Maura Jo, birth professional since 2006, loves teaching and learning. In addition to being a Certified Childbirth Educator, GentleBirth Certified Instructor, Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula, Certified Birth Doula, and Certified Postpartum Doula she is also one of first in the US to become a Certified Pregnancy Fitness Educator. She completed training as a HypnoDoula, and is Rebozo Credentialed. She authored the gender-neutral language Childbirth Manuals used in her Empowering Expectant Families evidence-based childbirth education programs. She has also presented on birth-related topics at many Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies conferences over the past several years, and was a semifinalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award at CCSU, where she enjoyed many years teaching college. She holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies, three undergraduate degrees, and a Certification from Marist College in Complementary and Alternative Healthcare, is a Certified Herbalist and has been a Reiki Master/Teacher since 2003. She began teaching childbirth classes and running tours at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2017 and loves bringing her enthusiasm to both of these educational opportunities for expectant families. Maura Jo joined Evidence Based Birth® as an Instructor in 2017.