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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 Conference 2015
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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Breast Milk: The Original SuperFood
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
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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Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst
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Birth and Its Impacts on Lifelong Wellbeing
Available in: Birth and its Impact on Lifelong Wellbeing
Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2015
Australia Sarah Buckley, M.B, Ch.B; Dip Obst

Sarah is a former GP/family physician, mother of four homeborn children and author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (Celestial Arts US, 2009). Her work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, evolutionary, psychological and personal. Sarah has a particular interest in the hormonal physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth, and has written and lectured extensively on this subject. Her in-depth report, The Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, which she has been working on with Childbirth Connection (US) since 2007, is due for release in late 2013. Sarah encourages us all to be well informed, to listen to our hearts and instincts, and to take our rightful place as the real experts in our bodies, our babies and our families. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia. See www.sarahbuckley.com and www.gentlenaturalbirth.com

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Saraswathi Vedam, RM FACNM MSN Sci D(hc)
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Clients, Colleagues, or Critics? Negotiating Gaps between evidence and community standards
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Canada Saraswathi Vedam, RM FACNM MSN Sci D(hc)

Saraswathi Vedam is Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab, at the University of British Columbia. She has also been a clinician and educator for over 30 years. Her scholarly work includes the CIHR-funded Canadian Birth Place Study examining attitudes to home birth among maternity care providers, and Changing Childbirth in BC, a provincial, community-based participatory study of women’s preferences for maternity care. She leads the US Birth Place Mapping Study on integration of midwives across birth settings, and the Giving Voice to Mothers Study that explores maternity experiences among women of colour, and those who plan home births. To apply her findings to pragmatic tools that improve quality and safety, she developed MAPi, the Movement and Pulse index for assessment of fetal well-being, and the quality measures: the Mothers’ Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) scale and the Mothers on Respect (MORi) index. Professor Vedam has been active in setting international policy on place of birth, midwifery education and regulation. She convened 3 national Home Birth Summits, and chaired the 5th International Normal Labour and Birth Research conference in Vancouver.

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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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Sharon Wells, MS, CPM-TN
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The Game of Rubrics: Leveling The Playing Field for Preceptors and Students
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USA Sharon Wells, MS, CPM-TN

Sharon Wells, MS, CPM-TN, is a homebirth mother of two wonderful daughters, a grandmother who has had the privilege of being the midwife for 2 granddaughters, a midwife for 35 years, and an educator for 55 years. Sharon is one of the founding mothers of the North Florida School of Midwifery. Lobbied in 3 states for midwifery legislation...Florida, New York, and Tennessee. She is one of the founding mothers of the Midwives Alliance of New York (MANY) and a member (from MANA) of the Carnegie Think Tank on Midwifery Education in The US called the Inter-Organizational Work Group (IWG). She is one of the founding mothers of the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification process and was employed in the NARM Applications Office for 10 years. Sharon is currently a practicing midwife at The Farm Midwifery Center (20 years). She is one of the founding mothers of The College of Traditional Midwifery (CTM).

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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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Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE
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Kindness, compassion and respect in maternity care: turning silence into a roar
Available in: Midwifery Conference 2016
UK Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE

Sheena Byrom is a freelance midwifery consultant, using the knowledge and skill she developed during an extensive midwifery career in the NHS.  She 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. She is a board member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), a member of the RCM's Better Births initiative, Patron of StudentMidwife.Net, and Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.With esteemed colleagues, she lead the Midwifery Unit Network, an initiative which aims to support the development and success of midwifery units through connecting and sharing resources.

Her midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her absolute passion is promoting normal physiological birth, and a positive childbirth experience for all women. Her latest book, The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care is jointly edited with Professor Soo Downe OBE, and they hope the book will used as a resource to promote positive childbirth throughout the world. 

Sheena was awarded an Order British Empire in 2011 for services to midwifery, and actively lobbies for maternity service improvements through several social media channels. She is a member of the @WeMidwives team, running regular online chats for student midwives and midwives. She lectures nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics, and the benefits of using social media. In 2015 Sheena  was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Midwives.

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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 Conference 2015
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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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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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
NZ 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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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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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
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
CAN 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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Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist
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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

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

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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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Susan Burger, MHS, PHD, IBCLC
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How health care providers might use growth charts as an educational tool
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
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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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: Lactation Conference 2015
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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REACT: Early Recognition and Management of Maternal Compromise
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2015

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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