Your Natural Baby Fair Bios

Ms. Baggerly is the Director of GrassrootsHealth, the world’s largest vitamin D health promotion organization. They are leading an international study with participants of all ages to help make people aware of vitamin D needs through testing, education and active involvement in community programs.

GrassrootsHealth's D*action project has as its purpose to provide a model for public health action on vitamin D. It is a test bed for techniques, and for providing outcome evaluation at a community level. Carole began GrassrootsHealth by gathering a panel consisting of over 40 international scientists, researchers and experts who agree that vitamin D deficiency is a major health epidemic for which something must be done now. The organization, is committed to improving vitamin D status worldwide; its principal method consists of two efforts: 1) providing educational material concerning the benefits of adequate vitamin D status, and 2) providing information about the participants’ own vitamin D status, thereby allowing participants to adjust their vitamin D intake to achieve desired levels.

Protect Our Children NOW! is one of the D*action projects of the GrassrootsHealth effort, with a specific focus on pregnancy and newborn health outcomes. More information on this project can be found at www.grassrootshealth.net/daction-poc.

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 11,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She producer of several birth related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for both parents and professionals. Books include The Labor Progress Handbook (2011), with Ruth Ancheta, The Birth Partner (2008), and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse of Childbearing Women (2004), with Phyllis Klaus. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants, the Editorial Board of the journal, Birth, and serves on the senior faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University.

Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician in full-time private practice in Dana Point, California. Dr. Bob, as he likes to be called by his little patients, received his medical degree from Georgetown University and did his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He provides a unique blend of mainstream and integrative medical care. He is a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library, including The Baby Book and The Portable Pediatrician, and is the author of The Vaccine Book and The Autism Book. Dr. Bob has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, CNN, CBS Early Show, Fox Morning News, and Dr. Phil to discuss parenting advice and pediatric health issues and is a frequent speaker at parenting conferences. He is on the medical advisory board for various organizations, including Talk About Curing Autism, Autism Care and Treatment Today, SafeMinds, and Kaplan University Department of Health Sciences. He is the proud father of three boys, ages 20, 17, and 11, and lives with his wife and kids in Dana Point, CA. Dr. Bob’s primary focus in pediatrics has been to help parents examine the confusing world of vaccinations. As the childhood and adult vaccination schedule continues to expand, more and more parents are questioning this practice. Dr. Bob is committed to helping parents understand all the pros and cons of vaccinations and make an educated decision for themselves and for their children.

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