Following, in alphabetical order, is the list of invited delegates that attended either or both of the Home Birth Consensus Summits. They bring a diverse array of experience and a variety of perspectives on the topic of home birth. The one thing that they all have in common is a passion for quality in maternity care and a commitment to working together to improve safety for women and babies across birth sites.
Delegates are those who are in positions to inform and influence a change process, and/or commit to measurable steps within their stakeholder groups. The delegates do not represent any organization but rather attend as individuals. Many of the attendees wear more than one hat in their personal and professional lives and therefore may represent more than one stakeholder perspective.
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Armstrong holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 1998-2000 and currently serves on both the Board of Directors and the Certification Council of Lamaze International.
Jill started site in August 2008 as a collection of big baby birth stories, as well as women’s accounts of their unnecesareans and VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean). After refusing a planned cesarean for suspected macrosomia based on a 38 week ultrasound estimate of fetal weight, she gave birth vaginally to a healthy baby and later found that the midwives model of care better met her needs as a pregnant woman.
Previously the Secretary General and Treasurer to the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for nine years, he is now President-Elect for the federation. Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran is also the past President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the UK from 2007 and 2010. He is Editor-in-Chief of Best Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology and author of 245 indexed publications, 24 books and 164 book chapters.
His research and clinical interests are in understanding and improving the quality of life for women and newborn babies. Among his key achievements is the development of a “clinical dashboard” to provide clinicians with the relevant and timely information they need to inform decisions that improve the quality of patient care.
He is the Honorary Fellow of the America, Sri Lankan, South African, Pakistan, Indian, Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Honorary Member of the Canadian, Malaysian, German, Italian and South African Societies.
Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran was knighted as Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009 in recognition of Services to Medicine.
From 1987 February 2013, she was the Co-Founder, Co-Owner, and Co-Director of BirthCare & Women’s Health, a home birth and birth center midwifery practice. The practice has provided service in over 4500 cases over the last 25 years, and currently serves 25-30 birthing families per month. Bailes was a founding member and former chair of the ACNM Home Birth Section, distributing statistical information, presenting at conferences, authoring official documents and participating in research that increased the visibility, importance and acceptability of home birth practice. She is co-editor of the ACNM Handbook on Home Birth Practice and co author of “Birth in the Home and Birth Center” in Varney’s Midwifery and co author of “Out of Hospital Birth” in the recently released 2013 book Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide. Melissa D. Avery (Editor).
Since 1992 she has precepted midwifery students at all clinical levels. Because BirthCare is unique in providing a large census of home and birth center clients, students come to BirthCare from all over the US to gain home birth experience.
Before retiring as a Colonel in the United States Air Force in 2005 he served as Department Chair at Wilford Hall Medical Center, as Chief Consultant to the Surgeon General for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as Commander of the 407th Expeditionary Medical Group in Iraq.
His primary research interests since 1996 have been in the design and conduct of a number of randomized trials in clinical obstetrics and perinatology. His clinical practice and interests are in the areas of preterm birth, cervical insufficiency, multiple gestations and intrapartum obstetrics.
Debra is currently the Vice President of Research, Education, and Publications for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), which is a state-wide initiative with approximately 300 hospitals where 560,000 births a year occur (one out of eight US births). The mission of CMQCC is to eliminate preventable maternal morbidity and mortality for all women. During my tenure at CMQCC she worked with the CA Department of Health to start the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) Committee and review methodology. Debra served on CA-PAMR for 3 years. Prior to 2006 she was the Director of Maternal Child Health Nursing for two hospitals in New York City. Debra is also past President-Elect of Lamaze International and past chair of the Lamaze Institute of Safe and Healthy Birth Committee.
Claudia graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in sociology and a minor in science and later a Master’s in Education, with a specialty in urban education. Her graduate work focused on developing a community-based literacy program. She worked for the US Teacher Corps, teaching science to emotionally troubled middle school children in inner city of Hartford, CT.
She attended Northeastern University Law School with a focus on social justice issues. She worked for the Federal government on school desegregation and civil rights issues, and later as an Advance person for President Carter. She served two terms as a Judge on the DC Contract Appeals Board before joining the District Office of the Attorney General, procurement division, with responsibility for acquiring services and goods for the District’s Human Services Department (infant and maternal, HIV, mentally ill, and elderly divisions) and Public Housing Department.
Claudia later turned her full attention to serving her community as a birth worker and birth activist. She founded the volunteer labor support program at the Family Birth and Health Center in Washington and received the American Association of Birth Centers Community Service Award. She also served on the District’s Infant Mortality Review Committee. In recent years Claudia has established several local grass roots organizations of local birth workers of color.
She co-authored: “How Did We Get Here” with Wendy Gordon (AME Fall 2012); “A Scholarship Solution and Grand Challenge from Mercy In Action” with Vicki Penwell and Jennie Joseph (Midwifery Today Spring 2013); and “More Than A Midwife: The Life and Legacy of UmmSalaamah “Sondra” Abdullah-Zaimah, MN, CNM, CPM” with Ayesha Curry Ibrahim (MANA News Winter 2012).
She is a founding member and officer of Midwives of Maine, a more than 30-year-old statewide organization. She has been a CPM for over 15 years and a member of MANA for 27 years, serving as Region 1 Representative to the MANA Board 1987-1991 and Policy Committee Chair, and as interim 2nd VP in 1992 and 1st VP 2011-2012. She began her current position as President of MANA in June 2012.
Dr. Cawthon received her MD and training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from Oregon Health and Science University in 1982 and 1989 respectively. She completed her M.P.H. degree in Health Services Administration (Maternal and Child Health Data Analytic track) at the University of Washington in 1993.
