You may be familiar with Dr. Spock — not the Star Trek Spock, but the baby doctor Spock, who focused on pregnancy, newborns and toddlers’ health and well-being. While Dr. Spock remains influential, other doctors and personalities have made names for themselves through their work with women’s health, especially with pregnancies. You may not be familiar with all the names on this top 20 list of the most influential pregnancy experts, but their work has influenced many people, including other experts.
The names on this list are arranged in alphabetical order by surname.
- Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway, MS, FACOG is a board-certified ob-gyn physician who is a champion of patient safety and is on a mission to keep pregnant women from falling through the cracks of our healthcare system.Dr. Galloway is the author of The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.
- Barbara Flis is a mother of two and founder of Parent Action for Healthy Kids. She recently was elected as president of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH). Her mission is to reduce the costs of teen childbearing and to empower young people in Michigan to make informed decisions on sexual health, pregnancy prevention and parenthood.
- Dr. Mary Herbert is an expert in reproductive biology at the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University. Her central research focus is concerns the mechanisms that regulate chromosome segregation during oogenesis. This work has led to the identification why some older women produce abnormal eggs.
- Dr. Helen Kay, MD, an expert in the care of high-risk pregnancy patients, studies preeclampsia, a disease that affects five to eight percent of pregnant women and can result in high blood pressure, seizures, strokes and even death. From 1997 to 2002, Kay worked with GE Medical Systems to design and test an early version of the portable hand-held ultrasound.
- Amy Tara Koch is a style expert, author, journalist and all-around fashion aficionado. She’s also become a pregnancy fashion expert, helping pregnant moms look their best. Bump It Up: Transforming Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement was published this year and immediately touted as a must-read by outlets from the New York Times to Glamour Magazine.
- Frances Largeman-Roth is a pregnancy and nutrition expert and the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide. She is also the Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health magazine, where she works on healthy recipes, food trends, weight loss issues, and the latest nutrition research.
- Dr. Michelle Mottola is the Director of R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory at Western, which is the only lab in North America that specializes in the area of exercising pregnant and post-partum women. She is an anatomist and exercise physiologist, who, for the past 20 years, has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus.
- Heidi Murkoff is the author of the best-selling series of pregnancy books that began with What to Expect When You’re Expecting. She teamed up with medical writer Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway, BSN, to write this “pregnancy bible.” In fact, according to USA Today, 93 percent of all expectant mothers who read a pregnancy guide read this book, now in its fourth edition.
- Dr. Jack Newman, MD established Canada’s first breastfeeding clinic in 1984 at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2006 he co-founded the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute (NBCI) with Edith Kernerman.
- Lisa Olsen has become influential through her book, Pregnancy Miracle, filled with information geared toward women who are in their 40s, women who have a history of miscarriages, or women who suffer from uterine cysts and/or fibroids. Pregnancy Miracle is based upon what she learned from a midwife and practitioner of Chinese and homeopathic Medicine.
- Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea, Jr., MD, visiting neonatologist and professor of pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, specializes in the study of pesticides and pregnant women. His latest findings show that popular insecticides contain toxic compounds, which are harmful to humans, especially to the unborn and children.
- Gabriela Rosa is a famous naturapathic fertility specialist in Australia. Gabriela dedicates herself to the management of health issues for men and women and natural fertility treatment. In 2001 Gabriela created the accomplished Natural Fertility Solution Program, which she and her team run from her Sydney practice.
- Todd Rosen, MD is assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of maternal-fetal medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He specializes in high-risk pregnancies including multiple pregnancies, prenatal diagnosis and pre-term labor.
- Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. You can find her interviewed and quoted extensively in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Readers’ Digest, Canadian Living, Today’s Parents, and Canadian Families and on TV shows like CBC’s The National, TVO’s Agenda, and Montel Williams.
- Dr. Robert S. Schenken, MD is professor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He helps others to achieve certification through his service as a director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served as an examiner for the board’s basic and subspecialty oral examinations.
- Dr. Miriam Stoppard has been at the forefront of the revolution in health information since she began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s. She has written several books about health, including the famous Children’s Medical Handbook, but she has focused particularly on women’s health.
- Dr. Hugh S. Taylor is an expert in reproductive endocrinology at Yale School of Medicine in the Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences department. His research and clinical interests include infertility, in vitro fertilization, congenital anomalies, endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss and many more interests.
- Dr. Mark Walker MSc, MD, FRCSC, is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. Since beginning on staff 4 years ago he and his research partner Shi Wu Wen have created a nationally recognized group in perinatal epidemiology, OMNI (Obstetrics and Maternal Newborn Investigations).
- Dr. Luis Zayas is the founder and director of the Brown School’s new Center for Latino Family Research. His primary interests are in clinical practice with adolescents and families and in training clinical practitioners, with a focus on mental health, including maternal mental health in pregnancy. He is preparing studies on treating perinatal depression in urban health centers.
- Dr. Jun Zhang is a labor and delivery expert and senior investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His main research interests include labor and delivery, preeclampsia, fetal growth, and women’s reproductive health.
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