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Herbs to support a healthy pregnancy and other pregnancy concerns
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Aisha Al Hajjar, MSM, BSM, CPM, LM, AMANI
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Providing Culturally Sensitive Care
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
Saudi Arabia Aisha Al Hajjar, MSM, BSM, CPM, LM, AMANI

American midwife lives between Saudi Arabia and Delaware USA and who travels globally providing workshops and lectures for birth workers and trains AMANI Birth Teachers and Doulas. She is an advocate for normal physiologic birth and the rights of parents to education and preparation for birth and the responsibility of birth workers to compassionately support them. She is the International Relations Coordinator for the Saudi Midwifery Group and is supporting new midwifery curriculum development with the Saudi Ministry of Health. Additionally, she provides cultural competency for workshops. Her credits include a variety of published articles and books, many lecture topics, and conference organization. She is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) as designated by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM); has completed her of her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Midwifery and is a licensed midwife in the United States and registered as a Midwifery Specialist by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).

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Alexandra Walker, BSN, MA, RN, IBCLC, RLC
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Chasing the Butterfly: Understanding How the Thyroid Gland Impacts Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
USA Alexandra Walker, BSN, MA, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Alex has been a lactation consultant in the Washington, DC area since 2010. In addition to running her private practice, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Lactation Consultants, Alex cares for breastfeeding moms and babies at Hirsch Pediatrics in Rockville, MD. After earning her master's in English Literature and teaching for several years, Alex met two extraordinary people that inspired her to enter the field of lactation: her daughters. Alex has worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital as an in-patient lactation consultant. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Alex is committed to increasing awareness for impaired mammary organ development (IMOD) and impaired mammary organ function (IMOF).

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Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC, CLE, CPD
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Understanding Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
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
Infant Trauma: Impact on Breastfeeding
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST

Dr. Hazelbaker has 27 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 and www.tongue-tie.org.

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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 Education Bundle #1
New Zealand Alys Brown, Midwife, IBCLC, RLC

Alys Brown is married and a mother of five children, all of whom were long term breastfed ( 3 of whom are  tongue tied ). She has set up a Midwifery training course on how to diagnose and treat tongue ties in Hamilton, N.Z, and is on the national subcommittee of the midwifery council looking at regulation of midwives to treat tongue ties. She has trained as a LLL PCPA, is a  registered direct entry trained midwife and IBCLC, and has also performed over 2,000 frenotomies over the past 6 years. She is passionate about indigenous breastfeeding knowledge, antenatal education, smoke free pregnancies and safe sleep practices.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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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Bullying and Humanity - Listening Spaces to Support Midwives
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018

Over twelve years ago Amanda began to challenge the practice of immediate cord clamping after realizing that this common routine practice was not evidence based and deprived babies of their full blood volume causing iron deficiency anaemia. Amanda has been nominated and won several awards for this work including Midwife of the Year 2015, British Journal of Midwifery and Midwife of the Year 2012, Yorkshire Evening Post. Amanda is co-inventor of the Lifestart (bedside resuscitaire) trolley.

During this period of changing practice Amanda has often found herself the recipient of negative behaviours from some colleagues who opposed her “boat rocking” behavior and she found their behavior perplexing and very damaging. Dany Griffiths and Amanda are co-founders of #SaynotobullyinginMidwifery a facebook group which reaches out to Midwives who are recipients of bullying behavior and offers communal support and advice in an attempt to influence positive

John Walsh has worked in homeless health inclusion for over two decades. He is presently an OD Lead working on culture change and systems work. He has won a number of awards from NHS and non NHS organization. One of his most important awards was for compassion in healthcare from a family who created a series of health and care awards). John has worked closely with staff to develop caring supportive cultures. He has also worked with academics on this area and has taught internationally. John sits on the Yorkshire Faculty RCGP and the National Executive of the New NHS Alliance. He is presently writing the paper on social models and self care for West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP.


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#thestruggleisreal: How to Build Understanding and Empathy with Millennial Families
Available in: Creating Connection: Communication Skills for Lactation Educators


Amber McCann is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) whose current interests involve connecting with new families through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same. After maintaining a busy private practice in the Washington DC suburbs and working with an innovative model of care at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, she now provides marketing and communications guidance for a number of birth and breastfeeding organizations. When she’s not furiously tweeting or watching terrible reality TV, you can find her eating her way through all of the fantastic restaurants in her new hometown of Pittsburgh and snuggling her three children.

Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC, has been combining communications work and women’s health advocacy for more than 20 years. She is a co-founder of BirthSwell, which is improving infant and maternal health - and the way we talk about birth and breastfeeding - through strategic communications and social media. She is a board member of Citizens for Midwifery, and is active in local, statewide, and national birth and breastfeeding advocacy projects.


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Amber Price, DNP, CNM
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Respectful Maternity Care of the Obese Intrapartum Patient
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When Tears Flow and Milk Doesn’t: Support Through Breastfeeding Grief
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017

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. She is the Executive Director of Mom2Mom Global, a network of breastfeeding peer support, education, and advocacy for military families. She works with breastfeeding dyads in a variety of settings, from inpatient postpartum and NICU to home visits, telephone, and online consulting as an Advanced Lactation Consultant and Certified Lactation Counselor. Supporting breastfeeding families has shown her how each parent’s breastfeeding journey with each of her children is a reclamation of her connection to her inner wisdom and power. Amy is an actress, director, and professional voice artist in Germany, where she resides with her husband and four sons, all of whom breastfed to self-weaning.

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Mom2Mom KMC: From Peer Mentoring to Community Culture Change
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3

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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Breastfeeding as a Public Health Issue: Do we Have the Right Approach?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
Breastfeeding trauma: how can we recognise and support mothers who wanted to breastfeed but were unable to meet their goals?
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2018

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK. Her research explores psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, with an emphasis on understanding how we can better support women to breastfeed and subsequently raise breastfeeding rates. Her primary focus is how we can shift our perception of breastfeeding as an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem, with consideration how we can make societal changes to protect and encourage breastfeeding. Dr Brown has published over 50 papers exploring the barriers women face in feeding their baby during the first year and has recently published her first book ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies’. She is a regular Huffington Post blogger, aiming to change the way we think about breastfeeding, mothering and caring for our babies.

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Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR
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Lactational Effects of Contraceptive Hormones: an Evaluation (LECHE)
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Lactational Effects of Contraceptive Hormones: an Evaluation (LECHE)
Available in: Podium Research Presentations Lecture Pack #1
USA Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR

Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning. She completed the Fellowship in Family Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2011. She works as a generalist OB/GYN with a specialty in Family Planning. Her research interests include the provision of long-acting, reversible contraception in the postpartum period, and equitable access to evidence-based abortion information and care. After experiencing a stark decrease in her breastmilk supply in her second pregnancy, she developed an interest in the effects of family planning on breastfeeding. She became part of a working group at UNC evaluating the impacts of hormonal contraception on breastmilk. She also evaluates the ethical and practical intersections of family planning and lactation counseling.

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From Lovers to Parents and Back Again: A Time of Shifting Sexual Identity
Available in: Midwifery Education Bundle #1
Let’s stop trying to turn men into women –meeting the real needs of pregnant and laboring fathers
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #1
The Doula Effect: how and why doulas help mothers have shorter labors, less pain, and more satisfying births
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #1

Amy L. Gilliland, Ph,D., BDT(DONA) - 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 popular blog, www.doulaingthedoula.com.

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Amy Holmes, PharmD, BCPPS
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USA Amy Holmes, PharmD, BCPPS

Amy Holmes has practiced as a pharmacist for 21 years with the last 9 years being focused in neonatal critical care at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. She holds degrees in pharmacy from University of North Carolina (BS) as well as the University of Maryland at Baltimore (PharmD). Amy serves as the Residency Program Director for the acute care PGY1 program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. She is active in state and national pharmacy organizations including the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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Amy Peterson, BS, IBCLC
Mindy Harmer, MA, CCC‐SLP
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USA Amy Peterson, BS, IBCLC

Amy Peterson, BS, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant in private practice. She has been working with breastfeeding mothers for 19 years, professionally as an IBCLC since 2001. She retired as a LLL Leader of 15 years. Her practice primarily consists of difficult breastfeeding cases, including disorganized and dysfunctional sucks. She often works side‐by‐side with co‐author and business partner Mindy Harmer, a Speech‐Language Pathologist. They also travel and speak at various breastfeeding conferences throughout North America several times each year. Together Amy and Mindy have co-authored Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals. They have also co-authored three tear-off sheets for professionals to share with clients: Introducing a bottle to your full-term breastfed baby; Pacifiers and the breastfed baby; and Bottle pacing for the young breastfed baby. Mindy Harmer, MA, CCC‐SLP, has practiced in the field of speech‐language pathology for the past 19 years as a private practitioner, specializing in pediatrics. She is the owner of a free‐standing clinic in Idaho, where she treats clients with a variety of speech‐language and feeding disorders. Some of her tiniest clients are breastfeeding babies who require her knowledge of oral‐motor intervention to help them breastfeed successfully. She often works side‐by‐side with co‐author and business partner Amy Peterson, an IBCLC. They also travel and speak at various breastfeeding conferences throughout North America several times each year. Together Mindy and Amy have co-authored Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals. They have also co-authored three tear-off sheets for professionals to share with clients: Introducing a bottle to your full-term breastfed baby; Pacifiers and the breastfed baby; and Bottle pacing for the young breastfed baby.

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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 Education Bundle #1
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 perspective.

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Andrea Dixon, Midwife (CNM)
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Promoting Safe Transfers from planned Out of Hospital Births
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
United States Andrea Dixon, Midwife (CNM)

Andrea Dixon is a Midwife and an Aquarian birth junky with a desire to make out of hospital birth an accepted, effective and safe option for all birthing persons. To this end, Andrea has attended more than 1200 births in numerous birth centers, home and hospital based practices. Her passion is training out of hospital practitioners in Birth Emergency Skills Training (B.E.S.T.), including CPR and NRP. To date more than 1300 practitioners have attended her traveling road show and earned B.E.S.T CEUs

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The safe conduct of vaginal breech delivery at term
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #1
The safe conduct of vaginal breech delivery at term
Available in: NARM Midwifery Bridge Category 1: Emergency Skills

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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Heads-up not hands-up: the Unexpected Breech Birth
Available in: Breech Birth Lecture Pack

Dr. Andrew Kotaska is Clinical Director of Obstetrics at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he lives with his wife and two boys. He received his MD from U.B.C. in 1992 and worked as a GP-surgeon in northern British Columbia before returning to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. He has academic appointments with the Universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, and Toronto; and he is regularly active in midwifery and obstetrical education. Dr. Kotaska’s interests focus on the over-estimation of risk and under-evaluation of parturient autonomy as a threat to informed consent modern obstetrics. He has published guidelines on vaginal breech birth and papers on the negative effect of epidural analgesia on labour, two-step delivery and the over-diagnosis of shoulder dystocia, the limitations of randomized trials for evaluating complex phenomena, and the pitfalls of guideline-based care.

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Angela Bond, PhD, MS
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Navigating the Knowns and Unknowns of Human Milk Sharing
Available in: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack
United States Angela Bond, PhD, MS

Dr. Bond is a trained laboratory and social scientist currently studying the social and public health impacts of shared human milk. Specific areas of interest include development of the microbiome of the infant, immunological responses from the parent and infant, impacts of non-parental human milk on development of the immune response and microbiome, and risk abatement practices by participants in private arrangement milk sharing. She has been specifically trained in health disparities sciences and engages in research with a perspective on social justice, gender equity, and health equity. As a Hawaiian and Cherokee heritage scholar, she has a particular passion for colonial impacts on infant care and feeding practices.

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Anna Kotlinska, PhD Candidate, Masters of Midwifery
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Human Milk Bank's in Poland
Available in: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack
Rusty pipe syndrome: a case report from Poland
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
Poland Anna Kotlinska, PhD Candidate, Masters of Midwifery

Anna has been working as a midwife since 2009. From the very beginning of her studies she has been fascinated with breastfeeding. During her studies for her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Midwifery, her main area of interest was promotion and support for breastfeeding among women. Anna's interest in breastfeeding turned into a passion that led her to pursue the Polish Certification of Lactation Consultant and she is working toward certification as an IBCLC. She opened a private practice and a support group for local women in Krakow (cracko). Anna’s Interest and passion for lactation and breastfeeding have deepened during her current PhD studies. She is a PhD candidate in 2018 at University Medical College and is the coordinator of the Krakow Human Milk Bank.
Her scientific area of expertise: change in milk composition (macronutrients), human microbiota during pregnancy, lactation as well as tandem breastfeeding. Her research is carried out in the Department of Obstetrics and Perinatology. Anna is the author of many lectures and workshops for students of midwifery and medicine in area of breastfeeding, lactation and the variation of composition of human milk. Since 2016 she has been popularizing the science of human lactation in Poland and she is always finding new ways to promote and support breastfeeding women. In her spare time she practices meditation, yin yoga and is learning how to dance rock and roll.

