Heidi Faith

Our Keynote Speaker at our 2019 Conference: “Nurturing Our Professing — Nurturing Ourselves”
Heidi will guide us through Perinatal Bereavement and our own Self Care in the process.

“I’m just a girl!”

With a background in social work and counseling of abused and at-risk youth, I became pregnant with my first child and felt my calling shift to clinical perinatal psycho-spiritual therapy and birth support work.

As an Emergency Services Chaplain and certified Grief & Loss Coach, I completed my studies through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and am a member of the American Academy of Christian Counselor’s (AACC) Grief, Crisis and Disaster division.

I hold certificates through Cascade Christian Childbirth Association in birth education and labor support and am a member of the International Christian Childbirth Coalition.  As a double certified crisis pregnancy counselor in pre- and post- abortive counseling, I began the Newborn Adoption Doula Network, which provides birth support to families experiencing the transition of fostering or adoption.   I have received additional training through Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Hospice Foundation of America’s Hospice Clergy End-of-Life Education Project.

My long term goal is to open Stillbirthday Palliative Birth Center.

I serve as a women’s mentor at my church, as a Maidens by His Design Instructor as well as a Director of Mentoring for Blessing God’s Way.  Contact me to teach the young ladies in your life about maidenhood.

Stillbirthday is the legacy of my fourth child, who died and was born in the first trimester on April 19, 2011.   You can read pieces of my journey.

I am an international speaker, and am available for educational and inspirational speaking engagements; you can contact me at Heidi.Faith@stillbirthday.com.

While I might be considered the President and CEO of stillbirthday, I am a member of Christian Childbirth Services LLC and stillbirthday is one of its services.  All of the stillbirthday executive team are voluntary participants and are not members of Christian Childbirth Services LLC.  More than anything, I’m just a girl, and, we’re all in this together. (from the SBD website)

Heidi’s Topics are:
“Drawing from Personal Experience in Providing adequate Care on Perinatal Demise”
“Providing Self Care: Before, During and After the Perinatal Demise”
“Holding Memories and Memorabilia in Fetal Demise Outcomes”

Mosi Blane

My name is Mosi Blane and I am excited to join you on your journey through Continuing Education!

I am a Massage Therapist. I specialize in Sports, Movement, and Rehabilitative Therapy.

I started out wanting to be a Physical Therapist. I was injured as a kid playing Soccer. I had three knee surgeries all before age 16! I loved my rehab Team; they turned me on to the helpfulness of Physical Therapy.

I attended La Sierra University, in Riverside, CA with hopes of transferring to Loma Linda University to complete my degree. Lack of money and then also realizing that P.T. was not the field for me, I came home to figure it out. I worked as a Waitress, Bartender, and Data Processor…all in hopes of finding what I was to do.

I ran into a friend who was a Massage Therapist/Athletic Trainer. He worked with local teams (mostly baseball players) doing massage, movement analysis, and helping the guys with injury recovery and prevention. Sounds like where I needed to be, however I did not want to return to school for 3 more years. 9 months is all it took him to graduate from Massage Therapy School and off he went. That was the perfect scenario for me!

I attended Bryman College in Ontario, CA. I had an amazing instructor who focused on posture and movement for the longevity of our careers and those that we would eventually help. I was hooked! For the first time, school was important, and it made sense.

Since graduating in 2005, I have worked in various environments; I have my own studio (Beach Bum Therapy), I’ve worked for Chiropractors, Gyms, Day Spas, In-home sessions, and Schools. The common connection? Posture and Movement; the assessment of incorrect posture and movement and how to change that for our clients benefit. Correct posture and movement in any career is very important. Specifically, with Midwives, Doulas, Massage Therapists, and Chiropractors, our posture literally shapes our ability to help others.

Posture and Movement has become my passion, my expertise. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.

Mosi will be presenting on “Structural Posture and Career Longevity”.

Kierra Blaser

Our mission is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the birth world, restoring childbirth to the blessing that God intended it to be by breaking fear, imparting Kingdom truths, and empowering women with knowledge and tools to birth their babies in the joy and presence of God.

We believe the labor & birth process is natural and beautiful; perfectly designed by a good God. We believe you can beautifully partner with God to birth your baby in joy, peace, and His presence. As a daughter of the King, you are under His blessing and covering in childbearing – NOT a curse. God created childbirth to be a gift and a blessing and for the birth of your child to be one of the best moments of your life!

