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Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)
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The Tongue is for Life: Oral Restrictions and their Impact on Breastfeeding and Throughout the Lifetime
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2018
Australia Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)

Dr. Dan Hanson, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)
Dr Dan Hanson is a dentist (BDS) and Buteyko breathing educator (MBIBH) who since 2011 has limited his practice to early interceptive treatment of soft tissue dysfunction, breathing dysfunction and malocclusion. Since 2014 his focus has been laser frenectomy procedures to help infants and toddlers to sleep, breathe, feed and grow properly through correction of oral function. His treatments in his various locations include correction of tongue and lip restrictions for all ages including children and adults, as well as myofunctional orthodontics. 

Working in a team with a collaborative approach to maximize health gains is a key feature of his philosophy of care. 

Dr Dan has lectured to professional audiences on a regular basis since 2012, with locations including London, Lyon, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, and Auckland. His topics include Tongue Tie as well as craniofacial growth and development. 

Practicing from a variety of clinics including Gold Coast (Holistic Dental Care), Brisbane (Enhance Dentistry) and Melbourne (Myofocus), his mission is to make these vital treatments accessible to as many people as possible. To help with this goal he is co‐founder of The Tongue Tie Institute – an educational organization focused on sharing valuable information about diagnosis and management of oral restrictions.

Outside his career as a dentist and breathing educator, Dr Dan has a passion for self‐ awareness and is involved in "Men's Work". Co--‐facilitator of men's groups on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, he enjoys running workshops to help people connect and grow emotionally. He has been married to Rachel since 2007 and enjoys spending time in nature, including kite‐surfing and hiking.

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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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Paternal Perinatal Mental Health: Yes, It's a Thing, and What to Do About It
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020

Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley won the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Division on Men & Masculinities. He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities as well as Postpartum Support International's Advisory Council. He conducts trainings around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and drive his two sons to activities all over town so they can’t escape his annoying shrinky questions. Follow him @MenExcel and www.facebook.com/MenExcel/.

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The Postpartum Nest: Helping Parents Lay the Foundation for Their Child's Lifelong Health
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020

Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame researches moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating anthropology, neuroscience, clinical, developmental and educational sciences. Her earlier careers include professional musician, business owner, classroom music teacher, classroom Spanish teacher and seminarian, among other things. She grew up bilingual/bicultural but calls the earth her home. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences wellbeing and moral character in children and adults. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and former editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Kindred, Your Whole Baby, and the Self Reg Institute. She has numerous publications, including more than 20 books such as Indigenous Sustainable Wisdom: First Nation Know-how for Global Flourishing; Basic Needs, Wellbeing and Morality: Fulfilling Human Potential and Embodied Morality: Protectionism, Engagement and Imagination. A recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She blogs for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and hosts the webpage EvolvedNest.org.

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Sterile Water Injections for Lower Back Pain in Labor
Available in: Supporting Birth in Challenging Situations

David Carter-Plake, LM, CPM began his career in Maternal and Child Health over 25 years ago working in hospital systems as a labor and delivery nurse. After completing disaster relief work in New Orleans and Haiti, David started searching for alternative ways to provide services to people in need of maternity care. Finally deciding on the traditional midwifery path instead of nurse midwifery, David attended Midwives College of Utah graduating with an Associate of Science in Midwifery degree in 2018 and will complete a Bachelor of Science of Midwifery in August 2019. David is planning on continuing his education at MCU in the graduate degree program with a focus on midwifery education. David lives in El Paso, Texas where he has a solo midwifery practice, Imagine Midwifery Services, providing birth center and home birth care to birthing people of El Paso, Southern New Mexico, Chihuahua, Mexico and beyond. David has 5 dogs and one 20-year-old cat. He enjoys reading, travel, movies, and watching the performing arts in his leisure time.

