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Becky Alford with Doula Trainings International

Doula Trainings International Lead Trainer, Hinesberg, VT
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DTI is a professional membership and educational body certifying birth professionals around the globe. United as birth advocates DTI has a heavy focus on reproductive justice in an effort to work towards closing the gap in maternal and infant disparities. Becky’s role at DTI includes curriculum design and mentoring the mentor.

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Suzanne Arms

BirthWorks International Educator, Founder of Birthing The Future, Author, Durango, CO
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Birthing The Future® is an educational and activist nonprofit based in Colorado.
Its Vision: where all boys and men honor the sacred nature of the feminine. A world where every child is wanted, every mother-baby pair is protected and nurtured, and every father is actively involved. In this vision every woman can choose if, when, and how she wants to have a child and every couple has the knowledge they need to make conscious choices. Birthing The Future® was founded and is directed by author, photojournalist, speaker, teacher, advocate and activist Suzanne Arms, who has been working on these issues since 1975. Her 2nd of 7 books, Immaculate Deception, was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times. Arms was named a Living Treasure by the print magazine, Mothering.

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Alison Armstrong

Founder of Understandmen.com & PAX Programs
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PAX Programs Incorporated was founded by Alison Armstrong and Joan McClain in 1995 as a mission-driven company passionate about transforming the way men and women relate to themselves and each other. PAX focuses on educational products and programs illuminating predictable conflicts between genders, and provides innovative ways to resolve these conflicts with principles of partnership. Best known for Understanding Men online course, The Queen’s Code book, and In Sync with the Opposite Sex audio program, PAX has affected millions of people world-wide.

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Karen Atkins

Vitality Lifestyle Expert, Singer and Songwriter, Mill Valley, CA
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Karen Atkins helps people uncover their latent potential for optimum energy and fulfillment through transformational tools like BodyTalk, Qi Gong, Essential oils, Music, Nourishment, and other Therapeutic Practices. Karen has been featured on Ted Talks and Good Morning America. Her music has been in multiple feature films and won several awards. In her award-winning Vital Qi TV series, Karen provides practical tips and solutions to generate lasting vitality and fulfillment and create the lifestyle of your dreams.

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Jane Austin

Certified Yoga teacher and Trainer, Founder of Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga School, San Francisco, CA
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Jane Austin has worked with pregnant women and their families since 1990. She is dedicated to educating yoga teachers, doulas and midwives on how to use the tools of yoga to support pregnant women and new moms in all stages of the childbearing year and beyond. She weaves her experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator and mother into her work, as she attracts students from all over the world interested in the physically, mentally and emotionally aspects of pregnancy and birth. With humor and compassion, Jane offers women a mindful, supportive and nourishing environment to create a sacred, authentic place to connect to themself and their baby.

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Debra Betts

PhD, Acupuncture and acupressure specialist, Author, Nurse, Wellington, New Zealand
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Debra Betts started her nursing and acupuncture practice in New Zealand in 1989. For over 2 decades, she has been teaching acupuncture courses to midwives. By 2006, she’d published several articles on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetrics practices and her book, The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programs at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a clinical supervisor at a New Zealand hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic.

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Denise Bolds

New York, NY
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Ms. Bolds was raised by southern born parents; she carries her culture and heritage of healing into her doula practice. Denise chose the name ‘Selah’ apart of her business name for it’s meaning. Selah is a mysterious word of a sacred space where God and man meet. Denise has supported over 102 births, she believes when a birth giver labors and births; they enter Selah.

Denise is recently elected as Regional Director, Northeast USA with DONA International as of January 2017. She is a author of a self-help book for single black mothers raising their children: “Raising Princes to be Kings: A Single Black Mother’s Guide to Raising Her Black Son.” This book is sold on Amazon. Her blog; ‘The Audacious Black Woman’ is raw and real on today’s provocative topics. ‘Awake In Birth’ is the Internet radio show Ms. Bolds hosts/produces reflects her passion in maternal health disparities awareness and equality in birth work.

With the constant, chronic statistics of black women having the lowest/ poorest birth and maternal health outcomes, Denise believes the world of doulas have much work to do. Her one word for the doula profession is: ‘Awakening.’ Ms. Bolds’ goal is to leave a legacy of birth work that breaks down maternal health disparity.

