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Back to the Future on HIV and Breastfeeding: The findings that transformed policy
Available in: Lactation Conference 2013

Pamela has been speaking and writing on behalf of breastfeeding in the context of HIV since 1995.  Having certified in 1990 as the first IBCLC in Zimbabwe, a country with extremely high HIV-prevalence, she worked in private practice and served as a member of the Zimbabwe National Multi-sectoral Breastfeeding Committee, as a BFHI trainer and assessor, and assisted with development of national Code legislation and HIV and breastfeeding policy.  She emigrated to Australia in 2003 and subsequently to England in 2005.   She served as Co-Coordinator of the WABA Task Forces on Human Rights from 2001 to 2002 and on Breastfeeding and HIV from 2005 to 2009.  She recently completed writing the WABA 2012 publication, International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a Comprehensive Resource

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From Fetus to Adult: How Epigenetics and Pregnancy Events Influence One’s Lifespan
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
Maternity Care Practices and their Impact on the Microbiome
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
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The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person: Influences of Care and Place For Birth
Available in: The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person
The Tipping Point in Childbirth Education: The Consequences of Ignorance
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Childbirth Education

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola. Find out more about Penny at her website:

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