Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, is Professor of Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York, where she runs the Food Studies concentration. Her books include IN LABOR; THE TENTATIVE PREGNANCY; RECREATING MOTHERHOOD: THE BOOK OF LIFE: WEAVING A FAMILY: UNTANGLING RACE AND ADOPTION, and LABORING ON, and the new BUN IN THE OVEN: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization. She is Past President of Sociologists for Woman in Society: the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Eastern Sociological Society. She is proud recipient of an award for “Midwifing the Movement” from the Midwives Alliance of North America
Shazia Ashraf has been an educator for over 15 years and is an Adjunct Professor of Developmental Math at Lonestar College. She is mom to three beautiful boys, born by c- section, natural breech in a hospital, and home birth. When she is not teaching or spending time with her children, she works to provide programs that empower women and heal the community as part of the Sisters Committee of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. She has also spent several years working on promoting the Birth Fair.
Saira Siddiqui is a freelance writer/online instructor who is working on a doctorate in Social Justice Education. Prior to having children she taught for several years in the public and private sector. When she is not writing for others she enjoys writing for her own blog, Confessions of a Muslim Mommaholic. More recently, Saira was asked by Parents magazine to curate a list of books for raising globally conscious children. She currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three never-been-schooled (unshooled) children. (My kids are 8, 8, and 5)…
Dr. Nima Goharkhay is the President and Medical Director of the Pregnancy Specialty Center of Texas. He is board certified in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology. Prior to his current position he was a faculty member at UTMB Galveston and worked in private practice in the Washington, DC, and Houston areas. Dr. Goharkhay completed his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and his residency at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vienna in Austria. Dr. Goharkhay believes strongly in close collaboration between midwives and traditional caretakers in order to provide the most comprehensive support to women while respecting their preferences and autonomy. Some of his clinical interests include hypertensive disorders, diabetes and cholestasis of pregnancy. Dr. Goharkhay is fluent in Spanish, Persian and German.
Sherry Duson, the founder and director of The Center For Postpartum Family Health, has been helping new mothers and their families since 1999. Her own experience as a mother led to her interest in addressing the unique needs of women and parents during this important phase of family life. She is a marriage and family therapist in private practice and for years led weekly support groups for pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety at Houston area maternity hospitals. She is a board member and past president of The Yates Children Memorial Fund at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. She is also a professional member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and was the co-chair of the PSI conference in Houston in 2008. The Center For Postpartum Family Health is a new counseling center specifically designed to give support, education and mental health services for new mothers and their families in the Houston area. Sherry and her staff of counselors and therapists have expertise in maternal mental health, such as pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety and can also assist in the normal transitions of personal and family development.
Barbara Loe Fisher is a human rights activist and co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit charity she cofounded with parents of vaccine injured children in 1982. NVIC is dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking, which includes the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices. Barbara is co-author of the seminal 1985 book, DPT: A Shot in the Dark; founder and Executive Editor of the online journal newspaper The Vaccine Reaction, a video commentator for the NVIC and Mercola newsletters and her work was featured in the award winning documentary The Greater Good. During the past 35 years, she has analyzed and publicly articulated the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world’s leading non-medical consumer advocacy experts on the subject. She has debated more doctors on television and radio about vaccination than any other American.
Stephanie Palacio is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Not only does she have experience as a midwife but also has over 17 years experience as a Registered Nurse. She obtained her Masters Degree in Midwifery in 2013 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Since then she has worked at Bay Area Birth Center and was recently named it’s Clinical Director.
Brad S. Bootstaylor, MD, FACOG is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1996 and is a co-founder of Atlanta Perinatal Associates, departing this company in 2009.
Dr. Bootstaylor received his medical degree in 1988 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City in 1992. He also completed his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrical Sonography in 1994 at the Univ. Of California at San Francisco Medical Center (also his hometown). Subsequently he spent 2 years as an Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Bootstaylor has published several articles on fetal physiology and obstetrical sonography. As an undergraduate he received the Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, and during his active duty for 4 years with U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), he received the Army Commendation Medal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the National Medical Association, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.