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Friends of The Motherhood Consortium

Dr. Alyssa Berlin, PsyD

Dr. Alyssa Berlin, PsyD

Morning Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a prenatal and postpartum clinical psychologist, childbirth educator and doula. Dr. Berlin works specifically with women and their partners on issues such as anxiousness and emotional fluctuation during pregnancy, postpartum blues and depression, and the complex issues that can arise between and around new and expectant parents.  Dr. Berlin offers the internationally acclaimed Bringing Baby Home workshop.  Along with her husband, Dr. Elliot Berlin, Dr. Alyssa teaches a one day childbirth education crash course. Dr. Berlin is the creator of The AfterBirth Plan Workshop, a program that prepares couples for what to expect when the baby is born.  Dr. Berlin is on the Board of Advisors for International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Pregnancy  Awareness Month.  Dr. Berlin is a contributing expert writer for TwigTale.  You can read Dr. Alyssa’s blogs on the Huffington Post where she contributes to PBS’s ‘This Emotional Life” project.  Dr. Alyssa and her husband, prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin live in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of four amazing children.
Claudia Kerns, PT, CIIM, NTMTC

Claudia Kerns, PT, CIIM, NTMTC

Presenter ~First Morning Breakout

Claudia Kerns is a neonatal and pediatric physical therapist with over 30 years of experience working with the high risk infant and the birth to 3 year old population. She currently provides the developmental care in the NICU at West Hills Hospital. She has a private practice in Tarzana, limited to the birth to 3-year- old population. Claudia’s practice has transitioned to providing mostly physical therapy treatment for torticollis and assist parents in strategies to help their babies to tolerate “tummy time”, which is the building block for progression of gross motor milestones. She is a certified instructor in infant massage and recently became certified in neonatal touch and massage, specifically used in the intensive care nursery. Claudia passion is not only to provide quality and nurturing physical therapy, but also to educate parents on how to support their infant’s development.
Dr. Walker Karraa

Dr. Walker Karraa

Presenter ~ 2nd Morning Breakout

Walker Karraa, PhD has been writing and researching maternal mental health for over a decade. Early in life, however, Walker was a modern dancer and choreographer, receiving both her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and BA degrees in Dance from UCLA, with honors. Following her career as a dancer, Walker returned to school to receive her second Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University/Seattle. After a traumatic childbirth and severe postpartum depression in 2000, she dedicated her career to advancing knowledge regarding maternal mental health. She was a certified birth doula CD(DONA) for nearly a decade before returning to school to complete her doctorate in psychology. While completing her doctorate, she served as the founding President of PATTCh, an organization started by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of traumatic childbirth, worked as the perinatal mental health contributor to Lamaze International’s Science and Sensibility and Giving Birth with Confidence, and served as a member of the Executive Committee for the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. Her research and interviews have been featured on the Huffington Post, Psychology Benefits Society (APA Public Directorate), The Qualitative Review, Integral Leadership Review, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Currently, Dr. Karraa is working on her next book, 10 Centimeters of the Soul: Birth, Trauma, and Truth to Power based on nearly 500 traumatic birth stories. She is a 13 year breast cancer survivor, and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her son Ziggy and daughter Miles.
Ellen Steinberg, RN, LCCE, IBCLC, CST

Ellen Steinberg, RN, LCCE, IBCLC, CST

Presenter ~ 2nd Afternoon Breakout

For 30 years, I have been helping women and their partners to find the love and joy in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and nurturing their young children. I am passionate about helping babies and families get the best start in life. As a Registered Nurse, Lamaze Instructor, Lactation Consultant, CranioSacral Therapist, and mother of 2 daughters, I have a unique ability to evaluate, guide, and support women and children so they may reach their goals and attain an optimal state of physical, emotional, and spiritual health.Although I have patients in all age groups, my credentials and experience have directed my CranioSacral Therapy practice to focus on maternal-child health.Fertility – Help getting pregnantPregnancy – Physical comfort; connection with your unborn baby; preparation of both mother and baby for birth; preparation for parentingPostpartum – Physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery from birth; fostering mother-bsby attachmentNewborns – Transition from womb to extrauterine life; relief from prenatal or birth trauma; optimization of feeding (especially breastfeeding); support for appropriate weight gain; relief from digestive discomforts, excessive crying, and fussinessInfants & Children – Physical and emotional health and comfort; age-appropriate growth and development of motor, social, and language skills; optimization of learning abilitiesI have a private practice in Tarzana, CA. Home visits as well as Skype or phone sessions for breastfeeding consultations are available upon request.

