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Saleemah J. McNeil, CLC, MS, MFT
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Overcoming Barriers in Black Maternal Health: It Takes a Village
Available in: Preventing and Healing Trauma in the Perinatal Period Lecture Pack
U.S.A Saleemah J. McNeil, CLC, MS, MFT

Saleemah McNeil is a Reproductive Psychotherapist, Certified Lactation Consultant, professionally trained Birth Doula and a traumatic birth survivor. Saleemah has dedicated her work to helping families of color heal from traumatic birth experiences and transition into parenthood. Saleemah has held several positions in the field of Maternal & Child Health and Wellness. Mrs. McNeil furthered her knowledge and experience with vulnerable birthing persons and served as a Philadelphia County Jail Based Case Manager at Riverside Correctional Facility. In this role, she assisted birthing women during their most vulnerable times as a Doula. Working in the Department of Corrections, ignited anger and passion which ultimately guided Saleemah to a masters in clinical psychology and counseling . After watching years of unfair treatment and inhumane conditions, reproductive injustice, systemic racism and trauma, Saleemah founded a nonprofit organization, Oshun Family Center. She launched a citywide initiative to reduce Black maternal mortality through the “Maternal Wellness Village” program and became a key figure and content area expert in the region. Mrs. McNeil's work is rooted in a deep appreciation and understanding that surviving the 4th trimester can mean life or death for some women. As a clinician, advocate, researcher and trainer, Mrs. McNeil’s work is grounded in helping families not only survive but thrive by utilizing an anti-racism and trauma sensitive framework. Her passion has driven her to explore new endeavors such as impacting policy change and ultimately shifting the provider - client dynamic in healthcare by addressing the disparities for Black women.

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Placenta Accreta Spectrum: The Rise Of An Iatrogenic Killer
Available in: GOLD Obstetrics Conference 2020

Sally is a Consultant Obstetrician subspecializing in Feto-Maternal Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and an Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford.

Sally graduated in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford and specialized in Obstetrics, training within the Oxford region during which time she completed a PhD in Placental Ultrasound. Sally is currently a Consultant Obstetrician in a busy NHS Trust and has set up the Oxford FMU Placenta Clinic which provides a tertiary referral service for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS).

She is highly research active having authored over 100 cited articles and won several international research awards. She currently holds a substantial grant from the NICHD Human Placenta project. She is recognised for her expertise in placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) and co-authored the RCOG and FIGO guidelines on diagnosis and management of PAS. She is currently working with NHS England to develop a national network for the diagnosis and management of PAS. She is the UK representative to, and elected Vice-Chairperson of, the International Society for abnormally invasive placenta (AIP, the invasive end of the spectrum) and is the lead author on their recent evidence-based guidelines for the management of AIP. She continues to strive to improve the outcomes for women affected by this rare and complex condition.

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“I just really wanted to breastfeed” - The Impact of Stress on Birth & Baby Feeding in a UK Multi-Ethnic Community
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Sally is an IBCLC in Leicester, UK, and has been supporting families there, particularly families from BME communities, for 15 years. Her interest in multi-culturalism and diversity has grown, from teaching French in a large community college, to her current role leading Leicester Mammas CIC, a city-wide community breastfeeding peer support programme developed and delivered by and for local mothers. She has previously been a La Leche League leader, and was part of the pioneering LLL Peer Counsellor Programme team, under the leadership of Sarah Gill, who brought the LLLPCP from the US to the UK. A core element of her approach to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is its role in the wider society: mitigating poverty, health inequalities and social isolation, and creating strong communities of women from all walks of life. She is has recently completed an MA in Integrated Provision for Families in Early Years. Sally is Deputy Chair of LCGB (Lactation Consultants of Great Britain).

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Sally Pezaro, RM BA (Hons), RM, MSc, PhD
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Exploring the Needs of Childbearing Women with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
New Educational Tools to Support Childbearing With Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders
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United Kingdom Sally Pezaro, RM BA (Hons), RM, MSc, PhD

Dr Sally Pezaro is an Academic midwife, and an editorial board member of the British Journal of Midwifery and the International Journal of Childbirth. She is also a member of the Mary Seacole Awards steering group funded by Health Education England, a panelist on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s fitness to practise Investigating Committee and ‘The Academic Midwife’ on Facebook. Sally has experience working as a midwife clinically in the United Kingdom, the Gambia and Ethiopia. Reflecting on her own experiences, Sally has developed a passion for supporting the psychological wellbeing of health care professionals. Throughout her PhD work, Sally secured the case for developing an online intervention, designed to primarily support midwives in work-related psychological distress. The overriding vision for Sally’s ongoing research is to secure a psychologically safe professional journey for midwives and excellence in maternity care. Her latest work focuses upon improving maternity care for those childbearing with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS), transgender communities, substance use and domestic violence in particular.

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Sandra J. Edson, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
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Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
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USA Sandra J. Edson, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Sandra received her BSN from Shenandoah University in Virginia in 2005 and began work at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Labor & Birth shortly thereafter. After gaining 3 years of L&D experience at Yale, she relocated to VT and took a job in the Birthing Pavilion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH where she stayed for 4 years gaining experience in their LDRP. While at Dartmouth, she obtained her MSN in Nursing Education from Norwich University. In 2014, she has accepted the role of Birth Center Nurse Educator at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics as well as electronic fetal monitoring, an NRP regional trainer and an AWHONN Fetal Monitor Instructor. Sandra is the section Chair of the VT AWHONN section and a 2015 AWHONN emerging leader. She lives in Williston, VT with her three children. She is very passionate about Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Newborns!

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Sandy Jamieson, AA, La Leche League Leader, retired, and District Advisor, IBCLC
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USA Sandy Jamieson, AA, La Leche League Leader, retired, and District Advisor, IBCLC

Sandy LaVonne Jamieson became passionate about nutrition when her first baby suffered a series of painful ear infections which were cured by dietary supplements after allopathic medicines failed. She was an avid breastfeeding mom, La Leche League Leader, and currently works for the United States Women, Infant, Children Nutrition office helping moms and babies to meet their breastfeeding goals. She is the mother of six breast fed children and seven and eight-ninths grandchildren. Sandy is working to help babies regain their birthright.

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Sara Kindberg, RM, MhSs, PhD
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Healing Well After Childbirth: Experiences from a Midwifery-Led Pelvic Floor Clinic in Denmark
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2020
Denmark Sara Kindberg, RM, MhSs, PhD

Sara Kindberg has been a midwife since 1999, working in hospitals in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Greenland. Perineal care and especially surgical repair of perineal lacerations has been her clinical and academic focus and subject of her Master of Health Thesis in 2005 and her PhD dissertation in 2008.