Julie Bonapace

Founder of the Bonapace Method, Researcher, Educator, Quebec, Canada
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Julie Bonapace is a pain specialist and the main author of the Canadian Pain Management Guideline for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). She is a researcher and childbirth educator who helps parents and health care professionals gain a better understanding of pain management mechanisms and techniques to work with the sensations of childbirth. She holds both a Masters degree in Education as well as Bachelors degrees in social work and social sciences, and has extensive experience training health care professionals throughout the world on natural methods to help parents experience pleasure, satisfaction and safety in birth.

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Dr. Isa Gucciardi, PhD

Founder of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream and Depth Hypnosis
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Dr. Isa Gucciardi has an expertise in cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology. She co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries.

Dr. Sarah Buckley

Family Physician, Author, Birth Hormones Expert, Brisbane, Australia
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Julie Bonapace is a pain specialist and the main author of the Canadian Pain Management Guideline for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). She is a researcher and childbirth educator who helps parents and health care professionals gain a better understanding of pain management mechanisms and techniques to work with the sensations of childbirth. She holds both a Masters degree in Education as well as Bachelors degrees in social work and social sciences, and has extensive experience training health care professionals throughout the world on natural methods to help parents experience pleasure, satisfaction and safety in birth.

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Alexis Cohen

Visionary Artist, Creative Empowerment Mentor, and Shamanic Practitioner, Los Angeles, CA
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Alexis supports her clients to heal and strengthen their connection to their power and intuition so they can bring their creative work to life. Alexis is passionate about supporting the new rising tide of artists, healers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and innovators. Alexis supports women through all their creative processes, including art, writing, ceremony and childbirth. With a decade-long background as a Doula, Alexis finds that her birth work has beautifully woven into her current practices, and has transformed her own and her clients’ lives.

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Cathy Daub

President of BirthWorks International, Meford, NJ
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Cathy is a physical therapist who has worked with special needs children over the last 30 years. She is founder, designer, and president of BirthWorks International. BirthWorks International offers certification programs for childbirth educators, birth doulas, and postpartum doulas, as well as a combo ACED (Accelerated Childbirth Educator Doula) training. Our curriculum is comprehensive and includes exploring beliefs about birth, pelvic bodywork, Optimal Pelvic Positioning, physiology of birth, and grieving and healing. Cathy is author of Birthing in the Spirit- a human values approach to childbirth, and Doulas of Love and is co-author of the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Manual, and the Doula Journal Workbook. Cathy facilitates childbirth education and doula workshops in the USA and overseas. She is a certified Maya Abdominal Massage therapist, is certified in pelvic bodywork and optimal pelvic positioning.

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Sally Fallon Morrell

Founder Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Traditions, Author
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Sally Fallon Morell is founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation (westonaprice.org), a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to returning nutrient-dense food to American tables. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (realmilk.com), which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD); The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD); Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN); and Nourishing Fats and Nourishing Diets. Visit her blog at nourishingtraditions.com.

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Sean Fargo

Founder of MindfulnessExercises.com, Berkeley, CA
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Sean Fargo is the founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a free resource of more than 1,500 mindfulness meditations, worksheets, videos, ebooks and more. He is a former Buddhist monk of two years, a Certified Instructor for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (the mindfulness program at Google), and a Certified Integral Coach from New Ventures West. He blends a combination of depth and practicality to his mindfulness trainings for people from all walks of life. He currently runs an online Mindfulness Teacher Certification Program, training people to teach mindfulness with integrity, confidence and certified credibility.

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Britt Fohrman

Doula Mentor, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Photographer, San Francisco, CA
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Britt has had a thriving, sustainable doula practice in San Francisco for nearly 2 decades. Her work and her life have been deeply supported by her practices in yoga, bodywork, Buddhism, hypnosis and shamanism. She is passionate about teaching and practicing deep, mindful self care while creating a safe and loving container for her clients. Britt supports the process of claiming one’s own power, embracing pregnancy and birth as a conscious rite of passage, while having fun in the process.

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Judith Hanson Lasater

PhD East-West Psychology, Physical Therapist, and 9-time Author of Yoga books, San Francisco, CA
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Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, and Physical Therapist, has taught yoga around the world since 1971. She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as the worldwide known Yoga Journal magazine. Judith trains teachers all over the USA and at international yoga conventions. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association as well as the author of 9 books and numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines. Her most recent book is Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Jennie Joseph

Founder of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and the creator of The JJ Way®, Midwife
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Dagmar Khan

Women’s Confidence & Sexuality Expert, Waterford, Ireland
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Dagmar Khan is women’s confidence and sexuality expert, trained as top 1% sex specialists in the world. She is the founder of Sexy Confidence, a global programme that fills the critical gap to offer sexual healing & integration for women after #metoo movement.

