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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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