Dr. Patricia Olenick, CNM, is a nurse-midwife and registered nurse of over thirty years of experience with birthing families in a variety of settings, from free-standing birth centers to major academic hospitals. She is currently faculty with the graduate school of nursing at Texas Tech University Health Science Center where she teaches in the nurse-midwifery program via distance technology. Her doctoral research was in breastfeeding education and another area of experience and interest is in global health. She currently maintains a clinical practice as a nurse-midwife with South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation in CC. She is here today to discuss becoming a nurse-midwife.
Luz Standridge is a mother of three young children, including girl/boy twins. She discovered the Parenting by Connection approach when life with three toddlers had become exhausting and frustrating. Parenting had become a dreadful chore and not at all what she envisioned. Luz credits the Listening Tools for completely transforming her parenting style and her relationship with her children. By listening to her children’s tears as well as encouraging laughter, she has developed a profound and unique connection with each of them. She is passionate about sharing this amazing approach with parents and caregivers in hopes of helping create more connected families and communities. Luz is currently enrolled in the Hand in Hand Instructor Certification Program and hopes to start teaching classes within the next year. Luz is also a licensed architect with a passion for sustainable design. Her and her husband, Derek, have been married for 9 years.
Anita Evensen is the mother of 5 children. She discovered unassisted childbirth with her third baby and felt compelled to share her research and experience with others through her writing. She wrote the book The Unassisted Baby to help others have an unassisted pregnancy and birth. You can find more information about the book at www.TheUnassistedBaby.com. She also has a personal website as an author and writer at www.anitaevensen.com. Her youngest child is 2 1/2 months old, which makes her last unassisted birth fairly recent.
VBAC Facts Founder Jen Kamel helps birth professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on VBAC through her educational courses, training programs, and individualized consulting. As a VBAC Strategist and nationally recognized consumer advocate, her mission is to increase VBAC access through education, legislation, and amplifying the consumer voice.
Mindee Popham is a homebirth mother of two: almost 5-year-old son, Miller, and 4-week-old daughter, Ellis Kate. She is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos and left the commercial project management field almost four years ago to become a full-time stay-at-home mom.
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.
Denise Bernard, a Bilingual Birth Doula and childbirth educator
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)