Board of Directors
Cathy Daub - President
Cathy is a pediatric physical therapist who is founder, designer, and president of BirthWorks International. She is author of Birthing in the Spirit- a human values approach to childbirth, and Doulas of Love and is co-author of the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Manual, and the Doula Journal Workbook. Cathy has taught childbirth education and doula workshops in the USA and overseas over the last twenty years. She is a certified Maya Abdominal Massage therapist, is certified in pelvic bodywork, is trained in techniques of myofascial release and teaches human values, all of which she incorporates into her workshops.
Director of Education
Jane Beal, PhD is a childbirth educator, doula, and midwife. She has served with homebirth practices in the greater Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco metropolitan areas and in birth centers in the U.S., Uganda, and the Philippine Islands. Since 2012, she has been a contributing writer for Midwifery Today. She also is the author of Epiphany: Birth Poems and Transfiguration: A Midwife’s Birth Poems. She currently serves as the Director of Education for BirthWorks International and teaches at the University of La Verne in southern California. To learn more, please visit sanctuarypoet.net, christiandoula.net and christianmidwife.wordpress.com
Board Member at Large
Janell Bartzatt is a BirthWorks Childbirth Educator, a birth and bereavement doula, a birth assistant at a birth center and a licensed phlebotomist. She started in the birth field as a doula and felt the urge to add skills to her toolkit, so got certified to facilitate BirthWorks childbirth preparation classes. The Birth Works Philosophies resonated with her and are at the core of her up-to-date, interactive classes. Having the opportunity to work alongside experienced midwives and hear parent-reported positive birth experiences also enhances her classes. After birthing three boys (two in a hospital and one at a freestanding birth center), it is at Janell's truth and core that birth is a beautiful, joyful and loving experience.
Board member at Large
Amara Minnis (http://amaradoula.com/wordpress) has served at over 600 births in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since 2003 as a DONA-certified birth and postpartum doula. She became a BirthWorks childbirth educator in 2012, and has taught hundreds of couples in multiple class formats and was honored with the award of BirthWorks Childbirth Educator of the Year in 2016. Additionally she co-chaired the BirthWorks Conference in 2017. For over ten years Amara has volunteered with the statewide non-profit, Birth Matters Virginia, and has been a member and recent board member of Doulas of Tidewater, a local doula networking and mentoring group. Amara resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband. And together they have four children, two whom have left the nest.
Cristin Tighe was certified by BirthWorks International in 2010 and is also DONA International Birth/Postpartum Doula certified. She’s honored to serve on BirthWorks Board of Directors and as International Coordinator, as she feels deeply aligned with the Philosophies. Cristin is a Yoga Teacher/Trainer for adults and children. She has three children - her daughter’s homebirth in water in Belgium and twin boys via cesarean in CA. Her experiences created longing to empower women to know their ability to birth naturally, to understand technology and be informed about risky cascading interventions. She founded Conscious Empowered Birth in 2008, inspired to educate mothers during pregnancy, as key to creating a peaceful world for our children!