Dr. Cheyney currently directs the International Reproductive Health Laboratory at Oregon State University where she has developed an academic learning community comprised of five undergraduate research assistants, 12 graduate students and one postdoctoral fellow whose research agendas are focused on identifying culturally appropriate ways to improve access to high quality midwifery care as a means of reducing health inequalities for mothers and babies in the U.S and abroad. She currently serves as the PI on 21 maternal and infant health-related research projects in Uganda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, India, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Sierra Leone and in the United States. She is an award-winning teacher and was recently nominated for Oregon State University’s prestigious Outstanding Student Mentorship Award for her work in the International Reproductive Health Laboratory. She is the mother of a daughter born at home on International Day of the Midwife in 2009.
She has written numerous published essays, articles for Indian Country Today, and she was a featured speaker at Live Earth at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC in 2007. She was honored in 2005 where community leaders, including a generation of women who became mothers and social activists under her guidance, honored Katsi’s leadership and extensive body of work. Katsi was a recipient of a 2004-2005 Indigenous Knowledge Cultural Researcher Award from the Indigenous Health Research Development Program at the University of Toronto.
She currently works in Maternal and Child Health qualitative research for the Tribal Epidemiology Center at United South and Eastern Tribes (USET, Inc.), Nashville, Tenn., a consortium of 24 tribal communities in the southern and eastern region of the U.S. She is researching and writing about environmental and reproductive justice issues in Native America.
Ida is a member of the Steering Committee for the Midwives and Mothers in Action Campaign (MAMA) and a Commissioner for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) – the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. She also serves on the Exam Resources and Advisory Committee for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR). She currently works with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in test development. She also acts as a consultant with states that are interesting in licensing midwives through the CPM process, traveling to many states to speak about the CPM credential to midwifery groups and legislators.
Dr. Declercq is Professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to study policy and practice related to cesarean section in the US and has served as lead author of three national studies of women’s experiences in childbirth and in the postpartum period entitled Listening to Mothers I & II and New Mothers Speak Out.
After finishing medical school and residency in obstetrics and gynecology, she completed the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, and spent ten years on the faculty at Duke before joining the Department of Social Medicine and the Center for Bioethics at UNC. Dr. Lyerly co-founded, with Maggie Little, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Risk Research Group, which brings together experts from medical epidemiology, anthropology, obstetrics and gynecology, philosophy, bioethics, gender theory and medical humanities for research on how risk is assessed and managed in the context of pregnancy. Together with Ruth Faden and Maggie Little, she also co-founded theSecond Wave Initiative, a project aimed at addressing women’s health needs during pregnancy through responsible inclusion of pregnant women (and their interests) in biomedical research. She has addressed a range of topics in reproductive medicine, including stem cell research and frozen embryo disposition, miscarriage, maternal-fetal surgery, and vaginal birth after cesarean. She is currently at work on a book reporting the findings of the Good Birth Project, aimed at describing what constitutes a “good birth” from the perspectives of birthing women themselves.
Dr. Lyerly has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Science, the Hastings Center Report, and The American Journal of Public Health, as well as the New York Times. She was the 2007-2009 Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethics, and Co-chair of the 2009 Program Committee for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. She serves on the March of Dimes National Bioethics Committee and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director’s Working Group on Stem Cell Research.
Marinah’s favorite formative memories are political inquiry from a very young age and walks with her grandfather and mother looking for healing plants in the southwest desert and the mountains of Mexico. This combination of politics and traditional medicine are what led Marinah to midwifery, and she continues in her commitment to both activism and birth work. Marinah is specifically focused on the issue of health justice in communities where health disparities are a human rights issue. She is committed to bridging traditional Mexican medicine/healing with oriental and western healing in every aspect of her life and work.
Professionally, Russ is a nuclear engineer, a reactor physicist and engineering manager. Russ’ team is charged with the design of the advanced fuel assemblies and reactor cores for the power stations that provide about 7% of U.S. electricity capacity and more internationally. Russ has been engaged in safety analysis for 25 years, an area of expertise that makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate safety, human resource management, and regulatory oversight issues associated with maternity care in both hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
Upon returning to the United States, Kate pioneered direct-entry midwifery equivalency to nurse midwifery by challenging licensure in New York. Kate was the first American-educated, traditional direct-entry midwife to earn one of the first ACMB Certified Midwife (CM) credentials in 1998 as well as the NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential. In 2000, Kate completed the MS in Midwifery at the Philadelphia University. Kate’s thesis developed effective language direct-entry midwives could use to describe their unique competencies, a comparative sociological review of professionalization of midwifery and medicine, and a strategic analysis of promoting direct-entry midwifery in licensing legislation, both CM and CPM credentials.
As a Board Member of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, Kate coordinated messaging between lobbyists and the consumer-sponsored social media campaign called Free Our Midwives, contributed to legislative strategic planning, was lead author on ten evidence-based lobbying documents and fostered the development of a Statement on Planned Home Birth outlining model behavior for both midwives and hospital providers during transfers. In 2013, the regional PBS station recognized Kate with the Makers: Women Who Make America award for her leadership and success in building bridges for home birth integration within the regional maternity system in central NY.
Dr. Fisher is a recent graduate of the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. He obtained his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, completing his categorical internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.
Dr. Fisher’s interest in home birth has grown out of the relationships he has developed with a local group of home birth providers through his practice as well as formal initiatives he has been involved with through NNEPQIN (Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network). He has been involved in developing web-based resources to facilitate communication between home birth providers and obstetricians in the region as well as expedite transfers to the hospital setting when necessary and appropriate. Dr. Fisher believes that dispassionate, rigorous study of birth across all settings is more important than ever given disparities in women’s access to trained and licensed care providers, current and future physician workforce issues, rising costs of health care, and unacceptably high rates of adverse outcomes for mothers and infants in the U.S. compared to other industrialized countries.
