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Who we are - the "Passioneers"

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Some of our "Passioneers" are not actively leading workshops but they are still inspirational! 

Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), IBCLC, LCCE
CEO and Founder
As CEO, Teri is the Creative Energy Organizer! She is the creator of The Idea Box for the Creative and Interactive Childbirth Educator and its supplement Staying Energized.
In addition to PfB I am also a DONA doula trainer for the Simkin Centerl/Bastyr U. I am a past president of Lamaze.  Locally I am a member of Skagit County Breastfeeding Coalition and a member of PATTCh.
I teach for two local hospitals and serve as a lactation consultant at one.  I very occasionally attend births as a doula, when it fits with my travel schedule.  My two kids are now adults and continue to be my pride and joy.  

I have been a registered Nurse since 1993. I started working with Fresno EOC Early Head Start in 2000 as their Maternal Child Health and Disabilities Coordinator, and it was there that my passion for helping pregnant families evolved! This led me to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lamaze Labor Support and Teen Specialist, and a DONA Birth Doula.

The births of my own three children showed me how empowering an experience Birth can be ... if you have the tools to make it happen your way, and working with women taught me that most families don't have these tools.

Breastfeeding my own three children, all while working full time and some for an extended period of time, taught me what true bonding and being in love is!

Working with families taught me that Breastfeeding is an art...
not always easy, and that women need support.  I extended my education to become a Certified Lactation Education Counselor as well as a La Leche League Peer Counselor Administrator so that I could better support our community and my clients. 

Currently I teach Lamaze classes, Breastfeeding, Baby Basics and an early pregnancy class and am in private practice as a doula and Lactation services.  I am part of the local Birth Network and Breastfeeding Taskforce.   
Cathy Holland, RN, BS, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE
Cathy is old enough to retire, but loves sharing, teaching, and learning. Recently became a Reiki Master, CranioSacral worker and love integrating energy work with pregnant, birthing, and new families. CathyHolland@aol.com


Ann Israel, MA, LCCE, E-RYT, FACCE 
Ann has been a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator since 1993 and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators since 2007.  Since 1993 she has worked with over 1300 pregnant women in the Baltimore, Maryland area. She is the owner and founder of Yoga For Moms and conducts Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings across the country. Ann has served on the faculty of ICEA in 2005 and 2006 and conducted their Perinatal Fitness Teacher Trainings. In addition to her LCCE certification she is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Whole Birth Yoga Teacher. She serves as a Guest Expert for the Mindful-Mama online networking community on the topics of Pregnancy, Birth and Exercise. Ann wrote the new Lamaze Prenatal Yoga Workshop and trains other Prenatal Yoga Teachers throughout the country. She is married and has two wonderful sons whom she home schooled until high school.


Jan Madsen, RN, BSN, FACCE
My first experience with Lamaze was when I was a student nurse. I observed one Lamaze class and I was hooked. I remember saying, “that is what I want to do when I become a nurse!”  And so it was, just two years after graduating from college, that I found myself writing my ASPO Lamaze syllabus. As you can tell by the name—that was a long time ago—28 years to be exact.  I was also pregnant with my first child!  I was fortunate to work in L&D in a unit that was very low tech and high touch.  I worked for four years in L&D. For two years, I taught nursing at the University of Nebraska (where I role played transition and asked the students how they might care for me!).  Following teaching, I, worked as a Maternal-child health nurse doing home visits on moms and babies going home in less than 24 hours. For the last 23 years, I have coordinated community Education and have had the opportunity to develop and teach programs, as well as help provide education for nurses and childbirth educators to help them work toward normal, healthy birth. In 2007, I began coordinating all of the regional coordinators for Lamaze and in 2008, started training as a trainer for Passion for Birth.  It is a joy to work with Teri and Passion for Birth.  I am excited to help facilitate these training programs and always learn, right along with the participants.  Passion for Birth educators are truly a wonderful group of talented, supportive individuals. I am married and have three grown kids, a dog and a cat. I love to write poetry and volunteer with the Sudanese refugees in my community.
Oana Melinte-Moraru, LCCE, MD
I always wanted to do something to touch people's lives. Lamaze and Teri Shilling offered me this wonderful opportunity by allowing me to bring Lamaze Childbirth Education and Passion for Birth Program into my country - Romania. I am working since December 2004 as a childbirth educator and since 2006 as a PfB faculty. I am the mother of a beautiful, gray eyed boy - Eric and the wife and a wonderful, supportive husband - Viorel. Thanks to them and to my mother and father I am who I am today - a passionate, hard working Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

