Supporting Vaginal Birth and Reducing Primary Cesarean Delivery Taskforce

A multi-disciplinary taskforce including physicians, nurses, midwives, public health professionals and childbirth advocates, and with representation from healthcare purchasers, will drive the development and dissemination of this toolkit. 

Chair

  • Nancy Peterson, MSN, RNC-OB, PNNP, IBCLC, Director of Perinatal Outreach, Clinical Program Manager, CMQCC
  • Holly Smith, MPH, MSN, CNM, Co-Lead for Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth
  • David Lagrew, MD, Executive Director Women’s Services, St. Joseph HOAG Health

Committee Members

Maureen Corry
MPH
Childbirth Connection at National Partnership for Women and Families
Senior Advisor
Sharon Dey-Layne
MSN
Riverside County Regional Med Center
CNS
Laura Eichhorn
RNC
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Clinical Educator, Women's Services
Annette Fineberg
MD
Sutter Medical Group Yolo Division
Lisa Gartin
CNM
Clinica Sierra Vista FQHC
Brian Gilpin
MD, MPH
Obstetrix Medical Group
National Clinical Director of OB Hospitalists
Jason Greenberg
MD
California Pacific Medical Center
Vice Chairman, Department of Anesth; Chief, Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology
David Lagrew, MD St. Joseph HOAG Health
Executive Director Women’s Services
Elliott Main
MD
CMQCC
Medical Director and Executive Committee Chair
Paris Maloof-Bury
RNC-OB, IBCLC, ICCE
Community Memorial Health System
Natalie Martina
CNM, MSN
Alta Bates Medical Center
Lead Midwife OB Hospitalist Group
Susan Melnikow
CNM, MS
Scripps Encinitas Hospital
Founder Tree of Life Birth Center
Ruth Mielke
PhD, RN, CNM
California State University Fullerton
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Julianne Morath
RN, MS
Hospital Quality Institute
Chief Executive Officer
Christine Morton
PhD
CMQCC
Research Sociologist | Program Manager
Michele Nizza
CD (DONA)
Mum's the Word
Owner
Nancy Peterson  
MSN, RNC-OB, PNNP, IBCLC
CMQCC
Director of Perinatal Outreach, Clinical Program Manager
Diana Ramos
MD, MPH
County of Los Angeles Public Health
Director, Reproductive Health Programs
Dale Reisner
MD
Swedish Health Services
Medical Director, OB-Gyn Quality & Safety
Blanche Skubic
CNM
Sutter David Health Care
Holly Smith
MPH, MSN, CNM
Co-Lead for Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth
David Speiser
MD
 
Beth Stephens-Hennessy
RN
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
CNS
Candy Timoney
RN
 
Janet Trial
RN, CNM, EdD
Miller Children's Long Beach Hospital
Julie Vasher
DNP, RNC-OB, CNS-BC, C-EFM
 
Kim Werkmeister
RN, BA, CPHQ
Cynosure Health
National Improvement Advisor
Mark Zakowski
MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Chief, Obstetric Anesthesiology; Associate Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology