Meet our lineup of extraordinary 2021 Virtual World Confluence speakers ready to share their insights on physiological birth practices, preventing trauma to both birthing person and baby during labor, how to proactively prepare pregnant people for their optimal birth experience, and more! Take a peek at our agenda to see what these incredible speakers will be presenting.
Founder of Spinning Babies®, CPM
Gail Tully is a midwife (CPM) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Gail's activism in our local Twin Cities area began in 1980 as a board member for a grassroots parent group called Birth Community, Inc. Gail was a founder of the Childbirth Collective, once one of the largest doula organizations. She was the first coordinator of the Hennepin County Doula Program and training consultant for the Turtle Women and Somali Doula Programs. Gail created Spinning Babies® and Belly Mapping®. Spinning Babies® has been online since 2001.
Gail is the author of Changing Birth on Earth: A Midwife and Nurses Guide to Using Physiological Techniques to Avoid Another Unnecessary cesarean; Spinning Babies® Quick Reference; Breech Birth Quick Guide; and Belly Mapping, How kicks and wiggles reveal your baby's position. Gail has created three videos: Spinning Babies® Parent Class, Daily Essentials (with Sarah Longacre of Blooma); and Resolving Shoulder Dystocia. Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta’s Labor Progress Handbook features Belly Mapping® in Chapter 3. Anne Frye’s Holistic Midwifery, Vol 2, cites Gail on shoulder dystocia and breech.
See SpinningBabies.com for more information on Gail Tully.
Ph.D., AdvCD/BDT(DONA), CSES (AASECT)
Amy L. Gilliland researches and teaches about doula labor support, women's sexual experiences, infant mental health, and the psychological needs of people during the birth experience. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator supervisor, past faculty at Madison College, and one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. In her thirty plus year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. As a University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Associate, her current projects include a critical analysis of the birth doula profession and completing her model of human childbirth as an attachment based neurological activity. Dr. Gilliland is also a content expert in the research on perinatal sexuality; and fathers and the perinatal period.
Service to AASECT includes founding the Alt Sex SIG and running it for over two years; moderating the list serve for over two years; moderating and speaking at AASECT conferences; and various committee positions.
Dr. Gilliland's research has been published in JOGNN, Midwifery, Journal of Perinatal Education, Sexuality and Culture, and the Wisconsin Medical Journal. She is considered to be a thought leader and visionary on birth issues through her influential blog, Doulaing The Doula, and her new book, The Heart of the Doula: Essentials for Practice and Life.
CMT, CST-D, C.D.
Carol McLellan CST-D® has a 35-year background in holistic health education and bodywork - She is a CranioSacral Therapy Instructor for The Upledger Institute International, teaching nationally and internationally. Mrs. McLellan was invited by Dr. Upledger to develop the curriculum for CranioSacral Therapy for Conscious Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, of which she is Ombudsman.. She has helped facilitate the BioAquatic Discoveries for Pediatrics in the Bahamas and Turkey. She is on the Curriculum Oversight Committee for Upledger International and has trained many instructors.
In addition, Ms. McLellan is a doula , Doula educator and a Childbirth educator. She spent a number of years working at a hospital for a group of OB-gyns. She has taught CST in hospitals and multiple medical facilities. She has treated thousands of pregnant moms and babies.
Carol was invited to do CST in the Ob department of a military hospital for two years ,where she also trained 40 of the hospital personnel. Carol was able to facilitate two intensive therapy programs for Warrior Stress at Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. She owned a successful Wellness clinic for 15 years. Carol has three grown children, all of whom have received the benefit ofPre-Natal bonding and CST their entire lives. Two of her children received their first CST treatment in utero.
She has also facilitated the start of epigenetic research for newborns with challenges, with a colleague and Neonatologist in the NICU in Italy.
BA, CMT, BCTMB
Carole Osborne is an integrative bodywork practitioner, author, course developer/instructor and mentor. Since 1974, she has worked in private practice and in osteopathic, psychological, and women's medical settings. For over 30 years, she has developed therapeutic bodywork to safely support childbearing challenges and potentials that, in collaboration with colleagues, pioneered the reintroduction of therapeutic massage and bodywork to American maternity healthcare.
