is a Child and Perinatal Psychiatrist, researcher, writer and mother of three. She is a co-founder of El Parto Es Nuestro (“Birth is Ours,”) and ApoyoCesareas (“Cesarean Support”) as well as a 20+ year member of Via Lactea, Spain ́s oldest breastfeeding support group.
For 19 years, Dr. Olza worked as a Child psychiatrist in the Spanish public healthcare system, and in 2009 she started the first perinatal psychiatry program in Madrid and became a member of Marcé Society. In 2014, Dr. Olza began to develop the Perinatal Mental Health Online Training Program at Terra Mater, which in 2017 transformed into the European Institute of Perinatal Mental Health.
Dr. Olza is currently working as an associate professor at Alcalá University Faculty of Medicine and directing the Institute.
In 2017, she published her fifth book, the ground-breaking Parir (“Birth”). Other book titles include “Lactivista”, “Nacer por cesárea” and “Hermanos de leche”, a child´s book about extended breastfeeding and human milk banks.
She is an activist for mothers´ and babies' human rights in childbirth and breastfeeding.
PhD, MSc, BA, RM, RGN
Midwife, research worker and doctor in human lactation. Currently retired, she is a breastfeeding expert of global repute. Having worked for 45 years to support breastfeeding in maternities and private practice, she can draw on a wealth of experience. She is regularly invited to contribute to conferences all over the world and to lead workshops in English or French. Attendees of these workshops can gain certification as BN consultants (BNCCL). The training focuses on the Biological Nurturing concept that Suzanne has developed and which was the subject of her Ph.D thesis.
In 2006, Suzanne won the prestigious English Royal College of Nursing Inaugural Akinsanya Award for originality and scholarship in doctoral studies. In 2017, she was appointed Visiting Principal Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University where she originally presented her thesis. She is an honorary member and a founding mother/leader of La Leche League France. She also sits on the professional advisory board of La Leche League Great Britain and La Leche League France.
In addition to her book, Suzanne Colson has produced a DVD for healthcare practitioners on Biological Nurturing®.
She has also published many articles and information brochures, some of which may be viewed on the following websites:
Joyce Pye Funston
Joyce Funston is a Registered Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and founder of a multi-discipline lactation support private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
As a hospital based Registered Nurse, Joy worked for 27 years in pediatric and newborn Intensive Care Units where she consistently saw the advantage breast milk gave her young patients and their mothers. During those years, she was a founding member of the medical center’s Department of Breastfeeding Medicine.
After transitioning to private practice in 2012, Joy observed that more than 80% of the mothers seeking IBCLC assistance were in fact challenged by the functional symptoms of tethered oral tissue (TOT). This led Joy in 2014 to join with other Ankyloglossia professionals as a member of The International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals (IATP) where she currently serves on their Board of Directors. For the past few years, Joy has been sharing Ankyloglossia information with health care professionals through lecturing, researching, writing, and mentoring.
JD, IBCLC, FILCA
Liz Brooks is a private practice International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC since 1999) and licensed lawyer (since 1983), with expertise in public health, ethics, advocacy, criminal, and administrative law.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) and is currently serving on the Board of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).
Liz taught at Drexel University’s Human Lactation program until last year. She authored the only text book on legal and ethical issues for the IBCLC, and has published numerous articles on health care ethics, equity, and conflict-of-interest.
Liz currently offers in-home lactation consultations, and bedside care in a large Baby-Friendly-designated hospital. She is a popular international conference speaker, offering practical tips with wit and wisdom for anyone who works with lactating and human milk-using families.