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Mickey Sperlich

Mickey Sperlich, PhD, CPM is an assistant professor with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is also an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She is the author of several articles on the effects of trauma during the perinatal period, as well as the book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the America College of Nurse Midwives. Sperlich has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the Survivor Moms’ Companion.  She is committed to finding ways to interrupt intergenerational cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability and promote recovery for women and young families.


Neel Shah

 Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation.  He is an expert in designing, testing, and spreading system interventions that improve the safety, affordability, and experience of patient care.  As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Shah cares for patients during critical life moments that range from surgery to primary care to childbirth.  Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, a global NGo that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost.  He is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to demonstrate how over-treatment can harm patients.


More Dynamic Faculty

Brianna Bennett, MBA - Business Director, Women's Birth & Wellness Center

Laura Faye Gephart, MD, MBA - Asst Professor of Urogynecology, University of Texas

Christine Haas, MA - Executive Director, The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health

Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD - Principal, Law Offices of Hermine Hayes-Klein, LLC

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM - Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Barbara Norton, CNM, ANP - Owner, Geneva Woods Birth Center

Laura Norton-Cruz, LMSW - Program Director of Alaska Resilience Initiative, Alaska Children's Trust

Kim Pekin, BBA, CPM - Clinical Director, Premier Birth Center

Melissa Sundberg, PT, DPT, COMT, OSC - Pelvic Health Program Director, Advanced Physical Therapy



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