Barbara Lehr DOULA, CBE
Barbara Lehr was an enemy of the cross of Jesus Christ when He
claimed her as His own. He plucked her out of the mire, set her feet on a
rock, and has been surprising her ever since with undeserved gifts: a
husband, children, and opportunities to minister to women in their
childbearing years. She works as a doula, runs the website Christian
Doulas, teaches Bradley Childbirth Education courses, and
enjoys nourishing her family and friends with delicious food and kind
Brandi Wood CPM
In 1996 Brandi became certified as a Childbirth Educator and Doula.
For four years Brandi worked at the Madison County WIC (Woman Infants
and Children’s Program) as a lactation consultant. Brandi is an
apprentice trained, Certified Professional Midwife. Brandi has been a
midwife and has operated Home4Birth, LLC since 2001. She has been a
member of the Indiana Midwives Association since 1997 . Brandi became a
Certified Community Herbalist in 2011 through Shonda Parker’s Naturally
Healthy Course. Brandi has been the Director of Christian Midwives
International since 2004.
Carie Means CPM
Carie Means and her family serve as missionaries to Oaxaca, Mexico.
She has been a Certified Professional Midwife for over 3 years. Her
passion for birth began when she was 18 and attended the very natural
and very exhilarating birth of her nephew. She is grateful to her sister
for sharing this very intimate experience with her, showing her birth
is not scary, but beautiful. Shortly after the birth of Carie’s first
child, 14 years ago, she began studying to become a child birth
educator, then a doula, and finally a midwife. She studied in a typical
homebirth practice, at a high volume birth center, and most recently was
able to spend some time with an incredible and very experienced Mexican
midwife, Angelina Martinez Miranda. January of this was spent serving
pregnant women and their families on the north coast of Honduras.
Currently, she and her family are praying God will use her midwifery
skills to open doors in hard to reach areas of Oaxaca. Carie wishes
that all she does, both with midwifery and in ministering to her family,
to be glorifying to God.
Connie Mullen CPM, LM, CBE
Connie Mullen has been in the childbirth profession for over 28
years. She is a Florida Licensed Midwife, South Carolina Licensed
Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Childbirth Educator
and AHA Basic Life Support Instructor. In addition, she holds
certificates as a childbirth assistant, breastfeeding specialist and
fitness instructor. She is a Regional Coordinator and teacher trainer
with the Florida Outreach Childbirth Education Program and serves as a
midwife preceptor for the Florida Traditional School of Midwifery.
Connie is very active in the community working with women’s centers,
teen outreach and aiding couples and women seeking alternative
childbirth options. Connie and her husband of 30 years are enjoying life
with their three grown children and beautiful granddaughter.
Diane Youmans RN
More information coming soon about Diane!
Dr. Gregory Whitaker, MD
MD BS, 1974, University of South Carolina;
MD, 1978, Medical University of South Carolina;
U.S. Army 1978-1982;
Fellow, American College of OB/GYN, 1983-present;
Private Practice 1986-present;
St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Staff 1986-present; Memorial University Medical Ctr Staff 1986-present
He currently is the Medical Director for The Midwife Group and
Birth Center in Savannah, Ga. The midwives call him “the midwife in
Edie Wells CPM
Edie Wells is a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed in the state
of Wisconsin. She has been married to her husband Jon for 30 years.
They have three grown children and one grandchild (the second is due
right before the conference).
Edie has a strong interest in the politics and professionalism of
midwifery. She has been treasurer for NACPM, the Wisconsin Guild of
Midwives, and currently for the North Carolina Midwives’ Alliance.
She has been practicing as a primary midwife in solo practice since
1999, and in the last few years has been honored to travel twice to
Panama and three times to Haiti, including two months at Mama Baby
Haiti, a birth center in the rural, Northern part of Haiti.
Ireena Keeslar CPM, CBE
Ireena Keeslar CPM has been a practicing midwife in a rural setting
for over 13 years. She currently holds a Virginia state license as a
Midwife. In the past, she helped start 2 birthing centers in Indiana,
although no longer working at either one, has since went on to start 2
more-both in the state of Michigan where she currently works. She
serves families in their home and one of the 2 free standing birth
centers in Michigan. In the past, she has worked as a nurse, child birth
educator, breast feeding counselor for WIC, and has served on the
Indiana State Midwifery organization several times, as well as a
current board member for CMI. She is the founder of the Helping Hands
Ministry based on Matthew 25:35-40 (Indiana) which has serviced the
Lakota since 1992. She enjoys writing, crocheting, knitting, sewing,
drawing, painting, photography, gardening, herbal studies,
traveling-and most of all, spending time with her husband Scott of 33
years marriage, her 5 grown children and 5 grand children.
Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM
Jennifer Vanderlaan began working with pregnant woman as a childbirth
educator in 2000. Since that time she has created a volunteer doula
program, wrote five books about Christian childbirth, trained as a
nurse-midwife, worked in maternal health in six countries and earned a
master’s in public health. She continues to study women’s access to
health care, while allowing time to meet the reproductive health needs
of low income women.
Jill F. Whitfield CNM, MSN
Jill became a nurse in 1971 when she decided going to LPN school beat
going the entire senior year with nothing more than a high
school diploma. She earned her RN in 1977 and her BS in Education in
1984. She became a Childbirth Educator in 1978. She finished her first
MSN in 1999 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women’s Health and
completed her post graduate certificate in Midwifery in 2003. She has
devoted her 40 year career to caring for women, babies and families.
She currently is on staff at The Midwife Group and Birth Center in
Savannah, Ga (Ga’s only free standing Birth Center). She is married,
has two daughters, two son in laws and two granddaughters. She loves
sleeping, hiking, biking and sailing.
Kathy Nesper, ATCCE, CD(DONA)
President, Apple Tree Family Ministries
Kathy’s passion to help couples encounter God in childbirth led to her
role as co-founder (with the late Helen Wessel) and president of ATFM.
She is a certified childbirth educator and certified birth doula who has
trained and supported new parents since 1977, soon after the birth of
her first child. Kathy is co-author or editor of ATFM’s publications and
has written for Childbirth Instructor magazine, Spero News, Mutuality,
and others. She has spoken to the American College of Nurse-Midwives,
National Family Ministries Conference, California Association of
Midwives, Trust Birth Conference, La Leche League state conference, and
of course CMI!
Kelley O’ Briant
Kelley O’Briant received a degree in Cell Biology and Chemistry from
Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC. She served as a doula and
Childbirth Educator for 12 years helping those working with hospital
births. She initially received her training as a doula from DONA (2000)
and her certification from CAPPA (2001). Currently, she is also a
midwifery student with Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and has worked
as an assistant for 2 different midwives for 2 years. In 2007, she
purchased Precious Arrows Homebirth and Midwifery Supply and has been
blessed to see the business flourish and grow from hard work, sound
business practices and a lot of prayer. She is a single mom blessed
by six beautifully intelligent and independent thinkers to fill her
heart and keep her on her toes ranging in age from 14 to 5.
Kim Brown, M.A.
Kim Brown is a professer of psychology at Ball State University. She
has a passionate interest in both the psychology of women and in
developmental psychology. Kim has been teaching at the college level
for 15 years. She teaches a variety of topics: Development, Abnormal,
Adjustment, Women, Social and Personality. Kim has 2 children;
homeschooled all the way through. , Ellen, aged 19 and a college
freshman; Luke, aged 15 and a highschool sophomore.
Maryl Smith CPM, LM
Maryl is a certified, licensed midwife from Portland Oregon who has
attended home and birth center births since 1984. She loves teaching at
midwifery conferences, serving as adjunct staff at Birthingway College
of Midwifery and occasionally writing for Midwifery Today. Maryl
frequently travels the world with her pastor/musician husband, Dr. Tim
Smith. Their mission-based organization, Worship Without Borders, was
created to train, equip, and release worshippers in every culture. Her
home contains one husband, one of her four grown children, one very
opinionated cat and a strange assortment of indigenous musical
instruments. Spare moments are spent creating music, tending her herb
garden, playing with her granddaughters and serving as a council member
in her local Cherokee Nation community.
Rebekah Knapp Midwife
Rebekah has been a midwife for 15 years & serves a large variety
of families in a busy homebirth practice in NW MN & into ND. She
enjoy’s gardening, photography, traveling, visiting with family and
friends, sewing, & quilting. Rebekah serves on the board for CMI.
Suzanne Peight, Certified Advanced Women’s Health Herbalist and Lactation Specialist
Suzanne Peight is a Certified Advanced Women’s Health Herbalist (HOH
School of Herbology), Lactation Specialist (University of California)
and founder of the MotherCare Herbal Company. She is the formulator of
MotherCare Herbals, (www.mothercareherbals.com) a full-line of organic
and wild-crafted herbal remedies for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
Through her herbal remedies and herbal and lactation consulting,
Suzanne currently serves approximately 1,100 women per year. She
attended her first home-birth in 1998, and has been involved in
childbirth, breastfeeding and herbal therapies ever since. She is also
currently in the midst of her PEP process for Certified Professional