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Nadrah A. Arifin, MBBS, MPH, IBCLC
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Scaling Up Skills and Reliability of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors - 7 Years of Malaysian Experience
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Malaysia Nadrah A. Arifin, MBBS, MPH, IBCLC

Nadrah Arfizah Arifin (MBBS, MPH, IBCLC) is a medical professional in public health and a lactation consultant who obtained her medical degree from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 2004. Her involvement in breastfeeding support and advocacy started in 2007 as a local breastfeeding supporter at her workplace. She further involved in community-based breastfeeding support voluntarily by joining the Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Association (MBfPCA) in 2010. She became the first breastfeeding peer counsellor of MBfPCA who successfully upgraded to become the program trainer in 2011 to 2012, thus making the framework for Train of Trainer program in MBfPCA in effort to further grow the network. She is currently the President of MBfPCA and together with other Core Trainers, they plan for sustainability of breastfeeding support by peer counsellors for Malaysian community. While doing her Doctoral degree in Public Health (DrPH), she is also working on few projects in MBfPCA particularly in capacity building of breastfeeding peer counselors with the interest of maintaining its integrity, reliability and relevancy through monitoring and evaluation of community breastfeeding support program.

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Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FAPM
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Promoting Maternal and Child Health: Preventing, Identifying, and Managing Postpartum Depression
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
United States Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FAPM

Dr. Byatt is a perinatal psychiatrist focused on improving health care systems to promote maternal mental health. She is an Associate Professor at UMass Medical School in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research focuses on developing innovative ways to improve the implementation and adoption of evidence-based depression treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. She has federal funding to test interventions to help women access and engage in perinatal depression treatment in obstetric settings. Her academic achievements have led to numerous peer-reviewed publications and national awards. She is also the Founding and Statewide Medical Director of MCPAP for Moms, a statewide program that addresses perinatal depression in Massachusetts by providing mental health consultation and care coordination for medical providers serving pregnant and postpartum women.

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Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM
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De-Mystifying Gestational Diabetes
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
De-Mystifying Gestational Diabetes
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USA Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM

- Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM, is a highly respected nurse, author, and clinical leader. Her obstetrical experience spans more than 44 years. She has enjoyed supporting women through their journey into motherhood as a labor and delivery nurse, certified nurse-midwife, and perinatal clinical specialist in a high risk tertiary care center. She has presented nationally and internationally, most recently at the Royal College of surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). In 2013, Dr. Irland was honored by the Oregon March of dimes as Nurse Educator of the Year. She is the past AWHONN Oregon Section Chair, and has served on the editorial board of Nursing for Women’s Health. In that capacity, she wrote a column titled, “Understand What You Know.”Dr. Irland’s passion is creating materials for other peoples’ success. She incorporates humor and metaphor in her teaching, and is sure to provide you with “Aha!” moments that you can take back to work immediately.

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Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
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A Mother’s-Eye View of Breastfeeding Help
Available in: A Mother’s-Eye View of Breastfeeding Help
Applying Bioethics to Milk Banking and Milk Sharing
Available in: Exploring Ethics for Lactation Consultants
Concerns About Low Milk Production
Available in: Optimizing Milk Production Lecture Pack
Transitioning the Preterm Infant to the Breast
Available in: Breastfeeding in the NICU Lecture Pack
Using Gravity-Assisted Positions to Prevent Early Breastfeeding Problems
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
What Mothers Need to Exclusively Breastfeed
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
What's New In Lactation
Available in: BVL Online Congress
United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Nancy Mohrbacher was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she lives today. She is a board-certified lactation consultant who has been helping nursing mothers since 1982. Her breastfeeding books for parents and professionals include Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide; Breastfeeding Made Simple(with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett); Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple; and Breastfeeding Solutions and its companion app for Android and iPhone.

Nancy currently contracts with hospitals to improve breastfeeding practices, writes for many publications, and speaks at events around the world. Nancy was in the first group of 16 to be honored for her lifetime contributions to breastfeeding with the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.


