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The only active LLL Leader in Poland, first after 20 years. Monthly has about 400 contacts from mothers who she helps via phone, mail, skype or in personal meetings. She helps mothers  not only in Poland but also Polish mothers abroad.  Author of many popular articles about breastfeeding.  She also leads breastfeeding workshops for doulas and meets with parents in childbirth classes. She supports mothers since 2008 and as a LLL Leader since 2011. She's a passionate with what she's doing. Personally, happy wife to Rafał and mother of 3 smiled children who she homeschools.

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Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC
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Advancing Human Milk Banking Through an Equity Lens
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC

Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC is the Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon (BCO).  BCO is the statewide entity that serves to build and link families, community partners and geographic and culturally specific coalitions to support, promote and protect breastfeeding in Oregon. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon works to address the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding by working to provide technical assistance, support and training to 20 (and more emerging) breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state.  Marion is working to understand and address the impact of racial inequity on breastfeeding support and on helping all families reach their breastfeeding goals to improve the lifelong health of their babies.  She sees breastfeeding as a social justice issue, and tries to reveal and address public policy and practice that inadvertently discourage women from reaching their breastfeeding goals and helping to maintain family economic security. Marion believes breastfeeding is unifying and builds cultural bridges and personal relationships for deeper personal understanding of the commonalities of the human experience.

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist and a leading commentator, speaker and consultant on breastfeeding issues, with an expertise in African American women and racial disparities in breastfeeding. As a consultant and speaker, Kimberly works with organizations looking to better understand the cultural barriers and community influences that impact breastfeeding continuation rates in vulnerable communities. She is also the founder of Shift Strategies, a health communication consulting firm helping organizations increase programmatic outcomes with more effective communication strategies. Kimberly has designed and developed strategic messaging campaigns and exploratory community-based projects examining the role of “place” in breastfeeding success and pioneered the concept of “first food deserts” and “First Food Friendly” communities. She is the director of The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded pilot program to create and accredit breastfeeding-supportive community environments. A former writer at Fortune and senior editor at Essence magazine, Kimberly is an IATP Food & Community Fellow, connecting the “first food” to the broader food movement. Kimberly was also selected as a lead commentator for the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” federal campaign. Previously, she served as the editorial director of the Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews. Kimberly fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Big Business, Medicine and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding will be released in July 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. 

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The Feminine/Masculine Dance of Birth
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Mark Harris is registered as a midwife and nurse. He loves being around people, and has for as long as he can remember.  Having five sisters and three brothers has afforded Mark with plenty of practice and now with six children of his own and 6 grandchildren, he has lots of opportunity to indulge his people passion.
The choices he has made in his professional life have been shaped by this gregarious inclination. Mark has  trained and worked as a Nurse, Midwife, Teacher in Further Education, hypnotherapist, NLP trainer, and outreach youth worker. He still works as a Midwife offering  birth education through a program called, Birthing For Blokes. He states that for him, work and play often merge. Mark is the author of the newly released book "Men, Love and Birth", and together with doula Karen Hall, he produces Sprogcast, which is a podcast about pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

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Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
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Are We Being Ethical?
Available in: Ethics for Lactation Consultants Lecture Series
Nipple Nuances: From Pain to Peppermint and What the Textbooks Don't Cover
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is the chair of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, a board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, and Baby Friendly USA, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.

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Marti Glenn, PhD, MFT
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12 Guiding Principles for Nurturing Human Potential: Effects of Prenatal and Birth Experiences Over the Life Span
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack
USA Marti Glenn, PhD, MFT

Marti Glenn, PhD, is Clinical Director of Quest Institute, offering professional trainings and intensive retreats to help adults heal adverse childhood experiences and trauma. A pioneering psychotherapist and educator, Marti is founding president of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology, somatic psychology and clinical psychology. In her clinical work and trainings, Marti emphasizes the integration of the latest research in behavioral epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory and affective neuroscience with attachment, early development, and trauma. She co-produced the broadcast quality documentary, Trauma, Brain and Relationship: Helping Children Heal with Daniel Siegel and Bruce Perry and has appeared in such documentary films as What Babies Want; What Babies Know; Reducing Infant Mortality and Improving the Health of Babies. She is the recent recipient of the Verny Lifetime Achievement Award in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Marti is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

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Infant Frenotomy for the Clinician
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
Lip and Tongue-tie: Fad or Lifelong Health Issue?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015

Dr. Martin Kaplan was born in Chelsea, Ma. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Massachusetts and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After earning his D.M.D. degree he completed a pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York.

Dr. Kaplan practices exclusively in Stoughton, MA. He continues to take update his laser education by regularly attending the Academy of Laser dentistry Annual meeting where is also contributes as a lecturer ans laser safety officer.  He is one of only a handful of pediatric laser dentists who utilizes lasers for the treatment of infants with breastfeeding issues related to frenum attachment problems.

He is a member of the:

•             American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•             Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

•             American Dental Association

•             Massachusetts Dental Society

•             Academy of Sports Dentistry

•             Academy of Laser Dentistry

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

When not practicing dentistry he enjoys Karate and has attained the level of 4th degree black belt.