So here’s to every woman experiencing the gift that childbirth is meant to be and to every baby experiencing a heavenly welcome into this world. (Taken from the “A Heavenly Welcome” Website)

Kierra’s presentation is entitled, ” Preparing the Mind, Body and Spirit for Labor and Birth”

Julia Fregoso

Julia Fregoso is a devoted wife, mother, homeschooler, birth photographer and birth doula. She has four children, three who were born at home with the care of a midwife. Her experience as a mother inspired her to provide support for other mothers and families.

In 2011, she began as a birth photographer. In February of 2016, she attended doula training with Ana Paula Markel who founded Binibirth in Sherman Oaks, California. Since then she has been serving as a birth doula. As she balances her life as a homeschooling mom and birth worker, she looks forward to expanding her mission to support women and families.

Julie will present ” A Mindful Mission”.

Noel Leithart

Noel Leithart attended her first birth as an assistant in 1990 and was first a doula at a hospital birth in 1993.

Noel is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She has attended nearly 300 births, either as assistant or primary midwife.

Noel and her husband have 10 children, 8 of whom were born under the care of midwives.

She believes that waterbirth is a very gentle way to bring a baby into the world. More than half of the women she serves deliver their babies under water.

Noel will be presenting:  “Vitamin D and Women’s Health”
“The Importance of Gut Microbiome”

Denise Munguia and Melanie Lambourg

Denise Munguia is a licensed midwife at Ancient Paths Midwifery & Family Birth Center in Chino, California. After having a waterbirth under the care of Midwives she decided to pursue a career in Midwifery. Feeling empowered by the options, choices, and experience she had made her want to give more women that experience. She graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2015 after finishing the last part of her academic and clinical training at Ancient Paths.  She was a student apprentice and has now become part of the staff that educates and trains new student midwives at the birthing center. Denise lives with her family and daughter in Chino, California.

Melanie Lambourg is a licensed midwife at Ancient Paths Midwifery & Family Birth Center in Chino, California. Melanie started volunteering at Ancient Paths back in 2010. It was then that she fell in love with empowering women and solidified her vision for becoming a midwife. She graduated from Pasadena City College with degrees in Natural Science, Social Behaviors and Humanities as well as completing all of her Midwifery prerequisites before enrolling in the National College of Midwifery. She completed both her academic and clinical training at Ancient Paths. Melanie became a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife in 2016. She has always felt it was her calling to help women and babies. Melanie has also been in a long-term relationship on 9 years with her boyfriend Blair and cares for her 3 year old nephew Noah as her own.

Denise and Melanie will present: ” How to train your friend not your competition”.

Kathy Nesper

Kathy’s passion to help couples encounter God in childbirth led to her role as co-founder and president of Apple Tree Ministries. She is a certified childbirth educator and certified birth doula who has trained and supported new parents since 1977, soon after the birth of her first child. Kathy is co-author or editor of ATFM’s publications and has written for others, including Childbirth Instructor magazine, Spero News, and Mutuality.

She has spoken to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, National Family Ministries Conference, California Association of Midwives, Christian Midwives International, Trust Birth Conference, La Leche League, and others.

Kathy and her husband, D.W., have been married since 1972 and are parents and parents-in-law to three sons and their wives: Zac and Ellen, Preston and Angie, and Tyler and Samantha. Kathy and D.W. live in Southern California, and they delight in their children and grandchildren. (from the Apple Tree Ministries Website)

Kathy will present: “Faith is…Visionaries of the Natural Childbirth Movement” and
“Eve, Mary and Beyond: What the Bible doesn’t say about Childbirth and Why it still Matters”.

Brenda Parrish

My goal as a traditional but certified professional midwife is to provide information and consultation during the prenatal months that will help you to have a natural, healthy pregnancy and birth. I can assist you in learning more about the role of nutrition, abstaining from harmful prenatal influences, maternal and fetal health and development, and alternative remedies. I maintain a lending library for clients and encourage you to become a learner and a more informed consumer of maternity care and practices. Midwifery care assists low-risk mothers by approaching pregnancy and birth as a normal event.

My role is to educate expectant parents and to assist them in their goal of a safe natural home-birth and a successful breastfeeding experience.

