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Meet Your Host

Rocio Zunini, PhD

I´m Rocio, a brain lover and a mom of two. When I experienced the transformation that motherhood is, I became increasingly passionate and captivated by all the brain changes that accompany this powerful transition. It turns out that these neuroplastic changes are driven by powerful biological mechanisms especially designed to attune to our babies, and to respond to them sensitively and appropriately so that they can thrive. 

We not only give birth to a baby, we also give birth to the knowledge within us! However, just like our baby’s brain need an appropiate environment to thrive, so does our parental brain, which is always growing, evolving and adapting to the beautiful and challenging experience of parenthood. 

My goal with this summit is to bring together experts that can bring clarity to professionals that support families so that they guide their clients towards a transformation with confidence and sensibility.  

Meet Your Speakers

Day 1: Protecting Pregnancy and Birth

Tracy Donegan

Midwife and Founder of Gentle Birth

Top 10 tips for a Positive Unmedicated Hospital Birth

Tracy Donegan is a midwife, mom, author and Founder of GentleBirth, The Mindful Breastfeeding Program and FertileMind app. Tracy trained as a midwife in Ireland and has completed a MSc in Mindfulness Studies.

Her vision is to create an international community of conscious expectant parents who will lead the development of a new generation of a more conscious, compassionate, joyful society. Tracy lives in Texas with her two sons and husband Philip.

Dr. Annie Brook

Somatic Author and Educator

Accessing Infant Memory for Trauma Recovery in Adults, Children, and Infants

Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, is a world-class healer for birth trauma and babies. Her books help train therapists, as well as educate parents on how to help their children and how to recover post-birth. Annie knows this work from the inside out, was born premature, and dedicated her life to helping people resolve infant trauma.

She has worked in hospitals, trauma centers, public schools, mental health clinics and has run her own practice for over 45 years, where she helps infants to adults and families. Her passion is sharing body tools that heal.

Annie knows how to access infant pre-cognitive memory to help children and adult clients heal shock after a difficult birth. Annie founded The Brook Institute where she trains therapists and offers an MA or Ph.D in Somatics, including Birth Trauma Healing.

Dr. Antonella Sansone

Integrative Clinical & Health Psychologist, Author and Mindfulness Facilitator

The Art and Science of Mindful Parenting Beginning Before Birth

Antonella is a mother and a doctor in Clinical Psychology, mindfulness teacher/facilitator, developmental infant massage teacher, author and artist. She holds a Master’s Degree (Tavistock Clinic, University of East London).

 She is a paradigm shifter and advocate in the field of early parenting from before conception to infancy, prenatal and perinatal mental health, mindfulness, mother-infant relationship prior and post-birth. She has a special interest in the impact of the pre/perinatal period on human development and health, consciousness, integration of primal wisdom and science, psychosomatics, and mind-body approaches to health, prevention and healing. 

One of her main goals is connecting the academic world with the lay community and implementing services that promote evolution of human virtues and consciousness, wellbeing, peace and life sustainability on our planet. 

Alexandra Heath

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Founder & Director of TBR College

Supporting Parents in the Aftermath of Birth Trauma

Since 2016 Alexandra Heath has been training HCPs, birth professionals and pre & postnatal specialists in the therapeutic skills and techniques that can provide a brief intervention to parents struggling to cope after a traumatic perinatal event.

Her mission is to put perinatal mental health on the map. For society to realise that good parenting begins with robust, resilient mental and emotional health. This can only happen when parents can access appropriate support and when systemic birth trauma is addressed.

Pregnancy, birth and parenthood are not merely physical events to be endured but a spiritual and emotional transition into a new territory. Far too many parents survive the journey when in fact they could be thriving.

Dr. Tara Blasco

Director of the BEBA clinic

Early Imprints: How our experiences of conception and birth influence the rest of our lives

Tara Blasco has a Ph.D in prenatal and perinatal psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and has worked at the BEBA clinic since 2001. She is the current director of the BEBA clinic and was the co-director with Ray Castellino until he passed in Dec 2020.

She works as the facilitator at the Ojai BEBA clinic and offers online sessions. She is a certified craniosacral therapist. She is a Certified Womb Surround Process Workshop facilitator and supervisor through Castellino training. She co-teaches Dr. Castellino’s Foundation Training in Spain and in the US together with Ray Castellino (until he passed) and with Mary Jackson.

She is the co-director of the non-profit organization Global Resource Alliance dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and disease, and supporting communities in the Mara region of Tanzania.

