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Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD
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Can a Baby Be Allergic to Breastmilk?: Sensitivities, Allergies, Galactosemia, and Lactose Intolerance
Available in: Breastfeeding and Medically Complex Infants Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is a TEDx and international speaker, author, pregnancy and lactation expert, and consultant. She served as the Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for 16 years and now is on the Senior Advisor Board. She served on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019. She also is on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. As the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever, original Editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual, and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves, she loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for nearly three decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

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Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE
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Caring for Our Community During COVID-19: How Perinatal/Lactation Workers Can Protect Themselves, Their Clients, and Their Business
Available in: Caring for Our Community During COVID-19: How Perinatal/Lactation Workers Can Protect Themselves, Clients & Business
Epigenetics and Breastfeeding: The Potential Longterm Impact of Breastmilk
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Hold the Phone! Diet Does Matter During Breastfeeding: Implication of Diet on Fatty Acid Composition and Other Nutrients
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Postpartum Mood Disorders, Breastfeeding and the Epigenetic Links from Past Into Future
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
Science of the motherbaby bond: How attachment impacts epigenetics, brain development and stress
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Talk To Me: How Breastmilk Acts as a Communication and Gene Expression Tool Between Mother and Child
Available in: Talk To Me: How Breastmilk Acts as a Communication and Gene Expression Tool Between Mother and Child
The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need
Available in: The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need
The Placenta and Breastmilk-Unraveling the Mysterious World of the Intelligent Organs that Protect our Babies
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Understanding Zika and Lyme and Breastfeeding
Available in: Understanding Zika and Lyme and Breastfeeding
Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Milk: The Fascinating Role of Neohormones, Epigenetics, the Microbiome and More!
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USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc,CLE, CCCE, CLD, is an international speaker, pregnancy and breastfeeding specialist, consultant, and author. Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and the contributing author to Round the Circle. She loves to blend today's recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. She serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a Senior Advisor for CAPPA, and is on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two and a half decade and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

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Laurie B. Jones, MD, FAAP, IBCLC
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Dr. MILK Physician Mother Peer Support Network
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
U.S.A. Laurie B. Jones, MD, FAAP, IBCLC

I am a board-certified general pediatrician and board certified lactation consultant. I have practiced general pediatrics and newborn medicine for 12 years. I have practiced breastfeeding medicine for 4 years. I teach medical students and residents in my office practice and in the hospital setting for newborn nursery. I am the medical director for the newborn nursery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ which has about 4000 deliveries per year. I am the chair person for our hospital-wide breastfeeding committee and utilize the American Academy of Pediatrics Residency Curriculum for breastfeeding. I founded and coordinate the Dr. MILK support program for physician mothers that are breastfeeding.

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Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC
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Milk Production in Mothers with and without Signs of Insulin Resistance
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Milk Production in Mothers with and without Signs of Insulin Resistance
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USA Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC

Laurie Nommsen-Rivers has been a Registered Dietitian since 1990 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1993. Laurie served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Lactation from 1997- 2006. Laurie received her master’s degree in Nutrition from UC Davis, after which she worked with hundreds of breastfeeding mother-infant dyads during her 18 years as a research associate with Kathryn Dewey. Motivated by a desire to advance the field of human lactation, Laurie returned to the University of California in 2004 to obtain a PhD in epidemiology. Between 2009 and 2016 Laurie was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Since September of this year she is an Associate Professor of Nutrition, and the Ruth Rosevear Endowed Chair of Maternal and Child Nutrition, at the University of Cincinnati. She has co-authored over 70 research publications related to the breastfeeding dyad with a focus on barriers that impede lactation success.

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Leah De Shay, BA, IBCLC
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Burning Up: Supporting Birth Parents with Inflammatory Disorders
Available in: Complex Medical Issues in the Lactating Parent
United States Leah De Shay, BA, IBCLC

Leah De Shay studied Psychology and Speech Language Pathology in undergrad before embarking on a series of international research projects with that launched her journey to CLEC and IBCLC completion. Has worked both in patient and out patient, runs community support groups and is the current president of LACTWORLD and chief operating officer of LacBoMa. She is saving to do her bridge doctoral studies in physiology of lactation.