In 1998, Carole authored the definitive pregnancy massage training textbook, Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy, now in a 2021 third edition, co-authored with Michele Kolakowski and David M. Lobenstine. She has also written Deep Tissue Sculpting, contributed to Teaching Massage and to Simkin and Klaus’s When Survivors Give Birth and has been published extensively in periodicals.
SpBT, Registered Midwife, Craniosacral Therapist, Childbirth Educator
Claire is a mother of three beautiful children, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, practising midwife, pregnancy yoga teacher and Biodynamic craniosacral practitioner, She is passionate about providing loving support for birthing families that acknowledges all realms of the birthing journey. Claire promotes common sense, hands-on skills, and practice for midwives and birth support people that hope to ensure that birth remains in the hands of the birthing family.
Claire offers Spinning Babies® Workshops in New Zealand and internationally. She is passionate about the physiology before force approach that Spinning Babies® promotes and she has seen from her own practice how beneficial this approach alongside the understanding of anatomy and the application of gentle hands-on skills can be.
Claire is a wild dancer. She has a deep respect and reverence for the instinctual knowledge of our bodies.
Jamie Mossay has been serving the San Diego community as a massage therapist/bodyworker for 20 years and started attending births as a doula in 2009. A mother, Birth Story Listener®, and Certified Birthing From Within® Mentor and Facilitator, she has studied, practiced, and taught numerous modalities working primarily with pregnant, laboring, and postpartum people and their families. The Spinning Babies® approach to birth, by helping restore awareness of space and freedom in the body, is the cornerstone of her embodied birth practice. She is a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner Approved Instructor.
Jennifer Walker is the Director of the Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Program, a Spinning Babies® Trainer, doula, and doula trainer at BiA Doula Training in The Netherlands.
SpBT, Independent Birth Educator, Birthworker and Bodyworker
Jenny Blyth is an independent birth educator, birthworker, bodyworker and Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, who has supported hundreds of women and their families through natural birth at home for over 35 years. Her birthwork focuses on cultivating body awareness, self-help skills and self-responsibility - to realise potential in birth and reduce trauma for parents, the baby and care providers. Her bodywork practice specialises in pelvic bodywork for wellbeing, balance and comfort. Jenny has been teaching body-oriented Birthwork workshops for over 15 years, both in Australia and overseas.
Jenny is also project co-ordinator for Lao Birthwork, teaching hands-on and emergency skills to health staff in remote areas of Northern Laos.
She lives in the Australian bush with her partner. They are parents of 3 grown adults and have 3 grandchildren.
Director Calmbirth Pty Ltd, RM & RN
Karen McClay is the Director of Calmbirth® PTY LTD. She is also a Southern Highlands Calmbirth Educator, practising Registered Midwife (RM), and a Registered Nurse (RN) and is the daughter of the founder of Calmbirth®, Peter Jackson.
Karen is a highly experienced Calmbirth® educator having seen over 1700 couples complete the Calmbirth® program since 2009. She is taking Calmbirth to the next level by continually evolving it and incorporating it into the antenatal structure of as many maternity hospitals in Australia.
Karen has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with pregnant couples and caregivers, and she’s doing her bit to change how our society and cultures view and experience birth.
CPM & AAP/NRP Instructor
Being one of the longest practicing AAP/NRP instructors, Karen Strange is truly a neonatal resuscitation guru. With over 33 years of midwifery experience, and 950+ hours of out-of-hospital birth case debriefs, Karen teaches what birth professionals and parents need to know to help, assist, and respond to a baby who isn’t breathing or breathing well, regardless of equipment and location of birth, while providing care in the least traumatic way. Karen has taught over 10,000 people across the globe, and weaves into her teachings: the baby’s unique experience, grounding, and what to do when fear takes over your mind and body.
Learn more at KarenStrange.com.