Sexy Confidence approaches sexual trauma with an integrated holistic system, that addresses very deeply both the body and the mind, and in fact affects the ecosystem of women’s entire life. It uses the most powerful holistic sexuality practices, deep relaxation and self-massage practices in combination with modern trauma healing and brain-integration techniques, that are designed to help women fully come back to life.

The results? Women unapologetically falling in love with their body, feeling safe around intimacy & reclaiming their full sexual freedom.

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RaShaunda Lugrand

Founder of The InTune Mother Project, Oklahoma City, OK
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RaShaunda is a wife of 12 years, and mother of four male children. She began her studies in 2008. Her expertise is derived from a spiritual, non-medical background. A student of Philosophy, Neurolinguistics (NLP), and Hypnosis, she facilitates space for deeper understanding of language inclusion, which creates roadmaps to progressive ideas, beginning with reproductive health. She holds multiple certifications in birth work i.e., breastfeeding, postpartum care provider, comfort measure specialist, to name a few. She is currently breastfeeding her fourth son as she recently gave birth at home in July of 2018. RaShaunda loves to facilitate trainings, classes, and workshops for aspiring birth workers and expectant families alike.

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Karen Melton with APPPAH

Somatic Prenatal & Birth Therapist at Listening To Babies, Santa Rosa, CA
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Karen Melton discovered the field of Pre and Perinatal Psychology & Health 28 years ago when she was seeking healing for her own prenatal trauma. She is a Somatic Prenatal & Birth Therapist, and Cranial Sacral Therapist, working with babies, kids, parents, pre-pregnant parents, and adults. Karen offers Cranial Sacral Therapy and Healing Early Imprints to all ages, Prenatal & Birth Play to children and their parents, Parenting and Attachment Support, Conscious Early Parenting to pre-pregnant and pregnant parents, and she runs a by donation/free Cranial Sacral Baby Clinic called Sweet Pea. Her office is in Santa Rosa, CA, and she is available globally through video sessions, offering supervision, mentoring, and healing sessions. Go to www.KarenMelton.com to read more about her work, and her articles. If you are interested in working with Karen, contact her for a free initial telephone consult.

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Marie “Mickey” Mongan

Founder of HypnoBirthing International, Florida
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Marie “Mickey” Mongan has spent the last 30 years directing and promoting the growth and curriculum of an expanded HypnoBirthing program worldwide. As the founder of HypnoBirthing®, the former dean of a women’s college, and a licensed counselor, she is a master Hypnotherapist, who holds several of the highest awards in hypnotherapy. She has trained thousands of practitioners around the world, and her book, HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method, has been translated into 11 languages.

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Jessicca Moore

Director of documentary Why Not Home?, Petaluma, CA
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Jessica is a passionate advocate for informed choices in maternity care. As a Family Nurse Practitioner who had both of her children at home, she found herself at a unique intersection of different cultures and beliefs. Her story, and those of her colleagues inspired her to create the documentary film, “Why Not Home, The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses.”

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Laura Norrell, MD

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, San Francisco, CA
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Laura Norrell MD is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in San Francisco. Her residency training was at UCSF. She practiced at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, holding leadership positions for most of her 21 years there, while promoting a collaborative CNM/MD practice model. She is currently practicing at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Norrell promotes patient-centered care and believes in the power of women and their supporters.

Alana Nugent (Bebo Mia)

Founder’s of Bebo Mia, Toronto, Canada
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Bebo mia is an online training organization that offers education & business mentorship to women* around the world who want to work with individuals/families during their fertility, pregnancy, birth and/or postpartum experience. Through our comprehensive & immersive trainings we connect women* to their intrinsic value and power so that they can help change the way we all experience pregnancy, birth & the postpartum period. Our students are provided with the opportunity to gain financial independence.

Bianca Sprague is the co-founder & CEO of bebo mia inc. She is a badass queer entrepreneur and mom to Graydon. She is an advocate for mental wellness for the entire family, and especially for the birthing parent, after suffering from PPD in silence and losing her father to suicide in 2012.

Alana Nugent is the Marketing Director of bebo mia inc. She co-parents her 11 year old daughter, Gray, with her spouse (and bebo mia’s CEO) Bianca Sprague. Alana has a degree in Physical Education & Health and a post-grad in Marketing.

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Peggy O’Mara

Author, Founder of Mothering Magazine, Educator, Santa Fe, NM
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Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995, she founded mothering.com and was its editor-in-chief until 2012. Peggy’s books include Natural Family Living, Having a Baby Naturally, and A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League International. Peggy has won several awards and is and advisor on several boards of important organizations.

