Alfredo F. Gei, M.D., was born in Italy. He is a High Risk Pregnancy (MFM) Specialist. He graduated from the University of Costa Rica and completed his residency in OB/GYN at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gei completed a fellowship in his speciality of Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a physician award at BIRTH Fair for several years, and he is the father of four.
Dr. Susan Delaney, EdD, LPC, LCDC-I, discusses addiction and its effects on adolescents.
Sarah Godwin, M.Ed. BWE, is the owner of The Pure Parenting Shop located at 2401 Yale St. She has used cloth diapers for over six years on her own children, as well as run a cloth diaper service for two years and taught cloth diapering to multiple families over the last almost five years owning her shop. Her shop is the only shop in Houston with knowledgeable staff to help families with their adventures in cloth diapering.
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.