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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

Contributors' Bios


Heather Stephenson was the managing editor of the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves and editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause. She is the publisher at the Appalachian Mountain Club.  [back to list of contributors]


Kiki Zeldes was part of the editorial team for the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves and for Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause. She develops content for and manages the Our Bodies Ourselves website, www.ourbodiesourselves.org.   [back to list of contributors]


Elana Hayasaka formerly worked on publications for Our Bodies Ourselves. A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a master’s degree in science and medical journalism from Boston University.   [back to list of contributors]

Neda Joury Penders, MPH, chairs the Public Policy Committee for Our Bodies Ourselves. Her experience includes women’s health advocacy and work on legislative issues. She has consulted on numerous political campaigns. She is the mother of two young sons.   [back to list of contributors]

Tekoa L. King, CNM, MPH, is editor in chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California at San Francisco.   [back to list of contributors]

Lydia Mayer, MD, MPH, is an obstetrician and medical ethicist. Her work focuses on community health and balancing social and personal ethics in healthcare.   [back to list of contributors]

Judy Norsigian is executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves. A cofounder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and coauthor of all Simon & Schuster editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves, she is a renowned speaker and writer on women’s health.   [back to list of contributors]

Cornelia van der Ziel, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist who works at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Cambridge and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She coauthored Big, Beautiful and Pregnant, a book for plus-size women.  [back to list of contributors]


Adrienne Asch is the director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University. She is also professor of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.  [back to list of contributors]

Katherine Arnoldi (www.katherinearnoldi.com), an activist for equal rights to education for teenage mothers, is the author of The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom and All Things Are Labor.   [back to list of contributors]

Barbara L. Behrmann, PhD, is the author of The Breastfeeding Café: Mothers Share the Joys, Secrets & Challenges of Nursing. She speaks throughout the United States and Canada on breast- feeding from a woman’s perspective.   [back to list of contributors]

Cathryn Elise Brubaker, MA, is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation concerns sex, gender-role orientation, and health behavior engagement. She is also interested in comparative childbirth practices and strengthening the rights of midwives.  [back to list of contributors]

Andrea J. Buchanan is the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every Other Minute of It and editor of the anthologies It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl and Literary Mama. She is a founding editor of the online magazine Literary Mama (www.literarymama.com).  [back to list of contributors]

Sarah Cox is the director of maternity services for St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, and is a contributing editor for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. She has worked in national and international health for over twenty- five years.   [back to list of contributors]

Sayantani DasGupta is a pediatrician at Columbia University and mother of two. Her books include Her Own Medicine: A Woman’s Journey from Student to Doctor and Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies.  [back to list of contributors]

Kristin DeJohn, an award- winning writer and television producer, has been honored by the American Medical Association and by American Women in Radio and Television. She is the mother of two young daughters.   [back to list of contributors]

Cheryl de Jong-Lambert is a senior development editor for Pearson Allyn & Bacon and an occasional freelance writer. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, William; son, Riley, age four; and daughter, Halina, who’s sixteen months old.   [back to list of contributors]

Khady Diouf, MD, grew up in Dakar, Senegal, and is pursuing her training in obstetrics/gynecology in Boston. She hopes to focus her skills on working with women in underserved communities.   [back to list of contributors]

Leah Diskin is raising two daughters, and writing, from home. Her master’s degree in anthropology is from Stanford University, where she focused on the social construction of gender. She is a daughter of an Our Bodies Ourselves founder.   [back to list of contributors]

Elizabeth Fabel has given birth to two beautiful daughters, one of whom died in infancy. She has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a senior technical adviser at EngenderHealth, an international nonprofit agency.   [back to list of contributors]

Taran Jefferies is a research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She immersed herself in sociology and molecular biology at Wesleyan University, and decided to dedicate herself to public health issues with a master’s degree from Harvard.   [back to list of contributors]

