GOLD Learning Speakers
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Hannah Katsman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and earned a BA from Barnard College and an MA in education from Hunter College. She moved to Israel in 1990 with her husband and 6-month-old son. After a poor experience breastfeeding her oldest, and a much better one after the birth of her second son only 18 months later, she began answering breastfeeding questions from mothers in the neighborhood. In 1999 she became a La Leche League Leader, and has worked as an IBCLC in private practice since 2011. At her popular website, A Mother in Israel, she writes social commentary on breastfeeding, parenting, Judaism, and women’s issues. Her second website, Cooking Manager, is about healthy and efficient home cooking and also grew out of her work supporting young families. She lives in Petach Tikva with her husband and six children, aged 9-23, and serves as Area Coordinator of Leaders for LLL Israel.
Professor Helen Ball is Head of Anthropology at Durham University in the UK. She has been researching infant sleep for the past 20 years, concentrating on the sleep ecology of infants, young children and their parents. She has conducted research in hospitals and the community, and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care. Last year Professor Ball received an award for Outstanding Impact in Society for her research from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. She pioneers the translation of academic research into evidence for use by parents and healthcare staff via the Infant Sleep Information Source website.
Topic: Sleep Ecology and Development in Early Infancy - [View Abstract]
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Helene Johns has a clinical midwifery background and a keen interest in women's experience of birth and early parenting. She is a volunteer counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Working as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in Melbourne and as a Midwife in Well Women’s Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, she is involved in the provision of advocacy, advice, support and referral in both roles, in the latter through the state-wide Women’s Health Information Centre. Helene’s clinical roles involve the provision of Pap tests and sexual health screening for well women and De-Infibulation for women who have experienced female circumcision. Helene has a particular interest in breastfeeding influences and outcomes which has led to her involvement in the Mothers and Infants Lactation Cohort (MILC) study. She is a PhD candidate at The Judith Lumley Centre (formerly Mother and Child Health Research), La Trobe University.
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
Henci Goer, award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was a valued resource for childbirth professionals. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, has won the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. Goer has also written The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, which gives pregnant women access to the research evidence, as well as consumer education pamphlets and articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals. Goer’s latest project is Childbirth U, a website selling narrated slide presentations at modest cost that will help pregnant women make informed decisions about care.