BirthWell Partners Board of Directors
Beverly Brown, BSN
Beverly Brown is a nurse manager at Children’s Hospital and also has over 20 years of experience as an ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) childbirth educator. She has taught childbirth education classes for the Jefferson County Health Department, and teaches and provides birth doula services for clients at Healthy Start.
Graduated from the Mississippi School of Law. Works as a women’s advocate practicing law at Family Court, and is director of the Jefferson County Family Resource Center.
Dr. Zenoria Cause, MS, MPH, PhD
Dr. Causey earned her MS in Cell Biology from Tuskeegee University, and a MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Walden University. With over twenty years of experience in biomedical research and laboratory practice, she is currently employed by UAB as a Clinical Research Program Manager.
Dr. Jesanna Cooper, MD
Dr. Cooper is an OB/GYN at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She graduated from UAB Medical School and completed her residency training in OB/GYN at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Cooper is a strong advocate of breastfeeding. She lives with her husband and two children in Birmingham.
Truus Delfos-Broner, CNM
Truus Delfos-Broner has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) since 1976 and has been employed by UAB since 1989. She has a great interest in promoting healthy mothers and babies and currently serves an “at risk” population through the Women’s Clinic at UAB’s 1917 Clinic.
Shanté Hamm, MSW
Ms. Hamm attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she received her BS in Human Environmental Sciences and her MSW. She is the Parenting Education Coordinator as well as a Family Partner (Case Manager) for the UAB Early Head Start Program, a family focused child development program. In addition, Ms. Hamm is also trained birth doula who received her training with BirthWell Partners in 2013.
Meghan Ratliff CPD(DONA)
Meghan is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula
Jamie Routman MD
Dr. Routman is an OB/Gyn at Brookwood Medical Center
Lydia Thurston, MA, DSc
Lydia Thurston is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford University. Her areas of expertise include pelvic floor rehabilitation, acute care pediatrics, orthopedics, burn rehabilitation, and health/wellness. She has published in the areas of orthopedics, oncology, and health behavior. Ms. Thurston lives with her husband and two children in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Dr. Beverly VonDer Pool, MD
Beverly VonDer Pool is a board certified family physician who received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Washington, Providence Hospital Affiliated Program. Dr. VonDer Pool spent seven years in private practice and as a volunteer instructor for the University of Washington, and nineteen years as an associate professor with obstetric privileges at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently practices family medicine at St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine in Birmingham.
Ms. Williams has a degree in Apparel & Design Technology from Lawson State Community College and is self-employed as a seamstress. Ms. Williams also serves on the Board of Directors for Imani Support Services, Inc.