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Preventing Primary and Repeat Cesareans
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018

Nancy Wainer is a Certified Professional Midwife who attends home births and who has been present at over 2100 births. She trains student midwives, teaches childbirth classes, is the author of two (soon to be three) books on Birth in the USA. She coined the term VBAC ( vaginal birrh after cesarean) which is now used internationally. Her work is being archived at Harvard University’s Schlessinger Womens’ History Library. She was selected as one of Mothering Magazines “Living Treasures. She is a preceptor for several midwifery schools and has had women from all over the world who have come to the United States to birth with her.She is an internationally known and sought-after childbirth speaker. She was the first midwife in the U.S. to teach HypnoBirthing and in 2013 became the first childbirth educator in Massachusetts to teach Blissborn Childbirth classes. She has written two books on cesarean prevention. “Silent Knife” won an award for The Best Book in the Field of Health and Medicine by the American Library Association the year it was written. She is currently writing her third book “Birthquake: A Pre and Post Childbirth Book for Strong Women and Women Who Want To Be Strong” ( co-author Raquel Lazar-Paley) which, hopefully, will be out by the end of this year!


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Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
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Donor Human Milk and Human Milk Products in the NICU
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017
NICU Nutrition: Current Status, Opportunities & Challenges
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

Nancy is an attending Neonatologist with San Diego Neonatology, Inc. and is the Medical Director for Sharp HealthCare Lactation Services. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and has been an IBCLC since 1988. She is currently secretary/treasurer, education coordinator and web site co-editor for the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, which she helped found. Nancy is the Breastfeeding Coordinator for District IX, Chapter 3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and on the ILCA and HMBANA Advisory Boards. Her book, “Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU” was published in July 2008. She was awarded a 2014 Golden Wave Award by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for her efforts to reduce obstacles to breastfeeding in California. On a personal level, she is the wife of an architect/lawyer, mother of a 23 yr old (formerly breastfed) son, and mother to 4 golden retrievers and 1 cat.

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Nancy Williams, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist, CCE, IBCLC
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Sensory Integration and Breastfeeding
Available in: Managing Challenges at the Breast Lecture Pack
Teens and Breastfeeding
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
United States Nancy Williams, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist, CCE, IBCLC

<p> Nancy has been providing breastfeeding help and support for 40 years and has been a national speaker for 30. She has been a perinatal educator and consultant since the late 1970’s. Her second career is that of a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion is to explore the larger picture of the mother-baby dyad in the context of the breastfeeding relationship. </p>

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Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD, MSW
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A Place at the Bedside: NICU Families on the NICU Team
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2020
Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Getting Milk to Babies: Social, medical, economic and commercial forces
Available in: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack
The Whys and Hows of Using Banked Donor Milk
Available in: Breastfeeding in the NICU Lecture Pack
United States Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD, MSW

Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD, ACSW, has been working in maternal and child health for over 30 years as an educator, researcher, advocate, and writer. She is the immediate past president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and the founding director of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, which provides safe donor milk to hospitals and families throughout the northeastern US. An expert on access to perinatal health care and policies that support breastfeeding, she has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control (on a panel that created “The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions”), to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (developing an issue paper addressed to CEOs and legislators on breastfeeding and the workplace), and to the March of Dimes (developing educational material for women and families who are medically and socially vulnerable to high-risk pregnancy). She also developed a curriculum for hospital personnel about combining breastfeeding with their work. She reviews articles submitted to the Journal of Human Lactation, Breastfeeding Medicine, and other publications related to breastfeeding, milk banking, and access to perinatal child care. As Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, she is thoroughly versed in the technical, procedural, and ethical aspects of milk banking. She often speaks at professional conferences, hospital staff trainings, and grand rounds about milk banking and breastfeeding policies.

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Where Law Meets Practice: supporting Charedi women to reach their breastfeeding goals
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016

Naomi Sallé is a La Leche League Leader in Amsterdam. She also recently earned her diploma in Jewish education, at the Dutch Jewish Seminary (part of the University of Amsterdam) where she focused on breastfeeding and Jewish law. She lives with her husband and three of their homeschooled children in the small Jewish community of Amsterdam and has the joy of watching her eldest married daughter grow in her mothering and nursing.

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NARM Midwifery Preceptor Webinar
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Carol Nelson LM, CPM
Ida Darragh LM, CPM
Shannon Anton LM, CPM
Debbie Pulley CPM
Miriam Khalsa LM, CPM
Kim Pekin CPM

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Nastassia K. Davis, DNP (c), MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
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Navigating Pathways to Breastfeeding Success in the Late Preterm Infant
Available in: Breastfeeding in the NICU Lecture Pack
USA Nastassia K. Davis, DNP (c), MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC

Nastassia is a registered nurse, international board certified lactation consultant and owner of Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation Services in New Jersey. Nastassia is currently finishing her doctorate in educational leadership at American Sentinel University. She completed her MSN in nursing education in 2012 from Mercy College and her BSN from the college of New Rochelle in 2004. She is also certified by NCC in maternal newborn nursing. In her 12-year nursing career, Nastassia has worked in several roles in perinatal health including staff nurse, lactation consultant, perinatal nurse educator, nursing faculty, and most recently in as a lactation consultant in private practice. Nastassia has a passion for improving maternal child health outcomes and breastfeeding rates in the African-American community. She is actively researching barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in African-American women.

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Dr. Natalie Shenker, BM, BCh (Oxon), PhD (Imp)
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The Resurgence and Role of Human Milk Banking
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
England Dr. Natalie Shenker, BM, BCh (Oxon), PhD (Imp)

Dr Natalie Shenker is a former surgeon, scientist, and the cofounder of the Human Milk Foundation, which aims to ensure more babies are fed with human milk. As well as supporting a range of educational and research studies, the HMF aims to ensure assured access to screened donor milk through a network of human milk banks based on the cost-effective innovative model of the Hearts Milk Bank (HMB). Milk banks provide screened breastmilk to premature babies whose own mothers need time to establish breastfeeding, protecting them from a range of life-threatening complications and supporting the mother to breastfeed. The HMB has been operating in the UK for 18 months, and has supported neonatal units as well as families in the community where breastfeeding is impossible or taking time to establish.

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Timeline of African American Experience
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

Natashia Conner is a graduate in Health and a Lactation Consultant at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She is a member of Black Breastfeeding Research, Education, Awareness, & Support Team, Southwest Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition, and Trinity Mother & Baby Outreach. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2015 and has worked with numerous mothers and infants supporting them on their breastfeeding journeys. As a graduate, she is heavily involved in research. Her research interests are: Investigations to improve infant mortality among minority and vulnerable population; Attest racial disparities to eliminate health care biases that systematically oppress breastfeeding equity. In the local community, she has volunteered and served as content expert for the Annual Black Family Reunion, NAACP Annual Conference, First Ladies Health Day. She is a breastfeeding advocate, peer, and a breastfeeding mother

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Antenatal Fetal Surveillance Made Easy
Available in: GOLD Midwifery Online Conference 2021
How The Principles of Palliative Medicine Can Improve Your Obstetrics Practice
Available in: GOLD Obstetrics Conference 2020

Nathan Riley, MD, is an OBGYN and hospice physician in Louisville, KY. He also works remotely as a telehealth palliative care physician for Resolution Care. He is also the host of the Obgyno Wino Podcast (link to: www.obgynowino.com), and, later this year, he will be launching a biodynamic wellness service to address the multitude of women's health issues for which Western medicine is not equipped to manage (link to: www.belovedholistics.com). When he's not connecting with his patients, you can find him mountain biking, climbing, gardening, or tossing his daughter dangerously high in the air.

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Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG
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Growing A Family With Dignity
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United States Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard's Ariadne Labs.

As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing, testing, and spreading solutions that improve healthcare.

Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. He is senior author of the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called "an instant classic" and Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians." Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, Dr. Shah co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers.

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Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
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Breast Assessment and Non-White Skin Tones
Available in: How Did I Miss That?: Breast Assessment and Non-White Skin Tones
BreastSide Manner: A Patient-Centered Approach to Lactation Support
Available in: GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2019
Marching Orders: Developing Practical and Impactful Care Plans
Available in: Essential Lactation Skills Lecture Pack
United Staes Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC

Nekisha Killings MPH, IBCLC is an experienced marketer, writer, equity strategist, and international board certified lactation consultant. After spending years in consumer-packaged goods marketing and community partnership building, followed by a decade of public relations and ghostwriting, she found her life’s work in lactation support and maternal and child health equity through her personal experiences with birth and breastfeeding. Nekisha contributed the chapter on Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. She acts as equity strategist for lactation-related organizations that seek to better reach under-served communities. Recently, she co-founded Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, an organization dedicated to equipping aspirants of color to sit the IBCLC exam. She is a community based lactation consultant, offering no cost culturally humble support to underserved families in South Los Angeles.

