in South Africa. In 2011, Ellen became an IBCLC. She currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and three children.

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Fleur Bickford, BSc, RN, IBCLC
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Supplementation of breastfeeding: The impact on the family as a whole and simple strategies to protect breastfeeding exclusivity
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
What do Bottles and Formula have to do with Breastfeeding?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
CAN Fleur Bickford, BSc, RN, IBCLC

Fleur Bickford is a mother of two, an RN, IBCLC and retired LLLL. She worked in obstetrics as an RN for several years before taking time off to raise her family. During that time she gained experience in labour and delivery, post partum care and pediatrics. As a Leader for La Leche League Canada, she served as a member of both the Professional Liaison Department and the Social Media Advisory Committee. Currently, Fleur works as an IBCLC in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario as owner and operator of Nurtured Child. She is active in her local lactation community as President of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants. Fleur maintains a blog (nurturedchild.ca), and is very active on both Twitter (@NurturedChild) and Facebook (NurturedChild).

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Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA,CPHP
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Breastfeeding and Non-prescription Drugs
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Domperidone and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA,CPHP

Dr. Frank J. Nice has practiced as a consultant, lecturer, and author on medications and breastfeeding for over 35 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Pharmacy Administration, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Public Administration, and Certification in Public Health Pharmacy. He practiced at the NIH for 30 years and currently serves as a project manager at the FDA.Dr. Nice has organized and participated in over a three dozen medical missions to the country of Haiti. He retired from the US Public Health Service after 30 years of distinguished service. Dr. Nice has published over three dozen peer-reviewed articles on the use of prescription medications, Over-the-Counter (OTC) products, and herbals during breastfeeding, in addition to articles and book chapters on the use of power, epilepsy, and work characteristics of health care professionals. He continues to provide consultations, lectures, and presentations to the breastfeeding community and to serve the poor of Haiti.

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Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)
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Inside the Inlet, labor progress at the beginning
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)

Gail Tully, is the Spinning Babies Lady and expert in Fetal Positioning. Since 2001, Spinning Babies has been introducing a new paradigm in labor progress through workshops, website, and world speaking engagements. She was a Founding Mother of The Childbirth Collective, and the first coordinator of the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Doula Project and  trainer for FUMC’s Somali Doula Program and The Turtle Women of St. Paul’s American Indian Family Center. Gail had her first child with HCMC’s CNM program that was one year old at the time. Gail is the author of Belly Mapping Workbook; How kicks and wiggles reveal your baby’s position.

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A sacred model of birth – reality or fantasy?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Gauri Lowe is a medical doctor (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and spent several years after that working in rotations and then focusing in obstetric and gynaecology wards in government hospitals around Western Cape. Then she worked with a homebirth midwife in Cape Town and has been doing homebirths while in India too.  Since the homebirth of her son during medical school her focus has become practicing and teaching a Sacred model of birth.She was a co-founder of the Complementary Medical Association at medical school; co-founder and speaker at the Midwifery and Birth Conference in Cape Town, South Africa and written articles for Midwifery Today as well as having an active blog page dedicated to spreading a Sacred model of birth. She is also studying botanical medicine for women’s health with Aviva Romm. Presently she does online holistic women's health and pregnancy consultations and is developing workshops to teach a Sacred Model of Birth to birth practitioners.

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Geraldine Cahill, IBCLC, BA, Dip. Training
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Breastfeeding - what we need to know as Birth Workers
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education
Ireland Geraldine Cahill, IBCLC, BA, Dip. Training

Geraldine Cahill has been a passionate breastfeeding advocate since 1993 when she qualified as a Cuidiú Breastfeeding Counsellor. She went on to become an antenatal teacher in 1998 and became passionate about interactive adult education as a way of empowering parents to gain knowledge about birth and breastfeeding. Geraldine then gained her IBCLC credential and Degrees in Community Development and Adult Education and a Dip. in Training for Trainers. Geraldine now integrates teaching with her lactation consultancy practice. She works with a team of tutors for a parent to parent support oganisation in Ireland. She speaks at breastfeeding and birth events locally on a regular basis and has also spoken at a number of online conferences and at International conferences and workshops. Geraldine also sits on the Board of Directors of ILCA, was awarded the ILCA/WABA fellowship in 2014 and sits on various Irish Breastfeeding committees.

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Hannah Katzman, M.A., IBCLC, LLLL
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Breastfeeding in Israel: Modern Challenges in an Ancient Land
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
israel Hannah Katzman, M.A., IBCLC, LLLL

Hannah Katsman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and earned a BA from Barnard College and an MA in education from Hunter College. She moved to Israel in 1990 with her husband and 6-month-old son. After a poor experience breastfeeding her oldest, and a much better one after the birth of her second son only 18 months later, she began answering breastfeeding questions from mothers in the neighborhood. In 1999 she became a La Leche League Leader, and has worked as an IBCLC in private practice since 2011. At her popular website, A Mother in Israel, she writes social commentary on breastfeeding, parenting, Judaism, and women’s issues. Her second website, Cooking Manager, is about healthy and efficient home cooking and also grew out of her work supporting young families. She lives in Petach Tikva with her husband and six children, aged 9-23, and serves as Area Coordinator of Leaders for LLL Israel.

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Prof. Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD
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How do Digital Age parents cope with their infants at night?
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
Sleep Ecology and Development in Early Infancy
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
United Kingdom Prof. Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD

Professor Helen Ball is Head of Anthropology at Durham University in the UK. She has been researching infant sleep for the past 20 years, concentrating on the sleep ecology of infants, young children and their parents. She has conducted research in hospitals and the community, and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care. Last year Professor Ball received an award for Outstanding Impact in Society for her research from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. She pioneers the translation of academic research into evidence for use by parents and healthcare staff via the Infant Sleep Information Source website.

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Helene M. Johns, Midwife, IBCLC, PhD Candidate
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The MILC Study – Exploring the prevalence and outcomes associated with breast milk expressing: a prospective cohort study
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Australia Helene M. Johns, Midwife, IBCLC, PhD Candidate

Helene Johns has a clinical midwifery background and a keen interest in women's experience of birth and early parenting. She is a volunteer counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Working as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in Melbourne and as a Midwife in Well Women’s Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, she is involved in the provision of advocacy, advice, support and referral in both roles, in the latter through the state-wide Women’s Health Information Centre. Helene’s clinical roles involve the provision of Pap tests and sexual health screening for well women and De-Infibulation for women who have experienced female circumcision. Helene has a particular interest in breastfeeding influences and outcomes which has led to her involvement in the Mothers and Infants Lactation Cohort (MILC) study. She is a PhD candidate at The Judith Lumley Centre (formerly Mother and Child Health Research), La Trobe University.

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Cardiotocography (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) in labor: a house built on sand
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014

Henci Goer, award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was a valued resource for childbirth professionals. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, has won the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. Goer has also written The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, which gives pregnant women access to the research evidence, as well as consumer education pamphlets and articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals. Goer’s latest project is Childbirth U, a website selling narrated slide presentations at modest cost that will help pregnant women make informed decisions about care.

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Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher
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Hypnobirthing as a means to facilitate calmer, pain free easier births
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
NL Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher

Inbal Sigler is the founder of Isis HypnoBirthing & Yoga. She is also a certified HypnoBirthing trainer, Yoga teacher specialized in pre- and postnatal, and a licensed doula. Isis Hypnobirthing & Yoga is a comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth preparation program combining techniques of Hypnobirthing, Theta Healing, Chinese Medicine and Yoga. Inbal supports women on the amazing journey to motherhood in fertility, pregnancy support and birth support.

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Irena Zakanjia, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC
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Croatia: A Breastfeeding Journey
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
croatia Irena Zakanjia, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC

With an undergraduate degree from the University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Croatia, and a diploma in obstectics and gynaecology from Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Irena undertook her internship and residency at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. There she worked as a general practitioner, antenatal shared-care practitioner and lactation consultant, during which time she served as the GP representative on the Victorian Board of the Australian Lactation Consultants Association. Currently she teaches at the University of Split School of Medicine, where she also gained her doctoral degree, while conducting antenatal breastfeeding classes and private practice lactation consultations. Dr. Zakarija-Grković is a founding member of the Croatian National Breastfeeding Committee, a BFHI educator, co-founder and president of the Croatian Association of Lactation Consultants and a breastfeeding course provider. Serving as a past IBLCE coordinator for Croatia, she is now an active member of ILCA and ABM. She is a proud mother of 3. 