The research highlighted an unmet need for hands-on training and bedside supervision among midwifery students and midwifery colleagues. The Danish Ministry of Innovation and Research rewarded Sara with a grant to commercialise her knowledge and passion for training perineal repair into an online resource: GynZone.net. Sara was nominated “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2011.

GynZone offers online learning about the diagnosis and surgical repair of perineal lacerations from 1st to 4th degree tears.

Sara currently also works as a perineal care specialist at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and is managing the first Scandinavian midwifery led pelvic floor unit that offers early secondary perineal repair.

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted this set-up of a midwifery-led pelvic floor clinic as an example of excellent clinical practice in the European compendium of good practices in nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 report.

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Sara Randall, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, R. Midwife, B. Ost. Med, R. Osteopath, IBCLC
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Osteopathic Principles within the Perinatal Period
Available in: Complementary Care Lecture Pack
United Kingdom Sara Randall, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, R. Midwife, B. Ost. Med, R. Osteopath, IBCLC

Since graduating with a degree in Midwifery in 2002, I have worked as a midwife within the NHS. I also qualified as an Osteopath and I specialise in pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pains, breastfeeding issues and manage newborns and children following a traumatic birth using Cranial Osteopathy.

Specialities include:

  • Information and advice on various treatment options for pregnancy, postnatal women and newborn babies.
  • Help and guidance around suitable techniques including Osteopathy, Massage, Manipulation and Exercise Rehabilitation, Medical.
  • Acupuncture, Cranial Osteopathic Techniques, and Kinesio Taping and Strapping.
  • Advising on breastfeeding skills and techniques.


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Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst
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Birth and Its Impacts on Lifelong Wellbeing
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Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing
Available in: Midwifery Education Bundle #1
Induction of Labor: Hormonal Costs and Consequences for Mothers and Babies
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2019
Australia Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst

Dr Sarah Buckley is a family physician (GP), trained in GP obstetrics, and mother of four homeborn children. She has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997, and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah has a special interest in the hormonal physiology of labour and birth and in 2015 she completed an extensive scientific report on this topic, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US) in 2015. She is currently a PhD candidate is studying oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in childbirth at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

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Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA, IMH-E® Mentor (Clinical)
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“How You Are Is as Important as What You Do”: The Importance of Reflective Practice in Providing Trauma-Informed Care
Available in: Preventing and Healing Trauma in the Perinatal Period Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA, IMH-E® Mentor (Clinical)

Sarah McNamee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical). She is the Director/Owner of McNamee & Associates, LLC, a company that specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and supports families, communities, and providers through direct service, consultation, supervision/mentoring, and training. Sarah’s specialties include infant/early childhood mental health (with a focus on supporting families with baby/young child born premature, babies and young children with special health care needs, and highly sensitive babies/young children/parents), supporting infant regulation, reflective practice, and the provision of reflective supervision/consultation. Sarah is passionate about co-creating spaces that welcome the inherent wisdom and strength of individuals and communities in a trauma-informed and culturally responsive way. It is in these spaces that we discover the best tools we have for supporting individuals and communities, as well as changing our systems of care for babies, young children, and families. Sarah is the parent to three beautifully amazing and challenging human beings who continue to teach her the true meaning of intentional, attuned, and responsive caregiving.

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Sarah Oakley, BA(Hons) RN HV IBCLC
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United Kingdom Sarah Oakley, BA(Hons) RN HV IBCLC

Sarah lives and works in the UK and has a background in community nursing, health visiting and primary care. She qualified as a breastfeeding counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers in 2004 and as an IBCLC in 2009. In 2009 she set up a private practice and sees 600-700 families per year in this role. She trained in 2011 to perform scissor frenotomy with Mervyn Griffiths and Carolyn Westcott and has since performed over 4000 procedures. She is a founder member and former chair of The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners in the UK. Sarah has written articles for magazines and journals and contributed to books on lactation for parents and professionals. She has recently been commissioned to write a book on tongue-tie for parents.

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Effects of Labour Analgesia and Anaesthesia on Breastfeeding
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Sarah Reece-Stremtan MD is an associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Her clinical practice is centered at Children's National Hospital in DC, where she works as a pediatric anesthesiologist, acute pain physician, and acupuncturist. She has particularly strong interests in perioperative preservation of breastfeeding, with specific expertise in safety of anesthesia and analgesia medications used by breastfeeding mothers. She has spoken at Congressional Briefings on the need for enhanced research into the use of medications by breastfeeding and pregnant women, and sits on working group #4 within a federal task force developed to enhance Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC).

She has long been involved with the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, authoring multiple clinical protocols, chairing various committees, and most recently serving as Treasurer for 2 terms after 5 years as a member of the Board of Directors.

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Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC
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Utilizing Connected Health Technology and Telehealth to Improve Perinatal Access and Quality in Rural Areas
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2018
USA Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC

Sarah J. Rhoads, PhD, DNP is a telehealth researcher and educator, emphasizing the human impact of technologies on health care provider roles and patients. Dr. Rhoads is a Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has been the primary investigator on multiple grants related to telehealth and is a Co-Investigator with the South Central Telehealth Resource Center, which facilitates telemedicine in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Several of Dr. Rhoads’ research and project grants have focused on the Mississippi River Delta region of the United States. Dr. Rhoads has a passion for improving maternal, neonatal, and pediatric care in rural areas.

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Saraswathi Vedam, Professor and Principal, Birth Place Lab at UBC
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Clients, Colleagues, or Critics? Negotiating Gaps between evidence and community standards
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“They Threatened and Bullied Me”: Examining Disparities in Autonomy, Respect, and Mistreatment Across Childbearing Communities
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
Canada Saraswathi Vedam, Professor and Principal, Birth Place Lab at UBC

Saraswathi Vedam is Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab at University of British Columbia. Over 35 years, she has been a midwife, educator, and researcher. She led the provincial, community-based participatory studies, Changing Childbirth in BC and the Giving Voice to Mothers Studies, exploring access to respectful maternity care across birth settings in North America. These projects led to two new quality measures: the Mothers’ Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) scale and the Mothers on Respect (MORi) index, that assess quality and safety as defined by the service user. She is currently PI of a 5-year CIHR funded national study of respectful maternity care across Canada. Professor Vedam has been active in setting international policy on place of birth and interprofessional collaboration. She led a multidisciplinary team to conduct the Access and Integration Maternity care Mapping (AIMM) Study; convened 3 national Home Birth Summits; and chaired the 5th International Normal Labour and Birth Research conference.