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Nell Tharpe, MS CNM, CRNFA, FACNM
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Physiologic Birth and Social Determinants of Health
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2018
Suturing Skills for Midwifery Practice
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
Suturing Skills For Midwifery Practice
Available in: Managing Complications During Birth Lecture Pack
United States Nell Tharpe, MS CNM, CRNFA, FACNM

Nell Tharpe, CNM, CRNFA, MS, FACNM began her journey to midwifery after the birth of her first child. She attended births as a nurse and with home birth midwives, and then obtained her Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the State University of New York in 1986. She began active clinical practice in Maine, offering women holistic health care, attending births in small community hospitals, and working in the operating room as a surgical first assistant which is where she honed her suturing skills.

A committed life-long learner, Nell received her Master of Science degree in Midwifery from Philadelphia University in 2003. Nell’s passion is bridging the gap between clinical practice and emerging evidence. Her focus is on teaching midwifery skills to foster excellence in midwifery and women’s health care in every practice setting.

Nell is the original author of the widely used midwifery text Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, now in its 5th edition, and sold in over 24 counties. She is an adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia and provides workshops as an independent Perinatal and Women’s Health Consultant.


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Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH, BSc
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Feeding preterm babies after hospital discharge: breast-milk, fortifier, supplements and complementary foods
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017
Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
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Probiotics in Preterm Infants
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2019
GB Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH, BSc

Dr Embleton has worked in neonatal medicine for the past 25 years, completing clinical training and a research doctorate in neonatal nutrition in the UK, and a neonatal fellowship in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as a Consultant Neonatal Pediatrician in Newcastle, UK since 2002, one of the largest UK neonatal units, caring for sick preterm and term born neonates. He leads a broad portfolio of research focused on nutrition and gut health in preterm infants. Areas of work include determining patterns of early gut microbial colonization, and how these may predict the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and sepsis. He is a project team member of large neonatal feeding trials recruiting >5000 infants in the UK, as well as coordinating mechanistic studies using microbiomic and metabolomic analyses. He chairs the multi-disciplinary UK Neonatal Nutrition Network (N3) and is a member of the Committee of Nutrition for ESPGHAN.

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New mothers’ thoughts of infant-related harm and their relationship with postpartum OCD and parenting
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
New mothers’ thoughts of infant-related harm and their relationship with postpartum OCD and parenting
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Dr. Nichole Fairbrother is an assistant professor with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Island Medical Program. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2002, and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in women’s reproductive health through the Child and Family Research Institute and the UBC Department of Health Care and Epidemiology. Dr. Fairbrother’s research is in the area of reproductive mental health with an emphasis on perinatal anxiety disorders and epidemiology. Her current research projects include (1) a CIHR-funded study of maternal postpartum thoughts of infant-related harm and their relation to postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder (ppOCD), (2) a study of maternal perinatal anxiety disorders prevalence, (3) a series of experiments to investigate cognitive and affective responses to infant crying and infant shaking, and (4) an online survey to assess the newly developed Childbirth Fear Questionnaire (CFQ) as a screening tool for specific phobia, fear of childbirth.

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Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC
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Breastfeeding Education in Secondary Schools—Research and Application for Lactation Professionals
Available in: Breastfeeding Education and Advocacy Lecture Pack
Funny Tasting Milk: The Biochemistry and Clinical Applications of Human Milk Oxidation vs. High Lipase Action
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
USA Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC

After studying biology at Meredith College in North Carolina, Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC spent the early part of her career sharing her love of science with middle school students. It was not until after the birth of her first child in 2007 and the challenges she faced breastfeeding that she became interested in pursuing a career in breastfeeding support. She enrolled at North Carolina State University to study human nutrition and completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. In the fall of 2013, she opened Harmony Lactation, LLC with the goal of helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. She recently completed her PhD in Nutrition and is a postdoctoral researcher at NCSU; her research focuses on breastfeeding education. She is also co-owner of Next Level Lactation, an educational and consulting company for lactation professionals.