Lois Jovanovic, MD, is the chief scientifi c offi cer of the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. She has written more than 250 articles on diabetes and obstetrics, as well as the American Diabetes Association publication Medical Management of Pregnancy Complicated by Diabetes.   [back to list of contributors]

Stacey Kabat is an Academy Award–winning human rights advocate. She has been recognized internationally for her work with battered women and children. Currently she works as a maternal child health nurse and lactation consultant in inner-city Boston.   [back to list of contributors]

Lauren Korfine is a home-birth mama, doula, birth activist, and lecturer in psychology and women’s studies. She received her degrees from Cornell and Harvard, but her education from her three children. She lives in Ithaca, New York, with her family.   [back to list of contributors]

Jacqueline Lapidus is an editorial consultant with extensive experience in the fields of health care, business, and travel, as well as a poet and essayist. For ten years she taught the writing component of Current Topics in Medicine at Harvard Extension School.   [back to list of contributors]

Margaret Lazarus is an Academy Award–winning documentary fi lmmaker who, with Renner Wunderlich, has made many fi lms about social justice for Cambridge Documentary Films. She is the author of the chapter about violence and abuse in the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.  [back to list of contributors]

Mayri Sagady Leslie is a certified nursemidwife and faculty member at Georgetown University. She chairs the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and is a leader with the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, working to make mother- friendly maternity care a worldwide standard.   [back to list of contributors]

Patricia Lohr is an ob-gyn and a fellow in contraceptive research and family planning at Magee–Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She agrees with Spike Milligan, who said, “Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.”   [back to list of contributors]

Catherine McKinley is the author of The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts.   [back to list of contributors]

Lisa Noguchi conducts anti-HIV vaginal microbicide research at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania and was formerly service director of St. Luke’s Hospital Nurse-Midwifery Service in San Francisco’s Mission District.   [back to list of contributors]

Heidi Raykeil is the author of the book Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido. She is an editor and columnist at the online magazine Literary Mama (www.literarymama.com).   [back to list of contributors]

Judith P. Rooks is a midwife, epidemiologist, consultant, and writer focusing on maternal and child health, family planning, and midwifery. She is a past president of the American College of Nurse- Midwives and the author of Midwifery and Childbirth in America.   [back to list of contributors]

Alice Rothchild is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. She has been honored with a community service award from the school and a Best of Boston’s Women Doctors Award from Boston magazine.   [back to list of contributors]

Caitlin Rothermel is the editorial director of CADRE (the Council for the Advancement of Diabetes Research and Education). She is also a Seattle- based mom, wife, medical writer, and MPH candidate at the University of Washington.   [back to list of contributors]

Linda Schutt, BS, CM, CPM, has been a homebirth midwife since 1982. She is chairperson of the New York State Board of Midwifery and a preceptor for the National College of Midwifery. She has two sons, both born at home.   [back to list of contributors]

Penny Simkin is a childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor who lectures and writes extensively on childbearing topics, including sexual abuse.  [back to list of contributors]

Andy Steiner is a freelance writer, author of Spilled Milk: Breastfeeding Adventures and Advice from Less-Than- Perfect Moms, and former senior editor at Utne Reader. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and two daughters.

Naomi E. Stotland, MD, is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research area is weight gain and nutrition during pregnancy. She and her husband have a three- year-old daughter.  [back to list of contributors]

Janelle S. Taylor teaches anthropology at the University of Washington. She has written numerous articles on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of obstetrical ultrasound, and is coeditor of the volume Consuming Motherhood. She has two children.   [back to list of contributors]

Judith Stadtman Tucker is a writer and advocate for mothers’ and caregivers’ rights. She is the founder and editor of The Mothers Movement Online (http://www.mothersmovement.org/).   [back to list of contributors]

Cindy Turner- Maffei, MA, IBCLC, is national coordinator for Baby- Friendly USA, a faculty member of the Healthy Children Project, and an adjunct professor at the Union Institute & University. She is the author of several publications about breast- feeding.  [back to list of contributors]






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