Essential Oils: for your family and for your BEDROOM!
Terri Bonin has been married to her favorite dentist for 28 years. Together they have produced 11 darling children who range in age from 4 to 25 years old. In between home schooling and juggling life with a large family, Terri has authored several books, her latest being Drops of Pleasure: A Guide to Great Sex Using Essential Oils. Terri has a passion to equip women to walk in health and wholeness within their own families.
Lisa Isabella Gale is the director of Beehive Cooperative Preschool, nestled in the heart of West University. Beehive has been a foundation of the community for nearly 45 years, providing a play-based, developmentally appropriate learning environment for children ages 3-5 years. Lisa is passionate about holistic education, whole body/whole brain development, and creating sustainable communities with healthy families. She works with people of all ages who are interested in living holistic lifestyles of growth and contribution through her work at Beehive and her private coaching practice. She is the mother of three “teens and twenties” and believes that parenthood is a profound sacred practice capable of awakening us to our highest potential. To learn more about Lisa, please visit www.lisaisabellagale.com. To learn more about Beehive, please visit www.beehivecoop.org.
In belated honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month, we will be discussing Rainbow babies. Join us with our guest Elizabeth Petrucelli, SBD, CCCE, author, blogger, perinatal loss specialist and childbirth educator.
Joli Ammonsi has been the owner of The Painted Doula, LLC, for 5 years and cofounded Rebel Birth Education and Resource Haven located in Old Town Spring. Joli and her husband have been through 7 miscarriages including 2 with IVF and are soon to be foster parents. Part of Joli’s passion as a doula is bringing support and awareness to infertility and pregnancy loss.
She attended her first birth in 2002 and was moved by such a miracle. She then developed a deep and abiding passion for working with childbearing families which inspired her to become a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, a Certified Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
With almost 10 years of hospital experience, she supports families from different cultural backgrounds and needs and facilitate childbirth and basic breastfeeding classes to adults and teens to prepare them for the birth of their baby in a hospital setting.
In her free time, she enjoys giving back to her church, community and native soil, Panama, supporting women and their families through the journey of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood.
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Certified Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula
Certified DONA International Birth Doula
College of Biblical Studies Adult Teaching
Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance)
Ellen Cohen worked as a midwife in New York City hospitals for more than two decades, delivering some 1,400 babies. She participated in research that led to the first breakthrough in preventing mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus.
She is author of the new book Laboring – Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife.
Elisabeth Hobbs-Hubach is a Hypnobirthing mom with 2 children, a certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and a certified HypnoMothering Practitioner who tells us the philosophy that a baby birth can be calm and gentle.
Cara DeBusk is a co-founder of Houston Sudbury School and currently staffs the school full-time. She holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Houston. Cara was teacher and Dept. Chair of the Media Arts Dept. at Episcopal High School for 16 years and has also been an exhibiting artist and write in Houston for almost 30 years. Cara retired from teaching in 2011 to unschool her younger daughter and was co-Founder, with her husband Andrew, of Houston Unschooling Kids. In 2015, Cara helped to organize the Founders Group to start Houston Sudbury School, which opened January 2016.
Afshan Malik works for Rabata, an organization that aims to bring positive cultural change through creative educational experiences. She writes regularly for online and community publications on topics ranging from parenting to nonprofit work. Afshan is a graduate student at the University of Houston-Downtown Masters of Nonprofit Program. Her first Young Adult novel is scheduled to release soon through Daybreak Press, a publishing company of Rabata, which gives rise to Muslim women’s voices. Afshan organizes the Muslim Women’s Literary Conference at the University of Houston every year. She was born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta, and has been a happy Houstonian with her husband and five children for over three years.
Najiyah Maxfield is an award winning author and journalist whose articles, short stories, and poems can be found in several magazines and anthologies. She taught university level English in Damascus, Syria, and served as managing editor of Discover: The Magazine for Curious Muslim Kids. Najiyah is editorial director of Daybreak Press and teaches Creative Writing at Ribaat. Her YA novel, Sophia’s Journal, is being taught in social studies and English programs in North America and the Middle East. Najiyah lives in Canton, MI, where she kayaks in the summer and knits in the winter. She and her husband have three girls, three boys, and three granddaughters.
2017 B.I.R.T.H. Fair: Pat Jones interviews Andrea Moran, Event Coordinator, and Claire Yabraian, Vendor Coordinator, about the B.I.R.T.H. Fair on Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm at United Way Center, 50 Waugh Dr., Houston TX 77007.