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Leigh Ann Cates-McGlinn, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RRT-NPS, CHSE
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Module 1 - Obtaining a Complete Neonatal History
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 1-5
Module 10 - Genitourinary Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 6-10
Module 2 - Assessment of Gestational Age
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 1-5
Module 3 - Integumentary Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 1-5
Module 4 - Neurological Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 1-5
Module 5 - Musculoskeletal Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 1-5
Module 6 - Assessment of the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (HEENT)
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 6-10
Module 7 - Respiratory Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 6-10
Module 8 - Cardiovascular Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 6-10
Module 9 - Abdominal Assessment
Available in: Neonatal Assessment Modules 6-10
United States Leigh Ann Cates-McGlinn, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RRT-NPS, CHSE

Dr. Leigh Ann Cates-McGlinn's academic qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) - Nursing and Respiratory Care each from Odessa College in Odessa, Texas. She maintains national certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP-BC) and registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and is recognized by North Carolina Board of Nurse Examiners as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Dr. Cates-McGlinn also holds a subspecialty certification in pediatric and neonatal respiratory care (NPS) and is certified as a healthcare simulation educator (CHSE). She has over 25 years of clinical experience; over 11 years are as neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP). Academically, she has taught over 11 years in NNP programs across the country. Dr. Cates-McGlinn specializes in research, presentations, workshops, and courses using hi-fidelity simulation and neonatal procedure labs. She is recently published and serves as reviewer for multiple healthcare journals. For more information please visit http://leighannmcglinn.myefolio.com

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Substance Use During Pregnancy: Supporting Healthy Outcomes for Women, Infants and Their Families
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2020

Dr. Lenora Marcellus is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She has practiced as an RN for over 30 years in a range of maternal-infant settings and roles. Her current research interests include perinatal substance use, neonatal opioid withdrawal, and supporting infants in foster care. She is a member of the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Partnership Network Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Determinants of Health Perspective.

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Leonie Rastas, RN.RM.FACN
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Protecting the Caesarean Birth Wound From Surgical Wound Complications(SWC)
Available in: GOLD Midwifery Online Conference 2021
Australia Leonie Rastas, RN.RM.FACN

Leonie graduated as a Nurse in 1977, a Midwife in 1980 and a Post Grad Cert in Higher education in 2012. In 2018 Leonie founded ‘Caesarcare’ offering resources and a self published eBook titled ‘Woman-Centred Caesarean Care’ for women having surgical births. Leonie also has a special interest in helping women who experience neonatal loss and in 2005, she founded an health promotion charity Pastoral Health Care Network Australia,(PHNA) to assist families living with grief and loss. Her initiative to gift adult comfort shawls to parents after still birth has since been adopted by the Nations SIDS foundation. Currently Leonie serves Vice president of PHNA and as the Australian College of Midwives Liaison officer at Australian Catholic University. In 2010 Leonie was recognised for her service to Nursing and duly admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
In March 2019 Leonie’s wound splint invention the SAC (surgical after care )splint designed to help women support their c-section wounds was shortlisted for the Australian College of Nursing innovation award during Australia’s National Healthcare Week .Leonie lives in Brisbane Australia and teaches online classes for women preparing for and recovering from C-section births.

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Lesley Everest has been practising as a birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doula in Montreal over the last 26 years. She is the founder of MotherWit Doula Care and MotherWit Doula Training. Lesley's professional background in many forms of somatic/emotional support therapies and inter-spiritual ministry informs her work as a teacher of human resilience , as do the births and parenting of her own four kids, and her experience of healing from cancer. She has learned over the years that a good birth and early parenting experience is less about goals being met and more about feeling safe and respected. Lesley believes that the journey into family-hood matters for all members, serving as a transformational event that has the power to shape early parenting and the next generations. Lesley's diplomatic and collaborative nature has made her a sought after speaker in the North American birth and parenting conference circuits, as well as a facilitator of workshops geared towards soft skills building for medical care providers. Lesley is resourced by long walks in nature, late night dancing with friends to ‘80’s music, and visits to the spa.

