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The Neurobiology of Attachment and Fear Learning in Infancy
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016

Jacek Debiec is a Child & Adolescent and Perinatal Psychiatrist, and a Developmental Neuroscientist. He received his MD/PhD from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and completed his Psychiatry Residency, Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at New York University, New York. His research interests include early life emotional learning with a special focus on infant attachment and fear learning. Dr. Debiec’s research findings have been published in top scientific journals. He received recognition especially for his work on memory reconsolidation and mother-to-infant transfer of fear and anxiety. Dr. Debiec lectures nationally and internationally and is a recipient of several awards and honors, including Fulbright Fellowship, Herder Fellowship, Neil Miller New Investigator Award from Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award from Anxiety & Depression Association of America and other.

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Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
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Late Onset Decreased Milk Supply
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
CAN Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Dr.Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa (in the Transkei).  He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984.  He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding: With Teresa Pitman, published in 2000 is Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding, as it's known in Canada (revised editions, April 2012); also with Teresa Pitman, published in 2006, is The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success which has now come out in French.  He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers which is available in English and French with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

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James Akre, BA MPIA
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Breastfeeding: One man’s perspective
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Changing how we think and talk about breastfeeding
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Switzerland James Akre, BA MPIA

James Akre is a freelance author, reviewer and commentator whose focus is the sociocultural dimension of the universal norm for nurturing and nourishing children, and pathways for making breastfeeding and breast-milk feeding ordinary again everywhere. His international public health and human development career, spanning five decades, includes a combined 31 years with the International Labour Office, UNICEF and the World Health Organization; and seven years working in Turkey, Cameroon and Haiti. He is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for the International Breastfeeding Journal. He is also a reviewer for the journals Maternal & Child Nutrition and Pediatrics, and for the Danish Council for Independent Research; a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of La Leche League France; and a past member (2004-2010) of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

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Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC
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Ankyloglossia – Recognition of the many different forms & Impact on Breastfeeding and Lifelong Health
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

James G. Murphy, MD, is a private practice pediatrician specializing in Breastfeeding Medicine. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hérbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served 25 years active duty as a physician with the US Navy, 12 years as a contract pediatrician with the US Navy and 6 years as a Government Service Medical Officer at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Vice President of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, a member of ILCA and, since 2009, an IBCLC. Dr Murphy began performing lingual frenulotomies in Oct 2003 and has performed over 2800 of these procedures to date including posterior sub-mucosal fibrous bands and 300 Upper Lip Tie releases.

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Jane A. Morton, MD; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
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Beyond Baby Friendly, Thinking Outside the Box
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
First Touch, First Food, First Hour …in a mother’s hands
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
USA Jane A. Morton, MD; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Jane Morton has had a long, fulfilling career as a general pediatrician. She has also had a long-standing interest in breastfeeding, from understanding its clinical benefits to practical solutions for mothers having difficulty in providing breastmilk to their infants. Over the years, she has conducted research on human milk and breastfeeding and has designed and implemented systems and policies to help breastfeeding mothers. She produced award winning videos on this topic, including “Breastfeeding: A Guide to Getting Started”, “A Preemie Needs His Mother: Breastfeeding a Premature Baby” and “Making Enough Milk, the Key to Successful Breastfeeding”. These have been translated and widely used in thousands of hospitals to train both staff and new mothers. As an executive board member of both the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, she enjoyed working to enlarge the footprint of breastfeeding, both nationally and internationally. For a 5 year period, she joined the neonatology clinical faculty at Stanford to develop the Breastfeeding Medicine Program. In that position, she had the opportunity to design a nationally recognized educational program, conduct and publish original research on milk production and composition in mothers of very low birth weight infants, and publish a study with the AAP on the efficacy of a breastfeeding curriculum for physician residents in training. She was an advisor to the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, and was a key author of the toolkit “Nutritional Support for the Very Low Birth Weight Infant”. She co-authored the book Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU. She has published extensively and presented her original research and educational workshops internationally. She continues to teach at Stanford where she is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita.
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Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI
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Birth Behind Bars – Incarcerated and Pregnant
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USA Janice Banther, CCCE, CLD, CHBE, CIMI

Janice Banther has been a pioneer leader among birth professionals in advocating for pregnant women who are incarcerated. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Birth Behind Bars (BBB). BBB began providing childbirth and parenting classes and labor support services to inmates in 2001. Prior to 2001 Janice focused her childbirth work primarily with at risk mothers; homeless, addicted and abused. This body of work has earned Janice the highest certifications. She is a certified CAPPA Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, Happiest Baby on the Block, Infant Massage Instructor, Trainer and Bereavement Counselor with RTS. BBB expanded its training of birth professionals to work with inmates in 2015 with the release of Birth Behind Bars Certification program; an online and manual based program equipping childbirth educators and birth professionals to work in a jail or prison environment in the United States and Internationally.