Day 2: Creating the Ideal Environment for Transformation

Christine Devlin Eck

Co-Creator and Director of the Center for Sacred Window Studies

Making Postpartum Sacred: An initiation into conscious living and parenting

Christine is mother to four children. She is an Ayurvedic Health Consultant, a Birth and Postpartum Doula and the founder and director of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.

She is an advocate for social awareness and change for postpartum care in cultures where traditions in caregiving have diminished or disappeared. She is a writer, creator, educator, speaker, organizer, caregiver and group facilitator.

Her mission with the Center for Sacred Window Studies is to empower professionals in postpartum care and families with information and tools in creating the support needed during the sacred postpartum window. She trains Conscious Postpartum Caregivers to support families using diet, routine, herbal support, healing touch and the Universal Mother Principles of conscious care: simplicity, flexibility, compassion, listening, intuition, grounding, non-judgement.

Christine recognizes that the conscious care principles that support healing during the sacred postpartum window, are the same principles that can be modified and used throughout life in support of greater happiness, health and resilience. Christine resides in Western Massachusetts and teaches students around the world.

Tami Lynn Kent

Women’s Health Physical Therapist

Walking the Wild Feminine Landscape in Matrescence

Tami Lynn Kent is the founder of Holistic Pelvic Care for women and author of Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body, Wild Mothering, and Wild Creative.

She is an international teacher and TEDx speaker. Her books have been published in Mandarin, French, Turkish, and Dutch.

She is also a mother to three beautiful sons. Tami is passionate about empowering women in health & teaching them how to cultivate their creative energy in all stages of life through her practitioner training programs and personal sessions.

Maranda Bower

Postpartum Nutrition Specialist

Postpartum Nutrition: Thriving in motherhood 

Maranda Bower is the CEO and Founder of Postpartum University®, dedicated to empowering both mothers and professionals in redefining maternal well-being. With her extensive expertise in biology, nutrition, and perinatal mental health, she stands as a pioneering figure in the field.

Maranda possesses a profound understanding of the intricate physiological processes that underpin postpartum well-being. As a prolific researcher and accomplished author, including the bestselling book “Reclaiming Postpartum Wellness,” her impactful work extends globally. She’s also the founder of the Postpartum Nutrition Certification Program, the only functional nutrition certification dedicated to the unique period that is postpartum.

She lives in her beautiful homestead in Alaska with her husband, 4 children, and many unruly chickens.

Christianna Deichmann

Education Director at the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)

The Four Foundations of Birth Psychology: An exploration of body-mind-spirit parenting

Christianna is a somatic psychotherapist focusing on pre and perinatal psychology, conscious parenting through emotional awareness, and the spiritual science of nurture. 

She practices massage, Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, and pre and perinatal psycho-somatic techniques to help adults, children, and babies release and integrate the pivotal and life altering experiences they have during conception, in-utero, birth, postpartum and early childhood. 

Her greatest goal is to help women reconnect to intuition, so they feel wise, whole and supported, and can go on to create nurturing relationships.

Lynn Schulte

Physical Therapist

Common Postpartum Pelvic Patterns

Lynn Schulte is a Birth Healing Specialist and Pelvic Health Physical Therapist for over 30 years and founder of the Institute for Birth Healing, an educational platform for practitioners and Center for Birth Healing, her clinical practice.

She has been helping moms heal from all the issues women experience after birth and is now teaching courses to bodyworkers to help them do the same. She found a common birth pattern that shows up in the pelvis after birth and knows how to effectively release these patterns. Knowing we are more than just our bodies, Lynn works on all levels, physically, energetically, and spiritually with women to help them access their full potential. She also teaches bodyworkers how to respectfully work with the tissues of the body and how to access and use your intuition in your bodywork sessions. She offers a certification process to help birth professionals become Birth Healing Specialists.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri and is on a mission to improve postpartum care in the world.

Day 3: Navigating Challenges to Create Change

Dr. Sophie Brock

Motherhood Studies Sociologist

Beneath the Surface: Mapping and breaking the anger-guilt trap in motherhood

Dr Sophie Brock is a Motherhood Studies Sociologist and Mother who offers education on the sociology of motherhood and how our broader society shapes our experience as mothers. Covering topics and concepts such as the perfect mother myth, the care/career conundrum, the anger-guilt trap and more, Sophie’s work contributes to changing the cultural construction of motherhood, to create a world where Mothers feel empowered, supported, and valued.

Sophie’s offerings include self-study courses for Mothers, mentoring for mother-supporting professionals, her podcast The Good Enough Mother, and The Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification online training, the next round beginning April 2024.

Dr. Nastassia Harris

Executive Director at Perinatal Health Equity Initiative

Getting to the Heart of Black Maternal Health Crisis: A closer look at preeclampsia

Dr. Nastassia Harris, a seasoned healthcare professional with over 19 years of specialized experience in perinatal care, serves as a beacon of change in addressing racial disparities in maternal and infant health.

As a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), her expertise extends to founding The Perinatal Health Equity Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating these disparities using a reproductive justice framework.

Driven by her academic background, including a BSN, MSN-ED, and a DNP in Educational Leadership, she leads Ignite Maternal Health, focusing on postpartum and newborn nursing education. Actively engaged in esteemed committees and organizations, she conducts groundbreaking research published in prestigious journals, shedding light on implicit bias in healthcare, breastfeeding disparities in the Black community, obstetrical violence, high-risk obstetrics, and reproductive justice. Dr. Harris’s impactful work has been recognized by major media outlets, showcasing her commitment to advancing equitable healthcare practices for mothers and infants.

Dr. Nour Zaki

Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University in Cairo (AUC)

A New Beginning: Attachment research in the Arab world

Nour Zaki is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Aside from teaching, Zaki is also a researcher in the field of developmental psychology. Her Attachment Lab at AUC focuses on lifespan development, perinatal psychology, and parent-child attachment relationships.

Her doctoral dissertation tied her interests by exploring how expecting mothers’ own attachment backgrounds color their transition to becoming mothers themselves. Zaki is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).

She is also a participating member of the Nancy and Ronald Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (IPART). She is also a registered facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) from Circle of Security International and Bringing Baby Home (BBH) program from the Gottman Institute.

Kaitlin McGreyes

Doula and Founder of BeHerVillage

How Perinatal Professionals Can Navigate the World of Baby Registries

Kaitlin is the founder of BeHerVillage. She started doula work in 2014 and is passionate about creating access to maternal care for all. Through her gift registry platform Kaitlin is reimagining birth and postpartum support as baby shower gifts.

Quanisha McGruder

Full Spectrum Doula, Doula Trainer and Educator

Building Stronger Communities: Why your role as a community professional is important

My name is Quanisha McGruder, I am a full-spectrum doula providing support throughout the fertility, birth, and postpartum stages and a doula trainer with my organization called Doula University.

In addition to my doula role, I hold certifications as an Infant and Family Sleep Specialist and a licensed massage therapist. Through hands-on experience supporting families during vulnerable moments, training other doulas, and drawing from my background in childcare, CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), and personal research on dreams, sleep, infants, and diverse family styles, I bring a comprehensive perspective to my work.

Day 4: Nurturing the Infant and Parental Brain

Dr. Aline LaPierre

Founder and Director of the Neuroaffective Touch Institute

Nourishing Babies with the Practice of Attuned Touch

Dr. Aline is the founder and director of The NeuroAffective Touch Institute and creator of NeuroAffective Touch® integrating psychotherapy and the therapeutic use of touch as a vital relational bridge to overcoming developmental trauma. 

She is co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, published in twelve languages. She taught in the Somatic Doctoral Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for ten years. Currently, she is President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and Editor-in-Chief of The International Body Psychotherapy Journal (IBPJ).

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Dr. Greer Kirshenbaum

Neuroscientist, Doula and Author

How to Coach Parents to Grow Emotional Intelligence

Greer Kirshenbaum PhD is an Author, Neuroscientist, Doula, Infant and Family Sleep Specialist and Mother.

She trained at the University of Toronto, Columbia University, New York University and Yale University. Greer has combined her academic training with her experience as a doula and mother to lead The Nurture Revolution. A movement to nurture our babies’ brains to revolutionize mental health and impact larger systems in our world.

Greer wants families, professionals, and workplaces to understand how early caregiving experience can boost mental wellness and diminish depression, anxiety, and addiction in adulthood by shaping babies’ brains through simple intuitive enriching experiences in pregnancy, birth and infancy. Her book is called The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby’s Brain and Transform Their Mental Health Through the Art of Nurtured Parenting.

Gayle Berry

Nurture Expert

The Nature Of Babies

Gayle Berry is an award winning, international expert on parent and baby wellbeing in the field of nature and nurture. 

For the last 22 years she has been teaching the power of love to parents and babies by creating space for connection via nurturing touch, yoga and nature practices. She is the founder of Tree Babies which connects parents and babies back to nature.

She has trained over 2000 teachers to teach love to parents and babies across the world  with three international branches and numerous charitable projects to give back with an estimate of impacting many millions of babies as a community.

Kiva Schuler

Founder & CEO of the Jai Institute for Parenting

Into the Mind of our Child: The science of empathy

Kiva Schuler is the Founder and CEO of The Jai Institute for Parenting, and the author of the ground-breaking book The Peaceful Parenting (R)evolution: Changing the World by Changing How We Parent which examines the “consequences” of traditional parenting methods and offers a more modern approach grounded in emotional intelligence, values-led leadership, and effective communication.

Kiva’s passion for parenting stemmed from her own childhood experiences of neglect and trauma. Like many of her generation, she had a front-row seat to the kind of parenting that she did not want for her own children. The Jai Institute is the fulfillment of a promise that she made to herself when she was 16 years old that when she had children of her own, she would learn to parent them with compassion, consistency and communication.

On a mission to change the culture around parenting, Kiva wants children to grow up to reach their full potential, and live their lives free of trauma, shame and emotional wounds. As a mother, she has built an extraordinary business that has touched tens of thousands of lives, and empowered others who share her mission to do this work.

Katie Connolly

Somatic Parenting Coach

Thriving Parenthood: A journey to sustainable self-care for joyful families

Katie was given the gift of breathwork and meditation as a child, and discovered Somatic tools to move through experiences as they happened. She attributes this to her resilience, and has been sharing these tools with families and educators for over 12 years to promote wellbeing, and end unhealthy systemic patterns.

Katie is a Speaker, Expert Registered Yoga Teacher, Craniosacral Practitioner, Masters of Counselling Candidate, and founded a Registered Children’s Yoga School to teach adults tools to support children and youth. Katie has received many awards, to include the Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient for her Children’s Yoga Cards.

Art Yuen

Executive Director at Nurturings

The Science Behind the Eight Principles of Parenting

Art became Nurturings Executive Director in 2022 after serving as Knowledge Coordinator for 10 years. As Knowledge Coordinator she led literature scans, searches and reviews of research supporting API’s Eight Principles of Parenting, program development, fundraising and strategy.

She also led the active API NYC parent group for 10 years, organizing meetings and events and moderating an online group of 2,000 parents (pre-social media) and held other roles at Nurturings. 

She holds a BSBA in Finance and Accounting and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

BONUS DAY!

Day 5 Retreat: Sef-care for Professionals

Dena Tibsherany

Motherhood Therapist, Coach, & Podcast Host

Harmony Within: Stimulating the vagus nerve for equilibrium and empowerment

Dena Tibsherany is a mother and an empowerment based motherhood therapist, coach, and podcast host. She is a licensed masters level social worker certified in perinatal mental health.

Dena serves her community through speaking events, holding sacred space for mothers to heal and grow together, providing therapy, and through her online postpartum preparation courses.

Dena has devoted the past 16 years of her life to empowering people on their healing journeys through her work as a social worker, therapist, speaker, program developer, director, podcast host, and motherhood coach. She believes that mothers hold the unique power and ability to create healing not only for themselves, but for future generations.

Briar Culbert

Registered Psychotherapist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Somatic Practices for the Empathic Practitioner

Briar is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and yoga and meditation teacher who works with individuals and offers group workshops in Ontario.

She combines her training in counselling with her background in movement, biochemistry, and ceremony to foster a truly holistic and integrative approach. Through Briar’s embodied practices, thoughtful questions, reflective space, and coaching, clients are offered a unique space for their growth. 

Outside of work, Briar is a mother, multi-passionate learner, movement instructor, and constantly learning through diverse topics. She ensures that her ideas in workshops and one-on-one sessions are always practical and applicable!

Ria Keller

BodyMind Maturation Coach, Postpartum Doula

BodyMind Meditation & Drum Journey on the Theme of the Earth Element

Ria Keller is a BodyMind Maturation Coach, Postpartum Doula, Childhood development and care Professional and Chef.

She offers unique spaces for maturation coaching, trauma healing, conscious conception & pregnancy, and postpartum care. She is committed to diving deep into peoples emotional and behavioural patterns so they can heal at the root of their repeating struggles and problems. It is her vision to hold safe spaces that allow the wildness of life to return to thriving.

She lives in Northern Ireland with her Partner and 2 boys.

Brenda Hardy

Physiotherapist

Yin Yoga: Heart focused practice

I am a chartered physiotherapist (BscHons), acupuncturist, pilates and yin yoga teacher and BodyMind Maturation coach.

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