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Lesley Page, CBE, PhD, MSc, BA, RM, HFRCM, Hon DSc
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Humanising Birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
Midwives with women in the world: the world of women and midwives, worlds within worlds.
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
United Kingdom Lesley Page, CBE, PhD, MSc, BA, RM, HFRCM, Hon DSc

Professor Lesley Page CBE PhD, MSc, BA (open), HFRCM, Honorary DSc, RM, RMT. served as President of the Royal College of Midwives from April 2012 till June 2017. Lesley has considerable international experience. She has over 300 publications. Lesley was the first professor of midwifery in the UK at Thames Valley University and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. Throughout her career Lesley Has continued to be involved in hands on practice. She is Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, Honorary Research Fellow Oxford Brookes University and Adjunct Professor University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University Australia. Lesley received the International Alumni Award University of Technology Sydney in 2013 and was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Sc by University of West London in November 2013. In 2014 she was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to midwifery. The emphasis of her current work is the humanization of maternity care.

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Leslie has been providing lactation support in Central New Jersey for over 18 years - as a La Leche League (LLL) leader since 2002, an IBCLC at Mercer County WIC from 2014 to 2016, and as a private practice IBCLC since 2011.

Leslie grew up in New York and New Jersey. She graduated from Cook College/Rutgers with a BS in Biochemistry, and from Rutgers University/UMDNJ with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Leslie's difficulties with early breastfeeding, the help she received from LLL, and challenges with returning to work laid the foundation for her understanding of the importance of skilled and compassionate lactation and infant feeding support.

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Lia Bello, RN, FNP, CCH
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Using Homeopathic Remedies in the Peri-Natal Period
Available in: Complementary Care Lecture Pack
United States Lia Bello, RN, FNP, CCH

Lia Bello is a Family Nurse Practitioner, educated at the University of Virginia, and is Certified in Classical Homeopathy. Lia is the founder of the Homeopathic Nurses Association www.nursehomeopaths.org and past president of the Council for Homeopathic Certification. As America’s foremost homeopathic nurse educator, Lia loves to open up the world of Homeopathy to mothers, nurses and other healthcare practitioners and teaches courses around the U.S. which award CE’s for nurses. Her website, www.learnhomeopathy.org, features video courses and many informative articles. Residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lia has had a private practice specializing in holistic and homeopathic acute and chronic healthcare for over 43 years.


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Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC
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The Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
USA Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. She holds a Master’s in Public Health, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton OH, and is the author of 4 textbooks on birth and breastfeeding and the book Sweet Sleep for parents. She has lectured in at least 15 countries; her presentations have been translated into 10 languages including Inuktitut. She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, on the Internet at www.BFLRC.com.

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Linos Muvhu, Counsellor, AdvDip Family Therapy
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Holistic Community Care for Parenthood (HCCP)
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020
Zimbabwe Linos Muvhu, Counsellor, AdvDip Family Therapy

Linos Muvhu is The Secretary and Chief Talent Team Leader of Society for Pre and Post Natal Services’ (SPANS) Maternal, Paternal and child mental health programme in Zimbabwe. SPANS promotes good mental health across the life course starting in the perinatal period. It is a national evidence based family focused program. Linos trained as a family therapist with Connect (Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic family Therapy). He is Africa Ambassador for Fathers Mental Health Day and passionate about the rights of all people to enjoy good sound mental health, in particular the right for good family mental health and in 2016, he initiated the first ever International Conference on Maternal Mental Health in Africa (ICAMMHA.)

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Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM
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Breast infections in breastfeeding women– case presentations of abscess, mastitis and more
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Ethical Issues in the Use of Medications During Lactation
Available in: Clinical Ethics for Lactation Professionals
Taking a Lactation History: From Pregnancy to Postpartum and Beyond
Available in: Essential Lactation Skills Lecture Pack
Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM

Professor Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.

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Peer Counselors In The Hospital; Taking Your Peer Counselor Program To The Next Level
Available in: Peer Counselors In The Hospital; Taking Your Peer Counselor Program To The Next Level

Lisa Huffstetler is the mother of six children with years of personal breastfeeding experience. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011. Lisa began working with breastfeeding families as a Peer Counselor in 2008 as part of the Gaston County, North Carolina WIC's implementation of their Peer Counselor Program. She is passionate about helping new moms become successful in reaching their breastfeeding goals. Lisa is currently working as the Gaston County WIC agency's Lactation Consultant. She enjoys teaching breastfeeding classes, conducting staff trainings and working to keep staff updated on breastfeeding policy.

