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Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI
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The New IBC Tongue Tie Assessment Tool: From Validation to Practice
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Canada Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI

Edith Kernerman is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and clinician in Toronto, seeing over 2000 breastfeeding families each year. She is co-founder and President of the International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC), co-founder and Clinic Director of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic, (NBC), senior faculty at IBC’s Centre for Breastfeeding Studies, and an IBLCE mentor. She is the creator and founder of the International Meeting of the Minds, co-creator of Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding, the L-Eat Latch and Transfer Tool; author of GamePlan for Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the First 24 hours of Life and Beyond, and creator of the Pain Algorithm for Sore Nipples and Breasts. Her recent focus has been 1] not yet latching baby, 2] identifying and treating tongue and lip tie, 3] Mammary Constriction Syndrome. Kernerman is also co-founder and President of the Ontario Lactation Consultants Association. Edith Kernerman has 3 wonderful breastfed children.

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Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD, FHEA, MPHE
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Social and medical models of childbirth
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
United Kingdom Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD, FHEA, MPHE

Edwin van Teijlingen is a medical sociologist with an interest in mixed-methods research. He has published widely in the field of midwifery and maternity care. He has also published on various aspects of research methods in a format easily accessible to a lay audience, including a paper on research ethics published in a midwifery journal. He has conducted cross-cultural research into the organisation of maternity care, whilst his most recent overseas’ research is largely based in South Asia. He is professor at Bournemouth University, England and Visiting Professor at two universities in Nepal. His edited books include: Birth by Design: Pregnancy, Midwifery Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe, New York: Routledge, 2001 and Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth: Comparative Perspectives, New York: Nova Science, 2004

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Elissa O'Brien, B.Sci (clin) M.Health.Sci (osteo) Member Osteopathy Australia
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Australia Elissa O'Brien, B.Sci (clin) M.Health.Sci (osteo) Member Osteopathy Australia

Elissa is a passionate osteopath, business owner and mentor.Elissa has worked as an Osteopath in private practice in Melbourne since graduating in 1998.
She started her own multidisciplinary clinic in 2002, combining osteopathy with, massage, naturopathy, kinesiology and counselling. In 2015 Elissa merged her business with a local podiatrist and started The Balwyn Health Hub.
She is well known for her treatment of children and pregnant women although her patient base also includes a strong focus for; the family unit, the elderly, performers, athletes and the chronically ill. Her special interest in osteopathic diagnostic reasoning often helps patients understand why chronic dysfunctions are not healing.
Elissa’s passion for working with pregnant women, babies and children allows close professional relationships with lactation consultants, midwives and doulas which has led to her guest lecturing at a number of multidisciplinary conferences.

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

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Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC
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USA Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC

Beth is the owner and manager of Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services and Breastfeeding Center in Northwest NJ. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a NJ licensed Registered Nurse (RN) with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and reproductive biology from Tulane University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She began her clinical nursing career in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and now has over 16 years of experience in the areas of reproductive biology, community and mental health, school nursing and maternal/child health.
Beth was a US Peace Corp Volunteer in French-speaking Cameroon, West Africa, where her passion for working with mothers and babies was born. Beth is an accredited La Leche League Leader (since 2006) and has trained as a birth and postpartum doula. She enjoys working with medically diverse mother/infant dyads, training and mentoring lactation consultants and interns. She enjoys writing for breastfeeding publications and speaking professionally, especially internationally, where she has the opportunity to learn about the diversity of breastfeeding experiences and share her knowledge. She also enjoys planning and hosting Mother Blessing ceremonies, an alternative to the traditional "baby shower," where expectant mothers are emotionally supported to explore their instinctive abilities to birth and breastfeed their babies.
Beth is currently attending Georgetown University’s Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program and will graduate in the Spring of 2017. She looks forward to having the privilege of incorporating her lactation expertise with comprehensive primary health care of the whole family.

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

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

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Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.
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south africa Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.

Ellen Kamman was born in the Netherlands. After completing her degree in Biomedical Health Sciences in 1995, she decided to move to South Africa in 1997. She runs her own research support company, focussing on social statistics, poverty, HIV and development research. She became a La Leche League leader in 2008 to help other mothers breastfeed, and is actively involved in the field of breastfeeding in South Africa. In 2011, Ellen became an IBCLC. She currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and three children.

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

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

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