Speakers

Speaker Profiles:
Diego Alarcon •  Sophie Alexander • Andrew BisitsMark R. Bower • Adrienne C Caldwell • Betty-Anne Daviss • Farah Diaz-Tello •  Jane EvansAnnette Fineberg Stuart FischbeinRixa Freeze • Ina May Gaskin • Martin GimovskyMarek Glezerman • Diane Goslin • Marie-Julia Guittier •   JoseLo Gutierrez • Robin GuyMichael Hall • Cathy Harris • Dennis HartungJoy Horner • Mary Hosteller • Ken JohnsonGloria LemayRobin Lim • Frank Louwen • Ruth Mace-Tessler • Tammi McKinleySavas MenticoglouCeline OuelletteAnke Rietter •  Nick RubashkinNancy Salgueiro • Sharon Storton • Gail Tully • Rebecca Spence • Kimberly Van Der BeekLindsay VickBenna Waites

 

Dr. Diego Alarcón Rodríguez is an ob/gyn practicing in Ecuador. He graduated from the Central Ecuador University, and has 20 years of professional experience.  Since 1986 he has been encouraging mothers to deliver in an upright position, in a tranquil and private setting. His passion for natural birth led him to found la Clinica La Primavera in 1992. His Youtube video “Parto Podalico” of a natural footling breech birth has had well over one million views.
Panel:  International Perspectives

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Professor Emeritus Sophie Alexander studied medicine at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and qualified as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1978. She was then in charge of the delivery ward of two Brussels’ teaching hospitals, where she developed broad “hands-on” expertise in vaginal breech birth.  After 10 years work as a clinician, she underwent further training in perinatal care and epidemiology in Oxford in 1985/6, then studied for a Master in Epidemiology and Public Health. Since then she has worked in three complementary areas: as scientist, clinician and public health consultant, but always in the domain of pregnancy and childbirth.

As scientist she works in the area of clinical research, evaluation and knowledge transfer, coordinating and participating in projects in Belgium, Europe and Latin America.  She is also involved in issues of perinatal data utilisation, particularly within the PERISTAT collaboration.

As clinician she works as consultant in obstetrics for a level II general hospital focused serving a mixed but largely disadvantaged population.  In this hospital women are offered “well selected trial of vaginal breech” in case of failure of ECV.

As counsellor for the “Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance (ONE)”, the Belgian French-speaking agency for maternal and child health and welfare, she liaises with the policy makers and contributes to KT for primary care.

Her main areas of research are evaluation of interventions, with a marked interest for large scale simple routine interventions, such as second opinion before caesarean section or measure of blood loss at 3d stage.  She participated for Belgium in the PREMODA study, in which the same definitions of poor outcome were used as in Hannah, but the choice of trial of VB or elective CS was not random. The good outcomes of the PREMODA study are often considered the “antidote” to the Term Breech Trial.

Two further areas central to her research include equity in access and utilisation, and issues of maternal health.  She teaches at the School of Public Health and at the school of midwifery, where the training continues to include skills for managing an “unexpected breech in absence of qualified consultant”. She has served as consultant for international agencies UNICEF and UNDFP mainly in French speaking Africa.
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
PREMODA: Antidote to the Term Breech Trial?

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Dr. Andrew Bisits  is the Director of Obstetrics at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, Australia- a tertiary academic hospital which oversees   4000 births per year.  He moved there from Newcastle, 150km north of Sydney, two years ago. In Newcastle he had been the director of Obstetrics for eight years. Dr Bisits has been in full time obstetrics for 28 years this time including the training and residency positions.  He has had a central interest in breech birth since the term breech trial was first planned. Since 1999 he has attended over 300women having a breech birth, planned and unplanned. In the research arena he has a strong leaning towards epidemiology and biostatistics. In the clinical arena he has participated in several initiatives to promote normal birth through helping establish primary midwifery care programs for pregnant women. Dr Bisits is an enthusiastic teacher of all things obstetric and is on the Australian board of ALSO (advanced life support in obstetrics).
Panel:  International Perspectives
Panel: Breech Birth Research: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider

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Mark R. Bower, A.A.C.L.M.  Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Past Co-Chair, Medical Negligence Information Group of the American Association for Justice.  Legal practice includes medical malpractice, personal injury, trial and appellate practices.
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth

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Adrienne C Caldwell, BS, LCMT, NCRT,  is a body worker, teacher, and mother of two.  Her first child was a complete breech delivered vaginally.  Adrienne devotes her voice and hands to the breech birth revolution by educating parents and providers.
Preventing or Easing Breech Birth through Pelvic Balancing
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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Betty-Anne Daviss has been a midwife for over 30 years, is a researcher in the fields of epidemiology and social science, and a professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.  She has a long standing career  in activism in organizing the community to support vaginal breech birth, and has attended breech births as a primary practitioner in both home and hospital settings in Canada and internationally. She has travelled and worked with researchers and obstetricians conducting vaginal breech birth in Germany, France, Norway, England, and Ireland, creating a unique insight into the varying perceptions and practices surrounding breech birth. She has concluded the best way to do it is the way she learned from Guatemalan traditional midwives in 1976. She is leading out in the creation of a database to collect observational data on vaginal breech birth in varying positions and is working with the Frankfurt team to produce an article on their data 2004-2011 and propose a pilot randomised controlled trial comparing modes of delivery.
Panel:  International Perspectives
Panel: Core Skills for Attending Breech Births
Cardinal Movements of the Breech Baby
Hands and Knees Delivery Outcomes: The Frankfurt Videos
Hands and Knees Delivery Outcomes: The Frankfurt Data
Debate:  Is Breech a Sign of Underlying Pathology, or a Variation of the Norm?
Panel: Informed Choice: What does the Client Need to Know

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Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women. She is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. Her work at NAPW has focused on the rights to medical decision-making and birthing with dignity, and on using the international human rights framework to protect the humanity of pregnant women regardless of their circumstances. A proud Texan, she is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin.
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth

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Jane Evans, SCM, SRN has been in clinical midwifery practice for over 30 years, mainly in the community, and has worked independently since 1991. She has developed extensive experience in helping women birth twins and babies presenting by the breech. She has cared for over 1000 women as their midwife. Jane is the author of the recently published AIMS booklet, ‘Breech Birth, What are my options?’
Panel:  International Perspectives
Physiological Breech Birth
Panel: Core Skills for Attending Breech Births
Panel: Cardinal Movements of the Breech Baby
Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
Panel: Informed Choice: What does the Client Need to Know

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Dr. Annette Fineberg finished residency in OB/GYN at George Washington University in 1996.  She practiced for 6 years at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island and now has spent the last 10 years in Davis, CA.  She and her colleagues won one of the awards for papers from ACOG and ACNM describing successful models of collaborative practice in 2011.  She wrote “An Obstetrician’s Lament” which struck a cord with many obstetricians as well as those in the natural birth community.  She is most proud of her recent success campaigning to bring VBAC back to her small community hospital after a 10 year ban.  After 20 years of obstetrics, she still loves to get up any time of night to deliver a breech.
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth

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Dr. Stuart J. Fischbein, MD FACOG, BAC (Birth Action Coalition) Medical Advisor.  Dr. Fischbein has been in private practice since 1986, after completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His interest began as a resident rotating through LA County-USC Medical Center where he had the good fortune to be exposed to the midwifery model of care. He has a long history of support for Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Midwives, and in 1995 co-founded The Women’s Place, an innovative model of collaboration between Certified Nurse Midwives and Obstetricians in Camarillo, CA. In 2004, Fischbein co-authored Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom and Reassurance From a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom. The second edition was released in 2010 (fearlesspregnancy.net). He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to laboring women by the Doulas Association of Southern California and he is a founding member and medical advisor to the Birth Action Coalition. He currently supports and performs home births including selected vaginal breech and twin births (birthinginstincts.com), and he is the medical director of The Santa Barbara Birth Center, medical consultant to the Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center, and contributor to Ricki Lake’s web site. Dr. Fischbein appears in many educational videos on YouTube and about.com as well as in “More Business of Being Born” on DVD and “Your Best Birth” by Abby Epstein & Ricki Lake. Dr. Fischbein is a long time outspoken advocate of womens’ rights to true informed consent and exercise of their free will.
Panel: Breech Birth in American Hospitals:  Challenges and Solutions
Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice 

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Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on childbirth and maternity care. Her dissertation examined the unassisted birth movement in North America. She worked as a doula and a midwife’s assistant before the birth of her three children, all born at home. Dr. Freeze is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College and blogs at Stand and Deliver.
Connecting the Dots: The Future of Birth Advocacy

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Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center has handled more than 2200 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition. For twenty-two years she published Birth Gazette, a quarterly covering health care, childbirth and midwifery issues. Her new book, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was released 4 March 2003 by Bantam/Dell, a division of Random House. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She was President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. In 1997, she received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award. In 2003 she was chosen as Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University.

