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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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