2012 Congress Focus ~ Four Special Events

Joel Evans, M.D. will deliver the Cheek Memorial Lecture: "What David Cheek Wants Us to Know in 2012."

He is a board certified OB/GYN and the Founder and Director of The Center for Women's Health, where he practices Integrative Obstetrics and Gynecology. His book on the holistic approach to pregnancy, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook (Gotham, 2005), has received widespread acclaim. Dr. Evans is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Founder of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and the first physician in Connecticut to be Board Certified in both Holistic Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Robin Lim will receive the Birthkeeper of the Year Award.

She has helped thousands of poor Indonesians to have healthy pregnancies and births, was named a 2011 CNN Hero of the Year. Lim became a midwife after her sister - and her sister's baby - died from complications during pregnancy several years ago. She and her husband moved to Bali to "reinvent their lives." She opened a clinic, Bumi Sehat, so that poor mothers can give birth safely and be treated with dignity and respect. She has delivered thousands of babies, and that is why they call her 'Ibu' - Mother." She is the mother of eight children of her own, as well as the author of many books related to infant and maternal health.

Marilyn Milos, RN, will be acknowledged for working tirelessly to end non-therapeutic circumcision.

She is Founder and Executive Director of NOCIRC (National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers); Coordinator of the International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights; and co-editor of six books of symposia proceedings.

Raylene Phillips, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, will receive the Verny Award.

After raising three children as a stay-at-home mom, Dr. Phillips received an MA in Developmental Psychology and became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist. She attended medical school at University of California, Davis, and completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, CA, where she is now an attending neonatologist. Dr. Phillips is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her primary areas of interest are maternal-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and developmental protective care of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.