OCTOBER 1, 2016 Conference educators
Mary Anne Richardson: Opening guest educator
Since August, 1994, Mary Anne Richardson RN, CPM-TN, EMT has been in the field of birth. During that time she has trained and worked in hospital settings, and in the homes of clients attending over 700 births.
In pursuit of her passion to improve the reputation of midwives Mary Anne has served two terms as the President of the TMA (Tennessee Midwives Association) as well as other positions on the TMA board and still serves the TMA as a legislative liaison. As a legislative liaison she worked tirelessly to legalize CPM/Home birth midwifery in the state of Tennessee by successfully lobbing for three different bills through the state Legislature.
She has served two terms on the Council of Certified Professional Midwives a division of the Department of Health state of Tennessee as Vice-Chairperson and the Chairperson. Currently she serves as the consultant to the Council of Certified Professional Midwives reviewing complaints to the Council.
While caring for families as a midwife and monitrice, she maintains three TN State licenses and she is currently active in providing education to other midwives and students to improve midwifery care for mothers and babies across the country. Some has courses that have been accredited by MEAC (Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council) and she worked with MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) both as a presenter at a International Conference and as a local coordinator.
Her accomplishments are a representation of her passion for families and the sanctity of birth.
Emily Pardy: Conference instructor
Emily Pardy is a counselor and the founder of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. Ready Nest Counseling helps couples prepare for parenthood by caring for their relational wellness as they transition through conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and infertility. Emily has written for multiple parenting publications including Thriving Family magazine and ParentLife magazine. She has her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Lipscomb University and is the author of For All Maternity, a humorous memoir of her own journey into motherhood. Emily resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three children.
Amanda Johnson: Conference instructor
Amanda Johnson is a certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-Doula. In 2012, while pregnant with her first son, she decided to leave her mechanical engineering job to become a stay at home mom. She found herself falling more and more in love with all things birth and sharing her joyous birth stories with other mothers and fathers.
In 2015, she decided to pursue her passion of supporting women and families during conception, pregnancy, and birth by enrolling in the Hypnobabies Instructor program. In April of 2016, she received her certification and immediately began teaching classes and offering herself as a hypno-doula.
Along with her Hypnobabies training, Amanda has experience in childbirth education and general hypnosis. She plans to continue her doula training in the fall of 2016. She wants all women and men to know how amazing and empowering birth can be with the right kind of support.
With these qualifications behind her, she hopes to bring knowledge and support to the women in her area of middle Tennessee – Readyville, Murfreesboro, Woodbury, McMinnville, and further – in conception, pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Kimberly Hampton: Conference instructor
Kimberly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and pediatric nurse with over 13 years of experience serving families in the middle Tennessee area. She is the owner and operator of Middle Tennessee Lactation, which provides in-home breastfeeding support for all stages of the breastfeeding journey – from pregnancy through weaning. She is also a volunteer with the local non-profit breastfeeding support group, La Leche League of Rutherford County.
Her passion for breastfeeding began with the birth of her firstborn child, with whom she had many obstacles. She lives with her family in the Murfreesboro area.
Casey Smotherman: Conference instructor
Casey Smotherman is a Pure Barre teacher and holistic health coach. She graduated from MTSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008, but left the public school classroom in 2014 to help children and families improve their health.
She has taught group fitness classes for several years and fell in love with the Pure Barre technique from the very first class. She loves that since there is no impact and classes can be modified for pregnancy or injury, anyone can take Pure Barre and have amazing results.
When she and her husband found out they were expecting their first child in February of 2015, they knew they wanted a home birth experience. Casey taught and took Pure Barre classes throughout her own pregnancy until her daughter was born at 41 week. She greatly attributes Pure Barre along with excellent nutrition, Hypnobabies, chiropractic care, and a wonderful midwife to her successful home birth experience. She loves working with children and adults to help them live healthier, happier lives.
Hector Cruz: Conference instructor
Hector Cruz is a portrait photographer and founder of Project BreastFeeding.
His work has been featured in TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, TODAY Show, USA Today, Medical Daily, Fox News, Univision, and many foreign publications.
He is the proud father of Sophia and Benjamin and is passionate about helping new fathers learn about their roles in their children lives.