Afua Hassaine moved to Houston to pursue a career in midwifery. She graduated from The Houston School of Midwifery in 1984. Afua is the founder, owner and licensed midwife of The Birthing Place. The Birthing Place is the only free standing birth center that is owned by and operated by a black midwife in the city of Houston.
Noel Love, M. Ed. LCDC, is Director of Family Programs at Kemah Palms Recovery. He will be educating us about addiction’s effects on the family. Addiction is a family disease and its effects are far reaching.
In 2016, 63,632 Americans died from drug overdose. That’s 174 people a day, and it doesn’t include people do not die from an overdose, but still are lost to their addiction. Addiction is not a respecter of academic achievement or socioeconomic status or nice neighborhoods or gender or race or how much a family loves a person suffering from substance abuse. It is killing real people, beloved people, and it threatens others who are doing the hard work to save themselves and their loved ones and others so bound by the stigma of the disease that they are too paralyzed to seek help.g from substance abuse. It is killing real people, beloved people, and it threatens others who are doing the hard work to save themselves and their loved ones and others so bound by the stigma of the disease that they are too paralyzed to seek help.
Betsy Schwartz has been a doula since 1991 and in 1994 started her own doula agency called Tenth Month in South Florida. By 1996 she was immersed in the advocacy for normal birth and was the ratifying vote on the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative written by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
Betsy is passionate about guiding women to their power in order for them to have normal and physiologic births. Her mission is to inspire doulas, birth workers, and their clients to challenge and transform fear-based beliefs about childbirth in order to produce better outcomes for mothers, babies and families.
Shannon Stellhorn is a home birth midwife, doula trainer, and educator with the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program in the Houston area. Her practice is A Sacred Journey Midwifery Services. She and her husband have 4 children, all with different journeys into becoming part of their family.
LaToya Shields, program manager of specialized services and programs at the Council on Recovery, discusses her work on The Cradles Project, a FREE community-based intervention program that targets pregnant and postpartum women and teens.
Ryan McAllister is the speaker in the classic YouTube video, Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital. The presentation is an honest, gentle look at circumcision, how it came to be performed so frequently in this country and its effects on babies. Ryan is also the speaker in the video UnBreaking Birth, where he explores our broken, medicalized obstetric system.
Rebecca Whitson, LMSW, will help unpack addiction. What is addiction? How does the disease develop over time? What does it look like and how do I identify if or know when to intervene with a loved one?
Circumcision with Amber Clark and Holly Milkowski – myths about circumcision and resources for research.
Topic: The Muslim ban and its effects on mothers and children
Shazia Ashraf is an educator, community organizer and mother. She is the daughter of an interracial couple with Pakistani and Italian heritage, and is part of a diverse interfaith extended family. Raised in Houston and rural Pakistan, Shazia now lives in Houston with her three active boys. By day she is an award-winning educator who for the past 15 years has worked with students to build confidence in their ability to understand math. She currently teaches math courses at Lonestar College. A long time organizer and volunteer for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISOH), her passion is to build bridges and community through connection and other dialogue. She is currently the chair of the Sisters Committee at ISGH and has also served as the public relations chair for B.I.R.T.H., a non-profit that promotes healthy and safe birth for mothers. Her most important work is building her relationship with God, her children and the community.
Shazana Khan is a Canadian who grew up in Orlando and Houston. She was an educator for 15 years and taught at the middle and high school level. She completed a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and has now transitioned to the oil and gas industry. Shazana is a mother of two children, with a daughter in high school and a son in middle school. She has been dedicated to the community since her teenage years and hopes to impact and lead by example.