Conference Speaker Bios

Lexi Abeln, RN, CCE, IBCLC, is a certified childbirth educator, L&D nurse, international board-certified lactation consultant, certified BOLD Method for Birth Educator and experienced mother-baby-family advocate. She is married and has five children and two stepchildren. She has a passion for teaching and facilitating a holistic approach to pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting, which she sees as optimal in raising healthy and happy families.

Jill Cohen lives in Mill City, Oregon, with two of her four children. After 20 years as a lay midwife she returned to school to become an RN. She is currently working in a small rural hospital as a primary OB nurse. She was the associate editor of Midwifery Today magazine from 1990 to 2007.

Mary L. Cooper has been a direct entry midwife since 1978, with 3000+ babies. Mary believes in all aspects of the birthing process, birthing women and the full circle of birth (which at times includes death). At workshops, Mary shares this “Sacred Ground” which includes: VBACs, Twins, Breeches, Uterine Death, Birth Anomalies and Healing Births. Mary shares what God, birthing women, babies and life have shared with her. She has been and is now a “caretaker” for the elderly as their lives come to an end. Mary is thankful for all the wisdom shared with her by the women and babies  she has helped.

Melissa (Missy) Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, is Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Anthropology at Oregon State University (OSU) with additional appointments in Public Health and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also a Certified Professional Midwife in active practice, and  Chair of the Division of Research for the Midwives Alliance of North America where she directs the MANA Statistics Project. She is the author of an ethnography entitled Born at Home (2010, Wadsworth Press) along with several peer-reviewed articles that examine the cultural beliefs and clinical outcomes associated with midwife-led birth at home.

Dr. Cheyney is an award-winning teacher, and in 2014 was given Oregon State University’s prestigious Scholarship Impact Award for her work in the International Reproductive Health Laboratory and with the MANA Statistics Project. She is the mother of a daughter born at home on International Day of the Midwife in 2009.

Cathy Daub designed and taught the first Birth Works® classes in New Jersey in 1981. Birth Works joined the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) in 1982. Cathy served as chairperson of the education committee to develop Birth Works into a certification program. The program was completed in 1988 and the first childbirth educator training workshop was held. In 1994 Birth Works incorporated, becoming a nonprofit organization with a full board of directors and board of advisors.

Cathy is a physical therapist who works with children with disabilities. She serves as president of Birth Works and continues to use her talents to enhance the understanding of and trust in the human body and birth. She lives and promotes a human values approach to childbirth education and doula care, which has been incorporated into her books, Doulas of Love—a Guidebook for Doulas and Expectant Parents,  The Doula Journal Workbook and Common Sense Nutrition. She has also composed original birthing songs on the CD titled Believe.

Cathy facilitates national childbirth educator and doula workshops for Birth Works and also represented Birth Works at the initial Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) meetings. She is the mother of two children.

Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin, and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction. Robbie lectures at childbirth, midwifery and obstetrical conferences around the world. Robbie has written over 80 articles and the book Birth as an American Rite of Passage (2004). Her research on global trends and transformations in childbirth, obstetrics and midwifery is ongoing.

Robbie currently serves as editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (www.imbci.org) and member of the board of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO).

Robbie is co-author of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Anatomy of Ritual (forthcoming). She is lead editor of ten collections, including Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1997);Reconceiving Midwives: The New Canadian Model of Care; Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change (2006); Intuition: the Inside Story (1997); and Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots (1998) and Birth Models That Work (2009). Her research on global trends and transformations in childbirth, obstetrics and midwifery is ongoing.

Visit Robbie’s website at www.davis-floyd.com.

Cornelia Enning has been a licensed midwife in Germany since 1972 and has attended homebirths and waterbirths since 1975. She is the founder of the German parents association “Wasserbabies” and editor of the quarterly Wasserbaby-Post. Cornelia is the author of Placenta: The Gift of Life (Motherbaby Press), as well as several books on waterbirth. She directs the German Federation of Aquapaedagogik, instructs parents in water training for newborns and has taught waterbirth midwifery to more than 4000 midwives and obstetricians. Cornelia has two adult children and one granddaughter.

Placenta: The Gift of Life / Information on the role of the placenta in different cultures, and how to prepare and use it as medicine. This book contains comprehensive and up-to-date information on how the placenta has been used in the past, medical uses throughout the world and how individuals can make use of the placenta in a variety of ways. This may involve burial under a certain kind of tree, drying for use as a lucky charm or even ingestion as a medicine.

