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Dr. Kathleen Lagana, RN, PCNS, PhD

Dr. Lagana is a healthcare consultant specializing in perinatal standards of care, patient safety, leadership, ethics, and legal issues. She is a nurse educator with experience at the undergraduate, graduate, & doctoral level. 

She has 38 years experience in the perinatal acute care setting serving as a CNS, clinical coordinator, nurse supervisor, and staff nurse. Her ethnographic study in preterm birth prevention, "Come Bien, Camino, y No Se Preocupe"  is recognized as a classic work in cultural influence on birth outcomes. She is also the co-author of the March of Dimes monogram "Perinatal and Neonatal Ethics".

As the CEO of Lagana Healthcare Consulting, she works with hospital systems and their attorneys in root cause analysis of unexpected outcomes. She is a nationally recognized expert witness testifying on the perinatal standard of care for nursing. As the Executive Director and Founder of Pacific Perinatal Group, LLC, a consortium for perinatal continuing education and consultation [www.PacificPerinatalGroup.com] she collaborates with her perinatal partners and associates in the analysis and dissemination of evidence-based and emerging concepts in perinatal healthcare.  


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Jennifer Atkisson RNC, MSN, CNL, IBCLC

Jennifer Atkisson is a perinatal/neonatal nurse who has practiced for a decade as a staff nurse, charge nurse, unit educator, Clinical Nurse Leader and nurse consultant regarding patient safety and standard of care.

As a perinatal nurse, Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings including community LDRP, inner-city perinatal acute care and public health focusing on teen sexual health issues. Jennifer is a nurse consultant specializing in standard of care and analyzing medical-legal risk in the field of perinatal/neonatal nursing.

Her special interests are fetal/neonatal safety and culturally competent care for vulnerable populations.

She completed her BS in Biology in 2004, her BSN in 2006, and her MSN and Clinical Nurse Leader certificate in 2009, graduating with honors. She is also a certified EFM instructor for AWHONN.

Originally from Northern California, Jennifer now lives in Portland Oregon with her son and Cosmo the wonder dog.


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Darla Maier RNC-OB, C-EFM, MN

Darla Maier has been in the field of perinatal nursing for the past 20 years, serving as a labor and delivery nurse, educator and nurse consultant.

Darla is a skilled staff developer including education of nurses and other healthcare providers regarding standards of care, skill development, and orientation to new roles. She has developed and taught childbirth preparation courses, served as clinical faculty in undergraduate community and maternal-child nursing at University of Portland School of Nursing and Concordia University School of Nursing and is currently a Professional Development Consultant at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in the maternal-child department. 

Darla has special interest in empowerment and global healthcare for women. She recently traveled to Serbia on a women’s medical missions trip which focused on improving the health of impoverished and neglected women in that community.

She completed her BSN in 1995 and her MN in 1999 from Oregon Health and Sciences University, graduating cum laude in both programs. She is certified by the NCC in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing and AWHONN as a fetal monitoring instructor.

Darla lives in Oregon with her husband of 20+ years, three children and her most loved dogs Jack and Zeke. They are truly her heartbeat.