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Maternal Cardiac Disease During Pregnancy Made Simple
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Dr. David Abel is a perinatologist that serves an underserved population in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley of California. I have a passion for education, and teach regularly at the annual American College of Ob/Gyn meeting as well as other venues. He is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and maternal-fetal medicine fellows at the University of California San Francisco. In addition, he is chairperson of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Education Committee, ultrasound subcommittee.

He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center. He then went on to complete residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center. His fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine was completed at Duke University Medical Center.

His interests include prenatal diagnosis/genetics, ultrasound, fetal echocardiography, preconception counseling, cardiac disease during pregnancy, maternal mortality and anticoagulation in pregnancy. He is a fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a chairperson of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Education Committee, Ultrasound Section. His hobbies include making jam, collecting rock music criticism books and hiking in the desert.

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Biomechanics of milk extraction during breast-feeding
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

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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Session 4: Clinical aspects of physiological vaginal breech birth
Available in: Vaginal Breech Proficiency by Breech Without Borders
Session 6: Breech simulations: Recognizing and correcting abnormal breech labor
Available in: Vaginal Breech Proficiency by Breech Without Borders

Dr. Hayes is an OBGYN with an academic background and a passion for science and its proper application to clinical medicine. He has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières and has attended births in high- and low-resource settings and in both home and hospital. Physiologic breech birth and supporting the training of breech birth attendants are particular interests of his. Before joining Breech Without Borders in 2019, he had a home birth practice in Asheville, NC at Harvest Moon Women's Health. Dr. Hayes pursued training in vaginal breech birth during both medical school and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, at a time when instruction in vaginal breech birth was no longer routinely included in the training of obstetricians in the United States. He has performed an estimated 140 vaginal breech births using traditional obstetric maneuvers in dorsal lithotomy positions. In 2016 he hosted a training session on physiologic vaginal breech birth taught by Dr. Shawn Walker, PhD. Since that time he has been fortunate to attend many more vaginal breech births with a 100% vaginal breech birth rate and no significant complications or instrument interventions.

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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
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
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!
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Late Preterm Infants: Not as Grown up as they look!
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Not always a safe place: Intrauterine Infections
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
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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Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a developmentalist and author of the bestselling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one). She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is the Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center. Her book has been translated into 7 languages – Korean, Italian, German, French, Danish, Spanish, and Russian.

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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
Available in: Complementary Care Lecture Pack
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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Neonatal Pain: The Evidence and the Knowledge to Action Gap
Available in: Pain Management in the NICU Lecture Pack

Dr Denise Harrison is a Professor and the Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families at the University of Ottawa and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Canada. Her program of research titled Be Sweet to Babies focuses on pain management for neonates, infants and young children. She has co-produced a series of videos with parents and clinicians in multiple languages, showing effective pain management during painful procedures for newborns and infants up to one year of age. The videos are being used as knowledge translation interventions, and their effectiveness of implementation is being evaluated in diverse settings. Dr Harrison is an advocate for sick and healthy babies and their families, and argues that no non-urgent painful procedure should be performed without use of evidence-based pain management strategies.


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Denise Love is a dynamic international speaker and educator. She is passionate about life and compelled to support women through their many transitions in life. With an ever developing interest in life and death, she walks the path with many around death, particularly women whose babies die, either in utero, at birth, or soon thereafter. With a Masters degree in nursing, living and working in remote villages in Asian countries as well as Australia, she is determined that women and babies be treated respectfully within their cultural expectations.

As a childbirth educator and an instigator of the introduction and training of doulas in Australia 20 years ago, Denise identified the vital need for birthing women to ""find their voice"" and trust their ancient internal ability to birth their babies. This recognition was stimulated by the developed world's highly structured interventionist and medicalised birthing paradigms and seemingly inflexible protocols and practices. Birth matters and so does the way we all die. Combining direct language, ritual and acknowledgement of grief when a baby dies, Denise brings a refreshing attitude and approach. In her early years, practising as a Registered Nurse in remote indigenous communities, Denise gained valuable insight into how to trust our innate ability to birth, live fully and die. Denise's view has since been further reinforced through her work with vulnerable marginalised villagers in developing countries, where death is accepted as just a normal part of living.


