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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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