Meet our Presenters
Shown in alphabetical order. Additional presenters & bios will be added as information becomes available.
Amal Ali, BSN, RN
Amal Ali is a Patient Care Supervisor at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Amal Ali has worked in Women’s Healthcare for over 10 years in both domestic and abroad. She is dedicated and passionate about reducing racial disparities in maternal health, by advocating and taking intentional actions to recognize inequalities that exist. Born in Saudi Arabia, moved to Somalia only to flee shortly after as a refugee status to Kenya, then immigrated and raised in the United States of America. Ms. Ali upbringing and lived experience, allow her to see each patient through a wider lens. Amal currently co-chair of Birth Equity Program at the Mother Baby Center and is also part of other DE&I initiatives at Abbott Northwestern Hospital to actively improve workforce diversity and community engagement.
Ursula Clarin is a Labor and Delivery Nurse that has worked at the Allina Health Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis Minnesota since 2015. Ursula is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Ojibwe tribe of Michigan, she is also Kiowa and Cheyenne River Sioux. Growing up in Minnesota she became aware of the differences in health care outside of the reservation herself and her family received and wanted to make a difference. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 from St. Catherine University and obtained a position on the Labor and Delivery. In 2020, after the social unrest in Minneapolis, she and others on the unit, felt the call of BIPOC to lead a grassroots group named “The Birth Equity Group” on her unit. Her current passion is working on eliminating bias in obstetric and newborn health, promote equity in the BIPOC maternal and newborn health, educating/providing trauma informed care, and promoting/increasing breast-feeding rates in the Indigenous and Black communities.
Susan Drummond, MSN RN C-EFM
Lisa Gill, MD
Lisa Gill is a maternal fetal medicine physician at University of Minnesota. She has board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. Clinical interests include pregnancy affected by obesity and prenatal diagnosis.
Jen McLellan, CBE
Jen McLellan is a published author, founder of Plus Size Birth, and host of the Plus Mommy Podcast. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood. With over 7 million page views, Plus Size Birth is the premier plus size pregnancy resource trusted by parents and professionals. The Plus Mommy Podcast has over 225,000 downloads and was named one of the best pregnancy podcasts of 2022 by The Bump.
Gail Tully, CPM
Gail Tully is the midwife who conceived and developed Spinning Babies®. Spinning Babies® went online in 2001. Over 35 years with birth, including 20 years as a homebirth midwife, Gail now writes and teaches and supports change in the birth paradigm.
Back in the day, Gail was kept busy organizing doula program development in hospitals and community non-profits in Minneapolis/St. Paul while training doulas with DONA International approval status. Spinning Babies®, Belly Mapping®, Belly Mapping MethodTM, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, and now Breech Basics are the unique offerings from Gail Tully. Gail and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.