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Wendy Goodall McDonald, M.D. F.A.C.O.G

Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist & Author

Known in the media as Dr. "Every Woman," Dr. McDonald shares evidence-based health information to educate the masses and inspire future physicians using music and literature in fun and innovative ways.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelors of Science degree and graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. McDonald is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Gyneco-(b)Logic blog, and the author of two books: It Smells Like Popcorn: The Modern Woman's A to V Guide to Her Vagina and Beyond and Stethoscope Dreams, a children's book.

A busy mother of three, Dr. McDonald enjoys creating edutainment videos that she shares on Instagram ad YouTube, spending time playing with their family dog, and collaborating on songs with her husband
Dr. Ed McDonald, a gastroenterologist, DJ, and trained chef. She currently resides and works in Chicago.

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Jennifer Hickman, M.A. Clinical Psychology

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Certified Bach Flower Therapist, and Founder of Fullbloom Healing & Elixir

Through the use of intuitive guidance, Jennifer works from a heart-centered and positive perspective to empower her clients on their self-healing journey.

Jennifer's personal experiences in this lifetime and extensive trainings in holistic healing has allowed her to build a busy practice of clients from all over the U.S. In addition, Jennifer teaches workshops and speaks about energy healing, inner child regression work, face healing, astrology, chakra healing, Meso-American Curanderismo, and other healing modalities.

In order to best support her clients she has taken courses and workshops in rebirthing, lucid dreaming, and energy psychology. Jennifer continues to add to her knowledge and has studied under Master Healers Althea Gray, Laurencio Nunez, Robert Vetter, don Oscar Miro-Quesada, and Ronald Young. Jennifer holds a master's degree in clinical psychology from Columbia University and has worked as a writer, teacher, magazine editor, and in the arts.

Full Bloom Elixirs are a line of high vibrational sprays and body oils with essential oils and flower and gemstone essences. Created in 2010, they offer "transformation in a bottle" by uplifting one's energy and environment. Jennifer is a member of the Flower Essence Society and the American Society of Dowsers. She resides in New Jersey. 

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Stephanie Sauer Pasternak

Certified Birth Doula (CD)(DONA), Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Stephanie has had a passion for the intricacies of pregnancy and the birth process for many years. Becoming a birth doula and lactation counselor has been a calling that naturally found its place in her life. Having given birth herself three times, Stephanie knows intimately of the possible challenges and needs of pregnant and laboring women. It is her mission to fulfill these needs for mothers knowing that each woman is unique and responds differently to pregnancy and childbirth.

As a birth doula, Stephanie stresses the importance of understanding a mother's wishes, sensitivities, fears, and most importantly, her dreams. She holds sacred the relationship with everyone she works with and every birth she attends. As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Stephanie is able to provide continuous care into the postpartum period to make sure the needs of both mom and baby are met, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. She maintains a valuable and varied list of professionals, known to be experts in their areas of practice, which is available to those she works with.

A wife and mother of 3 children, a CrossFit lover, a DONA trained and certified birth doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor through The Center for Breastfeeding, an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/AED certified responder, and a graduate of Brown University, she is committed and prepared to work with you on your team and support you while on your birth journey.

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