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Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Founder and Director of documentary Orgasmic Birth, New Jersey
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Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power, which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra’s passion comes from her over 30 years of working with women, men, midwives, doulas and physicians in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love and pleasure to birth and life!

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Sandrine Perez

Founder of Nourishing Our Children, Portland, OR
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Sandrine Perez, MA, serves as the executive and creative director of Nourishing Our Children, a non-profit, educational initiative of the Weston A. Price Foundation established to support the health of our children. She previously worked as a family therapist, art therapist, teacher, and as an educational therapist in private practice before she established Nourishing Our Children in 2005. Convinced that the children she worked with were well-fed but malnourished, Sandrine closed her private practice to devote herself to the cause of educating and inspiring parents to return to the whole, natural foods that have produced generation after generation of healthy children. She founded the San Francisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004 and now serves as the Portland, Oregon chapter leader.

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Allison Post

Integrative Health Coach and Somatic Educator, Greenbrae, CA
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Allison has helped thousands of people with chronic illness, digestive discomfort, and physical challenges, along with the transitions of pregnancy, birth, chronic stress, menopause, aging, grief and loss, and trauma arising from injury, surgery, and personal crisis. For over 3 decades, Allison helps people restore their body to its natural state of health.

She and her husband, Stephen Cavaliere have coauthored multiple books including, The Gut Wellness Guide: The Power of Breath, Touch, and Awareness to Reduce Stress, Aid Digestion, and Reclaim Whole-Body Health

Nikki Shaheed with Birthing From Within

Co-Owner of Birthing from Within, San Antonio, TX
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Nikki Shaheed is a Certified Birthing from Within Mentor and Doula, and one of the co-owners of Birthing from Within International. She, Carrie Kenner, and Erika Primozich support hundreds of Birthing from Within Mentors and Doulas all around the world, and bring introspective and heart-opening trainings to aspiring and experienced birth professionals worldwide. Birthing from Within helps parents and birth professionals develop self-compassion, and a non-outcome focused mindset for labor, birth, and postpartum; using ancient tools like art, storytelling, and embodied learning to create holistic preparation for birth as a heroic journey.

Nikki teaches Birthing from Within classes to parents in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children.

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Shalome Stone

Founder of Rockstar Birth, Melbourne, Australia
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A generous and stimulating communicator, Shalome Stone creates luscious platforms to share inspired birth wisdom, bust through birthing stereotypes, and raise the vibration around birth.

The Founder of the Rockstar Birth Magazine the Rockstar Birth Radio podcast, and the international Rock Your Birth Academy Shalome has a desire to shift the birthing scene from it’s focus on statistics and fear-mongering, to a place of respect, integrity, and woman-centered sacred encounters.

Through her own hospital and home birth experiences, Shalome came to realise that the power we need to birth does not come from a due date, or a medical intervention. It comes from deep within. From a place of stepping up to birth; of an intuitive knowing that you feel in your body; and, from the womb wisdom of the generations of women who have birthed before us.

Sharing birth stories of every flavour, Shalome crafts connections that inspire questions, agitate for change, and cause her audience to pause and reflect on their own unique birthing journeys.

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Jan Tritten

Mother of Midwiferytoday.com, Eugene, OR
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Katie Vigos

Creator of Empowered Birth Project, Los Angeles, CA
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Katie Vigos is the founder of Empowered Birth Project, an online initiative to remind birthing people of their power and share education and inspiration. She started the platform on Instagram in 2014, and in 2018 successfully petitioned Facebook and Instagram to allow uncensored birth content on their platforms. A registered nurse by profession, Katie lives in Los Angeles, California, where she and her husband are raising their three sons.

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Rachel Yellin

Founder of Yes To Birth!, Depth Hypnosis Practitioner, San Francisco, CA & Charleston, SC
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If you want to have a less painful, more manageable pregnancy and birth, where you feel excited, calm and prepared for labor, and your baby is born on their terms, Rachel is for you! Rachel will inspire you with facts, opinions, and birth stories, while saying totally inappropriate things, and providing life and relationship skills that go far beyond birth. Rachel will support you to make conscious choices about where, how and with whom to give birth, create the most loving, peaceful pregnancy and birth environment, and see the baby as a wise person whose preferences matter.

Rachel created The Yes To Birth Experience to help pregnant women and birth professionals see that there is a loving, joyful, pleasurable, meaningful way to experience birth.

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