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Nigel Lee, BHlthSci, MMId, PhD
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Managing Back Pain in Labour Using Sterile Water Injections
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
Australia Nigel Lee, BHlthSci, MMId, PhD

Nigel is a Midwife with clinical, education, research and policy experience. The main focus of his research has been on optimising care during childbirth. His PhD research explored the use of sterile water injections for the relief of back pain in labour. His work in this area is ongoing and has contributed to the increased use of this novel, simple and effective analgesic technique in Australia and the United Kingdom. Nigel has also published in the area of normal labour progress, including a randomised trial of labour documentation and management incorporating practice recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and retrospective studies into strategies for preventing severe perineal injury. Nigel is currently a Midwifery researcher and lecturer for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Mater Research Institute.

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Nikki Hunter Greenaway, MSN FNP, IBCLC
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The Effects of Breastfeeding on Sexual Intimacy
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020
United States Nikki Hunter Greenaway, MSN FNP, IBCLC

Nikki Hunter Greenaway is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and internationally board-certified lactation consultant in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2011, she founded Nurse Nikki Family & Maternity Services, a health consulting firm where she educates and counsels women, families, schools and businesses about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and new baby care. October 2018 she opened Bloom Maternal Health, a women’s health clinic that provides prenatal counseling and postpartum recovery care. Nurse Nikki is the co-founder of Louisiana’s first free-standing infant feeding clinic, the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center. She also co-created Café au Lait Breastfeeding Circle for Families of Color and Nikki & Nikki Lactation Career Consultants two important resources needed to improve breastfeeding outcomes specifically in the Black community. Nikki is a wife and mother of 3 mini breastfeeding activists.

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Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, IBCLC, ANLC, CCE, CIMI, CKC
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United States Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, IBCLC, ANLC, CCE, CIMI, CKC

Nikki has been a nurse since 1971. In addition, she is a mother of 2, a childbirth educator, a holistic lactation consultant, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, a baby body worker (teaching Infant Massage and TummyTime!), an author, a teacher and a public speaker.

Her publications include Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy, the monographs “Benefits of Breastfeeding and Their Economic Impact” and “Sexuality and Breastfeeding” and the educational pamphlet “How to help yourself through labor". She is a reviews editor for the journal Clinical Lactation, writes reviews for the Old-Time Herald, a magazine dedicated to old-time music, is author of the blog, Morning Thoughts, and regularly updates her Facebook page, NikkiLeeHealth. She plays back-up rhythm guitar in Cajun and old-time styles.


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Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD
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The Neuroscience behind the skin-to-skin imperative
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Understanding resilience: why a preterm needs its mother.
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
Zero separation of mother and newborn: the science behind the concept
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017
South Africa Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD

Dr Nils Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council.

Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.

He enjoys sharing the wildlife of Africa with his wife and three youngsters.

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Noel Mueller, PhD, MPH
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Determinants of The Infant Microbiome and Childhood Obesity: Mom Matters
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United States Noel Mueller, PhD, MPH

I am interested in the prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease from the perspectives of life course, nutritional and microbiome epidemiology. I believe that primordial prevention of lifestyle and environmental risk factors, particularly in high-risk and nutritionally transitioning populations, provides the greatest opportunity to curb the epidemics of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. As such, my research aims to identify early-life, modifiable antecedents of cardiometabolic disease in diverse populations locally and globally. Most recently my research has focused on understanding the determinants of gut microbiota and how they can be leveraged to prevent metabolic diseases. My research effort is partitioned among the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research; and the Johns Hopkins Food, Body and Mind Institute.

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Determinatns of Timely Introduction of Complimentary Feeding in India: Secondary Analysis of National Survey Data 1992- 2006
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Dr. Nomita Chandhiok is Senior Deputy Director General/Scientist ‘G’ at the Indian Council of Medical Research, the apex research organization and advisory body to the government of India. She is the programme officer for Women’s Health and HIV prevention technologies at the Council and responsible for coordinating and promoting programmatically relevant research in these areas. Specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she has been involved in conducting multicentre clinical evaluation of newer reproductive health technologies and clinical and operational research studies in the field of sexual and Reproductive Health since 1981. Her keen involvement in issues related to the sexual and reproductive health of women and adolescents has led to several studies addressing the high maternal mortality and morbidity in India being translated into policy. Dr. Chandhiok is a member of several international advisory groups, professional bodies and Task Force committees of various scientific organizations and has over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals.

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