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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

Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM, is a clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to practicing family medicine, she has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1994. Dr. Eglash is a cofounder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the Medical Director and cofounder of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, and the Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Lactation Services. She has published many peer- reviewed articles on breastfeeding medicine, and has special research interests in chronic breast pain, human milk storage, nipple shield use, and outpatient breastfeeding education for health professionals. She sits on the editorial board for Breastfeeding Medicine Journal. She co-hosts and produces a free breastfeeding medicine podcast series, co-sponsored by The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, called The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast, available on i-tunes. Dr. Eglash is founder and president of The Milk Mob, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of breastfeeding-friendly medical systems and communities.

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Anne Eglash, MD, FABM
Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR
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New Guidelines, Old Debate: Contraception and Breastfeeding
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USA Anne Eglash, MD, FABM

Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM, is a clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to practicing family medicine, she has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1994. Anne is a cofounder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is the medical director and cofounder of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. She is the medical director of the University of Wisconsin Lactation Services, and the medical director of the outpatient lactation program at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
She has published many peer- reviewed articles on breastfeeding medicine, and has special research interests in chronic breast pain, human milk storage, and nipple shield use. She sits on the editorial board for Breastfeeding Medicine Journal.
She co-hosts and produces a free breastfeeding medicine podcast series, co-sponsored by The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, called The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast, available on itunes.
In 2014 Dr. Eglash founded The Milk Mob, a nonprofit organization dedicated to optimizing outpatient breastfeeding support for families thru the creation of Breastfeeding Friendly Medical Systems.

Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning. She completed the Fellowship in Family Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2011. She works as a generalist OB/GYN with a specialty in Family Planning. Her research interests include the provision of long-acting, reversible contraception in the postpartum period, and equitable access to evidence-based abortion information and care. After experiencing a stark decrease in her breastmilk supply in her second pregnancy, she developed an interest in the effects of family planning on breastfeeding. She became part of a working group at UNC evaluating the impacts of hormonal contraception on breastmilk. She also evaluates the ethical and practical intersections of family planning and lactation counseling.
Moderator: Joan Meek, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM: Pediatrics

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Antenatal Breast Expression & Colostrum Collection
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
Relactation and Induced Lactation
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Annet Mulder became interested in breastfeeding when she became a mother in 2000. During and because of her own breastfeeding experiences, in 2002 she became a volunteer at the Dutch breastfeeding organisation. In 2008 she passed her exam and started working as an IBCLC in a BFHI hospital in the Netherlands. In 2011 she started her private practice. Annet has spoken on several symposia and conferences. Teaches different subjects to lactation consultants in training and is vice president at the Dutch Association of IBCLC’s. (NVL)

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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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A Holistic, Evidence Based Approach to Cholestasis Prevention and Management for OOH Setting
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Ashley Jones, CPM, She began her journey into midwifery in 2011 as a doula before becoming a birth assistant in Washington in 2012. She started midwifery school in Fall 2014 and is on track to graduate this year. Ashley, a San Diego native, is a military wife and mother of 4.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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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Attie Sandink, RN IBCLC CBE
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Letting Baby Lead The Way; From Birth to Breastfeeding
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Canada Attie Sandink, RN IBCLC CBE

After starting her career as a Registered Nurse Attie progressed through many areas in healthcare from hospital to community care and back to a combination of all areas of the Maternal and Child specialty care. Early in her career she trained and began teaching prenatal classes. This led to her becoming involved in committee work in local coalitions bringing together local hospitals and communities with the end goal of building bridges of support to young and new families. Identified at the committee level was the need for better breastfeeding education at all levels, not only for clients but also for the professionals working with these clients. Because of that information, in 1992 Attie started one of the first 18 Hour WHO (World Health Organization) Lactation Management workshops in her local area and taught this in two area hospitals and communities. This teaching in turn led her to become a Co-trainer and Facilitator for INFACT Canada and the Quintessence Programs for a brief time. She was also instrumental in re-writing the Mohawk College 90 Hour Breastfeeding course to meet the International standards for course work for others who would like to become IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). As programs changed Attie became the Lactation Director and Educator with CAPPA (Childbirth and Post Partum Professional Association) Canada. When CAPPA International evolved into the company it is today her role changed again and with the support of CAPPA International Attie is now the Canadian Lactation advisor, faculty member, trainer and facilitator. Her role in planning, setting up, teaching and working as an IBCLC, in a number of Breastfeeding Clinics both in the hospital and various communities, as well as working as a Registered Nurse in an active Labour and Delivery Unit, has given Attie greater insight in understanding the whole process of breastfeeding. As an Educator and an active program organizer Attie continues to remain research based as well as remaining firmly entrenched in the normal behavior of the Breastfeeding Dyad.

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Aunchalee Palmquist, MA, PhD, IBCLC
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Understanding and Addressing Breastfeeding Disparities and Human Milk Inequity in Emergencies
Available in: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack
United States Aunchalee Palmquist, MA, PhD, IBCLC

Aunchalee Palmquist is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She completed postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health and in the Global Health Initiative at Yale University. Palmquist is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies at Elon University. Her recent research focuses on critical biocultural contexts of breastfeeding, human milk sharing, and infant and young child feeding in emergencies. She blogs at anthrolactology.com.

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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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The American Way(s) of birth and death: Lessons for Midwifery from the Death Care Movement
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Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, is Professor of Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York, where she runs the Food Studies concentration. Her books include IN LABOR; THE TENTATIVE PREGNANCY; RECREATING MOTHERHOOD; THE BOOK OF LIFE; WEAVING A FAMILY:UNTANGLING RACE AND ADOPTION, and LABORING ON, and the forthcoming BUN IN THE OVEN: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization. She is Past President of Sociologists for Women in Society; the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and current President of the Eastern Sociological Society. She is proud recipient of an award for "Midwifing the Movement" from the Midwives Alliance of North America.

Wendy Simonds, PhD is professor of Sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Her most recent book, forthcoming 2016, is Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization in which she draws on personal experiences and representations of medicalization in American culture to analyze its impact on life and death situations. Much of Simonds’ previous research centers on the sociology of procreative experiences. She is coauthor (with Barbara Katz Rothman and Bari Meltzer Norman) of Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States (Routledge, 2007), author of Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (Rutgers,1996) and co-author (with Barbara Katz Rothman) of Centuries of Solace: Expressions of Maternal Grief in Popular Literature (Temple, 1992). She has collaborated with researchers at the Population Council, which sponsored the U.S. clinical trials of mifepristone (RU-486), conducting interviews with users and health care workers who participated in the trials. She has published articles on how mifepristone, as an oral abortion method, affects the ways in which people talk, think about and experience abortion. Prof. Simonds is co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (WW Norton), now in its fourth edition (2014).

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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 Education Bundle #1
Understanding the Prolactin Receptor Theory
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
U.S.A. 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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Barbara D. Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC
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Breastfeeding by the Numbers: What do They Mean and When are They Useful?
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Breastfeeding: Baby’s First Milestone
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
Deconstructing Online Messaging: Ethical Considerations
Available in: Exploring Ethics for Lactation Consultants
United States Barbara D. Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC

Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, has been an educator for over 29 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara has developed a 90 hour professional lactation training, a 20 hour course which fulfills the "Baby Friendly" requirements, and is a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics. Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years. She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her website bfcaa.com. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

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Barbara Wilson-Clay, BSEd, IBCLC, FILCA
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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
USA Barbara Wilson-Clay, BSEd, IBCLC, FILCA

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 in Europe. 

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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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Betsy Schwartz, CPD(DONA), MMHS, CTM
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The Fun Factor: The Science Behind Fun and Play for Increased Learning
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
United States Betsy Schwartz, CPD(DONA), MMHS, CTM

Betsy Schwartz is a pioneer and a visionary. She established Tenth Month Doula Services in 1994, the first of its kind in South Florida. She has trained hundreds of postpartum doulas. Betsy is a former CAPPA and DONA International Postpartum Doula trainer, and is an active member of both. She now offers online courses at BirthElearning. Betsy’s most recent accomplishment is the creation of Down the Canal –The Game of Birth. Betsy continues to pioneer in Citrus County Florida as a committee member of the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative. Betsy holds a master’s degree in management of human services. She is also a Reiki Master and a yoga enthusiast.

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The #1 Complication of Pregnancy and Postpartum
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling. She is a past president of Postpartum Support International (PSI), past Chair of Education and Training, and is currently serving as Director of Certification. Birdie is a Perinatal Mood Disorders International Trainer with Postpartum Support International 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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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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Bobby Bellflower, DNSc, NNP-BC
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Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC: Pathophysiology, Current Treatment, and Prevention
Available in: Neonatal Pharmacology Lecture Pack
USA Bobby Bellflower, DNSc, NNP-BC

Bobby Bellflower is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in clinical practice, education, and administration. Her undergraduate nursing degree is from University of Memphis, and her masters and doctorate is from University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Currently, she is the Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs at UTHSC in Memphis, TN and does her clinical practice at Regional One Health, Level IIIc NICU. In the past, she served as director of the NNP program at UTHSC and, most recently (2010-2016), was the manager of the NNP Service at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Her research interests include prevention of NEC in neonates, evidence-based practice for APRNs and bedside nurses, and QIs.

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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

Bobby Ghaheri, MD is a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist with The Oregon Clinic in Portland, OR. His interest in treating children with tongue and lip-tie stems from his ardent support of breastfeeding and was furthered by his personal experiences, as his youngest child benefited from treatment for it. He enjoys working with children and has an interest in traditional and non-traditional approaches to pediatric pain control. To communicate with him, feel free to email him at drghaheri@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @DrGhaheri.

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Bonnie Gruenberg, CNM, MSN, CRNP
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United States Bonnie Gruenberg, CNM, MSN, CRNP

Bonnie Urquhart Gruenberg, CNM, MSN, CRNP, is the award-winning author of Birth Emergency Skills Training; Manual for Out-of-Hospital Midwives, and co-developer of the workshop by the same name (Birth Guru /Birth Muse Press, 2008). She was trained in a busy home birth practice, caught her next 1500 babies at tertiary care hospitals, and is now attends births in a free-standing birth center, at home, and in the hospital with Birth Care and Family Health Services in Lancaster County, PA. Besides B.E.S.T., Bonnie has written and illustrated 12 books on topics ranging from midwifery and maternity care to the wild horses of the Atlantic coast. She is currently completing the second edition of Birth Emergency Skills Training, and designing an online CME course to complement it. She enjoys painting, photography, nature, horses, raising rare breed chickens.


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Home Birth Health System: Alignment of Providers and Hospital
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Brad S. Bootstaylor, MD, FACOG is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1996 and is a co-founder of Atlanta Perinatal Associates, departing this company in 2009. Dr. Bootstaylor received his medical degree in 1988 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City in 1992. He also completed his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrical Sonography in 1994 at the Univ. Of California at San Francisco Medical Center (also his hometown). Subsequently he spent 2 years as an Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Bootstaylor has published several articles on fetal physiology and obstetrical sonography. As an undergraduate he received the Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, and during his active duty for 4 years with U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), he received the Army Commendation Medal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the National Medical Association, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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Brandi Gates is an every day, hard working bay area mother. She was born and raised in the diverse San Francisco, Bay Area. She has 3 beautiful daughters Azarriah, 12, Zaleeya, 6 and Ziyanna, 5. While earning her bachelors degree in sociology from Cal-State East Bay, she breastfed Azarriah for 19 months. She understands the time and energy it takes to exclusively breastfeed when there's many life obligations. While overcoming her own lactating difficulties with her daughter Azarriah, she realized how many bay area mothers have issues with breastfeeding and have no one to help. She became very passionate about breastfeeding and decided to pursue a career in helping and educating parents about lactation. She started working at an Alameda County WIC program. When she started there, she would support teen mothers with lactating challenges, going back to school and just being mothers at such a young age. After 3 years, her passion for helping mothers breastfeed grew. At the University of California, San Diego, Brandi earned her lactation consultant certificate in 2010 than went on to become an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) providing in-home lactation consulting, support and education for families throughout the East Bay. Her purpose and passion is to help create strong, healthy and happy families. Brandi is also the lead facilitator of the Breast Friends Mommy’s Group. The group is targeted towards women of color giving them a safe space for overcoming their breastfeeding challenges.

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The Father Factor: exploring the influence men have on the healthy development of children
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

Brian is the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario, which is devoted to promoting responsible father involvement in Ontario, Canada and has acted as a catalyst for other provinces and territories within Canada to form their own regional father initiatives. He has taught and trained extensively on understanding fatherhood and ways to engage men as parents. He is also a Marriage and Family Therapist in Toronto. He brings an important perspective to the couple relationship in families, where trust and respect are key elements to building strong families. He is married with three teenage daughters.

