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Carol Gray, CST, LMT, RYT200
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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: Lactation Conference 2014
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
USA 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 Conference 2016
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: Lactation Conference 2015

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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Organization of tongue movements before and after frenotomy for posterior tongue-tie: an Ultrasound analysis
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

Catherine Watson Genna has been an IBCLC in private practice in NYC since 1992. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks internationally on these topics. Her current research projects involve analyzing infant sucking via ultrasound and studying suck:swallow rhythms using cervical auscultation.  She is the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008 and 2013) and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools (Hale Publishing, 2009) and serves as the Associate Editor of the USLCA Journal

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Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
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2014 Lactation Summit: Steps to Dismantling Inequities in the Lactation Profession
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
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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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
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
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!
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
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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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
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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Holistic Management of the Drug Dependent Neonate
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015

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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The Art of Communication: Simplifying Birth and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE

Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, has a background in curriculum development and education. She has made a career of teaching lactation in ways that simplify learning. One of her early creations, the “Lego Stack” uses building blocks to compare the ingredients in human milk to formula. This model is used internationally to clearly explain the differences between human milk and artificial human milk. 
She has been awarded the United States Presidential Volunteer Award for her community service, the Phyllis Klaus Founder's Award from DONA International 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 has earned their Visionary Award for 2015.
Christy Jo is the author of Mommy Feeds Baby/Mama alimenta al Bebe, a children’s book that normalizes breastfeeding. 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 the Department of Public Health, and faculty for the CAPPA CLE© and Childbirth Educator Programs.

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Cindy Leclerc, RN BSN IBCLC
Jana Stockham, RN BSN IBCLC
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14 Principles We Wish We’d Known at the Beginning; Reflections on 20 Years as IBCLC’s
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Meeting your breastfeeding goals
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Canada Cindy Leclerc, RN BSN IBCLC

Cindy Leclerc and Jana Stockham are Registered Nurses and IBCLCs with over 40 years combined experience helping new families get started with breastfeeding.  They are the co-founders of Cindy & Jana Health Resource. The company’s website, cindyandjana.com and app, NuuNest, guide families through the postpartum period.

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
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Galvanising Effective Action on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding: The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
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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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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Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM
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Brief Breastfeeding Encounters: Effective Counseling Techniques When Time is Limited
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Cultural Competence or Cultural Humility? A Roadmap for Lactation Specialists
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
Heartbroken: Loss and Grief in the Perinatal Time Period
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This: Traumatic Birth, Traumatic Stress, and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
My Brain is Doing What? Bias, Ethics, and the Lactation Specialist
Available in: GOLD Alumni 2016 Lecture Pack
Perinatal Mental Health Screening: A Primer for Lactation Specialists
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
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
Available in: Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Lecture Pack
Unpacking the Invisible Diaper Bag of White Privilege: An Overview of Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM

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 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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