Ms. Gaskin has lectured widely to midwives and physicians throughout the world. Her promotion of a low-intervention but extremely effective method for dealing with one of the most-feared birth complications, shoulder dystocia, has resulted in that method being adopted by a growing number of practitioners. The Gaskin maneuver is the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife. Her statistics for breech deliveries and her teaching video on the subject have helped to spark a reappraisal of the policy of automatically performing cesarean section for all breech babies. As the occurrence of vaginal breech births has declined over the last 25 years, the knowledge and skill required for such births have come close to extinction.

Ms. Gaskin’s center is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of many vaginally delivered breeches, twin and grand multiparas. Their statistics were published in “The Safety of Home Birth: The Farm Study,” authored by A. Mark Durand, American Journal of Public Health, March, 1992, Vol. 82, 450-452. She was featured in Salon magazine’s feature “Brilliant Careers” in the June 1, 1999 edition.
Panel: Core Skills for Attending Breech Births
Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice 

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Dr. Martin Gimovsky is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine in New York. He completed his Ob-Gyn residency at the Sloane Hospital for Women at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He was a fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr Gimovsky’s research interest for the past three decades has been in operative obstetrics with the goal of minimizing birth trauma. He received the Purdue Frederick Award for Excellence in Medical Research for his studies on the management of breech labor and delivery from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is the co-author of Operative Obstetrics as well as over 100 publications, chapters and monographs.

Dr Gimovsky is Vice Chair and Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. He is a Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Panel: Breech Birth in American Hospitals:  Challenges and Solutions
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
Panel: Informed Choice: What does the Client Need to Know

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Dr. Marek Glezerman is the Emma Neiman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Tel Aviv University.  In the past 20 years he has chaired the departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Medical Centres Beilinson, Soroka and Wolfson in Israel. He is past-president of the Israel Fertility Association, and current president of the Israel Society of Gender Medicine, president of the International Society of Gender Medicine (www.isogem.com) chairman of the Israel National Maccabi Steering Committee of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and member of two National Councils at the Israel Ministry of Health. He has written/edited 4 books, and published more than 350 chapters and articles in obstetric and gynaecologic texts and in professional journals. Dr. Glezerman’s article Five years to the to the term breech trial: the rise and fall of a randomized control trial (AJOG, (2006) 194, 20–5) has been a key criticism of the decision to abandon breech birth based on a single trial, and instrumental in swaying opinion back in the direction of restoring vaginal breech birth to the regular options open to women.
Panel:  International Perspectives
Panel: Breech Birth Research: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
Debate:  Is Breech a Sign of Underlying Pathology, or a Variation of the Norm?

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Diane Goslin

Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice
How to Deal with the Problem Breech: Scenarios on Catching Breech Babies

 

Marie-Julia Guittier is a researcher in the field of midwifery sciences, and a professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, for the midwifery training programme.

Her primary area of research is the evaluation of interventions in obstetrics including moxibustion to turn breech babies, hypnosis to cope with pain during external cephalic version, and maternal position in labor.

She has also explored the experience of women in different stages of motherhood with qualitative design focusing on understanding of the choice of mode of delivery in case of breech presentation, the use of alternative medicines by women, and the construction of the experience of childbirth.

She has practiced midwifery in various maternity hospitals in Switzerland and France for the last 20 years. She is currently a PhD candidate in Life Sciences and Health.
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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JoseLo Gutierrez, M.Ac, licensed Acupuncturist, has been utilizing Oriental medicine to care for clients since 1998. He combines his knowledge of acupuncture and manual therapies such as Cupping, Guasha, Moxibustion, Shiatsu, Tuina, Acupressure, and Thai massage techniques to best suit the needs of his clients. His dream of opening a community acupuncture clinic led to the opening of City Acupuncture Circle. His work as a therapist stems from an understanding of the natural capacity of the human body to heal itself, and his style reflects an appreciation of the balancing properties of these ancient medical practices.