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Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
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Late Onset Decreased Milk Supply
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
CAN Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Dr.Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa (in the Transkei).  He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984.  He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding: With Teresa Pitman, published in 2000 is Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding, as it's known in Canada (revised editions, April 2012); also with Teresa Pitman, published in 2006, is The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success which has now come out in French.  He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers which is available in English and French with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

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Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC
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Ankyloglossia – Recognition of the many different forms & Impact on Breastfeeding and Lifelong Health
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

James G. Murphy, MD, is a private practice pediatrician specializing in Breastfeeding Medicine. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hérbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served 25 years active duty as a physician with the US Navy, 12 years as a contract pediatrician with the US Navy and 6 years as a Government Service Medical Officer at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Vice President of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, a member of ILCA and, since 2009, an IBCLC. Dr Murphy began performing lingual frenulotomies in Oct 2003 and has performed over 2800 of these procedures to date including posterior sub-mucosal fibrous bands and 300 Upper Lip Tie releases.

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Jane A. Morton, MD; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
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Beyond Baby Friendly, Thinking Outside the Box
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
First Touch, First Food, First Hour …in a mother’s hands
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
USA Jane A. Morton, MD; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Jane Morton has had a long, fulfilling career as a general pediatrician. She has also had a long-standing interest in breastfeeding, from understanding its clinical benefits to practical solutions for mothers having difficulty in providing breastmilk to their infants. Over the years, she has conducted research on human milk and breastfeeding and has designed and implemented systems and policies to help breastfeeding mothers. She produced award winning videos on this topic, including “Breastfeeding: A Guide to Getting Started”, “A Preemie Needs His Mother: Breastfeeding a Premature Baby” and “Making Enough Milk, the Key to Successful Breastfeeding”. These have been translated and widely used in thousands of hospitals to train both staff and new mothers. As an executive board member of both the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, she enjoyed working to enlarge the footprint of breastfeeding, both nationally and internationally. For a 5 year period, she joined the neonatology clinical faculty at Stanford to develop the Breastfeeding Medicine Program. In that position, she had the opportunity to design a nationally recognized educational program, conduct and publish original research on milk production and composition in mothers of very low birth weight infants, and publish a study with the AAP on the efficacy of a breastfeeding curriculum for physician residents in training. She was an advisor to the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, and was a key author of the toolkit “Nutritional Support for the Very Low Birth Weight Infant”. She co-authored the book Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU. She has published extensively and presented her original research and educational workshops internationally. She continues to teach at Stanford where she is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita.
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Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC
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Clinical Lactation and the LGBTQ Community
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
LGBTQ Parents and Lactation – An Exploration in LGBTQ Culture
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Structure and Function: Causes and Possible Long Term Consequences
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC

Jaye started her career in lactation in 1995 becoming a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) through Lactation Institute and then became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2000. In 2005 Jaye completed her training in infant massage and is a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage tailoring her classes for parents whose babies had special needs and structural issues due to birth trauma. In 2010 Jaye completed training to become a Bowen Therapist. Specializing in working with babies with structural issues, Jaye’s studies and research led her to develop the Structure and Function training program in 2013 teaching professionals in the birth and breastfeeding fields how to evaluate infant structure and function as it relates to breastfeeding. Jaye also specializes in LGBTQ issues as they relate to lactation, parenting and cultural acceptance. As part of the LGBTQ community herself, she has personal and professional experience with LGBTQ Issues which lends her a unique perspective and insight to the LGBTQ world.

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Jeni Stevens, RN (Hon Class 1), RM, IBCLC
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How to facilitate immediate Skin-to-Skin post a Caesarean Section: Increasing Breastfeeding Success
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Australia Jeni Stevens, RN (Hon Class 1), RM, IBCLC

Jeni Stevens is a PhD candidate from the University of Western Sydney. Jeni is a mum of four boys, a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked in Sydney Hospitals since 2007. Two years ago she became a lactation consultant, and has a passion in educating people about breastfeeding. She has previously completed research which focused on midwives and doulas perspectives of the role of a doula.

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Jennifer Kamel, VBAC Strategist & VBAC Facts Founder
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The Ethics & Realities of Forced Cesarean Surgery
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education
USA Jennifer Kamel, VBAC Strategist & VBAC Facts Founder

Jen Kamel is a VBAC strategist, national speaker, and founder of VBAC Facts®. VBAC Facts was born out of her own frustration as a cesarean parent attempting to understand the medical literature and political barriers surrounding VBAC. Her mission is to increase VBAC access through educational programs, legislative action, and amplifying the consumer voice. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support so they can plan the joyful birth of their choosing in the setting they desire. She travels the country presenting her signature program, “The Truth About VBAC” and speaking at various regional and national conferences, including Human Rights in Childbirth, DONA International, and the Indiana Midwives Association. She has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board on the importance of VBAC access and is a board member for the California Association of Midwives.

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Improving NICU outcomes by Including Parents in Developmental Care
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack

Jill Bergman qualified from University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1983 with a degree and post graduate teachers diploma. She has taught in Zimbabwe and South Africa and lectured at a teachers training college.

She has supported her husband Dr Nils Bergman in Kangaroo Mother Care since he started in 1988, and in a full-time capacity since 2000. She has made 4 films and written a book- Hold Your Prem- for parents of premature babies, all making the neuroscience that Nils teaches applicable in practice and translating care into non-technical language.. She has a passion for supporting mothers in labour as a doula and as a kangaroula speaking for the needs of newborns, empowering mums and babies with early bonding and breastfeeding. She trains nursing staff and hospitals in the practicalities of skin to skin contact, and developmental care. She and Nils have three super youngsters,two just finished university.

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Jill Radtke Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC
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Meeting the Late Preterm Breastfeeding Challenge: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
U.S.A. Jill Radtke Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Jill Demirci is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of General Academic Pediatrics. She worked clinically as a staff nurse on a mother-baby unit for seven years, and obtained IBCLC certification in 2010. Dr. Demirci received her PhD in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her dissertation was a qualitative grounded theory study examining breastfeeding establishment and maternal role acquisition in mothers of late preterm infants. Her clinical and research interests involve breastfeeding issues in premature and vulnerable populations, low breast milk supply management and “diagnosis,” and perceptual and communicative barriers to breastfeeding continuation and exclusivity. She is currently conducting a pilot study comparing the effect of meditation versus an herbal supplement on the perception of insufficient milk supply.

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A safe passage: Supporting women survivors of abuse through the childbearing years
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Beyond “Screening”: Nurturing Safer Spaces to Elicit and Respond to Disclosures of Abuse
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016

<p>An advocate for women, Jodi Hall has dedicated herself to understanding the impact of traumatic events on the childbearing years, and toward creating solutions designed to change lives. Jodi shares her knowledge on topics related to trauma in the lives of mothers through workshops and training sessions for healthcare professionals, counsellors and social service workers throughout the world.

Jodi has worked as a doula since 1995, and a woman’s abuse counsellor where Jodi gained experience working directly with women experiencing abuse.  It is through years of sharing spaces with women experiencing abuse, that Jodi’s much sought after way of ‘being with’ women was nurtured.

Jodi Hall holds a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.  Jodi has been instrumental in various research studies on marginalized women’s access to services that promote health. She resides with her family in London, Ontario, where she co-runs a private counseling practice with Amanda Saunders, MSW, RSW and Holly Gibson, MSW, RSW, who are also skilled birth workers, called Sharing Spaces. </p>

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Addressing Breastfeeding Discrimination in Edmonton, Canada
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Breastfeeding Harrassment: When Moms Face Humilitation, Discrimination and Even Arrest
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Jodine Chase owns a public relations firm specializing in news analysis. She is a longtime breastfeeding advocate with five children and three grandchildren. She curates Human Milk News. She provides communications and social media strategy support to the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee as a volunteer member of the board. She is a founder of the Breastfeeding Action Committee for Edmonton (BACE), Human Milk for Human Babies, and is a supporter of the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank. She works to raise the profile of breastfeeding discrimination issues in Canada and around the world. 

