We are thrilled to work with a range of international industry experts. For more information please read below.
Health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Trauma. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Associate Professor in Child Public Health
Dr Amy Brown is an Associate professor in Child Public Health in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University, UK. Her research explores the psychology of maternal and infant health and wellbeing, particularly during the first 1001 days of pregnancy and the first two years of life. She has a particular expertise in infant nutrition, but her research also explores the wider yet inter related issues of normal baby behaviour, sleep, parenting and postnatal depression.
As part of her role, Dr Brown leads the MSc in Child Public Health – an interdisciplinary programme which explores the evidence base behind child public health policy in the UK and internationally. This programme is particularly popular amongst health professionals and graduate students alike and has attracted students from South Korea, Nigeria, Canada, Guatemala and Ghana to name a few.
Professor Amy Brown
Anna is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has worked in a variety of settings. She has post graduate qualifications in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (Bobath); Sensory Integration Therapy, SCERTS and COOP. She has advanced training in the use of Therapeutic Listening (TLP) and is one of the two UK trainers and mentors for this treatment program.
Anna has worked providing specialist therapy in acute, community, and outpatient settings. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of children under 5 years with complex needs, including Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Autism. She vice-chairs the OT ASD forum and is a member of the OT managers and clinical leads forum at the College of Occupational Therapy.
Independent HV, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Tongue-tie Practitioner
Sarah Oakley’s background is in community and practice nursing and health visiting. In 2009 she left the NHS to focus on breastfeeding and set up a private practice having qualified as in International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2011 she trained at Southampton to perform frenulotomy and has done over 3000 procedures privately since. She also continues to work on a volunteer basis for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) as part of the training team. She regularly provides training healthcare professionals and breastfeeding supporters in infant feeding and tongue-tie and continues to run two breastfeeding support groups.
She is a founder member and Chair of The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners.
Leila is the founder of Inspiring Births and Minds, based in Surrey. She offers hypnobirthing education and hypnotherapy sessions.
Leila began her career in the medical field, specialising in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound since 2003. She later trained as a hypnotherapist in 2008, having received huge personal benefit after suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia after her first birth.
Today, Leila continues to be blown away by the benefit of hypnotherapy for PTSD and has used the treatment with a wide range of people, including children, fertility clients, pregnant mothers and those with cancer.
Leona is a Certified Play Therapist (Play Therapy UK) and Supervisor who has extensive experience working with children from a variety of circumstances; particularly those who have experienced trauma, abuse, anxiety, low self-esteem and attachment difficulties. She is also trained in Therapeutic Life Story Work, Parent-Child Attachment Play, and working with trauma. She has published articles in ‘Play For Life’ magazine and has undertaken research into the use of hide-and-seek in Play Therapy.
Child Sleep Consultant, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Postpartum Doula
Andrea is trained and certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Child and Infant Sleep Consultant. Andrea has helped over 8000 families get better sleep. She also has extensive hands-on experience working with babies throughout the night.
Leah De Shay graduated from La Sierra University with a degree in Psychology and Speech Pathology and Audiology and is also a certified Lactation Consultant.
Leah has since worked in various health care systems including as Welcome Baby Program Director for a pilot in the Providence Health system and a Lactation Consultant in Post Partum, NICU, PICU and L&D at the Santa Monica and Reagan Hospital locations of UCLA. In addition to her clinical practice, Leah also assistant teaches for the UC system Lactation program online.
Leah De Shay
Digital Marketing Specialist
Since leaving the corporate world in 2014 Laura has built an incredible community, hosted and been invited to speak at international events, achieved multiple 6-figure sales in her product launches and taught her methods to thousands of people all over the world.
Laura will be showing our Sleep Coaches how to attract their dream clients, stand out online and generate value, in order to grow their business.
Breastfeeding Specialist and founder of Every Woman Collective.
Anna Horn is a breastfeeding specialist and founder of Every Woman Collective, an online platform showcasing interdisciplinary work on inequalities with women’s health. Holding a MSc in social epidemiology and a BA in anthropology, Anna’s main areas of interests include breastfeeding, maternal-child health, infectious diseases in pregnancy and particularly, understanding the social determinants underlying health outcomes for women, their babies and families. Previously, Anna has worked in education, HIV/sexual health outreach and national maternal-child health surveillance.
