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Sarah Lavonne, RNC-OB, ICCE, CLEC

A pioneer in nursing education, Sarah Lavonne is the founder & CEO at Bundle Birth, A Nursing Corporation. With a vision to unite patients, support persons and medical personnel together through education and support, Sarah and her team have fearlessly developed a community of learning and inspiration across labor and delivery.

Sarah understands and has held various roles in nursing from floor nurse, peer mentor (educating and mentoring nurses as they came off orientation), childbirth educator and manager, before building Bundle Birth.

Driven by a mission to empower people to live their best lives in and outside of work, Sarah is best known for inspiring and equipping nurses to provide unconventional nursing care that changes the world. Bundle Birth Nurses has built a community of passionate, re-invigorated labor and delivery nurses through a 12-month mentorship program, various classes and workshops, and a thriving social media presence. The most rewarding part of her “job” is to see nurses discover their potential and become leaders in patient-centered care.

Outside of work, Sarah comes alive by being surrounded by the people she loves. She enjoys going to music events and taking on new adventures, along with frequent visits to Ecuador, where she grew up, to see her nephew and family.

LaShea Haynes, MEd, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RNC, C-EFM

LaShea Haynes has been practicing in the area of obstetrical nursing for over 25 years. Her clinical and educational experience and expertise span labor/delivery, antepartum and mother/baby areas. She is currently working as the Founder and President of her own nurse mentoring, certification review and educational offering company, Perinatal Potpourri, a part-time staff nurse in an LDRP community hospital and the Editor of AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby Magazine. She has published numerous articles, was the contributing editor for AWHONN’s Basic EFM program, OPS program, and .POEP program and she is an AWHONN designated Instructor Trainer for both fetal heart monitoring and Awhonn’s Obstetric Patient Safety courses. LaShea holds two certifications through NCC and currently provides in-services and seminars nationally and internationally. She is passionate about saving the lives of mom’s and babies through her hard work and dedication to her activism and community service, by providing continual high-risk perinatal education to inspire audiences across the region and she also had the privilege of sitting on Georgia’s Maternal Morbidity & Mortality Review Committee for a 5-year term.  

In addition, LaShea is an active AWHONN member: she was the elected Georgia Section Chair for two consecutive terms, she served on the Postpartum Support International, Georgia Board of Directors for one term, National AWHONN 2019 Conference Planning Committee and currently represents AWHONN as the State AIMS Representative and a Section Advisory Chair for District 4. LaShea was nominated for the 2021 Professional Distinguished Professional Service Award, the 2021 AWHONN Award of Excellence in Leadership and was the recipient of the 2018 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award as a demonstration of her dedication to Women’s Health. LaShea was also a recipient of the 2015 AWHONN Award of Excellence in Community Service, Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award and was appointed as the Georgia Lead for the Postpartum Hemorrhage Project. She was selected as the lead facilitator in the state of Georgia to assist with the rising rate of maternal deaths because she has successfully inspired her region to become more active within their professional organization with exciting lectures, published articles, networking and current trends. LaShea is a fun, energetic national and international speaker, who fully engages the audience in her presentations, leaving them excited and ready to learn more.

Dr. LaVonne M. Moore, DNP, APRN, CNM, BC-WHNP, IBCLC, ICCE 

Dr. Moore has a Doctor of Nursing Practice from St. Catherine University, a Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Health & Human Services Administration from St. Marys University. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Womens Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Certified Childbirth Educator. She is adjunct faculty at Thomas Edison State University and teaches Women’s Health. She provides Ob/Gyn services at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and is founder and CEO of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services and The Chocolate Milk Club a culturally specific service of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services that provides breastfeeding education and support for African American women. Her goal is to use the midwife model of care to inspire all women to breastfeed and support all those that do because she believes that good health begins with breastfeeding.

Sarah N Cross, MD

Dr. Sarah Cross is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health - Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is the medical director for the Birthplace, Pregnancy Special Care Unit and the Newborn Family Care Center at MHealth Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cross received her MD with honors from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Cross’ research and clinical interests include periviability and mode of delivery and now COVID-19 in pregnancy. She has given over 30 talks and interviews on COVID-19 in pregnancy, including being cited in the Osterholm Update, National Geographic, Forbes Magazine, Newsweek and has authored an opinions in the Washington Post

In her free time, she writes poetry and enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and her three kids, the youngest of whom was born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amanda Duffy, MS