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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
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
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
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What Would Mammals Do?
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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
Out of the Blue: Post-Partum Mood Disorders and Breastfeeding
Available in: Out of the Blue: Post Partum Mood Disorders and Breastfeeding
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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The Evidence and Future of Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring
Available in: GOLD Obstetrics Conference 2020

Diogo Ayres-de-Campos is currently Associate Professor at the Medical School - University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Chair of the Obstetrics Department of the Santa Maria University Hospital, Lisbon. Until December 2016 he was at the Medical School University of Porto and S. Joao Hospital in Porto, where he was Associate Professor, Senior Consultant, Director of the labour ward in 2004-2008, and coordinated post-graduate studies in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2008-2011.

His main scientific areas of interest are intrapartum fetal monitoring and obstetric simulation. He is a co-inventor of the “Omniview-SisPorto®” program for computer analysis of fetal monitoring signals (Speculum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006), the clinical record database Obscare (Virtualcare, Porto, Portugal), and was the medical consultant for the development of the “Lucina®” obstetric simulator (CAE Healthcare, Montreal, Canada, 2014).

He has published 130 papers in international Medline-indexed journals, edited 2 international books, authored 18 international book chapters, and has given 182 invited lectures at international scientific meetings. He was Editor-in-chief of the “Acta Obstetrica e Ginecologica Portuguesa” 2006-2010, and Associate Editor of “ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology” 2012-2014. He chaired the scientific committee of the 1st , 2nd and 3rd European Congress of Intrapartum Care (ECIC).

He is the President-elect of the “European Association of Perinatal Medicine - EAPM” and was Secretary General of this society from 2016-2018. He is Council Member of the “European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology - EBCOG”, and co-ordinator of EBCOG Part 2 Exam. Between 2010 and 2018 he integrated the “Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health committee” at the “International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology - FIGO”, where he co-ordinated the 2015 revision of the “FIGO guidelines on intrapartum fetal monitoring”. He participated in the World Health Organisation consensus panels for “Recommendations on antenatal care” and “Intrapartum care and reduction of unnecessary caesarean section”.

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Update On The Evaluation And Management Of Low Milk Supply
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When Supply is Greater than Demand: Maternal Hyperlactation Syndrome
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020

Divya Sinha Parikh MD, IBCLC, FAAP is a board certified pediatrician practicing in Columbus, OH. She received her medical training at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her residency in general pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University. She formerly served on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee at MetroHealth Hospital Systems in Cleveland, OH and created a breastfeeding medicine clinical rotation during residency. Within her practice, she has extensive experience managing lactation concerns and has taken a special interest in mentoring current and aspiring breastfeeding providers. She has presented her work at local and national meetings.

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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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Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC
Lisa Gonzales, BSN, RN, IBCLC
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United States 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 a variety of settings including private practice, county and state public health programs and high risk maternal and pediatric hospitals. She began teaching lactation training courses in 2003 and is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching in the Pathway 2 Lactation Training Program in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health at Portland State University. She is a past presenter for the GOLD Perinatal Conference. 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.

Lisa Gonzales, BSN, RN, IBCLC earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield College. She started her nursing career as a Labor and Delivery nurse at a Level III OB hospital in 2006. After having her first baby, Lisa pursued lactation education and became an IBCLC in 2013. She made full career change in 2015 to become a lactation nurse in a high risk maternity and pediatric hospital, providing inpatient and outpatient consults to growing families. She is an active member of the Oregon Washington Lactation Association, the US Lactation Consultant Association and the International Lactation Consultant Association. Lisa currently helps families during in-home visits with her private practice.

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Dominic Wilkinson, Professor, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPCH
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Ethical Issues in Neonatal End of Life Care
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2019
United Kingdom Dominic Wilkinson, Professor, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPCH

Dominic Wilkinson is Director of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. He is a consultant in newborn intensive care at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He also holds a health practitioner research fellowship with the Wellcome Trust and is a senior research fellow at Jesus College Oxford.

