Our 2017 Featured Speakers
Rebecca Dekker is the world renowned founder of Evidence Based Birth®. As a PhD nurse researcher, she believes in putting the evidence back in the hands of the people who need it the most: women and families. She has created numerous online classes for professionals and parents, and lectures around the world.
Susannah Baldwin MEd, LPC of the Bay Laurel Center for Psychotherapy in Greenville, is a therapist specializing in counseling women with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is also a member of Upstate BirthNetwork.
Dr. Jack Newman
Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital. He did his training in pædiatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981 to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa (in the Transkei). He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time, the acting chief of the emergency services. However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He now works at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding, and in 2000 published, along with Teresa Pitman, a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding, called, Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding, as it's known in Canada (revised editions, January 2003 and January 2005), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, as it's known in the US (revised edition, November 2006). The book has been translated into French, Indonesian and Japanese and is in the process of being translated into Spanish and Italian (expected publication for both in the fall of 2010). In 2006, Dr. Newman, along with Teresa Pitman, published The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success (Hale Publishing) and this book is in the process of being translated into French (expected publication in the fall of 2010). He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers. It is available in English and French. As well, it is subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
Barbara Harper’s expertise in waterbirth and gentle, undisturbed birth is widely sought in all areas of the globe. She has lectured in 43 countries, including many medical schools, nursing schools, midwifery programs and university women’s studies departments. Barbara has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers and magazines and has appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows to talk about her work with waterbirth and gentle