Learn more about our wonderful line up of speakers for this year’s event.
Kristi Ridd-Young, ICCE, CD(DONA)
Kristi is an experienced childbirth educator and doula. She is the former International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) Utah Coordinator and DONA (Doulas of North America) Administrative Director and board member. Currently she is the president of the Midwives College of Utah and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. During her 27 years of teaching, Kristi has facilitated many doula trainings throughout the country; she has been invaluable in helping many expectant mothers and their partners develop skills and the inner strength needed to experience a positive birth. As a caring, compassionate doula and former midwife, she has attended hundreds of women. Kristi has been mentored by many of the leading experts in the field of childbirth but, most of all, she credits her six children and seven stepchildren for much of the wisdom and knowledge she shares.
Elizabeth Smith, MPH, IBCLC
Elizabeth Smith holds a masters degree in public health with an emphasis in maternal child health. She began working at the University Hospital in 2000 as an educator and quickly moved into the management position for the Department of Perinatal Education. In 2003 she was asked to be on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Steering Committee where she worked with a team to get University Hospital designated as the first Baby Friendly Hospital in Utah. She was asked to take the lead for Baby Friendly when the previous coordinator changed jobs since then she has worked to maintain that designation.
Elizabeth is a certified childbirth educator and a board certified lactation consultant. In addition to her duties at the hospital she sits on numerous committees including the March of Dimes Advisory Board, Perinatal Bereavement Committee, Perinatal Professionals Constorium, and the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a board member for International Childbirth Education Association, Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank and the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. On a personal note, she has been married for 25 years and has three children ages 23, 20 and 11. In her free time she enjoys gardening, swimming, cross country skiing and reading. Elizabeth will be presenting on Meditation & Mindfulness in Birth and the Postpartum Period.
Terah Jones, FNP
Terah worked as an ER nurse for 7 years, specializing in pediatric care. She has been a nurse practitioner for 3 years and practices functional medicine. In May of 2016 she welcomed her first child, a beautiful little girl that was born with a surprise diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Terah has since become an advocate for her daughter and families that are given a prenatal or birth diagnosis of Down Syndrome. She is working to raise awareness in many areas, and to help families affected by Down syndrome learn about the latest research in improving the health of these individuals. She enjoys blogging and spending all her time with her sweet daughter. Terah and Cami will be presenting on Diagnosis at Birth: Supporting Families Facing Unplanned Outcomes.
Cami Bearnson, RN, DNP/CNM Candidate
Cami has been an RN for the last 5.5 years; she has worked home health, med/surg, and ICU. After having 3 children, each with a unique birth story (first son was 5 weeks early, second daughter was breech that resulted in emergent cesarean, and third daughter was a VBAC) she decided that there has to be more to birth than what she knew or was experiencing. She quickly became passionate about midwifery and women’s health. She began the DNP/CNM program 3 years ago this May at the University of Utah. Cami has made a goal to inform, empower, and inspire women to become confident and involved during their pregnancy. She believes a woman’s birthing experience has an imprint on her for the rest of her life. Cami and Terah will be presenting on Diagnosis at Birth: Supporting Families Facing Unplanned Outcomes.
Kristina Stitcher, DC
Kristina started Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center in 2004. Tt has become one of the leading family wellness practices in Utah. Dr. Kristina loves natural birthing and attachment parenting, as well as honoring ‘having it all.’ She brings her expertise to other doctors all over the world as a sought after speaker and mentor for pediatrics and pregnancy care. You can find her at Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Kristina will be presenting on The Effect of Stressors on the Newborn.
Dr. Jed VanDenBerghe
Dr. Jed B. VanDenBerghe, a returning speaker to this year’s conference, graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego. He works in Salt Lake City, UT and specializes in pediatrics. Dr. VanDenBerghe is affiliated with Intermountain Healthcare and is on-staff at St. Mark’s Hospital and IMC Hospital. Dr. VanDenBerghe will be presenting on A Holistic Approach to Autism.
Christy Van Orman, RN, IBCLC
Christy Van Orman is the owner of Lactation Home Care, and provides in-home breastfeeding support to mothers and babies in Salt Lake County. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 15 years, and a Registered Nurse specializing in Maternal-Newborn Healthcare for 20 years. Christy is originally from Seattle, Washington. She and her husband are the parents of five children through birth and adoption. Christy will be presenting on Latch On to Breastfeeding Success: Helping Mothers and Babies Achieve an Effective, Comfortable Latch.