As a new grandmother, one of her new found interests is helping grandparents support their children appropriately in their new role as parents, especially in effective support of breastfeeding.


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Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, FAAN
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Therapeutic Care of the Opioid-Impacted Mother-Infant Dyad
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2020
USA Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, FAAN

Dr. Lisa Cleveland is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a tenured Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing. Her innovative research with mother-infant dyads impacted by opioid use has contributed to changes in clinical practice and improved outcomes. Her recovery residence, Casa Mia, is a collaborative partnership between the School of Nursing and the nonprofit, Crosspoint, Inc. Casa Mia provides safe and supportive housing for pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder where they can recover with their children.
In addition, the findings of Dr. Cleveland’s Maternal Opioid Morbidity Study are providing insight into the contextual factors surrounding maternal opioid use relapse and overdose deaths; the leading cause of maternal mortality in TX and a growing cause nationwide. Dr. Cleveland is now developing and psychometrically analyzing a brief screening instrument to help identify women at-risk for overdose death so they may be referred to life-saving resources. Further, Dr. Cleveland is leading the Texas Targeted Opioid Response to ensure access to Narcan: https://www.morenarcanplease.com/, and opioid overdose identification and reversal education. She is also leading a community paramedicine project to prevent overdose, increase the use of peer recovery services, and improve access to treatment.


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Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA
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Breastfeeding on the Insulin Dysregulation Spectrum
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
Deciphering the Lactation Curve
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
Getting a Better Grip on Prolactin
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
Recognizing When Things Are Heading South
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA


Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 25 years and has been Internationally Board Certified since 1993. She holds a Master's degree in Human Development with specialization in Lactation and was designated a Fellow of ILCA in 2009. Lisa is co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultants, and a new Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County while she continues to research, write, speak, and maintain a small private practice. In addition, Lisa is an Associate Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of So. Calif/Nevada, and serves on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County.

 

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Lisa Urich Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT
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Foundations of TOTS Assessment: Anatomy, Appearance, and Function
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2019 - Day 1 Fundamental Skills/Knowledge
Utilizing Myofunctional Methods and Lactation Therapy Pre & Post Frenectomy for Optimal Suck Rehabilitation
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2018
USA Lisa Urich Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT

Lisa Lahey RN, IBCLC, OMT has worked for 23 years in maternal child health as a nurse and lactation consultant in L/D, postpartum, newborn nursery, NICU, and perinatal education. Lisa is currently working on her master's degree for Family Nurse Practitioner. An IBCLC for 20 years, Lisa has a special interest and expertise in tethered oral tissues. Lisa’s private practice Advanced Breastfeeding Care provides home visits or office consults for complex feeding issues as well as joyful breastfeeding. Lisa also provides myofunctional therapy to babies, children, and adults in a functional orthodontic office. Lisa is a contributing author to the book Tongue Tied. Lisa enjoys teaching assessment fundamentals and oral exercises when she lectures at conferences and courses. Clinical photography and nature photos are also a favorite hobby. Most of all, she is a mom to five children (all were breastfed) who keep her busy and remind her daily of life’s joys and treasures traveling and hiking with her family to unplug from a busy pace in life.

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Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
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Avoid Lawsuits and Pink Slips! Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
What’s Too “Friendly” for an IBCLC on Social Media?
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
Whiners and Deniers: Ethics and Diplomacy in Difficult Cases
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USA Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lawyer/litigator (since 1983) and private practice IBCLC lactation consultant (since 1997). Healthcare providers (HCPs) face moral and legal challenges in their clinical care, every day. Liz explains (with plain language and humor) how lactation advocacy, ethics, and the law overlap, in all geographic and work settings. She offers immediate, pragmatic tips so HCPs can practice ethically, legally, and confidently. She is an Adjunct Professor in Drexel University's Human Lactation Consultation Program, recently served as the President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and as a Director of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and is a current Director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). She wrote the only textbook focusing on IBCLC ethics and legal issues and authored chapters on similar topics in several other texts. She is a well-received writer and lecturer in her field.