Since her graduation in 2008, she’s written several articles and presented research on home birth and breech birth at Lamaze conferences and the International Breech Conferences in Ottawa and Washington, D.C. Her most recent article, for the Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology, examined Attitudes towards home birth in the US. She’s also had three children—-hopefully four, by time the conference takes place!–all born at home in various circumstances: a planned unassisted birth, a CNM-attended home birth, and most recently a surprise unassisted birth (the midwife was en route). She blogs at Stand and Deliver.
Ann is principal of Southern Cross Insurance Solutions LLC (formerly with Dean Insurance Agency) which specializes in professional liability programs offered on a countrywide basis. She sponsored the Out of Hospital Birth Feasibility Study and continues to develop insurance policies meeting the unique needs of midwives and birth centers.
Ann is very active in the insurance community, and has served on non-profit boards and committees, including Anthony House, American Cancer Society and Rotary. She is also a consumer member of several midwifery associations including MANA, MAF, NACPM, ACNM, AABC and CFM. In 2007, Ann developed an affordable health insurance program for MANA members. She also teaches many CEU programs for midwifery students, allied health and hospital family practice residency programs.
Ms. Glenn earned a Master’s of Nursing degree from OHSU, a Master’s of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, a Certificate of Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Mississippi, School of Nursing, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology from Central Missouri State College, Department of Nursing.
In addition to clinical practice and teaching, Dr. Greenfield has written extensively for websites including drspock.com, yahoo, and babyzone. Her first book, Dr. Spock’s Pregnancy Guide, (Simon and Schuster 2003) was translated into eight languages. The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book, (Yale University Press 2008) will be coming out in an updated ebook version this year. She is currently involved in a research project studying ob/gyn physician attitudes and knowledge about home birth.
Dr. Henderson received her BS degree in biochemistry from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She then completed her internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, also in Boston. She subsequently entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked in the Division of STD Prevention in the Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch. Her interests include prevention of preterm birth, perinatal care quality improvement, clinician acceptance of evidence-based medical care in obstetric practice, and the role of the obstetrician-gynecologist in promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
She has been actively involved with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) for more than 16 years and is a Past President. She has been on the faculty at Maternidad La Luz, a midwifery training program, for over 10 years. She served on the board of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) as the regional representative for the Americas and was appointed ICM representative to the United Nations for a three-year term. She participated on the Board of Midwifery Education Accreditation Council for 13 years.
Diane is an internationally known speaker, including one of her favorite venues, the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing China.
Beyond the rights of women to choose a safe place of birth, Holly’s second passion is education. She has taught associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree-seeking nursing students as well as medical students. Holly understands that the education has the greatest impact in healthcare so she plans to obtain a clinical track faculty position upon completion of her DNP.
In Deb’s early career she worked as a childbirth educator, a labor and delivery nurse, and a nurse-midwife. Her midwifery experiences included private, community health center and HMO practices, and incorporated hospital, home, and birth-center settings. Deb established the first midwifery practice in Billings, Montana in 1982, and the first home birth practice in that city in 1984.
Throughout her career Deb has been significantly involved in nurse midwifery policy activities, including being the Virginia Chapter American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Chair and Legislative Chair during the passage of state prescriptive authority for nurse-practitioners; serving on the ACNM Board of Directors from 1996 – 2000; and developing and chairing the ACNM Division of Health Policy from 2000 – 2005. She completed the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Primary Care Policy Fellowship Program in 2000, and the Women’s Education and Research Institute (WREI) Congressional Fellowship Program in 2005.
Debbie is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and recently completed a PhD in Nursing at George Mason University.
Executive Director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc, her non profit corporation, she owns and operates The Birth Place birthing center in Winter Garden, Florida and has established an outreach clinic for pregnant women who are at risk of not receiving prenatal care. Jennie is also the owner/director of Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, a Florida licensed direct-entry midwifery, doula, childbirth education and lactation training program, and is an expert and activist regarding perinatal health disparities.
He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He joined U.Va. in 1974 following his residency, fellowship and research training at Duke, Case Western Reserve and the National Institutes of Health.
He is a pioneer in the field of sudden infant death syndrome and was one of the lead authors of the landmark 1992 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that urged parents to put infants to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS. In addition to his work on sleep position and SIDS, Kattwinkel has focused on neonatal lung disease and disorders of respiratory control, including the use of surfactant in the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome.
Soon after arriving at U.Va., Kattwinkel developed a perinatal regional plan for the 12 hospitals in northwest Virginia, with U.Va. serving as the perinatal regional center. This required setting up a Newborn Emergency Transportation System. As a founding member and later chairman of the Governor’s Perinatal Services Advisory Council, he was instrumental in establishing a similar perinatal plan for other regions across the commonwealth.
Supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Kattwinkel created an educational program to optimize the care of the newborn in the first critical minutes of life. His Perinatal Continuing Education Program, an educational program for physicians, nurses, nurse midwives and practitioners, respiratory therapists and all others who care for pregnant women or newborn babies, has now been expanded across the globe. The program has been used by more than 150,000 health care professionals across the United States as well as by caregivers in Canada, Bosnia, Poland, Mexico and China. In addition, PCEP served as the model for a program developed in South Africa.
While serving as a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ and Project HOPE, Kattwinkel helped establish care facilities and outreach education programs for rural perinatal care in China, Poland, Romania, Central America and South Africa.
Dr. Kattwinkel attends the Summit at the request of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where over the past 25 years he has been very active in the development and distribution of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). The NRP was developed jointly by the AAP and the American Heart Association and has trained over 2 million health care professionals in the technique and skills required to resuscitate and stabilize compromised infants at birth. As a founding member of NRP, Dr. Kattwinkel has served as a member and Chair of the NRP Steering Committee and has been Editor of the NRP Textbook for the past 3 editions. He is the winner of numerous other honors and awards, including a 1995 “Miracle Maker” award honoring exceptional children’s physicians from A.H. Robbins Co., the National Education and Apgar Awards of the AAP, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council on Higher Education, and recognition as one of the “10 Parenting Leaders” by Parenting Magazine. In 2004, Kattwinkel was awarded an inaugural Discovery Health Channel Medical Honor.