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Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE
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Addressing Pediatric Dental Health Concerns of Breastfeeding Families
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE

Joy MacTavish provides classes and in-home lactation consultations through her private practice, Sound Breastfeeding. She has hospital-based, community-based, and private practice experience, and enjoys teaching and consulting with families throughout the perinatal period, including prenatally all the way through weaning. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in Seattle, North King, and South Snohomish County in Washington State. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Women Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington where her focus was on identity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. She also co-directs the annual Breastfeeding Help Beyond the Hospital Stay Conference in Seattle. Joy is passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.

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Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD
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Resolving Ethical Dilemmas Using a Qualitative Study and Case Examples
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD

Joy Noel-Weiss is a retired La Leche League Leader, an RN and IBCLC, and  an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her nursing background includes working with families in community and hospital to provide postpartum and breastfeeding support. Professor Noel-Weiss has researched newborn weight loss, self-efficacy and breastfeeding, and ethical dilemmas among lactation consultants. Joy collaborated with Trevor MacDonald to lead a team from community to complete a research study that explored transmasculine individuals experiences with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

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Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD
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When Transgender Men Chestfeed or Breastfeed their Babies: How Clinicians Can Offer Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD

Joy Noel-Weiss is a retired La Leche League Leader, an RN and IBCLC, and  an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her nursing background includes working with families in community and hospital to provide postpartum and breastfeeding support. Professor Noel-Weiss has researched newborn weight loss, self-efficacy and breastfeeding, and ethical dilemmas among lactation consultants. Joy collaborated with Trevor MacDonald to lead a team from community to complete a research study that explored transmasculine individuals experiences with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

Trevor MacDonald is a transgender man from Manitoba who birthed both his children at home and breastfeeds them. In 2011, he began writing a blog that quickly became popular with both transgender individuals and health care providers looking for information on transgender reproduction and infant feeding. Trevor started the first online support group for trans* individuals interested in birth and breast/chestfeeding. He has written tip sheets published by La Leche League Canada and has been quoted in numerous lectures, seminars, and university courses on gender and reproduction. He is the research coordinator and interviewer for a University of Ottawa project focusing on the experiences of transmasculine individuals with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

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Adolescent Breastfeeding Experiences
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Karen Campbell, RN, has been a Public Health Nurse with the Durham Region Health Department since 2001, where her focus has been on Reproductive and Child Health. Her primary focus has been on breastfeeding. Karen was involved in an innovative infant feeding surveillance system to monitor the rates of breastfeeding within the region. This work lead to the initiation of a research study on the factors affecting adolescent mothers decisions towards breastfeeding. Karen has presented at multiple conferences and workshops about supporting younger mothers in breastfeeding as well as the socioeconomic factors that affect breastfeeding. Karen is currently working on a baby-friendly initiative within the community with a local breastfeeding coalition.

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Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
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Neonatal Transitional Physiology, Delayed Cord Clamping De-Mystified
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
The Baby’s Experience of Birth, and Tools for Healing and Integration
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
When, why and how to give those first few breaths at birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen H. Strange became a Licensed Midwife in 1988 and Clinical Director at Maternidad La Luz a high-volume birth center/midwifery school on the US/Mexico border. She is a Certified Professional Midwife. Served on the Texas Department of Health Midwifery Board and as chairperson of the Complaint Review Process Committee for six and half years. As an American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor since 1991 teaching those who work in the out-of-hospital settings, having has taught over 8,000 people worldwide. She is founder of the "Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn" workshop, a course that teaches the physiology of newborn transition, and the skill of neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way.

Lectures worldwide on neonatal transitional physiology and the baby’s experience of birth, changing the paradigm of our understanding of what happens at birth. She shares her “Simple Tools” to help babies integrate their experience.

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Milk sharing: Comparative risks and biomedical ethics
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014

Dr Karleen Gribble is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include adoptive breastfeeding, long-term breastfeeding, non-nutritional aspects of breastfeeding, child protection and breastfeeding, peer-to-peer milk sharing and models of care for traumatised children. Karleen speaks and publishes widely on these subjects to lay and professional audiences. Karleen is active in advocacy and teaching in the areas of infant feeding in emergencies and the marketing of infant formula. She is also an Australian Breastfeeding Association Community Educator and Breastfeeding Counsellor.

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Dr. Kartikeya Bhagat, Ob/Gyn (FICOG), IBCLC
Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC
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Breastcrawl: from Science to Implementation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
India Dr. Kartikeya Bhagat, Ob/Gyn (FICOG), IBCLC

Dr. Bhagat is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist practicing at Kandivli, a western Suburb of Mumbai. He has been running Grace Maternity and Nursing Home, a Baby Friendly Maternity Service, for the past 22 years. Hon. Asst. (Obst & Gyn )at Akurli Road Municipal Maternity Home since June 1994 and Borivli Municipal Maternity Home from 1996 till 2010.

Dr. Bhagat is also a founding member and currently the Past-President of The Association of Fellow Gynaecologists, an organization representing practicing Gynaecologists from the suburbs of Mumbai. He has given many lectures, conducted workshops all over the country and contributed chapters to a number of publications on Optimising Labour and Delivery for Safe Motherhood, Caesarean Section: the Misgav Ladach technique, Active Management of the 3rd stage of labour, Post Partum Haemorrhage, Medical Disorders in Pregnancy, Breastfeeding; Breast Crawl and Neonatal Resuscitation.

Dr. Gangal is a Practicing Pediatrician in Mumbai for last 25 years. He has also been Mother Support & Training Coordinator of BPNI Maharashtra since 1995, Co-Coordinator of Mother Support Task Force of WABA since 2003 & Lactation Consultant since 2009.

Dr. Gangal was trained in lactation management by Dr. Felicity Savage and has been a breastfeeding trainer and advocate for over 2 decades. He was instrumental in establishing the first Mother Support Group in India (1995) and played a key role in training 500 Traditional Massage Women in Mumbai , Breast crawl rejuvenation (video, dossier and website), training thousands of Government health care providers in 5 Indian States with an innovatively written module in collaboration with UNICEF and organizing IBLCE exam for the first time in India (2009). He made significant contributions to LLLI publication ‘Hirkani’s Daughters’

Dr. Gangal has multiple publications to his credit and was a speaker at LLLI conferences in San Francisco and Chicago. He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee in 2008 and WABA Secretariat award in 2010.

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The Cost of Donor Human Milk to Achieve Exclusive Human Milk Feeding for Very Preterm Infants in the NICU
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Katherine Carroll (PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow and medical sociologist at the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her current research investigates the rise in popularity of donor human milk for feeding preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her research grant is titled, “Liquid Gold: Establishing the Place of Donor Human Milk in the Tissue Economy”, and is funded by the Australian Research Council. Her research field sites for this project include hospitals and milk banks in the United States of America, Norway, and Australia. Dr. Carroll second research project titled, “Milk Donation After Neonatal Death’ explores how bereaved mothers may obtain benefit from donating breast milk after a neonatal loss. This research will be used to develop national policy on milk donation after bereavement. Dr. Carroll’s employs qualitative research methodologies in order to explain the cultural and organizational complexities of delivering health care in high-acuity and ethically charged settings.

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA
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Breastfeeding Helps Mothers Overcome the Legacy of Abuse and Adversity: It Makes All the Difference
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Mother-Infant Sleep Location: It’s Not as Simple as it Seems
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
What’s New in Postpartum Depression? A Summary of Current Findings
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in the Divisions of Health and Trauma Psychology, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation,and a founding Associate Editor of Psychological Trauma. She received (with Tom Hale) the 2011 John Kennell and Marshall Klaus Award for Excellence in Research from DONA International.

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Kathy Leeper, MD,FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
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Low Milk Supply and Insufficient Infant Weight Gain- Etiologies, Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
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Milk Expression, Pump Technology, and Human Milk Storage
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Positioning, Latch, and Instinctive Feeding Behaviors
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Principles of Pharmacology and Substance Management during Breastfeeding
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The Biologic Components of Breastmilk; Infant and Maternal Risks of Not Breastfeeding
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US Kathy Leeper, MD,FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
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Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
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I QUIT!! Burnout, compassion fatigue, and self-care for the healthcare professional
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Lactation Choices Following Pre-and-perinatal Loss
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
USA Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, IBCLC, and Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) with over 30 years of experience in lactation management and education.  She has been actively involved with breastfeeding coalitions at the local, state, and international levels.  Now a published author, her first book, “Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?”, sold out the first printing in only 48 hours.  Kathy has worked in multiple lactation settings, including the hospital, private practice, education, home health care, and in the US-based Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program.  As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Kathy heads the Perinatal Loss Program at her hospital, and leads a Griefshare program in the community.  Happily married for 39 years, she has 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, all breastfed.

