If connecting with the midwifery community in-person isn’t an option this year, here’s the next best thing! Get access to this incredible event with an online streaming ticket! Gain inspiring insight from some of the nation’s leading experts and more! Your online streaming ticket includes access for one week beginning Saturday, November 12, 2022. You don’t want to miss this!
Presented by JayVon Muhammad, BS, CPM, MA-MCHS, LM
JayVon Muhammad, a licensed and certified midwife, has been a community health leader for more than 20 years. She currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Area Multi Services (RAMS), a large and innovative mental health provider in the San Francisco Bay Area and Adjunct Faculty for Bastyr University’s Midwifery Program. From 2019-2021, JayVon served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWLA Center for Health Services (SWLA), a five-site Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In October 2020, she was one of five global health leaders to receive the Bob and Leila Macauley Humanitarian Spirit Award from Americares. Her experiences also include serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Marin City Health and Wellness Center (MCHWC), a six-site FQHC focused on African American health equity. While at the MCHWC she developed a number of innovative programs, including Marin County’s first freestanding, state-licensed and nationally accredited birth center; a maternal health program for underserved women in one of the poorest communities in the county, a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program for opioid/alcohol addiction, and an alternative high school to address behavioral health challenges, focused on African American culture, leadership, and role models.
Presented by Jamarah Amani, LM
Jamarah Amani is a community midwife who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. Biography A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)3 non- profit organization. Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery. Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition to raising four lively children (who are also raising her), Jamarah offers midwifery care, breastfeeding consultations and childbirth education to families and communities across the state of Florida.
Presented by Kesha Zaffino, JD, IBCLC
Kesha attended New York Law School and graduated in 2009. Afterwards, she served in the United States Air Force as a JAG officer. As a JAG officer, Kesha performed a variety of tasks such: as drafting wills and powers of attorney, legal assistance to veterans, and litigation. She also has experience from courts-martial sexual assault cases where she learned in-depth knowledge about the military’s sexual assault response program, the victim witness advocacy program, and retaliation against victims. After Kesha’s military career, she became a consultant to a women-owned business in Washington D.C. and helped revise a sexual assault bystander intervention training to be USAF complaint. In addition, she is a mother who labored with a midwife. These experiences have inspired her to evolve her civilian practice in law that is focused on helping others. Kesha’s practice areas include: personal injury, petitions to seal/expungements, and uncontested guardianship and adoptions.
Presented by Tanya Wills, CNM
Tanya Wills is a Certified Nurse Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is the owner of Manhattan Birth in New York City, where she and her team have helped thousands of expectant and new parents with “heartfelt, down-to-earth, no-purple-crystals” classes, support, and midwifery care in the childbearing year. Her techniques produce confident new parents, who birth, feed, and parent their babies with gusto and pride – tackling anything that comes their way.
Tanya is a graduate of the midwifery program at Yale University. Known for her accessible, no-nonsense approach to childbirth and women’s health, she is a featured expert on Yahoo Lifestyle’s Know your Body series, CYCLES+SEX and has appeared on expert panels at the Wing, CYCLES+SEX, and Choices in Childbirth. She has been featured in The New York Times, Fatherly, and interviewed on the podcasts Wild Womb, and Yoga/Birth/Babies. A former actor and musician, Tanya was called to midwifery after the birth of her first child in 2008. She lives with husband and two kids in Manhattan.
Tanya practices as a home birth midwife and also provides annual gyn care, primary care, and lactation consultations through Manhattan Birth Midwifery.
Presented by Brittany Thornton, CPM, LM
Brittany Thornton is a licensed midwife, entrepreneur, strategic thinker and planner, and professional educator, mentor, and leader with over 10 years of experience. She works to advance out-of-hospital midwifery, respectful unbiased healthcare, and effective social change through her work as Clinical Director at Lunaria Birth & Wellness in Belton, TX, serving as National President of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, and as a preceptor/educator with Spark Midwifery and the Midwifery Wisdom Collective and School. She lives in Central Texas with her two kids and four dachshunds. As a surrogate to six babies, she has helped grow families of many different dynamics, to include same-sex couple and single parents. In her off-time, you can find her hoarding all things dachshund, boating on the lake, and traveling the world.