Visit Cornelia’s website at www.hebinfo.de/.

Dr. Eden G. Fromberg, DO, FACOOG, ABIHM, is the founder and director of Holistic Gynecology New York, a sanctuary for truly holistic women’s health throughout the life cycle, where personalized, innovative care cultivates wellness, activates the healing process and unravels chronic and complex gynecological, hormonal, painful, structural and autoimmune issues. An osteopathic physician and clinical professor, board certified in both Ob/Gyn and Holistic Medicine, and founding member of the Fascia Research Society.

Anne Frye resides in Portland, Oregon, where she devotes her full-time attention to writing and publishing textbooks for the midwifery community, among them Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, in its 7th edition; Healing Passage, A Midwife’s Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth, in its 6th edition; and Holistic Midwifery, A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. I: Care during Pregnancy and Holistic Midwifery,  A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. II: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor through the First Hours after Birth. Most recently she produced a video and accompanying software entitled Understanding Female Pelvis Anatomy in 3D, which incorporated the latest knowledge of the complex soft tissues in this area. She also provides consultations to midwives, parents and educators. Anne holds an independent study BA degree in Holistic Midwifery and has been a midwife since 1979.

Carol Gautschi, CPM, LM, has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a traditional holistic midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because, in addition to teaching the nuts and bolts of her subject, she emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship not just with the mom but with the baby. Carol believes that the unseen world is more real than the seen, especially with regard to birth.

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. Carol is co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

She has seven children and 10 grandchildren and has been married to Paul since 1974. Her website is: http://gentlebirths.net.

Lisa Goldstein, BFA, LM, RN, CNM, has been attending homebirths since 1958. Her three sons were born at home. She has lived in the western North Carolina mountains since the early 1970s and in 1983 became North Carolina’s only legal non-nurse midwife. In the 1990s, she became an RN and then completed the CNEP program for nurse-midwifery, becoming a CNM in 1998. She currently works at Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, as well as her own office, the Fern Kingham Memorial Women’s Health Center and Birth Apartment. She attends births at home, the birth apartment and Spruce Pine Community Hospital. Lisa has also incorporated her knowledge of herbal and homeopathic remedies into her midwifery practice.

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Tine Greve received her midwifery education in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1991 and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2000. In 2014 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in acupuncture including basic skills in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has gained most of her clinical experience as a midwife from alternative birth care (ABC) units in Denmark and Norway. Tine also started the first breastfeeding counseling clinic in Norway in 2000. She currently works part-time as a breastfeeding counselor and teacher at the National Advisory Unit for Breastfeeding, in addition to her work as midwife and acupuncturist in a mother-and-baby health care clinic.

Tine’s three children were all born in ABC units; the two youngest were waterbabies.

Gail Hart graduated from a midwifery training program as a certified practical midwife in 1977. She has held a variety of certifications over the years; she was a certified midwife through the Oregon Midwifery Council and an LDEM in the state of Oregon. She is now semi-retired and no longer maintains her license, but keeps active with a small community practice. Gail is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding.

Carol Gray, Midwife, LMT, practices and teaches Perinatal Craniosacral Therapy (CST) in Portland, Oregon. Carol is especially passionate about getting CST skills into the hands of midwives and others who attend births and those who treat moms and babies. Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker since 1990. She has attended births for more than 30 years—at first as a doula and since 2000 as a homebirth midwife. Carol is a pioneer, integrating CST into prenatal/postpartum care and the birthplace.

Hermine Hayes-Klein is an American lawyer and the director of the Bynkershoek Research Center for Reproductive Rights in The Hague, the Netherlands. In 2012 she organized the “Human Rights in Childbirth” conference in The Hague. Hermine now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two young sons, who were born at home in Holland. Her work now focuses on legal issues surrounding childbirth, including the defense of midwives.

Johanna Honkanen is a Finnish midwife and educator. She is a pioneer in promoting waterbirths in Finland, teaching midwives and writing hospital guidelines on waterbirth care. She bridges the gap between home and hospital midwifery by her own example, enthusiastically working in both settings. Johanna is an valuable resource for the whole birthing community—organizing conferences and inviting international speakers to Finland.

Joy Horner has been a nurse since 1987 and then trained as a midwife. She left midwifery in 1990 and returned in 2002 after having two babies, becoming an independent midwife in 2005. Her expertise is in breech birth. She was trained by and taught breech workshops with Mary Cronk. Joy specializes in helping families achieve healing births after previous trauma. She is a birth activist and runs pregnancy and baby groups in her hometown of Glastonbury, UK. When not working with birthing families, Joy enjoys making hand-built ceramics, attending music festivals and spending time with her family and rescued pets.

