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 was born by 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!
Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D.
Sally received a Masters and then a PhD in Sociology at Binghamton University. Her current interest is in writing about biopsychosocial – as well as iatrogenic – contributions to maternal fear and stress during pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood and their effect on the mother and child’s mental and physical health, attachment, and individual and family violence. She is committed to academic integrity and freedom, and was the recipient of the 2010 Robert Maynard Hutchens Award for her “courageous defense of academic integrity in collegiate sports.” She is a certified in Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching, Mentor Coach, and founded It’s Your Life Coaching. Sally is visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SUNY Cortland and is on the editorial board for the Peace Studies Journal. She is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator for BirthWorks International and conducts BirthWorks workshops nationwide. She is currently writing a book about academic integrity, athletics, ability profiling, and her experience at Binghamton University.