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Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC
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Clinical Lactation and the LGBTQ Community
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
LGBTQ Parents and Lactation – An Exploration in LGBTQ Culture
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Structure and Function: Causes and Possible Long Term Consequences
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Jaye Simpson, CLE, IBCLC, RLC

Jaye started her career in lactation in 1995 becoming a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) through Lactation Institute and then became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2000. In 2005 Jaye completed her training in infant massage and is a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage tailoring her classes for parents whose babies had special needs and structural issues due to birth trauma. In 2010 Jaye completed training to become a Bowen Therapist. Specializing in working with babies with structural issues, Jaye’s studies and research led her to develop the Structure and Function training program in 2013 teaching professionals in the birth and breastfeeding fields how to evaluate infant structure and function as it relates to breastfeeding. Jaye also specializes in LGBTQ issues as they relate to lactation, parenting and cultural acceptance. As part of the LGBTQ community herself, she has personal and professional experience with LGBTQ Issues which lends her a unique perspective and insight to the LGBTQ world.

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Ethics and breastfeeding: Is not doing good a bad thing
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Dr. Jeffrey L. Ecker is a high-risk obstetrician and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Medical School, he completed his ob/gyn residency at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrical ultrasound at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Ecker has filled many leadership roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; including his current service as Chair of the Committee on Obstetric Practice. Dr. Ecker is a Founding Member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and serves on the Perinatal Advisory Committee for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement organization.

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Changing the Conversation about Perinatal Support for Women of Size
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016

Jen McLellan is a publish author and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 5 year old.

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Jeni Stevens, RN (Hon Class 1), RM, IBCLC
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How to facilitate immediate Skin-to-Skin post a Caesarean Section: Increasing Breastfeeding Success
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Australia Jeni Stevens, RN (Hon Class 1), RM, IBCLC

Jeni Stevens is a PhD candidate from the University of Western Sydney. Jeni is a mum of four boys, a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked in Sydney Hospitals since 2007. Two years ago she became a lactation consultant, and has a passion in educating people about breastfeeding. She has previously completed research which focused on midwives and doulas perspectives of the role of a doula.

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Jennifer Kamel, VBAC Strategist & VBAC Facts Founder
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The Ethics & Realities of Forced Cesarean Surgery
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education
USA Jennifer Kamel, VBAC Strategist & VBAC Facts Founder

Jen Kamel is a VBAC strategist, national speaker, and founder of VBAC Facts®. VBAC Facts was born out of her own frustration as a cesarean parent attempting to understand the medical literature and political barriers surrounding VBAC. Her mission is to increase VBAC access through educational programs, legislative action, and amplifying the consumer voice. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support so they can plan the joyful birth of their choosing in the setting they desire. She travels the country presenting her signature program, “The Truth About VBAC” and speaking at various regional and national conferences, including Human Rights in Childbirth, DONA International, and the Indiana Midwives Association. She has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board on the importance of VBAC access and is a board member for the California Association of Midwives.

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Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB
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Dealing with Neonatal Loss: Meeting the Needs of Your Patient Without Ignoring Your Own
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
USA Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB

I attended Texas Christian University and completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. I started my nursing career in a 107 bed level III NICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where I had the opportunity to care for some of the sickest babies. After my time there, I transferred to another hospital where I worked in labor & delivery, Antepartum, OR, and continued to care for babies. In 2013, I had the opportunity to complete my masters in nursing education at Walden University and began working as a perinatal nurse educator. I am currently the Nurse Residency and Clinical Simulation program coordinator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the chair of the DFW section of AWHONN, and the host chair for the 2016 National AWHONN Conference. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing with my dog, Winnie, and serving at my church.

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Improving NICU outcomes by Including Parents in Developmental Care
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack

Jill Bergman qualified from University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1983 with a degree and post graduate teachers diploma. She has taught in Zimbabwe and South Africa and lectured at a teachers training college.

She has supported her husband Dr Nils Bergman in Kangaroo Mother Care since he started in 1988, and in a full-time capacity since 2000. She has made 4 films and written a book- Hold Your Prem- for parents of premature babies, all making the neuroscience that Nils teaches applicable in practice and translating care into non-technical language.. She has a passion for supporting mothers in labour as a doula and as a kangaroula speaking for the needs of newborns, empowering mums and babies with early bonding and breastfeeding. She trains nursing staff and hospitals in the practicalities of skin to skin contact, and developmental care. She and Nils have three super youngsters,two just finished university.

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Jill Radtke Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC
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Meeting the Late Preterm Breastfeeding Challenge: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
U.S.A. Jill Radtke Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Jill Demirci is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of General Academic Pediatrics. She worked clinically as a staff nurse on a mother-baby unit for seven years, and obtained IBCLC certification in 2010. Dr. Demirci received her PhD in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her dissertation was a qualitative grounded theory study examining breastfeeding establishment and maternal role acquisition in mothers of late preterm infants. Her clinical and research interests involve breastfeeding issues in premature and vulnerable populations, low breast milk supply management and “diagnosis,” and perceptual and communicative barriers to breastfeeding continuation and exclusivity. She is currently conducting a pilot study comparing the effect of meditation versus an herbal supplement on the perception of insufficient milk supply.