Sara has broad clinical knowledge of both tertiary and community hospital perinatal nursing practice, having served in staff, education and administrative roles that promote multidisciplinary collaboration among individuals and organizations. She has presented two innovative program presentations at national AWHONN conventions in 2007 and 2000 and served as Co-chair of the planning committee of the 9th National Conference on Outreach Education in 2003.
Sara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maine, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Boston University.
She has practiced in numerous settings including rural health, community and tertiary hospitals, and in academic practices and has educated midwives since 1993. Her research includes numerous qualitative studies exploring the work of midwives and its relationship to health outcomes. One focus of her work is on “optimality” in perinatal care and the appropriate use of interventions in low risk women during childbirth. She has also completed a clinical trial of Centering Pregnancy, a group model of prenatal care, in two military settings. She speaks internationally on strategies to normalize birth care and her numerous research studies.
She is a graduate of the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing, her master’s degree from the Medical College of Georgia as a family nurse practitioner, and her doctoral degree from the University of Rhode Island. Her awards include Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Nursing, the Lamaze International Research Award to the ACNM Optimality Working Group, the Margretta Madden Styles Award for Excellence in Nursing, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association President’s Award for Service to Nursing, a Governor’s Citation for Service to the State of Rhode Island, and the Irving Harris Visiting Professorship at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
A founding board member, Mary served as President of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) from 2003 until 2012, and currently is the Executive Director of NACPM. She serves as Policy Analyst to the Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign, a national coalition of six midwifery-related organizations advocating in the U.S. Congress for increased access for women across the country to Certified Professional Midwife services and high-quality, high-value maternity care.
After graduating from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Leeman completed a family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He was in rural practice with the Zuni-Ramah Indian Health Service from 1992-1998 where he was the Maternity Care Director for the hospital birth center that functioned without on-site cesarean capability. He subsequently completed a family medicine fellowship in operative and high-risk obstetrics at the University of Rochester (N.Y) School of Medicine.
He is the managing editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) curriculum of the American Academy of Family Practice and co-editor of the Global ALSO curriculum both of which focus on the management of obstetric emergencies. He has helped introduce the ALSO curriculum in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and China.
As a faculty member at UNM he has worked for eleven years as a consultant for home birth and birth center midwives and helped care for their clients who have required hospital transport. He was the physician member of the New Mexico State Licensed midwifery advisory board from 1993-1998. He has presented grand rounds for the UNM Ob/Gyn and Family Medicine Departments on Home Birth with a focus on facilitating improved collaboration from home to hospital.
Since 2005, Audrey has served as co-chair of the Physician-Midwife Workgroup, under the auspices of the WA State Perinatal Collaborative. In that capacity, and as President of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State (MAWS) from 2008 – 2012, Audrey has been a leader in efforts to improve inter-professional communication and enhance the safety of planned out-of-hospital births. She is currently serving as the Chair of the MAWS Legislative Committee and is also on the Board of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM).
She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary maternity care, out of hospital birth and safe transfer to the hospital when needed. She spends time teaching residents at the University of Washington on labor and delivery and helping them learn to care for women transferring in from an out of hospital birth setting. She has an interest in cross disciplinary education and forming collaborative relationships between hospital and out of hospital maternity care providers.
She currently chairs the Certification Council for Lamaze International that is responsible for developing the international certification examination for Lamaze certified childbirth educators. She is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education and writes a regular column for the JPE. Her advocacy work includes national leadership positions in Lamaze International and national work with Childbirth Connection, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
Co-author of The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence and a blog about normal birth at birthwithconfidence.blogs.lamaze.org. Research interests are breastfeeding and childbirth and she is currently completing a qualitative research study of the experience of home birth for women and their midwives.
Marian is a member of the editorial board for the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. She is also a Governing Councilor for the American Public Health Association (APHA), MCH section, and was previously the co-chair of the SIDS and Infant Mortality Committee, MCH section from 1999-2009. Marian co-wrote an APHA policy statement on maternal mortality which is currently under review, and a policy statement on female genital mutilation which was adopted by APHA in 1998.
As a Broadway Producer, Élan’s credits include The Peewee Herman Show, American Idiot, Come Fly Away, Cry Baby, Coram Boy, Spamalot (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Metamorphoses, The Crucible, and The Iceman Cometh. Her London producing credits include Spamalot, Rent and Michael Moore Live!
After the birth of her first child, Jeanette became the director of Birthways, Chicago’s oldest and largest community of doulas. She brought her marketing and communications skills to serve more than 350 families each year for nearly a decade.
Jeanette is also a co-founder of BirthSwell, using strategic social media and communications to work with birth and breastfeeding professionals, volunteers, and advocates at the national, state, and local level to spread evidence-based information and change policy.
A founding member of freeourmidwives.org, a statewide effort to ensure legal access to midwives in New York, she is also a board member at Citizens for Midwifery. She is trained as a doula and is a certified IBCLC. She maintains a small private practice supporting breastfeeding mothers.
Jeanette is proud to balance her professional career with her family life, which includes enjoying splashing in the gorges of central New York with her two young children, both born with midwives.
As research coordinator at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), she coordinated all activities related to implementation, analysis, and evaluation of the benchmarking process for MedMARx ™, an Internet-accessible, program for documenting, tracking and preventing medication errors. She coordinated hospital recruitment efforts for the MedMARxTM beta test and developed the data analysis plan.
For almost 10 years, as a statistician in the Division of Vital Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), she designed, analyzed, wrote text, and developed special tables and graphics for standard NCHS reports. These reports were based on birth certificate data and data linking birth and infant death certificates. She has published in both government publications and peer-reviewed journals in the areas of method of delivery, obstetric procedures, attendant at birth, and place of birth. She reviewed manuscripts for publication, providing technical assistance to the public and professionals, and collaborated with NCHS staff and outside researchers to initiate, plan, design and author special analytic reports and presentations to the public health community. Dr. Menacker also designed and planned an evaluation of revised birth data, which included both qualitative and quantitative analyses.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of Birth, Issues in Perinatal Care. She is a past Chair of the Alexandria Virginia Public Health Advisory Commission. Dr. Menacker served on the Institutional Review Board of the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.
