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Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a dynamic leader and inspirational speaker who has utilized her extensive experience, training, and acquired skills in perinatal care to develop community-based programs as well as consulting and trainings to create optimal models of maternity care. Recognized internationally for her expertise, she has become a sought-after speaker and recognized authority in MotherBaby models of care, perinatal doula care, comfort techniques in labor and birth as well as creating her acclaimed online childbirth birth class Pain to Power Childbirth. She directed an award-winning documentary focusing on physiologic birth and co-authored a related book.
Debra is Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO), and co-chair of the International Childbirth Initiative, (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care. Debra has been a part of numerous Boards and Initiatives. including Childbirth Connection, CIMS: Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, Lamaze International, DONA International, White Ribbon Alliance: Respectful Maternity Care and Advisor to ICEA and the Birth Sanctum.
Debra has numerous published works and has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning Russia, The NBC Today Show, Discovery Health, in the New York Times, the LA Times, the UK Times as well as Parenting and Health Magazines, blogs and podcasts around the world. Debra has spoken in 40 countries reminding parents and practitioners that respectful care facilities provide safe, satisfying, and pleasurable births.
Dr. André Lalonde has developed extensive knowledge and expertise in several areas of women’s health such as: risk management; assessment and development of collaborative care models; health programs to meet the unique health needs of aboriginal population; development and implementation of clinical practice and consensus guidelines; consumer health education programs; capacity building of health delivery systems in Canada and in low resource countries.
His expertise includes the implementation of safe motherhood programs, reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity programs and audits, management of clinical services in hospitals, risk management, sexual reproductive health, and partnership programs with low resource countries.
Dr. Lalonde has been responsible for the development and implementation of several maternal and newborn care risk management programs which are currently implemented across Canada (MOREOB, ALARM). In recent year, he was instrumental integrating the ALARM International program in over twenty low resource countries as a method to address maternal mortality and morbidity, and to strengthen obstetric and gynecological societies. He has been active in partnerships with family physicians, nurses, midwives, and other stakeholders involved in reproductive health at the national and international level.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Lalonde obtained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgery, and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also earned a Masters Degree in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics in 1988.
Dr. Lalonde held the position of Executive Vice President at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) for 20 years (1991-2011), as well as appointments as Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa and McGill University, and Adjunct Professor in Health Administration at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Lalonde held appointments as Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, LaSalle General Hospital (1973-1989); President, IHPMI (1991-1993) and President, Board of Directors, LaSalle General Hospital (1978-1987). He has lectured extensively in Canada and around the world, developed programs on capacity building, coauthored landmark textbooks on post partum hemorrhage and sexual reproductive health.
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