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Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA
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Young Mothers and Breastfeeding in Belgium
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Belgium Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA

Katrien Nauwelaerts works as a history-teacher since 2000 and graduated as a prehistoric archaeologist in 2005. She's the mother of three breastfed children and the administrator of the Dutch breastfeeding-website Borstvoeding Aardig, http://borstvoeding.aardig.be.

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Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
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Advanced Breastfeeding Case Reports
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
When there is no research to back practices: Being life-long learners
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

For over 30 years, Kay Hoover has been assisting breastfeeding mothers and their babies in a variety of settings and capacities. She began working as a lactation consultant in private practice in 1985. She has also worked in hospital settings, not only as a provider of lactation services to postpartum mothers and their babies, but also as a trainer and educator for hospital nurses. In addition to her work with hospital staff, she has educated maternal and child health workers through her job with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, taught prenatal breastfeeding classes to pregnant families in various settings and college courses at The Pennsylvania State University. Most recently she designed and taught a Lactation Consultant Training program for aspiring lactation consultants. Kay has authored several articles and book chapters, and she co-authored The Breastfeeding Atlas. Kay has lectured widely, at both national and international conferences. She also served on the board of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners for six years. She and her husband, Charlie, are the parents of three breastfed sons and have three breastfed grandsons.

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Kimarie Bugg, MSN, FNP, MPH, IBCLC, CLC
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Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Kimarie Bugg, MSN, FNP, MPH, IBCLC, CLC

Kimarie Bugg, MSN, MPH, CLC, is Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) and Change Leader of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE), a nonprofit corporation developed to address breastfeeding disparities in the African American community. ROSE’s mission is to train healthcare providers and community organizations to provide culturally appropriate encouragement, support and clinical care so that African American mothers will breastfeed at higher rates and sustain their breastfeeding experience to match the goals expected by the Surgeon General of the United States. Kim has worked in a pediatric emergency clinic, special care nursery and has been a bedside breastfeeding counselor in a large metropolitan hospital, managed perinatal and breastfeeding programs at the state level. Kim has served as a technical advisor to Best Start, as well as for the US Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Kim was a founding member and officer of Georgia breastfeeding task force (coalition) and SELCA. Kim wastrained at Wellstart International and has traveled throughout the United States and several foreign countries training healthcare professionals and community healthworkers to manage lactation.

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Thought Patterns, Relationship Patterns, and Postpartum Depression
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack

Dr. Kimberly Thompson is a licensed psychologist in Texas. She works with people across the life span, but the majority of her clinical work centers around the special concerns of women and children.
Dr. Thompson is a published researcher, author, and teacher. She teaches in the Infant & Early Childhood Development Ph.D. program, Fielding Graduate University, and has recently authored “Perfect Mothers Get Depressed,” a book on the cognitive and relational roots of postpartum depression.
Dr. Thompson has been married to Dr. Charles D. Thompson, an obstetrician-gynecologist, since 1985. The two Drs. Thompson have four children and one grandchild.

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Raising Our Voice: Breastfeeding Advocacy for Health Care Providers, Professionals, and Volunteers'
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former writer at FORTUNE and senior editor at Essence magazine, Kimberly’s thoughtful and provocative online commentaries on motherhood and infant health and the intersection of race, class and culture, received over 10 million page views last year.

In addition, Kimberly specializes in issues related to African American motherhood and breastfeeding. In March 2012, she launched Black Breastfeeding 360°, a first of its-kind online multi-media content library on the black breastfeeding experience. She is author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy (Amistad/HarperCollins) a hip and informative African American pregnancy guidebook and two other Mocha Manual™ books in the series. She is the founder of MochaManual.com, a pregnancy and parenting destination and blog for African Americans and former editorial director of The Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews.

Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, New York City, with her children and two turtles.

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Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
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USA Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 21 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.

For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.

Ms. Gatto is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology & Audiology (AAPPSPA), Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the IAOM and AAPPSPA and the Community Advisory Board for the University of Houston.

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Including LGBTQ Families in your Childbirth Ed Course
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education

Kristin Kali, LM CPM is the owner of MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services, internationally renowned for queer family building expertise and midwifery model preconception care. She is an authoritative resource on LGBTQ conception and pregnancy, single parenting by choice, fertility and a variety of topics related to insemination, intentional family-building, LGBTQ cultural sensitivity and gender inclusion in the midwifery profession. Kristin is the instructor for MAIA’s Childbirth Class for LGBTQ Families, which has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than a decade and is now being offered at MAIA’s second location in Seattle, WA. In addition to providing preconception care via telemedicine to families across the globe, Kristin provides midwifery care, home insemination, classes and support groups in her home city of Seattle, WA. You can read more about MAIA services, download webinars, and access fertility related products at www.maiamidwifery.com.

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Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE
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Epigenetics and Breastfeeding: The Potential Longterm Impact of Breastmilk
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Natural, Toxic or Who Knows? The implications of breastfeeding and marijuana use
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Postpartum Mood Disorders, Breastfeeding and the Epigenetic Links from Past Into Future
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
Science of the motherbaby bond: How attachment impacts epigenetics, brain development and stress
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA,the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

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Laurie B. Jones, MD, FAAP, IBCLC
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Dr. MILK Physician Mother Peer Support Network
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Laurie B. Jones, MD, FAAP, IBCLC

I am a board-certified general pediatrician and board certified lactation consultant. I have practiced general pediatrics and newborn medicine for 12 years. I have practiced breastfeeding medicine for 4 years. I teach medical students and residents in my office practice and in the hospital setting for newborn nursery. I am the medical director for the newborn nursery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ which has about 4000 deliveries per year. I am the chair person for our hospital-wide breastfeeding committee and utilize the American Academy of Pediatrics Residency Curriculum for breastfeeding. I founded and coordinate the Dr. MILK support program for physician mothers that are breastfeeding.

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Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM
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Breast infections in breastfeeding women– case presentations of abscess, mastitis and more
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM

Associate Professor Lisa Amir, MBBS MMed PhD IBCLC FABM FILCA, is a general practitioner and lactation consultant. She has been continually certified as an IBCLC since 1989. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne and in private practice. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre (formerly known as Mother & Child Health Research), La Trobe University, Australia. She is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and the primary author of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s clinical protocol on mastitis. She is the Editor-in-Chief of International Breastfeeding Journal.

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Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA
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Breastfeeding on the Insulin Dysregulation Spectrum
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Deciphering the Lactation Curve
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Getting a Better Grip on Prolactin
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Recognizing When Things Are Heading South
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA

Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 20 year, first as a La Leche League Leader and then as an IBCLC since 1993. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development with specialization in Lactation, is a designated Fellow of ILCA, and co-authored The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk. Lisa is currently employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County and serves on the board of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County

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Liz Brooks, JD IBCLC FILCA
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Avoid Lawsuits and Pink Slips! Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
What’s Too “Friendly” for an IBCLC on Social Media?
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
Whiners and Deniers: Ethics and Diplomacy in Difficult Cases
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Liz Brooks, JD IBCLC FILCA

Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA -- a lawyer (since 1983) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in  private practice  (since 1997) --  brings to life the connection between lactation consultation, ethics and the law.
Liz is Secretary of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (2014-16), a Director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (2015-18), and is a former President (2012-14) and current Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.  She is active in her Pennsylvania-based professional association and  breastfeeding coalition.    She authored a book, "Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC," the only text devoted to the subject matter, and was lead author in one chapter in each of three other books on similar topics.
With plain language and humor, Liz explains how IBCLCs and other breastfeeding helpers can work ethically and legally. She offers pragmatic tips that can be used immediately in daily practice.

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Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD
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The Good news about delivering bad news: how to present difficult information to parents
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD

Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD, has been practicing as an IBCLC since 2001. She was employed as a Staff IBCLC in 2 large Phoenix, Arizona hospitals and a local breastfeeding clinic. In 2007, she founded All About Breastfeeding, offering office and home consultations, and breastfeeding classes. Her expertise ranges from basic position and latch through the most complicated of breastfeeding challenges. Lori is a member of Toastmasters International and enjoys speaking about mothering and breastfeeding. She has a particular interest in teaching communication skills to professionals who work with families. Lori is the host of All About Breastfeeding,a podcast where she interviews mothers, authors, researchers and physicians about topics related to breastfeeding. Her mission is to normalize breastfeeding around the world. Lori resides in Phoenix, AZ is married to Alan for 35 years and is the mother of three adult children, Alisha, Jesse and Carly.