Shafia is the visionary behind the prominent International Black Midwives and Healers Conference that brings midwives and other health care providers together to galvanize resources and implement strategies for reducing infant mortality and strengthening families. She is a community organizer for birth justice and advocates for increasing the number of African descent midwives and their having a seat at the decision making table for the advancement of the profession. She campaigns for health equity and works on local and national legislation to improve maternal and child health and newborn care.
She originated the legislative concept for HB3311 that passed in Oregon in 2011, so that every woman can access a doula. She has trained over five-hundred doulas nationally and has trained midwives in Columbia and Sierra Leone. She is a wife, mother, a nana, and a mentor to women aspiring to be midwives and doulas. She loves to garden, write, ride horses and cook for family and friends. Shafia’s has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking work and has been featured in books, magazines, documentaries and on a mural in Portland, OR.
Still in New Mexico, her career took a different direction and she was employed for r thirteen years as the Maternal Health Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division. In this role, she was in charge of licensing and regulating both Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives for the state. Another focus of the role included projects to increase access, participation in, and quality of pregnancy care in New Mexico. She has also advocated actively for home birth and for Certified Professional Midwives nationally.
In the early 1980’s she was active in legislative reform of Washington’s Midwifery Act and served on the first Midwifery Advisory Committee, writing rules and developing the licensing examination. In 1983 she helped to launch the Midwives Association of Washington State and served as its first president from 1983-1985. In 1988 she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington’s Maternal and Child Health Program. She co-authored the first study of outcomes of licensed midwife-attended births in Washington, published in Birth in 1994.
Suzy has continued to be involved on many fronts in support of the development of professional midwifery, locally and nationally. From 1994-2008 she served on the Board of Directors of a Joint Underwriting Association created by the Washington State legislature to provide medical malpractice insurance to midwives providing out-of-hospital birth services. She is now actively involved in national midwifery advocacy, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) as well as chairing the new Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, the first regionally accredited, articulated (may earn BS and MS) direct entry program in the U.S. to grant a Masters Degree in Midwifery.
Carol is co-author of the American Public Health Association (APHA) position paper, “Increasing Access to Out-Of-Hospital Maternity Care Services Through State-Regulated and Nationally-Certified Direct-entry Midwives” which was adopted in 2001, by APHA. She is co-author of the APHA position paper, “Safe Motherhood in the United States: Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity”. This was adopted in 2003, by APHA. She is co-author of the APHA position paper, “Maternal Health as a Human Right: Strategies for Improving Maternal Health Outcomes and Care” a 2011 proposed policy. She is currently active in the Maternal Child Health Section representing the profession of Midwifery and Midwifery Educators. She is co-chair of the Innovations in Maternity Health Services Committee of the Maternal Child Health Section of APHA. This is the committee within APHA that holds the space for “normal birth”. She is currently serving on the APHA Governing Council as a representative for the Maternal Child Section. She has been a review editor for the Maternal and Child Health Journal, a peer reviewed journal, since 2002. She is on the Tennessee Council of Certified Professional Midwives. She works as a pro-bono lobbyist for the Tennessee Midwives Association in their legislative efforts.
Since 1997 she has been the MANA public Education and Advocacy chair helping to promote the profession of midwifery and move midwifery forward in the United States.
She lives with Don Nelson, her husband of 39 years. She is the mother of four children, three of which were born at home, and grandmother of 7, all of which were born at home, with Carol in attendance.
After graduation as a midwife, she worked in the labour ward of a regional hospital. Afterwards she joined a community midwifery practice with 4 colleagues in the south of the Netherlands. She worked as an independent, primary care midwife supporting women through pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period and doing many home births in close collaboration with other professionals such maternity care assistants, obstetricians and GP’s. This sparked her interest in scientific research and the underpinning of midwives’ actions.
In 1999 she became a lecturer and later a staff member at the midwifery programme in Maastricht. Over the years, she was closely involved in the development of the curriculum, the official accreditation of the midwifery programme and organisational developments within the AVM. Important areas of attention in education for her are promoting physiological birth and the integration of evidence-based midwifery and research. She was appointed head of the Midwifery Science research department when it was established in 2007.
Currently, her main focus is on the scientific development of the midwifery knowledge domain. In research, her fields of interest are women’s views on care and health promotion in maternity care, with a special focus on women’s mental well-being during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Presently she is doing research on women’s choices and decision-making in midwifery care, e.g. with regard to birthing positions. Together with my team she is conducting a research project on the development and implementation of health promotion interventions for obesity and mental health in midwifery practices.
Marianne chaired the regional Kring van Verloskundigen (‘Circle of midwives’) (1993–99) and the Commissie van Overleg met de regionale zorgverzekeraars (Consultation committee with the regional health insurers) (1992–99). She has been a member of the Verloskundige Advies Standaarden van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Organisatie van Verloskundigen (national Midwifery Guidelines Commission of the Dutch midwives’ organisation) from 1998-2009 and chair of this commission from 2004 – 2008. She was also a member of the national Science Committee for Midwifery and since 2010 the Dutch representative in the European Cost Action on Childbirth Choices and Consequences.
Since 1971, Ms. Norsigian has been part of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, now doing business as Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS). She is the Executive Director and the primary spokesperson for this nonprofit women’s health education, advocacy, and consulting organization. Ms Norsigian also serves as a board member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and on numerous other advisory and editorial boards. Her personal recognitions include: the Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association; Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Annual Recognition Award; Boston YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers; the Massachusetts Health Council Award; and an honorary doctorate degree from Boston University. She was selected by Women’s eNews as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”
A resident of Washington, D.C., Oliver has been a midwife for 17 years. She teaches as an interim/sub/inclusion teacher for the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools and as a Childbirth Educator for GWU Hospital with Momease. She also has a home birth practice in Virginia and operates as a professional home birth inquiry source.
