Karin is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, researcher and educator. She is the Executive Director and Lead Faculty of Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding, and convened Baby-Friendly USA, the organization implementing the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. Dr. Cadwell counsels breastfeeding mothers at the Center for Breastfeeding, a community-based lactation clinic on Cape Cod. Dr. Cadwell is a delegate to the U.S. National Breastfeeding Committee. She was a member of the faculty of Union Institute & Universities Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in maternal child health-lactation consulting. She was Visiting Professor and Chair of the Health Communications Master’s Program at Emerson College (a joint program with Tufts University School of Medicine and Public Health). She is the author of numerous books and articles, including: The Pocket Guide for Lactation Management, Breastfeeding A – Z: Terminology and Telephone Triage, Case Studies in Breastfeeding, Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and Reclaiming breastfeeding for the United States. She has led delegations focusing on Breastfeeding and human lactation to China, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Latvia, Cuba, Egypt, and Israel. Dr. Cadwell was awarded the designation IBCLC in 1985 for “significant contribution to the field” and has also certified by exam.
Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC
Cindy is lead faculty and lactation consultant at Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding, where she has worked for more than 20 years. From 1997-2011, she served as National Coordinator of Baby-Friendly USA, overseeing the implementation of the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. An IBCLC since 1988, Cindy has extensive experience as a nutritionist and breastfeeding coordinator in WIC and other Maternal Child Health programs. She serves on a member of breastfeeding coalitions on the local, state and national level, including the US Breastfeeding Committee, and taught at the bachelor’s level for 17 years at Union Institute & University. She has been honored to work alongside those working to help new families overcome breastfeeding issues throughout this country and in Egypt, Latvia, and Sweden. Cindy is an author, co-author, and editor of several articles and books, including her favorite, Case Studies in Breastfeeding: Problem-Solving Skills & Strategies. In addition to breastfeeding, a focal area of her work is raising awareness of the critical importance of appropriate, timely complementary feeding.
Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC
Kajsa is an experienced ethnographer, researcher and international expert in the implementation of continuous, uninterrupted skin-to-skin in the first hour after birth. She is the Lead Ethnographic Researcher for Healthy Children Project. She is a published author and the award-winning director of The Magical Hour: Holding Your Baby for the First Hour After Birth, produced with Ann-Marie Widström and Kristin Svensson, and together the three also created and produced the groundbreaking DVD Skin-to-Skin in the First Hour after Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after Vaginal and Cesarean Birth. Her current research involves using video ethnography to change practice in hospital settings to improve continuous skin-to-skin for the first hour after cesarean and vaginal births, and the implications of labor medications on this vulnerable time.
Anna Blair, PhD, IBCLC, CLC
Anna is the Director of Academic Programs at Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding, where she is also on the faculty and a researcher. Dr. Blair spent nearly two decades in academia in addition to her work in clinical practice. As a lactation care provider, Dr. Blair works in a community-based lactation center answering a breastfeeding warmline for three counties and offering face-to-face visits. Her research on sore nipples and positioning/latch solidified the premise that the two are intricately related. She is the author of many research articles and publications, including Maternal Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and 100 Questions & Answers about Breastfeeding. She served on the expert panel of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative data for the United States. Dr. Blair speaks nationally and internationally on issues surrounding disparities of care, resilience, breastfeeding, loneliness and motherhood.