• Conference Speakers

    These speakers will be featured at the 2014 Northwest Doula Conference on October 6th, 2014.  Tickets can be purchased here. Please check back for more updates!

    Pippi KesslerPippi Kessler:

    Pippi Kessler is an educational consultant, speaker, and educator who currently resides in NYC.  Pippi has trained hundreds of educators and parents across the country to in active listening to be more effective communicators. At this workshop, you will learn concrete verbal and non-verbal techniques to demonstrate that you care for your clients. By communicating to others that you value them as human beings, you will build strong relationships, powerful collaborations, equitable communities, and empowering birth and postpartum experiences.


    Penny SimkinPenny Simkin, PT:

    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/

    Cynthia Good Mojab Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM

    Cynthia Good Mojab, MS Clinical Psychology, is a Clinical Counselor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, author, researcher, and internationally recognized speaker. She is also Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. As one of a small group of mental health care providers in the world who are also IBCLCs, she has a strong interest in the emerging field of lactational psychology. She is the Director of LifeCircle Counseling and Consulting, LLC. She formerly served as Research Associate in the Publications Department of La Leche League International and was on the faculty of Parkland College. She has authored, contributed to, and provided editorial review of numerous publications related to breastfeeding, culture, and psychology.

    Sheila Capestany Sheila Capestany, MPH, MSW:

    Sheila Capestany is the Executive Director of Open Arms Perinatal Services, a community-based organization providing support to low income pregnant and parenting people and their families. Sheila has 25+ years in the non-profit and human services sector, with a broad range of experience and knowledge in the areas of social justice, public health and support for women and children. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. A doula for 24 years, Sheila is interested in the connections between local and global maternal and child health and wellbeing, and supporting community-based efforts worldwide.

    Emily HealyEmily Healy, IBCLC, RLC:

    Emily Healy works as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine.  Her highest credential is MOM to three amazing kids.  Emily is a dedicated lactivist.  She volunteers for several breastfeeding organizations, including two she co-founded: Rooting for Mama, and Collaborative for Breastfeeding Action and Justice.  She’s especially passionate about social justice and undoing racism in the breastfeeding world, and resigned from her very active role in La Leche League after being sanctioned for her work on these issues.  Emily enjoys mentoring aspiring IBCLCs and breastfeeding counselors, and learns as much from them as they learn from her.

    Camie Jae Goldhammer Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton)

    Camie Jae Goldhammer is a Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant. Camie received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 2006, specializing in Maternal Mood Disorders and the affects of complex/Intergenerational trauma on attachment, bonding and the parenting practices of Native families. From 2006 to 2010 she served as a therapist with the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Behavioral Health Program and is currently the clinical supervisor with the Ina Maka home visiting program which serves pregnant and parenting women and their families in Washington’s urban-Indian community. She is the founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington as well as the Collaborative for Breastfeeding Action and Justice which grew from the 2013 Inequity in Breastfeeding Support Summit for which she was on the planning committee. In 2013, she became Washington state’s first Native American IBCLC. Currently, she practices both privately and at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine. Camie is the mother of two girls, Dylan (5) whom she proudly breastfed for nearly 4 years and her current nursling JoJo who will be 3 in October.