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Briana Tillman, IBCLC and LLL Leader, Osteopathic Medical Student
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Breast Milk and Sleep: Circadian Rhythms in Human Milk
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Breast Milk and the Microbiome
Available in: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack
United States Briana Tillman, IBCLC and LLL Leader, Osteopathic Medical Student

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 9 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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The Loss of the Lying-In Time: How Medicine and Midwifery Abandoned Women Following Birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017

Bridget Lynch has been a midwife and midwifery activist for more than 35 years. She is the Past President of the International Confederation of Midwives, where she led the development of global standards for the education and regulation of midwives worldwide. She is a Past-President of the Association of Ontario Midwives and a founding Board Member of the Canadian Association of Midwives. Bridget is an Assistant Professor in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University, and was formerly the Head of the Division of Midwifery at three Toronto hospitals. During her career as a midwife, the time following birth has been her focus, both in her research and midwifery practice. Bridget has served many families from different cultures and learned from them about various postpartum practices. She has incorporated her research and experience into her goal, which is to help parents make the early days and weeks after birth a peaceful and happy time for the whole family. She has presented on this topic at conferences in North America, Australia and Europe.

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Carol Gray, CST, LMT, RYT200
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Breaking Off Our Engagement With Engagement
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Where Should We Dig? Not All Gold Is Buried Under the Tongue
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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
Australia 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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Carrie Sue Halsey, MSN, CNS-AD, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC, TBE
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Category Two Electronic Fetal Monitor Strip Management
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
High Nurse Intervention Birth
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
USA Carrie Sue Halsey, MSN, CNS-AD, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC, TBE

Carrie Sue Halsey is a Clinical Nurse Specialist located in Houston, Texas. She earned her advanced nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati and her BSN from the University of West Florida. She is NCC certified in inpatient obstetrics and is an NRP and AWHONN instructor. She is a Trained Breastfeeding Educator and enjoys assisting parents with their breastfeeding goals. Carrie is a natural birth and breastfeeding advocate. Carrie advocates for education and empowerment for nurses and parents through on her blog, PerinatalEmpowerment.com and YouTube Channel. Her experiences of pregnancy, labor and birth as a mother, nurse, writer and educator have made her a passionate crusader for perinatal empowerment.

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Carrie-Ellen Briere, PhD, RN, CLC
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The Importance of Direct-Breastfeeding and Breastmilk in the NICU
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Carrie-Ellen Briere, PhD, RN, CLC

Dr. Briere is a Nurse Scientist and Postdoctoral fellow with a joint appointment at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Her clinical background is as a nurse in a level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As a nurse in the NICU, Dr. Briere was passionate about getting mothers to hold and feed their babies, and be directly involved in the care and decision making during their infant’s hospitalization. During her doctoral program Dr. Briere’s research focused on the importance of direct-breastfeeding in the NICU. Towards the end of her program, she learned about the presence of stem cells in breastmilk. Since then, she has transitioned into a bench to bedside translation research trajectory where she is studying breastmilk stem cells. Her work is focused on breastmilk stem cells from mothers of preterm infants and their involvement in infant growth and development, specifically their protective and regenerative mechanisms.

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Mother's Concerns for Personal Safety/Vulnerability While Breastfeeding: An Unexplored Phenomenon
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Dr. Rosen-Carole is Medical Director of Lactation Services and Programs at the University of Rochester. She trained at New York Medical College and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She was a practicing community pediatrician and residency faculty from 2008-2014, in New Haven, CT then in New York's Hudson Valley before relocating to Rochester to do a fellowship in Breastfeeding Medicine and General Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Rosen-Carole was in the National Health Service Corps from 2010-2014 working in Federally Qualifying Health Centers, which helped her fulfill her mission of increasing access and quality of care for at-risk children. She practices outpatient and inpatient Breastfeeding Medicine and Pediatrics. Her research focus has been in systems change for breastfeeding education and support. Other areas of interest include community organizing to address social determinants of health, programming for diversity and equity, and incorporating Human Centered Design principles into quality improvement initiatives.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3

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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Catherine McEvilly Pestl, BHSc RYT CLE IBCLC
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Peer Support & Community Engagement for Better Breastfeeding Outcomes
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Canada Catherine McEvilly Pestl, BHSc RYT CLE IBCLC

Catherine is a mother of two young boys, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League Leader who is dedicated to working with women, children, and the communities that grow from them. She has worked in maternal-child health for the past 10 years, in the busiest communities in Toronto.
Catherine consults for Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre, the Association of Ontario Health Centres, and the Association of Ontario Midwives.

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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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Lactation Support for Infant Biomedical Challenges
Available in: Managing Challenges at the Breast Lecture Pack
Organization of tongue movements before and after frenotomy for posterior tongue-tie: an Ultrasound analysis
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<p> Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is in private practice in New York City since 1992. She is particularly interested in dyads with medical challenges to breastfeeding. In addition to mentoring lactation interns, she uses her clinical photos and videos in presentations to healthcare professionals on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Catherine participates in a research collaborative with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering, investigating biomechanics of the lactating nipple and aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Hale 2009, Praeclarus Press 2016) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2008, 2013, 2017), professional journal articles, and chapters in the Core Curriculum and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine has served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation since its inception.
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Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
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2014 Lactation Summit: Steps to Dismantling Inequities in the Lactation Profession
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Dealing with the tough ones: Counseling in difficult situations
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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.

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Resolving cultural conflicts in nighttime breastfeeding and infant sleep
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Cecilia Tomori, PhD, MA, is a Hungarian American anthropologist with postdoctoral training in public health. Dr. Tomori’s research examines the sociocultural aspects of health, illness and inequality with a focus on breastfeeding. Dr. Tomori’s recent book, Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemma (Berghahn Books, 2014), investigates cultural controversies surrounding breastfeeding and infant sleep using anthropological, historical, and feminist perspectives. Dr. Tomori has presented her research at numerous conferences for a variety of audiences. She is currently a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Founders' Lecture "Breastfeeding Research in Pelotas: How Science Can Influence Global Policy"
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Cesar G. Victora MD is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, where he works since 1977. He has honorary appointments at Harvard, Oxford and Johns Hopkins Universities, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has conducted extensive research in maternal and child health and nutrition, long-term birth cohort studies, inequalities in health, and on the evaluation of the impact of major global health programs. In the 1980's, he was the first researcher to show the protective effect of exclusive breastfeeding against infant mortality, and one of the leaders of the creation of the World Health Child Growth Standards based on breastfed infants. He is one of the founding members of the “Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” initiative aimed at monitoring the Millennium Development Goals. In Pelotas, he coordinates the International Center for Equity in Health, where he carries out cohort studies as well as global reviews of levels and trends of inequalities in maternal and child health. He has over 650 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including The Lancet. He was President of the International Epidemiological Association (2011-14).

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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
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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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Cheryl R. Scott, RN, PhD, IBCLC
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Implementing Skin to Skin in the Hospital, Oh My!
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USA Cheryl R. Scott, RN, PhD, IBCLC

Dr. Cheryl Scott, RN, IBCLC, RLC, has enjoyed working with breastfeeding dyads for 35 years in the field of maternal infant health. Cheryl’s role as a lactation consultant has spanned many professional venues: NICU and Postpartum Inpatient Lactation Consultant, investigative researcher for several human lactation research projects, published author, national speaker. She is the co-chairperson for Kaiser Lactation Associates (KALA) of northern California and assists with the development and maintenance of lactation support services for over 50 medical centers in northern California. Her clinical focus is to provide compassionate care and support while maintaining standards of excellence for breastfeeding families along the full health care spectrum. Dr. Scott and her sweetheart, Bill enjoy gardening with 8 green houses, and small animal husbandry at their small Sustainable Living Center located in Volcano, California.

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Holistic Management of the Drug Dependent Neonate
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Holistic Management of the Drug Dependent Neonate
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I received my Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University and worked full time as NNP in a level IV NICU for 23 years. Subsequently I received a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from State University of New York Health Science Center Syracuse and then a Post Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from University of Buffalo specializing in Reproductive Psychiatry. For me, this brought my NICU practice full circle treating the entire family. In 2013 I transitioned to academia and am currently on faculty at the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital. I also spearhead programs at Crouse Hospital for maternal mental health. I have been a lecturer/educator for NANN, AWHONN, New York State Nurse Practitioner Association and a variety of other venues.

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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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Bridging the Gaps to Provide a Continuum of Care
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Enhanced Counseling Skills for the Lactation Educator
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The Art of Communication: Simplifying Birth and Breastfeeding
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USA Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE

Christy Jo has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about teaching in ways that simplify learning. She has been awarded the United States Presidential Volunteer Award for her community service, the Phyllis Klaus Founder's Award 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 earned their Visionary Award in 2015. Christy Jo is the author of Mommy Feeds Baby and co-author of Making Milk. 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 Public Health, and faculty for the CAPPA CLE© and Childbirth Educator Programs.

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Cindy Leclerc, RN IBCLC
Jana Stockham, RN IBCLC
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14 Principles We Wish We’d Known at the Beginning; Reflections on 20 Years as IBCLC’s
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Meeting your breastfeeding goals
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can Cindy Leclerc, RN IBCLC

Cindy Leclerc and Jana Stockham are Registered Nurses and IBCLCs with over 20 years experience helping families get started with breastfeeding. In addition to hands on care, Cindy and Jana use technology to support families through their website (cindyandjana.com), online prenatal breastfeeding classes (simplybreastfeeding.ca) and iPhone app, NuuNest. 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
Helen Gray, MPhil, IBCLC
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Galvanising Effective Action on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding: The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)
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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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Gina Gerboth, MPH, RM, CPM, IBCLC
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Best Practices in Charting: Lessons Learned from the 4.0 MANA Stats Validation Project
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"Courtney L. Everson, PhD, is the Dean of Graduate Studies, Co-Chair of the Ethical Review Board, & Academic Faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Division of Research (DOR); and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME), the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson's research and teaching specializations include: perinatal health; human childbirth; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress; social support; doula care; midwifery care; research and clinical ethics; evidence-informed practice; interprofessional collaboration; mixed methodologies; health inequities; culturally safe care; social justice; and marginalized communities. Dr. Everson actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues. Courtney is also a practicing birth doula and perinatal health educator in the Denver-metro area of Colorado.

Gina Gerboth, MPH, RM, CPM, IBCLC, has been practicing midwifery since 2010 and has a busy home birth practice in Denver, Colorado. She received her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health in December of 2015 from the Colorado School of Public Health, which is an educational consortium through University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and University of Northern Colorado. During her graduate program, she participated in the 4.0 MANA Stats validation project for her practicum. She began teaching and developing curricula at Midwives College of Utah during the summer of 2016. She has been a board member of the Colorado Midwives Association since 2013, and has served as President since October of 2014. She was actively involved in Colorado’s legislative year in 2016 for the reauthorization of the Direct-Entry Midwives Practice Act. Additionally, she has been an IBCLC since 2008, and credits her passion for breastfeeding as leading her toward midwifery. Prior to this work, she was a Policy Analyst for the US Department of Agriculture, Congressional Aide, and a freelancer in the publishing industry. "

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Walking the Labyrinth: Research Literacy, Evidence-Informed Practice, and Shared Decision-Making
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Courtney: Courtney L. Everson, PhD, is a Medical Anthropologist and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Midwives College of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Division of Research (DOR) Coordinating Council (CC); a Research Working Group (RWG) member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH); Co-founder and Vice President of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA); an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC); and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Australasian Professional Doula Regulatory Association (APDRA), the Oregon Doula Connection, the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME), and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). Dr. Everson's research and teaching specializations include: maternal-child health; human childbirth; evidence-informed practice; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress; social support; doula care; midwifery care; research and clinical ethics; collaborative care models; mixed methodologies; health inequities; cultural competency/humility; social justice; and underserved populations. She actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues.
Shannon Anton, CPM, LM, co-founded the National Midwifery Institute in 1996 and serves as co-director, program administrator, and instructor. An apprentice-trained midwife, she represented the grassroots California Association of Midwives’ certification model during the 1993-94 NARM Certification Task Force that created the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential. Shannon served on the California Association of Midwives’ board, worked on successful California midwifery legislation during 1991-93, and with two other practicing homebirth midwives, piloted the initial Challenge Mechanism for California Midwifery Licensure (provided by Seattle Midwifery School). She holds California LM #5. Shannon serves on the board of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and has been the NARM Director of Accountability since 1994. She attended the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 Assessment of Birth Settings Workshop, CPM Symposium, two US MERA Workgroup meetings, the US MERA-initiated training for Direct Assessment and Competency Based Evaluation, anti-racism training for US MERA members through Embodied Herstories, and currently serves on the US MERA Equity Task Force. She is also currently an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member for Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).
April Kline, MSM, CPM, LMT, CST, is a faculty member at the Midwives College of Utah (MCU), a bodyworker specializing in pregnant individuals and newborns, a Nutritional Counselor, and Chair of the Ohio NACPM Chapter. April also serves as an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and donates her services as a birth assistant with refugee families.

