These and other speakers from the Alliance may be available to give presentations or to lead discussions in your classroom, or at your conference or gathering.
Suzanne Arms is a familiar name to many from her seven groundbreaking books, her films, photographs, and the hundreds of presentations she has given at conferences worldwide since 1975. Her second book, Immaculate Deception, was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Her focus, and the focus of Birthing The Future,® the non-profit organization she founded and directs, is the "primal period," which includes conception, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, bonding, and adoption--all focused on what she calls "the mother-baby."
Suzanne shows how our earliest experiences lay the foundation for love or fear, illness or health, peace or aggression, faith or alienation, and a sense of community or isolation. She weaves a fascinating tapestry of knowledge from ancient and cross-cultural wisdom to modern cellular biology and neuroscience, psychology and ecology, feminism and spirituality. Suzanne is always an inspiring speaking who challenges cultural myths and offers practical solutions that she draws from models around the world.
Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN
Marilyn is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) and the coordinator of the International Symposia on Circumcision, Sexual Mutilations, and Genital Integrity. She is editor of the NOCIRC Annual Newsletter and the co-editor of five symposia books, including Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice, and Understanding Circumcision: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Multidimensional Problem. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology.
Neonatal circumcision is painful and traumatic to the baby. It interferes with maternal/infant bonding, normal breastfeeding and sleep patterns, and undermines the baby's first developmental task of establishing trust. Neonatal circumcision is a primal wound and it is a preventable wound. By describing normal genital anatomy and discussing unfounded fears that promote genital cutting, we can end this ancient rite that is so very wrong. In doing so, we join the majority of the world's parents who welcome the whole baby into the world and keep them that way. The practice of circumcising older boys and girls is also being questioned and challenged worldwide. Education is key.
When children are loved, protected, and respected by those entrusted with their care, they are more apt to become loving, protective, and respectful adults.
Since 1979, Marilyn has spoken about circumcision, genital integrity, and human rights to radio, television, and conference audiences worldwide. She is the recipient of the California Nurses Association's 1989 Maureen Ricke Award for having "raised public consciousness about America's most unnecessary surgery" and her "dedicated and unwavering commitment to 'righting a wrong.'" She also received NurseWeek Magazine's "Nursing Excellence 2001" Patient Advocacy Award "For outstanding advocacy for the past 22 years on behalf of those among us who are the most vulnerable and unable to protect themselves--infants and children."
John W. Travis, MD, MPH
John is the pioneering physician who first brought the term "wellness" into public awareness, launching a movement that swept across the world. A preventive medicine specialist who was dissatisfied simply to prevent illness, he founded the first wellness center in America, designed to help healthy people get the most out of life (1975). He captured the imagination of Dan Rather, who featured his Wellness Resource Center on "60 Minutes," in 1979, helping to launch the wellness movement.
After pioneering his Wellness Energy System via the Wellness Workbook, Dr. Travis went on to educate wellness professionals about healthy organizations and spiritual dimensions of wellness. Most recently, he has developed powerful insights into the root causes of illness during infancy and childhood, co-founding the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.
His special interest is speaking on the subject of a forthcoming book Why Men Leave: The Epidemic of Disappearing Dads. Along with his wife and co-founder of aTLC, Meryn Callander, the book develops the hypothesis of Male Postpartum Abandonment Syndrome: After the birth of a child, the majority of the nurturing a man received from his partner is appropriately redirected to the infant. If the man never securely bonded with his own mother (as is true for the majority of American men under age 70), he experiences his partner's withdrawal of attention as rejection, and his own unmet infancy needs are restimulated. Twice abandoned, he now abandons, either emotionally, or physically.
He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Simply Well, Wellness Inventory, Wellness Workbook, and Wellness for Helping Professionals , much of which is now available online at thewellspring.com.