Advisors and Consultants
The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health is a Los Angeles Maternal-Infant Health community-based organization working to engender a more equitable maternity care system and to reduce disparities in maternal & infant health.
OUR ADVISORS AND CONSULTANTS: PAST AND PRESENT
Naveen Sangwan, MPH, MBA
Naveen Sangwan, MPH, MBA, holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing). Naveen is also a Certified Life and Leadership Coach, specializing in individual and organizational change. She is the Chief Consultant for Dreams2 Reality Coaching and Consulting, focusing on organizational and leadership development and personal and professional coaching. She is a health consultant who has worked in international development, program planning and evaluation and fundraising in her native India and the United States. She is also a wife and mother of two sons.
Stephanie Dawn is a mother, educator, mentor and activist. She worked in the corporate and non-profit world in finance, PR, fundraising and various forms of non-violent civil disobedient activism for many years. She has been a student and practitioner of health, metaphysics and healing for the past 30 years. In 2001 she received California state counseling license through Spiritual Practitioner Studies at the Agape International Spiritual Center located in Culver City, California. From 2010 to the present she has been working as a Spiritual Business Coach in the Sacred Birth Mentor Program which she founded. Stephanie teaches spiritual philosophy and practice, excellent self-care, pleasure and birth, conscious conception and fertility, spiritual counseling techniques and conscious business practices. She is married and has two sons.
Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD
Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD has a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
Dr. Peprah’s background, both academically and in the field, afford her unique competence in instructing courses, counseling and consulting, from a multicultural perspective. Dr. Peprah has a strong belief and background in cultural competence and, in effort to expand this, regularly participates in international cultural immersion studies. Previously, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions. Sayida is also a Certified Doula, owner of Conscious Surrender Birthing.
Overall, Dr. Peprah is dedicated to contributing her academic, professional and personal expertise, both in the field, as a clinician, and as an educator and consultant in academic, non-profit, government and corporate sectors. Sayida is also a Birth Doula, who has worked with women of diverse backgrounds, and is a Board Member and Co-Instructor with The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, teaching cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and perinatal mood disorder content for the organization’s trainings, and is a Psychological Consultant for the organization’s clients both individual and corporate. Sayida is married and is the mother of two young daughters, both naturally with midwives, one in the hospital and one at home in a birth pool.
For more information about Sayida, go to: www.DrSayidaPeprah.com
The following consultants contributed to the launch of the project from 2011-2013, under the California Community Foundation Grant for Hospital Improvements and Nursing Education:
Moraya A. Moinu, MPH, Project Advisor, Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative of Los Angeles County, Principal Consultant, PHP Consulting–Public Health Planning and Policy Group
Moraya A. Moini is the founder and principal consultant of PHP Consulting – A Public Health Planning & Policy Group focused on providing consultation, training and technical assistance on public health prevention and policy, organizational capacity building and sustainability, maternal and child health issues, funder/foundation relations and planning, social marketing, and academic-community engagement efforts (community-based participatory engagement and health policy research). She is a published author in Academic-Community Participatory Research in major peer reviewed journals, and has worked collaboratively with clients at UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program, RAND Health, Charles R. Drew University, First 5 LA, California Community Foundation and numerous community clinics, hospitals and community based organizations. Ms. Moini is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California (USC), Sol Price School of Public Policy researching maternal care quality improvement. In addition, she completed her Masters of Public Health degree in 2000 at the USC, Keck School of Medicine, Institute for Prevention Research, in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and her bachelor degree in 1998 at the University of California Santa Cruz in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology. With over 14 years experience postgrad in the field, she has focused her efforts on improving health outcomes through a participatory approach and sustainable policy and systems change working locally and internationally. Ms. Moini is also a doula and breastfeeding peer counselor. She currently works for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as a coordinator on the Strong Start Initiative.
Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE, Liaison/Representative, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
Nicette Jukelevics was the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) volunteer Liaison-Representative to the Mother-Friendly Los Angeles project. She the author of Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions (Praeger Books, 2008). Nicette is a recognized expert on Cesarean Section Prevention, maternity care researcher and educator and publisher of http://www.vbac.com, an evidence-based, woman-centered resource on cesarean and VBAC issues. Mrs. Jukelevics is a certified childbirth educator accredited by International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) with 30 years’ experience teaching in the hospital, as well as university teaching experience. She served as Chair and Co-Chair of The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. She is also founder of The Center for Family located in Torrance, Ca.
Vanessa Nicolas, BSN, CNM, MSN, CLE, Clinical Consultant and AWMNH Advisory Committee Member
Vanessa Nicolas brings many years of clinical experience and expertise to our organization. She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with 20 + years experience, and over 30 years experience is a Professional Nurse. She has delivered over 2000 babies safely and is a recognized lecturer and clinical preceptor. Vanessa earned her certificate as a Nurse Midwife from University of Southern California in 1988 and her BSN from The University of South Alabama in 1982. Vanessa worked as a nurse-midwife at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science for 13 years where she was a lecturer and clinical instructor for midwifery, medical and PA students. She also worked as a Nurse-Midwife and Lactation Educator at LA County UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for and as a Staff RN at LA County/USC Medical Center on the high risk obstetrical unit. Vanessa worked as a Clinical Instructor and Interim Director of Nursing Education at Preferred College of Nursing in Los Angeles for five years instructing in medical/surgical, OB and Pediatrics for LVN students. She is currently a Nursing Instructor for the Associate Degree Nursing Program at at Virginia College. Vanessa is also an Education Consultant and International Trainer in Haiti and Zambia, Africa where she is involved in the training of Traditional Birth Attendants.
Marilyn Hildreth, RN, IBCLC, FACCE, ICCE, LCCE, IAT-CE-D, CD(ICEA/ DONA) – Consultant, Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative of Los Angeles County
Marilyn Hildreth is the Co-Founder , CEO, JM Birth Consultants International, PLLC, Marilyn’s professional background includes over 35 years of experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing, including supervisory, flight, and staff nursing. She has also been a certified childbirth educator for 30 years, doula trainer for 10 years, and serves as an instructor for various ICEA Workshops. Marilyn currently serves on the CIMS Leadership Team as Chair of the CIMS Mother Friendly Nurse Recognition Program and is past Education Chair for the International Childbirth Education Association Board of Directors. Marilyn has been an instructor for the Lamaze International Evidence-Based Nursing Care: Labor Support Skills Workshop and currently is an instructor for the ICEA Mother Friendly Labor Support for Nurses Workshop. Hildreth continues to consult with local and international hospital’s wanting to implement the CIMS Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative into their practice. She is a International Board Certified Lactation Counselor, ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator, ICEA and DONA Certified Birth Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Jeanette Schwartz, MSN, RNC, ICCE, CD – Consultant, Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative of Los Angeles County
Jeanette Schwartz is the Director of Maternity Care Center Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, MN and past President, International Childbirth Education Association (2008-2010). She is also Adjunct Faculty in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and was Chair of Minnesota AWHONN (2007-2010). Formerly she was the Director, Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Unit at Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury, MN. Jeanette was the President, Minnesota Perinatal Organization (2001-2002). She was a Staff Nurse Labor and Delivery at Unity Hospital, Fridley, MN and Staff Nurse Labor Delivery, Special Care Nursery. Jeanette is a ICEA Approved Trainer and Certified Childbirth Educator with International Childbirth Education Association and Lamaze International. She is also has her Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification, National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric/Gynecologic/Neonatal Nursing Specialties. In addition, Jeanette is a Babies and You Instructor for The March of Dimes, Twin Cities Chapter, and has her Doula Certification through Doulas of North America, and her Doula Trainer Certification with Doulas of North America. Jeanette attended Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996, and her Masters of Arts in Nursing Leadership from Bethel College, St. Paul, MN in 2000.