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Lynne Staff, RM, BHlthScNsg, MMid (Hons)
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Caesarean Section: Representations, Ruminations and Realities…
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
Australia Lynne Staff, RM, BHlthScNsg, MMid (Hons)

A midwife since 1983, Lynne has practiced in public and private sectors, and worked as a community midwife for 14 years, providing support and midwifery care for women birthing at home. In 1997, she helped establish the Selangor Private Hospital Maternity Unit, where she continued to work until her move with her husband to Tasmania in 2008. She shares her current home with a dog, a chicken, platypus, Tassie Devils, echidnas and 40+ alpaca. As a manager, professional development and ‘hands-on’ midwife, Lynne has developed policies, procedure, practice guidelines, education programs and learning packages for midwives. She has undertaken research and completed an Honors Thesis which focused on the reasons women choose a Caesarean section in a normal healthy first pregnancy. She currently co-ordinates and lectures the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at the University of Tasmania. Passionate about the sociological influences on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, she is about to commence a PhD.

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The only active LLL Leader in Poland, first after 20 years. Monthly has about 400 contacts from mothers who she helps via phone, mail, skype or in personal meetings. She helps mothers  not only in Poland but also Polish mothers abroad.  Author of many popular articles about breastfeeding.  She also leads breastfeeding workshops for doulas and meets with parents in childbirth classes. She supports mothers since 2008 and as a LLL Leader since 2011. She's a passionate with what she's doing. Personally, happy wife to Rafał and mother of 3 smiled children who she homeschools.

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Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC
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Advancing Human Milk Banking Through an Equity Lens
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC

Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC is the Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon (BCO).  BCO is the statewide entity that serves to build and link families, community partners and geographic and culturally specific coalitions to support, promote and protect breastfeeding in Oregon. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon works to address the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding by working to provide technical assistance, support and training to 20 (and more emerging) breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state.  Marion is working to understand and address the impact of racial inequity on breastfeeding support and on helping all families reach their breastfeeding goals to improve the lifelong health of their babies.  She sees breastfeeding as a social justice issue, and tries to reveal and address public policy and practice that inadvertently discourage women from reaching their breastfeeding goals and helping to maintain family economic security. Marion believes breastfeeding is unifying and builds cultural bridges and personal relationships for deeper personal understanding of the commonalities of the human experience.

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist and a leading commentator, speaker and consultant on breastfeeding issues, with an expertise in African American women and racial disparities in breastfeeding. As a consultant and speaker, Kimberly works with organizations looking to better understand the cultural barriers and community influences that impact breastfeeding continuation rates in vulnerable communities. She is also the founder of Shift Strategies, a health communication consulting firm helping organizations increase programmatic outcomes with more effective communication strategies. Kimberly has designed and developed strategic messaging campaigns and exploratory community-based projects examining the role of “place” in breastfeeding success and pioneered the concept of “first food deserts” and “First Food Friendly” communities. She is the director of The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded pilot program to create and accredit breastfeeding-supportive community environments. A former writer at Fortune and senior editor at Essence magazine, Kimberly is an IATP Food & Community Fellow, connecting the “first food” to the broader food movement. Kimberly was also selected as a lead commentator for the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” federal campaign. Previously, she served as the editorial director of the Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews. Kimberly fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Big Business, Medicine and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding will be released in July 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. 

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The Feminine/Masculine Dance of Birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Mark Harris is registered as a midwife and nurse. He loves being around people, and has for as long as he can remember.  Having five sisters and three brothers has afforded Mark with plenty of practice and now with six children of his own and 6 grandchildren, he has lots of opportunity to indulge his people passion.
The choices he has made in his professional life have been shaped by this gregarious inclination. Mark has  trained and worked as a Nurse, Midwife, Teacher in Further Education, hypnotherapist, NLP trainer, and outreach youth worker. He still works as a Midwife offering  birth education through a program called, Birthing For Blokes. He states that for him, work and play often merge. Mark is the author of the newly released book "Men, Love and Birth", and together with doula Karen Hall, he produces Sprogcast, which is a podcast about pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

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Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
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Are We Being Ethical?
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
Nipple Nuances: From Pain to Peppermint and What the Textbooks Don't Cover
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is the chair of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, a board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, and Baby Friendly USA, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.

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Infant Frenotomy for the Clinician
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

Dr. Martin Kaplan was born in Chelsea, Ma. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Massachusetts and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After earning his D.M.D. degree he completed a pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York.

Dr. Kaplan practices exclusively in Stoughton, MA. He continues to take update his laser education by regularly attending the Academy of Laser dentistry Annual meeting where is also contributes as a lecturer ans laser safety officer.  He is one of only a handful of pediatric laser dentists who utilizes lasers for the treatment of infants with breastfeeding issues related to frenum attachment problems.

He is a member of the:

•             American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•             Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•             American Dental Association

•             Massachusetts Dental Society

•             Academy of Sports Dentistry

•             Academy of Laser Dentistry

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

When not practicing dentistry he enjoys Karate and has attained the level of 4th degree black belt.

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Dr. Martin Ward Platt, MB, ChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH
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Infant feeding and infant care in a South Asian immigrant community
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
New directions in blood glucose management
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
UK Dr. Martin Ward Platt, MB, ChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH

Dr. Martin Ward Platt is a consultant paediatrician working at the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle upon Tyne, Honorary Clinical Reader in neonatal and paediatric medicine at Newcastle University, and Clinical Director of the northern Regional Maternity Survey Office. Qualifying in 1979 from Bristol University, Martin moved to the North East of England where he finished his paediatric training. He completed an MD before specialising in neonatal medicine, and became a consultant in 1990. Martin has a long standing interest in developmental physiology and neonatal metabolic control, including hypoglycaemia. Recently he has collaborated with Helen Ball's medical anthropology group at Durham University on projects investigating mother-infant behaviours in the first nights after birth under a variety of conditions. They have conducted two randomised controlled trial of side-car cribs in relation to infant care and breast feeding, and ethnographic studies of infant care practices in multi-racial communities around Bradford.

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Rethinking the approach to group B strep(GBS): Protecting future generations from the harm of routine care
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Maryn Leister Green is a Certified Professional Midwife that lives in Sedona, Arizona. Maryn is well known for her international association, the Indie Birth Association (indiebirth.com), which serves and educates women and midwives all over the world. She has written numerous blog posts and recorded over 65 podcasts on iTunes (“Taking Back Birth”) that encourage women and midwives to rethink what they have been taught, and re-connect with ancient wisdom in combination with current research and knowledge. Maryn created and hosted her first international midwifery conference this year. She is a graduate of the Ancient Art of Midwifery School. Most passionate about physiological birth and the fate of future generations, Maryn has been inspired and taught by the birth of her own 7 children. When not learning or teaching, Maryn enjoys spending time in the Red Rocks, hiking with her kids and dogs.

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Maya Bolman, BA, BSN, IBCLC
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HANDling the Pain: The Role of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Maya Bolman, BA, BSN, IBCLC
Maya Bolman was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. Certified as IBCLC in 2001, she currently works as inpatient lactation consultant at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. Since 2009, she also works as lactation consultant in a large pediatric and breastfeeding medicine practice. Maya Bolman is internationally known for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conduct research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.
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Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH
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More than just a Good Latch: Trifecta Approach for Breastfeeding Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH

Dr. Maya Bunik is an Associate Professor at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been helping mother-baby pairs with breastfeeding for almost 20 years.  In terms of research, Dr. Bunik has published studies focusing on breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011.  Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice,  published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and is a helpful resource for anyone providing advice for breastfeeding and was distributed to 100 US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative.  Her latest project is developing and evaluating a Mothers’ Milk Messaging texting and online support program for new mothers. She is thrilled to be sharing her multidisciplinary team’s ’Trifecta Approach’ for supporting breastfeeding for this GOLD lactation conference.

