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Adolescent Breastfeeding Experiences
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Karen Campbell, RN, has been a Public Health Nurse with the Durham Region Health Department since 2001, where her focus has been on Reproductive and Child Health. Her primary focus has been on breastfeeding. Karen was involved in an innovative infant feeding surveillance system to monitor the rates of breastfeeding within the region. This work lead to the initiation of a research study on the factors affecting adolescent mothers decisions towards breastfeeding. Karen has presented at multiple conferences and workshops about supporting younger mothers in breastfeeding as well as the socioeconomic factors that affect breastfeeding. Karen is currently working on a baby-friendly initiative within the community with a local breastfeeding coalition.

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Karen D’Apolito, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
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Care and Management of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Karen D’Apolito, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Karen D’Apolito is a Professor and Program Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has made national and international contributions to the care of drug-exposed infants through both education and research. Dr. D’Apolito received her PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Post Masters Certificate as an NNP from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 2011 Dr. Apolito became a Fellow in American Academy of Nursing for her work with substance exposed infants. She developed a unique inter-observer reliability program to train healthcare professionals in assessing infants for signs of withdrawal. She has published numerous articles related to the effects of intra-uterine drug exposure on neonatal abstinence and has been an invited speaker to many local, national and international conferences to speak on this topic. Dr. D’Apolito has participated in two large multi-site clinical trials associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome and she recently completed a grant received from the TN Department of Health to identify the common treatment practices of infants with NAS within the state of TN.

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Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
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Meconium: Facts, Implications, Perspective and Understanding
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
Neonatal Transitional Physiology, Delayed Cord Clamping De-Mystified
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
The Baby’s Experience of Birth, and Tools for Healing and Integration
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
When, why and how to give those first few breaths at birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen H. Strange became a Licensed Midwife in 1988 and Clinical Director at Maternidad La Luz a high-volume birth center/midwifery school on the US/Mexico border. She is a Certified Professional Midwife. Served on the Texas Department of Health Midwifery Board and as chairperson of the Complaint Review Process Committee for six and half years. As an American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor since 1991 teaching those who work in the out-of-hospital settings, having has taught over 8,000 people worldwide. She is founder of the "Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn" workshop, a course that teaches the physiology of newborn transition, and the skill of neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way.

Lectures worldwide on neonatal transitional physiology and the baby’s experience of birth, changing the paradigm of our understanding of what happens at birth. She shares her “Simple Tools” to help babies integrate their experience.

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Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA
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Breastfeeding multiples: Learning the dance of breastfeeding and lactation with two, three or more newborn partners
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
Multiple pregnancy and birth perinatal care – one size does NOT fit all
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
USA Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA

Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA works part-time on special lactation consultant projects for TriHealth Hospitals (Cincinnati, OH) after more than two decades of private and hospital IBCLC practice. She has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and has experience in labor and delivery, childbirth education and postpartum discharge care. A La Leche League leader since 1975, she formed the first LLL group for mothers of multiples after the birth of her twin sons and still leads this group. The experiences of the group’s mothers provided the basis for her book Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More. Her numerous articles and chapters about breastfeeding multiples have been published in professional and lay publications. A former ILCA president (1994-96), she was designated Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) in 2008.

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Milk sharing: Comparative risks and biomedical ethics
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014

Dr Karleen Gribble is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include adoptive breastfeeding, long-term breastfeeding, non-nutritional aspects of breastfeeding, child protection and breastfeeding, peer-to-peer milk sharing and models of care for traumatised children. Karleen speaks and publishes widely on these subjects to lay and professional audiences. Karleen is active in advocacy and teaching in the areas of infant feeding in emergencies and the marketing of infant formula. She is also an Australian Breastfeeding Association Community Educator and Breastfeeding Counsellor.