Oliver says her journey of unconditional love and relentless quest for knowledge is motivated by serving others. She believes it is a gift to be a healer and requires cognitive intuition skills to connect with babies in utero. Oliver enjoys meditating, yoga, culinary arts, dance, mixed martial arts and music.
He has been in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Washington State since 1988. He is currently an OB Hospitalist with Obstetrix Medical Group, Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He is Co-Chair, Physician-Licensed Midwife Working Group, State of Washington, Department of Health, Perinatal Advisory Committee, and has been since 2004. Serving in various roles with ACOG since 1998, he currently serves as Vice Chair ACOG District 8 until 2014. He lives in/on a floating home in Lake Union in Seattle.
A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she completed her residency in obstetrics & gynecology at MCP Hahnemann University and her fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Temple University, both in Philadelphia. In addition, she completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Albert Einstein, in New York. Dr. Plante is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, general obstetrics & gynecology, and maternal fetal medicine. Her specific areas of interest are maternal medical conditions complicating pregnancy, maternal mortality, and critical care obstetrics. She is also interested in the application of simulation technology to postgraduate medical education.
She has authored/co-authored several publications on patient-choice cesarean delivery.
In 2010, Brynne co-founded Private Practice, an award winning, patient centered technology platform for charting and communication that today is utilized by over 20% of out of hospital providers in the US. She was one of a few electronic health record vendors to participate as a delegate at the 2012 ACOG-sponsored ReVitalize conference on Maternity Data Definitions. She also presented Private Practice’s patient engagement and data integration features at the IOM sponsored Heath Data Initiative Forum as one of the top 50 HIT Innovations of 2012. As CEO of Private Practice, Brynne currently provides advice and technical support related to EHR adoption and integration for both the Midwives Alliance of North America Data Registry and the American Association of Birth Centers Perinatal Data Registry. She has advised the American College of Nurse Midwives on the impact of EHR for patient engagement and patient centered data collection. She is the current representative for the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives to the National Quality Forum.
In March of 2013, Brynne was an invited speaker at the Institute of Medicine for it’s Workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings representing provider issues from the perspective of home birth and Certified Professional Midwives.
As Campaign Manager of The Big Push For Midwives Campaign, Katherine has worked with advocacy groups in multiple states, providing guidance and other assistance on such areas as drafting legislation, building strong grassroots networks, and utilizing savvy legislative strategies to advance and pass legislation to license and regulate CPMs. In her capacity as Legislative Chair for the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives, she co-led a statewide, bi-partisan grassroots campaign to successfully pass a CPM licensure bill into law in 2006.
In support of these efforts, Katherine founded and manages various online and social- networking communities devoted to maternity care reform, which together have a combined membership of more than 15,000 activists nationwide. In recognition of her work on behalf of expanding access to Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital birth, she received the 2006 Citizens for Midwifery Susan F. Hodges Award for Outstanding Leadership in Midwifery Advocacy.
A former professor of English and Women’s Studies at The College of William and Mary, Katherine developed and taught courses on the ethics of reproductive technologies, women and medicine, women’s fiction, and women writers of the South. She is the author the book, Revising Flannery O’Connor: Southern Literary Culture and the Problem of Female Authorship, a project that was one of the first recipients of the National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Grant, and of the white paper commissioned by the International Cesarean Awareness Network, “Protecting and Enforcing the Rights of Women Seeking Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC): A Primer.” She is also a contributing author to the online book, From Calling to Courtroom: A Survival Guide for Midwives. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in academic journals, in online magazines, and on Web sites devoted to birth activism.
Katherine earned a BA from Grinnell College (1985) and an MA (1988) and PhD (1993) from The College of William and Mary. She lives in Fox Point, Wisconsin, with her husband and three boys, who were born at home in states where CPMs were illegal at the time, an experience that became the catalyst for her advocacy work on behalf of midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care.
Nichole is the Academic Coordinator and a Faculty Member at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon. She was formerly Midwifery Program and Specialized Programs Coordinator, Birthingway College of Midwifery; Communications Coordinator, Oregon Midwifery Council. She is an NACPM member. Currently a licensed midwife in Oregon; former Childbirth Educator (both Bradley Method and Independent) and labor doula; mama to two amazing young women born into the hands of midwives.
Sheryl holds a B.I.S. in Women’s Studies in Communication from George Mason University, and she has worked in Communications as a human resource specialist and quality improvement trainer, community health trainer and supervisor, technical editor and writer, publisher, and as a writing and public speaking teacher in home school cooperatives. In 2005 she published Mothers & Midwives, Women’s Stories of Childbirth.
Currently, Sheryl is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. In May 2012 she will graduate with an M.A. in Creative Writing. Her graduate work has led to the beginnings of a memoir that is part medical, part mother-daughter narrative.
Sheryl has had positive experiences with both physicians and midwives and believes the key to quality maternity care is communication and respect on all levels. From her physician’s labor support over the phone while waiting for the home birth midwife to arrive, to seeking out back-up care for her homebirths with physicians who had never heard of midwifery, to hearing the thoughts of feelings of both midwives and physicians on the subject of homebirth, Sheryl believes the differences are not stumbling blocks; rather, they are the catalysts for necessary change.