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Dr. Martin Ward Platt, MB, ChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH
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Infant feeding and infant care in a South Asian immigrant community
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
New directions in blood glucose management
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
UK Dr. Martin Ward Platt, MB, ChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH

Dr. Martin Ward Platt is a consultant paediatrician working at the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle upon Tyne, Honorary Clinical Reader in neonatal and paediatric medicine at Newcastle University, and Clinical Director of the northern Regional Maternity Survey Office. Qualifying in 1979 from Bristol University, Martin moved to the North East of England where he finished his paediatric training. He completed an MD before specialising in neonatal medicine, and became a consultant in 1990. Martin has a long standing interest in developmental physiology and neonatal metabolic control, including hypoglycaemia. Recently he has collaborated with Helen Ball's medical anthropology group at Durham University on projects investigating mother-infant behaviours in the first nights after birth under a variety of conditions. They have conducted two randomised controlled trial of side-car cribs in relation to infant care and breast feeding, and ethnographic studies of infant care practices in multi-racial communities around Bradford.

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Rethinking the approach to group B strep(GBS): Protecting future generations from the harm of routine care
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Maryn Leister Green is a Certified Professional Midwife that lives in Sedona, Arizona. Maryn is well known for her international association, the Indie Birth Association (indiebirth.com), which serves and educates women and midwives all over the world. She has written numerous blog posts and recorded over 65 podcasts on iTunes (“Taking Back Birth”) that encourage women and midwives to rethink what they have been taught, and re-connect with ancient wisdom in combination with current research and knowledge. Maryn created and hosted her first international midwifery conference this year. She is a graduate of the Ancient Art of Midwifery School. Most passionate about physiological birth and the fate of future generations, Maryn has been inspired and taught by the birth of her own 7 children. When not learning or teaching, Maryn enjoys spending time in the Red Rocks, hiking with her kids and dogs.

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Maya Bolman, BA, BSN, IBCLC
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HANDling the Pain: The Role of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Maya Bolman, BA, BSN, IBCLC
Maya Bolman was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. Certified as IBCLC in 2001, she currently works as inpatient lactation consultant at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. Since 2009, she also works as lactation consultant in a large pediatric and breastfeeding medicine practice. Maya Bolman is internationally known for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conduct research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.
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Ann Witt, MD, FABM
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Therapeutic Breast Massage
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Maya Bolman was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. Certified as IBCLC in 2001, she currently works as inpatient lactation consultant at Hillcrest Hospital Cleveland Clinic. Since 2009, she also works as lactation consultant in a large pediatric and breastfeeding medicine practice. Maya Bolman is internationally known for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conduct research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.

Dr. Witt founded Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio in 2008. She is a board-certified family physician and Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Witt graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Witt has conducted clinical research on pediatric post-partum lactation support, engorgement, therapeutic breast massage, and infectious causes of chronic breast pain.

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Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH
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More than just a Good Latch: Trifecta Approach for Breastfeeding Support
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH

Dr. Maya Bunik is an Associate Professor at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been helping mother-baby pairs with breastfeeding for almost 20 years.  In terms of research, Dr. Bunik has published studies focusing on breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011.  Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice,  published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and is a helpful resource for anyone providing advice for breastfeeding and was distributed to 100 US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative.  Her latest project is developing and evaluating a Mothers’ Milk Messaging texting and online support program for new mothers. She is thrilled to be sharing her multidisciplinary team’s ’Trifecta Approach’ for supporting breastfeeding for this GOLD lactation conference.

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Maya Vasquez, MS, RN, IBCLC
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Understanding Cultural Humility for Better Support of Breastfeeding Mothers
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
USA Maya Vasquez, MS, RN, IBCLC

Maya Vasquez is nurse manager of the Birth Center at San Francisco General Hospital in California.  She previously served as lactation consultant and project manager for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and led a multidisciplinary task force to achieve Baby Friendly Certification and re-designation.  She works with a diverse patient population, and enjoys learning about the broad variety of human experience through her clients.   Maya is passionate about reducing health disparities by increasing access to quality care, especially through improved maternity care.  She has three adult children and two grandchildren, and lives with her husband near San Francisco.

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Meg Nagle, BA Psychology, IBCLC
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Exclusively Breastfeeding Triplets-Case Studies
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Social Media Backlash – Addressing Emotionally Charged Responses
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Australia Meg Nagle, BA Psychology, IBCLC

In between breastfeeding her youngest boy, chasing after her oldest two boys, blogging and occasionally sleeping; Meg works with women to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. Meg has a degree in Psychology and was a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding counsellor) for seven years before becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She writes frequently on her website about all things breastfeeding, is a guest blogger and has published articles in “Nurture Parenting Magazine” and “Natural Mother Magazine”. Needless to say she passionate about helping women reach their breastfeeding goals and loves helping to get the word out about how women can do this! She places a huge emphasis on sharing evidenced based research without the sugary coating.