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Jocelyn Toohill, RM, RN, PhD
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Understanding, Confronting and Reducing Childbirth Fear
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Australia Jocelyn Toohill, RM, RN, PhD

Dr Toohill is a research fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Her PhD focused on a midwife psycho-education intervention for women with childbirth fear. In a randomised controlled trial she tested the efficacy of midwife counselling in women who screened high for childbirth fear. She found following midwife counselling that women’s confidence for birth had increased and childbirth fear levels decreased. She currently manages a project to translate this evidence to routine practice at the Gold Coast University Hospital. A midwife of more than 25 years, she was co-lead on the Queensland Normal Birth Clinical Guideline introduced in 2012, and is currently investigating enablers and barriers to use of this guideline. She is passionate about support for women to achieve normal birth, set up a publicly funded birth centre in 2006, the home of midwifery group practice on the Gold Coast.

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A safe passage: Supporting women survivors of abuse through the childbearing years
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Beyond “screening”: Fostering safe spaces for asking and responding to disclosures of abuse in the transition to mothering
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
Beyond “Screening”: Nurturing Safer Spaces to Elicit and Respond to Disclosures of Abuse
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016

An advocate for women, Jodi Hall has dedicated herself to understanding the impact of traumatic events on the childbearing years, and toward creating solutions designed to change lives. Jodi shares her knowledge on topics related to trauma in the lives of mothers through workshops and training sessions for healthcare professionals, counsellors and social service workers throughout the world.

Jodi has worked as a doula since 1995, and a woman’s abuse counsellor where Jodi gained experience working directly with women experiencing abuse.  It is through years of sharing spaces with women experiencing abuse, that Jodi’s much sought after way of ‘being with’ women was nurtured.

Jodi Hall holds a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.  Jodi has been instrumental in various research studies on marginalized women’s access to services that promote health. She resides with her family in London, Ontario, where she co-runs a private counseling practice with Amanda Saunders, MSW, RSW and Holly Gibson, MSW, RSW, who are also skilled birth workers, called Sharing Spaces.

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Addressing Breastfeeding Discrimination in Edmonton, Canada
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Breastfeeding Harrassment: When Moms Face Humilitation, Discrimination and Even Arrest
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Jodine Chase owns a public relations firm specializing in news analysis. She is a longtime breastfeeding advocate with five children and three grandchildren. She curates Human Milk News. She provides communications and social media strategy support to the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee as a volunteer member of the board. She is a founder of the Breastfeeding Action Committee for Edmonton (BACE), Human Milk for Human Babies, and is a supporter of the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank. She works to raise the profile of breastfeeding discrimination issues in Canada and around the world. 

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Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE
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Addressing Pediatric Dental Health Concerns of Breastfeeding Families
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE

Joy MacTavish provides classes and in-home lactation consultations through her private practice, Sound Breastfeeding. She has hospital-based, community-based, and private practice experience, and enjoys teaching and consulting with families throughout the perinatal period, including prenatally all the way through weaning. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in Seattle, North King, and South Snohomish County in Washington State. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Women Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington where her focus was on identity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. She also co-directs the annual Breastfeeding Help Beyond the Hospital Stay Conference in Seattle. Joy is passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.

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Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD
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Resolving Ethical Dilemmas Using a Qualitative Study and Case Examples
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD

Joy Noel-Weiss is a retired La Leche League Leader, an RN and IBCLC, and  an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her nursing background includes working with families in community and hospital to provide postpartum and breastfeeding support. Professor Noel-Weiss has researched newborn weight loss, self-efficacy and breastfeeding, and ethical dilemmas among lactation consultants. Joy collaborated with Trevor MacDonald to lead a team from community to complete a research study that explored transmasculine individuals experiences with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

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Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD
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When Transgender Men Chestfeed or Breastfeed their Babies: How Clinicians Can Offer Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC, PhD

Joy Noel-Weiss is a retired La Leche League Leader, an RN and IBCLC, and  an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her nursing background includes working with families in community and hospital to provide postpartum and breastfeeding support. Professor Noel-Weiss has researched newborn weight loss, self-efficacy and breastfeeding, and ethical dilemmas among lactation consultants. Joy collaborated with Trevor MacDonald to lead a team from community to complete a research study that explored transmasculine individuals experiences with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

Trevor MacDonald is a transgender man from Manitoba who birthed both his children at home and breastfeeds them. In 2011, he began writing a blog that quickly became popular with both transgender individuals and health care providers looking for information on transgender reproduction and infant feeding. Trevor started the first online support group for trans* individuals interested in birth and breast/chestfeeding. He has written tip sheets published by La Leche League Canada and has been quoted in numerous lectures, seminars, and university courses on gender and reproduction. He is the research coordinator and interviewer for a University of Ottawa project focusing on the experiences of transmasculine individuals with pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding.

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We Sued the Sheriff: Lessons from Rulemaking in Arizona
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Julie Gunnigle is an attorney and solo practitioner in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past two years, Julie has represented individual midwives and the Arizona Association of Midwives as they struggled with new regulations and rules that threaten the profession. Julie is the proud mother of three children (one named after her amazing CNM.) She is also a member of the Birth Rights Bar Association and founder of Doulaw.com.

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