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Dr. Kartikeya Bhagat, Ob/Gyn (FICOG), IBCLC
Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC
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Breastcrawl: from Science to Implementation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
India Dr. Kartikeya Bhagat, Ob/Gyn (FICOG), IBCLC

Dr. Bhagat is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist practicing at Kandivli, a western Suburb of Mumbai. He has been running Grace Maternity and Nursing Home, a Baby Friendly Maternity Service, for the past 22 years. Hon. Asst. (Obst & Gyn )at Akurli Road Municipal Maternity Home since June 1994 and Borivli Municipal Maternity Home from 1996 till 2010.

Dr. Bhagat is also a founding member and currently the Past-President of The Association of Fellow Gynaecologists, an organization representing practicing Gynaecologists from the suburbs of Mumbai. He has given many lectures, conducted workshops all over the country and contributed chapters to a number of publications on Optimising Labour and Delivery for Safe Motherhood, Caesarean Section: the Misgav Ladach technique, Active Management of the 3rd stage of labour, Post Partum Haemorrhage, Medical Disorders in Pregnancy, Breastfeeding; Breast Crawl and Neonatal Resuscitation.

Dr. Gangal is a Practicing Pediatrician in Mumbai for 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 & Lactation Consultant since 2009.

Dr. Gangal was trained in lactation management by Dr. Felicity Savage and has been a breastfeeding trainer and advocate for over 2 decades. 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 5 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 was a speaker at LLLI conferences in San Francisco and Chicago. He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee in 2008 and WABA Secretariat award in 2010.

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Engendering System Integration of Home Birth through a Quality Narrative and Guidelines for Collaboration
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Kate T. Finn, MS, LM is owner of a private midwifery home birth practice in Ithaca, New York. An activist midwife, Kate is working to engender integration of home birth within the maternity system by developing of models of collaboration. Working with her Regional Perinatal Center, coordination of transfers from home births was promoted in educational outreach to 19 affiliated hospitals. A delegate to three national Home Birth Summits, Kate is active on the multi-stakeholder Collaboration Task Force which released Best Practice Guidelines: Transfers from Planned Home Birth to Hospital in 2014. Kate serves on the board of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, where Kate chairs the Quality Committee and the Home Birth Integration Initiative, which developed consensus Guidelines for Planned Home Birth in NY, released in 2015. Kate is currently developing an outreach program and materials promoting integration of planned home birth to maternity hospitals across New York.

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Kate White, MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
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Best Practices in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Somatic Health for Optimal Birth Outcomes
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack
USA Kate White, MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP

Kate White is and award-winning craniosacral and massage therapist, prenatal and early childhood educator. She has training in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic approaches. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy with brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. Her work is a translation of research on how parents are with their babies starting prenatally affects neural pathways and perception. She is Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health where she manages a large online educational program for professionals.

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The Cost of Donor Human Milk to Achieve Exclusive Human Milk Feeding for Very Preterm Infants in the NICU
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Katherine Carroll (PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow and medical sociologist at the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her current research investigates the rise in popularity of donor human milk for feeding preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her research grant is titled, “Liquid Gold: Establishing the Place of Donor Human Milk in the Tissue Economy”, and is funded by the Australian Research Council. Her research field sites for this project include hospitals and milk banks in the United States of America, Norway, and Australia. Dr. Carroll second research project titled, “Milk Donation After Neonatal Death’ explores how bereaved mothers may obtain benefit from donating breast milk after a neonatal loss. This research will be used to develop national policy on milk donation after bereavement. Dr. Carroll’s employs qualitative research methodologies in order to explain the cultural and organizational complexities of delivering health care in high-acuity and ethically charged settings.

