GOLD Learning Speakers

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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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