Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Cathy Daub, Found of BirthWorks Intl

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.

Cristin Tighe

Cristin Tighe
International Coordinator

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!

Horatio Daub, MD, MPH

Horatio Daub, MD, MPH - Treasurer

 Dr. Daub received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. He went on to receive his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. He later received a Master’s degree in public health at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has been in practice as a Family Physician for 34 years which initially included obstetric care. He believes that preventive and lifestyle medicine requires more emphasis today to change our disease care system to a true health and wellness system for our nation. He is currently serving as Treasurer for BirthWorks International.

Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D.

Sally Dear Healy, Ph.D.
Board Member at Large

Sally received her master’s and PhD in Sociology at Binghamton University. Her dissertation was a tri-generational study of women’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about pregnancy, birth, early mothering, and family healthcare. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory. Sally taught for 10 years in Human Development and 6 years in Child and Family Studies, as well as in Women Studies, Sociology, and Criminology. Her research interests revolve around prenatal and perinatal psychology; pregnancy, birth and mothering/parenting; trauma and resilience; mediation; and family violence.

She is especially interested in the psychosocial and iatrogenic contributions to maternal fear and stress during pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood and their impact on the mother and child’s mental and physical health, attachment, and individual and family violence.

Sally is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator for BirthWorks International and conducts BirthWorks workshops nationwide. She is also a Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE), a Trauma Informed Care Practitioner/Trainer, and Reiki Master. She is the President and Executive Director of It’s Your Life Coaching and Consulting and The Family Womb.

Amara Minnis

Amara Minnis
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.

Liz O'Shea

Liz O'Shea
Board Member at Large

Liz began her journey to midwifery out of a deep desire to share the joy of birthing at home. She wanted all women to experience what it is like to feel the innate power within them to give birth. She began her studies following her first home birth in 1982 by enrolling in Rahima Baldwin's birth assistant course, Informed Homebirth. Her passion for learning about normal birth continued through her own home births and as she raised her six children.
Liz became certified as a doula with A.L.A.C.E and later with Birth Works International. As one of the co-writers of the Birth Works doula program she also facilitated workshops and taught childbirth education. After attending births as a doula in hospital and home settings, she found the opportunity to apprentice with several home birth midwives who shared their knowledge of traditional midwifery. She began an independent practice in 2000 and along with her daughter, Emily, formed the first Birth Circle of Frederick, MD. Encouraged by her mentors she applied for and obtained certification through North American Registry of Midwives in 2007.

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Secretary

BirthWorks International has an opening for a position on our Board of Directors as Secretary. This is a wonderful opportunity for a well qualified individual to play a key role in a leading organization advocating for healthy and fulfilling birth experiences.

Please contact us at info@birthworks.org for more information.

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Director of Education

BirthWorks International has an opening for a position on our Board of Directors as Director of Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for a well qualified individual to play a key role in a leading organization advocating for healthy and fulfilling birth experiences.

Please contact us at info@birthworks.org for more information.