Presented by Moriah Melin, CPM, RM
Every day Moriah Melin RM, CPM is humbled by parenthood, partnership, physical health, and the ways she witnesses those around her rise to their challenges. She has been supporting families in childbirth since 1996, and is currently registered as a Midwife in Colorado and with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Moriah is also a Death Midwife, and is currently writing a book titled “How To Show Up for the Dying and Their Loved Ones: What to Do, What to Say.” In addition to midwifery Moriah is personally and professionally passionate about the field of pre- and perinatal psychology (PPN). Her family began receiving support from the BEBA (Building & Enhansing Bonding and Attachment) family clinic in 2012, and she joined the BEBA Board of Directors in 2016 (www.beba.org). In 2018 she completed the Castellino Foundation training, and prenatal and postpartum PPN sessions have complimented her midwifery practice since 2012. She is currently developing curriculum for supporting the dying and their loved ones through the PPN lens. Walking with individuals and families at every stage along the Rainbow Bridge continuum of birth, life and death is her jam.
Presented by Leila Wyatt
Presented by Caitlyn Hartigan & Augustine Colebrook, CPM, MA-MCHS
Augustine is the owner and principal of the Midwifery Widsom Collective! She’s an internationally recognized midwifery educator, experienced business executive, and certified professional midwife with 25 + years of experience. Her life’s mission is to mainstream midwifery and deconstruct the culture of fear and misinformation that surrounds maternity care in the world. To that end, Augustine ‘midwife’s the midwife’ through her many public education programs, consulting services for maternity practice & birth center administrators, and private coaching services for new midwives. Invited to serve in a mentorship role, Augustine has traveled worldwide and her view of midwifery is informed not only by her extensive experience in the USA, but by a global perspective.
Augustine discerned that there was a need in 2022 for an amazing midwifery conference for the hearts, heads and hands of midwives across the US. She is offering a place of deep renewal that is so needed in the culture of midwives today that comes with a fantastic opportunity to level up hands-on skills and evidence-based practice. Many of the teachers and instructors present at the conference have personally been mentored by Augustine at some point in their midwifery journey.
Presented by Angela Love, CNM
Angela Love, CNM has been attending births since 1999, first as an RN in L&D for 5 years. She attended University of Miami and graduated as a nurse midwife and nurse practitioner in 2004. She has worked in community birth since then. She worked for 5 years in a busy birth center in Miami. In 2009, she started a home birth practice in Vero Beach, FL where she continues working. In 2017, Angela founded Midwife RX, the first ever telehealth company staffed entirely by midwives. She created this multi-state telehealth company to bridge the gap of providing necessary medications for community birth families. She has organized CNMs in multiple states to provide care in this way. Angela has served as clinical preceptor since 2004 for midwife students and other practitioners. She has served as faculty educator for CPM students from 2004-2009. Angela has 2 daughters, 1 dog, and a bunny. She has experienced hospital birth, home water birth, and 5 years of breastfeeding. She loves traveling and has been to over 38 countries. Her life passions include: providing evidence-based, family centered midwifery care, training the future generations of midwives, making community birth safer and more accessible, respecting client autonomy and choice, caring for perinatal mental health needs, breast/chest feeding support, and reproductive justice.
Presented by Sarah Thompson, L.Ac. , CFMP
Sarah Thompson is a certified functional medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, birth doula, author, and educator with a passion for pregnancy care. She is also known as a leader in the practice and education of maternity functional medicine and published the first book on the subject, Functional Maternity – Using Functional Medicine and Nutrition to Improve Pregnancy and Childbirth Outcomes. Sarah brings together evidence-based research in prenatal and maternity nutrition with ideas of functional medicine, in 2021. Sarah’s clinical experience spans nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, lecturing, mentoring, or seeing patients in her private practice, she can be found on her small Colorado farm with her husband, two daughters, chickens, miniature cows, dogs, cats, and gardens.
Presented by Jessica Weed, MS, LMHCA
Jessica Weed, MS, LMHC-A, is a trauma-focused therapist for Charmed Counseling, a private practice in Spokane, Washington. She is a former home birth midwife and former doula trainer with 20 years of birth-related experience. In here second career as a therapist, she is an EMDRIA-trained EMDR therapist with a passion for helping people heal from traumatic situations. One of Jessica’s passions is the prevention of compassion fatigue, burn out, and unprocessed trauma through the use of evidence-based self care techniques. As a provider for two different high-compassion careers, she’s knows both intimately and professionally the importance of maintaining preventive practices as well as supportive techniques following lived traumatic experiences. Jessica lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her three children and husband. She enjoys swimming, hiking, camping with her family, deep and meaningful friendships, and is a huge proponent of female empowerment.
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