Professor Vedam has been active in setting national and international policy on place of birth, and midwifery education and regulation. She has provided expert consultations to policy makers, public health agencies, and legislators in Mexico, Hungary, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Canada, the US, and India. She was Convener and Chair of 3 national Home Birth Summits. At these historic summits a multi-stakeholder group of leaders (clinicians, consumers, policymakers, legislators, researchers, ethicists, and administrators) crafted a common agenda to address equitable access to high quality care across birth settings in the United States.

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Ready, Response-able, Resilient; Handling Complications & Emergencies
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2019
Understanding Shocks as it Relates to Estimated Blood Loss
Available in: Supporting Birth in Challenging Situations

Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM is an Osteopathic Family Practice Physician and Certified Professional Midwife who began studying and practicing the Midwives Model of Care™ over 30 years ago. After working as an illegal home birth midwife for 15 years, she entered the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a family medicine residency with a strong women’s and children’s health component and went into private practice, providing family medicine and midwifery services in rural Appalachia. Sarita currently practices in Charlottesville, VA, providing midwifery services at home and in her birth center, Winding River Birth Center. She mentors students through her program, the Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education, and is always willing to talk about pretty much any aspect of midwifery. She is currently the Vice President of MANA.

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Sarita has listened to women’s stories all her life – stories about love and birth and healing and death. She grew up in a rural mountain culture that valued self-reliance and in which home birth was the norm. The birth of her first child brought an awareness of a calling to midwifery which she pursued through self-study and attending women in their homes. The births of her own four children taught her to listen to the power of her body and what it means to give birth in ecstasy. In the early 1980’s, she joined with other young midwives in her state to support one another and find sisterhood as they developed standards of care, risk factor guidelines and a well-honed peer review process. In 1994, Sarita found herself answering another calling and began her Osteopathic education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating with honors, she completed a family medicine residency with a strong maternity care program and “old-time” family practice approach to birth. In 2001, she returned to her rural home town, providing home birth and general family practice until 2013, when she relocated to begin a new adventure. Along with her passion for midwifery, she discovered her gift for mentoring and is actively involved in educating future midwives through The Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education. Sarita served as secretary for the MANA Board of Directors from October 2011 until being elected as vice president in 2014. From this perspective, she sees the interconnectedness of midwives and the need to work cooperatively if we are going to ensure that women and their families – not big business – are the ones who profit from our birth experiences.

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Kimberly McNally, DNP, CNM, RNC-OB, IBCLC
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Separating the Midwifery and Nursing Professions
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Sarita has listened to women’s stories all her life – stories about love and birth and healing and death. She grew up in a rural mountain culture that valued self-reliance and in which home birth was the norm. The birth of her first child brought an awareness of a calling to midwifery which she pursued through self-study and attending women in their homes. The births of her own four children taught her to listen to the power of her body and what it means to give birth in ecstasy. In the early 1980’s, she joined with other young midwives in her state to support one another and find sisterhood as they developed standards of care, risk factor guidelines and a well-honed peer review process. In 1994, Sarita found herself answering another calling and began her Osteopathic education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating with honors, she completed a family medicine residency with a strong maternity care program and “old-time” family practice approach to birth. In 2001, she returned to her rural home town, providing home birth and general family practice until 2013, when she relocated to begin a new adventure. Along with her passion for midwifery, she discovered her gift for mentoring and is actively involved in educating future midwives through The Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education. Sarita served as secretary for the MANA Board of Directors from October 2011 until being elected as vice president in 2014. From this perspective, she sees the interconnectedness of midwives and the need to work cooperatively if we are going to ensure that women and their families – not big business – are the ones who profit from our birth experiences.

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Angiogenic Factors and Preeclampsia
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Dr. Rana cares for women with high-risk pregnancies and is an expert in the diagnosis and management of preeclampsia — a condition characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. Dr. Rana aims to improve maternal and fetal outcomes through use of systematic evidence based management protocols and research on preeclampsia. Her research over the last several years has focused on demonstrating clinical utility for angiogenic biomarkers in prediction of adverse outcomes among women with preeclampsia. Dr. Rana performs collaborative research evaluating the relationships between increased levels of angiogenic factors and immediate, as well as future, cardiovascular dysfunction. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Rana trains residents and fellows on the use of ultrasound imaging, as well as the management of women with complex pregnancies.

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Dr. Satish Tiwari, M D (Pediatrics), LLB
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India Dr. Satish Tiwari, M D (Pediatrics), LLB

Dr. Satish Tiwari has worked as Professor of Pediatrics for 5- 6 years, and was responsible for the formation of the Indian Medico-Legal Ethics Association (Founder President), and the Human Milk Banking Association (India). He is a recipient of the Dr Nirmala Kesaree Oration 2012 and Dr NB Kumta Award 2015 for outstanding work in IYCF. He is a trainer in Human Lactation, breastfeeding, human milk banking, medico-legal issues etc. He has National, International publications and has provided editorial services for: a Textbook on Medico-legal Issues, Feeding Fundamentals, International J Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Transplant & Nutrition, and the Journal Indian Medico-Legal Ethics Association. He is Founder Editor-in-chief for the New Indian Journal Pediatrics. He is Founder Secretary Medico-legal group, Founder Secretary IYCF chapter IAP. He worked as President BPNI Maharashtra 04-06, Member Central Coordination Committee of BPNI (New Delhi) 06-08 and National Executive Indian Academy Pediatrics 07. He was a Postgraduate & Undergraduate examiner in Pediatrics and has been invited as a Guest Speaker on Infant feeding, breastfeeding, Medico-legal issues, HIV, Behavioral problems, etc.

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Sayida Peprah, PsyD, Doula
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Understanding Maternal Suicide and Supporting Individuals at Risk
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020
U.S.A. Sayida Peprah, PsyD, Doula

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and birth doula, with over 10 years of experience in both fields. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a psychologist, diversity and cross-cultural educator, and community-based doula program director. Dr. Sayida is also the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., who's mission is “fostering diversity and supporting communities and the providers who serve them.
An advocate for human rights in childbirth, Dr. Sayida is a member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform the birthing experiences of black families. Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees including Perinatal Equity Initiative Committees, and formerly the California Maternal Suicide Review Committee and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities.