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Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN
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Balancing Beneficence, and Prevention of Harm When Caring for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2018
USA Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN

Liz Stokes JD, MA, RN, is the Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights. She completed her BSN at the University of Virginia and worked several years as a critical care nurse. Liz received her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond and worked as a Consultant for the D.C. Board of Nursing interpreting and conferring professional ethics provisions in nursing. She recently completed her Masters in Bioethics from Loyola University Chicago. Her leadership is also demonstrated through various charitable roles in the health and legal communities. She is a member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys and serves on the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Affinity Group for Nursing. Liz also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and is an active volunteer with the District of Columbia Bar Association. Liz is currently an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Health Policy Scholar.

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Lori Baas Rubarth, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
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Antibiotics in the NICU: Practical Understanding of Bugs & Drugs
Available in: Neonatal Pharmacology Lecture Pack
USA Lori Baas Rubarth, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

I have been working in the neonatal area for about 40 years. I received my BSN from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I began working in the NICU right after graduation at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. I then moved to Detroit and worked at Henry Ford Hospital for 7 years as an RN, Perinatal Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and NNP. I completed my MSN at Wayne State University. I was the first NNP in Michigan, and after leaving Henry Ford, I started working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. We moved to Arizona in 1985. I worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center in Phoenix and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa (including time at other Banner facilities at Baywood, Mesa Lutheran, and Thunderbird). I completed my PhD at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2005, and moved to Omaha, NE to begin teaching in the NNP program at Creighton University. I have continued to work most weekends in the NICUs at Methodist Women’s Hospital, Creighton University Medical Center, Lakeside Hospital, and Bergan Mercy Medical Center (CHI Health). I love both teaching and the clinical aspects of the NNP role. I love working with students and helping them “get” the connection between physiology and the disease. I also get a “kick” out of attending deliveries, bagging infants, and intubating them!! I love that adrenaline rush! I also enjoy biking, reading a good novel, and enjoy roller blading (until I broke my leg 4 years ago). I have been pretty cautious with my roller skating since then. I have two sons – one in college and one who recently graduated from college and is working in downtown San Francisco. My husband and I love to travel (when I get time off) and have done some kayaking on the beautiful Nebraska lakes.

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Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R Psych
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Sexual health in the postpartum period
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
Canada Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R Psych

Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a registered psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She has recently become Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health (2016-2021). She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Other major lines of research include exploring psychosocial versus hormonal predictors of women's sexual response, asexuality, sex and cancer, and genital self-image. Dr Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is the Sexual Health expert writer for the Globe and Mail, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality.

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Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD
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Breastfeeding Class - What's the point?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2018
The Good news about delivering bad news: how to present difficult information to parents
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
The original foster-mother were wet nurses
Available in: The Original Foster-Mother Were Wet Nurses
USA Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD

Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD, began her IBCLC career in 2 large hospitals and a local breastfeeding clinic. In 2007, she opened her practice, All About Breastfeeding, offering private consultations, and breastfeeding classes. Her expertise ranges from basic breastfeeding through the most complicated of breastfeeding challenges. In the last 30 years, Lori has taught breastfeeding classes to over 8000 parents where she focuses on what they should expect in the early days of breastfeeding. Lori is a member of Toastmasters International and enjoys speaking about mothering and breastfeeding. Lori is the host of All About Breastfeeding, a podcast where she interviews mothers, authors, researchers and physicians about topics related to breastfeeding. Lori believes that breastfeeding is a family affair. To help support her mission to educate families as well as corporations and business owners about breastfeeding, she has recently released the most comprehensive audio breastfeeding masterclass. She has produced over 300 shows many of which focus on breastfeeding educational topics. On a personal note, Lori resides in Phoenix, AZ is married to Alan for 38 years and is the mother of three adult children. Lori can be reached by email: [email protected] and website: www.aabreastfeeding.com

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Lori L. Overland, M.S., CCC, C/NDT, CLC
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United States Lori L. Overland, M.S., CCC, C/NDT, CLC

Lori L. Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC is a licensed speech and language pathologist with her neurodevelopmental certification and certificate as a lactation counselor. Lori is currently working on her IBCLC under the mentorship of Dr. Tina Smilie M.D., IBCLC, and Cathy Watson-Genna IBCLC. Lori’s private practice focuses on infants, toddlers and preschool children with oral sensory-motor/feeding disorders. Lori has co-authored two books: A sensory motor approach to feeding, and Functional assessment and treatment of tethered oral tissue. In addition to her private practice, Alphabet Soup, Lori is a member of the TalkTools® speakers’ bureau, and has lectured on sensory-motor/feeding disorders around the United States and internationally. Lori holds degrees from Hofstra University and Adelphi University.

