Organising committee

Jillian Cassidy (Umamanita, Spain)

Organizing Chair, Umamanita, ISA

After the stillbirth of her first child Uma in 2007 she co-founded Umamanita with her partner Juan Castro. Umamanita was the first Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity in Spain. Through the association she supports parents and works with health professionals to improve care. She is has been a board member of the International Stillbirth alliance since 2013.  Jillian has been giving talks and seminars since 2009 and has been giving specific bereavement training to nurses and midwives since 2011. Umamanita works towards the implementation of a stillbirth register in Spain, implementing national stillbirth guidelines, training health professional in bereavement care, promoting empiric research and forming parent support networks.

Juan Castro (Event Management, Spain)


Juan Castro is a graduate in nursing from the Autonomous University of Barcelona is and the co-founder of Umamanita, however his professional career is in Event Management, where he has been producing large scale events (conferences, film and music festivals, etc.) for over 15 years. He is also a photographer.

Anna Escudé (Gestalt & PNL Therapist, Spain)

Catalonian Pregnancy and Neonatal Loss Group, Rainbow Motherhood, Umamanita

Grief counsellor, doula and Gestalt therapist in training. Mother and founder of Catalonian Pregnancy and Neonatal Loss Group and Rainbow Motherhood.

Dra. Katherine Gold (U.S.A.)

University of Michigan, ISA

Dr. Gold is a board-certified family physician with a dual appointment at the University of Michigan in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has completed two fellowships in research training: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) K-12: Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health. She holds a master’s degree in social work and has completed another master’s in health and health services research. Dr. Gold has a particular interest in mental and physical health outcomes for parents after stillbirth and infant death, stillbirth prevention, bereavement training for health professionals, and perinatal mental health. She currently has an NIH K-23 grant to evaluate maternal outcomes after perinatal loss in the U.S. and also has multiple ongoing studies of adverse perinatal outcomes in Ghana, West Africa, including stillbirth prevention, maternal postpartum depression, and maternal bereavement after infant death.

Pilar Gómez-Ulla (Perinatal Psychologist, Spain)

Red El Hueco de mi Vientre

Pilar Gómez-Ulla studied psychology and trained as a family therapist (recognized by the Galician Family Therapy and Mediation Association and the Spanish Federation of Family Therapy Associations). I have worked as a therapist for more than a decade in Family Psicotherapy and I am also a synth-thermal method monitor for fertility self-management and I work on sexuality issues with young people and adults. I am a mother and have experienced pregnancy loss, this led me to found the support association Red El Hueco de mi Vientre. I recently trained in Perinatal Mental Health with Terra Mater. Life and training have helped me “specialize” in perinatal psychology, without ever abandoning my work with families in general, immigrant families or adolescents.

Carolina Rodríguez (Perinatal Psychologist, Spain)

Asociación Cometa, Red el Hueco de mi Vientre

Carolina Rodríguez lived part of her life in Argentina where she developed and worked on social and community projects with people living in poverty and indigenous people. It was in Argentina where her first daughter Gara was born, dying shortly after.

Since then, her work has been focused on accompanying families who are going through a process of perinatal grief, this in turn motivated her to pursue a psychology degree which she is currently finalizing. She is the chair of Cometa Association, which she recently founded with other mothers. The aim of Cometa is to continue to promote improvements in care for grieving families in the Canary Islands.

Currently she facilitates the perinatal mutual support group of Tenerife, provides individual support to mothers and their partners and is a collaborating member of the Red el Hueco de mi Vientre.

Patricia Roncallo (Perinatal Psychologist, Spain)

Rovira i Virgili University, Umamanita

Patricia Roncallo is a health psychologist and perinatal and family psychotherapist. She is a specialist in relational psychotherapy and a PhD student at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of the Basque Country. She is a professor on the University Postgraduate Diploma in Perinatal Psychology at Rovira i Virgili University. Currently her work is divided between psychotherapy in private practice and research. Patricia is also a board member of Umamanita and a member of the editorial committee of the magazine Muerte y Duelo Perinatal (Perinatal Death & Grief).