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Domestic Violence Myths and Research
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Cynthia B. Flynn has a Master’s and PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in Nursing from Yale University. She was tenured in Sociology at the University of Kansas, where she specialized in Marriage and the Family and Research Methods. She has practiced as a full-scope Certified Nurse-Midwife in home, birth centers and hospital settings for over 20 years. In addition she has done extensive research on the latest findings about domestic violence. She has conducted 10 sessions of “Daddy Boot Camp” for both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, and speaks regularly at national conventions for health care providers about the assessment and treatment of domestic violence. She also does individual and couples counseling for persons involved in DV.

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

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 serves as Education Manager at the International Lactation Consultant Association, 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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Dana Silver, MD, FAAP, FABM
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The Ties that Bind- or Don't
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USA Dana Silver, MD, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Dana Silver is a general pediatrician and Director at Greenspring Pediatric Associates, the outpatient department for the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1987, and her M.D. from University of Maryland in 1991. She then completed residency and chief residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Silver’s interests within the field of general pediatrics span the diverse areas of breastfeeding, and learning and behavior problems in children. She co-authored the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) book “Guide to Learning Disabilities for Primary Care.” In terms of breastfeeding, she has lectured extensively across the mid-Atlantic region on breastfeeding, and has worked on advocacy and legislative issues including the use of donor human milk in Maryland’s NICU’s and insurance coverage of breast pumps. She recently developed and recorded 3 hours of CME webinars for physicians at hospitals preparing to go Baby Friendly through Lactation Education Resources.

Dr. Silver serves currently as Vice President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition and Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2013, Dr. Silver received the honor of being named a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, one of fewer than 200 worldwide. In 2014, the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics named her Pediatrician of the Year.

Robert M. Marcus, DDS
For more than forty years, I have endeavored to contribute to the health, happiness, and well¬-being of my amazing family: Judi, Rachel, David, Emily, Benjamin, and Jackson. After my formal education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, including specialized training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, I was fortunate to open my pediatric dental office in Reisterstown Maryland. My practice focuses on complete, compassionate dental services for infants, children, teens, adults, and those with special needs.
The rewarding experiences in the treatment of thousands of babies and older patients by dental laser surgery for their lip and tongue ties have encouraged me to enhance my education. Additional training in breastfeeding medicine, speech and language pathology, skeletal development, feeding disorders, and cranial sacral therapy, will provide lifelong improvement in feeding and oral motor skills for my patients. My commitment to continuing education allows me to discover and share the newest advances in dentistry and oral healthcare with my patients and colleagues. I truly enjoy being a part of my family’s fun activities by traveling to visit my daughter Rachel in New York City, my son David and his wife Emily in Massachusetts, and my future partners, their twins, Ben and Jack (18 months). My camera is always at the ready whether we are swimming, sightseeing, or doing obstacle course racing, (Spartan races). I have to keep active because my wife is a world class chef! Always learning!

Earl H. Harley, M.D.
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and reared in Detroit, Michigan. I attended the public school system in Detroit, graduating from the former Eastern High School. I eventually enrolled in Delaware State University, graduating with a degree in chemistry. I attended medical school at Howard University. After medical school I went on active duty and served a full career as a doctor from a period which spanned the Vietnam War to the first Persian Gulf War. My Navy career included two tours as a Naval Fight Surgeon in addition to my position as an Otolaryngologist. Since retiring from the Navy I have served on the faculty of Georgetown University.
My professional training includes an initial residency in pediatrics and later training to become an Otolaryngologist followed by two years of pediatric otolaryngology fellowship in Washington, D.C. and Boston. I am a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to being a member of the American Medical Association, I also hold memberships in the National Medical Association, The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, The Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Currently I am a professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngologist at Georgetown and serve as an attending Pediatric Otolaryngologist. I continue to be very active in undergraduate and graduate medical education here.

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Biomechanics of milk extraction during breast-feeding
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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
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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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Debbie Albert, PhD, BSN, IBCLC
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RAYNAUDS: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
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USA Debbie Albert, PhD, BSN, IBCLC

Debbie Albert, PhD, BSN, IBCLC, is a full time lactation consultant at UC Davis Med Center--working with all facets of their lactation service; including maternity floor, level IV NICU, pediatrics, PICU, and Employee Breastfeeding Support Program. She is also a prenatal instructor with their patient education program, nursing staff educator, and chairs the UCD Breastfeeding Task Force and the UCD Breastfeeding Support Program Committee. She received an Employee Excellence Award June, 2013 and June, 2015, and a Nursing Excellence Award in May, 2016. In addition, UC Davis programs have received IBCLC Lactation Care Awards and Sacramento Coalition and California State Coalition Breastfeeding Awards. Debbie has lactation experience in Florida, Texas, and California. She is Member of the LEAARC Board, a member of ILCA’s Equity Committee, and UCD Status of Women Committee. She is married to Dan Albert for 33 years, and has two sons, Josh (28), and David (24).

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Debbie Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC
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Late Preterm Infants: Not as Grown up as they look!
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Late Preterm Infants: Not as Grown up as they look!
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Not always a safe place: Intrauterine Infections
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Canada Debbie Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC

Deb Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Nurse Practitioner program in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. She holds an appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba (U of M). Debbie maintains an active practice in the NICU at St Boniface General Hospital and is the Editor-in-Chief of Neonatal Network: The Journal for Neonatal Nursing. She is the author of two nursing textbooks and over 70 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to high-risk newborns. Debbie was recently awarded the Canadian Nurses’ Association Order of Merit for nursing education.

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Debra Betts, PhD, BHSc, RN
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Acupuncture in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Use in New Zealand by midwives and in a hospital outpatients clinic
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New Zealand Debra Betts, PhD, BHSc, RN

With a nursing background Debra gradu¬ated with a diploma in Acupuncture in 1989 while living in London. On returning to New Zealand build a practice using acupuncture for women’s health including pregnancy care. She commenced teaching acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has now been translated into German and French. Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet¬ric care.


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Debra Pascali-Bonaro, B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT(DONA)
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Moving from Pain to Power, with Passion and Pleasure
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
USA Debra Pascali-Bonaro, B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT(DONA)

Debra Pascali-Bonaro is the Founder & President of Pain to Power Childbirth Experience, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret and co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” all of which explore the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra is an inspirational international speaker, chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, Advisor to Human Rights in Childbirth and the International Childbirth Education Association. Debra’s passion comes from her years as a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International where she has worked with families, midwives, doulas and physicians in over 30 countries bringing comfort, love and pleasure to birth and life! Debra has been interviewed by media around the world, including ABC’s 20/20 and The New York Times, as well as numerous Parenting and Health Magazines. Debra is a pioneer in reminding humanity that birth can be full of pleasure and delight.

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Debrah Lewis, CNM, MSc
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Engaged and In Gear: Fathers in Maternal and Newborn Health
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Trinidad Debrah Lewis, CNM, MSc

Since graduating with a Masters Degree majoring in Maternal-Child Health from Columbia University in 1986, Debrah has worked in public and private practice midwifery in New York, Africa and Trinidad & Tobago.

She is a founder and current Executive Director of Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre in Trinidad where she remains in active midwifery practice. She is on the Board of the North West Regional Health Authority; works with the Nursing Council; and serves as an independent consultant on midwifery matters. Debrah precepts students from the USA, Canada and Europe, and has presented extensively regionally and internationally, including a TEDx Talk on fathers.

She was the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Americas Board Member from 2005 – 2011 and Vice-President from 2011 - 2014; a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives; and spearheaded the formation of the Caribbean Regional Midwives Association in 2012.

Debrah is the recipient of several awards including the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award and a National Award for The Development of Women – Gold – for her work in Community Service and Midwifery in Trinidad & Tobago.


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Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT
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Fetal monitoring, Evidence and challenges
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Ireland Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT

Professor Declan Devane is Professor of Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway (in the beautiful West of Ireland) and Director of the Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Research Network. He is an Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, an Associate Senior Lecturer with the UK Cochrane Centre and an author of numerous Cochrane systematic reviews predominantly in the field of fetal assessment. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of Trial Steering Committees and Data Monitoring Boards. He is a past member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and the Midwives Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He was a member of the Department of Health National Maternity Care Strategy Group (Ireland) and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Maternity Standards Advisory Group (Ireland).


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Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist
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New Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist

Demetria Clark is the Director of Heart of Herbs Herbal School founded in 1998, www.heartofherbs.com. She has been an internationally known herbalist and aromatherapist for over 20 years. Training thousands of practitioners and working with organizations all over the world to promote wellness and self-sustaining careers.


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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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Birthing While Black: The Impact of Racial Trauma and Perinatal Outcomes
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

Desirée is a perinatal psychotherapist, trained birth doula, Reiki practitioner, and owner of Motherland Community helping women decipher the funk of motherhood through her practice in Baltimore, MD. A mother of 2 boys, Desirée ignited her passion for perinatal mental health after experiencing undiagnosed postpartum depression and OCD. Using her own experience and compassion in hopes to heal others, Desirée completed training as a birth doula in 2014 and the Postpartum Support International’s Components of Care Training on PMADs in 2015. Since then, she has immersed her free time in PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder) awareness. Additionally, she serves as a Maryland co-coordinator for PSI (Postpartum Support International), co-founder of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color and her practice is a Perinatal Safe Spot through the National Perinatal Taskforce. Desirée’s philosophy is ‘every woman should be nurtured and cared for during her transition to motherhood. It is a rite of passage that has no manual, only the virtue of patience, sacrifice and sense of community that is necessary to hold space for a woman on the other side of birth.

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1000 Days in Gap City: Exploring the Relationship between the Breastfeeding Gap and the Word Gap
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017

Dia has written and/or edited over a dozen books for adults and children. Her passions in life include promoting the concepts and practices of attachment parenting, breastfeeding and safe infant sleep. She is founder and president of two publishing houses—Platypus Media and Science, Naturally! Their books have won numerous awards and have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, French and Korean. Dia has led workshops at healthcare, education and parenting conferences across the country. She is the mother of three adult children and lives in Washington, DC.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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
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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 Education Bundle #1
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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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Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC
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Antibiotics and Breastfeeding: Indications and Impact for the Dyad
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC

Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC, has a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Oregon. She began working with breastfeeding families in 1992 and became an IBCLC in 1998. She has worked as a lactation consultant in private practice, for county and state public health programs, and in healthcare settings. She began teaching lactation training courses in 2003, and has taught in hospital, community and academic settings. She currently works in Portland Oregon for Legacy Health in high risk maternal and pediatric hospitals. She also teaches lactation courses at Portland State University School of Community Health. She is an active member of the Oregon Washington Lactation Association, the US Lactation Consultant Association, and the International Lactation Consultant Association. She was a founding Board Member for Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, a HMBANA non-profit donor milk bank.

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Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
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Feeding the tiny premie: Supporting NICU families with evidence and compassion
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Posterior Tongue Tie: Confusion, Concerns and Controversies in the Conceptualization, Definitions, Diagnosis and Treatment of Problems of Tongue Mobility Affecting Breastfeeding Babies
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2017: Putting the Pieces Together
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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Dr. Denis Walsh, RGN, RM, DPSM, MA, PGDip Ed, PhD
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Rhythms in Labour: A Critical Review of Dystocia
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
GB Dr. Denis Walsh, RGN, RM, DPSM, MA, PGDip Ed, PhD

Denis was born and brought up in Queensland, Australia but trained as a midwife in Leicester, UK and has worked in a variety of midwifery environments over the past 30 years. He is now Associate Professor in Midwif in normal labour and birth, midwifery-led models and midwifery-led units. He had written extensively in these areas over the last 20 years. He lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally and authored the best seller -‘Evidence-Based Care for Normal Labour & Birth’, now in its 2nd edition.

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Kangaroo Mother Care now and then: 30 years of KMC clinical and research experience in a Developing Country
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017

Dr Nathalie Charpak is currently the scientific coordinator and an attending paediatrician at the Kangaroo Mother Care program of the San Ignacio University Hospital. In addition, she is a founding member, senior researcher and director of the “Fundacion Canguro” in Bogotá, Colombia since 1994. Dr Charpak received her M.D. from the “Paris Sud” University and her paediatrician diploma from “Rene Descartes” University in Paris, France. She migrated in 1986 to Colombia where she validated her title as Paediatrician and begin in 1989 to work on the evaluation of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) program. She is now a Colombian citizen. With several colleagues she founded in 1994 the “Fundacion Canguro” in Bogotá, an NGO devoted to research, teaching, training and direct medical care related to KMC method for premature infants that besides conducting large clinical trials on KMC has been actively disseminating the method mainly in low and middle income countries in Latin America, South East Asia, India, Africa and Eastern Europe. In 1996 in Trieste Italy she was among the group of international researchers, physicians and nurses who founded the International Kangaroo Network -INK- an international alliance devoted to collaborating, enhancing and disseminating the KMC method. Dr Charpak continues to work as an attending paediatrician in the KMC program and his current research interest is in integrative methods for summarizing and putting into action what is known about KMC in the form of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. She is also recently involved as coordinator in conducting evaluations of long term (adolescents and young adults) neurodevelopment outcomes in preterm infants exposed or not exposed to KMC during the neonatal period.

