Board of Directors & Staff
President: Gladis Rubio, CLC
Gladis is a Certified Lactation Counselor and co-founder of The Fourth Trimester. She has assisted and supported over a thousand women with breastfeeding related concerns, taught classes, and held support groups at the local health departments, libraries, and at the Hispanic Outreach Center in Clearwater. Gladis also studied Anthropology at The University of South Florida with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and has presented original research on the topic of birth culture in both Tampa and New Orleans at the American Anthropological Association’s annual convention. Additionally, as the mother of four wonderful children, Gladis has personally experienced a range of birthing situations and is a supporter of the rights of childbearing women everywhere.
Vice President: Jillian Camisasca-Lopina
Jillian is a birth doula and photographer/owner of Secondhand Exposure Photography. She loves being able to empower and support women through the birth process. As a photographer, she aims to capture emotion and create beautiful images through maternity, birth, and family photography. Jillian also has a podcast + portrait project, Working Birth, that explores the work of birth professionals. She studied Psychology at Saint Mary’s College, IN, and has presented her research on what influences women’s attitudes towards childbirth at the American Psychological Association’s national conference. She is passionate about birth advocacy and supporting all types of families.
Treasurer and Technology Officer: Amy Lewis, PCLD, PCPPD
Amy is a doula, placenta encapsulator and co-owner of Buddha Belly Birth Services. She left a corporate career to pursue her twin passions of supporting women through life's most challenging transitions and reproductive justice. She is trained as a labor, postpartum and bereavement doula and is becoming a certified childbirth consultant. She is committed to compassionate, calm, balanced and professional care to families without regard for religion, race, gender identity or marital status. She's the mother of three little girls, all born out of the hospital and two born at home. At any given time, you'll find her nursing the baby, knitting and babywearing - sometimes all three at the same time!
Membership Officer: Tamara Santos, BD, PPPS
Tamara owns Tamara the Birth Doula, providing birth doula and placenta services. Her first introduction to physiologic birth came, like so many others, after watching The Business of Being Born. She was shocked at how little she knew about women’s options for their pregnancies and births. Soon afterwards, she began reaching out to midwives and doulas in her community and took her doula training with DONA International. In an effort to provide well rounded services she was recently trained as a placenta encapsulator and lactation counselor. Tamara’s greatest desire for her birth work is to encourage women to trust their bodies and their babies, so that they can have the best outcomes in their births. She believes that if we give women all the information needed to make informed decisions for their pregnancies and births we would see much better outcomes for both mothers and babies.
Web and Graphics Design Officer: KimMarie Glick
KimMarie learned about natural childbirth by chance during her first pregnancy and is now the mama of two happy and healthy home birthed children. She aspires to become a doula to provide the support she found so valuable in her own birth experiences. She believes that every woman's right to know and understand her options in birth should not be left up to chance. KimMarie is excited to work with TBBN to help more expectant parents receive the encouragement and support of birth professionals who share their goals in birth.
Social Media Contributor: Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber, CLC
Emily is an advocate of the many wonderful benefits that breastfeeding provides to both mother and baby, and has a passion for sharing this information with new moms. She is the co-founder of The Fourth Trimester-Lactation Counseling and Breastfeeding Advocacy, and has a special interest in counseling first time moms and mothers of babies with health complications. Besides mothering her two children, Emily feels there is no greater joy in life than to help mothers successfully navigate nursing difficulties and fulfill their breastfeeding goals.
Communications Officer: Emily Bronson, LCCE, CD(DONA), CLC
Emily is a birth doula, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, a lactation counselor and owner of Birth Sister Childbirth Services. She has worked with families since 2010 and is a passionate advocate of safe and healthy evidence-based and patient-centered maternity care. She has Master's degrees in Anthropology and Public Health, works in maternal and neonatal healthcare quality improvement and volunteers with the Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force. Emily believes birth and breastfeeding are normal and natural and that, through education and support, women are able to make informed decisions that are best for their body, their birth and their baby.