CD(DONA) SpBCPE, LCCE, CLS
Kelli Brien is a passionate maternal health professional, dedicated to advocacy and birth justice. Kelli is a DONA International Certified Birth and postpartum doula, Lamaze certified childbirth educator, Certified lactation specialist and Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator and midwife assistant. Kelli founded Mahogany Maternity, a 501(c)3 organization that houses Indiana's 35th Milk Bank Depot, and provides maternity services in Saint Joseph and surrounding counties. Kelli serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on the board of DONA International, a member of Indiana's Maternal Mortality Review Committee, the Saint Joseph County Fetal Infant Mortality Review team, and the Birth Equity Team, and is a board member for Mental Health Awareness of Michiana.
Dr. Kristen Hosaka
Dr. Kristen Hosaka is a Chiropractor, Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner and Dynamic Body Balancing practitioner who is passionate about helping pregnant people balance their bodies to create an easier passage for babies into this world. She strives to make birth better for the dyad and to help prevent birth trauma through balanced, physiological births.
Doula, Exercise Physiologist
Lindsay McCoy is an exercise physiologist and birth doula who combines her knowledge of biomechanics and functional movement with her knowledge of the childbirth process to help prepare the body for birth. She has worked in a clinical setting as an Exercise Physiologist and now works exclusively with the prenatal/postnatal population in private practice. She is an experienced birth doula and childbirth educator of 12 years and her specialty is pelvic biomechanics for pregnancy and childbirth and the core system/pelvic floor.
RN, SpBAP, BFW mentor, Grace Touch Practitioner
Lisa Cryderman has been a R.N. for 29 years In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and works in a hectic L&D unit. She has attended 1000s of births. A devoted follower of all things related to the Spinning Babies Paradigm, she has attended 2 Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner trainings. Lisa is a Childbirth Educator, Energy Healer, and Bodyworker. She passionately brings diverse knowledge to the birthing families in her care, & loves to teach/mentor new staff or parents, midwifery, nursing and paramedic students, and seasoned curious nurses. Her drive to teach is fueled by the desire to improve the knowledge of physiologic birth practises in the hospital setting, and sees the Spinning Babies Paradigm as the way to do this. Learning this paradigm changed everything about how Lisa assesses and plans her nursing care; she is determined to share it for the well being of the birth givers and for the personal satisfaction it will bring to your work life.
PhD, MA, BA (Hons), RGN
Mary Nolan has been a birth and early parenting educator for 30 years. She was appointed Professor of Perinatal Education at the University of Worcester in the UK in 2006 and has published extensively in the academic and professional literature. Her books cover antenatal education, the politics of home birth, the 'critical 100 days' and chapters in the three most recent editions of the internationally acclaimed 'Myles Textbook for Midwives'. Her research interests have encompassed water birth, supporting fathers, optimal positions for second stage of labour, parenting education for high school students and antenatal teachers' experience of delivering birth preparation online during the COVID pandemic. In 2014, she launched the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education which she continues to edit.
SpBT, Homebirth Midwife, Breech Advocate
Nicole Morales, LM, CPM, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer, has a homebirth midwifery practice in San Diego, CA and is an instructor for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. She gave birth to her third daughter breech, which led her to her passion for breech birth and breech body balancing. Nicole teaches Spinning Babies® Workshops, Breech Body Balancing, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, and Birthing from Within® Workshops, and a Storytelling, Healing, and the Birthworker’s Journey workshop.
SpBT, RNC-EFM, IBCLC, SpBAP
Nikki Zerfas is an experienced Labor & Delivery nurse. She actively participates in the orientation and mentorship of new staff and works to bring educational opportunities to her colleagues, with emphasis on implementing physiology-based birth practices, continuous labor support, and emphasizing breastfeeding-friendly care of new families. She is especially focused on supporting physiological birth in complex medical situations. Nikki maintains her certifications in Electronic Fetal Monitoring and as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer and continues to work as a bedside nurse at a teaching hospital. She enjoys bringing birth workers of all disciplines together in the goal of improving the care and outcomes of new families.
