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 community birth center in Colorado, supporting midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. Currently she is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a birth justice organization, doing work that allows her to combine her background in birth access and equity with science and community organizing. Heather has non-binary gender and uses pronouns she, her, and hers. Born and raised in Colorado, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.