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Maya Vasquez, MS, RN, IBCLC
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Understanding Cultural Humility for Better Support of Breastfeeding Mothers
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Maya Vasquez, MS, RN, IBCLC

Maya Vasquez is nurse manager of the Birth Center at San Francisco General Hospital in California.  She previously served as lactation consultant and project manager for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and led a multidisciplinary task force to achieve Baby Friendly Certification and re-designation.  She works with a diverse patient population, and enjoys learning about the broad variety of human experience through her clients.   Maya is passionate about reducing health disparities by increasing access to quality care, especially through improved maternity care.  She has three adult children and two grandchildren, and lives with her husband near San Francisco.

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Meg Nagle, BA Psychology, IBCLC
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Exclusively Breastfeeding Triplets-Case Studies
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Social Media Backlash – Addressing Emotionally Charged Responses
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Australia Meg Nagle, BA Psychology, IBCLC

In between breastfeeding her youngest boy, chasing after her oldest two boys, blogging and occasionally sleeping; Meg works with women to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. Meg has a degree in Psychology and was a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding counsellor) for seven years before becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She writes frequently on her website about all things breastfeeding, is a guest blogger and has published articles in “Nurture Parenting Magazine” and “Natural Mother Magazine”. Needless to say she passionate about helping women reach their breastfeeding goals and loves helping to get the word out about how women can do this! She places a huge emphasis on sharing evidenced based research without the sugary coating.

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Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC
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Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough
Available in: Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Lecture Pack
Infant Gut Health: Common Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Lactation After Loss
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
New Thoughts on Infant Pre and Post-Frenotomy Care
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue: Tradition or Trend?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Will it hurt? Frenotomy aftercare strategies to optimize healing outcomes for the newborn
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
U.S.A. Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant and neonatal oral-motor assessment professional in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation care and education to parents and healthcare professionals for over a decade. She is an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR where she teaches advanced clinical lactation skills. She is active with several lactation and health care professional associations. Melissa lives and works in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
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USA Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE

Melissa Morgan is a lactation consultant operating a robust private practice in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. She has also partnered with a thriving physician's group to provide contractional lactation care and provides lactation services and practitioner education in the public health setting.  She is studying health service administration with an emphasis on finance and has consulted with other IBCLCs in their efforts to establish in-clinic lactation services in the physician office. She and her husband are raising their three children in their self-built home in the foothills of the Rockies where she enjoys her warm/hot glass studio, snowshoeing, and berry picking.

Renee Beebe is a board certified lactation consultant with a busy private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and tele-conferencing consultations internationally. In 2013, she began a contractual relationship with a naturopathic family practice clinic to provide lactation services. Renee is thankful to live in breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters.

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Prelabor Cesarean born babies…and all the others
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015

Michel Odent, MD, has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth (1977), of the first article about use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics (1975). He created the Primal Health Research database (www.primalhealthresearch.com). Author of ‘Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo sapiens’ and 12 other books published in 23 languages. Co-author of five academic books.

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Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200
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The Vagus Nerve: Branchial Motor / Special Visceral Efferents: The Pharynx, Larynx, Soft Palate and one tiny tongue muscle
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
TummyTime!™ : A Therapeutic Strategy for Parents and Babies
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200

Michelle Emanuel has over 19 years experience as a neonatal / pediatric occupational therapist, which includes neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric critical care, outpatient and a private practice, with a specialty in using soft tissue manual therapy assessment and treatment.  Michelle has a wide variety of skills including newborn/infant development, pre and perinatal psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, infant sensory processing, baby massage, craniosacral therapy and other forms of bodywork.  She specializes in bodywork for babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and tethered oral tissues.   Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational therapist, a national board certified Reflexologist and 200hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby's First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. In addition to developing the TummyTime! method and a BabyYoga curriculum, she teaches both parents and professionals in the essentials of baby development and care.

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Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC
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Nipple Pain in the First 8 Weeks Postpartum: Results of the CASTLE Study
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Right from the start: Supporting effective breastfeeding in the first 24 hours of life
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Australia Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

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Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
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A Mother’s-Eye View of Breastfeeding Help
Available in: Free Webinar | A Mother’s-Eye View of Breastfeeding Help
Pumping for the NICU Baby: An Evidence-Based Update
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Using Gravity-Assisted Positions to Prevent Early Breastfeeding Problems
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
What Mothers Need to Exclusively Breastfeed
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, is author of the professional books, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide Edition. She co-authored (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett) the popular book for parents, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. She is also author of the tiny 2013 troubleshooting guide, Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges and the Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app. Nancy began working with breastfeeding families in 1982 and became board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and maintained a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area. In 2008 the International Lactation Consultant Association officially recognized her contributions to the field of breastfeeding by awarding her the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Nancy was one of the first group of 16 to be recognized for their lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.

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Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
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NICU Nutrition: Current Status, Opportunities & Challenges
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U.S.A. Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

Nancy is an attending Neonatologist with San Diego Neonatology, Inc. and is the Medical Director for Sharp HealthCare Lactation Services. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and has been an IBCLC since 1988. She is currently secretary/treasurer, education coordinator and web site co-editor for the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, which she helped found. Nancy is the Breastfeeding Coordinator for District IX, Chapter 3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and on the ILCA and HMBANA Advisory Boards. Her book, “Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU” was published in July 2008. She was awarded a 2014 Golden Wave Award by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for her efforts to reduce obstacles to breastfeeding in California. On a personal level, she is the wife of an architect/lawyer, mother of a 23 yr old (formerly breastfed) son, and mother to 4 golden retrievers and 1 cat.

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Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD. ACSW
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Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD. ACSW

Naomi Bar-Yam, ACSW, Ph.D. has been working in maternal and child health for over 25 years as an educator, researcher and writer, in the US and overseas. Areas of special interest include breastfeeding, milk banking, ethical issues in perinatal health. Naomi is the founding director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, providing safe donor milk to hospitals and families throughout the northeast. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

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Where Law Meets Practice: supporting Charedi women to reach their breastfeeding goals
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016

Naomi Sallé is a La Leche League Leader in Amsterdam. She also recently earned her diploma in Jewish education, at the Dutch Jewish Seminary (part of the University of Amsterdam) where she focused on breastfeeding and Jewish law. She lives with her husband and three of their homeschooled children in the small Jewish community of Amsterdam and has the joy of watching her eldest married daughter grow in her mothering and nursing.

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Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH, BSc
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Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
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Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
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UK Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH, BSc

Dr Embleton has worked in neonatal medicine for the past 25 years, completing clinical training and a research doctorate in neonatal nutrition in the UK, and a neonatal fellowship in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as a Consultant Neonatal Pediatrician in Newcastle, UK since 2002, one of the largest UK neonatal units, caring for sick preterm and term born neonates. He leads a broad portfolio of research focused on nutrition and gut health in preterm infants. Areas of work include determining patterns of early gut microbial colonization, and how these may predict the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and sepsis. He is a project team member of large neonatal feeding trials recruiting >5000 infants in the UK, as well as coordinating mechanistic studies using microbiomic and metabolomic analyses. He chairs the multi-disciplinary UK Neonatal Nutrition Network (N3) and is a member of the Committee of Nutrition for ESPGHAN.

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Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD
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Understanding resilience: why a preterm needs its mother.
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
South Africa Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD

Dr Nils Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council.

Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.

He enjoys sharing the wildlife of Africa with his wife and three youngsters.

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Back to the Future on HIV and Breastfeeding: The findings that transformed policy
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Pamela has been speaking and writing on behalf of breastfeeding in the context of HIV since 1995.  Having certified in 1990 as the first IBCLC in Zimbabwe, a country with extremely high HIV-prevalence, she worked in private practice and served as a member of the Zimbabwe National Multi-sectoral Breastfeeding Committee, as a BFHI trainer and assessor, and assisted with development of national Code legislation and HIV and breastfeeding policy.  She emigrated to Australia in 2003 and subsequently to England in 2005.   She served as Co-Coordinator of the WABA Task Forces on Human Rights from 2001 to 2002 and on Breastfeeding and HIV from 2005 to 2009.  She recently completed writing the WABA 2012 publication, International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a Comprehensive Resource

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From Fetus to Adult: How Epigenetics and Pregnancy Events Influence One’s Lifespan
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
Maternity Care Practices and their Impact on the Microbiome
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
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The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person: Influences of Care and Place For Birth
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The Tipping Point in Childbirth Education: The Consequences of Ignorance
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola. Find out more about Penny at her website: www.pennysimkin.com.