Jill Morrow, BA, LCCE

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), LCCE
 Sharon Muza is a certified birth doula, independent Lamaze certified childbirth educator, and DONA approved doula trainer living in Seattle, Washington.   She has an active birth doula practice in Seattle, serves on the faculty of the Simkin School, Seattle Midwifery, Bastyr University as a doula trainer and is the co-leader of ICAN Seattle   She teaches birth classes independently as well as for other Seattle organizations and also serves as President of REACHE  (Regional Association of Childbirth Educators of Puget Sound)  She loves living in Seattle with her two daughters, Hannah and Sophie and their golden retriever Katie.  Check out New Moon Birth to learn more about what keeps Sharon busy in Seattle.

Teresa Navarro, LCCE 
I believe in the power of Nature. I believe in the power of Women. And I believe in the power of Love. I've seen the miracle of the three becoming one during Birth...
That is my passion !

I am also a Psicologist, Bach Flower Therapist, LCCE, Doula in Training for Dona International and International Dona Approved Birth Trainer. Director and Founder of Centro Mae


Mary Jo Podgurski
Mary Jo began work as a birth advocate in the Seventies. She has had the great honor of preparing thousands of people for birth and at one time was the only Lamaze educator in her small town; since the Eighties her practice has concentrated on adolescents. Her Teen Outreach mentors close to 200 pregnant and parenting teens a year. Mary Jo recently completed her doctorate in education - proof that age is no deterrent for a woman with a mission!
Pat Predmore
Patricia has been a childbirth educator for over 25 years, and clearly loves what she’s doing.  She gave birth to her business Birth Matters! 18 years ago and in 2007 opened a center dedicated to the education and support of women and their families throughout the childbearing year in Rochester, NY.  She has been supported in this joyous labor by her husband, John, and three amazing children, Karen, Laura and Nathan, and by many wonderful women who believe that a woman's birth experience does matter!.  She is a nurse, Lamaze certified childbirth educator (also FACCE), a DONA certified doula and birth doula trainer, the immediate past DONA International Director of Education. 
Augie Rigual, BA, CD, LCCE
Through a grant from the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, I had the privilege to run a Doula Program where doula services and childbirth classes were offered at no cost to women in the community.   For the last 10 years I have been teaching childbirth to the community through two County Health Departments.  I enjoy teaching in English and Spanish because there is a big Spanish population in Florida and I am able to reach them. Sometimes I do community classes to the pregnant moms at the jail and have great success stories about that.  It is very rewarding to me to be able to educate single moms as well as couples in the birthing process.  After the birth, I offer a community CAFÉ (support group) where moms are welcome to attend with their babies, share their experiences and learn about breastfeeding and parenting.  Enabling them to look at the birth in a positive way and giving them the tools to feel empowered with the knowledge is an amazing feeling.
Laurie Stephen
Connie Sultana, BA, CD(DONA), ICCE, LCCE
Connie thrives on working with pregnant families in various settings. She has worked with teens in inner-city Cleveland, with the Amish and Mennonite in the Ozarks, and with her neighbors in the wine country of California. Her email is conniesultana@sbcglobal.net

Ann Tumblin
Ann loves birthing, the beach, and tennis.  She has been teaching Lamaze for 30 years and recently attended her first grandbaby's birth.  She loves helping new cbes and doulas.  You can contact her at atumblin@aol.com or her website, ncdoula.com
Robin has been a childbirth educator for nearly 20 years. She also enjoys attending births as a certified doula to make practical use of her classroom skills. She is an author and the guide on pregnancy.about.com .  She is also active on birthactivist.com and her personal website is robineliseweiss.com

Books written by Passioneers that are available on Amazon.com!

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