CHILDBIRTH EXPERTS AND EDUCATORS
NICETTE JUKELEVICS, MA, ICCE is a childbirth educator, researcher and author of Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisionshttp://www.dangersofcesareanbirth.com/ . She also publishes www.vbac.com. For over 25 years Nicette had the privilege of helping thousands of expectant families to prepare for childbirth and early parenting. She has presented on cesarean and VBAC issues at national conferences and has lead advanced doula trainings.
Nicette is past chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) www.motherfriendly.org and has also served on the Board of the International Childbirth Education Association and DONA International. In March 2013 Nicette was one of three recipients of the CIMS Advocate Award for her work in the development of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Consortium of Los Angeles www.motherfriendlylosangeles.net. This consortium is comprised of community-based organizations that are committed to implementing the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and the Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition (MFNR) Program in their clinics and hospitals.
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DR. JILL DIANA CHASSE is an author and health consultant specializing in maternal/perinatal mental health and wellness. She has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years. She is the founder of Baby-Empowered Birthing Education (BEBE) and Magic of Motherhood. Jill Chasse was certified in 1996 for counseling and hypnosis for childbirth by the International Association for Counselors and Therapists (IACT). She holds a BS in Human Behavior, an MPA with a concentration in public health, a MS in Psychology with a concentration in developmental psychology and a PhD in Health Administration, with a concentration in Maternal/Child Health. Additionally, Dr. Chasse has received training and a certificate as a Birth Assistant, trained as a birth doula with CAPPA, and has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery. Currently, she is a DrPH (Doctor of Public Health) graduate student.
Dr. Chasse has done research and had clinical time in psychology, grief and bereavement and perinatal epidemiology. She has served as co-chair of the Communications and Development Committee for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and is on the Board of Directors of Birth Options Alliance. Dr. Chasse has conducted lectures, led discussions, published numerous articles, and written several books, including Baby Magic which has sold in 8 countries and her latest book Womb Wonders.
KRYSTINA FRIEDLANDER is a childbirth doula, HypnoBirthing instructor, andherbalist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University, and has an interest in the many ways women give birth both in the United States and around the world. She is also a co-founder of Beyond Halal, a project examining relationships between Islamic law and ethics, the treatment of animals, and ethical meat consumption.
KATE VAN WAGNER is a transformative social worker, union organizer, and doula living in Burlington, Vermont. She is interested in the social and economic justice implications of birth work, believes in the radical potential for profound change, and advocates for feminist, queer, and postmodern perspectives in her work and communities. Kate is a co-founder of the queer femme drag troupe The Goodwives, plays a mean word game, and hopes that it is not too late to become one of Beyonce’s backup dancers.
JUDD DELOSS provides assistance and advice on legal issues relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He has been a Managing Attorney at Popovits & Robinson since 2012 and has been practicing health law since 1995. Mr. DeLoss represents physicians, hospitals, medical groups, trade associations, health information exchanges, and business associates in health information privacy, HIPAA, corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, contracting, credentialing/privileging, and other legal disputes. In his leadership capacity with the American Health Lawyers Association as Chair of the Health Information and Technology Practice Group, and through other seminars and conferences, Mr. DeLoss has authored and presented on a wide variety of health law issues, both nationally and internationally, including numerous articles and presentations on health information privacy, security, and HIPAA.
Mr. DeLoss is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Health Information Exchange (“ILHIE”) and also serves on the ILHIE Authority Data Security and Privacy Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Guide to Medical Privacy and HIPAA, a national publication on health privacy issues.
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ADREA LAWRENCE is an associate professor in the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. As a policy historian and the social studies specialist in the teacher education program at American University, Dr. Lawrence’s research interests extend from American Indian education to historical and qualitative research methodologies, to disciplinary learning and thinking within the social studies. She also works with pre-service and in-service teachers in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas.
PAMELA S. NADELL holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and is Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. A specialist in American Jewish history and women’s history, she teaches a variety of courses in Jewish civilization. In 2007, she received AU’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the Year. She is also the recipient of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Lee Max Friedman Award for distinguished service. Her books includeWomen Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her most recent book is the co-editedNew Essays in American Jewish History (American Jewish Archives, 2010). Past chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, she was deeply involved in the activities commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America. Her consulting work for museums includes the Library of Congress and the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.