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Rachel Reed, BScHons Midwifery, PhD
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USA Rachel Reed, BScHons Midwifery, PhD

Rachel Reed is a Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has practised midwifery in a range of models and settings in the United Kingdom and Australia. Rachel is committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women's innate ability to birth and mother. She is a writer and presenter, and is also the author of the Midwife Thinking blog.

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Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC
Sara Lake, J.D., CAE
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Demystifying Professional Certification Examination Development
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC

Rachelle is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® and a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Science degree in health education. She has worked as a lactation consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1996 when she established the Lactation Support Program. Rachelle provides lactation consults for families of patients admitted to the hospital and assists mothers and babies with breastfeeding. She counsels families in the Fetal Heart Program prenatally to offer support and guidance related to breastfeeding an infant with congenital heart disease. She also has an outpatient clinic to help mothers with breastfeeding challenges. She specializes in nutrition-related problems including food allergies and poor growth. Rachelle is the co-author of the ILCA publication “Risks of Not Breastfeeding” and the ADA Position Statement on Breastfeeding. Rachelle has served on the Board for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) since 2009 and currently serves as Chair. She breastfed four children and has five grandchildren, all of whom were breastfed.

Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE serves as Executive Director of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), a global certification program with over twenty-six thousand certificants in ninety-six countries. She also serves as an ex officio Board member to the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC), an affiliated charitable organization which provides scholarships to individuals in need of financial support to pursue careers in lactation consulting.

Sara also currently serves on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Chair of the 2014 Program Committee for the Annual Conference of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. She has held senior positions with credentialing and association organizations for the past fifteen years and previously served as Chair for her own certification governing body, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of ASAE. Sara presents extensively regarding credentialing and association management, particularly in the international arena.

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Baby led weaning for breastfed baby: yes or no?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Bikram prenatal yoga: keeps me fit and healthy during pregnancies
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Ratih Ayu Wulandari, MD, IBCLC, is a bikram yoga practitioner since 2008. She continued her practices on her first and second pregnancy, and got many benefits from the exercises. She certified as prenatal yoga teacher from sun yoga in 2015 so that she can embrace its  benefit to every mother to be . She is also a lactation consultant and work in the lactation clinic which practicing frenotomy for tongue-tie and lip-tie. She believes attachment parenting is the best way to nurture a child and shares her thoughts on her blog http://www.menjadiibu.com.

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Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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Vitamin K for Newborns: Myths versus Facts
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
U.S.A. Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN is the founder of Evidence Based Birth. Rebecca is an assistant professor of nursing at a research university in the U.S. She teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology and conducts clinical research on cardiovascular and maternal health.

In 2012, Rebecca realized that it was very difficult for the average person to find information about evidence-based maternity care. Realizing that she had the skills to meet this need, Rebecca coined the term “evidence based birth” and founded www.evidencebasedbirth.com. The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to promote evidence-based practice during childbirth by providing research evidence directly to women and families.

Rebecca has served on the executive board of directors of www.ImprovingBirth.org, a non-profit whose mission is to bring evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth. Over the past two years, Rebecca has given many presentations about evidence based birth to nursing students, physicians, college students, and nurse midwives.

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Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
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Helping Parents Navigate the Roller Coaster Ride of Tongue-Tie and Breastfeeding
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In the middle: When your advice differs from the Dr's
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

Renee is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. She draws from her background in education and child development every time she works with a breastfeeding dyad. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and skype consultations internationally. She has the great fortune to work closely with several local Drs. who do excellent revisions. Renee is thankful to live breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters

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Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)
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Daughter of Time: The Postmodern Midwife
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
USA Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)

Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a world-renowned medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics. She is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004), coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016), and lead editor of 10 collections, the latest of which is Birth Models That Work (2009), which highlights optimal models of birth care around the world. Volume II: Birth Models on the Global Frontier, co-edited with Betty-Anne Daviss, is in process, as is Sustainable Birth, co-edited with Kim Gutschow. Robbie serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (www.imbci.org) and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website www.davis-floyd.com.

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Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, MD,Pediatrician,PhD,Adjunt Professor,IBCLC
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brazil Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, MD,Pediatrician,PhD,Adjunt Professor,IBCLC

Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, 54, is a Brazilian Pediatrician, graduated at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. He attended Residency on Pediatrics (3y) at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. He has a Master Degree and a Ph Degree on Infant and Adolescent Health. Since 1992 he is a Professor of Pediatrics in “Faculdade de Medicina”, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has been in the Breastfeeding Committee of State Pediatric Society (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) for many years. In 1998 he got his certification as IBCLC (re-certified to 2013). He is member of a Multidiscipline Research Group on Infant Health, focused mainly in issues related to Primary Care (breastfeeding, infant growth and development, health promotion at ambulatory level). He also works as Pediatrician in his private office.

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Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LLLL
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Babies, Breasts and Body Mods: Where Body Art and Breastfeeding Collide
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LLLL

Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 14 years. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Maternal Child Health and Nursing. Currently, Robyn is a L&D and Postpartum RN at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, and also works with AD military mothers as an IBCLC. In addition, Robyn is a Board member of MiLCA (Military Lactation Consultants Association), and the Secretary for TALCA (Tidewater Area Lactation Consultant Association).

Robyn is an energetic and dynamic speaker who brings personal experience combined with evidence-based research to her presentations. Her motivation for speaking is to bring attention to subjects she feels are little understood, and yet affect many women. As a tattooed and pierced IBCLC, Robyn has a personal as well as professional interest in Body Modifications. With the rise in tattooing and piercings by the new generation of breastfeeding mothers, Robyn feels that the topic of Body Modifications and how it relates to breastfeeding, is very relevant.

Robyn lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 school-age children.

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Rosann Edwards, RN MScN PhD(c) IBCLC
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Breastfeeding Support for Young Mothers From an Maternity Shelter: A Qualitative Study
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Canada Rosann Edwards, RN MScN PhD(c) IBCLC

Rosann is an experienced public health nurse and lactation consultant. She is currently with Ottawa Public Health's Healthy Babies Healthy Children program and completing her doctoral studies in nursing at the University of Ottawa. Rosann became aware of the unique needs of young mothers involved in the shelter system through her role as the clinic nurse at the Bethany Hope Centre and while proving home visits to new mothers. Rosann is the mother to two boys, the youngest of whom promises to wean before he starts university.

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Sandy Jamieson, AA, La Leche League Leader, retired, and District Advisor, IBCLC
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Breast Milk: The Original SuperFood
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Sandy Jamieson, AA, La Leche League Leader, retired, and District Advisor, IBCLC

Sandy LaVonne Jamieson became passionate about nutrition when her first baby suffered a series of painful ear infections which were cured by dietary supplements after allopathic medicines failed. She was an avid breastfeeding mom, La Leche League Leader, and currently works for the United States Women, Infant, Children Nutrition office helping moms and babies to meet their breastfeeding goals. She is the mother of six breast fed children and seven and eight-ninths grandchildren. Sandy is working to help babies regain their birthright.

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Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst
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Birth and Its Impacts on Lifelong Wellbeing
Available in: Birth and its Impact on Lifelong Wellbeing
Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
Australia Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst

Sarah is a former GP/family physician, mother of four homeborn children and author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (Celestial Arts US, 2009). Her work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, evolutionary, psychological and personal. Sarah has a particular interest in the hormonal physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth, and has written and lectured extensively on this subject. Her in-depth report, The Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, which she has been working on with Childbirth Connection (US) since 2007, is due for release in late 2013. Sarah encourages us all to be well informed, to listen to our hearts and instincts, and to take our rightful place as the real experts in our bodies, our babies and our families. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia. See www.sarahbuckley.com and www.gentlenaturalbirth.com

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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH
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The History of the African American Midwife and the ICTC
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH

Monroe became a Direct-Entry Midwife in the 70’s, to empower the women in her community. In 1991, she founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), the first US-based Black Midwives and Doulas Professional Organization. In 2002, she developed the ICTC Full Circle Doula program and trains thousands of persons, with one-third becoming midwives. In 2012, she received her Master of Public Health from Walden University. She is featured in numerous articles for her work, including the Bill HB3311 (2011)  Doula Report, “Into These Hands, Wisdom of Midwives,” and recently completed the foreword for “Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” In 2014, she opened Shafia Monroe Consulting, a cultural competency training service. Shafia receives numerous awards for her work, including the Life Time Achievement Award, and the Midwife Hero Award. Shafia is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She enjoys gardening, writing, riding horses and cooking for family and friends.”