Dominic has published more than 130 academic articles relating to ethical issues in intensive care for adults, children and newborn infants. He is co-author (with Julian Savulescu) of ‘Ethics, Conflict and Medical treatment for children, from disagreement to dissensus’ (Elsevier, 2018). He is also the author of 'Death or Disability? The 'Carmentis Machine' and decision-making for critically ill children' (Oxford University Press 2013) ("the best book of the decade in bioethics... this is a book that must be read by everybody who is seriously interested in the bioethical issues that arise in neonatal intensive care or, more generally, in decision making for children with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening conditions." (John Lantos, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews). He was Editor and Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics from 2011-2018.


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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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Dr Jane Hanley, FRSPH, PhD, RGN, RMN, Dip Health Visiting, Dip Counselling, FETC
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An Introduction to Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health
Available in: Listening Skills Lecture Pack
The Process of the Listening Visit – Challenges and Successes
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UK Dr Jane Hanley, FRSPH, PhD, RGN, RMN, Dip Health Visiting, Dip Counselling, FETC

Jane has worked in London, Swansea, Bahamas and Oman, as a Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse and Health Visitor. She retired from her last post as Senior Lecturer in Public and Mental Health, and now has honorary status. Jane was the first health visitor to be made the President of the United Kingdom Marcé Society and then the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. She is currently on the Executive Board of the Marcé Society and is the Director of her training company in Perinatal Mental Health. Many of her courses have been accredited by the Continuing Professional Development Service. Jane is also working closely with the All Wales Perinatal Group and has been involved in many national and international groups.

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Dr. Kumar Ankur, MD (Pediatrics), DNB (Neonatology)
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India Dr. Kumar Ankur, MD (Pediatrics), DNB (Neonatology)

Dr. Kumar Ankur, MD, DNB is a passionate Neonatologist, teacher and steers a education training program in neonatal Fellowship for postgraduate students & neonatal nurses. Currently I am Senior Consultant & In charge of Department of Neonatology, Centre For Child Health at BLK Superspeciality Hospital Delhi, India. Under his supervision students are doing Postgraduate program in Pediatrics (DNB- Diplomate National Board) & Fellowship in Neonatology. During the year 2019 he presented his research poster Title: Tongue Ties Affecting Breastfeeding in Early Term & Full Term Neonates. in ESPGHAN 2019 & one pediatric resident is doing her dissertation on Prevalence of Lingual Frenulum in Infants with ≥1800 grams Birth-weight.

He is also the Joint Secretary & Treasurer of prestigious National Neonatology Forum, Delhi. National Neonatology Forum ( NNF) is a strong and large body of more than 8000 neonatologists across India and abroad. NNF has been actively involved in advocacy, policy making, research and ensuring quality health care to newborn for the last 4 decades. He is involved with various ToT (Training of Trainers) for NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program); KMC (Kangaroo Mother Care), Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC) to the sick and preterm newborns. He had been past Secretary (2014) & President (2018) of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Central Delhi Branch.

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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
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
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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Engaging Fathers in Maternity Care
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
How To Enhance Breastfeeding A Lot: Engage Fathers
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020

Duncan Fisher promotes and develops support for parents to advance child health and development. In the last year he has been working with breastfeeding researchers across the world and with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to advance the idea of "breastfeeding as teamwork", following striking findings from research of the high gains from engaging with fathers and other family members. In UK he co-founded the Fatherhood Institute and for three years he served on the Board of the Government’s gender equality body, the Equal Opportunities Commission. He manages the website, FamilyIncluded.com, where all recent research on breastfeeding and fathers/families is reported. He initiated and currently manages a website for Cambridge and Princeton Universities reporting research on child welfare and development, ChildandFamilyBlog.com. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2008 for his “services to children”. Duncan lives in Wales and divides his time between family work and work to support sustainable economic development in his home country.

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