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Dr. Raylene Philips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
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Seven Neuroprotective Core Measures: A Model for Implementing Family-Centered Developmental Care in the NICU
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017
USA Dr. Raylene Philips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Phillips received a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis, graduating in 2004. She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, CA and is currently an attending neonatologist in the NICU at the same hospital as well as Co-Medical Director of Newborn Nursery at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. Dr. Phillips is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is the immediate past president of the National Perinatal Association. Her primary areas of interest are mother-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and Family-Centered Neuroprotective Care of premature infants in the NICU.

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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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Social and medical models of childbirth
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #1

A medical sociologist with an interest in mixed-methods research, Edwin van Teijlingen 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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Effath Yasmin, MA, HDSE, CLEC, IBCLC, BCST
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Why Bodywork is a Significant Piece of the Puzzle of Comprehensive Tongue & Lip Tie Treatment? — The Emerging GOLD Standard of Treatment & Care
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2017: Putting the Pieces Together
India Effath Yasmin, MA, HDSE, CLEC, IBCLC, BCST

 

Effath Yasmin is an IBCLC & a Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner. Her special interests lies in Infant oral and sucking dysfunction, tongue tie treatment & rehabilitation. Her private practice in Mumbai, India, Nourish & Nurture is an outreach clinic for families seeking professional clinical lactation management, parenting counseling and craniosacral biodynamic treatment.Yasmin sits on several national and international boards and committees (Birth India, an NGO striving to support safe birth in India, International Consortium of oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP) & Advisory to GOLD Lactation). She also writes extensively on lactation, tongue tie, parenting & craniosacral therapy.

She spear-headed a professional support forum revered as a international knowledge sharing network amongst multi-disciplinary health professionals globally. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Laser Dentistry (IJLD) and in a textbook of laser dentistry and currently she is pursing self-funded research assignments on the subject of tongue tie.

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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.

Elissas 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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Extending Breastfeeding among Black and Latina Mothers: Preparing Women for the Postpartum Period
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Elizabeth A. Howell, M.D., M.P.P. is Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science and Associate Director for the Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ob/gyn health services researcher and her research interests include understanding and narrowing racial disparities in health and healthcare and addressing the health needs of low-income women of color, especially as they relate to antepartum and postpartum care. She is a NIH-funded researcher and has conducted randomized trials testing interventions aimed at reducing postpartum depression and increasing breastfeeding duration among women of color. She has served on several expert panels including for the Institute of Medicine, the Joint Commission, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and NIH. Dr. Howell received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received her medical and public policy degrees at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received her residency training at Cornell /New York Hospital and is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist. Dr. Howell received her training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale Medical School.

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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 Chetwynd, PHD, MPH, RN, BSN, IBCLC
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Cumulative Lactation and Middle Aged Onset of Hypertesnsion in African American women
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USA Ellen Chetwynd, PHD, MPH, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Ellen is a breastfeeding researcher and lactation consultant working on postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University after completing her doctoral work at UNC in Maternal/Child Health and Epidemiology. Her career in perinatal health has included work as a Program Director, Lactation Consultant, and Perinatal Nurse. She founded two lactation consultant practices, one in a Family Medicine service, and the second in an out of hospital birth center, where she maintains an active practice. Her specialty is working with maternal pain through assessment and treatment of infant physiology. Her goal is to bring her model to communities with limited existing lactation support. She co-directs her professional organization, and works with a legislative committee on reimbursement of lactation services by Medicaid. Her breastfeeding research includes pain with breastfeeding, breast milk induction, the profession of lactation consulting, and metabolic health and breastfeeding. Today’s presentation is from her dissertation.

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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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Erik Bauher, MD, FAAP
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Oral Ties and the Breastfed Baby
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USA Erik Bauher, MD, FAAP

Dr. Erik Bauer completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, medical school at University of Michigan, and otolaryngology residency and pediatric fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat of Atlanta in 2006. In practice, Dr. Bauer has developed a special interest in tongue and lip ties, especially as they affect infant breastfeeding. He feels fortunate to have expanded his knowledge of this previously under-recognized issue, and to have the opportunity to help many infants and moms navigate this challenging territory. Allowing babies to feed more comfortably and effectively has turned out to be one of the most rewarding aspects of his practice.
Sekesa Berry is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), accredited through the Academy of Lactation and Policy Practices. She worked over three and a half years counseling, teaching and supporting families as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. She is currently contracted as a Lactation Consultant for both OB/Gyn and Midwifery practices. Her knowledge and experience of breastfeeding support are essential for correcting issues that may arise during the postpartum period. She has extensive experience with helping families to overcome breastfeeding challenges such as: painful breastfeeding; engorgement and oversupply; oral restrictions such as tongue and lip tie; breast milk supply issues; and pump management.

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Fayth M. Parks, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
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Making a Way Out of No Way: Cultural Strengths, Health Disparities, and Postpartum families
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
United States Fayth M. Parks, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Fayth M. Parks, PhD is an associate professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development at Georgia Southern University. Fayth is a counseling psychologist whose scholarship and research focuses on ways diverse cultures interpret mental health, healing, and illness recovery to prevent misdiagnosing as psychopathology culturally significant beliefs and practices that can facilitate personal strengths, positive emotions, and behavior change. She has published journal articles, essays, and book chapters on this topic as well as given numerous invited lectures, TEDx Talks, and workshops. In 2009, Fayth was appointed the David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at The John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. You can follow her on Twitter @FaythParks. And visit Fayth’s website for more cultural strength-based strategies for healthy wellbeing at www.faythparks.com

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Fiona Woollard, PhD, Associate Professor in Philosophy
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You Don’t Have To: The Duty Mistake, The Justification Trap and Perceived Pressure to Breastfeed
Available in: Exploring Ethics for Lactation Consultants
GB Fiona Woollard, PhD, Associate Professor in Philosophy

Fiona Woollard is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.  She works in the Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood, with a special interest in infant feeding.  She argues that identifying philosophical mistakes in the way we think about maternal behaviour can help improve conversations about infant feeding decisions.  Her work has been widely published in journals aimed at philosophers, medical professionals and peer supporters, and in venues aimed at a general audience.  To read more about her work on infant feeding, see https://fionawoollard.weebly.com/infant-feeding.html

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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 Education Bundle #1
What do Bottles and Formula have to do with Breastfeeding?
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
Canada Fleur Bickford, BSc, RN, IBCLC

Fleur Bickford is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University. Her nursing background is in maternal and newborn care and she currently works in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Fleur is very active in the lactation community as president of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants and a professional speaker whose talks and articles have been shared internationally. During her time as a Leader for La Leche League Canada, Fleur served as a member of both the Professional Liaison Department and the Social Media Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA,CPHP
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Breastfeeding and Non-prescription Drugs
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
Domperidone and Breastfeeding
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Medications and Breastfeeding: Current Concepts
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
United States Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA,CPHP

Dr. Frank J. Nice has practiced as a consultant, lecturer, and author on medications and breastfeeding for over 40 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Pharmacy Administration, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Public Administration, and Certification in Public Health Pharmacy. He retired after 43 years of government service, including 30 years of distinguished service with the US Public Health Service. He currently is self-employed as a consultant and President, Nice Breastfeeding LLC.

Dr. Nice has published Nonprescription Drugs for the Breastfeeding Mother, The Galactogogue Recipe Book, and Recreational Drugs and Drugs Used To Treat Addicted Mothers: Impact on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Dr. Nice has also authored over four dozen peer-reviewed articles on the use of prescription medications, recreational drugs, Over-the-Counter (OTC) products, and herbals during breastfeeding. He has organized and participated in over 50 medical missions to the country of Haiti.


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Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)
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Illustrating Breech Complications
Available in: Breech Birth Lecture Pack
Inside the Inlet, labor progress at the beginning
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)

Gail Tully, is a certified professional midwife (CPM) who began her midwifery studies preparing for a breech baby's homebirth in 1983. Expecting to photograph, Gail found herself already receiving the baby as the midwife entered and declined to take over. Gail is the founder of www.SpinningBabies.com which is a top resource for pregnant women with breech positioned babies and world renown approach to physiological birthing. Retired from primary care, she enjoys being called out to an occasional breech birth. Gail Tully is the author of The Belly Mapping Workbook (2005), Resolving Shoulder Dystocia video (2011), Daily Essentials video, Spinning Babies Parent Class video (both 2014), Spinning Babies Quick Reference (2015), and Breech Birth; Quick Guide (2016).

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

Geraldine has been involved in breastfeeding support and education for 30 years in Ireland. She works in private practice as a Lactation Consultant doing home visits. She has a major interest in Adult Education and she runs Training of Trainer (Lactation) courses for healthcare professionals in Ireland. She tutors for a group called Cuidiú, training both breastfeeding counselors and childbirth educators.She has organized Peer to peer education for other groups in Ireland and abroad. Geraldine has spoken at many conferences both in Ireland and abroad or a range of topics but her choice usually comes back to her interest in Adult education and the theories around learning styles, groupwork, experiential learning and programme development.

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Gina Harris, MNM, BA
Cheryl Haggard, Co-Founder of NILMDTS
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Capturing Love with Remembrance Portraiture
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
USA Gina Harris, MNM, BA

Gina has been the CEO at NILMDTS since October 2011. Gina has extensive expertise in nonprofits and has personally been touched by the services of NILMDTS. In 2007, Gina and her husband lost their first son David du to Potter’s Syndrome. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep captured images of David. Not even a year later, the Harris’ lost their second son, Ethan from another condition called hydrops and cystic hygromas. Because his condition was so severe and the shock they were in, the couple did not get pictures of him. Gina understands from firsthand experience the significance NILMDTS images have on the healing process. Gina spent 12 years at a national youth-serving nonprofit and was the executive director for five of those years. Gina is a sought after national speaker and is a published author. She has been featured in major media including CNN, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Extra, NBC, People Magazine, and dozens of local newspapers and radio shows. Gina has a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and a bachelor of arts in television news and video communications. Cheryl Haggard is the founding parent of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is a stay at home wife to Michael and the mother of Chase, Anna, Natalie and baby Maddux. NILMDTS was formed after the birth of her fourth child Maddux Achilles Haggard, who was born with the rare condition called Myotubular Myopathy. Cheryl is extremely active in all her children’s activities. She enjoys the thrill of life, and has participated in events such as skydiving. She also knows the value of life and donated a kidney to a friend in 2007. Cheryl enjoys photography, hiking, boating, sunny days, thunderstorms, Texas hold ‘em poker, Colorado microbreweries, her two dogs and three cats, as well as everything about Tim Tebow. She and her family currently reside in the foothills of Denver, Colorado. Cheryl believes that the pain of losing a child never gets easier, and that you just become a stronger person to carry that pain throughout your life.

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Module 1: Surgical Skills
Available in: Suturing Skills & Perineal Repair Lecture Pack
Module 2: Diagnostics
Available in: Suturing Skills & Perineal Repair Lecture Pack
Module 3: Anaesthetics
Available in: Suturing Skills & Perineal Repair Lecture Pack
Module 4: Labia Repair
Available in: Suturing Skills & Perineal Repair Lecture Pack
Module 5: 1st & 2nd Degree Tear
Available in: Suturing Skills & Perineal Repair Lecture Pack

GynZone provides information for the treatment and repair of lacerations after childbirth via e-learning GynZone provides you with professional knowledge regarding injuries of the perineum occuring during childbirth via our unique e-learning system.
We are are a team of experienced midwives, obstetricians and physiotherapists who are dedicated to informing and advising both health professionals and patients.

GynZone aims to:

  • Provide evidence-based knowledge about the treatment of lacerations after vaginal birth by using animations, film footage with commentary and audio.
  • Offer hands-on workshops for students and colleagues emphasising individual competences and patient safety.
  • Inform patients about injuries occuring at childbirth and treatments for the suturing of the perineum.

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Hannah Dahlen, PhD, BN(Hons), MCommN, RM, RN
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Fighting for normal birth in an alternative facts, post truth world
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Australia Hannah Dahlen, PhD, BN(Hons), MCommN, RM, RN

Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). She is also the Higher Degree Research Director. Hannah has had national and international success with grants. Hannah has published more than 120 papers and has given papers at over 500 conferences and seminars with half of these being invited keynote addresses. Hannah has strong international collaborations. She is co-founder of the international research collaboration EPIC (Epigenetic Impact of Childbirth). In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”. She was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012 due to her research and public profile. Hannah has a strong profile in the profession of midwifery. She is a past National President of the Australian College of Midwives and she sits on several peak National and State committees. Hannah currently supervises 11 higher degree students, mostly investigating women’s birth choices. Hannah is an endorsed Eligible Midwife working in a private midwifery group practice Midwives@Sydney and Beyond in NSW.


