Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., BDT(DONA), CD(DONA), CSE (AASECT) researches and teaches about doula labor support, women’s sexual experiences, and the psychological needs of mothers and fathers during the birth experience. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator, a member of the psychology faculty at Madison College, and one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. Over her twenty-five year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. Dr. Gilliland’s research has been published in JOGNN, Midwifery, Journal of Perinatal Education, Sexuality and Culture, and the Wisconsin Medical Journal. She is considered to be a “thought leader” on birth doula issues through her influential blog, Doulaing The Doula. For more information, please go to www.amygilliland.com.
Penny Simkin, PT is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 12,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She producer of several birth related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for both parents and professionals. Books include The Labor Progress Handbook (2011), with Ruth Ancheta, The Birth Partner (2008), and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse of Childbearing Women (2004), with Phyllis Klaus. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants, the Editorial Board of the journal, Birth, and serves on the senior faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of courses, conferences and workshops. https://www.pennysimkin.com/
Kim James, BA, CD(DONA), CD(PALS), ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA) - Throughout her 15-year career, Kim has made significant contributions to childbirth education and advancing the work of doulas. Kim currently teaches the Lamaze curriculum at Parent Trust for Washington Children where she sits on the education committee. As DONA International-approved birth doula trainer, Kim also co-teaches the birth doula skills workshop at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University. Kim is the DONA International Washington State representative and sits on the Lamaze International membership committee. Aside from her teaching and training, Kim is the owner and operator of DoulaMatch.net, an international doula referral website. Kim has earned and maintains six professional credentials including: DONA-Approved Doula Trainer Certification, DONA International Certified Birth Doula Certification, Lamaze International LCCE Childbirth Educator Certification, International Childbirth Education Association ICCE Certification, Childbirth Education Association of Seattle CCE Certification, and PALS Doulas Labor Doula Certification. Kim is a regular speaker at DONA International and Lamaze International conferences as well. She has contributed numerous professional articles to the International Doula and offers several advanced doula trainings throughout the country.
Kristin Kali, CPM, LMis the owner of internationally renowned MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services, providing a midwifery model approach to fertility, infertility and preconception care for people of all genders, orientations and family structures. Her special under-standing of the issues that are unique to LGBTQ families make her a valuable resource to other professionals in learning how to provide sensitive and affirming care. Kristin is a 2005 graduate of Seattle Midwifery School and a former birth and postpar-tum doula. At MAIA’s Seattle office, Kristin provides a full range of midwifery care from insemination services through pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. In both Seattle and Oakland locations, she teaches fertility classes for individuals of all orientations, and she offers specialized groups and classes for LGBTQ families and single parents by choice. Kristin also teaches a 4 hour intensive web-based workshop for birth-related professionals, “Providing Culturally Sensitive Care for LGBTQ Families”. Since 1997, Kristin has been a talented and insightful guide for hundreds of families in the process of welcoming a child. Her unique approach to fertility care focuses on building an optimal state of fertile health utilizing natural methods alone or in tandem with fertility medicine. As a midwife, she applies clinical knowledge within a context of client education, empowerment and support. She holds space for new and aspiring parents to fully realize the deeply transformational process and life-altering capacity of the conception, pregnancy and birth experience. She works in partnership with fami-lies who have decided to take an active role in the health of their pregnancies, their babies, and their relationships with one another, allowing empowerment to take place within an atmosphere of trust, respect and love. Kristin is a Licensed Midwife in Washington and California. She is a graduate of Seat-tle Midwifery School and is a board member of the Midwives Association of Washing-ton State, a member of California Association of Midwives, Midwives Association of North America, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, American So-ciety for Reproductive Medicine, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. For more information or to reach Kristin directly, go to www.maiamidwifery.com
Joy MacTavish is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She provides classes and in-home lactation consultations through her private practice Sound Breastfeeding. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth, newborn, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in Seattle, North King, and South Snohomish County. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Women Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. She's passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.
Katie Rohs, CD(DONA), LCCE - An unexpected entrepreneur, Katie is a successful birth doula, childbirth educator, philanthropist, and tireless advocate. Katie has started several successful businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to starting her birth practice, Katie ran a successful online retail business, and founded two parent support groups for families with kids who have disabilities including the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA – the first of its kind in Shoreline. She’s a founding board member and current president of PATTCh, a non-profit organization devoted to reducing traumatic childbirth. Additionally, Katie has been trained in disability advocacy by the ARC of King County, and is a Parent Trainer through the Finding Your Voice program of the Washington State Education Ombuds. Katie is fascinated by the intersection of birth and business. In 2013 she took the Grow Your Birth Business workshop offered by friend and mentor Emily Fontes. She uses the skills she learned in the GYBB workshop, along with MBA-by-marriage from her husband’s education to grow her business, as well as manage the social media and online presence for six different organizations including Birthtastic and Penny Simkin, Inc. Katie is the proud mother of ten year old twins Hank & Lily, and wife of forty-something singleton Todd. Katie studied Sociology at the University of Washington, bleeds purple and gold and despite being a rabid UW Husky fan, she does not discriminate against Cougars.