Meet the Authors

camilla book3 Meet the AuthorsCamilla Bicknell, RNC, WHNP

As a child Camilla remembers stories about her grandmother delivering babies in a tiny makeshift office and delivery area, which was part of her country farmhouse in rural Western Canada during the 1920s. After traveling many miles, women received her Grandma’s pregnancy package that included pre-labor care, a home delivery, and several weeks of recovery care. Those stories jump-started her aspirations to a career in nursing, and one that would involve the care of pregnant women.

Motivated by comfortable shoes and a lifetime of dreams, Camilla stepped into her nursing career after college graduation. She received her commission into the Navy Nurse Corps. After several years of various nursing specialties, none of which involved women, she eventually received an assignment in the labor and delivery suite. It was there that she re-found her passion, and she never looked back.

Anticipating an academic teaching path that would mentor young nurses, she earned her graduate degree from St. Louis University. She soon realized that she yearned to be back in the world of one-on-one contact with patients. She again returned to school and completed a certificate program that awarded a post-graduate credential as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Working for 17 years as a primary provider of prenatal and gynecology care, she gained tremendous insight into the unique needs of pregnant women. Teaching and reassuring patients and their families through the pregnancy process prepared her for the research and writing of The Pregnancy Power Workbook.

Camilla works as a nurse practitioner at an urban health center in Colorado Springs. She lives in Monument Colorado with her husband Bob. She spends her free time playing her fiddle and hiking in the mountains. She retired from the Navy after 31 years of reserve and active service.

Experience and Expertise

  • 1994-Present – Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • 1992-1994 – Home Health Nurse (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • 1991-1992 – Public Health Nurse (Douglas County, CO)
  • 1986-1991 – Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery (Saint Louis, MO & Landstuhl, Germany)
  • 1976-1986 – Active Military Service – United States Navy

Training and Education

  • 1994 – Certificate, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (Denver, CO)
  • 1990 – Master of Science Degree, Nursing Service Administration

Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)

  • 1975 – Bachelor of Science Degree, Nursing

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) 

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Dr Jim Betoni, DO

Dr. Jim’s journey towards writing The Pregnancy Power Workbook began in 1967 when his mother gave birth to his little sister; who was born with Down syndrome. In an era when children with her condition were put into homes for retarded children, his parents lovingly chose to parent and raise her in their home. As the five-year old big brother, young Jim soon became the family expert on chromosomes and learned that his sister had an extra one. His first hand experiences of living with and caring for his sister who suffered through many health conditions, played a major role in inspiring him to pursue a career in health care.

Through 20 years of refining his skills as an OB/GYN physician, he has come to recognize the vulnerability that many women experience during their pregnancies because of their lack of knowledge. Our medical system does not consistently allow adequate time for determining patients’ levels of understanding. As the co-author of The Pregnancy Power Workbook, he feels privileged to help create a meaningful pregnancy guide that changes the way women and their providers approach prenatal care. Rather than being thrown into a system that does not support their needs, women using this workbook will experience the reassuring and motivating power gleaned from real knowledge.

45 years after learning about his sister’s extra chromosome, Dr. Jim realized his dream. In 2010 he completed his fellowship subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. “Now I can better care for women with high-risk pregnancies, including those carrying a baby with Down syndrome, with compassion built from many years of personal experience.”

Dr. Jim enjoys his new practice with the University Perinatology Consultants in Colorado Springs where he lives with his wife, three active children, his mother, and his sister. When time allows, they all enjoy theater, dining, and traveling.

OB Experience and Expertise

  • 2010-Present – Director of Perinatal Outreach. Associate Professor. University of Colorado (University Perinatology Consultants, Colorado Springs, CO)
  • 2001-2007 – Director of OB/GYN services, Women’s Health Center

Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • 2000-2001 – Staff Physician, OB/GYN

Pueblo Women’s Clinic (Pueblo, CO)

  • 1997-2000 – Staff Physician, OB/GYN

Mount Sinai Medical Center (Chicago, IL)

  • 1996-1997 – Staff Physician, OB/GYN

Kulisz and Betoni Women’s Clinic (Cary, IL)

Training and Education

  • 1987-1991  D.O. Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)

  • 1991-1992  General Rotating Internship

PCOM Hospital Consortium (Philadelphia, PA)

  • 1992-1996  Residency – OB/GYN:  Focus of Study – Working with women with high risk pregnancies

Chicago Osteopathic Hospital (Chicago, IL)

  • 2007-2010  Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine: Focus of Study – Dedicated to high-risk pregnancies, especially those with diabetes. Also committed to increasing women’s awareness of all pregnancy issues.

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, PA)