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Rachel Reed, BScHons Midwifery, PhD
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USA Rachel Reed, BScHons Midwifery, PhD

Rachel Reed is a Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has practised midwifery in a range of models and settings in the United Kingdom and Australia. Rachel is committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women's innate ability to birth and mother. She is a writer and presenter, and is also the author of the Midwife Thinking blog.

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Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC
Sara Lake, J.D., CAE
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Demystifying Professional Certification Examination Development
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC

Rachelle is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® and a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Science degree in health education. She has worked as a lactation consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1996 when she established the Lactation Support Program. Rachelle provides lactation consults for families of patients admitted to the hospital and assists mothers and babies with breastfeeding. She counsels families in the Fetal Heart Program prenatally to offer support and guidance related to breastfeeding an infant with congenital heart disease. She also has an outpatient clinic to help mothers with breastfeeding challenges. She specializes in nutrition-related problems including food allergies and poor growth. Rachelle is the co-author of the ILCA publication “Risks of Not Breastfeeding” and the ADA Position Statement on Breastfeeding. Rachelle has served on the Board for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) since 2009 and currently serves as Chair. She breastfed four children and has five grandchildren, all of whom were breastfed.

Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE serves as Executive Director of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), a global certification program with over twenty-six thousand certificants in ninety-six countries. She also serves as an ex officio Board member to the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC), an affiliated charitable organization which provides scholarships to individuals in need of financial support to pursue careers in lactation consulting.

Sara also currently serves on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Chair of the 2014 Program Committee for the Annual Conference of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. She has held senior positions with credentialing and association organizations for the past fifteen years and previously served as Chair for her own certification governing body, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of ASAE. Sara presents extensively regarding credentialing and association management, particularly in the international arena.

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Baby led weaning for breastfed baby: yes or no?
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Bikram prenatal yoga: keeps me fit and healthy during pregnancies
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016

Ratih Ayu Wulandari, MD, IBCLC, is a bikram yoga practitioner since 2008. She continued her practices on her first and second pregnancy, and got many benefits from the exercises. She certified as prenatal yoga teacher from sun yoga in 2015 so that she can embrace its  benefit to every mother to be . She is also a lactation consultant and work in the lactation clinic which practicing frenotomy for tongue-tie and lip-tie. She believes attachment parenting is the best way to nurture a child and shares her thoughts on her blog http://www.menjadiibu.com.

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Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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Evidence Based Care: What it is, What it isn’t, and How to Help Families Find it
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Vitamin K for Newborns: Myths versus Facts
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
U.S.A. Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN is the founder of Evidence Based Birth. Rebecca is an assistant professor of nursing at a research university in the U.S. She teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology and conducts clinical research on cardiovascular and maternal health.

In 2012, Rebecca realized that it was very difficult for the average person to find information about evidence-based maternity care. Realizing that she had the skills to meet this need, Rebecca coined the term “evidence based birth” and founded www.evidencebasedbirth.com. The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to promote evidence-based practice during childbirth by providing research evidence directly to women and families.

Rebecca has served on the executive board of directors of www.ImprovingBirth.org, a non-profit whose mission is to bring evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth. Over the past two years, Rebecca has given many presentations about evidence based birth to nursing students, physicians, college students, and nurse midwives.

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Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
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Helping Parents Navigate the Roller Coaster Ride of Tongue-Tie and Breastfeeding
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
In the middle: When your advice differs from the Dr's
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

Renee is a board certified lactation consultant in 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. She draws from her background in education and child development every time she works with a breastfeeding dyad. 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 skype consultations internationally. She has the great fortune to work closely with several local Drs. who do excellent revisions. Renee is thankful to live breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters

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Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)
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Daughter of Time: The Postmodern Midwife
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): Creating Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Care
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USA Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)

Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a world-renowned medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics. She is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004), coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016), and lead editor of 10 collections, the latest of which is Birth Models That Work (2009), which highlights optimal models of birth care around the world. Volume II: Birth Models on the Global Frontier, co-edited with Betty-Anne Daviss, is in process, as is Sustainable Birth, co-edited with Kim Gutschow. Robbie serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (www.imbci.org) and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website www.davis-floyd.com.