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Sejal Fichadia, B.S (Microbiology), B.S. (Clinical Laboratory Science), IBCLC, CEIM
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Teaching Infant Facial Massage to Parents to Support a Functional Latch
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020
United States Sejal Fichadia, B.S (Microbiology), B.S. (Clinical Laboratory Science), IBCLC, CEIM

Sejal is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), she combines her professional expertise with her personal instincts as a mother and a supportive team member.
She has been teaching infant massage classes in the community since 2014, both as a group class and private lessons. She uses her experience as an infant massage educator to teach parents how to bond with their babies through touch.
She also brings with her the following comprehensive toolkit: CAPPA-certified postpartum doula since 2014 Certified in and facilitates TummyTime!™ method classes since 2014 Teaches Newborn Care and Breastfeeding classes Certified in skin-to-skin care for full term infants from the United States Institute of Kangaroo Care Certified Provider of Innate Postpartum Care
She has presented at ILCA 2018 and 2019 and at their local lactation association for Oregon and Washington on the topics of facial massage for infants and how infant’s posture impacts breastfeeding.
She strives to help each family by continuing to learn all she can about breastfeeding and parent-infant connection using the neurobiological lens.
When Sejal not with clients, you can find her at home in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband, two kids, and a furbaby she loves to spoil.

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Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, DNPc
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Marijuana and Breastfeeding: A Second Look, A Better Approach
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
United States Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, DNPc

Sekeita Lewis-Johnson is a Registered Nurse and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Michigan State University in 1997. Most of her career has been as a labor and delivery nurse, with almost 10 years of experience as a Lactation Consultant. She consults with clients in the hospital setting, as well, as outpatient settings. She is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Wayne State University. Passionate about breastfeeding and its health outcomes, Sekeita provides lactation services with an emphasis on exclusivity.
Sekeita recently received “The People’s Choice Award” from the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners for her Poster Presentation titled: Implicit Bias of Health Care Providers and Breastfeeding Disparities Amongst African American Women. Additionally, she was awarded “IBCLC of the Decade” by Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. She participated in a Community Innovations Project for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently the President of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association.

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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH
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The History of the African American Midwife and the ICTC
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
USA Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH

Monroe became a Direct-Entry Midwife in the 70’s, to empower the women in her community. In 1991, she founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), the first US-based Black Midwives and Doulas Professional Organization. In 2002, she developed the ICTC Full Circle Doula program and trains thousands of persons, with one-third becoming midwives. In 2012, she received her Master of Public Health from Walden University. She is featured in numerous articles for her work, including the Bill HB3311 (2011)  Doula Report, “Into These Hands, Wisdom of Midwives,” and recently completed the foreword for “Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” In 2014, she opened Shafia Monroe Consulting, a cultural competency training service. Shafia receives numerous awards for her work, including the Life Time Achievement Award, and the Midwife Hero Award. Shafia is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She enjoys gardening, writing, riding horses and cooking for family and friends.”

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Shahirose Premji, RN, BSc, BScN, MScN, PhD, FAAN
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Preterm birth: Does Mind (the Culture) Matter?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
Canada Shahirose Premji, RN, BSc, BScN, MScN, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Shahirose Premji is an Associate Professor with Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences , a clinical researcher and former Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse. Dr. Premji's academic involvement includes 2 years at Aga Khan University-School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan - a consultant position with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada—as part of the Canadian Development Exchange Program. She is the author of 56 peer-review publications, 3 book chapters, and 23 other publications including abstracts, commentaries/editorials, etc. She has over 25 years' experience in newborn health and has practiced clinically or provided technical expertise in countries such as Australia, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan and Syria. Dr. Premji is the founder and 1st President of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Premji is the recipient of the Jeanne Mance Award (which is the Canadian Nurses Association's highest award) and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

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Medical Malpractice for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist
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Shania J. Seibles, DO, JD is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist currently living and working in Columbus, GA. She completed a combined DO/JD program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Law - Camden, in 2010. She completed an internship through Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011, residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Dr. Seibles has special interests in medico-aspects of obstetric practice including contracts, medical malpractice, and ethical dilemmas.

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Shannon Kane, MSW, BSW, RSW
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Psychological Birth Trauma: Causes, Assessment, and Treatment
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Canada Shannon Kane, MSW, BSW, RSW

Shannon Kane is a Registered Social Worker in Calgary, Alberta. She earned her Master’s degree of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Shannon is an EMDR trained therapist, and her work is focused on using psychotherapy to support people who have experienced birth trauma and prenatal/postpartum mental health.

She has worked in the area of perinatal mental health and trauma for the past 12 years in settings including: a school for young mothers, outreach mental health, women’s shelters, mental health clinics and now runs a private practice which you can find here: www.birthnarratives.ca. Shannon is passionate about supporting families during the childbearing years and keeps busy with her 2 young boys.

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Dr. Sharon A. Vallone is a graduate of Rutgers University (AB Microbiology 1978) and New York Chiropractic College (1986). She completed her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1996 through Palmer College and received her appointment as Fellow in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2003. Dr. Vallone has a private practice limited to high risk pregnancies and challenged children in Connecticut and is currently the Chair of the Board of Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville, KY and past Vice Chair of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council Pediatric Council. She is an international speaker, author, and editor of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. Sharon brings 33+ years of pediatric chiropractic experience with a primary interest in pregnancy, birth trauma, breastfeeding and problems with infant /toddler neurodevelopment.

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Sharon L. Unger, MD, FRCP(C)
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The Use of Human Donor Milk in the High Risk Neonate
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020
Canada Sharon L. Unger, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Sharon Unger comes from the East Coast of Canada and is a neonatologist at Sinai Health System in Toronto, Canada. She is a co-primary investigator for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded OptiMoM and MaxiMoM programs of research as well as the medical director for the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank. Her research interests are primarily in the use of human milk for the high risk neonate and its long term impact.

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Sharon Storton, MA, MS, Reg. Psych.
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Navigating Childbirth and the Perinatal Period through the Lens of "Aspergers" and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2019
Canada Sharon Storton, MA, MS, Reg. Psych.

Sharon Storton is an Alberta Registered Psychologist, and Canadian Registered Couple/Family Therapist, with a specialty in the support of women and families in the childbearing period. Sharon was one of the founders, a dozen years ago, of the still-active Internet-based peer-support forum, Solace for Mothers. Those years ago, few recognized the experience of trauma as it related to childbirth itself, the impact of abuse on women during the childbearing period, and the prevalence of health protocols that may lead to feelings of oppression and even depression in women and their partners.

