Conference Speakers

 
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Mary Cooper

Mary helped at her first birth September 28, 1978. She had 2 of her 3 children at home, unassisted, because the midwife never made it. She has had the privilege of helping with 4000+ births, which have included 40 sets of twins, 55+ breech babies, 70+ VBAC births and Healing Births. She gives all Glory to God who put the Midwife Call on her life & to the Women & Babies who have shared their Wisdom with her. She is a Community Midwife, meaning she lives in the same community she practices in. She hopes to help 3 generations, before she even thinks of retiring. Her hobbies are stained glass, speaking, writing articles and volunteering. She also loves renovating & worship.

 
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Carol Gautschi, CPM, LM

Carol has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a Traditional Holistic Midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because, in addition to teaching the nuts and bolts of her subject, she emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship not just with the mom but the baby. 

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

 
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Dr. Lee Norton, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W. 

Dr. Norton, a Nashville local, draws from her 25 years of expertise in anxiety and traumatic stress disorders to provide birth professionals with a greater understanding of the dynamics of trauma. She’s even the the founder and director of the Center for Trauma Therapy in Franklin, TN, and designed and taught graduate courses in trauma at the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. Dr. Norton is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; and a board certified forensic traumatologist. She's worked extensively throughout the U.S. as a forensic mental health expert in capital cases in state and federal courts, and for all branches of the military. She is President of the Institute of Trauma Research and Policy Studies, where her duties include editing, writing, and teaching. She is also a member of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH),  and has presented at IALMH conferences around the world.

 
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Maryanne Richardson, CPM-TN, EMT-IV, RN

Since August, 1994, Mary Anne Richardson has been in the field of birth. During that time she has trained and worked in hospital settings, and in the homes of clients. Her experience with birth includes management of: breech, twins, shoulder dystocias, VBACs, and hemorrhage. She has dealt with placenta previa, placenta abruption, retained placenta, cord wraps, and velamentous insertion of the cord. While caring for families as a midwife and monitrice, she maintains three TN State licenses and she is currently active in providing education to other midwives and students to improve midwifery care for mothers and babies across the country.  She has presented courses to students in local universities and colleges about midwifery. She was honored to serve as the Keynote presenter at a “Empower Your Birth Conferenceâ€.   She has developed and presented courses for midwifery students and midwives, some of which have been accredited by MEAC(Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council) and a presentation at MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) a international midwifery conference.

 
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Heather Munoz, CPM-TN, RN, NRP Instructor, TMA President

Heather developed a love for maternal and newborn health in 2002 as she witnessed firsthand the suffering and lack of nutrition of women and children in East Africa. She became a Registered Nurse in 2004 and has had experience in Medical/Surgical, Postpartum and Nursery units. Heather has had the opportunity to serve low-income and refugee/immigrant population with the Vanderbilt Midwives in Nashville. In 2006, she began her training to become a Certified Professional Midwife and now serves families in Middle Tennessee as a licensed CPM-TN, and has been an NRP Instructor for 6 years. Heather has been married for 12 years and has 5 children - 2 daughters, 3 sons, including twin boys!  Her children are her inspiration to assist women into a healthy season of motherhood.

 
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Taylor Broggie, REstorative Exercise Specialist-Certified Personal Trainer

Taylor Broggie, of Anthology Wellness LLC, enjoys working with local Nashville mamas and birth professionals to help women improve their alignment for better pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery. Her workshops and classes provide education on the benefits of natural movement and teach corrective exercises to relieve tension and build strength in weak areas. After Taylor graduated from Westmont College with a B.S. in Movement and Exercise Science, her own personal health journey led her to look into restorative exercise. In 2010 she trained under Katy Bowman (creator of Nutritious Movement™, formerly Restorative Exercise) and became certified as a Restorative Exercise Specialist. In addition to working locally, she trains teachers as a member of the Nutritious Movement™ faculty. In her free time, Taylor likes to hike with her family, travel, and try new restaurants. She lives in Nashville with her husband Matt and their adorable daughter June (15 months).