I have been serving women as their midwife since 1995.  Most of those years were in South Georgia but a job change for my husband necessitated a move to the Atlanta area.  While I miss all the families and friends there, I have really enjoyed getting to meet the new families here and being allowed the honor of assisting them during this special season of their lives.
(Taken from the Traditional Birth Services Website)

Brenda’s presentations will be: “Emotional release with Essential Oils”
“Essential Oils and the Childbearing Season”

Vicki Penwell

Vicki and Scott Penwell founded the ministry that became Mercy In Action over 30 years ago. Vicki is a Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, health educator, and humanitarian aide organizer. Scott oversees all aspects of Tech Support, Publishing and building and physical support for the mission. For years they have lived and worked in Alaska, Asia, and Mexico, setting up clinics, birth centers, medical mission outreaches, malnourished children’s feeding programs and schools to help the poor. They live full time in the Philippines and travel back and forth to the USA to teach classes and visit family.

Vicki’s educational background began in the 1970s when she was planning her own home births in Alaska. It now includes a Master’s of Science in Midwifery, and a Master’s of Arts in Christian Studies (seminary degree) with a major in Missions/Intercultural Studies. Vicki is currently enrolled in a PhD program in International Maternal/Child Health. She is also an ordained pastor. Vicki teaches often in churches and mission’s conferences on God’s heart for the poor and has been a frequent guest speaker at University of the Nations and YWAM’s health care schools all around the world. She gave talks at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Vienna, Austria, and has attended other ICM congresses. She has published articles in both national and international journals on midwifery, human rights, primary care medicine and maternal/child health, and has a chapter in the book edited by Robbie Davis Floyd entitled “Birth Models That Work”, and two chapters in the book “Paths to Becoming a Midwife: Getting an Education”, published by Midwifery Today.

Scott’s educational background includes studying journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While at UAF he worked in the photography archive department, in publications for the Department of Natural Resources, and taught labs and classes at the university and the attached Tanana Valley Community College. Scott has years of experience working in Information Technology and oversees communication between the staff and students in the states and the Philippines. In prior years, Scott homesteaded in the wilderness of Alaska and is adept at building log cabins and subsistence living. Both Vicki and Scott know how to run a chainsaw!

Scott and Vicki have been married since 1978 and have three grown sons; Zak and Ian, and Sean, and now also two beloved daughters-in-law; Amanda and Rose, who are both midwives. All the family is involved in various aspects of the family business of missions and healthcare. And, happily, now there are 5 beautiful grandchildren in the family; Zoe, Erie, Titus, Selah, and Jamen. (From the “”Mercy in Action Website)

Vicki will presentations are: “Pharmacology for Midwives” (2 hour course)
“Benefits of Midwifery Care to the Low-Income Client”

Celesta Ranissi

Celesta has been providing midwifery services and has attended women with home births and newborns since 1987. She has attended countless home births and helped hundreds of women through their childbearing and menopausal years using natural and healthy techniques geared to each woman’s individual needs.

She has worked tirelessly to promote the midwifery model of care in her state (California) and around the world traveling to Mexico, Singapore and even to Africa, where she helped the Sally Project to open a family health care center in Uganda. She has had her own “Voice America” radio talk show sponsored by California Association of Midwives called “Celesta Rannisi’s Timely Topics in Childbirth” that aired for a year and can be heard here in her radio show archives. Her articles have been published in the international magazine, “Midwifery Today” and she has spoken at midwifery conferences and workshops in the US and abroad.

Her approach is down to earth and holistically based. She believes that birth is not an illness; that breastfeeding is the best food for protecting the health of children and protecting the hormonal balance of new mamas; and that pre-menopausal/menopausal women are not meant to be dependent on hormones.  Celesta’s supportive, nourishing and naturally homey environment provides an inviting space for learning holistic and organic living. Children are always welcome and enjoy playing at her mini farm.

(Taken from A Celebration of Birth & Life; Alternative Women’s Health Through Midwifery website)

Celesta will speak on “Family Centered Birth” and
“18 Months of Pregnancy”.

Doran Richards

Doran is a member of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) and Virginia Midwives Alliance. She has been attending births for over 16 years, had 9 preceptors and attained her certification through North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2011. She recently completed her certification for being Midwifery Education Accreditation Council accredited in the state of Virginia.

