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Speakers Named for 26th Annual Conference

By October 28, 2019 No Comments

HCP’s 26th annual International Breastfeeding Conference January 14-17, 2020, will ensure new, creative discussions about management and strategy options for people who take care of breastfeeding mothers and babies with plenary sessions led by global experts in the field, including:

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Abla al Alfy (pictured at right) and Karin Cadwell at the 2019 International Breastfeeding Conference

Dr. Abla al Alfy and Karin Cadwell in 2019 in Cairo

Workshop Speakers

  • Nawal Abdulghani, RN, MMid
    Nawal Abdulghani is a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University and a registered Nurse-Midwife in Saudi Arabia. She has a Master of Clinical Midwifery from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Nawal has a scholarship form the Saudi Ministry of Education and she is currently a PhD student at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research is exploring the hospital practices related to skin-to-skin contact after normal birth. Nawal has a keen interest in breastfeeding, skin-to-skin practice and midwifery education in Saudi Arabia. She is passionate about educating nurses, midwives and women about evidence-based practices before, during and after birth.
  • Bhavneet Bharti, MD, DNB
    Dr. Bhavneet Bharti is Professor in the department of Pediatrics at Advanced Pediatrics Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh, INDIA. She is in charge of the division of Social Pediatrics.
  • Stephanie Carroll, MBA, IBCLC, CLS, CLC
    Stephanie Carroll lives in Ohio where she enjoys being a single mom to her girls. In May 2016, Stephanie and her coworkers thought up the idea of Appalachian Breastfeeding Network. In just one year, the network grew to 11 states and 250 members. Stephanie received an award in March 2017 at Ohio Lactation Consultant Association’s Annual “Breastfest” Conference as an “Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent.”
  • Jabina Coleman, LSW, MSW, CLC, IBCLC
    Jabina G. Coleman is a Licensed Social Worker and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has dedicated over a decade of her life to serving women, children, and families in Philadelphia. Jabina received her Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. Jabina is the owner of Life House Lactation & Perinatal Services, LLC where she provides lactation consultation services, and psychotherapy with a concentration on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Jabina is the co-founder of Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color, providing resources and support to professionals and communities of color who are treating and dealing with the complications of perinatal mood disorders. Find out more here.
  • Melenie Duval, ALC, BA
    Melenie Duval has more than 20 years of experience in the field of breastfeeding. In fact, many in the local childbirth community call her the “breast whisperer!” She brings passion, wisdom, and loving care to every family she serves. Melenie received her Advanced Lactation Consultant certification in the fall of 2017. Before that, she maintained her Certified Lactation Counselor accreditation while working at the Gallatin City-County Health Department as the Lactation Education Program Coordinator, a program she developed from the ground up. She takes pride in helping women successfully nurture their babies in a way that best supports that particular mother’s goals and desires. Find out more about Melenie here.
  • Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC
    Felisha Floyd is an author, speaker, trainer, and consultant and an award-winning hospital-based IBCLC celebrated for her work in the health/racial equity and food justice fields. She is the owner of Beyond Breastfeeding and the founder of Our Brown Baby. She serves as the President of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) and is an active member of the CSI/Race Forward First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Her career as a peer counselor and breastfeeding coordinator for WIC led to her work as a consultant with Boston Medical College’s notable program, Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices program (CHAMPS). She is well known as the social media guru who founded Blactavist, an online breastfeeding cultural support group with a continually growing audience of more than 40,000. Read more about Felicia here.
  • Bethany Gallagher, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT
    Bethany Gallagher is a Senior Speech and Language Pathologist who has over 14 years of experience working in a level 2 NICU with a variety of neonates and infants. Bethany has developed and assisted in the development of a variety of programs at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital including an interdisciplinary lactation department, Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies, and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing clinic. She is a part of an interdisciplinary lactation and feeding team at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Bethany is a Certified Neonatal Therapist through NANT.
  • Kate Hale, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
    Kate Hale is a Clinical Speech and Language Pathologist who has over 6 years of experience working in a NICU with a variety of neonates and premature infants. She is part of the Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Study team, assessing premature infant and neonate’s swallowing safety alongside Radiology. Kate’s clinical specialty is working with critical airway patients to maximize their safety with feeding and communication through use of speaking valves. Kate is a part of an interdisciplinary lactation and feeding team at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Kate is a Certified Neonatal Therapist through NANT.
  • Paula Hart, BS, RN, IBCLC, CCE
    Paula Hart has worked as a nurse for 43 years and a lactation consultant for the past 19 years in public health, hospital, office, and private practice settings in the Rockford, IL area. While in the hospital setting, Paula was able to coordinate an outpatient breastfeeding clinic and co-facilitate a breastfeeding support group. Paula owns MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Lactation Resource Centers, and is an instructor for the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education (IABLE). Paula is an active member of the Northern Illinois Breastfeeding Task Force and is on the State of IL Breastfeeding Task Force. Read an archive Paula’s articles on the OSF Healthcare blog.
  • Fiona Jardine, MA (Cantab.), LLM, MLS, ALC
    Fiona Jardine is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool where she is conducting pioneering research into the experiences of those who exclusively pump human milk, examining topics such as their information behavior, the reasons they exclusively pump, and the support they received; follow along with her findings here: Fiona is also an Advanced Lactation Consultant and a postpartum doula so that she can provide the support that she believes is so desperately needed, especially in the fourth trimester. After gaining her doctorate, she hopes to continue to meld research and academia with helping real people in the real world. Find out more about Fiona on her website:
    Nikki Lee has been a nurse since 1971 and is a childbirth educator, a holistic lactation consultant, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, a baby body worker (teaching Infant Massage and TummyTime), an author, a teacher, a public speaker and a registered yoga instructor. Her publications include Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy, the monographs “Benefits of Breastfeeding and Their Economic Impact” and “Sexuality and Breastfeeding” and the educational pamphlet “How to help yourself through labor.” Find out more about Nikki Lee’s work here.
  • Erin McKinley, PhD, RD, LD, CLC, CHES
    Dr. Erin McKinley is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education Specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor based in Baton Rouge, LA. She is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Louisiana State University. She obtained both her PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion and Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama. Her present research plan is an expansion of the work she will currently present in hopes to further understand how prenatal breastfeeding self-efficacy affects breastfeeding activity in the first year of a child’s life.
  • Patricia Officer, BS, CLC, IBCLC
    Patricia Officer currently works as a Lactation Counselor and is fortunate to work on NICU, L&D, CHOICE and Breastfeeding Council Teams. She takes pride in the fact that her start into the field of lactation began as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor where she developed her counseling skills. Now, with over 10+ years experience working in urban communities, public and private health care settings, she has had the opportunity to work with countless families. In addition, she is a faculty member at Healthy Children Project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Find out more here.
  • Rebecca Powell, PhD, CLC
    Dr. Rebecca LR Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is analyzing the phagocytosis responses of various cell types to better understand the effects of phagocytosis receptor profiles and the impact of antibody specificity on the elicitation of biologic function. Rebecca is studying the contribution of breast milk leukocytes to the relatively low rate of HIV transmission in infants exclusively breastfed by their HIV-infected mothers. She received her PhD in microbiology from the Sackler Institute, NYU School of Medicine. Find out more about Rebecca here.
  • Carin Richter, RN, MSN, APN-BC, IBCLC, CCBE
    Carin Richter has worked with mothers and babies in the acute care setting for 27 years, including 17 as the clinical nurse specialist in charge of staff education and special projects and as maternal/child nurse/ physician liaison. Carin developed a nurse-run postpartum care follow-up clinic specializing in the assessment and support of the postpartum mother/baby couplet. The clinic focuses on breastfeeding issues as well as screening for newborn jaundice and maternal postpartum depression. On a national level, Carin has served on the ANCC panel of experts for Perinatal Care. Read Carin’s post on technology from a nurse’s perspective.
  • Lorilyn Russell, MS, RD, LDN, CLC
    Lorilyn Russell is a Senior Clinical Dietitian with 10 years of experience working in a NICU setting. Lorilyn has worked to develop and implement an interdisciplinary lactation support team with a focus on infants born prematurely and with complex medical concerns. Her areas of particular interest are macro and micro-nutrient content of human breast milk and their impact on growth & development in preterm infants.
  • Lillian Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
    Lillian Scott is a speech-language pathologist and international board-certified lactation consultant. She received a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University. She received dual bachelor degrees from the University of Kentucky. She has worked with pediatrics and adults in the areas of speech, language, and swallowing. She has NICU, PICU, Mother/baby, and outpatient clinical experience working with feeding dyads for nursing and/or bottle-feeding. She has completed Modified Barium Swallow Studies in adults and pediatrics. She has experience in adult FEES. Her interest is in successful feeding by mouth for infants and children with complex medical histories while promoting and supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding for everyone.
  • Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC
    Donna Walls has been a registered nurse for 45 years, and for 43 years has worked with pregnant and new parents. She became a certified childbirth educator in 1984 and a certified lactation consultant in 1987. She joined Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding faculty in 2010 and continues to practice as a clinical lactation consultant. She was the project leader for the successful Baby-Friendly designation at Southview Hospital in 2008 and serves as the representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee for the International Childbirth Education Association, where she serves as the Director of Lactation. In 1997, she graduated as a master herbalist from the Australasian College with a Diploma Degree in Herbal Sciences and in 1998 became a certified aromatherapist. She published her first book “Natural Families – Healthy Homes” in 2007, and second book “Growing Green Families” in 2016, focusing on the connection between the health of the environment and personal health.
    Read Donna’s guest post about navigating misinformation on the internet here.

To learn more about the program and additional speakers, download our flyer. To register, click here. For a discounted hotel rate of $239/night, call the Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa directly and mention that you’re part of the Healthy Children Conference.