Speakers & Participants - Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth
2011 Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit
Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global movement of 2.8 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Their vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and is funded mainly by membership and public donations. In March 2010, Amnesty International called on US President Barack Obama to tackle soaring rates of maternal mortality and pregnancy-related complications that particularly affect minorities and those living in poverty. Their report Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, urges action to tackle a crisis that sees between two and three women die every day during pregnancy and childbirth in the USA.
NAN STRAUSS is a researcher with Amnesty International USA, where she has been working on maternal health and health care in the U.S., in the context of the right to health. She is the co-author of the recently-released report, Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, and has been involved in campaigning, policy, advocacy, and media efforts associated with the project following its publication.
Prior to joining Amnesty, Ms. Strauss worked as a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she litigated cases in federal court. Ms. Strauss clerked for the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak, a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Strauss earned her J.D from New York University Law School.
For the full copy of Amnesty International’s report on maternal mortality please see: Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA
Ina May Gaskin, Ph.D. (Hon), CPM
Ina May Gaskin, Ph.D. (Hon), CPM, is founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center, founded in 1971 near Summertown, Tennessee. The Farm Midwifery Center is one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the United States and known for their low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of many vaginally delivered breeches, twin and grand multiparas. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She is the founder of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, and to honor women who have died of pregnancy-related causes during the past twenty years. Ina May served as President of Midwives' Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. She received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award (1997), and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award. In 2003, she was made a Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. Ina May was awarded the title "Honorary Doctor" in recognition of her work demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of midwifery by the Thames Valley University, London, England in 2009. Her literary works include Babies, Breastfeeding & Bonding (1987), Spiritual Midwifery (2002), Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (2003), Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2009), and the soon to be released Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta (2010). Ina May has appeared in prominent films such as With Women: A Documentary About Women, Midwives and Birth (2006), The Business of Being Born (2008), and Orgasmic Birth (2009).
Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM
Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, received her midwifery education from Barnet School of Nursing and Midwifery in affiliation with Edgware General Hospital in London. Always a pioneer for women’s special healthcare needs, Ms. Joseph has ten years of busy hospital experience and has specialized in out-of-hospital birthing since 1994. As Executive Director of The Birth Place a free-standing birthing facility in Winter Garden, Florida, Ms. Joseph sees women from all walks of life that are expecting healthy babies and who choose a natural birth. The JJ Way™ MCH healthcare delivery model was developed by Jennie and has shown such promising outcomes for indigent women that Winter Park Health Foundation has funded an ongoing research study. In addition to her clinic, Ms. Joseph launched the Nubian Health Network in 2004 in order to address and redress the disparities in health care being experienced by women of African descent. Ms. Joseph is featured as a Community Hero in the Orlando Times and was nominated for the Orange County Black History Month Humanitarian Award in 2006. Jennie was also awarded the prestigious Summit Award for 2007 from the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center. She frequently speaks in her community, has hosted a local radio program, as well as travels presenting workshops at conferences for midwives and other healthcare professionals. She is also the Executive Director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc., her own 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation.
Dr. Marsden Wagner, MD, M.S.
Dr. Marsden Wagner, MD, M.S. is a perinatologist, perinatal epidemiologist and independent consultant on maternity care. He is the former director of Women's and Children's Health for the World Health Organization where he served for 15 years. Though recently retired, Dr. Wagner has traveled the world to talk about improving maternity care and has been featured in US News and World Report, Health, Mother Jones, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Dateline and Good Morning America. He has authored/edited eight books including Pursing the Birth Machine (1994) Creating Your Birth Plan (2006), Born in the USA (2008).
Dr. Wagner’s recent research findings related to maternal mortality will be presented at HMHB 2011.
Lisa Pratt, JD
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