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10AM EST: Olivia Howell, Facebook Live, Gugu Guru
Olivia Howell is the editor in chief and community manager for Gugu Guru. Gugu Guru was created to delight new and expecting moms and delivers you the perfect baby registry match, unbiased product recommendations from industry experts and other moms to suit your individual style.
When Olivia is not writing about baby products, she’s playing pirates with her 4 and 1.5 year old sons. Olivia resides on Long Island.
11AM EST: Patricia Officer, BA, CLC, CLS, Breastfeeding support
Patricia Officer has over ten years of experience in public health and health education. She has worked within the community and in hospital settings, creating breastfeeding programs and partnering with other community programs to bridge gaps and best serve clients. For nearly 6 years, Patricia worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the local Women, Infants and Children aka WIC. In addition, she is a member of Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition and a Faculty Member of Healthy Children Project a research based breastfeeding education institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes. She currently works at Community Hospital East as a Lactation Consultant, Indianapolis, IN. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Patricia is also a certified YMCA group fitness trainer and coach.
12PM EST: Julie Burt Nicols, Facebook Live, Twiniversity
Julie Burt Nichols is Twiniversity’s “Wizard Behind the Curtain”, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Twiniversity.com, Account Manager, and Instructor for Chicago Twiniversity classes. Julie is a full-time working mother to twin boys, born on Halloween. She loves serving as a resource and support for new parents, soon-to-be parents, and we-want-desperately-to-be parents. Julie is proud to be a certified child passenger safety technician, and the Twiniversity Resident Songstress/Jingle Writer.
1PM EST: Dr. Heidi Horsley, Facebook Live, Grief Expert
Dr. Heidi Horsley serves on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest peer to peer support organization in the world, with over 665 chapters worldwide. She is also on the National Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS). TAPS has served over 35,000 military families who have suffered a loss. In addition, she is on the National Advisory Board for Our Conservatory, a music program for at risk kids in Los Angeles. Dr. Horsley writes an advice column for The Compassionate Friends We Need Not Walk Alone Magazine and appears in the VIP section of Marquis Whose Who in America, Madison Whose Who, and Whose Who of American Women.
2 PM EST: Dr. Audrey Paul, Keeping babies healthy during cold and flu season
Dr. Audrey Paul is trained in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard College, and completed her medical and residency training at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Columbia Presbyterian and is double-boarded in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.
Dr. Paul is the Owner and Founder of Heads Up Westport Concussion Center LLC as well as the current Medical Director for MedExcel Urgent Care CT. She has also served as the past chair of the pediatric emergency medicine section for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and is currently the alternate chancellor for the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee.
2 PM EST: Safety Mom, #GivingFirst Tweet Chat
Join the Safety Mom for a fun and informative Tweet chat, 50 Toddler (and pet) Holiday Safety Tips. Follow #GivingFirst.
3 PM EST: Dr. Jessica Zucker, Facebook Live, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health. Jessica primarily works with women struggling with fertility, pregnancy ambivalence, pregnancy loss, during transitions in motherhood, prenatal and postpartum adjustments, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy and postpartum body image concerns, and in the midst of relationship challenges after the loss or birth of a child. Dr. Zucker is the creator of the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign.
5 PM EST: Kelly Farley, Facebook Live, Founder of GrievingDads.com
Kelly Farley was caught up in the rat race of life when he experienced the loss of two babies over an 18-month period. He lost his daughter, Katie, in 2004, and son, Noah, in 2006. Like many men, during these losses and the years that followed, he felt like he was the only dad that had ever experienced such a loss. Kelly spent several years trying to put his life back together. He realized during his journey that society, for the most part, doesn’t feel comfortable with an openly grieving male. That realization inspired him to start the Grieving Dads Project and to write his book Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back. Kelly has a passion for helping people “pick up the pieces” after a profound life event. Kelly commits his time to connecting with and advocating for bereaved parents. He is currently working on changing the Parental Bereavement Act, a federal bill designed to help provide bereaved parents with unpaid leave from work after the death of a child.
6:30 PM EST: Rick Goldstein, MD, FAAP, Facebook Live
Dr. Richard Goldstein is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2012, he co-founded Robert’s Program on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics with Dr. Hannah C. Kinney. Robert’s Program is a translational clinical program approaching sudden unexpected death in children as an undiagnosed disease, bringing the most current diagnostic approaches and insights to the care and counseling of affected families. The program also conducts research and promotes advocacy for sudden death in pediatrics. In addition to this ongoing involvement with families following a death from SIDS or SUDC, Dr. Goldstein’s research focuses on the grief experiences of parents, in particular following the sudden death of their child. Dr. Goldstein also conducts research examining the biological basis for vulnerabilities in children dying from SUDP.
Sara Evans, Facebook Live, Blogger, Hot Tech Toys and Baby Items for the Holidays
Sarah is a digital correspondent specializing in social and digital strategy, talent, editing and publishing with her company Sevans Strategy. She also works with companies, like PayPal and Cox Communications, as a digital correspondent and runs popular digital lifestyle publication Sarah’s Faves (https://sarahsfav.es). Sarah has previously worked with a local crisis center to raise more than $161,000 in three weeks via social media and is proud to be a team member of the Guinness Book World Record holding #beatcancer.