2017 Speakers

january harsheJanuary Harshe is a mother to six children. With each of her birth experiences being different, she wanted to inform women of their birth options and then support them in their own individual choices. She started the Birth Without Fear Facebook page as an outlet for this passion in May 2010 and the Birth Without Fear Blog followed in October 2010.

She now supports women through other social media outlets as well, such as Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. January’s passion is to support women on their journeys of womanhood, pregnancy, birth and motherhood with peace, love and healing.

Brandon Harshe, DC is a chiropractor, but more importantly a husband and father. Having successfully spent over a decade devoting his life to chiropractic, Brandon is now busy behind the scenes helping January bring her love and support and humor to women across the country.

With January running the gamut of various birth experiences over the course of six pregnancies and births, Brandon has learned quite a bit about what it takes to be a supportive partner in the process. And with six kids comes many more learning experiences as a husband and a father—all of which he plans on sharing about at Find Your Village and Birth Without Fear events!

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plus suez mommy memoirs, birth without fear conference, austin, txJen McLellan is a writer and childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision-making during pregnancy.

Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women to navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 3 year old.

10263215_10203762263719343_71235659_oKristin Hodson, MSW, LCSW is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of the newly published book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality. The Healing Group is Utah’s first women’s clinic dedicated to maternal mental health.

Kristin is passionate about issues related to motherhood as well as sexuality. She has contributed to Sheknows.com, Women’s Day Magazine, The Deseret News, has been a regular guest on the Radio From Hell show on x96 and appears on KSL’s Studio 5 talking about issues related to motherhood. She is a mother of two spirited kids and happily married.

1925000_574700415038_338564736_nNatalie Hodson is a wife and mom to two young children (ages four and one), and loves sharing personal recipes, workout routines, and encouraging others to make healthy decisions. Natalie started the website nataliehodson.com as a way to help keep herself accountable and share with others what has worked and what hasn’t. Through social media she teaches other moms how to incorporate the weight training and nutrition philosophies she has adopted as a mom to two kids, and she will touch on these life altering and transformative philosophies at the Birth Without Fear events.

afuaBorn in New Haven, CT, Afua Hassan, LM moved to Houston, TX after obtaining her degree from Brown University (Providence, RI). While in Houston, she furthered her skills by graduating from the Houston School of Midwifery.

Though Afua has been a licensed midwife since 1985, she has known since childhood that being a midwife was the path for her. She currently runs The Birthing Place, where they are committed to offering a service for families who choose to birth their children at home. Simply put, The Birthing Place is a state of mind, rather than a physical address.

unnamedBrian Salmon, CLC, RT is a Doula, Birth Mentor, Certified Lactation Counselor and creator of Rocking Dads™ and Facilitating Fearless Birth. Brian and his team attend many births in San Antonio, Texas. Brian has worked with over 19,000 expecting families and is the owner of BabyVision Ultrasound prenatal imaging centers.

Brian has a degree in Radiology and studied Bio-Chem with an emphasis in pathophysiology. He is a DONA trained, Birthing from Within doula and mentor trained and loves continuous growth. As the father of two girls (6 and 11) he is no stranger to parenting and the normal struggles and joys of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Keep your eyes out for him on television as he is in development for a docu-series about pregnancy and birthing.

jade beallJade Beall is a proud mother and a Tucson, AZ based world-renown Photographer specializing in truthful images of women to inspire feeling irreplaceably beautiful as a counter-balance to the airbrushed photoshopped imagery that dominates main stream media.

Her recent work “A Beautiful Body Project” has touched hundreds of thousands of women’s lives and garnered global attention from media outlets including the BBC, The Huffington Post & beyond. Jade’s book series and media platform feature untouched photos of women alongside their stories of their journeys to build self-esteem in a world that thrives off women feeling insecure.

Jade’s dream is to inspire future generations of women to be free from the unnecessary self-suffering and embrace their beauty just as they are.

unnamedWorking in the midwifery field since 2009, Lena Kilic, CDM has been honored to be a part of such a special moment in a family’s life. Helping a mama find the path to her best birth is a job Lena takes seriously and she works to create a space that is peaceful, respectful and supportive.

With her midwifery partner, Kirsten Gerrish, she owns Heritage Birth Centers with three locations in beautiful Alaska as well as a float center, Float Alaska. Their philosophy of empowered birth, Mother-Led Care, is their driving focus as they work to change the current cultural view of birth.

unnamedAmy Griffith is a Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Expert, creator and star of her own Yoga DVD’s, and a mom of two. After dancing professionally as a Radio City Rockette and on Broadway, Amy was committed to furthering her knowledge of movement. She completed her yoga certifications while living in New York City before life as a mom began…

Exercising Balance is where Amy shares inspiration and motivation for living a healthy lifestyle before and after baby. Through her blog, yoga DVD’s and social media pages, the message of Trust, Acceptance and Love shines through. Amy encourages moms to focus on celebrating their bodies, feeling healthy, strong and loving their own uniquely beautiful selves! Exercising balance in motherhood is a continuous work in progress. It means we do our best to fuel and strengthen our bodies, we connect in loving ways with our family and we learn to take care of ourselves. Sharing her real life experiences, Amy illustrates the importance of being kind, gentle and forgiving of oneself as we stumble through motherhood together.

daggettJessica Daggett is a mama, wife, doula and educator. She has a great passion for seeing families grow through community and education.

As the mother of three lively little humans, she has bounded through the joys and trudged through the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. It’s the most rewarding and exhausting experience she’s ever known.

In early 2012, her family began walking the weary road of perinatal loss with the death of her second daughter. She was stillborn due to a cord accident at 34 weeks gestation. Then again at Christmas 2014 she lost her fourth daughter to a genetic defect. It has become a deep passion of hers to educate families and communities on the impact of Pregnancy and Infant Loss. She makes it a priority to be available for families experiencing losses and to provide support and resources for help and assistance during these times.

After going through her experience in 2012, she wanted to know all she could about pregnancy and childbirth. She began studying at Aviva College for her Perinatal Health Professional certification. She completed course work and practicum in 2013 and her excitement for this work grows every day.

unnamedNicole Tucker, Writer and Educator, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Hypnotherapist, Compassionate Communication trainer, Mindfulness Meditation teacher, Fertility mentor, Childbirth and Parent educator, and a retired Certified Licensed Midwife.

Nicole has been working with women and families since 1996, spending two decades supporting and learning from the amazing families she has cared for and helping them define their own success.

Wendy-FosterWendy Foster is a Pilates Instructor, prenatal/postpartum exercise specialist, developer of the Mamalates method and master trainer for all Mamalates instructor trainings. For the past 10 years, she has dedicated her Pilates based practice exclusively to pre/post women producing a mom + baby restorative workout DVD in 2008.

She has been in the mind-body fitness industry for over 18 years: owning studios, consulting/speaking, teaching private sessions and classes and training other professionals. She had an unplanned cesarean in 2004 and a VBAC in 2006. She lives in Portland, OR. with her husband and two sons.

FCHindsFrank Hinds, MD, OB/GYN and his family moved to Central Texas in 2006, where he has built a busy OB/GYN practice in Cedar Park. In the last four years alone, he has delivered over 2,000 babies and simultaneously maintained a busy surgical practice.

Dr. Hinds was one of the first physicians recruited to be clinical faculty by the Texas A&M University Medical School. He particularly enjoys his time with the medical students, both in the clinical setting and during small group lectures. An Honors graduate of the U.T. Health Science Center at Houston, he completed both his medical school and residency training under some of the foremost leaders in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.