Co-presenting with Carole Osborne
Pamela Guldi is owner of Mothelove Massage and mother to 3 homebirth babies. She was licensed as a massage therapist in 1992, in private practice serving the Central Florida community since 2010. Her passion for holistic health led her to study in Belize, India, and Nepal. She's been fortunate to study with some of our nation’s most prominent authorities on birth and therapeutic touch: midwife Jennie Joseph, founder of ReNew Life products, Brenda Watson, Founder of Birthing from Within Pam England, Maya abdominal therapist Rosita Arvigo ND, and most significant to her development as a therapist Pre and Perinatal educator Carol Osborne, owner of Body Therapy Education. Pamela took her 1st Pre & Perinatal massage class with Carole in 2002. She's been mentored and assist in classes with her in the years since. She believes when women are supported with unconditional love, they are able to offer that same love to their babies-that this is what lets our hearts take flight to change the world, one mother at a time.
SpBT, LM, CPM, CNM
Rachel Shapiro Davies is a bodyworker, midwife, and Spinning Babies ® Approved Trainer. Rachel is a teacher and developer of the Spinning Babies ® Aware Practitioner workshops on advanced bodywork practice. Her midwifery has spanned ten years in homebirth, birth center, and high-volume hospital practices. She also offers advanced courses for midwives and pelvic floor physical therapists on internal vaginal release work with a focus on ligamental and fascial releases. Rachel owns and directs Equilibrio: School of Birth and Bodywork which runs year-long courses integrating bodywork in pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the newborn. Rachel teaches advanced midwifery courses with a special focus on VBAC and breech vaginal birth, labor and birth complications, gynecological wellbeing, and holistic care in the childbearing year. She lives near the Jerusalem forest with her husband, two sons and small dog.
SpBT, PhD(c) CNM
Born and raised in New York as a Caribbean-American, Rhea Williams knew she wanted to be involved in birth from the young age of nine. She was always fascinated with the intricacies of the birth process and how the body is capable of such a physically demanding harmonious role. Working toward that process she moved to Maryland to attend school where she met her husband and subsequently relocated to Japan. During her time in Japan, she observed the health and wellbeing of native Japanese women throughout the life span and compared it to her exposure within the diversity of the American population. There she began to immerse herself in nutrition and grew to appreciate its place and importance in women’s healthcare.
Upon returning to Maryland fifteen years ago, she earned a degree in Nutrition and began providing nutritional services to pregnant women throughout Washington DC. During her time spent as a nutritionist, she noticed the grave impact nutritional deficiencies and imbalances had on pregnancies. This increased her desire to impact change from a deeper more integrated role. This organically led her to midwifery school where she earned a Master of Science in Nursing and passing boards to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. As a midwife her passion for providing safe care for women with a foundation in integrative nutritional intervention became paramount. She now combines midwifery and nutrition intervention in her care process with her patients throughout the lifespan. Her expertise and passions focus on nutritional intervention among obese, preeclamptic and diabetic pregnancies. She believes every woman has the potential to have a healthy enjoyable pregnancy if empowered and educated. She also has a shared passion in supporting physiologic birth through the multimodality approach.
During her care of women in the intrapartum setting she began noticing commonalities with the women experiencing difficult labor. In her search to find a reliable solution to help these women and ultimately prevent their issues from occurring, she found Spinning Babies. Through integrating the Spinning Babies methodology with her foundation in midwifery and nutrition, she noticed positive change in the women who embraced applying the trifecta of nutrition, midwifery philosophy and Spinning Babies. During this point in time, she felt a calling to midwifery and undergraduate education and left full-time midwifery practice. Concurrently, she felt it was important to share Spinning Babies methodology with birth workers in her community and began hosting workshops. It is through that relationship she was invited to become an Approved Spinning Babies Trainer and humbly accepted the invitation.
Rhea Williams CNM is married with two wonderful children. Her interest outside of Spinning Babies, Nutrition and Midwifery include traveling, photography, spending time with family, and immersing herself into her Caribbean roots.