Pregnancy and Lactation Expert
Laurel is an author, international speaker and pregnancy and lactation expert. She served as the Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for 16 years and now is on the Senior Advisor Board. She is on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee and also on the Advisory Board for InJoy Birth and Parenting. She owns Mother Journey, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves
Medical historian and health educator Maureen Minchin has been involved in global efforts to promote evidence-based infant feeding for decades, and is internationally recognised for her pivotal role in creating the lactation consultant profession. She has been a consultant to international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has educated health professionals, including through creating university-based courses in the UK and Australia. And she is an Editorial Board member for the open-access online International Breastfeeding Journal.
Maureen Minchin BA Hons, MA (Melb);
Dr Robin Fawcett is a family doctor with a special interest in integrative health and child wellbeing. She completed her medical doctorate at Duke University in the United States and an MA in the History of Medicine at UCL; she now practices as a GP in the NHS. Dr Fawcett also speaks at public events (including TEDx) to raise awareness of the importance of lifestyle medicine and our connection to the natural world.
Dr Robin Fawcett
Professor of Anthropology and Researcher
Helen Ball is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, England, where she runs the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. She has published widely on infant sleep, breastfeeding, bed-sharing, SIDS-risks, and postnatal care. She works with UK hospitals, breastfeeding and parenting organisations on infant sleep safety, feeding interventions and is involved in local and national policy development. She is a member of LLLGB’s Panel of Professional Advisors, NCT’s Research Advisory Group, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Human Lactation.
Professor Helen Ball
Dr Adele has worked as a paediatrician in the NHS for well over a decade, and is in the final year of her post graduate training, sub-specialising in paediatric emergency medicine. She has worked in all areas of paediatric medicine, from neonatal care through to community and developmental paediatrics, as well as having significant experience overseas. Her interest in gentle parenting approaches was deepened when she had her own children, and she is excited to see a gradual but widespread shift towards this within child health services.
Dr Adele Cowper
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Shel is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with extensive experience within the NHS in research, training and project management. Her own successful private practice assists mothers and babies with feeding issues, and she also works in the tertiary sector with various national organisations. She is the author of “Why Formula Feeding Matters”, and is currently working on the Cochrane systematic reviews on Infantile Colic. Shel is heavily involved in the voluntary sector being the Vice-Chair for the UK Association of Milk Banking, and Chair of Communications Team for the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain.
LGBT Advocate, Campaigner and Human Rights Activist
Gillian is an LGBT+ advocate, campaigner and human rights activist. A former primary school teacher, she is passionate about ensuring that the education system and youth workers are suitably equipped to support LGBT young people. Gillian delivers training to corporate companies, conferences and private organisations, as well as actively campaigning for equality, and an intersectional and inclusive future for everyone.
Paula Hallam is the owner of Tiny Tots Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian with 20 years experience, working in both the NHS and private healthcare settings as well as consulting to charities. Paula has also completed additional training in paediatric nutrition and dietetics at Masters level both in the UK and South Africa.
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
After completing her first degree in French Studies (including phonetics, linguistics and socio-linguistics), Nicole went on to study Communication Science as a Post Graduate Diploma, where she gained a distinction and was also awarded the RCSLT Gold Medal for Clinical Excellence.
Nicole has nearly 20 years experience of working with patients with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and over a decade of working with children with significant sensory-behavioural feeding difficulties and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
Nicole currently works part-time for the NHS as well as privately with the Sensory Smart Child Practice, Walton and also independently from her own home.
IBCLC and Postpartum Doula
Sejal Fichadia is a mother of two teenagers, IBCLC, a postpartum doula, TummyTime!™ method tutor and a certified educator of infant massage. She offers infant massage instruction to sleep deprived parents who want to learn how to build a lifelong connection with their babies with a happy side effect of sweet slumber. Sejal continues to refine her skills by continuing her education through classes and conferences.