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Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet,and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Yang is also the author of the children’s books A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing, Yang Warriors, and From the Tops of the Trees. She co-edited the ground-breaking collection What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, as Notable Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, with a Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and garnered four Minnesota Book Awards. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Kao Kalia Yang teaches and speaks across the nation. 

Waubanewquay~Dorene Day
Native Life Ways Singer/Educator/Practitioner/Midwife

Dorene has dedicated over 30 years of her life, practicing our Anishinabe lifeways, by attending and learning
ceremonial protocols in Anishinabe country. She carries the responsibility of song keeper for her Midewiwin lodge. Dorene Day is an Artist and Educator. Through learning and teaching, she has worked a colorful wheel of trades; A Mother, Grandmother, Midwife, Bead and Textile Artist, Activist, Teacher, Writer, Singer/Performer, Counselor, and Trainer, Dorene has spent much time working in a spiritual capacity for her Anishinabe peoples. Waubanewquay is a 4th Degree Midewiwin, and Lead Woman singer for Center Fire in the Three Fires Midewiwin (Heartway), Lodge. She is a Midewanniquay ~Water Line Woman, those that vow to take care of the water. She sings “The Water Song”, to the water each day. Much of her work is related to spiritual practices and assisting in the connection and re-connection to spirit, and our spirit journey in life. Waubanewquay was trained in Midwifery in 1978-80 by Katsi Cook, Mohawk Midwife, through the Women’s Dance Health Project in Minnesota. Waubanewquay continues to teach today in tribal communities that are reclaiming traditional healing and traditional birth practices.

Megumi Rierson

As Our Justice’s Communications Director, Megumi aims to make abortion and all pregnancy resources accessible to everyone. Using storytelling, digital communications, and community outreach, she works to redistribute reproductive health care resources to people most impacted by reproductive oppression. Megumi brings experience in political communications, community organizing, and sex education to Our Justice’s expansive, life-affirming vision of reproductive justice.

Jessika Ralph, MD MSCI FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota, where she is active in clinical care, education, advocacy, and research. Dr. Ralph completed her doctorate at Northwestern University and went on to residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She then pursued a fellowship in Complex Family Planning at Northwestern University, where she also received a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. Dr. Ralph currently serves as Medical Director of Whole Woman’s Health Minnesota and the Women’s Health Specialists Clinic at the University of Minnesota, and is a Fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Her clinical work focuses on second trimester abortion care, contraception for the medically complex, and high-risk obstetrics. She is passionate about education and her research focuses on undergraduate and graduate education and training in abortion care.

Deborah Herman Juda (she/her), WHNP, APRN, is a Certified Professional Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She is newly employed by Just the Pill, a teleabortion clinic. She also works at Annex Teen Clinic in Robbinsdale, and volunteers at WE Health Clinic in Duluth. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology / Women’s Studies from Lewis and Clark College. After college, Deborah studied midwifery on the Juarez-El Paso border, then apprenticed with a homebirth practice serving Amish and Mennonite families in rural Wisconsin. Deborah attended out-of-hospital births from 2000 to 2008, at which point she became a registered nurse. Deborah has a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She has devoted her career to reproductive healthcare, and is deeply committed to reproductive justice. Deborah lives in Minneapolis with her husband, non-binary second grader, and ill-behaved hound dog named Naia.

Anuja Singh, MD completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Complex Family Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has a particular clinical interest in in contraception and access to abortion care.

Dr. LeeAnn Hubbard, OBGYN

Presentation: Updates on Hypertension in Pregnancy

I graduated residency at the U of M in 2009 and joined the faculty at Regions as I wanted to stay active in teaching as a part of my practice.  I enjoy the full scope of what an OBGYN does, walking with patients through some of the most important and vulnerable times of their lives, advocating for reproductive autonomy, and working together on improving care and closing disparities for all.  In my free time I try to keep up with my two children and occasionally get to read a good book.

Amanda (Mandy) Huber, APRN, CNM, IBCLC

Presentation: Stigmatizing Language in Healthcare Documentation

Mandy is a Midwife and Nurse in Minneapolis. She is the Key Abstractor for the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MN Department of Health). This work inspired her interest in and study of the stigmatizing approach that organized healthcare often takes towards patients.

She has been a member of the Hennepin County Medical Center Nurse Midwife Service for many years and continues to midwife per diem with this amazing group. She is a new School Nurse this year and is having a great time exploring the public health aspects of school nursing. Grade schooler shenanigans keep her laughing.

Mandy is active in MN and National ACNM committees and leads the MN Affiliate’s legislative campaign to achieve licensure for Certified Midwives in MN. She believes in the transformational power of the midwifery model.

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Further Abortion Resources

Medication Abortion Training:
Access, Delivered ~
Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare ~
Midwest Access Project ~
Abortion Training Centers ~
Reproductive Health Access Project ~

TeleMAB Clinics:
Just the Pill ~
Hey Jane ~
Plan C ~
Choix ~
Women on Web ~

Abortion Funding:
National Abortion Federation ~
National Network of Abortion Funds ~
Our Justice ~
HOTDISH Malitia ~
Women’s Medical Fund ~
Chicago Abortion Fund ~

Self-Managed Abortion:
Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported (SASS) ~