Demystifying Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Do you know someone who has experienced challenges with coping during pregnancy or early motherhood? Join us for a discussion of current issues with Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Come and ask questions of local counselors, survivors and providers who care for moms. We will discuss current screening and treatment options as well as local legislative efforts. We welcome your input and collaboration to improve care for all families in Arizona.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Dr. Cara English, DBH

Dr. Cara English has 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care, and is thrilled to open Terra’s Place with a mission to serve women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Michelle Lacey, MA, LPC, PMH-C

Michelle Lacy(MA, LPC, PMH-C) is the Clinical Director for Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Perinatal Mental Health clinician. 

Stacey Woods, CNM

Stacy P. Woods is licensed in Arizona as a Registered Nurse (RN), Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), as well as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).

Stephanie Poterack, FNP-C

Stephanie Poterack, FNP-C is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a practice focus in pediatric primary care.

Infant Development: What is Typical?

Have you ever  wondered if there were some other ways to support him/her? During this session we will explore infant and toddler development and the role parents and caregivers can take to understand and support their development. We will look into ages and stages in development, predictable spurts in typical development and  challenges and opportunities they bring to children and families

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Ana Arbel, MS Ed

Ana Arbel, MS Ed, senior program manager of Birth to Five Helpline/Fussy Baby program with Clara Schnall, Fussy Baby Specialist.


Yes there is a name for the crazy, disorienting, moody, identity shift that happens as we transform through motherhood! In this session, Elizabeth Wood and Caitlin Cheney will explore the rite of passage of the three phases of mother-becoming, discuss the similarities to adolescence, and begin to recognize it as a process.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Caitlin Green Cheney

Caitlin is a wife and mom to three amazing girls. She has a passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands.

Elizabeth Wood

To say the least, Elizabeth’s path to becoming a 4th trimester educator is unorthodox. Professionally, her love for science drew her to complete a degree in Physics at the United States Naval Academy followed by an advanced degree in Engineering Management.

Meditation for Busy Parents

Monks on a mountaintop, we are not! As parents, we have bills to pay, school pick ups, sports practices, messes to clean, meals to cook, and a multitude of demands. Who has time to meditate?! In this fun and experiential class, meditation teacher and midwife Jennifer Hoeprich shares a secret that all parents need to know: Meditation actually gives us MORE time! We’ll explore the science behind meditation and mindfulness, and how it changes the brain. We will also look at the barriers to meditation practice, and how to clear the hurdles. We’ll also discuss strategies to involve your children in your meditation practice! Push the pause button, and enjoy this meditation class just for busy parents!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Jennifer Hoeprich, LM

Jennifer Hoeprich, CPM, CMT is a home birth midwife, meditation teacher, and women’s circle facilitator who has served birthing families in the Phoenix area since 2004.

Pediatric Massage Techniques for Parents

Learn soft touch techniques to aid children with head and abdomen challenges.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Jimmy Gialelis, LMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB has been a nationally certified massage therapist of 17 years.  He maintains a private practice in Tempe, AZ.  Mr. Gialelis teaches both at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and with his company Advanced Massage Arts & Education.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Offering Support and Maintaining Connection

Despite its prevalence, and parents’ real need for support and connection, loss is often misunderstood and unacknowledged in our society. Mom and doula, Maricela Kempf, will lead this session to provide a safe space to learn about pregnancy after loss and how to support bereaved parents.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Maricela Kempf

Maricela is a mama of four, three she gets to watch grow and one that lives in her heart. She’s a student midwife, community doula, and lactation advocate.

Preparing for Next Time

So, you’ve had your baby, but maybe it wasn’t exactly the experience you were hoping for.
Come join us as we process our experiences and explore ways to help change next time, so when the time comes you can find yourself at the center of respectful, evidence-based care.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Lora Fiala

Lora is the founder of Birth with Knowledge and is an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. She teaches childbirth education to both parents and professionals around the Valley.

Sex and Intimacy After Baby

Couples look forward with great anticipation to welcome their baby, and experience the joy that comes with the culmination of the labor and childbirth experience. What most don’t realize, is that sex and intimacy between a couple often changes – and may not fully recover without some valuable guidance.

Dr. Debra Wickman shares some straight talk about the science behind these common concerns; how to prepare for it, and what to do when difficulties with desire, arousal, or pain persist beyond that magical 6-week postpartum timeline.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Dr. Debra Wickman

Dr. Debra Wickman is a gynecologist with more than 20 years of experience. She completed a fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine at UCLA, and is also trained as a sexuality counselor.

Sleep: Practical Strategies for Modern Parents

Infant sleep expectations and reality are a source of stress and anxiety for most
parents. The $28 billion dollar sleep industry in the United States has capitalized
on exhausted families’ desperate pursuit of solutions. Parents feel recruited into
partisan philosophy groups with polarizing labels such as “sleep trainers” versus
“attached families.” This lecture will give participants a tolerant and practical
approach to defining normal sleep in infancy and the longitudinal variations in the
first year of life. Feeding goals and family circumstances should frame the discussion
for sleep priorities in a household. Medical knowledge of growth and development
norms will guide the evidence presented.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Dr. Laurie Jones, MD, IBCLC, FABM

In 2010, I received my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification. Much of my free time is spent helping 14,000+ physician mothers in the group I founded that same year, called Dr. MILK®.

Sound Healing

Let your worries slip away as you relax and listen to
the soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Gretchen Bickert

Gretchen Bickert is a Sound & Energy Therapist and works with people as well as animals.

The Healing Room

A safe haven for relaxation and rejuvenation by skilled energywork

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

There are currently no speakers set for this session

Truth Booth

Help us capture the voices and lived experiences of
families in the postpartum period. Share your truth about
becoming a parent at our “Truth Booth” project in collaboration
with ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation and
Kari-Ann Hubbard of Postpartum Diaries.   

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

KariAnn Hubbard

Kari-Ann Hubbard is the owner and founder of Luna Acupuncture. She is a state and nationally board certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine through NCCAOM® and has a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.


This Flow will be appropriate for those 12+ weeks along in pregnancy as well as
postpartum and beyond. A gentle flow to connect with body, breath and baby.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Your Body During and After Pregnancy – What No One Tells You

Join us to learn more about your body during and after pregnancy. We will tell you what no one else will! Learn how to start caring for your body, including your pelvic floor, NOW before you start experiencing any issues. Fun, interactive and honest conversation!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Linda Rudd

Occupational Therapist & Co-Founder of OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center

Linda Q. Rudd, OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist educated at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. She has been practicing for 22 years and has specialty training and certifications in pelvic floor therapy, myofascial release, cold laser, multifunctional movement and biofeedback.

Melissa Lee

Occupational Therapist & Co-Founder of OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center

Melissa D. Lee, OTR/L, BCB-PMD is a licensed occupational therapist educated at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has been practicing for 10 years and has specialty training and certifications in pelvic floor therapy, biofeedback, myofascial release, cold laser, and multifunctional movement for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.


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