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An Algorithm For Physiological Breech Birth
Available in: Managing Complications During Birth Lecture Pack
Understanding the mechanisms as the key to safe breech birth
Available in: Breech Birth Lecture Pack
Using research to improve the way we teach and learn vaginal breech birth
Available in: Breech Birth Lecture Pack

Shawn is a midwife who has worked in all midwifery settings, in the US and the UK: home, freestanding and alongside birth centres, and hospital labour wards. In response to local women’s demands for more choice and continuity in breech services, Shawn worked with her multi-disciplinary colleagues to develop the Heads Up Clinic, which was shortlisted for a Royal College of Midwives Excellence in Maternity Care Award in 2013, and where she worked as a Breech Specialist Midwife until January 2014. She has published numerous professional articles about breech practice and service organisation, and blogs at breechbirth.org.uk. Shawn’s on-going PhD research concerns the development of competence and expertise among professionals in upright vaginal breech birth. She currently works clinically on the labour ward at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.

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Impact of Paternal and Maternal Postpartum Depression on Parenting Behaviors and Infant/Child Outcomes
Available in: Mental Health in the Perinatal Period

Dr. Sheehan Fisher is an Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist at Northwestern University. His research career focuses on the effects of perinatal and subsequent parental mental health on infant/child health outcomes, with a specialization in the emerging field of father mental health. More specifically, he examines: 1) the biopsychosocial risk factors for parental psychopathology, 2) the impact of parental psychopathology on parenting behaviors and the family environment, and 3) the combined effect of the family environment on infant/child medical and emotional health outcomes. His aim is to reconceptualize parental mental health research to integrally involve both mothers and fathers to differentiate the etiology, course, and potential interactivity of paternal and maternal mental health and, in turn, the longitudinal associations with child medical and mental health. Dr. Fisher’s research dovetails with his perinatal clinical practice, including being the clinical director of the Fathers’ Mental Health Specialty Clinic. Ultimately, the goal is for his research plan is to optimize the health and effectiveness of the parental team to positively influence the child health trajectory starting from infancy.

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Birth Summit
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Kindness, compassion and respect in maternity care: turning silence into a roar
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
The Past, Present and the Future: Why Midwives Matter
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Sheena Byrom is a practising midwife of 40 years, having worked in the NHS for most of that time. Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. As well as being an international speaker, Sheena provides consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping them to support normal, physiological childbirth. Sheena and her midwife daughter Anna Byrom are the proud new owners of The Practising Midwife, and an exciting online platform All4Materity.com – the go to place for maternity workers to learn, share and care.

Sheena’s midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her seminal book, The Roar behind the Silence: Why Kindness, Compassion and Respect Matter in Maternity Care jointly edited with Soo Downe, is being used as a resource to improve maternity care throughout the world. Sheena and Soo are currently editing a second book, ‘Squaring the Circle: Researching Normal Childbirth in a Technological World’, will be published in 2019.

Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. In 2016 and 2018, Sheena received Honorary Doctorates from Bournemouth University and the University of Central Lancashire, and in 2017 she was made a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Her personal and midwifery related website is sheenabyrom.com.

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Shelly Lopez-Gray, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
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Utilizing Social Media to Bridge the Education Gap
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2
USA Shelly Lopez-Gray, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC

Shelly Lopez Gray is a registered nurse behind the blog Adventures of a Labor Nurse: the Highs and Lows of Labor and Delivery. She writes about the secret (good) work of nurses and provides information for women before, during and after their pregnancy as well as resources for nurses for professional growth and development. She works at the Houston Medical Center. Shelly volunteers teaching prenatal classes to women at a pregnancy crisis center and provides breastfeeding information to mothers at a teen clinic. Shelly is dedicated to the health of moms and babies and genuinely believes that every nurse has the potential for greatness.

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Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW
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U.S.A. Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Sherri Daigle has been a midwife for 35 years. Helping legalize midwifery in her home state of Louisiana, she was active in helping to pass legislation, and create midwifery practice and birth center regulation. She has taught midwifery at college level, as well as working as preceptor. She has worked tirelessly in home birth and birth center settings. She helped to create Louisiana’s first accredited birth center. Sherri has six wonderful children, and 4 grandchildren she enjoys spending time with. Currently she is working in a quiet home birth practice. She has watched midwifery grow from a homespun art to a respected profession, and is still amazed at the creative power of women through the lifespan.

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Reducing Intensive Care Admissions for Asymptomatic Hypoglycemia
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Sherry LeBlanc has been a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Children’s Hospital, a 58 bed, level IV unit, since 2008. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Masters of Science in Nursing at Duke University. Sherry is the Morbidity Coordinator for the Newborn Critical Care Center, and her interest in hypoglycemia grew from an M&M topic. She created and is currently the Chair of the Hypoglycemia Taskforce, an interdisciplinary team that provides guidelines for newborns at risk for hypoglycemia at UNC Hospitals. Sherry also developed and serves as Co-Chair of the Prenatal Diabetes Education Committee, which strives to educate mothers with diabetes, and empowers them to help their newborn. Currently, she is the PI of Eliminating Asymptomatic Hypoglycemia NCCC Admissions and in planning phase for a multicenter RCT regarding hypoglycemia.

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Shu-Fang Wang, PhD, RN, CNM, IBCLC, President Chinese Lactation Consultant Association
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B Theory of Breastfeeding: Baby-Breast-Brain-Backup Axis (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
Communications/Connection and Conflict Resolution Within the Extended Family
Available in: Essential Communication Skills for Lactation Professionals
Taiwan Shu-Fang Wang, PhD, RN, CNM, IBCLC, President Chinese Lactation Consultant Association

I am the mother of three breastfed children. Certified as an IBCLC in 2007, the next year, in 2008, setup the first IBCLC clinic in the medical center in Taiwan. As the President of the Chinese Lactation Consultant Association from 2015 till now. I have been teaching in the university for 30 years and as a part-time associate professor in the Department of Midwife & Women Health, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science, Taiwan now. After I retired from the university, I fund and as the CEO of WELL International Co., aims to promote the three-stages certification of profession lactation support competence.

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Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.
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Does meconium deserve its crap reputation?
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
New Zealand Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.

Silke Powell is a Kaiako (teacher) on the Bachelor of Midwifery Programme at Christchurch Polytechnic, facilitating satellite groups of students based in the Nelson Marlborough region of New Zealand.  She also practises as a midwife at Wairau Hospital, Blenheim and within the local Marlborough community.  This presentation is developed from the findings of a structured review of evidence, entitled ‘How effective is the presence of meconium-stained amniotic fluid as a predictor of neonatal morbidity and mortality?’ undertaken as a Midwifery Masters dissertation at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2005.