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Using Breastmilk to Study Breast Cancer Risk
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Kathleen Arcaro, Ph.D. is a professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received a BS from Douglass College, a PhD from Rutgers University and conducted postdoctoral research at both the State University of New York at Albany and the Wadsworth Laboratories of the New York State Department of Health. For the last decade Dr. Arcaro has been studying breastmilk as a means of understanding how environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect the development of breast cancer. Her current breastmilk research program is focused on using DNA methylation in breastmilk to accurately assess breast cancer risk and as a tool for early detection. Dr. Arcaro’s research on the epigenetics of cells in breast milk has been funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the National Institutes of Health. http://www.vasci.umass.edu/research-faculty/kathleen-f-arcaro http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/

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Kathleen Baird, PhD, MA Ed, PG Dip HE, BSc(Hons), HDE, RM
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The role of the midwife in supporting women who experience domestic violence and abuse during pregnancy
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Australia Kathleen Baird, PhD, MA Ed, PG Dip HE, BSc(Hons), HDE, RM

Dr. Kathleen Baird is a Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Service, Gold Coast Hospital. For the last fifteen years Kathleen’s main research interests have centred around intimate partner violence, with a focus on violence during pregnancy. Kathleen’s PhD explored women’s experiences of partner violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Kathleen has been involved with domestic violence training of qualified health professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate health students and members of the voluntary services for several years. Kathleen is currently involved with several research projects in relation to intimate partner violence and the role of health care and sits on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council.

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA
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Breastfeeding Helps Mothers Overcome the Legacy of Abuse and Adversity: It Makes All the Difference
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Mother-Infant Sleep Location: It’s Not as Simple as it Seems
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
What’s New in Postpartum Depression? A Summary of Current Findings
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in the Divisions of Health and Trauma Psychology, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation,and a founding Associate Editor of Psychological Trauma. She received (with Tom Hale) the 2011 John Kennell and Marshall Klaus Award for Excellence in Research from DONA International.

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Kathy Leeper, MD,FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
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Low Milk Supply and Insufficient Infant Weight Gain- Etiologies, Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
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Milk Expression, Pump Technology, and Human Milk Storage
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Positioning, Latch, and Instinctive Feeding Behaviors
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Principles of Pharmacology and Substance Management during Breastfeeding
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The Biologic Components of Breastmilk; Infant and Maternal Risks of Not Breastfeeding
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US Kathy Leeper, MD,FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Dr Leeper first worked as a general pediatrician, and helped to develop a free-standing, nonprofit breastfeeding center in Lincoln, Nebraska called MilkWorks, which opened in 2001. She served as its Medical Director, practicing breastfeeding medicine exclusively until 2014. After moving to Kansas City, KS in 2014, she returns to Nebraska monthly to see patients at MilkWorks, and has contracted with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, the Kansas High Five for Mom and Baby hospital project, and the Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide education to medical professionals in Kansas. In 2014 she joined the Milk Mob to serve on the board of directors, as a trainer and to help with the development of new educational material. She was honored as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 2009, and elected to its Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as chair of the Education Committee.

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Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
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I QUIT!! Burnout, compassion fatigue, and self-care for the healthcare professional
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Lactation Choices Following Pre-and-perinatal Loss
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
USA Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, IBCLC, and Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) with over 30 years of experience in lactation management and education.  She has been actively involved with breastfeeding coalitions at the local, state, and international levels.  Now a published author, her first book, “Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?”, sold out the first printing in only 48 hours.  Kathy has worked in multiple lactation settings, including the hospital, private practice, education, home health care, and in the US-based Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program.  As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Kathy heads the Perinatal Loss Program at her hospital, and leads a Griefshare program in the community.  Happily married for 39 years, she has 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, all breastfed.

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Kathy Venter, RN, IBCLC
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Supporting Maternal Confidence: A Case Report Reflecting Culture, Collaboration, and Communities
Available in: CLCA Conference 2015
USA Kathy Venter, RN, IBCLC

Registered Nurse (since 1975) and trained midwife (1985) International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1990. WHO|UNICEF trained BFHI Assessor and Trainer (1991) through IBFAN Africa Past Chair for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Past Chair of the education committee of the Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario Currently:
WHO/UNICEF BFHI Master Assessor Lactation consultant Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Breastfeeding educator and BFI consultant. Recipient of the Canadian Lactation Consult Association 2010 and 2014 Award for Clinical Excellence.