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Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, MD,Pediatrician,PhD,Adjunt Professor,IBCLC
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brazil Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, MD,Pediatrician,PhD,Adjunt Professor,IBCLC

Roberto Mario Silveira Issler, 54, is a Brazilian Pediatrician, graduated at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. He attended Residency on Pediatrics (3y) at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. He has a Master Degree and a Ph Degree on Infant and Adolescent Health. Since 1992 he is a Professor of Pediatrics in “Faculdade de Medicina”, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has been in the Breastfeeding Committee of State Pediatric Society (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) for many years. In 1998 he got his certification as IBCLC (re-certified to 2013). He is member of a Multidiscipline Research Group on Infant Health, focused mainly in issues related to Primary Care (breastfeeding, infant growth and development, health promotion at ambulatory level). He also works as Pediatrician in his private office.

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Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, LCCE, FACCE
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Lamaze International’s Six Healthy Birth Practices
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, LCCE, FACCE

Dr. Robin Elise Weiss is a childbirth educator, doula, and author of more than 10 books on pregnancy and parenting. She is the past President of Lamaze International and currently serving on the Board of Directors. She also runs one of the oldest pregnancy websites, pregnancy.about.com. Robin and her husband, Kevin, are raising their eight children in Louisville, KY, USA.

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Robin Grille, BA(Psych) Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Interactive Psychotherapy
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How childhood experiences affect mothering behavior – and how practitioners can help
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Australia Robin Grille, BA(Psych) Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Interactive Psychotherapy

Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated around the world. Robin’s first book: ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada. His second book, ‘Heart to Heart Parenting’ is now translated into Korean and German. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children. Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 25 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.

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Awakening Birth
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Birth in the Era of Climate Change
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Robin Lim,("Mother Robin," or "Ibu Robin") is a midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it. She and her team have been working since 2003 to combat Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates, and the Bumi Sehat birth centers serve many at-risk mothers. She was awarded the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award by the CNN news network for helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia with healthy pregnancy and birth services.

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Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LLLL
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Babies, Breasts and Body Mods: Where Body Art and Breastfeeding Collide
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
U.S.A. Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LLLL

Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 14 years. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Maternal Child Health and Nursing. Currently, Robyn is a L&D and Postpartum RN at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, and also works with AD military mothers as an IBCLC. In addition, Robyn is a Board member of MiLCA (Military Lactation Consultants Association), and the Secretary for TALCA (Tidewater Area Lactation Consultant Association).

Robyn is an energetic and dynamic speaker who brings personal experience combined with evidence-based research to her presentations. Her motivation for speaking is to bring attention to subjects she feels are little understood, and yet affect many women. As a tattooed and pierced IBCLC, Robyn has a personal as well as professional interest in Body Modifications. With the rise in tattooing and piercings by the new generation of breastfeeding mothers, Robyn feels that the topic of Body Modifications and how it relates to breastfeeding, is very relevant.

Robyn lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 school-age children.

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Rosann Edwards, RN MScN PhD(c) IBCLC
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Breastfeeding Support for Young Mothers From an Maternity Shelter: A Qualitative Study
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Canada Rosann Edwards, RN MScN PhD(c) IBCLC

Rosann is an experienced public health nurse and lactation consultant. She is currently with Ottawa Public Health's Healthy Babies Healthy Children program and completing her doctoral studies in nursing at the University of Ottawa. Rosann became aware of the unique needs of young mothers involved in the shelter system through her role as the clinic nurse at the Bethany Hope Centre and while proving home visits to new mothers. Rosann is the mother to two boys, the youngest of whom promises to wean before he starts university.

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Ruth Lawrence, MD, FABM
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Breastfeeding Research Hit Parade - 2016
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USA Ruth Lawrence, MD, FABM

Dr. Lawrence is a magna cum laude graduate of Antioch College with a B.S. in biology. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She did her Pediatric Residency at Yale University at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She trained with Dr. Edith Jackson in the original Rooming-In Unit, made house calls on newborns, and learned about breastfeeding. In 1958 she assumed the medical directorship of the Finger Lakes Regional Poison Center, the second oldest center in the United States and the first to take calls from the public. It was closed by then Governor Patterson in 2010. She continues to head the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center and the Pediatric Environmental Safety Center. Dr. Lawrence has been on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology as a neonatologist and clinical toxicologist since returning to the University of Rochester. She is currently a Distinguished Alumna Professor and is the first holder of the Northumberland Trust Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. She is the author of “Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” now in its eighth edition. She is a founder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, past president and board member. She was on the original AAP committee that resulted in the section on breastfeeding and has been its chair. She is a founding member of the group that became the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) and served on the board and as Secretary-Treasurer. She has received many national and international awards for her work in clinical toxicology, breastfeeding and human lactation. St. Bernard’s Institute of Theology awarded Dr. Lawrence an honorary doctorate in theology, D.D. in 2009.

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