GOLD Speakers

United States

Heather Thompson, MS, PhD

  • Speaker Type: 2019 Main Presentations
  • Country: United States
Biography:

Heather Thompson, MS, PhD, is a molecular and cellular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She has worked on issues related to reproductive health for more than 25 years, advocating for equity, access and autonomy in childbirth. From 2010-2017, she was the Research Director at a freestanding birth center in Colorado, advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. Currently she is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a birth justice organization allows her to combine her background in birth access and equity with science and community organizing. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care, birth choices and legal marijuana. Born and raised in Colorado, in the US, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.