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Meet The Birth, Baby & Mom

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Birth, Baby And Mom features professionals that bring experience and expertise in breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth and baby care.

Most are experts in their field, and have graciously offered to provide free articles to help you care for you and your baby.

I have been very careful to choose professionals who truly have a heart to serve mothers and their families. Most have extensive experience and expertise in their respective fields, and provide a wealth of information and encouragement for new moms.

The information provided by these professionals is exceptional and I am truly blessed to have information from this wonderful group of caring individuals to offer to you.

I am honored to introduce to you, the contributing authors for Birth, Baby and Mom.

Patricia Karnowski, M.S.O.M.
Master Herbalist Specializing In Fertility

Fertility Master Herbalist Patricia Karnowski

My name is Patricia Karnowski and I specialize in helping women achieve pregnancy naturally. My patients are mainly men and women who are having difficulty conceiving. Most are women who have been trying with no luck for many years. Many have been told by their doctors that their only option is donor egg.

I have a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and work with Chinese herbs. I work primarily with men and women in the US and Canada but I have treated women in other counties too.

I have treated many women in the UK and Australia, Greece, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia and many more.

To get your individual custom herbal formula, or if you're interested in learning more about how I can help you, please click here.

Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

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Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital. He did his training in paediatrics in Quebec City and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981, to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and South Africa. He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first Baby Friendly Hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.

Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time the acting chief of the emergency services. However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time, and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He now works in several clinics around the city of Toronto.

Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding, and in 2000 published a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding, called, Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding in Canada (revised edition, January 2003), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers in the US.

Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, RLC
Breastfeeding Consultant

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Ms. Edith Kernerman is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Lactation Educator in Toronto, Canada. She is the director of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and is currently involved in research on in-patient access to current and practical breastfeeding information and support, newborn weight loss and current practice of using birth weights as baseline weights. Ms Kernerman has been involved in breastfeeding-training programs for midwifery students, physicians, and nursing staff of various hospitals and colleges in Ontario, and has now developed a lactation education program based on the World Health Organization 18-Hour Course. Ms Kernerman breastfed both her daughters Alexandra and Sabrina.

Louanne Marshall
Mother of 7 and former Labor & Delivery Nurse

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Louanne has an Associate of Art Degree in Vocational Nursing from Cabrillo College. She has nursing experience in acute hospitals in Colorado and California, with most of her experience in Labor & Delivery, and the Newborn Nursery.

Her most recent accomplishment is becoming certified as a a Doula, and she was able to attend her first granddaughter's birth.

Louanne was an Emergency Care Foster parent who specialized in newborn care. During the years that she provided foster care, she welcomed over 200 children into her home.

Louanne is the mother of seven children. Her first three births were in the hospital, and her last four were at home, attended by midwives. Her daughter, Megan, has attended all of her homebirths.

She has homeschooled her children for over 20 years. During part of that time, she and her husband were a Care Couple for HIS Academy Homeschool Independent Study Program, providing accountability and encouragement to other homeschooling families.

I met Louanne many years ago at church. She and her husband were sitting behind me and I noticed that she had a 1 year old on her lap, and 5 other children sitting quietly around her.

It's not often that you see a family of 8 sitting together in church, and I wondered if maybe she was a homeschooling mom. After church, we talked for awhile, and we learned that we had both had home births, and that we had both used the same midwife.

The Lord has knit our hearts together. Louanne has encouraged me through some really tough times and has also been there to rejoice with me during times of God's great blessing upon my life. God has blessed me with her friendship, and it truly is a gift from Him.

Louanne brings decades of mothering experience with her, and she will be involved with this site as much as time allows. She may write a newsletter or an article from time to time. She may write a word of encouragement or answer a question.

I am honored to be able to share Louanne's experience and expertise with all who visit this site. I'm sure you will love her as much as I do!

Sharon Landes
Post Abortion Counselor

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My name is Sharon, and I have been doing post-abortion counseling for twenty years, helping women find peace and freedom from an abortion in their past.

Often, after an abortion there are unresolved emotional conflicts that just get buried because of fear and shame or because it is so hard to talk about and there is no one to talk to about this deep pain.

Unfortunately, burying this keeps it inside, which does affect us, often in more ways that we realize.

I encourage women to work through their abortions before they get pregnant, if they are willing, because they will have an easier time throughout their pregnancy and the birth can be much easier. Also, even getting pregnant may be easier.

For women who are already pregnant, it has been my privilege to help them work through this issue, so they are free to give birth without this "cloud" interfering with their joy at receiving their new little one.

Working through a past abortion is hard work - emotional work, but it is well worth the time and courage it takes to be free of the guilt and shame and have peace and freedom. Also, it is very hard to do alone, which is why God called me and others to this ministry to be available to women so they have someone they can talk to and find peace.

I know this is a hard subject to deal with but I want to let you know there is hope. If you would like to contact me, you may do it here.

God Bless You,


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