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Simone Honikman, MB ChB (UCT) MPhil-MCH (UCT)
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Common perinatal mental disorders: an approach for the maternal health care provider
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
South Africa Simone Honikman, MB ChB (UCT) MPhil-MCH (UCT)

Dr Simone Honikman is a medical doctor (UCT) with clinical experience in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry and a Masters degree in Maternal and Child Health (UCT). She is founder and director of the 15-year old Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) based at UCT. The Project has received formal commendation by the World Health Organisation. Simone received the international Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, has published academic papers, book chapters editorials and training manuals. She designs and conducts training for a wide range of healthcare and social service providers and consults to health policy and programme processes within South Africa. Through her involvement in several research consortia, she has collaborated with clinicians and researchers in high, low and middle income countries.

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Simran Noor, MSSP/MPA
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Health Equity: An Issue for Breastfeeding?
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USA Simran Noor, MSSP/MPA

As Director of Policy & Strategy, Simran conducts policy research and analysis, cultivates and maintains relationships with grassroots and national allies and works closely with the data-based research team for advocacy strategy and tool development.
Simran leads CSI’s Transportation Equity team. In her role, Simran has conducted several workshops in transportation equity policy strategy development and coalition building, particularly in the metro Detroit and metro Seattle regions. Simran also is a key internal partner for CSI’s Food Equity team, supporting policy development, research and convenings. In addition, Simran coordinates CSI’s work around Broadband equity and developing a racial equity lens for breastfeeding, core to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s first food initiative. Simran also has worked on health equity issues, serving as an opening plenary speaker at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s second annual First Food Forum and as a workshop facilitator to delve deeper into the overall issue of health equity and its relationship to breastfeeding.
Prior to joining the Center for Social Inclusion, Simran served as Program Manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she worked with the Food, Health & Well-being, Racial Equity and Civic & Community Engagement portfolios. She also served as Program Assistant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she supported the Policy Research and KIDS COUNT teams. Simran is deeply committed to youth development, having worked in organizational development and as frontline staff for the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based yoga and mindfulness program, and as a language arts and community engagement teacher for middle school students through the Middle Grades Partnership.
Simran holds a dual bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a dual master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

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”Pushing” to Prevent Stress Urinary Incontinence
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2019

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University, Canada. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2012), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2014). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to prevent and manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. She is an active Urogynecology Committee member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and has authored several clinical practice guidelines within this role. Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB), a family of perinatal care centers located in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. She is a proud mother of two wonderful children (twins!), whose birth was the catalyst for her professional interest in perinatal care.

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Moving from Evidence to Practice: Knowledge Translation and Breastfeeding Support
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020

Sonia Semenic is an Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and a Nurse Scientist at the McGill University Health Center. After many years of experience as an IBCLC and Clinical Nurse Specialist in maternal-child health, Sonia completed a PhD in Nursing and postdoctoral training in community health. Her research aims to better understand the process of knowledge translation (KT) in perinatal health, with a particular focus on the implementation of evidence-based practices to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. She currently co-leads the Knowledge Translation Platform for the Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network, and teaches graduate courses on knowledge translation in nursing practice.

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Sonya Kujawa-Myles, RN, MScN, IBCLC
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The relationship between maternal intravenous fluids and breast changes in the postpartum period: a pilot observational study
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Canada Sonya Kujawa-Myles, RN, MScN, IBCLC

Sonya Kujawa-Myles is a registered nurse and lactation consultant who currently works both in an out-patient breastfeeding clinic at her local hospital and through a naturopathic clinic. She originally trained at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa where she obtained her RN diploma, and worked in a level 3 NICU. After immigrating to Canada in the late 1990’s she completed both her BScN and her MScN via distance education at Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa respectively. Her Master’s thesis was focused on the relationship between intravenous fluids given to mothers in the peripartum period and postpartum breast swelling. She remains a passionate advocate for the rights of women transitioning into motherhood.

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Soo Downe, BA(Hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE
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“Any colour as long as it is rose-tinted’’: the meaning of informed choice when women don’t have access to evidence based care provision
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2017
United Kingdom Soo Downe, BA(Hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE

She is currently the Chair of EU COST Action (IS1405) including 31 countries and over 120 scientists from a wide range of disciplines. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation, and of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council of the White Ribbon Alliance, a member of the Steering Group for the recent Lancet Midwifery Series, and of the Advisory Group for the current Lancet Stillbirth Series. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group of the current World Health Organisation antenatal guidelines development project, and is a contributer to the new WHO Intrapartum and Reducing Caesarean Section guidelines.

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Dr. Souvik Mitra, MD, RCPC (Affiliate)
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Automated Control of Inspired Oxygen…. Is it the Future of Oxygen Therapy in Preterm Infants?
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2018
Canada Dr. Souvik Mitra, MD, RCPC (Affiliate)

Dr. Souvik Mitra is an Assistant Professor and neonatologist at the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He completed his medical school and pediatric residency from Calcutta Medical College, India. Dr Mitra went on to complete his neonatal fellowship at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the same institution. Cerebral oxygenation and cardiovascular physiology in premature infants are his primary clinical research interests. He also has extensive epidemiological research experience having published a number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He has shared his research through webinars across Canada and the United States as well as through platform presentations at various international conferences. He has special expertise in targeted neonatal echocardiography and is a member of the Pan-American Hemodynamics (TnECHO) Collaborative.

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Stephanie Anne Berry, Clinical Herbalist, LM, CPM
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Using Herbs in Pregnancy from a Constitutional Model
Available in: Supporting Birth in Challenging Situations
USA Stephanie Anne Berry, Clinical Herbalist, LM, CPM

Stephanie Anne Berry, Clinical Herbalist, LM, CPM is a clinical herbalist and midwife. Her primary focus is to help women reclaim their health and reconnect to their bodies in every stage of the pregnancy journey. She teaches and consults with women about fertility and holistic health in pregnancy. After training with local herbalists, Aviva Romm, and Susun Weed, Stephanie has 10+ years sharing herbal medicine with women and children. After herb school, she trained as a midwife in order to elevate and introduce holistic medicine to new families. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the allopathic model and nature-based medicine. She co-founded CALYX Wellness Studio, a collaborative healing space for professionals, to share resources and work as a team to offer integrative care plans from a multi-modality perspective. Her herb and midwifery practice is active, vital, and ever-growing to find new ways to support health now and for future generations.

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Stephanie Carroll, MBA, IBCLC, CLC, CLS
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Barriers to Breastfeeding in Appalachia: A Sociocultural Perspective
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
United States Stephanie Carroll, MBA, IBCLC, CLC, CLS

Stephanie Carroll is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who lives in southeast Ohio with her two daughters. She founded the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network in May of 2016. Now has grown to over 500 members across 15 states. Stephanie owns a private practice and works for a Breast Pump DME part-time. She also works as a speaker and marketing manager for Lactation Education Consultants. She continues to work towards transformation of breastfeeding culture, women's health equity, and increasing access to care in Appalachia, giving a voice to Appalachia, which continues to be underserved and overlooked.