JoseLo graduated from the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in NYC, where he studied Classical Acupuncture under the tutelage of Jeffrey Yuen, a world-renowned Taoist priest and Doctor of the Jade Purity Tradition. Classical Acupuncture is an ancient health care tradition, which sees healing as encompassing physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual re-alignment.

He studied massage therapy at AKS Massage School in Northern VA, where he later worked as a guest teacher. He was also trained in Thai massage at the Kata Institute in Phuket, Thailand, and apprenticed with Chinese doctors in Taiwan, Colombia and Ecuador learning different Oriental manual medicine therapies, Tai Chi Chuan and acupuncture. His background in Psychology and Physical Therapy serves to bridge Eastern and Western approaches to one’s dynamic self.

JoseLo enjoys practicing Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kong, and Yoga, traveling, hiking, camping with his family and playing with his 3 kids. Originally from Colombia, and a lover of languages, JoseLo is fluent in Spanish and enjoys practicing Italian, Portuguese, French and Mandarin.
Acupuncture for Breech
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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Robin Guy co-founded the Coalition For Breech Birth in 2006, after being refused a vaginal breech birth for her second baby and undergoing a c-section after reaching full dilation. As a multip with a perfectly positioned frank breech baby, Robin knows her surgery was unnecessary except for the lack of care providers with breech skills. She has since worked tirelessly to improve breech skills in Canada, including lobbying hospitals and the SOGC, and speaking to doula groups, midwifery students and consumers throughout Ontario. She led the efforts to produce the Second International Breech Conference in Ottawa, Canada in 2009, including coordinating content, recruiting speakers, marketing, fundraising, hospitality, conference manual format and content, and volunteer coordination  She is a key member of the 2012 Heads Up! Breech Conference planning committee.

Robin developed the complete content and substantial corporate collateral for the CBB website (www.breechbirth.ca), and the Heads Up! Conference site (www.conference.breechbirth.ca). Speaking engagements have included: Second International Breech Conference – MC and Consumer Panelist. 2009, Ryerson University – lecture to second year midwifery students. 2009, and Toronto Doula Association – lecture to doulas. 2008.

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Dr. Michael Hall, MD. Born and raised in Colorado, Dr. Hall attended medical school at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, did an obstetrics and gynecology internship and residency in Colorado, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He continues to enjoy the ahrt of vaginal breech birth and continues to offer the option in his private practice in Colorado. Dr. Hall’s wife is a certified nurse midwife and he has consulted and backed up midwives for the past 28 years. Dr. Hall is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and continues to teach interns, residents, and physician assistants on a routine basis.
Panel:  International Perspectives
Tips and Tricks for the Management of Vaginal Breech Delivery
Panel: Core Skills for Attending Breech Births
Panel: Breech Birth in American Hospitals:  Challenges and Solutions 

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Cathy Harris

Panel: The Impact of Choice

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Dr. Dennis Hartung, MD, OB-GYN attended college at Boston University. His residency/internship was completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  He then graduated medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Hartung found his special calling to be an OB/GYN physician during his third year of medical school. He “had a blast” delivering babies!

 When several options are available for treatment or care, he believes a woman should be given the information needed to make informed choices for her health care. He truly enjoys his patients and likes to involve her and her family as much as possible.

Special medical interests include high-risk obstetrics, infertility evaluation and treatment, urinary incontinence, pelvic reconstructive surgery, OB/GYN sonography, gynecological disease evaluation, treatment and surgical care.