She has had her own private practice in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for a little over 5 years. She is also owner and founder of this ministry for women called Blessing God’s Way – maidenhood, maternity, menopause. She has written a book called A Celebration of Pregnancy which gives instructions on how to perform a Christian blessingway and how to support women in childbearing. She is also the author of Maidens by His Design, which is a curriculum for young women and their mothers that teaches about how their bodies are created to cycle and that it is a normal life function.

Doran has been a speaker at many conferences including her own over the past 10 years. She is a Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer survivor for 2 years. She recently became a Master Holy Yoga instructor with a specialty in pre-postnatal yoga, touch, and leadership. She is currently editing a new book, yet to be named, that covers all phases of womanhood. She has been married for 24 years and has 6 children.

Doran’s Topics are: “Client Relationships” The Good, The bad and the Ugly”
“Loving Ourselves enough for Self-Care”

Anna Signore

Anna trained extensively in dance from ages 5-18, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and ballroom. She won several awards including 6th place senior soloist at Rising Star National Talent Competition in 2007. She then started teaching dance and became assistant director of Dawsonville Dance in Dawsonville, GA. She taught ages 3-adult in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and special needs classes.

After she became a mom in 2016, she knew she needed to find a way to integrate her love of dance into her new life as a mother. She then attended a GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance class and knew she found her new venture! She completed the GroovaRoo teacher training in the summer of 2017 where she learned and demonstrated her knowledge in babywearing, leading dance class with caretakers and infants, and safety and benefits of prenatal and post-partum dancing. She has been leading GroovaRoo classes since August, 2017.

Anna will present “GroovaRoo Dance: Benefits New Families thru Dance and Community”.

Reverend Joseph D. Signore III

Reverend Signore earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 2013. He graduated, Magna cum laude and Concordia Scholar, with a Bachelor of the Arts from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL. 2008. He majored in Theology and Theological Languages. His Senior Honors Project: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Contraception: Birth Control and the Christian Conscience”.

He has been the sole pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pomona, CA. since 2013.

He has been a speaker at Best Practices for Ministry, Christ Church Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ. Among the presentations given are as follows:

• 2016 “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Birth Control: Contraception and the Christian Conscience”
• 2017 “Contraception and the Christian Conscience”
• 2018 “Contraception and the Christian Conscience: The Bible on Birth Control”

Has preached hundreds of engaging sermons. He Teaches two Bible classes a week. Asks thought-provoking questions that elicit a great deal of participation and fosters an atmosphere of non-judgmental dialogue where participants feel comfortable voicing their opinions and experiences.

Reverend Signore has researched and written on the ethics of birth control for the past ten years and aspires to obtain a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics.

Reverend Signore will be presenting: “Birth Control and Christian Ethics”

Dr John Torrijos

As he was attending California State University of San Bernardino, Dr. Jon was intent on becoming a pediatrician. “I found chiropractic through a friend. As I looked into it, I realized that it was much more in line with my belief in a natural approach to health.” He changed his path and decided he’d use his passion for helping children and families with chiropractic care.
He attended Los Angeles College of Chiropractic to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating summa cum laude as salutatorian of his class. Dr. Jon’s time at school allowed him to further develop his passion for chiropractic care.

Dr. Jon is certified in the Webster Technique and has studied pediatric chiropractic through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). He enjoys taking an active role in our community and does health talks at local schools and businesses. Additionally, he performs scoliosis screenings at an area middle school.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Jon knew he wanted to stay close to his hometown. He’s a family-oriented person and loves to spend time with his loved ones. He and his wife Rachel have a young son and daughter. They like to hike, go to the beach and take their kids to the local park. (Taken from Abundant Life Chiropractic Website)

Dr Torrijos will speak on Friday (Do not miss it !!) on “Protecting the Process: Keeping Mom’s Low Risk”.

Leah Vis

Leah Vis has been married to Rob Vis for fourteen years. She is a mother to four children, a homeschooler, author, counselor, and photographer. After her second child, she experienced three consecutive miscarriages. Since then she has been actively encouraging other women and families who encounter fertility challenges.

Right after her third miscarriage, Leah realized the need for material to help children walk through the loss of their mother’s pregnancy. In 2018 she completed her first children’s book on miscarriage.

Leah’s talk is entitled, “Understanding recurrent miscarriages from a Mother’s Perspective”.