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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
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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Heather Clarke, CNM, DNP. FACNM
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Pre and Perinatal Psychology to Improve Birth Outcomes
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
United States Heather Clarke, CNM, DNP. FACNM

My formal training as a midwife was obtained at Columbia University in 1979, however it was the hundreds of women and families who taught me the art, compassion and knowing that is required to be “ a midwife” Over the years, I provided care to women in variety of clinical settings. I have taught and precepted midwifery students in association with several educational programs, most recently Frontier nursing university. Throughout years of academia and clinical practice, I was driven to understand why some women developed life threatening obstetrical complications while others with risky life styles had problem free pregnancies and good outcomes. My doctoral focus on pre and perinatal psychology and the associated disciplines of epigenetics, embryology, neurobiology and intergenerational hereditary transmission has led me to understand the importance of a holistic approach to improve maternal wellbeing as means to improve perinatal outcomes during the preconception period. This presentation will share this science and protocols with my audience.


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Heather Pierce, BMid(Hns) BAppSc(Pty) PhD Candidate
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Pelvic floor health: pregnancy, birth and beyond
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Australia Heather Pierce, BMid(Hns) BAppSc(Pty) PhD Candidate

Heather is a Registered Midwife and Physiotherapist, passionate about improving women’s health. She is completing PhD studies at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS): her research focus is women’s ‘pelvic floor health’ in the workforce. Heather’s study forms part of an Australian Research Council and NSW Nurses and Midwives Association funded project: Fit for the Future, investigating the health of nurses and midwives. She has been awarded funding from the Australian Bladder Foundation and has authored several peer-reviewed publications: https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/heather.pierce

Heather lectured at UTS in the Bachelor of Midwifery program (2007- 2016) and worked with the Continence Foundation of Australia and the Australian College of Midwives on the ELearning course: Continence promotion: the importance of the midwife. She is current Chief Australian Delegate to the International Organization for Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, and immediate past National Chair of Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy Australia (2014 - 2016).


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Heidi Lam, B.So.Sci, IBCLC
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Breastfeeding in Hong Kong and traditional Chinese wisdom on confinement practices
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
HK Heidi Lam, B.So.Sci, IBCLC

Heidi Lam is a private practice IBCLC and La Leche League Leader in Hong Kong. She tandem nurse her two daughters and have more then 8 years of breastfeeding experience. She was accredited as La Leche League Leader in 2009. In 2010, to she was awarded the Trudi Szallasi Memorial Scholarship from Health-e-learning.com to complete a one year course on lactation medicine. In 2011, she was qualified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her job focus mainly on home visits to clients and running breastfeeding classes. Heidi is also active in promoting breastfeeding and was often interviewed by parenting magazines and other media in Hong Kong. Heidi was a Hong Kong delegate to spoke at the Susuibu.com International Lactation Conference 2010 in Malaysia. She also speaks regularly at local breastfeeding support groups.

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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 Education Bundle #1
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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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 Education Bundle #1
Cardiotocography (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) in labor: a house built on sand
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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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Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA
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Ethical Practice: Boundaries, Scope and Competency
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
USA Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA

Illysa Foster has worked with birthing families for over 10 years. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin from 1997 and earned her CPM in 2007. Illysa practiced as a homebirth midwife and later became a licensed mental health provider. Illysa co-authored Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice (2011) and has presented at local, state and national conferences on the topic of professional ethics. Illysa has taught undergraduate students in psychology and child and family development at the community college and university level. She recently retired from midwifery practice and now runs a private psychotherapy practice, Cypress Tree Therapy, in San Marcos, Texas where she provides depth and body-centered therapy to treat conditions such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Illysa was recently hired as full time professor in Psychology at Texas State University.

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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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How to Pass Go in the Game of Midwifery
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Indra Lusero, Esq., is the President and founder of the Birth Rights Bar Association and the director of Elephant Circle, where they work as an organizer, trainer, and lawyer practicing family formation and regulatory law. Indra went to law school after attending a MANA conference in 2005 where folks lamented not having a "hot shot team of lawyers" who could help defend midwives. Indra has endeavored to become just such a lawyer. Indra’s law review articles "Challenging Hospital VBAC Bans Through Tort Liability" and "Making the Midwife Impossible: How the Structure of Maternity Care Harms the Practice of Home Birth Midwifery" are published in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law and the Women’s Rights Law Reporter respectively. Indra is honored to have been named "All Around Reproductive Justice Champion" in 2013 by the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. Indra is a genderqueer Latin@ parent with a diverse family of people from all over the world

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Irena Zakanjia, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC
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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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The Neurobiology of Attachment and Fear Learning in Infancy
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016

Jacek Debiec is a Child & Adolescent and Perinatal Psychiatrist, and a Developmental Neuroscientist. He received his MD/PhD from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and completed his Psychiatry Residency, Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at New York University, New York. His research interests include early life emotional learning with a special focus on infant attachment and fear learning. Dr. Debiec’s research findings have been published in top scientific journals. He received recognition especially for his work on memory reconsolidation and mother-to-infant transfer of fear and anxiety. Dr. Debiec lectures nationally and internationally and is a recipient of several awards and honors, including Fulbright Fellowship, Herder Fellowship, Neil Miller New Investigator Award from Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from Anxiety & Depression Association of America and other.

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Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
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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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Supporting Breastfeeding People in the Legal System
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017

Jake Marcus, J.D., is the nation’s foremost expert on breastfeeding law. Formerly Staff Attorney at a non-profit assisting survivors of domestic violence, her current private practice focuses on small businesses (including the business issues of health care practitioners such as IBCLCs and midwives) and healthcare. She was Politics Editor at Mothering magazine until it ceased publication in April of 2011. She was a member of the Legal Advisory Council to La Leche League International. She created and maintains BreastfeedingLaw.com.

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Jamarah Amani, Community Midwife, CLC
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Birth Justice 101
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USA Jamarah Amani, Community Midwife, CLC

Jamarah Amani is a community midwife who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery. Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition to raising four lively children (who are also raising her), Jamarah offers midwifery care, breastfeeding consultations and childbirth education to families and communities across the state of Florida. Jamarah is the 2016 recipient of the MANA Sapling Award.

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James Akre, BA MPIA
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Breastfeeding: One man’s perspective
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Changing how we think and talk about breastfeeding
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Switzerland James Akre, BA MPIA

James Akre is a freelance author, reviewer and commentator whose focus is the sociocultural dimension of the universal norm for nurturing and nourishing children, and pathways for making breastfeeding and breast-milk feeding ordinary again everywhere. His international public health and human development career, spanning five decades, includes a combined 31 years with the International Labour Office, UNICEF and the World Health Organization; and seven years working in Turkey, Cameroon and Haiti. He is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for the International Breastfeeding Journal. He is also a reviewer for the journals Maternal & Child Nutrition and Pediatrics, and for the Danish Council for Independent Research; a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of La Leche League France; and a past member (2004-2010) of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

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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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Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI
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Birth Behind Bars – Incarcerated and Pregnant
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI

Janice Banther has been a pioneer leader among birth professionals in advocating for pregnant women who are incarcerated. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Birth Behind Bars (BBB). BBB began providing childbirth and parenting classes and labor support services to inmates in 2001. Prior to 2001 Janice focused her childbirth work primarily with at risk mothers; homeless, addicted and abused. This body of work has earned Janice the highest certifications. She is a certified CAPPA Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, Happiest Baby on the Block, Infant Massage Instructor, Trainer and Bereavement Counselor with RTS. BBB expanded its training of birth professionals to work with inmates in 2015 with the release of Birth Behind Bars Certification program; an online and manual based program equipping childbirth educators and birth professionals to work in a jail or prison environment in the United States and Internationally.

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The Maternal-Child Microbiome or: The “Oro-boobular axis”
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
The Maternal-Child Microbiome or: The “Oro-boobular axis”
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The Perinatal Microbiome
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

Tom Johnston is unique as a midwife and lactation consultant and the father of eight breastfed children. Recently retired after 27 years in the US Army, he is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Methodist University where he teaches, among other things, Maternal-Child Nursing and Nutrition. You may have heard him at a number of conferences at the national level, to include the Association of Woman’s Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the International Lactation Consultant’s Association (ILCA), or perhaps at dozens of other conferences across the country. In his written work he routinely addresses fatherhood and the role of the father in the breastfeeding relationship and has authored a chapter on the role of the father in breastfeeding for “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A survival guide to breastfeeding in the military”.

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Human Milk Synthesis: Just When You Thought You Knew
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Tom Johnston is unique as a midwife and lactation consultant and the father of eight breastfed children. Recently retired after 27 years in the US Army, he is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Methodist University where he teaches, among other things, Maternal-Child Nursing and Nutrition. You may have heard him at a number of conferences at the national level, to include the Association of Woman’s Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the International Lactation Consultant’s Association (ILCA), or perhaps at dozens of other conferences across the country. In his written work he routinely addresses fatherhood and the role of the father in the breastfeeding relationship and has authored a chapter on the role of the father in breastfeeding for “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A survival guide to breastfeeding in the military”. Tom is currently working on several articles, one which was released this year in the Clinical Lactation by USLCA on the topic of Engaging Fathers!

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Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC
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Clinical Lactation and the LGBTQ Community
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
LGBTQ Parents and Lactation – An Exploration in LGBTQ Culture
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Structure and Function: Causes and Possible Long Term Consequences
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
USA Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC

Jaye Simpson started her career in lactation in 1995, becoming a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) through Lactation Institute. She 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 have special needs and structural issues due to birth trauma.  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.

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Preparing the Mother for a Safer, Easier Birth Throughout Pregnancy
Available in: Complementary Care Lecture Pack

Dr. Jeanne Ohm is. Co-owner and practicing DC in a family, wellness based practice since 1981.

She is a sought out, international lecturer on the topic "Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy" to practicing Chiropractors and affiliated care providers and is a post graduate instructor for numerous chiropractic colleges. She has written numerous articles on pregnancy, birth, children and chiropractic and is co-author of multiple research papers published in major journals.

Dr. Ohm is the founder of Makin' Miracles...Connecting Kid's n' Chiropractic, community outreach programs and resources to educate children and adults about the life saving benefits of chiropractic. www.makinmiracles.com She is also producer of the educational video, "Birth Trauma: A Modern Epidemic"

Her professional positions include: CEO for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association: www.icpa4kids.com Executive Publisher and Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org ICPA developer and instructor of the Webster Certification. Co-developer of the ICVPA/ PBRN Research program. She is an active Board member of: The Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice: chiropracticfamilypractice.org, Life Chiropractic College West: bhttp://lifewest.edu/, Holistic Pediatric Alliance: hpakids.org and the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation: vertebralsubluxation.health.officelive.com

Dr. Ohm's professional mission is to provide birth care providers with the skills to care for more pregnant mothers and children. She is committed to educating other practitioners with the information to support natural birthing in their practices. It is her understanding that birth trauma is a public health concern, and therefore it has become her goal to eliminate its damaging effects on the newborn. She intends to accomplish this by:

• adequately training DC's in specific chiropractic techniques and care for pregnancy, birth & infancy for the promotion of natural birthing.

• forming national alliances for chiropractors with like-minded birth practitioners and attendants

• empowering mothers to make informed choices in pregnancy and birth

• offering patient educational tools which address this issue

Dr. Ohm is married to Dr. Thomas Ohm, Chiropractor. They have six children and eight grandchildren who have all received chiropractic care since conception. They were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.


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Ethics and breastfeeding: Is not doing good a bad thing
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Ethics and breastfeeding: Is not doing good a bad thing
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Dr. Jeffrey L. Ecker is a high-risk obstetrician and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Medical School, he completed his ob/gyn residency at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrical ultrasound at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Ecker has filled many leadership roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; including his current service as Chair of the Committee on Obstetric Practice. Dr. Ecker is a Founding Member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and serves on the Perinatal Advisory Committee for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement organization.

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Changing the Conversation about Perinatal Support for Women of Size
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016

Jen McLellan is a publish author and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 5 year old.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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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Where There's A Will, There's A Way! Midwifery as a model for reducing racial disparities, building community and creating revenue
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018

Jennie Joseph, a British-trained midwife and women’s health advocate, moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey which has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child healthcare system, The JJWay®

She is the Executive Director of her own non-profit corporation Commonsense Childbirth Inc. which operates two health centers in Orlando, Florida.

Due to the poor birth outcomes experienced by low income and uninsured women she has established outreach clinics for women who are at risk of not receiving prenatal or gynecological care. Her ‘Easy Access’ Prenatal Care Clinics offer quality maternity healthcare for all, regardless of their choice of delivery site or ability to pay and have successfully reduced perinatal disparities

Jennie’s school, Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, trains and certifies midwives, doulas and perinatal paraprofessionals emphasizing culturally competent and community focused care. Her midwifery model of care can be implemented by any willing provider.

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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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Jenny Clarke, NHS Midwife
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Skin to skin – Is it really happening?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
GB Jenny Clarke, NHS Midwife

Jenny Clarke is a full time clinical midwife, her experience as a midwife has led to a passion and interest about the physiology of skin to skin contact. Jenny loves presenting and sees this as an intrinsic part of her role – to pass the baton of midwifery to future midwives.A llarge part of Jenny’s extramural work is centred around how to improve skin to skin contact rates for the newborn and the mother in all birth settings including the operating theatre. The platform of social media is a key part of Jenny’s life and helps her to connect with others who are working hard to raise the profile of maternity services. In the 21st Century the importance of digital community cannot be underestimated to help spread evidence, question practice, gain courage and inspire others - something which Jenny strives to achieve through her skin to skin work.