Amanda is a MN native and resides in New Brighton, MN with her husband and 3 living children. Amanda is a passionate advocate within the loss community. In 2014, her daughter Reese was stillborn due to a double nuchal cord just 16 hours shy of her scheduled delivery at 39 weeks. Since 2014, Amanda has found advocacy for the loss community as a way to parent her fiery haired daughter. In 2016, Amanda and her husband helped pass the "Stillbirth Family Relief Act '' for the state of MN, allowing families who have experienced the loss of a child due to stillbirth to receive a $2,000 tax credit in memory of their child. Amanda also serves as a peer companion for families who find themselves in the wake of stillbirth and serves as the MN Ambassador for Count the Kicks (CTK). CTK is a national nonprofit focused on stillbirth prevention by educating on the importance of fetal movement tracking; IA has seen a 32% reduction in stillbirths since receiving state funding to provide CTK materials in every clinic, hospital and birth center in the state! Through CTK's platform, Amanda strives to lower the number of preventable stillbirths in Minnesota. Amanda attributes using CTK education in helping to get Reese's little siblings here safely. Amanda has presented to thousands of health care professionals on best practices for working with families following pregnancy loss and is always looking for ways to partner.

Annette Klein, RN, ICCE

Annette Klein is an ICEA-certified RN who worked oncology for the first five years of her nursing career and obstetrics the remaining 40+ years. Her passion for families who experience loss was founded when her daughter, Courtney, was born still at 38.5 weeks gestation. Since then she has had the priviledge of walking beside many families who have experienced loss: from diagnosis & birth planning through the journey of the support groups she facilitates. 

The Doulas of Duluth:
Cooper Orla & Dana Morrison, Birth Doulas & Educators

 

The Doulas of Duluth provides birth and postpartum focused care & education for expectant families in the Twin Ports. They support pregnant people and families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They offer evidence-based childbirth education, birth doula support, and postpartum support. Their mission is to offer their clients the information, education, and support in order to make informed decisions about their body and their birth. The Doulas of Duluth honor their clients' choices and wishes for their birth. They support their clients no matter how and where they want to give birth. 

Cooper Orla & Dana Morrison have been serving clients in the Twin Ports collectively for 15 years. With a commitment to racial equity and birth equity work, they strive to create connections and changes within their community for better birth outcomes for all!

Christine Goudge, MD, FACOG


Dr Goudge is an Ob/Gyn physician with 15 years of clinical experience after completing her training at the University of MN Ob/Gyn Residency program in 2007. Until one year ago, Dr Goudge worked as a full-scope, general practice Ob/Gyn, dividing her time among clinic, gyn surgery, and on-call responsibilities. In April 2021, she transitioned from Park Nicollet health Services to working as an Ob/Gyn Hospitalist for North Memorial Health, primarily at Maple Grove Hospital. 

Dr Goudge has hed multiple leadership positions within the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) and within her practice groups since training. She has special interests in patient-centered care, care of women & families who experience pregnancy loss, minimally invasive surgery, and high-risk obstetrics. In her role as an Ob/Gyn hospitalist, she has been able to invest more time in hospital quality improvement efforts, including decreasing post-operative cesarean section infections, implementing outpatient cervical ripening for full-term pregnant women, and leading North Memorial Health's participation in MN Perinatal Quality Collaborative's Obtetric Hypertension Initiative. 

Dr Goudge is not only a local physician, but also a local community member. She lives in Rogers MN with her husband and two young sons, Samuel (4) and Bennett (6), and their puggles, Quincy & Marlow. 

La'Anna Johnson, RN, BSN, PHN, CCRN 

La'Anna Johnson has worked for MHealth Fairview since 2006. She began her career as a nursing assistant and became a RN in 2010 in the Pediatric Float Pool. She continued her Pediatric Nursing career in Sedation, and in the Emergency Department. She currently works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse. She is a passionate advocate for her patients and prides herself in creating healing environments of care. 

Danielle (Danni) Wills, BSN, RN, PHN, PED-BC

Danni has been with the M Health Fairview organization since 2010. She began her career at Fairview as a Nutrition Services Aid, then spent 7 years on the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant unit at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (UMMCH), first as a Nursing Station Technician, then transitioned to a registered nurse role, and eventually became a Core Charge Nurse in 2019. She joined the Nursing Practice & Education Team in March 2020 as a Clinical Education Specialist for Pediatric Emergency Services and inpatient Pediatrics at Fairview Ridges. In January 2022, she transitioned to a new Professional Practice Nurse Leader role supporting inpatient Community Pediatrics, Pediatric Ambulatory Services, and the Pediatric Float Pool at UMMCH. She is currently a student in the DNP-Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist program at Rush University.

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