Paula’s own personal experiences during pregnancy have led to her work for the last 6 (7) years at the intersections of healthcare access, midwifery and community organizing. During the first half of her first pregnancy she experienced care under private insurance and then had to switch to Medicaid for the remainder of her pregnancy. She was forced to lay herself off at Sista II Sista, where she was working, due to funding cuts. After having worked on many issues, ranging from housing discrimination, to violence against women; Paula found the challenges and disparate access she faced during pregnancy to be key areas to be addressed in order to create a more just and equitable world. She decided to focus her community organizing work on birthing justice. She became a doula for low-income women, worked as a Childbirth Educator at the largest clinic for uninsured families in Austin and began organizing to address the disparities in pre-natal care and birth outcomes both locally and regionally. Currently she is an apprentice midwife and a member Mamas of Color Rising, a grassroots organization she co-founded in Austin, TX.
After 2 years of working on a campaign to get Texas Medicaid to reimburse Certified Professional Midwives, Mamas of Color Rising has won a rules change that is now in effect statewide. Paula is now working on the creation of Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana a free pre-natal health clinic with volunteer midwives and family practice doctors, group childbirth education, dance and yoga classes and support groups for low-income women of color in East Austin.
Paula makes a living as a trainer for grassroots community organizations and as a pre-natal dance instructor. She is the mother of two amazing children, Xue-li and Camino.
Prior to joining Childbirth Connection, Amy spent six years as a perinatal research and advocacy consultant to Lamaze International, during which she analyzed, summarized, and critically appraised research for the Lamaze community and implemented the organization’s social media strategy. She launched Lamaze’s award-winning research blog, Science & Sensibility, and worked as lead author and production consultant on a series of consumer-oriented videos on evidence-based care in labor and birth, viewed over 8 million times on YouTube.
In addition to her consulting work, Amy provided maternity care services to childbearing families for two years as a nurse in the postpartum and well-baby unit of a large teaching hospital and for four years as a nurse-midwife, during which she worked in the home, birth center, and hospital settings. She also coordinated the introductory labor and birth course for the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty at the Yale School of Nursing and frequently guest lectures for other courses both at Yale and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She is active in ACNM and was the 2012 winner of the College’s Kitty Ernst Award.
Amy is co-author of Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach (2012) and co-editor of the 9th edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves (2011). She received her undergraduate degree in women’s health and economics from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University.
NWHN brings women’s voices to the health policy debates in Washington, DC and the states, and advocates for a health care system that is accessible to all and meets the needs of diverse women. NWHN supports women’s right to choose the place they give birth and the type of provider who attends them. NWHN also has a long history of advocacy around the standard of evidence necessary to prove that routine interventions used during pregnancy and childbirth, including medications, are safe and effective.
Prior to joining the NWHN, Kate worked in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA), where she worked on health care reform and the women’s issues portfolio. Before moving to Washington, DC, Kate volunteered in Ghana with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights to monitor and assess availability of, and access to, women’s sexual and reproductive health services under the Ghanaian National Health Insurance Scheme. Kate also monitored Ghana’s progress on Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 – to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
In addition to her professional work on home birth, Kate was born at home and was present for the home births of her younger siblings. Kate received her MPA in International Public & Non-Profit Management and Policy Analysis with a focus in women’s rights from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Since the launch of Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care initiative in 2007, program work has focused on improving maternity care quality and value by strengthening the effectiveness of the maternity care system. The initiative convened the relevant stakeholders for collaborative deliberation, planning and action, resulting in two foundational reports, 2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System and Blueprint for Action (published in Women’s Health Issues, January 2010). A broad multi-stakeholder partnership is now working to implement the Blueprint. In 2011, Childbirth Connection began a collaboration with the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making to develop tools and resources to help women make maternity care decisions.
Carol is Childbirth Connection’s liaison to the National Quality Forum. She is a member of the National Priorities Partnership’s Overuse Workgroup. She serves on the Steering Committee of Guidelines International Network’s Patient and Public Involvement Working Group and works with the Cochrane Collaboration’s Pregnancy and Childbirth Group to involve consumers in refereeing the group’s protocols and reviews. She has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Boston University School of Public Health.
Carol is lead author of the 2008 Milbank Report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve. She is a co-investigator of Childbirth Connection’s three national Listening to Mothers surveys and co-author of resulting reports and articles. She is a co-author of the widely consulted Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth. Carol served as a guest editor of special issues on Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care project (Women’s Health Issues, 2010), on The Nature and Management of Labor Pain (American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2002) and on medically unnecessary cesarean sections (Social Science & Medicine, 1993). From 2003 through 2007, her quarterly column on Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice appeared simultaneously in Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. She has contributed an annual column, Letter from North America, to the journal Birth since 2006.
Carol was a Pew Health Policy fellow at Boston University, where she received her doctorate in Health Policy through the University Professors Program in 1993. She has Master’s Degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Chicago.
Jane’s research in maternal health and reproduction is interdisciplinary between the clinical and social sciences and focuses on issues of quality and safety in maternal health care. Key themes are: a) The impact of maternal health policy at a health system and service delivery level, and on health outcomes and users’ experiences b) The social and organisational implications of the translation of innovative health technologies into health care. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and a range of charitable sources. Completed research includes: an evaluation of a programme of continuity of midwifery care aimed at improving access and outcomes for women in disadvantaged areas; an ethnographic study of transfer and handover in a midwife-led unit; the development and field testing of a training package for midwives and doctors to support women to have a ‘normal’ birth; the development of access, quality, and optimal outcome indicators in maternal health care; review of maternity workforce deployment and staffing and impact on safety; social and organisational implications of novel reproductive technologies and long term impact of caesarean section in Brazil. Current research includes: co-leading organisational case studies in Birthplace in England, a national study of birth outcomes in home, midwife led, and obstetric led units; investigating the relationship between measures of safety climate and health care quality in A and E and intrapartum care; and conducting nested process evaluations of two trials of obesity in pregnancy behavioural interventions.
