Clare Friedrich, BoBB:CE Program Manager
Clare is a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, prenatal yoga instructor, occasional doula, and mom to a rambunctious toddler. She is passionate about influencing the maternal healthcare system positively and making sure that families feel confident about their options. Prior to working at Choices in Childbirth, Clare was an education planner for an architecture firm designing K-12 schools, a health education consultant for the NYC Department of Education, and a qualitative researcher at Columbia University Medical College’s Center for Student Wellness. She has a B.A. in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri, an M.S. in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Health Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Her research in maternal health is being used to develop a culturally relevant maternal health literacy web application.
Élan McAllister, Choices in Childbirth Partner
Élan is the co-founder and Executive Director of Choices in Childbirth (CiC), a consumer advocacy organization whose mission is to improve maternity care by providing women and families with the information necessary to make fully informed decisions relating to how, where, and with whom they will give birth. She serves as editor of The Guide to a Healthy Birth, annual publications which inform the public about women’s rights and options in childbirth. The guides provide information about current obstetrical trends as well as providing listings of Mother-friendly maternity care practitioners, services and resources. Élan is also Co-leader of the Grassroots Advocates Committee of The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and is on the committee which has created The Birth Survey. In addition, Élan is a DONA-Trained Labor Doula who has been attending home births as well as births in hospitals and birth centers since 2000. As a Broadway Producer, Élan’s credits include Cry-Baby, Coram Boy, Spamalot (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Metamorphoses, The Crucible, and The Iceman Cometh. Her London producing credits include Spamalot, Rent and Michael Moore Live!