Sally Kelly came to midwifery later in life as a direct entry midwife based in the UK. Throughout, and despite her midwifery training, she managed to maintain her strong belief and trust in the physiological birth process. She works in London in the NHS as an autonomous practitioner and is well supported by her Trust. Her passion for normality led her to seek like-minded midwives, so she joined the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), where she served on the steering committee and also as one of the UK representatives for the European Midwives Association (EMA).

The desire to learn as much as she can about birth and midwifery has taken her to a number of countries where she has met and shared with midwives/doulas/childbirth educators from different cultures and backgrounds. This has, in turn, given her the opportunity to pass on her passion to those around her. She is an ardent advocate of birth and protector of women.

Mirjam de Keijzer has worked as a childbirth educator since 2001 and as a doula and doula trainer since 2006. During her doula training, Mirjam was introduced to the rebozo by Thea van Tuyl. Impressed by the relaxation it brought their clients, Mirjam and Thea decided to work together to spread this technique by organizing workshops and writing The Rebozo Technique Unfolded with involvement from Naolí Vinaver, who inspired their writing of the book. For several years now, Thea and Mirjam have taught rebozo techniques in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Chandler Marrs, MS, MA, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Lucine Health Sciences, a health research company focused on understanding medication and vaccine adverse reactions; Hormones Matter, an online community health journal and direct-to-patient research platform; and the recently launched Heal with Friends, a social health site that uses social communities to find solutions for complex illness and medication reactions. As a graduate student, prior to venturing into the private sector, she founded and directed the UNLV Maternal Health Lab to conduct clinical and Internet-based research on maternal health and mental health. Most recently, her research has led her to induced mitochondrial damage as the source of many complex conditions and adverse reactions. Nutrient therapies have become core components of healing post reaction.

Dr. Marrs received her BA in philosophy from the University of Redlands; MS in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University; and, MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology/ Neuroendocrinology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Angelina Martinez Miranda is a renowned traditional midwife living and practicing in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. She is the inheritor of three generations of midwifery knowledge; her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all traditional midwives, practicing for around 40 years each. She started attending births when she was 7 years old. At 13 she became a mother herself, with her first son, and started attending births on her own. Angelina is 55 now, married, with five sons and many grandchildren. Throughout her life she attended around 15,000 births. Angelina owns a birth center located next to her house, where, for years, she and her apprentices have attended an average of 23 births per month, with excellent outcomes. She is highly respected in her community. She is a long-time member of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Mexico and a founding member of a new state organization created by the traditional midwives of Morelos. An accomplished speaker, she has given talks and workshops at international conferences all over the world. She is a strong source of inspiration for the many traditional midwives in Mexico who are working to preserve and revitalize their profession for the future.

Judith S. Mercer, CNM, PhD, FACNM, has spent the last 40 years as a midwife—continuously focusing on the baby’s perspective at birth. She is one of the world’s leading researchers on delayed cord clamping, having received three research grants from NIH for study of its effects on preterm and term infants. Judith has published in numerous publications, in addition to giving presentations all over the world.

Maria Milton is a licensed midwife from Flowersview, Florida, and a strong advocate of midwives and natural childbirth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Maria is the daughter and past colleague of (the late) midwife, Gladys Milton. She currently owns/operates Milton Memorial Birthing Center in Flowersview—a facility founded by her mother in 1976.

Fernando Molina is a family physician, midwife and prenatal educator from Venezuela. He now lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he works as a traditional midwife with Eugene’s renowned midwife Anita Rojas, exclusively doing homebirths. He also teaches “Magical Beginnings,” a comprehensive prenatal course designed to embrace the soul, mind and body for a happy pregnancy and birth, where mom, dad and baby are the protagonists. This course is now updated and available online.

Fernando dedicates much time for research on the latest information in epigenetics, the microbiome, mother-baby-provider communication during pregnancy and birth, and the neural wiring of the limbic brain of baby in utero and its repercussions in the personality, health and emotional intelligence of the human being.

Fernando also works as a health professional for Hooper Holmes Health and Wellness. He is a natural birth advocate who loves to teach at Midwifery Today conferences and to work with other midwives and doulas.