Jane is programme director in the NIHR King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre leading a programme of work on innovations in service quality and health technologies. The programme of work on patient safety looks at both the translation of novel technologies into health care and innovative ways of organising services differently to bridge ‘gaps’ in care and improve quality and safety for patients. Current research includes: a) the exploration of the management of ‘failure to rescue’ in medical and maternity settings b) exploration of the development, diffusion, governance and patient experience of technique-centred and clinical innovation. Both work streams involve PhD students and seconded NHS clinical and managerial staff. Findings have informed the UK government commission on Nursing and Midwifery, Healthcare for London commissioning plans, and US, Brazilian and Australian reviews of maternity services. Her research has also informed the House of Commons Health Committee on Inequalities and informed the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office on developing public services that empower service users.
In September, 2012, Laura will start her Master’s in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, with a Maternal-Child Health concentration. Her focus will be on North American maternity care, birth outcomes, and obstetrical management decisions to optimize maternal-fetal outcomes.
Laura was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where home birth is rare and very contested. She moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2004 to finish her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of British Columbia, where she studied Global Resource Systems, a mix of social, applied, and basic sciences.
Living in Canada provided Laura with a markedly different perspective on midwifery, collaborative and inter-professional models of maternity care, and home birth. Preparing to return to the US, she worries that there are fewer birthing options available to women in the US. She hopes that the maternity care climate will become more collaborative and more consistent across jurisdictions.
Laura is currently the Research Coordinator in the Division of Midwifery, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Laura has worked with faculty from midwifery, family practice, obstetrics, nursing, and sociology to manage several health services and clinical research studies.
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Sequoia completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at San Diego State University. She worked with the internationally recognized Compton Foundation during a year-long fellowship on American Indian adolescent reproductive health education. She also adapted the Planned Parenthood resource,”There’s No Place Like Home for Sex Education to be culturally appropriate for the American Indian community. She is a certified lactation educator and is trained in clinical hypnosis. In addition to being passionate about birth, breastfeeding, and mother-baby care, she is also interested in the role Vitamin D deficiency in the development of chronic disease, especially as it applies to prenatal care.
It was participation in her youngest sisters’ birth when she was only 14 years old that led Dr. Sequoia to pursue a career in medicine. Reproductive health was always her central interest but it wasn’t until her own pregnancy that she became involved in the birth community and discovered the maternity care crisis. She is member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and works to provide physiologic birth options and education in her community.
Geradine is currently the Executive Director of Midwives Alliance of North America, a professional organization that promotes excellence in midwifery and is dedicated to unifying and strengthening the profession, thereby increasing access to quality healthcare and improving outcomes for women, babies and their families. As a leader in the U.S. midwifery movement Geradine works passionately to sustain the midwifery profession, advocate for healthcare reform, mentor the next generation of midwives, and collaborate with key partners and stakeholders. She is the editor of the recently published book entitledInto These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives, an anthology of the life stories of 25 remarkable women who have dedicated their lives and careers to the path of midwifery and social change.
He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1979, and completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital in 1982. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and enjoys teaching clinical pediatrics to residents and medical students.
Dr. Sloan’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he writes frequently on children’s health issues for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Medicine magazine.
His book, Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth (Ballantine Books, 2009), received praise from The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Birth Day was a 2009 Northern California Book Award finalist.
Dr. Sloan has presented at a number of conferences dedicated to the promotion of natural childbirth in the United States and Canada, most recently at Turning the Tide: Balancing Birth Experiences and Interventions for Best Outcomes, organized by the Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health, in Vancouver, BC.
Professor Vedam’s scholarly work includes critical appraisal of the literature on planned home birth, and development of the first US registry of home birth perinatal data. In 2010, she chaired the highly acclaimed 5th International Normal Labour and Birth Research conference in Vancouver, BC. Supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Research, Prof. Vedam has recently completed a national, mix-methods study to investigate the experiences of maternity care providers’ with planned home birth in Canada. She is also principal investigator on a multi-disciplinary project to develop a novel composite prediction model for fetal surveillance, and a community-based participatory action research project to explore shared decision-making in midwifery care. In recognition of her contributions to evidence-based maternity care, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Amherst College.
He is also president of the Associates for Women’s Medicine and clinical associate professor of ob-gyn at Upstate Medical Center, the State University of New York. An ACOG Fellow since 1981, Dr. Waldman has been involved in a number of ACOG activities. He has served as a member of the ACOG Executive Board and chaired the Council of District Chairs. He has been a member of the committees on Finance, Nominations, and Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and on the task forces on Safety in Residency Training, and District and Section Donation Policy. Dr. Waldman has also been a member of the Collaborative Practice Advisory Group and was team leader for the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program. He has served as the Junior Fellow College Advisory Council advisor and the ACOG representative to Practicing Physicians Advisory Council National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Waldman has held a variety of regional leadership positions, including chair and vice chair of ACOG District II and the Syracuse-Utica Section. He has served as District II Scientific Program and Nominating Committee chairs and the Quality Assurance Committee co-chair. He was a member of the District II Primary Care Committee and Practice Management Committee and is a recipient of ACOG’s Outstanding District Service Award and Outstanding Section Service Award. Dr. Waldman is a past president of the Central New York Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and a former consultant to the International Childbirth Education Association.
He has been active in advocating for improvements in women’s health for many years and established the first hospital-based midwifery practice in Central New York. Dr Waldman has served on several New York State task forces working with the Commissioner of Health and the Superintendent of Insurance. Dr. Waldman received his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry and completed his residency at Upstate Medical University, the State University of New York.
Her primary research interests are adrenal function in the fetus and newborn infant and the pathogenesis and prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. She has received NIH and other national funding for her studies in these areas, and is an internationally recognized expert in this field. Currently, Dr. Watterberg is the Principal Investigator at New Mexico for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, which has multiple ongoing observational and interventional studies in the NICU. She is a member of the Committee on Fetus and Newborn of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was lead author for the committee statement on the use of postnatal steroids to prevent or treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia. In addition, Dr. Watterberg serves on NIH peer review panels and is a member of the American Pediatric Society.