Better Beginnings provides breastfeeding support through phone advice, lactation clinics, private home and office visits and breastfeeding support groups. These services are available to all, regardless of their ability to pay. If your insurance company will not/does not pay, Better Beginnings will. The hot line is managed by the Santa Rosa Birth Center 707-539-1544. Call now if you need help!

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Rosanne Gephart

President

Rosanne is a certified nurse-midwife, (CNM), nurse practitioner (NP), and board certified lactation consultant, (IBCLC). She has 38 years experience working with mothers and babies in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. Rosanne is the founder of the Santa Rosa Birth Center, (formerly the Womens Health and Birth Center), in Santa Rosa, CA. Rosanne directed one of the first centers in the USA to be designated “Baby Friendly” by the World Health Organization. Rosanne has served in leadership and teaching positions in numerous state and national organizations that serve to promote the excellent care of midwives, birth centers and lactation professionals. She currently works as a midwife, lactation consultant and business consultant for numerous centers.

Megan Kaun

Vice President

Megan Kaun is the mother of two young children, both born at the Women’s Health and Birth Center. Better Beginnings’ In-a-Pinch doula program is close to her heart as she greatly benefited from an on-call doula at her first birth. Megan’s personal mission is to make birth support available to every laboring woman. Megan’s professional background is in water resources.  She earned engineering degrees from Northwestern and Stanford, and also currently serves on the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities.

Susan Macdonald

Board Member

Susan Macdonald feels passionately about the health and well being of new mothers and babies. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist who spent most of her clinical training studying infant and early childhood mental health. From theses experiences she learned about the impact that early attachment has on the emotional well being of the growing child. She believes that all new families need and deserve support and joined Better Beginnings to make that support more accessible. She has a small private practice in Sebastopol and is the mother to an adorable 3-year-old boy.

Chris Helgren

Treasurer

Chris Helgren is the current Treasurer for Better Beginnings.  He has been on the Board since the non-profit was formed in 2007.

Chris’ family is familiar with the concept behind Better Beginnings.  Three of his four children, two surrogates and one of his grandsons were all delivered with the help of Rosanne.  He appreciates the amazing power of the birthing experience and the importance of building a strong foundation at the beginning of a baby’s life.  He and his family are an emergency foster home, primarily taking in infants needing special care.

Chris’ day job is working in the Fire & Emergency Services Department as the Emergency Manager for the County of Sonoma.