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DANCING FOR BIRTH™ — A Powerful, Evidence-Based Birth Method to Improve Birth Satisfaction
Available in: Labour Support Skills Lecture Pack

Stephanie Larson is the visionary creator and founder of Dancing For Birth™―the powerful class which combines prenatal/postnatal fitness, childbirth education, and sacred celebration and has become a global sensation as the ‘trifecta’ of birth preparation. Over 20 years ago Stephanie instinctively ‘danced-out’ her first child in an empowering and euphoric four-hour birth. Upon hearing her peers’ stories of their traumatic births, she felt called to change the status-quo and bring a radically different birth method to parents and the professionals that serve them. Now, Certified Dancing For Birth™ Instructors on four continents educate and mentor parents on an ongoing weekly basis from pre-conception through postpartum (including baby). With each dancing labor, and the resulting connection to body, baby and bliss, birth is being transformed from fear, pain and trauma to power and pleasure.

A world-renowned expert on utilizing movement, instinct and gravity to support easier birth, Stephanie’s appearances include LAMAZE, ICAN, DONA, CAPPA, CIMS, ICEA, AWHONN, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. She was voted USA’s National Birth Hero by the birth community (One World Birth Award). Stephanie is the executive producer of the DVD “Prenatal Dance and Birth Wisdom.” She’s a mom of four who calls for an end to forced lithotomy position and a global shift to primal, powerful, euphoric birth and conscious parenting. Reach Stephanie at [email protected]


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Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist
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A Modern Approach to Essential Oil Use in Maternity
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
Birth Kit Essentials for Lactation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist

Stephanie Pearson has a unique distinction in her field for integrating traditional practices in nutrition and herbalism with principles of evidence-based research and constitutional medicine. She is a certified clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, clinical aromatherapist master (in process), and a professional educator and presenter at universities, and for wellness conferences and webinars. Stephanie’s 25 years of botanical medicine study expands outside the classroom and crossculturally, enriched by field studies in Native American, Western Eclectic, and Latin American herbalism.

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Trauma-Informed Pelvic Care In the Time of COVID-19
Available in: GOLD Midwifery Online Conference 2021

Stephanie Tillman (she/her) is a midwife at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree in Global Health and Medical Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and her graduate degree in Midwifery at Yale University. She is on the Boards of Directors of Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH) and the Midwest Access Project (MAP), is an Advisory Committee Member of the Queer and Transgender Midwives Association (QTMA), and is a member of the ACNM Ethics Committee. She is currently a Clinical Medical Ethics Fellow at the University of Chicago's MacLean Center, where she is focusing on consent in intimate exams. Stephanie blogs under the name Feminist Midwife, and through that online platform, academic and public writing, and professional speaking engagements, seeks to interact with providers and consumers in conversations about consent in health provision, queer care, sex positivity, nurses and advanced practice clinicians in abortion care, and trauma-informed frameworks. Find her on social media @FeministMidwife.

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Human Milk: Defense Against Pathogens
Available in: Lactation Conference 2018

I was born in Detroit Michigan and graduate from M.L. King High School in 2001. I completed a B.S. in Chemistry at Oakland University in Michigan and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. After completing postdoctoral research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I began an independent career at Vanderbilt In 2014.


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The Home Breech Option, Proper Selection & Technique
Available in: Breech Birth Lecture Pack

Stuart J. Fischbein MD is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, published author (“Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, A Midwife and A Mom” and “Homebirth With an Obstetrician, A Series of 135 Out of Hospital Births”) and lecturer. He is an outspoken advocate of informed decision making, the midwifery model of care and human rights in childbirth, receiving the 2016 “Most Audacious” award from HRIC and the Association for Wholistic & Newborn Health. Hear more of his thoughts and advocacy for evidenced-based, reasonable choices on his podcast at www.drstuspodcast.com. He now works directly with home birthing midwives www.birthinginstincts.com. He offers hope for those women who cannot find supportive practitioners for VBAC, twin and breech deliveries.

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Perimenopausal Pearls
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Sue Woodson CNM MSN has been in clinical practice at Jefferson OB/GYN and Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2010. She has served on the editorial board for Nursing for Women’s Health journal, AWHONN National program committee, and a NCC menopause test committee. She has published on gynecology topics related to osteoarthritis care, chronic pelvic pain, pre-conception and interconception care, and menopause. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society and has served on their consumer education committee.

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Sue L. Hall, MD, MSW, FAAP
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Evaluation and Stabilization of the Sick Newborn
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2017
USA Sue L. Hall, MD, MSW, FAAP

Dr. Sue Hall has been a neonatologist for 25 years, and before that she worked as a master’s level social worker. She has a BA from Stanford University, an MSW from Boston University, and an MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, then joined the faculty at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine where she affiliated for 19 years. Now in private practice at a community hospital NICU in Oxnard, California, Dr. Hall was the Co-Chair of the National Perinatal Association’s Workgroup on “Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents,” which resulted in publication of a supplement issue of Journal of Perinatology in December, 2015. She is also the author of a book about life in the NICU, titled For the Love of Babies, published in June, 2011.

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Suellen Miller, RN, CNM, MHA, PhD
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Updates in Obstetric Hemorrhage Prevention, Recognition, and Management: Individual devices, Bundles, and Clinical Pathways for Saving Lives in Low Resource settings
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
United States Suellen Miller, RN, CNM, MHA, PhD

Professor Suellen Miller is Director of the Safe Motherhood Program and Professor, UCSF Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Professor Miller has been practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since l977, and is the author of the Hesperian Foundations’ “A Book for Midwives”. She conducts both qualitative and quantitative research, mainly in lower resourced settings, primarily focused on maternal survival and maternal health. Her studies include contraceptive research in Africa and Asia, misoprostol clinical trials in Tibet and India, the clinical trials of the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG), and the continuum of maternal care in Peru, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Timor Leste, and Tanzania, among other reproductive and sexual health projects and programs.. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, Professor Miller is co-author of “Beyond Too Little Too Late, Too Much Too Soon,” in the Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series.


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Susan Burger, MHS, PHD, IBCLC
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How health care providers might use growth charts as an educational tool
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USA Susan Burger, MHS, PHD, IBCLC

Susan E Burger started her career in international development in 1980 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. She went on to provide technical assistance to nutrition programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America until 2001. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, a Master of Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University School Hygiene and Public Health, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2002. She currently has a private lactation practice in New York City and has served on the Board of the New York Lactation Consultant Association since 2008. She wrote an article growth charts for the Journal of Clinical Lactation and has presented talks and run workshops on test weighing and the use of growth charts.

