Advisory Board


Penny Simkin, PT

PENNY SIMKIN, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 12,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. Find out more about Penny at her website:


Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE

NICETTE JUKELEVICS, MA, ICCE is a childbirth educator, researcher and author of Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions. She also publishes


Dr. Jill Diana Chasse, Doctor of Public Health

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.



Krystina Friedlander, Co-founder, Beyond Halal

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.


Kate Van Wagner, Social Worker

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.



Adrea Lawrence, Professor

ADREA LAWRENCE is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Montana.


Judd DeLoss, Lawyer

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.


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