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 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!
Emily Alberhasky is a birth Doula practicing in Des Moines Iowa. She has been a birthworks certified Doula for nearly 8 years. She has five children ranging from ages 6 to 16. She received her bachelors degree from Iowa State University in Child and Family Services. Emily’s passion is holding the space and being present for women and their partners as they walk through their journey into motherhood. Emily also facilitates a support group called Difficult Birth Journey which allows women to share their painful story in a safe, healing, and supportive space. She considers it the deepest honor to be invited into another person’s intimate and life changing moments.
Janell Bartzatt is a BirthWorks childbirth facilitator, birth and bereavement doula, birth assistant at a birth center and a licensed phlebotomist. Janell started her birth work endeavor as a birth doula and felt the urge to add to her tools/skills in her toolkit and started facilitating BirthWorks. To Janell, BirthWorks philosophies resonated with her and have been at the core of her up-to-date and interactive classes. Having the opportunity of working alongside experienced midwives, Janell has been able to enhance her classes from learning and sharing stories of numerous parent reported positive birth experiences. Having given birth to 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.
Karen Lai is certified with BirthWorks International® as well as NACE Australia. Karen facilitates workshops within Cert IV Workplace Training standards. Karen is an AHPRA Registered Nurse-Midwife in clinical practice as well as in Midwifery Education and is currently based in Hobart. Karen has post graduate qualifications through UTAS, is an accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainer with INLPTA and has an Advanced Diploma in Solutions Oriented Coaching & Counseling with the Milton Erickson Institute. Karen is most of all proud to be a midwife and a mother and proud to bring her influence to birth and parenting.
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 BirthWorks International Doula Certification 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.