In addition to his work, Dr. Hartung enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, and classical music.
Panel: Breech Birth in American Hospitals:  Challenges and Solutions

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Joy Horner has been a practicing midwife and nurse for the past 28 years. After becoming an independent Midwife in 2005 she worked closely with Mary Cronk MBE, to learn the skills of breech birth. She is a passionate advocate for women’s choice in childbirth, and has been teaching “once more unto the breech” workshops for health professionals, alongside Mary Cronk and Shawn Walker since 2011.
Breech Stories

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Mary Hosteller

Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice

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Dr. Kenneth C. Johnson, PhD is a Canadian research scientist/senior epidemiologist with 30 years of experience whose recent work focus has included cutting edge work on breast cancer risk related to active and passive smoking and close examination of whether mammography screening should be recommended. His perinatal work over the last two decades includes: research on the limitations of randomized controlled trials in perinatal research, consulting epidemiologist to the MANA Statistics and Research Committee 1991-2004, co-principal investigator on the CPM2000 study of 5,418 planned homebirths in North America published in the British Medical Journal in 2005 and more recently original research on vaginal breech birth.  He holds adjunct professorships in epidemiology and community health at the University of Ottawa and Queens University.
Panel: Breech Birth Research: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Putting RCTs and other study designs into perspective

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Gloria Lemay is an author, teacher and birth attendant.  She has worked in the childbirth field for the past 34 years, including 17 years practicing as a midwife in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She has had experience with over 1000 births.  She has written many articles and has been published in Midwifery Today magazine. Currently living in Vancouver, Gloria travels all over North America and to Australia in her role as a teacher and speaker.  She was the 2010 Recipient of the Trust Birth Initiative Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education. She is also the 2004 Recipient of  the Waterbirth International Midwifery Award, the 2002 Recipient of Women’s Voice Award from CHOICES Doula Assoc. in Toronto, Ontario, and was a nominee for the YWCA Woman Of Distinction Award (Health) in Vancouver, BC. She was the keynote speaker at the California Assoc of Midwives Joint Conference with the International Cesarean Awareness Network in April, 2005. She blogs at www.glorialemay.com/blog, and maintains a website at www.glorialemay.com.
Breech and the Politics of Midwifery

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Robin Lim, CPM, was born in 1956 when a Filipino, Chinese woman married a German, Irish, Native American man. They built a bridge of love across cultures, at a time when the world was not nearly ready to accept the changes that love would bring.

She now lives in Indonesia where she is called; “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Lim is a Certified Professional Midwife, with the North American Registry of Midwives and Ikatan Bidan Indonesia.  She devotes her life to gentle birth, volunteering at Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a not for profit organization with clinics in Bali and Aceh. Ibu Robin also teaches groups of midwives in the Philippines and Indonesia, inspiring them to practice gently with love. Her focus and passion is delaying the severance of babies’ umbilical cords, and breastfeeding support, for ALL babies, not just a select few.

Along with receiving babies, Ibu Robin is an author of books in the childbirth genre, in both English and Bahasa Indonesia: After the Baby’s Birth, Eating for Two, Eat Pray Doula, The Natural Family Planning Workbook… A Lifestyle of Nonviolence, Placenta the Forgotten Chakra, Obat Asli… the Traditional Healing Herbs of Bali, Natural Mother, Ibu Alami, Anak Alami, ASI Eksklusif Dong, Bidan Alami,  Lim has two published chapbooks of poetry, Stretch Marks and As a Child in the Religion of Gratitude, she was a contributor to the Tsunami Notebook (Half Angel Press, Bali, Indonesia, 2005).  Also published in 2011 by Blue Light Press in SF: The Geometry of Splitting Souls (Lim’s most recent collection of poetry). In September 2009, Robin’s novel, Butterfly People, was released by Anvil Press, in the Philippines.

Robin’s support and inspiration is her family, husband Wil and eight astounding children: Déjà, Nöel, Zhòu, Lakota, Zion, Thoreau, Hanoman, Ellyanna. She is Lola for three grandchildren, Zhòuie Martinez, Bodhi Padma Edzra Banjo Bernhardt, and Tashi Padma Eduard Bernhardt. Ibu Robin is the subject of an award winning documentary: Guerrilla Midwife, made by her daughter, Déjà Bernhardt.