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Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB
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Dealing with Neonatal Loss: Meeting the Needs of Your Patient Without Ignoring Your Own
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Dealing with Neonatal Loss: Meeting the Needs of Your Patient Without Ignoring Your Own
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USA Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB

I attended Texas Christian University and completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. I started my nursing career in a 107 bed level III NICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where I had the opportunity to care for some of the sickest babies. After my time there, I transferred to another hospital where I worked in labor & delivery, Antepartum, OR, and continued to care for babies. In 2013, I had the opportunity to complete my masters in nursing education at Walden University and began working as a perinatal nurse educator. I am currently the Nurse Residency and Clinical Simulation program coordinator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the chair of the DFW section of AWHONN, and the host chair for the 2016 National AWHONN Conference. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing with my dog, Winnie, and serving at my church.

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Jessica Tearne, BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD, MAPS
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Parental age and mental health outcomes in children- what do we know and where to from here?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
Australia Jessica Tearne, BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD, MAPS

Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her research interests are in mental health in childhood and adolescence, maternal mental health, and nutrition and lifestyle in mothers and young infants. Her major research projects to date have included an investigation of the influence of parental age on mental health problems in children and adolescents, and an investigation of key predictors of mental health outcomes in a cohort of Western Australian children. She completed Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Western Australia in 2015. In 2011, she was named as an inaugural member of the ISSBD Jacobs Foundation Early Career Scholar Fellows. Jessica currently works at the Telethon Kids Institute developing a comprehensive lifestyle intervention program for women and their infants postpartum. In her work as a psychologist, Jess has a particular interest in working with personality disorders and mental health after traumatic life events.


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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1
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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Jim Thigpen, PharmD, BCPS
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Choosing wisely – Antibiotic Selection in the NICU
Available in: Neonatal Pharmacology Lecture Pack
USA Jim Thigpen, PharmD, BCPS

Jim Thigpen, PharmD, BCPS, is Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. and PharmD degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a specialty residency in pediatrics and has served as a pediatric clinical pharmacist for the last 25 years. He has a passion for educating student pharmacists, residents, and clinical team members in all aspects of pediatric pharmacotherapy. He was awarded the Faculty Teaching Award in 2011 and the Outstanding Teacher Award by the classes of 2010, 2011 and 2015. His practice and research interests are broad and include neonatal abstinence syndrome, neonatal sepsis, medications in breastfeeding, among others. He has had the honor of speaking at the Academy of Neonatal Nursing Conference in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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Jocelyn Toohill, RM, RN, PhD
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Understanding, Confronting and Reducing Childbirth Fear
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Australia Jocelyn Toohill, RM, RN, PhD

Dr Toohill is a research fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Her PhD focused on a midwife psycho-education intervention for women with childbirth fear. In a randomised controlled trial she tested the efficacy of midwife counselling in women who screened high for childbirth fear. She found following midwife counselling that women’s confidence for birth had increased and childbirth fear levels decreased. She currently manages a project to translate this evidence to routine practice at the Gold Coast University Hospital. A midwife of more than 25 years, she was co-lead on the Queensland Normal Birth Clinical Guideline introduced in 2012, and is currently investigating enablers and barriers to use of this guideline. She is passionate about support for women to achieve normal birth, set up a publicly funded birth centre in 2006, the home of midwifery group practice on the Gold Coast.

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A safe passage: Supporting women survivors of abuse through the childbearing years
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Beyond “screening”: Fostering safe spaces for asking and responding to disclosures of abuse in the transition to mothering
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Beyond “Screening”: Nurturing Safer Spaces to Elicit and Respond to Disclosures of Abuse
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Unpacking the concept of “Holding Space”: Beyond rhetoric toward action in supporting survivors of trauma in the childbearing years
Available in: Trauma Informed Care Lecture Pack
“If they just knew better, they’d do better”: Care provider myths, transliteracy, and the need for a trauma informed approach in reproductive care
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

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.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1

Jodine Chase is a public relations and communications consultant specializing in issues and crisis management news analysis. Jodine is a long-time breastfeeding advocate who, as a volunteer, works for many breastfeeding related causes including advocating for the re-establishment of milk banks, amending policies and legislation to protect breastfeeding rights, and appropriate infant and young child feeding during emergencies including the Syrian refugee crisis. Jodine serves on the board of her local breastfeeding advocacy group, the Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton (BACE), which is implementing a human rights education grant project to increase the number of Breastfeeding Friendly public spaces in her city. She also volunteers with the Best for Babes Foundation, ILCA, INFACT Canada, and Friends of the WHO Code. She’s involved in many breastfeeding related events including BfB’s Miracle Milk Stroll and Quintessence’s Breastfeeding Challenge.

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John Brock Harris, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
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Neonatal Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Characteristics and Implications for Pharmacotherapeutic Decisions
Available in: Neonatal Pharmacology Lecture Pack
USA John Brock Harris, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

John Brock Harris, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, joined Wingate University School of Pharmacy in November 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering concentrating in Biosciences from North Carolina State University in 2002. After completing undergraduate work, he received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy in 2007. He completed his first year post-graduate education at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina followed by second year post-graduate education specializing in pediatrics at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Harris became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy while completing his pediatric post-graduate work in 2009 and Board Certified in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy in 2016. Dr. Harris is an inpatient clinical practice faculty member in pediatrics at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina where he has practiced for nearly 10 years.

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Joy MacTavish, IBCLC, RLC, MA
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Addressing Pediatric Dental Health Concerns of Breastfeeding Families
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Sending Reports: What’s in it for IBCLCs?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
USA Joy MacTavish, IBCLC, RLC, MA

Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant. She is the owner of Sound Beginnings, which provides in-home consultations and education on lactation, babywearing, and more. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth, newborn, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in the greater Seattle area. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. Joy is passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.

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Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE
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Mindful Breastfeeding: How Lactation Professionals Can Support Calm and Connection
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
USA Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE

Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant. She is the owner of Sound Beginnings, which provides in-home consultations and education on lactation, babywearing, and more. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth, newborn, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in the greater Seattle area. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. Joy is passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.

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

Joy Noel-Weiss RN IBCLC is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Dr. Noel-Weiss researches breastfeeding and human lactation. Professor Noel-Weiss' doctoral research study was titled Relationship Between Intravenous Fluids Given to Women During Parturition and Their Breastfed Newborns' Weight Loss. Her Masters' research was a randomized controlled trial testing a prenatal breastfeeding workshop designed to increase maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy. For future research, Dr. Noel-Weiss is developing tools to measure infant feeding patterns and to measure clinicians' confidence in their ability (i.e., their self-efficacy) to support individuals who choose to breastfeed.

In addition to these quantitative studies, Dr. Noel-Weiss recently completed qualitative research about ethical dilemmas and lactation consultants and about mothers' experiences using baby scales in their homes. Currently, Dr. Noel-Weiss works with a research team as the principal investigator on a research study titled Transmasculine Individuals' Experiences with Pregnancy, Birthing and Feeding Their Newborns. The study is funded with an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Gender and Health.

Dr. Noel-Weiss chairs the International Lactation Consultants Association's Ethics and International Code Committee and co-chairs the uOttawa School of Nursing's working group for joint appointees and adjuncts. She has a cross appointment to the Ottawa Hospital and is a member of The Ottawa Hospital Nursing Research Work Group. Recently, Dr. Noel-Weiss became a member of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program's Breastfeeding Promotion Committee.

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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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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Judy Terwilliger, RN, CMT, FBT
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How B.E.S.T. (Basic Evaluation of Structural Tension) Relates to Breast©
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
USA Judy Terwilliger, RN, CMT, FBT


Judy Terwilliger is a Clinical RN Therapist with Pediatric experience for over 30 years. As lead therapist, researcher and educator in her proprietary form of functional mobility therapy (Functional Bowen™), she works with allied health care providers in the resolve of hidden structural barrier challenges for infants and children. Her collaborative, integrative team care approach sees many successes. She is committed to equipping families with the tools necessary in support of breastfeeding and enabling parents to participate in the resolve of their children’s structural challenges. She is a member of the National Society of Pediatric Nurses and was a nominee in the 2013 Clinical Excellence in Practice Award. She has been a speaker at the Northern California Placer County Breastfeeding Coalition, Imperial Valley Breastfeeding Summit and presented at the 2016 California Breastfeeding Coalition. Her professional memberships include: ABM Network, International Pediatric Integrative Medicine Network, IATP, and Breastfeeding USA. Judy is a licensed continuing education provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, California Board of Registered Nurses, The California Physical Therapy Association, and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

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We Sued the Sheriff: Lessons from Rulemaking in Arizona
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Julie Gunnigle is an attorney and solo practitioner in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past two years, Julie has represented individual midwives and the Arizona Association of Midwives as they struggled with new regulations and rules that threaten the profession. Julie is the proud mother of three children (one named after her amazing CNM.) She is also a member of the Birth Rights Bar Association and founder of Doulaw.com.

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Neonatal Analgesia: A Balanced Approach
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017

Karel Allegaert received his MD and PhD at the KU Leuven, Belgium where he trained as a pediatrician-neonatologist, with an additional expertise in clinical pharmacology. He is professor at the KU Leuven (department of development and regeneration) and is clinical consultant at the pediatric intensive care unit of the Sophia's Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research is focused on developmental perinatal pharmacology and neonatal and pediatric pain, has been supported by European funding (Albino study), and national grants (FWO, IWT-SBO) and has resulted in about 300 PubMed citations, H index 33. He is member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, president of European Society of Developmental Pharmacology and section head clinical pharmacology of the European Society of Pediatric Research.

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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 D’Apolito, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
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Care and Management of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Care and Management of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
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USA Karen D’Apolito, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Karen D’Apolito is a Professor and Program Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has made national and international contributions to the care of drug-exposed infants through both education and research. Dr. D’Apolito received her PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Post Masters Certificate as an NNP from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 2011 Dr. Apolito became a Fellow in American Academy of Nursing for her work with substance exposed infants. She developed a unique inter-observer reliability program to train healthcare professionals in assessing infants for signs of withdrawal. She has published numerous articles related to the effects of intra-uterine drug exposure on neonatal abstinence and has been an invited speaker to many local, national and international conferences to speak on this topic. Dr. D’Apolito has participated in two large multi-site clinical trials associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome and she recently completed a grant received from the TN Department of Health to identify the common treatment practices of infants with NAS within the state of TN.

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Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
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karen strange
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Meconium: Facts, Implications, Perspective and Understanding
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Meconium: Facts, Implications, Perspective and Understanding
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Neonatal Transitional Physiology, Delayed Cord Clamping De-Mystified
Available in: Midwifery Education Bundle #1
Pitfalls During Resuscitation of the Newborn
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The Baby’s Experience of Birth, and Tools for Healing and Integration
Available in: Midwifery Education Bundle #1
When You Know Better, Do Better
Available in: When You Know Better, Do Better
When, why and how to give those first few breaths at birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
U.S.A. Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen H. Strange Certified Profession Midwife and American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor since 1991. She is founder of the "Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn" workshop, which includes the physiology of newborn transition, the evidence-based studies having to do with neonatal resuscitation, the “when and how” to do neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way. She incorporates the babies experience of birth and tools for healing when things do not go as planned. Her course is especially adapted to those that work in the out-of-hospital settings. She has taught over 8,000 people worldwide.

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Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA
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Breastfeeding multiples: Learning the dance of breastfeeding and lactation with two, three or more newborn partners
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Multiple pregnancy and birth perinatal care – one size does NOT fit all
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Multiple pregnancy and birth perinatal care – one size does NOT fit all
Available in: NARM Midwifery Bridge Category 1: Emergency Skills
USA Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA

Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA works part-time on special lactation consultant projects for TriHealth Hospitals (Cincinnati, OH) after more than two decades of private and hospital IBCLC practice. She has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and has experience in labor and delivery, childbirth education and postpartum discharge care. A La Leche League leader since 1975, she formed the first LLL group for mothers of multiples after the birth of her twin sons and still leads this group. The experiences of the group’s mothers provided the basis for her book Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More. Her numerous articles and chapters about breastfeeding multiples have been published in professional and lay publications. A former ILCA president (1994-96), she was designated Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) in 2008.