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Susan Weed, Author
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United States Susan Weed, Author

To fully support their clients’ health throughout gestation, birth, and nursing, midwives need to know about herbs. Not a lot; in fact, what most midwives need to know can be learned in few hours. Wise use of herbs is especially important during pregnancy and lactation. Using herbs instead of drugs to allay problems protects both mom and fetus from harm. Even more importantly, the abundant nutrition available from select herbs – like stinging nettle, oatstraw, comfrey leaf, and red clover blossoms–has a much more profound influence on maternal health than any supplement and can make the difference between an easy birth and a complicated one. Herbal medicine is simple, safe, and effective at all times in a woman’s life, including during her childbearing years. Here are the things I think it most important that a midwife know about herbs and herbal medicine.


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Pelvic Health and Wellness throughout Pregnancy and Birth
Available in: A Midwife’s Role in Pelvic Floor Health Lecture Pack
The Fourth Trimester: Postpartum Healing and Recovery
Available in: A Midwife’s Role in Pelvic Floor Health Lecture Pack
The Pelvic Floor and the Core; A Dynamic Duo
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Susan Winograd, PT, owns and operates a private Pelvic Health and Wellness practice in Boca Raton, Florida called Pelvicore Rehab LLC.
She specializes in Woman's Health, Men’s Health issues, and Pre and Postnatal Care.
She has earned a Scar Release therapy Certification from Acumed and is certified in the Wurn Technique and Clear Passage Approach. Susan earned a masters degree from the College of Staten Island in 1998. In her 22 years of clinical experience she has gained extensive knowledge in the treatment of various populations such as orthopedics, manual therapy, geriatrics, pediatrics and men/women's pelvic dysfunction, and prenatal/postpartum care.
She has continued her post graduate educate through seminars with The Herman and Wallace Institute, MPS Scar Release Therapy, Myofascial Release, The institute for Birth Healing, Clear Passage Therapies, and is pursuing education in Cranial Sacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and Total Body Balancing with the D’Ambrogio Institute.
Susan enjoys teaching workshops throughout South Florida on pelvic health and wellness related topics.
Her hands-on treatment approach of treating the whole person has often led her to discover the primary or contributing cause of pain, dysfunction, or imbalance was pelvic floor related.
Her passion and commitment now is treating, healing, and educating her patients and healthcare providers with pelvic floor dysfunction using a whole body approach to relieve pain, restore optimal function, and improve quality of life.
She is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized that care that every patient deserves.


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Sushma Malik, MD (Pediatrics), FIAP, IBCLC
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Impact of Mother Support Group In An Institutional Set-up In a Developing Country
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #3
India Sushma Malik, MD (Pediatrics), FIAP, IBCLC

-Professor of Pediatrics, Incharge Neonatology at TN Medical College & BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai-2009 onwards.
-University teacher and examiner for undergraduates ( 25 years) & postgraduates ( 20 years)
-Lactation Consultant-IBCLC (USA)- 2010 
-Awarded FIAP-Fellowship of Indian Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contribution, 2007
-National trainer for Breastfeeding & Lactation Management (1992), BFHI (1994), HIV (1999), IYCF (2006 ), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (2009), Kangaroo Mother care ( 2014)
-Over 60 research papers published in reputed journals
-Over 100 papers presented at national and international conferences
-Have co-authored two hand books and written four chapters related to breastfeeding / Kangaroo Mother Care
-Won eleven awards for research papers at conferences
-Won & Adjudged as one of the 10 winning photos of  the WBW Photo Competition of  WABA (2013)
-Breastfeeding Coordinator  for IAP, Mumbai-(2009-15)
-President of Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee-2013-15

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Suzanne Colson, PhD, MSc, Midwife, Nurse
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Biological Nurturing--- applying the continuum concept to breastfeeding
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2018
United Kingdom Suzanne Colson, PhD, MSc, Midwife, Nurse

Suzanne Colson, PhD, MSc, BA, is a midwife and a nurse. Her thesis introduced a new breastfeeding paradigm called Biological Nurturing and won the prestigious English Royal College of Nursing Inaugural Akinsanya Award for originality and scholarship in doctoral studies. Suzanne is an Akinsanya scholar 2007, and a Visiting Principal Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is an honorary member and a founding mother/leader of La Leche League France. She is also on the professional advisory board of La Leche League of Great Britain. She has more than 40 years clinical experience supporting breastfeeding mothers in both hospital and community settings. Suzanne is the author of numerous articles, research papers, a book, translated into 4 languages and three DVDs. Retired from active midwifery practice, she organizes 5-day biological nurturing certification workshops, remains available for clinical consultation, and lectures widely across the world.


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REACT: Early Recognition and Management of Maternal Compromise
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2

Dr Kathleen Baird is a Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Service, Gold Coast Hospital. For the last fifteen years Kathleen’s main research interests have centred around intimate partner violence, with a focus on violence during pregnancy. Kathleen’s PhD explored women’s experiences of partner violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Kathleen has been involved with domestic violence training of qualified health professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate health students and members of the voluntary services for several years. Kathleen is currently involved with several research projects in relation to intimate partner violence and the role of health care and sits on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council.

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The connected baby: How understanding infant brain development changes our view of humanity
Available in: Infant Mental Health Lecture Pack

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology, where she now holds an Honorary Post. In 2011, she stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise, the aim of which is to help the public understand what science now understands about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness. She works internationally with organisations keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience. In the last 5 years, more than 40,000 people have attended her speaking events. Suzanne’s core aspiration is to strengthen awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build. More information is available on www.suzannezeedyk.com.

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Swati Scott, RD, IBCLC
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Nutrition, What Is It Good For? Translating Guidelines to Everyday Practice for Perinatal Years
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Canada Swati Scott, RD, IBCLC

Swati Scott is a well accomplished community dietitian and lactation consultant working in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her experience spans across public health, acute care, primary care, education and most recently in community health. She has focused extensively on maternal- infant health and nutrition in the early years. She fervently helps families make mealtime the bridge between nutrition and a time for connection. She believes that prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, healthy family meals set the stage for robust health. She continues to play an active role in local, provincial and global committees that serve maternity, infancy and the early years. She keeps herself updated with new research and continues to solidify her knowledge and skills through participation in baby friendly networks and conferences on childhood nutrition and perinatal health.

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