It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the wonderful persons who have answered my request to be part of the Marketing Committee. They are each passionate, brilliant, advocates for birthing families, and I know will bring much depth and vision to ICEA. I’m very excited to have their voices in the room with us.
In service, Dena
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Dena Marchiony, Chair
Dena has been a childbirth educator for 26 years and has worked in Hospital, community and private settings. She authored The MotherSource Pregnancy Resource Directory, “Joy and Sleepfilled Nights” a promotional brochure for Schwarz Pharma, and was a contributing author for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012 editions of Expectant Mothers Guide.
Dena was originally certified in The Bradley Method, has a Level 1 Certification in “Birthing From Within”, and is currently certified by ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) and Lamaze. She has been certified as a MotherWell Pregnancy Fitness instructor and is a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She is a certified ICEA/ DONA Birth Doula, lactation support person, and is a Trainer for ICEA (teaching new childbirth educators their craft). She integrates all methods and adds zen meditation, affirmation, and deep relaxation techniques to re-frame fear about childbirth and instill confidence.
Tekara Gainey is a reproductive justice advocate and birth worker. She fuses her background in anthropology and reproductive work to acknowledge and address the systems of oppression that impact availability and access to compassionate, non-judgmental, reproductive care to birthing persons and their families across the spectrum of their reproductive needs.
Tekara began her doula journey supporting abortions and pregnancy loss. She was later called to support the other end of pregnancy outcomes, birth, while volunteering for a hospital-based doula program. In this role, that Tekara noticed the undeniable magic of birth, strength of birthing people, and the need for an approach to birth that valued women’s voices, bodies, and choices. Tekara received her doula training from Mama Shafia Monroe Consulting Doula Training (formerly known as International Center for Traditional Childbearing – ICTC) and began her Childbirth Educator Training through ICEA in 2018. She is still in the process of completing her CE certification.
Rosaria Romano, ICCE, PA-C, MPH
Rosaria has been a Labor and Delivery Physician Assistant for over 7 years and is passionate about educating and empowering patients. She became ICEA certified in 2019 and founded “Seeds to Mums” in an effort to educate and support parents during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She plans to begin teaching childbirth education classes later this fall and eventually hopes to expand her services to lactation consultation, infant CPR and beyond.
Jessica Boardman, MA, RN
Jessica Boardman is a native Mainer, currently working as a surgical RN and RN clinical consultant. She is a recently “retired” military spouse. While stationed abroad, she gave birth to two children and had the unique experience of antenatal care on the German economy. She continues to maintain connections with the military and international birth networks in Germany, with a goal of returning as an ICEA childbirth educator in service of these communities. She is currently completing her certification.
Jessica has traveled extensively, collaborating with NGOs, the Peace Corp, and universities for medical outreach projects. She has visited many sacred archeological sites around the world. She is spurred by an enduring desire to understand health and healing perceptions in other cultures. She is particularly inspired, however, by evidence of the Divine Feminine that is weaved throughout human history. She endeavors to develop these interests through formal study and research in medical anthropology.
Lauriel is a Lactation Counselor, Full Spectrum Doula and currently in training for her CBE certification through ICEA. She has spent 4 years studying Midwifery with the last two years acting as the senior student under two Naturopathic Doctors in Maine. Her passion is to provide culturally competent, inclusive care and education to marginalized birthing people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Yvonne Nicole Reddick, MA
Yvonne Reddick joined ICEA as a certifying candidate in 2018, and is currently working on completing her certification as a childbirth educator. She is concurrently pursuing a career in nursing. As someone with a background in education, Yvonne is a strong believer in education as the cornerstone of achieving equity in women’s healthcare and improving outcomes for all women, babies, and their families. Yvonne is extremely excited to be a part of ICEA’s marketing committee, and contribute to those goals of equity by helping to increase the organization’s reach across the diverse communities of women and families that it serves.
Melissa Maldonado-Lennox, MPH, CHES, CLC, ICCE
Melissa is an experienced Health Educator with a demonstrated history of working the community setting to advocate for health equity among high-need populations. She is skilled in Reproductive Health, Health Program Planning, Health Education, Maternal-Child Health and Health Advocacy. Notable accomplishments include establishing prenatal health efficacy education programs in multiple community settings, working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group in establishing The NYC Standards for Respectful Care at Birth initiative, and providing free childbirth education to expecting parents as a consultant for the Queens Library system funded by The March of Dimes. Interested in starting a revolution of health equity for all.
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.