Please visit my website at www.babyhelp.us

 

Susan Minich CNM, MSN, MSOM, LAc

Presenter ~ Second Afternoon Breakout

Susan Minich CNM, MSN, MSOM, LAc, Diplomate, Oriental Medicine has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife working in Women’s Health for 35 years. Susan attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program and received her Masters of Science in Nursing and Midwifery in 1981.  She had a full-time, hospital-based Nurse-Midwifery practice for many years before Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles recruited Susan to come and work there.

With her many years of experience in Western Medicine, Susan now integrates Eastern Medicine into her healing methods. Susan was fascinated by the success of Traditional Chinese Medicine  in the healing process during a Medical trip to China in 1998.  She returned to LA and completed her Masters of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine at Samra University of Oriental Medicine .  She graduated with the highest honors, the Academic and Clinical Performance Achievement award.  Susan has trained with renowned Chinese Health Care Practitioners both in China and the US.  She received advanced training at the prestiges "Institution of Training  at the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center"  which the WHO holds in high regards for health care.

In addition to her busy practice, Susan is a noted author, lecturer and teacher. She has been on Clinical Faculty in the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Susan is on the Clinical Faculty at Cal State Fullerton, University Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program as well as mentoring Nurse-Midwife, Nurse-Practitioner and Nursing Students. She is involved in education and training for labor and delivery for the OB/GYN and family practice residents at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles and is on Clinical Faculty at USC Keck School of Medicine teaching the medical students  how to deliveries.  Susan participates in lectures at USC to the medical students in the Integrative medicine course.

Susan’s interest and passion for Eastern Medicine has led her to pursuing International Acupuncture Humanitarian service work for women and children in Bali; providing care to the Tibetan women and children refugees living in Dharmshala, India; in Myanmar (Burma)  performing  humanitarian work on the women, children and monks and acupuncture training to the Traditional Practitioners in women and children's health.  She was recently in Bhutan at the "National Traditional Medicine Hospital" observing the health care provided to the local people and in New Delhi, India at the "Global Health Summit 2016" Women's Leadership Forum sponsored by AAPI.

Susan also has a private Acupuncture practice for Women's Health, Fertility, Pregnancy and Reproductive Health and Wellness for Women and Men  in Burbank.  She works with Fertility and Ob/Gyn Physicians,  Midwives, Doulas, Childbirth Educators and other Healthcare Practitioners.

Ana Paula Markel

Ana Paula Markel

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Ana Paula became a childbirth educator and birth doula in 2002 after her rich and vastly different personal experiences in childbirth. She had two cesareans and two vaginal births (2VBA2C). From a mainstream fashion background, these experiences completely shifted her career path.

She is now a certified doula through DONA International, a DONA approved birth doula trainer, a certified childbirth educator and childbirth educator trainer through ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), and has been a mentor to countless doulas.

Ana Paula sits on two task forces at Cedars-Sinai hospital, improving patient satisfaction and bringing her experiences as a doula and birth diplomat to this great institution. Some of the accomplishments of one of the task forces has been: skin-to-skin in the OR, creating birth plans for hospital patients with a doula’s touch, aromatherapy in the hospital, and creation of a doula committee to address patient communication and quality of care. Ana Paula is also responsible for creating, developing, and implementing a very successful hospital-based childbirth education program. Bringing evidence-based, fun childbirth classes to the masses is one of Ana Paula’s passions

Ana Paula also serves on the board of directors for DONA International as well as the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness Month) and has supported both the Ina May Gaskin documentary and The Business of Being Born. She has also been a guest on several TV shows and birth documentaries.