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Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA
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Young Mothers and Breastfeeding in Belgium
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Belgium Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA

Katrien Nauwelaerts works as a history-teacher since 2000 and graduated as a prehistoric archaeologist in 2005. She's the mother of three breastfed children and the administrator of the Dutch breastfeeding-website Borstvoeding Aardig, http://borstvoeding.aardig.be.

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Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
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Advanced Breastfeeding Case Reports
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2017
When there is no research to back practices: Being life-long learners
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

For over 30 years, Kay Hoover has been assisting breastfeeding mothers and their babies in a variety of settings and capacities. She began working as a lactation consultant in private practice in 1985. She has also worked in hospital settings, not only as a provider of lactation services to postpartum mothers and their babies, but also as a trainer and educator for hospital nurses. In addition to her work with hospital staff, she has educated maternal and child health workers through her job with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, taught prenatal breastfeeding classes to pregnant families in various settings and college courses at The Pennsylvania State University. Most recently she designed and taught a Lactation Consultant Training program for aspiring lactation consultants. Kay has authored several articles and book chapters, and she co-authored The Breastfeeding Atlas. Kay has lectured widely, at both national and international conferences. She also served on the board of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners for six years. She and her husband, Charlie, are the parents of three breastfed sons and have three breastfed grandsons.

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Kergie Leitgeb, MD, IBCLC
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Milksharing- Traditions Old and New
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GOLD Kergie Leitgeb, MD, IBCLC

MD Dr. Kergi Leitgeb, IBCLC is a General Practitioner in private practice specializing in the care of breastfeeding mothers with a focus on medical issues of lactation including sucking skills, tongue-tie and medications during breastfeeding.
She has been working in lactation counselling for over 10 years with La Leche League and for the Public Health Initiative for breastfeeding. In 2012 she completed the IBCLC exam and started to work as an independent lactation consultant. Besides her work in private practice, she continues to work as a GP doing locums and on-call duty for the Red Cross.
Dr. Leitgeb is involved in activities with La Leche League Austria, such as training of new counselors, representing the Association of Breastfeeding Lactation Austria in her region and initiates and organizes many events related to breastfeeding. She is an accredited assessor for BFHI and has been involved with several hospital accreditations in Austria.

Graduation: 1983, University of Sao Paulo, School of Medicine Residence in Pediatrics: 1984/1985, Hospital das Clinicas - School of Medicine - University of Sao Paulo Training in Neonatology: 1986, Hospital das Clinicas - School of Medicine - University of Sao Paulo Clinical practice in Neonatology since 1987 Chief of the Well Newborn Nursery of Promatre Paulista since 2009 Medical Coordinator of the Breastfeeding Supporting Group in Promatre Paulista

Dr. Amal El Taweel, MD, IBCLC Graduate of Cairo Faculty of Medicine (1986). Master's of pediatrics, Cairo University (1992). Doctorate of Pediatrics, Al Azhar University (2002). Devoted to breastfeeding promotion since certification as IBCLC in 2003. Treasurer, Executive manager and educational coordinator of the Egyptian Lactation Consultants' Association (ELCA). Director and main lecturer of the reputable Certificate Program of Lactation Management conducted by ELCA since 2004 whose graduates are around 400 Egyptian and some Arab IBCLCs and replicating the same course in Madinah Monawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, since October 2015 and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently this March 2016 . Member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) since 2008 and ILCA multicultural committee since 2011. Member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 2009. International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Arab World since 2009. Speaker in many national, Arab and international conferences e.g. ILCA/ VELB 2010 in Basel Switzerland, ILCA 2012 in Orlando USA, ILCA 2015 in Washington DC USA and presenter of many web seminars. Author of many internationally published papers in the field of lactation. I conduct research in diverse areas of lactation like growth, development, microbiology, parasitology, physiotherapy, professional development, neonatology and pediatrics.

