About The Conference

This is an interdisciplinary conference for all stakeholders in perinatal, reproductive and sexual healthcare with a focus on innovative, evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for individuals throughout the lifespan. The conference focuses on up to date information on perinatal, reproductive and sexual health.

Featuring speakers from multiple disciplines including: midwifery, nursing, obstetrics & gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, sexual health, social work, and doula care.

 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and delta variant in 2021, we have pivoted to offer a series of online CEUs via a Zoom platform. Our amazing speakers have graciously offered their talents to this online platform so we can still have access to this important information.

Once you’ve purchased access to these CEUs, you will have until April 2022 to complete watching the series.

Speakers

Ann Gilligan, RN

After graduation from Nursing School, my first position was in a labor and delivery unit in a small suburban hospital, working full-time night shift as the only RN. I had an experienced nurse sleep in the house if I had any questions. Yikes! Talk about getting your feet wet! I jumped right into a huge puddle.
From there, I went on to work in a high risk, labor and delivery unit, inner city. During this time period, I obtained my Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certificate and held that position along with my labor and delivery job, for 8 years.


An interest in the legal side, led me to become a Legal Nurse Consultant-specializing in OB cases. My Prenatal Yoga instructor title came next, realizing how important yoga and mindfulness is to maternal health.
I was part of the original medical team of a local freestanding birth center where I became water birth certified and was blessed to assist in a low risk, midwifery led, water immersion based birth center.
I have traveled to Bolivia and Tanzania, where I taught high risk obstetrics and maternal positioning for optimal fetal positioning. Most recently, I have obtained my certification for Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner and Evidence Based Birth Instructor.


A total and continuing nursing career of 32 years in obstetric nursing is my most satisfying accomplishment, outside of my marriage and the birth of my 3 children.


Each vocation has had an influence as to why and how I created Gilligan’s Guide. Gilligan’s Guide is an algorithm (a graphic chart that is easy to follow) which assists the pregnant body to rotate the unborn newborn into the optimal position for birth.

Nadine Ashby

I am a queer trans birth worker, community perinatal educator, and lactation educator. When I am not attending births or doing arts and crafts with my two children, you can usually find me outside practicing my jam-skating!

My birth work journey started with my mother taking me to the births of family members and friends. I leaned into the incredible transformative power that birthing people unearthed at each birth I attended. This reverence led me to earn a degree in Biology with the intention of becoming a nurse midwife.

This work is built on a foundation of social justice. It is our goal to guide clients into the birth room with every ounce of knowledge they need to make powerful choices. In all that we do we honor the ancestors that made it possible for us to continue healing one another through birthwork.

You can find more information on Nadine’s Doula work on their website, Doula4All.

Bee L’aurantier

I am a non-binary, queer birth worker, childbirth educator, and lactation educator counselor. In my free time I craft jewelry, cook meals for my friends and chosen family, and spend time outside in the sun.

Birth work is lifelong work, and a sacred way to connect with community. All birthing people deserve culturally competent care, and no one should have to birth alone without resources or support. It is our duty as birth workers to actively work towards dismantling the systems of oppression and white supremacy within the healthcare industrial complex. There will be no justice and no peace until Black, Indigenous, POC, Trans, and LGBTQIA+ folks are given the care they deserve, the care every person should receive.

This work at its core is the ability to hold space together with the individuals and families bringing life into the world as they actualize their power. To be invited into this space of transformation is an honor and privilege.

Lindsey Hoskins

Lindsey Hoskins is a deeply committed sex nerd who graduated from the University of MN with a degree in sex education. She dove into this work in 1999 and fell in love with helping folks get comfy and start talking about topics that can often be challenging. Lindsey joined Family Tree is 2002 and is now the Director of Health Education. Lindsey is most proud of the sex ed programming she runs in juvenile corrections, the peer sex educator program she started for queer and trans teens, and her work with parents of young children. Lindsey is happiest when teaching puberty, and don’t even get her started on lube. In 2017, her book, Principles of Pleasure: Working with the Good Stuff as Sex Therapists and Educators, was released. Her mother is very proud.

Marijo Aguilera, MD

Dr. Aguilera works with patients experiencing a complicated pregnancy. She enjoys educating patients and working with both the patient and their family as a team to navigate through pregnancy. Her goal is to make sure patients feel informed. Dr. Aguilera graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She became an Ob/Gyn because she was fascinated by the complexity of pregnancy and wanted to make a difference in patients’ lives.  When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her 3 children, experiencing different cultures, trying new foods and experimenting with baking.