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Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE
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Kindness, compassion and respect in maternity care: turning silence into a roar
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
UK Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE

Sheena Byrom is a freelance midwifery consultant, using the knowledge and skill she developed during an extensive midwifery career in the NHS.  She was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. She is a board member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), a member of the RCM's Better Births initiative, Patron of StudentMidwife.Net, and Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.With esteemed colleagues, she lead the Midwifery Unit Network, an initiative which aims to support the development and success of midwifery units through connecting and sharing resources.

Her midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her absolute passion is promoting normal physiological birth, and a positive childbirth experience for all women. Her latest book, The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care is jointly edited with Professor Soo Downe OBE, and they hope the book will used as a resource to promote positive childbirth throughout the world. 

Sheena was awarded an Order British Empire in 2011 for services to midwifery, and actively lobbies for maternity service improvements through several social media channels. She is a member of the @WeMidwives team, running regular online chats for student midwives and midwives. She lectures nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics, and the benefits of using social media. In 2015 Sheena  was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Midwives.

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Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.
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Does meconium deserve its crap reputation?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
NZ Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.

Silke Powell is a Kaiako (teacher) on the Bachelor of Midwifery Programme at Christchurch Polytechnic, facilitating satellite groups of students based in the Nelson Marlborough region of New Zealand.  She also practises as a midwife at Wairau Hospital, Blenheim and within the local Marlborough community.  This presentation is developed from the findings of a structured review of evidence, entitled ‘How effective is the presence of meconium-stained amniotic fluid as a predictor of neonatal morbidity and mortality?’ undertaken as a Midwifery Masters dissertation at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2005.

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Sonya Kujawa-Myles, RN, MScN, IBCLC
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The relationship between maternal intravenous fluids and breast changes in the postpartum period: a pilot observational study
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
CAN Sonya Kujawa-Myles, RN, MScN, IBCLC

Sonya Kujawa-Myles is a registered nurse and lactation consultant who currently works both in an out-patient breastfeeding clinic at her local hospital and through a naturopathic clinic. She originally trained at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa where she obtained her RN diploma, and worked in a level 3 NICU. After immigrating to Canada in the late 1990’s she completed both her BScN and her MScN via distance education at Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa respectively. Her Master’s thesis was focused on the relationship between intravenous fluids given to mothers in the peripartum period and postpartum breast swelling. She remains a passionate advocate for the rights of women transitioning into motherhood.

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Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist
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A Modern Approach to Essential Oil Use in Maternity
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Birth Kit Essentials for Lactation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

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Susan Burger, MHS, PHD, IBCLC
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How health care providers might use growth charts as an educational tool
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
USA Susan Burger, MHS, PHD, IBCLC

Susan E Burger started her career in international development in 1980 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. She went on to provide technical assistance to nutrition programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America until 2001. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, a Master of Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University School Hygiene and Public Health, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2002. She currently has a private lactation practice in New York City and has served on the Board of the New York Lactation Consultant Association since 2008. She wrote an article growth charts for the Journal of Clinical Lactation and has presented talks and run workshops on test weighing and the use of growth charts.

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Sushma Malik, MD (Pediatrics), FIAP, IBCLC
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Impact of Mother Support Group In An Institutional Set-up In a Developing Country
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
India Sushma Malik, MD (Pediatrics), FIAP, IBCLC

-Professor of Pediatrics, Incharge Neonatology at TN Medical College & BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai-2009 onwards.
-University teacher and examiner for undergraduates ( 25 years) & postgraduates ( 20 years)
-Lactation Consultant-IBCLC (USA)- 2010  
-Awarded FIAP-Fellowship of Indian Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contribution, 2007
-National trainer for Breastfeeding & Lactation Management (1992), BFHI (1994), HIV (1999), IYCF (2006 ), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (2009), Kangaroo Mother care ( 2014)
-Over 60 research papers published in reputed journals
-Over 100 papers presented at national and international conferences
-Have co-authored two hand books and written four chapters related to breastfeeding / Kangaroo Mother Care
-Won eleven awards for research papers at conferences
-Won & Adjudged as one of the 10 winning photos of  the WBW Photo Competition of  WABA (2013) 
-Breastfeeding Coordinator  for IAP, Mumbai-(2009-15)
-President of Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee-2013-15

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Best Beginnings, UK - [no credits awarded for this presentation]
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
I have been involved in Neonatal care for 25 years and I am a nurse by background with 15 years in senior management the last 7 years I held the position of Clinical Service Manager of Neonatal Services at Cambridge University Hospitals until my retirement last year from the NHS. I was also the Chair of the NNA up until last September when I stepped down after serving two terms in that position. I am delighted to be joining Best Beginnings as the National Facilitator for the Small Wonders Campaign and I am looking forward to working with colleagues who share my commitment to reducing the inequalities that exist within the Child Health arena
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Vanora Hundley, RN, RM, PhD
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Early Labour: Should we be telling women to stay at home?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
United Kingdom Vanora Hundley, RN, RM, PhD

Vanora Hundley is Professor of Midwifery at Bournemouth University. She is an internationally recognised midwifery researcher, having written over 70 peer-reviewed research articles on pregnancy, maternity care and midwifery. She has led a range of studies in the reproductive health field both in the UK and internationally. She conducted one of the first randomised controlled trials of midwife-led care, which forms part of the Cochrane review of birth settings. More recent work has examined the role of labour practices and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, both in low income and high income countries. Passionate about research utilisation, Vanora is a Faculty Fellow at the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy examining how best to disseminate Cochrane reviews. She believes that researchers must work closely with colleagues in both practice and education to ensure that research is relevant and that it is utilised.

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Breastfeeding Management with a Hyperactive Gag Reflex
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015

Veronique Darmangeat has a private practice as a certified Lactation Consultant in Paris, France. She proposes both home visits and office consultations. She also offers continuing education sessions for IBCLC Lactation Consultants, is part of a team offering initial lactation consultant training for candidates for the IBLCE exam, and does training in hospitals. She has in addition created “Lactissima”, a consulting service for businesses which proposes breastfeeding support programs for their employees returning from their maternity leave. She is the author of two books: L'Allaitement Malin and Allaiter et reprendre le travail.

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Vicki Tapia, BS, IBCLC, RLC
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Medical Relief Mission to the Dominican Republic “We Don’t Need a Lactation Consultant…Or Do We?"
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Vicki Tapia, BS, IBCLC, RLC

Vicki Tapia, BS, IBCLC, RLC, is a lactation consultant with over 30 years experience working with breastfeeding mothers and babies on a daily basis, in both hospital and clinical settings. She has also had numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and spoken at breastfeeding conferences nationally and internationally. Serving as an LC on a medical mission had long been a goal of hers, so when an opportunity arose to join a medical brigade to the Dominican Republic in November of 2012, she didn’t hesitate to be part of the team.

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Dr. Virginia Thorley, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA
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Breastfeeding can't save lives today – or can it?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Latch problems arising from mothers' fear response to anticipated pain
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Mother Support for Breastfeeding: Why, What, How?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Australia Dr. Virginia Thorley, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

Dr Virginia Thorley is a pioneer of the breastfeeding movement in Australia. She was the first breastfeeding counsellor in Queensland and in 1985 was in the first cohort in the world to certify IBCLC. In 2008 she was one of the first Fellows of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA). She has two Research Higher Degrees in History (MA and PhD) and her current research interests include influences on mothers' infant-feeding decisions, wet-nursing, milk-sharing and milk banking. Dr Thorley is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of HPRC at the University of Queensland. She is the author of several books and book chapters and most recently was co-editor, with Melissa Vickers, of The 10th Step & Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding. She has presented at conferences on five continents.

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Understanding Infant Sleep: Translating Research to Supportive Approaches to Sleeping, Feedings, and Well-Being
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack

Wendy Middlemiss is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. She has conducted research and engaged in applied education practices in the areas of infant sleep, parent education, and family well-being. Her academic training and research has crossed areas of family-community interaction, developmental theory, and educational psychology, all with a focus on how to share information in a manner that supports children’s and families’ development. Dr. Middlemiss has completed research in New Zealand and Australia and has formed research exchange programs in these countries. Dr. Middlemiss’ work focuses on how to construct culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate educational or intervention programs. Dr. Middlemiss has been a CFLE for over 20 years.

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