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The Impact of Birth Interventions on Maternal & Infant Behaviour and Physiology
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg got her MD and a PhD in Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been employed as a full professor of Physiology at the University of Agriculture in Uppsala, Sweden. She has worked with research linked to the physiology of labor and breastfeeding for more than 30 years. The focus of the research has been on the role of oxytocin and sensory stimulation, in particular stimulation of cutaneous sensory nerves during labor, skin-to-skin contact after birth and breastfeeding. She has worked with animal experiments and also studies involving humans. She has studied the physiological mechanisms involved in birth and breastfeeding and also short and long term physiological and behavioral maternal adaptations induced during birth and breastfeeding.She is also working with the role of oxytocin during human animal interaction and in menopausal women.

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Kimarie Bugg, MSN, FNP, MPH, IBCLC, CLC
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Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Kimarie Bugg, MSN, FNP, MPH, IBCLC, CLC

Kimarie Bugg, MSN, MPH, CLC, is Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) and Change Leader of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE), a nonprofit corporation developed to address breastfeeding disparities in the African American community. ROSE’s mission is to train healthcare providers and community organizations to provide culturally appropriate encouragement, support and clinical care so that African American mothers will breastfeed at higher rates and sustain their breastfeeding experience to match the goals expected by the Surgeon General of the United States. Kim has worked in a pediatric emergency clinic, special care nursery and has been a bedside breastfeeding counselor in a large metropolitan hospital, managed perinatal and breastfeeding programs at the state level. Kim has served as a technical advisor to Best Start, as well as for the US Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Kim was a founding member and officer of Georgia breastfeeding task force (coalition) and SELCA. Kim wastrained at Wellstart International and has traveled throughout the United States and several foreign countries training healthcare professionals and community healthworkers to manage lactation.

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Thought Patterns, Relationship Patterns, and Postpartum Depression
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack

Dr. Kimberly Thompson is a licensed psychologist in Texas. She works with people across the life span, but the majority of her clinical work centers around the special concerns of women and children.
Dr. Thompson is a published researcher, author, and teacher. She teaches in the Infant & Early Childhood Development Ph.D. program, Fielding Graduate University, and has recently authored “Perfect Mothers Get Depressed,” a book on the cognitive and relational roots of postpartum depression.
Dr. Thompson has been married to Dr. Charles D. Thompson, an obstetrician-gynecologist, since 1985. The two Drs. Thompson have four children and one grandchild.

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Raising Our Voice: Breastfeeding Advocacy for Health Care Providers, Professionals, and Volunteers'
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former writer at FORTUNE and senior editor at Essence magazine, Kimberly’s thoughtful and provocative online commentaries on motherhood and infant health and the intersection of race, class and culture, received over 10 million page views last year.

In addition, Kimberly specializes in issues related to African American motherhood and breastfeeding. In March 2012, she launched Black Breastfeeding 360°, a first of its-kind online multi-media content library on the black breastfeeding experience. She is author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy (Amistad/HarperCollins) a hip and informative African American pregnancy guidebook and two other Mocha Manual™ books in the series. She is the founder of MochaManual.com, a pregnancy and parenting destination and blog for African Americans and former editorial director of The Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews.

Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, New York City, with her children and two turtles.

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Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
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USA Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 21 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.

For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.

Ms. Gatto is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology & Audiology (AAPPSPA), Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the IAOM and AAPPSPA and the Community Advisory Board for the University of Houston.

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Including LGBTQ Families in your Childbirth Ed Course
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education

Kristin Kali, LM CPM is the owner of MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services, internationally renowned for queer family building expertise and midwifery model preconception care. She is an authoritative resource on LGBTQ conception and pregnancy, single parenting by choice, fertility and a variety of topics related to insemination, intentional family-building, LGBTQ cultural sensitivity and gender inclusion in the midwifery profession. Kristin is the instructor for MAIA’s Childbirth Class for LGBTQ Families, which has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than a decade and is now being offered at MAIA’s second location in Seattle, WA. In addition to providing preconception care via telemedicine to families across the globe, Kristin provides midwifery care, home insemination, classes and support groups in her home city of Seattle, WA. You can read more about MAIA services, download webinars, and access fertility related products at www.maiamidwifery.com.

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