Sister MorningStar has dedicated a lifetime to the preservation of instinctual birth. She birthed her own daughters at home and has helped thousands of other women find empowerment through instinctual birth. She is the founder of a spiritual retreat center and author of books related to instinctual and spiritual living. She lives as a Cherokee hermitess and Catholic mystic in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. Visit her on the web at: www.sistermorningstar.com.

The Power of Women: Instinctual Birth Stories: When women embarked on their journey into womanhood and motherhood, stories from their grandmothers, great-grandmothers and ancestors came forth through songs, stories and what appeared as mythological tales. Upon hearing these stories, women became empowered to do what all women from which they came were able to do: give birth instinctually.

Ann Olsen, LM (Licensed Midwife), CPM, practices at a birth center, “The Birthing Inn,” in Tacoma, Washington, and at home. She has used homeopathy in her practice since 2003. She graduated from Seattle Midwifery School in 2003. She has three lovely grandchildren who were born into her hands.

Silja Seppänen is a private midwife, lactation consultant and founder of Vauvantai, a national prenatal education resource in Finland. She hosts free websites with antenatal education and natural treatments for maintaining female reproductive health. Silja Seppänen has actively lobbied to provide Finnish women with more choices in pregnancy and childbirth, working in both private and public heath care. Silja witnessed her first birth as a missionary kid in Kenya at the age of 9, and has been on her midwife path ever since.

Vicki Penwell, CPM, is an international humanitarian aid worker, licensed midwife and midwife educator who has practiced since 1981, first in Alaska and then in Asia since 1990. Vicki and her extended family of four generations live and run a birth center in the Philippines, where they founded a nonprofit charitable organization called Mercy In Action, which trains midwives and establishes birth centers in poor countries. The Mercy In Action birth center in Olongapo, Philippines, is run by national midwives and funded by donations so that every delivery is free of charge to the woman and her family. Outcomes of more than 13,500 births have been excellent, using the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI) model of maternity care.

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She estimates that she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples and siblings for childbirth, and is a co-founder of DONA International. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling and writing, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children, eight grandchildren, three grandchildren-in-law and a pug named Lola.

Through independent study and her work as a birth counselor, she has developed a counseling approach for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse. This work is described in the book, When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman, which she co-authored with Phyllis Klaus. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.

She co-founded Doulas of North America and The Pacific Association for Labor Support.

Penny’s latest publication is the third edition of The Birth Partner: The Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions. Other recent products for birth educators and doulas include a client handout called “The Road Map of Labor,” a birth video titled The 3Rs: Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual, and a Birth Sling—an aid to the dangle position for second stage labor. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants and editorial boards, including the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care; the International Childbirth Education Association; and the Seattle Midwifery School.

Penny has also written Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, with Ruth Ancheta (2000), and Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, with Ann Keppler and Janet Whalley (2001).

Maryl Smith, CPM, LDM, has an active homebirth practice and has been catching babies since 1984. Over the years she has cared for women from over 18 different nations, worked in two free-standing birth centers, taught as adjunct staff at Birthingway College of Midwifery and served in multiple roles in the promotion of midwifery in the state of Oregon. Her passion is supporting trauma survivors during the perinatal experience. Maryl frequently travels the world with her pastor/musician husband working to preserve indigenous spiritual expression in music. Her other activities include adventures with her granddaughters, herb gardening, writing and being active in her local Native American community.

Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, BA in Human Resources, Licensed Massage Therapist, was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She became interested in birth when she was nine, after observing a midwife resolve a prolonged second stage by simply having the mother blow into a bottle three times. Eneyda has been involved in childbirth, breastfeeding and homeschooling since 1982 and has attended homebirths since 1990.

Elaine Stillerman, LMT, has been a New York state licensed massage therapist since 1978. She began her pioneering work in prenatal massage, labor support and postpartum recovery massage in 1980. She is the developer and instructor of the professional certification workshop “MotherMassage: Massage during Pregnancy” which she began teaching in 1990 and which is currently taught at massage schools, spas and resorts across the country.

In 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural “Educator of the Year” award from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFTME) and was inducted into the World Massage Festival’s “Massage Hall of Fame.”

Elaine is the author of Mother Massage: A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy (Dell, 1992), The Encyclopedia of Bodywork: From Acupressure to Zone Therapy (Facts on File, 1996), Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork (Mosby, 2008) and Modalities for Massage and Bodywork, 2nd ed. (Mosby, 2008).

Suzanne Thomson has been a licensed midwife since 1996, serving the VBAC and twins and breech community, as well as the community of families at large, in the state of Washington. She loves training and mentoring the next generation of midwives, teaching and training abroad as well as at home and volunteering her time in underserved countries in the area of maternity care. She is mother to two grown adults, both homebirthed. She served as president of Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM) for two years and is passionate about protecting and preserving the sacredness of birth on Earth.

Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg has been a professor in physiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences since 1996. She is the author of The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing (Da Capo Press, Perseus Press, 2004) and has published over 400 articles.

Thea van Tuyl is a prenatal teacher in the Netherlands (her course is called “Samen Bevallen”). She was also a childbirth educator trainer for nearly 20 years. Since 2000 she has been a member of European Network of Childbirth Associations (ENCA www.enca-nederland.nl), a European network that works for improvement of the care of mother and baby. She is secretary of the Dutch department of ENCA. She took part in the start of the Education for Doulas in Utrecht and became a doula trainer. During her visits to Midwifery Today conferences in Europe she learned the use of the rebozo from Naolí Vinaver and Angelina Martinez Miranda from Mexico. Together with Mirjam de Keijzer she started to organize workshops on rebozo massage in 2007. Thea and Mirjam wrote the workbook The Rebozo Technique Unfolded, with involvement from Naolí Vinaver, who inspired their writing of the book. Thea is married, has two daughters and lives in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. www.theavantuyl.nl (Dutch)

Nancy Wainer, CPM, is an internationally known childbirth writer and speaker who coined the term VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean—pronounced “vee-back”), now used all over the world. Her landmark book, Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (1983), won critical acclaim. It was chosen as the best book in the field of Health and Medicine by the American Library Association in 1983 and was called “the bible of cesarean prevention” by The Wall Street Journal. Her book Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s (1991) was touted by Informed Birth and Parenting as “the only book that tells the truth about childbirth in the United States (It fairly sizzles in your hands…).” She is currently working on her third book, titled Birthquake: A Childbirth Book for Strong Women and Women Who Want to Be Strong.

Ms. Wainer is a consultant to many birthing organizations across the country, has spoken on numerous television and radio programs and has been interviewed by newspapers all over the United States and Canada. She has written articles and has spoken out against America’s growing reliance on technology and surgery at birth. Her talks and topics include: Cesarean Prevention and VBAC; Creating a Positive Birth Experience; Birth without Bloodshed; Grieving and Healing after a Disappointing, Upsetting or Traumatic Birth Experience; Teaching More Effective Childbirth Classes; What Is Natural Childbirth, Really?; Fear and Compliance in the Birthplace; and The Language of Birth. Her lectures and workshops have been called informative, entertaining, inspiring, poignant, humorous, alive, empowering, irreverent, dynamic and “definitely unforgettable!” Ms. Wainer has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and was asked to be the keynote speaker for the 2004 Australian Home Birth Midwifery conference. She teaches natural childbirth, homebirth, VBAC and sibling classes. She is certified in HypnoBirthing and teaches HypnoBirthing classes, as well. Ms. Wainer is also a frequent featured speaker for Midwifery Today conferences.

Ms. Wainer has a homebirth practice. She studied midwifery at The Birth Center in Dearborn, Michigan, at Casa de Nacimiento in El Paso, Texas, and with the International School of Midwifery in Kingston, Jamaica. She then completed a two-year apprenticeship in Boston. She taught midwifery students for the Massachusetts Basic and Advanced Midwifery courses and was a preceptor for Hands of Light Midwifery Training. She trains student/apprentice midwives. She is a certified doula and was a La Leche League leader for many years. She is the director of Birth Day, which provides midwifery care, childbirth education and labor support for pregnant women. Ms. Wainer has three grown children and lives in the Boston area.

Jennifer Walker is an approved “Spinning Babies” trainer, experienced doula and co-founder of JJ Doula Training. Jennifer is a Canadian who lives and works in Amsterdam. Jennifer travels internationally, teaching Spinning Babies and lecturing on topics related to doula support for labor and birth as well as understanding anatomy and physiology as a basis for respectful and effective care. Jennifer’s work often involves creating collaboration and understanding between disciplines. She finds great joy in bringing doulas, midwives, doctors and bodyworkers together to improve care for women and babies.

Jill F. Whitfield, RN, CNM, MSN, has been an LPN, an RN and an MSN. She focused her career on women and babies and has taught childbirth education since 1978. Jill became in a nurse midwife in 2003. She is now a consultant at Midwifery Mercantile, teaching and speaking, when not traveling or sailing with her husband or spending time with children and grandchildren.