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Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC
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Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough
Available in: Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Lecture Pack
Infant Gut Health: Common Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Lactation After Loss
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
New Thoughts on Infant Pre and Post-Frenotomy Care
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue: Tradition or Trend?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Will it hurt? Frenotomy aftercare strategies to optimize healing outcomes for the newborn
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
U.S.A. Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant and neonatal oral-motor assessment professional in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation care and education to parents and healthcare professionals for over a decade. She is an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR where she teaches advanced clinical lactation skills. She is active with several lactation and health care professional associations. Melissa lives and works in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
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USA Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE

Melissa Morgan is a lactation consultant operating a robust private practice in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. She has also partnered with a thriving physician's group to provide contractional lactation care and provides lactation services and practitioner education in the public health setting.  She is studying health service administration with an emphasis on finance and has consulted with other IBCLCs in their efforts to establish in-clinic lactation services in the physician office. She and her husband are raising their three children in their self-built home in the foothills of the Rockies where she enjoys her warm/hot glass studio, snowshoeing, and berry picking.

Renee Beebe is a board certified lactation consultant with a busy private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and tele-conferencing consultations internationally. In 2013, she began a contractual relationship with a naturopathic family practice clinic to provide lactation services. Renee is thankful to live in breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters.

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Michael C. Klein, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAAP, FCPS
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Why is Home Birth Safe in Canada, While American Midwives Struggle to Show That They too are Practicing Safely?
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Canada Michael C. Klein, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAAP, FCPS

Michael C. Klein , M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P., F.A.A.P. (Neonatal/Perinatal), F.C.P.S., is Emeritus Professor of Family Practice at UBC, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine McGill University, and Senior Scientist Emeritus at The Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver. He is best known for his RCT of episiotomy, demonstrating that it caused the very trauma that it was supposed to prevent, which is credited with contributing to a large drop in routine episiotomy use and a concurrent fall in rectal trauma. Recently he has been the PI on a Canadian National Study of the attitudes and beliefs of all maternity care providers and the women they serve. His current research focuses on providing pregnant women with high quality web-based information to help them work in an evidence-based way with their provider. He teaches at UBC in family practice and midwifery and is on the editorial board of BIRTH. He was head of a McGill teaching Centre and Department of Family Medicine at a McGill teaching hospital in Montreal for 17 years and Head of the Department of Family Practice at Children’s and Women’s in Vancouver for 10 years. He has received The Morris Wood Award for Lifetime Contributions to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group, Family Physician Researcher of the Year from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, The Founders Award from the international Doula organization, DONA, the annual research Award from Lamaze International and The Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Practice Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is on the Board of DONA. He and his wife Bonnie emigrated from the US to Canada in 1967 because he refused to be a military physician during the Vietnam War. His son Seth and daughter Naomi were born and work in Canada. Bonnie is a disabled film-maker, writer and disability rights activist.

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Prelabor Cesarean born babies…and all the others
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015

Michel Odent, MD, has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth (1977), of the first article about use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics (1975). He created the Primal Health Research database (www.primalhealthresearch.com). Author of ‘Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo sapiens’ and 12 other books published in 23 languages. Co-author of five academic books.

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Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200
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The Social Nervous System and its impact on early bonding and attachment
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
The Vagus Nerve: Branchial Motor / Special Visceral Efferents: The Pharynx, Larynx, Soft Palate and one tiny tongue muscle
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
TummyTime!™ : A Therapeutic Strategy for Parents and Babies
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200

Michelle Emanuel has over 19 years experience as a neonatal / pediatric occupational therapist, which includes neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric critical care, outpatient and a private practice, with a specialty in using soft tissue manual therapy assessment and treatment.  Michelle has a wide variety of skills including newborn/infant development, pre and perinatal psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, infant sensory processing, baby massage, craniosacral therapy and other forms of bodywork.  She specializes in bodywork for babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and tethered oral tissues.   Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational therapist, a national board certified Reflexologist and 200hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby's First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. In addition to developing the TummyTime! method and a BabyYoga curriculum, she teaches both parents and professionals in the essentials of baby development and care.

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Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC
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Moving beyond bottles: alternative strategies for supplementary feeding newborns
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Nipple Pain in the First 8 Weeks Postpartum: Results of the CASTLE Study
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
Right from the start: Supporting effective breastfeeding in the first 24 hours of life
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Australia Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

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Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PPNP-BC, IBCLC
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The First 1,000 days: Promoting Infant Mental Health
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack
USA Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PPNP-BC, IBCLC

Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC is an assistant professor at Yale University School of Nursing where she teaches community health in the Graduate Entry Prespecialty into Nursing and Masters programs. Her research interests include the assessment of psychosocial and biological variables that influence early parent-child interactions and the development of the capacity for parental reflective functioning (RF). Her current research is focused on examining sleep, stress, and health among toddlers living with socioeconomic adversity. Her research goals include evaluating programs using a biological-psychosocial profile in order to translate programs for practical and sustainable use within pediatric clinical settings with the aim of mitigating the effects of toxic stress and the development of subsequent risk factors that lead to chronic illnesses. Dr. Ordway is also a pediatric nurse practitioner and board certified lactation consultant with almost 20 years of clinical experience.

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