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Ibone Olza, MD; Phd; Child and Perinatal Psychiatrist
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The Psychological Experience of Physiological Childbirth
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2019
Spain Ibone Olza, MD; Phd; Child and Perinatal Psychiatrist

Ibone Olza, MD, PhD, is a Child and Perinatal Psychiatrist, researcher, writer and mother of three. She is a co-founder of El Parto Es Nuestro (“Birth is Ours,”) and ApoyoCesareas (“Cesarean Support”) as well as a 20+ year member of Via Lactea, Spain ́s oldest breastfeeding support group. For 19 years Dr. Olza worked as a Child psychiatrist in the Spanish public healthcare system, and in 2009 she started the first perinatal psychiatry program in Madrid and became a member of Marcé Society. In 2014 Dr. Olza began to develop the Perinatal Mental Health Online Training Program at Terra Mater, which in 2017 transformed into the European Institute of Perinatal Mental Health. Dr. Olza is currently working as an associate professor at Alcalá University Faculty of Medicine and directing the Institute. In 2017, she published her fifth book, the ground-breakingParir (“Birth”). Other book titles include “Lactivista”, “Nacer por cesárea” and “Hermanos de leche”, a children´s book about extended breastfeeding and human milk banks. She is an activist for mother´s and babies human rights in childbirth and breastfeeding.

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Role of Midwives in Humanitarian Crisis
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood was born in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. He graduated from Chittagong Medical College, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1987. Subsequently he completed Pediatric Residency training from Brooklyn Hospital, New York and fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology from New York Hospital - Cornell University. Dr. Mahmood established;HOPE Foundation for Women; Children of Bangladesh, in 1999 in the USA as a charitable organization with a mission to provide healthcare to the poor and needy women and children in Bangladesh. Through HOPE Foundation he established HOPE Hospital, midwifery training program, 5 rural birth centers, 4 rural health centers in Cox's Bazar. Under his leadership, HOPE established extensive Rohingya response services with 9 primary care centers and SRH centers and a field hospital for women. Under Dr.Mahmood’s leadership HOPE Foundation is currently building first standalone 75 bed fistula and maternity center in the country. Dr Mahmood is the convener of biennial international conference on maternal health and fistula in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
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Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC
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Can Broths and Baths Help the Baby Blues? Where Indigenous Wisdom Meets Functional Medicine
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Minneapolis Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, CLC (she/her) is a doula, public health educator, researcher, and integrative massage therapist specializing in myofascial release therapies including the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal, and Infant Massage as a Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner®. She is founder and owner of Black Moon Bodywork, LLC which offers massage therapy blended with health coaching in integrative and indigenous practices to support hormone balance, digestion, sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive justice.

Ihotu’s decade of experience in femme and family health includes years as a DONA certified birth doula and lactation counselor, prenatal yoga teacher and dancer, rape crisis counselor, Institute for Integrative Nutrition coach, and director of pre-conception health programs funded by the March of Dimes. She has collaborated with midwives and physicians in Haiti, Nigeria, Congo, and Morocco, and worked in health policy and research with the U.S. Congress, Clinton Foundation, United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Raised between Minnesota, New York City, and West Africa with respect for both indigenous and evidence-based medicine, Ihotu strives to offer innovative care that is affordable, consent- and trauma-informed, gender fluid and ancestrally rooted. Her writing, public speaking, and coaching brings together emerging science in hormones and gut-brain health, functional medicine, Reproductive Justice and Afrofuturism movements. She offers an intercultural commentary on the busy modern lifestyles, social pressures, and unresolved trauma often at the root of today’s chronic health conditions.

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Ilana Azulay Chertok, PhD, RN, IBCLC
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Delayed Lactogenesis II In Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Available in: Complex Medical Issues in the Lactating Parent
Israel Ilana Azulay Chertok, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Dr. Ilana Azulay Chertok is a Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research and Scholarship at the Ohio University, College of Health Sciences and Professions, School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s in international relations and nursing, master’s in nursing, doctorate (PhD) in epidemiology, and post-doctorate in nursing research. The primary focus of her research is national and global maternal-infant health, specifically lactation and breastfeeding research. She has published and presented her work in national and international journals, conferences, and other professional forums. Dr. Chertok has served as a mentor to undergraduate students, graduate students, and health professionals of various disciplines including nursing, medicine, and public health. Currently, she is the lead PI on a study examining the differences in breastfeeding and breast milk between women with and without gestational diabetes mellitus.

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Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA
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Ethical Practice: Boundaries, Scope and Competency
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
USA Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA

Illysa Foster has worked with birthing families for over 10 years. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin from 1997 and earned her CPM in 2007. Illysa practiced as a homebirth midwife and later became a licensed mental health provider. Illysa co-authored Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice (2011) and has presented at local, state and national conferences on the topic of professional ethics. Illysa has taught undergraduate students in psychology and child and family development at the community college and university level. She recently retired from midwifery practice and now runs a private psychotherapy practice, Cypress Tree Therapy, in San Marcos, Texas where she provides depth and body-centered therapy to treat conditions such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Illysa was recently hired as full time professor in Psychology at Texas State University.

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Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher
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Hypnobirthing as a means to facilitate calmer, pain free easier births
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
NL Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher

Inbal Sigler is the founder of Isis HypnoBirthing & Yoga. She is also a certified HypnoBirthing trainer, Yoga teacher specialized in pre- and postnatal, and a licensed doula. Isis Hypnobirthing & Yoga is a comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth preparation program combining techniques of Hypnobirthing, Theta Healing, Chinese Medicine and Yoga. Inbal supports women on the amazing journey to motherhood in fertility, pregnancy support and birth support.

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Human Rights During Birth and Lactation: Health Care Providers as Human Rights Defenders
Available in: Clinical Ethics for Lactation Professionals

Indra Lusero is founder of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association. As a Queer, Genderqueer, Latinx parent rooted in the Rocky Mountain West, Indra is attuned to the importance of people on the margins and our role in leading the dismantling of oppressive systems to build a more equitable world. Indra helped pass legislation in Colorado to eliminate the shackling of incarcerated women during pregnancy and birth, to improve midwifery and birth center regulations, and to create more humane policies for families impacted by substance use. Indra also spearheaded the creation of "Birth Rights: A resource for everyday people to defend human rights during labor and birth.

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