Birth Stories

Bonny Hanley Kincaid is a mother to 3 wonderful children and she has 4 precious grandkids. Bonny’s here with her daughter Kristine who had a homebirth with the very same midwife that delivered her. Very special. She has mostly been a stay at home mom and now a stay at home BonBon for her twin grandsons. Best job on the planet!

Kristine Southern is a 29 year old Momma to two awesome kiddos, Leyton & Keira. She studied Fitness & Human Performance at University of Houston Clear Lake. She loves all things health & fitness. She teaches exercise classes and has a home daycare. She loves Jesus, her sweet husband, kiddos & family.

Epiduralized Birth and Nurse-Midwifery

Maureen May, CNM, PhD,  began her career with an Associates Degree of Nursing from San Jacinto Community College.  In her nursing rotation the observed births at Jefferson Davis Hospital and saw midwife attended births at the hospital birthing center at JD.  Later she received her Bachelor of Nursing from Syracuse university and worked as a Womans Health Nurse-Practitioner in Syracuse.  in the mid-1990’s she began her learning program with Frontier School of Nurse-Midwifery.  She later did a fellowship at a freestanding birth center in the Rio Grande Valley where she was again exposed to normal, non-interventive birth.  When she finished her doctoral course work in Social Science with a concentration in Anthropology and ethnographic methods, she found a hospital based midwifery service who agreed to let her observe their clinical activities.  She was unprepared for the changes that had occurred in hospital birth since her early training.  Her observations as to the dramatic changes in how labor and delivery and childbirth practices are now organized led to her dissertation and this new book, Epiduralized Birth and Nurse-Midwifery.  Childbirth in the United States.  A Medical Ethnography.

Bethany Roger

Bethany Roger - she was raised in Lubbock, Texas and is a  second year Master’s student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Houston. Her thesis is about the use of Midwifery locally. She also created a short ethnographic film project about the Bay Area Birth Center last semester. It was her first ever experience creating and editing a film. Her other strong areas of interest are education reform and in using urban farming to address food deserts, environmental problems, to combat the consumption of highly processed foods. She is interested in becoming a midwife as well

Food Studies with Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD

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

Car Seat Safety and Choice

Sgt. Jeffery McGowen is a 24-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s office. In addition to being a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist, he is a licensed instructor with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Educatioin, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor, Resist Aggression Defensively (r.a.d.) Kids Instructor, Child Passenger Safety Instructor and he mentors at risk children in his community.Sgt. McGowen coordinated the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Child Passenger Safety Program, where he worked with and trained representatives from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies on how to set up and sustain a successful child passenger safety program. Jeffery is a veteran of the US Army Reserve, is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and was awarded several citations while serving. His proudest accomplishment is his family. He and his wife Sheryl are the parents of quadruplet boys who recently celebrated their 13th birthday.

Muslim Mothers Part II

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

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.

Muslim Mothers

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)…
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.

Post Partum Depression – Center for Postpartum Family Health

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.

National Vaccine Information Center

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.

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