Jane is a registered midwife and lecturer in midwifery at the University of South Australia. Jane is an active researcher in the areas of population health, mental health, and maternal health. Since suffering the unexplained full term stillbirth of her daughter Emma in 1993 she has been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth. She has published a textbook, book chapters and journal articles and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.
Dr. O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in physiology from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1992. In 1998 she gained a Ph.D in physiology from Keele University, United Kingdom
After completing post-doctoral work in maternal and infant health research, Dr. O’Brien relocated to the United States in 2001 to train in pediatric sleep research. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric sleep research at the University of Louisville, KY. In 2006 she was recruited to the faculty at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor Dr. O’Brien also holds an appointment as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. O’Brien’s research interests include neurobehavioral consequences of sleep-disordered breathing in children and sleep in children with medical problems such as cleft palate repair, craniofacial anomalies, and Williams Syndrome. She is also one of very few researchers actively investigating the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-eclampsia in the mother and growth retardation in the fetus. Since her arrival at the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Brien has built collaborations between the Sleep Disorders Center and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has several active studies.
Dr. O’Brien participates in the training of sleep medicine fellows and acts as a mentor for students interested in sleep research. She has published over 40 original manuscripts and over a dozen invited reviews and book chapters. In addition, she is an ad hoc reviewer for NIH study sections and for 16 professional journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Archives of Disease in Childhood, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Sleep, and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Collins has been a passionate advocate for the unborn child for his entire 30 year obstetrical career. Dr. Collins has studied every paper on stillbirth including early descriptions of fetal loss from cord entanglement dating as far back as 1750 by the British obstetrician William Smellie. His literature study has resulted in numerous observations of fetal death due to placenta and umbilical cord issues and has brought him to ask, “Why is no one talking about this?”
Together with his wife, Dr. Candace Collins and his brother, Dr. Charles Collins, he started the Pregnancy Institute, in New Roads, LA to study normal pregnancies in order to understand why many babies are stillborn for no apparent reason. Their research now includes more than a thousand pregnancies and has resulted in clear evidence that umbilical cord and placental issues must be identified early and current management techniques modified to protect the unborn child. According to research by Dr. Collins, the umbilical cord is a definite risk factor contributing to stillbirth and a definite catalyst for stillbirth from 28 weeks onward.
Dr. Huberty is Associate Professor, Varner Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her Bachelor of Science in 1997 in Exercise Science at the Northern Arizona University; her Masters of Science in Kinesiology in 1999 from James Madison University and her PhD in Exercise and Sport Science in 2004 from the University of Utah. Dr. Huberty’s research interests include behavior change strategies, physical activity promotion and adherence in women, youth and underserved populations. Since experiencing the full term stillbirth in 2011 of her daughter Raine, her research interests have expanded to include exercise and pregnancy outcomes and loss recovery.
Dana Jundt is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked in pediatric emergency departments and primary care settings for nearly 30 years. She has a long-standing passion for the way healthcare providers attend to children who die and their families but when her neice delievered a full-term stillborn son in 2004 that her passion for the well-being of children was expanded to the unborn child as well. Her clinical practice changed to considering more details from the prenatal history when evaluating newborns and children in her clinic and she believes that improved prenatal care can impact the health status of children in profound ways. Dana received her nursing degree from West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing (now University of Nebraska School of Nursing in Scottsbluff, NE) and her graduate degree in Pediatric Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, CO. She regularly lectures to nursing and medical students on pediatric assessment.
Dr Alexander Heazell is a clinician scientist working at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK. After graduation from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2000, he commenced clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He completed his PhD thesis on the regulation of apoptosis in the human placenta in 2008. His current research develops the themes of his doctoral thesis, specifically investigating the role that placental dysfunction plays in stillbirth. He is also exploring whether modulating placental function may represent potential therapies to prevent poor pregnancy outcome and how placental dysfunction can be detected in women at high-risk of stillbirth.
Dr Heazell has published over 40 papers and over 70 peer-reviewed abstracts in the field of maternal and fetal health. He has published several papers on the effects of oxygen on placental tissue in vitro. He has developed these established techniques to investigate the metabolic effects of hypoxia using metabolomics, a hypothesis-generating approach to assess the placental changes in response to alterations in environmental oxygenation.
Dr. Peesay is Board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatology with 11 years of NICU and Level II Special Care Nursery experience. Currently working at Montgomery General Hospital Affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC. As Neonatologist, Dr. Peesay is interested in new ways of managing premature infants to minimize morbidity and mortality. He is currently working on cord around the neck concept and its long term implications. Dr. Peesay has also developed and published two phone apps for the NICU. One is for Neonatologists and other one for Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Peesay holds one patent and two patent pendings with Med Star/ Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Tomasina is a midwife and has had a long interest in stillbirth and perinatal loss. She has been coodinating the Auckland Stillbirth Study over the past 5 years as part of her PhD studies at the University of Auckland. The Auckland Stillbrth Study is a case control study exploring modifiable risk factors for late stillbirth. A specific area of research interest is the effect of maternal sleep practices on late stillbirth.