In 2006 Ibu Robin received the Alexander Langer Peace Award in Italy. In 2011 Lim was named CNN Hero of the Year, for her work in maternal and child health in Indonesia and disaster zones. Her religion is Gratitude.
Birth on the Edge: The View from Bumi Sehat
Stories from Bumi Sehat
Panel: The Impact of Choice 

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Dr. Frank Louwen is a Professor of Obstetrics and Perinatology, and the Division Chief of Obstetrics and Fetomaternal Medicine at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He studied at Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University Muenster from 1983-89. He has served as Chief of the perinatal Centre (III) at the J.W. Goethe-University since 2002. He also serves on several executive boards. Five years ago Dr. Louwen started delivering breech babies with the mother in the upright position (on her knees or all-fours) and is in the process of compiling data regarding this technique and its benefits.

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Ruth Mace-Tessler resides in Norwich, UK, with her husband and son.  After her own experience of having  a ‘ breech on board’ and her son’s birth, she was moved to get involved in maternity services and became a user representative on the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at her local hospital. Having completed her initial doula training with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers, she decided to pursue midwifery and is currently in the second year of her training at the University of East Anglia.  She is passionate about women’s birth choices, breech advocacy and how social networking can provide support for women facing challenging birth decisions. She has recently co-founded the UK chapter of the Coalition for Breech Birth, and the CBB UK FaceBook pages.
Panel: The Impact of Choice

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Tammi McKinley, CPM, is a homebirth midwife serving Northern Virginia.  She is an advocate for women’s birthing rights and is unrelenting in keeping all of women’s birthing options available to them.  Tammi is the Vice-President of Virginia’s Commonwealth Midwives Alliance and has articles that have been published in Midwifery Today.  She is also on the Board of Directors for With Woman, a 501C3 organization whose goal is to protect ancient midwifery in cultures around the world.  Tammi spent the end of 2011 at Soley Lavi, Mother Health International’s Haitian birth clinic in Jacmel, Haiti, at the site of the earthquake in January, 2010 which decimated the area.  Tammi passes on her birthing knowledge to her students in keeping vaginal breech birth a safe option for women. Tammi is the leader of the Coalition for Breech Birth Washington DC Chapter and a leading member of the Heads Up! Conference planning committee.
Panel: Breech Birth at Home: Considerations, Safety, and Informed Choice

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Dr. Savas Menticoglou is a Canadian obstetrician who trained in Montreal, QC, now practicing in Winnipeg, MB.
Panel:  International Perspectives
Panel: Breech Birth Research: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth 

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Celine Ouellette, (BA CYC), resides in Eastern Ontario with her husband and their two-year old daughter.  At 36 weeks of pregnancy with a breech baby, the only birth option available locally was a scheduled cesarean section at term. She decided to seek out birth options in a larger community, in hopes of having a vaginal breech birth.  As a result of her journey through birth and the post-partum period, she has founded a Mothers of Change Chapter in the National Capital Region to work with other mothers to improve maternity care locally and beyond.
Panel: The Impact of Choice

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Dr. Anke Reitter, FRCOG is a senior OBGYN in clinical practice at the University Hospital of Frankfurt. Anke Reitter was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied medicine in Germany and qualified after first working in Great Britain. During her studies Dr. Reitter worked in India and the United States. She got her first working experience as a doctor in England, practicing there for 4 years. She successfully completed her training with becoming a member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (RCOG). Returning to Germany, she became a specialist in perinatal medicine. Since 2003 she has practiced in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at the University Hospital Frankfurt. Her special interest lies in breech, multiple pregnancies,high risk pregnancies and prenatal ultrasound. In September she became a Fellow of the RCOG.
Panel:  International Perspectives
Panel: Breech Birth Research: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Hands and Knees Delivery Outcomes: The Frankfurt Videos
Hands and Knees Delivery Outcomes: The Frankfurt Data
Panel: Informed Choice: What does the Client Need to Know

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Dr. Nick Rubashkin, MD, MA  received his medical degree and masters in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, and completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco.  He now works at St. Luke’s Hospital, serving a multi-ethnic and socioeconomically-diverse population in San Francisco, in a collaborative practice with CNMs and OBs.  This group boasts a large Centering in Pregnancy program, low rates of obstetric interventions, and pride itself on twin vaginal deliveries–including breech delivery of the second twin.  Currently, this team does not deliver breech singletons, but many are interested to resurrect this lost skill.
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth

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Dr. Nancy Salgueiro, D.C., F.I.C.P.A. has been practicing family, wellness chiropractic since 2003. Her focus in practice is prenatal and pediatric chiropractic and caring for the whole family. Dr. Salgueiro is certified in Webster’s Technqiue and pediatric chiropractic through the Intentional Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  She is also a childbirth educator and has coached numerous women through their pregnancies, births, and in caring for their young children.
Chiropractic and Webster Technique
Panel: Selection of Candidates: Factors to Consider
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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Sharon Storton is a member of American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, with a specialty in perinatal mental health, infant and child loss, and stress management in transitional life phases.