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Equity and Safer Infant Feeding in Times of Disaster and Civil Unrest
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019

Lourdes Santaballa is a community activist and organizer, with a background in domestic violence, affordable housing, and economic equity advocacy. A La Leche League leader from 2009-2017 and IBCLC since 2011, she was the founder of the lactation program at sePARE, providing coordinated services to low income families, leading it to receive the ILCA Care Award and received the Wilson-Clay Hoover Award for Research. Lourdes received the notorious Drs. Ruth Lawrence and Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship in 2016 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, the Miriam H. Labbok Award for Excellence at the Breastfeeding and Feminism conference in 2018 and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical nutrition. In October 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Lourdes founded Alimentación Segura Infantil or ASI, an Infant and Young Child feeding program focused on increasing breastfeeding, leadership and training in marginalized communities in Puerto Rico.

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Lucy Ruddle is an IBCLC in the UK. She has a thriving private Practice on the South Coast and a busy Facebook page known for it's funny, relevant, and informative memes about breastfeeding and parenting. Lucy qualified in 2018 after 5 years of volunteering as a peer supporter and later as a breastfeeding counselor for a national breastfeeding helpline. She has written a book on relactation, called "Relactation - A guide to rebuilding your milk supply." which was published by Praeclarus Press in January 2020. Lucy's interest in relactation started after she went through the process herself for her eldest baby, and her drive to qualify as an IBCLC came from a second challenging breastfeeding journey with her younger son who was unable to latch for several months. Aside from lactation, Lucy holds a diploma in Child Psychology and worked for 15 years in early years settings, both with the children and in roles supporting parents. She prides herself on her listening focused approach to lactation support, and sees it as the key to good practice in her own work.

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Lyndsey Hookway, BSc, RNC, HV, IBCLC
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Addressing Complex Sleep Problems While Optimizing Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
Breastfeeding Children with Cancer
Available in: Breastfeeding and Medically Complex Infants Lecture Pack
You Can't Sleep With Your Foot On The Gas Pedal: How To Improve Sleep By Tapping Into Calm
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Infant Sleep Symposium 2020
United Kingdom Lyndsey Hookway, BSc, RNC, HV, IBCLC

Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community.
Lyndsey runs a busy practice offering one-to-one specialist breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep, eating, behaviour and parenting support to families in the UK and Internationally. Lyndsey is a published author and respected speaker, trainer and mentor.
On a personal level, Lyndsey is also the mother of a child with cancer (now in remission), and the founder of the Breastfeeding the Brave project - a not-for-profit collaboration of parents who have breastfed their children through life threatening, terminal or life limiting illness.

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Lynne Staff, RM, BHlthScNsg, MMid (Hons)
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Caesarean Section: Representations, Ruminations and Realities…
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Caesarean Section: Representations, Ruminations and Realities…
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AU Lynne Staff, RM, BHlthScNsg, MMid (Hons)

A midwife since 1983, Lynne has practiced in public and private sectors, and worked as a community midwife for 14 years, providing support and midwifery care for women birthing at home. In 1997, she helped establish the Selangor Private Hospital Maternity Unit, where she continued to work until her move with her husband to Tasmania in 2008. She shares her current home with a dog, a chicken, platypus, Tassie Devils, echidnas and 40+ alpaca.

As a manager, professional development and ‘hands-on’ midwife, Lynne has developed policies, procedure, practice guidelines, education programs and learning packages for midwives. She has undertaken research and completed an Honors Thesis which focused on the reasons women choose a Caesarean section in a normal healthy first pregnancy.  She currently co-ordinates and lectures the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at the University of Tasmania. Passionate about the sociological influences on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, she is about to commence a PhD.

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