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Nancy Irland, DNP, RN, CNM
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De-Mystifying Gestational Diabetes
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
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
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Pumping for the NICU Baby: An Evidence-Based Update
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013
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: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, is author of the professional books, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide Edition. She co-authored (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett) the popular book for parents, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. She is also author of the tiny 2013 troubleshooting guide, Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges and the Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app. Nancy began working with breastfeeding families in 1982 and became board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and maintained a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area. In 2008 the International Lactation Consultant Association officially recognized her contributions to the field of breastfeeding by awarding her the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Nancy was one of the first group of 16 to be recognized for their lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.

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Nancy Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
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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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Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD. ACSW
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Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Ethical Concerns in Human Milk Exchange
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD. ACSW

Naomi Bar-Yam, ACSW, Ph.D. has been working in maternal and child health for over 25 years as an educator, researcher and writer, in the US and overseas. Areas of special interest include breastfeeding, milk banking, ethical issues in perinatal health. Naomi is the founding director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, providing safe donor milk to hospitals and families throughout the northeast. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

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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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Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH, BSc
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Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015
Milk and gut microbes: early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
Available in: Milk and Gut Microbes: Early feeding and outcomes in preterm and term neonates
UK 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

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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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
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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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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