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Infant and young child feeding in emergencies: Background, best practice, and what you can do
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
Milk sharing: Comparative risks and biomedical ethics
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2

Karleen Gribble is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and a member of the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Core Group. Her research interests include adoptive breastfeeding, long-term breastfeeding, child protection and breastfeeding, peer-to-peer milk sharing and the parenting and care of maltreated children. Karleen is active in research, policy development, advocacy and training 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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
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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Engendering System Integration of Home Birth through a Quality Narrative and Guidelines for Collaboration
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Kate T. Finn, MS, LM is owner of a private midwifery home birth practice in Ithaca, New York. An activist midwife, Kate is working to engender integration of home birth within the maternity system by developing of models of collaboration. Working with her Regional Perinatal Center, coordination of transfers from home births was promoted in educational outreach to 19 affiliated hospitals. A delegate to three national Home Birth Summits, Kate is active on the multi-stakeholder Collaboration Task Force which released Best Practice Guidelines: Transfers from Planned Home Birth to Hospital in 2014. Kate serves on the board of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, where Kate chairs the Quality Committee and the Home Birth Integration Initiative, which developed consensus Guidelines for Planned Home Birth in NY, released in 2015. Kate is currently developing an outreach program and materials promoting integration of planned home birth to maternity hospitals across New York.

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Kate White, MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
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Best Practices in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Somatic Health for Optimal Birth Outcomes
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack
USA Kate White, MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
<p>Kate White is and award-winning craniosacral and massage therapist, prenatal and early childhood educator. She has training in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic approaches. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy with brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. Her work is a translation of research on how parents are with their babies starting prenatally affects neural pathways and perception. She is Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health where she manages a large online educational program for professionals.</p>
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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: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #1

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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Reducing Primary Cesarean: Supporting Physiologic Progress in Labor
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Using Breastmilk to Study Breast Cancer Risk
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Using Breastmilk to Study Breast Cancer Risk
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Kathleen Arcaro, Ph.D. is a professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received a BS from Douglass College, a PhD from Rutgers University and conducted postdoctoral research at both the State University of New York at Albany and the Wadsworth Laboratories of the New York State Department of Health. For the last decade Dr. Arcaro has been studying breastmilk as a means of understanding how environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect the development of breast cancer. Her current breastmilk research program is focused on using DNA methylation in breastmilk to accurately assess breast cancer risk and as a tool for early detection. Dr. Arcaro’s research on the epigenetics of cells in breast milk has been funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the National Institutes of Health. http://www.vasci.umass.edu/research-faculty/kathleen-f-arcaro http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/

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Kathleen Baird, PhD, MA Ed, PG Dip HE, BSc(Hons), HDE, RM
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The role of the midwife in supporting women who experience domestic violence and abuse during pregnancy
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
The role of the midwife in supporting women who experience domestic violence and abuse during pregnancy
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Australia Kathleen Baird, PhD, MA Ed, PG Dip HE, BSc(Hons), HDE, RM

Dr. Kathleen Baird is a Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Service, Gold Coast Hospital. For the last fifteen years Kathleen’s main research interests have centred around intimate partner violence, with a focus on violence during pregnancy. Kathleen’s PhD explored women’s experiences of partner violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Kathleen has been involved with domestic violence training of qualified health professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate health students and members of the voluntary services for several years. Kathleen is currently involved with several research projects in relation to intimate partner violence and the role of health care and sits on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council.

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
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Breastfeeding and Survivors of Adverse Childhood Events
Available in: Trauma Informed Care Lecture Pack
Breastfeeding Helps Mothers Overcome the Legacy of Abuse and Adversity: It Makes All the Difference
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 370 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 24 books on maternal depression, family violence, and breastfeeding. Her most recent books include: Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014). Her websites are UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, and PraeclarusPress.com. Google Scholar link: http://bit.ly/1nSwWIW

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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

Dr Leeper first worked as a general pediatrician, and helped to develop a free-standing, nonprofit breastfeeding center in Lincoln, Nebraska called MilkWorks, which opened in 2001. She served as its Medical Director, practicing breastfeeding medicine exclusively until 2014. After moving to Kansas City, KS in 2014, she returns to Nebraska monthly to see patients at MilkWorks, and has contracted with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, the Kansas High Five for Mom and Baby hospital project, and the Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide education to medical professionals in Kansas. In 2014 she joined the Milk Mob to serve on the board of directors, as a trainer and to help with the development of new educational material. She was honored as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 2009, and elected to its Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as chair of the Education Committee.

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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
us 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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Kathy Venter, RN, IBCLC
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Supporting Maternal Confidence: A Case Report Reflecting Culture, Collaboration, and Communities
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
USA Kathy Venter, RN, IBCLC

Registered Nurse (since 1975) and trained midwife (1985) International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1990. WHO|UNICEF trained BFHI Assessor and Trainer (1991) through IBFAN Africa Past Chair for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Past Chair of the education committee of the Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario Currently:
WHO/UNICEF BFHI Master Assessor Lactation consultant Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Breastfeeding educator and BFI consultant. Recipient of the Canadian Lactation Consult Association 2010 and 2014 Award for Clinical Excellence.

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Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA
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Young Mothers and Breastfeeding in Belgium
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
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.

Katrien worked as a volunteer breastfeeding-counsellor, provincial coordinator and training manager for the Belgian breastfeeding-organisation Borstvoeding vzw between 2010-2014. In 2013 she became an IBCLC. Since than she's working as a lactation consultant and a nutritionist in private practice at the non-profit organisation Aardig Levenvzw.

Katrien often works with natural parents who choose for attachment parenting. She's doing research on full-term breastfeeding and is the administrator of a Dutch mothergroup for full-term breastfeeding-mothers on Facebook. Working with teenage mothers it's often on internet forums or in collaboration with the Public Centre for Social Welfare and municipality Herenthout, with the aim of supporting
disadvantaged families.

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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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Inside the NICU Parent Experience: Overcoming Communication Barriers
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017

Keira Sorrells is the mother of triplets born at 25 weeks, 5 days gestation. After starting a non-profit, the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation in 2008, to offer support services to NICU and bereaved families, she became aware that a collective voice for parents of NICU babies was missing in the Maternal and Infant Health community. In response, she helped launch the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA) in 2012, where she now serves as President. PPA is a national network of 35 NICU parent support organizations that collaborate to represent the needs and best interests of NICU families in a variety of ways. Ms. Sorrells believes a trusting parent-provider relationship is crucial to build a foundation of empowerment and support on which NICU families thrive well beyond discharge, no matter what the ultimate outcome may be.

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Kergie Leitgeb, MD, IBCLC
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Milksharing- Traditions Old and New
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GOLD Kergie Leitgeb, MD, IBCLC

MD Dr. Kergi Leitgeb, IBCLC is a General Practitioner in private practice specializing in the care of breastfeeding mothers with a focus on medical issues of lactation including sucking skills, tongue-tie and medications during breastfeeding.
She has been working in lactation counselling for over 10 years with La Leche League and for the Public Health Initiative for breastfeeding. In 2012 she completed the IBCLC exam and started to work as an independent lactation consultant. Besides her work in private practice, she continues to work as a GP doing locums and on-call duty for the Red Cross.
Dr. Leitgeb is involved in activities with La Leche League Austria, such as training of new counselors, representing the Association of Breastfeeding Lactation Austria in her region and initiates and organizes many events related to breastfeeding. She is an accredited assessor for BFHI and has been involved with several hospital accreditations in Austria.

Monica Vilela Carceles Fraguas: Graduation: 1983, University of Sao Paulo, School of Medicine Residence in Pediatrics: 1984/1985, Hospital das Clinicas - School of Medicine - University of Sao Paulo Training in Neonatology: 1986, Hospital das Clinicas - School of Medicine - University of Sao Paulo Clinical practice in Neonatology since 1987 Chief of the Well Newborn Nursery of Promatre Paulista since 2009 Medical Coordinator of the Breastfeeding Supporting Group in Promatre Paulista

Dr. Amal El Taweel, MD, IBCLC Graduate of Cairo Faculty of Medicine (1986). Master's of pediatrics, Cairo University (1992). Doctorate of Pediatrics, Al Azhar University (2002). Devoted to breastfeeding promotion since certification as IBCLC in 2003. Treasurer, Executive manager and educational coordinator of the Egyptian Lactation Consultants' Association (ELCA). Director and main lecturer of the reputable Certificate Program of Lactation Management conducted by ELCA since 2004 whose graduates are around 400 Egyptian and some Arab IBCLCs and replicating the same course in Madinah Monawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, since October 2015 and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently this March 2016 . Member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) since 2008 and ILCA multicultural committee since 2011. Member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 2009. International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Arab World since 2009. Speaker in many national, Arab and international conferences e.g. ILCA/ VELB 2010 in Basel Switzerland, ILCA 2012 in Orlando USA, ILCA 2015 in Washington DC USA and presenter of many web seminars. Author of many internationally published papers in the field of lactation. I conduct research in diverse areas of lactation like growth, development, microbiology, parasitology, physiotherapy, professional development, neonatology and pediatrics.
Moderator: Wendy Brodribb, MPPBS, PhD, FABM

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The Impact of Birth Interventions on Maternal & Infant Behaviour and Physiology
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg got her MD and a PhD in Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been employed as a full professor of Physiology at the University of Agriculture in Uppsala, Sweden. She has worked with research linked to the physiology of labor and breastfeeding for more than 30 years. The focus of the research has been on the role of oxytocin and sensory stimulation, in particular stimulation of cutaneous sensory nerves during labor, skin-to-skin contact after birth and breastfeeding. She has worked with animal experiments and also studies involving humans. She has studied the physiological mechanisms involved in birth and breastfeeding and also short and long term physiological and behavioral maternal adaptations induced during birth and breastfeeding.She is also working with the role of oxytocin during human animal interaction and in menopausal women.

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Fetal and Labor Stress and Breastfeeding
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Fetal and Labor Stress and Breastfeeding
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EDUCATION: Tbilisi State Medical University with honours; Wellstart Int.,Lactation Management course, San-Diego, USA; Institute of Pediatrics, Moscow, Russia; Ph.D. course. Working experience: Chief Pediatrician of Georgia; President of NGO/UNICEF Regional Network for Children of CEE/CIS and the Baltic States elected for two terms. AWARDS: Georgian National Academy of Science Awards For Science Achievements In Medicine; SOUTHEAST European Medical Forum Awards for contribution to medical science development; Title of the Best doctor of Georgia; Certificate of Achievement for successful participation in a technical cooperation program -Agency for Development of the Government, Washington, USA. PUBLICATIONS: Author of more than 100 medical articles including manuals; 2 copyright patent certificate; Co-author of Georgian Law on “Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding and Regulation of Artificial feeding;

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Kiddada Green is the founding executive director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, co-­‐creator of Black Breastfeeding Week, founding member of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, lead consultant for the First Food Friendly Community Initiative, and an esteemed member of the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program. She is committed to supporting families, and training maternal child health professionals on culturally appropriate breastfeeding support. As an expert in community-­‐centered approaches, she put forth recommendations for The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, has been featured in Ebony Magazine, and is a program reviewer for the American Public Health Association. She is a published writer for Breastfeeding Medicine and an avid learner. Kiddada holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University.

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Kimarie Bugg, DNP (s), RN, MPH, IBCLC
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Establishing & Maintaining Milk Production When Exclusively Pumping
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Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Kimarie Bugg, DNP (s), RN, MPH, IBCLC

Kimarie Bugg is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice student and is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a National nonprofit corporation developed in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community. Kimarie previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPs, a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the nominating committee of United States Breastfeeding Committee. She also provides training for healthcare providers and community transformers nationwide. She completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. In 2016, Kimarie received a Legacy Award from the United States Breastfeeding Committee for her work in the breastfeeding arena for 38 years. She believes that Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation can take place in marginalized communities, starting with Breastfeeding. Kimarie lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Dr. George W. Bugg Jr, a neonatologist and they are the parents of 5 adult children.

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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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Mastering Cross-Cultural Communication Skills: How to Speak and Engage Effectively Across Cultures and Varied Audiences
Available in: Creating Connection: Communication Skills for Lactation Educators
Raising Our Voice: Breastfeeding Advocacy for Health Care Providers, Professionals, and Volunteers'
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2

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
Providing preconception and prenatal care for LGBTQ2S families
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018

Kristin Kali, LM CPM is a midwife, teacher, writer, speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in LGBTQ family building and gender inclusivity. Kristin is a warm and engaging presence, delivering professionalism and expertise with a down-to-earth, personable style. Kristin is an authoritative resource on LGBTQ healthcare during conception and pregnancy, functional approaches to fertility, and midwifery model preconception care.

Kristin is the owner of MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services, internationally renowned for LGBTQ family building expertise. In addition to providing preconception care via telemedicine to families across the globe, Kristin provides midwifery care, home insemination, classes and support groups in Seattle, WA. You can read more about MAIA services, download webinars, access professional training, and purchase fertility related products at MAIA Midwifery & Fertility.


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Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE
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Epigenetics and Breastfeeding: The Potential Longterm Impact of Breastmilk
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Hold the Phone! Diet Does Matter During Breastfeeding: Implication of Diet on Fatty Acid Composition and Other Nutrients
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2018
Natural, Toxic or Who Knows? The implications of breastfeeding and marijuana use
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
Postpartum Mood Disorders, Breastfeeding and the E