GOLD Learning Speakers
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
Topic: Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth - [View Abstract]
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).
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.
Topic: Understanding the Prolactin Receptor Theory - [View Abstract]
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
Barbara Wilson-Clay has been in private practice in Austin, Texas since 1987 specializing in difficult breastfeeding cases. She co-founded the Texas Chapter of Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. In 1998 she helped found the non-profit Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, and retired from the (volunteer) board of directors as Vice President after 10 years of service. She has been a volunteer lobbyist in the Texas legislature during each legislative session since 1993, and helped pass the landmark Right to Breastfeed in Public bill in 1995 and a bill to provide pumping accommodations for public employees not covered by the Affordable Care Act in 2015. She provides corporate consulting services to Apple Computer. Barbara’s research and commentaries have been widely published. She has participated in midwifery training at local Austin birthing centers and her book, The Breastfeeding Atlas, is widely used to train midwives and health workers all over the world.
Topic: Looking Closely at The Baby - [View Abstract]
Topic: Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding: Essential Concepts for Midwives - [View Abstract]
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
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.
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”.
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Dr. Ghaheri’s clinical interest is helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties. This desire stems from personal experiences, where both of his daughters had significant problems breastfeeding. He is one of the only ENT surgeons in the US who uses an in-office laser treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast, in addition to treating older children and adults for certain dental and speech issues.
Topic: Diagnosis and Management of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie in Breastfeeding - [View Abstract]
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.
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Briana Tillman received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She has been a La Leche League Leader for 8 years and is a board certified lactation consultant. After spending 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, she is currently attending medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. She loves spending time with her husband and three elementary-school-aged children—as a family they like to play board games, go camping, and play bluegrass and chamber music.