She has received countless awards throughout her career, including Childbirth Educator of the Year, Doula Trainer of the Year, Doula Mentor of the Year, and most recently, ICEA’s President Award (2015).

Ana Paula lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three of her four kids (one has already left the nest and is doing great things working for a non-profit in NYC), her mother, and their various dogs.

The Breech Circle

The Breech Circle

Presenter ~ Second Morning Breakout

“The Breech Circle is four practitioners, (Hayuta Cohen, RN, Hypnotherapist ~ Dr. Ilanit Henn, Chiropractor, Webster Technique Certified ~ Anat Phil Golan, Doula, Reiki Master, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Rebozo, Aromatherapy ~ Deborah Warshauer, Licensed Acupuncturist, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Fellow American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) working together to create a peaceful space for you to relax and your baby to turn. The combination of our expertise, offered at the same time, is unique and increases the chances for success. Breech circle offers an evidence-based revolutionary approach to breech presentation, that is painless and natural. Techniques offered: acupuncture, moxibustion, chiropractic’s Webster technique, hypnotherapy, reiki, prenatal yoga, rebozo, essential oils, and more. We are dedicated to providing everything you and your baby need in order to create optimal conditions and naturally assume the safest position for birth. Up until now, choices offered for breech presentation have been limited to External Cephalic Version or ECV, and C-section. In ECV the doctor forcefully pushes on your abdomen to manually turn the baby. It can be painful and doesn’t always work.  Unfortunately, nearly 100% of breech presenting babies in the United States are being delivered by a Caesarean section. As a result, the art of breech vaginal delivery is lost and no longer taught in medical schools.”

For more information on The Breech Circle, please refer to their website: http://www.breech-circle.com/#!practitioners/cipy

Dr. Diana Barnes, Psy.D LMFT

Dr. Diana Barnes, Psy.D LMFT

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Diana Lynn Barnes is a past president of Postpartum Support International and currently sits on their President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the training faculty of Maternal Mental Health Now in Los Angeles as well as the California statewide Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the 20/20 Mom project. She also sits as the mental health consultant for the California Commission on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. She is widely published in the academic literature on all facets of perinatal mental health and wrote the guidelines on Assessment and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders for the Perinatal Advisory Council of Los Angeles.

In addition to private practice specializing in women’s reproductive mental health, Dr. Barnes presents nationally and internationally and is often retained by legal counsel on cases of infanticide, pregnancy denial, and neonaticide where perinatal illness has been at issue. In 2009, Dr. Barnes received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of child-bearing related mood disorders.

Dr. Barnes is the editor and a contributing author of a 300 page reference text called “Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2014) and the co-author of “The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters” (Radcliffe Publishing, 2007.)  Dr. Barnes maintains a private practice at Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks, California where she specializes in women’s reproductive mental health.

Ryan Jordan

Ryan Jordan

Presenter ~ 1st Afternoon Breakout

Ryan Jordan is the founder and CEO of Educated Nannies in Los Angeles. Ryan has over twenty years of experience working with children and families as a teacher, nanny, and tutor.

Ryan earned a multiple-subject teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University. In addition to teaching, Ryan spent more than six years as a full-time professional nanny for high-profile families in LA. She taught 1st through 4th grade, and has tutored numerous children in literacy, phonemic awareness, math, and ISEE test preparation. Known for her positive attitude and Midwestern work ethic, Ryan took her nickname “The Educated Nanny” and turned it into a thriving business.

In three years of being open, Educated Nannies earned the Red Tricycle Award for Most Awesome Agency in Los Angeles, and Agency of the Year in 2015. Ryan was also featured in the Huffington Post for young entrepreneurs who inspire others, and she was nominated for the LA Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Award.

In addition to guiding families in finding their special nanny, Ryan is the proud mother to a one-year-old boy who fills her days with laughter, an abundance of love, and working mom challenges. As a successful “mompreneur, ” Ryan enjoys spreading her enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire other mothers.