Her work has notably included serving as director for Solace for Mothers, Inc., where she was responsible for the establishment and operations of the organization. Solace for Mothers hosts a moderated Internet-based support forum nearing 1,500 members and 10,000 posts from 6 continents, as well as a yahoo-group for family/friends and professionals supporting women during the perinatal period.  I managed a staff of 3 who work from a variety of locations.

Her published work includes  University of Calgary M.Sc. thesis – “Internet-Based Peer Support Following Traumatic Childbirth”, “Lessons from Solace for Mothers” – Midwifery Today (2009),          “Evidence-Basis for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative” – Journal of Perinatal Education  (2007), and “Post-Traumatic Stress and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals” CAPPA Quarterly (2004)
Healing from Trauma (For Professionals)
Healing from Trauma (For Parents)

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Gail N. Tully, CPM, The Spinning Babies Lady, recently retired from primary midwifery practice.  The first and last births she attended were breech babies.  She helps countless mothers with fetal positioning questions through SpinningBabies.com.
Preventing or Easing Breech Birth through Pelvic Balancing
Panel: Core Skills for Attending Breech Births
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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Rebecca Spence, JD, MPH is a founding attorney of Legal Advocates for Birth Options & Rights, a Washington, DC- based network of US lawyers devoted to promoting and protecting women’s rights in childbirth. She is a former Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow and currently practices as a bioethics attorney in Virginia. Rebecca speaks and publishes on ethical issues facing birthing women and their care providers, and is a strong advocate for cross-disciplinary collaboration to improve the care of birthing women. Her academic work on women’s reproductive health began as an undergraduate divinity student and continued as she earned her MPH at the University of Virginia and JD at the University of Maryland.
Panel: Medicolegal Issues and Ethics in Breech Birth

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Kimberly Van Der Beek resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor James Van Der Beek and two children, Olivia, two years and Joshua, seven months.  She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Committee for Baby Buggy, a non-profit that works with community based organizations to distribute gently used baby and child essentials to families in need.  She is on the Parent board for the Environmental Media Association.  She passionately gathers information on health, spirituality and motherhood that she shares on her Celebrity Mom and Baby Blog for People.com
Panel: The Impact of Choice

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Lindsay Vick is the owner of Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, a holistic wellness center in Alexandria, VA. She is a Consulting Hypnotist, Reiki Practitioner and a Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner. She has personally experienced the power of the mind to positively alter a person’s emotional, physical and mental states, and specializes in helping clients realize their birthing hopes and dreams. She believes that true healing can begin when both the mind and body release negative energy and accept positive change. Lindsey has had great success using hypnosis to encourage malpositioned babies to assume optimal, vertex, anterior positions.  Given that transverse and sometimes breech babies mean automatic cesarean sections in many birthing settings, Lindsey is quite passionate about helping these mothers and babies. This passion is derived from her own birthing experiences – a malpositioned cesarean baby and a second baby birthed at home using HypnoBirthing®. A graduate of Wellesley College, Lindsey is certified as a Consulting Hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists and certified by the HypnoBirthing® Institute as a HypnoBirthing® Practioner.
Panel:  Turning the Breech: Alternative Modalities

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Benna Waites, BSc (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of Psychology, Counselling and Arts Therapies in South East Wales, United Kingdom. When her first baby was diagnosed as breech, she found there was little readily available information for women in her situation, and subsequently wrote the book “Breech Birth”, published in 2003, to support parents to make informed choices about the options open to them. The book draws on the evidence base and interviews with experienced obstetricians and midwives and covers the causes of breech, turning techniques, the emotional impact of discovering a baby is breech and options for birth. Though aimed at pregnant mothers, “Breech Birth” has also been used as a training text for midwives.
Panel: The Impact of Choice

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