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Healthy Births, Happy Babies | Prenatal Care | Natural Birth | Pregnancy | Pediatrics

A weekly podcast interviewing experts in the prenatal, natural birth and pediatric care field sharing their wisdom about how to feel safe, supported and empowered during your pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Brought to you by the prenatal and pediatric specialists in acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, yoga, lactation and birth education at the Cap Wellness Center.
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Oct 16, 2017

Guest: Michelle Emanuel is the developer of the TummyTime!™ Method and has over 20 years experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why Tummy Time is so important for your baby and how it helps with head flattening, breastfeeding and brain development
  2. when you should start Tummy Time, how long and how often you should do it
  3. what to do when your baby doesn't seem to like Tummy Time
  4. how to do the 8 Stages of the Tummy Time Method to get the maximum benefit 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Michelle Emanuel:

Michelle Emanuel has over 20 years experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist.  She has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric critical care, outpatient and private practice. Michelle was a Level II staff OT at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for over 17 years, working directly with patients as well as participated in research and education.

Her private practice, Whole Body LLC, TummyTime!™ Method Headquarters and the Infant Neurodevelopmental Training Center for Professionals is located in Cincinnati, OH.

Michelle has a wide variety of knowledge and skills that includes Embryology, Newborn/Infant Development, Pre & Perinatal Psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, Infant Sensory Processing, Polyvagal Theory, Baby Massage and various forms of Manual Therapy.  She developed and began teaching TummyTime!™ Method classes over 10 years ago.   

Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational Therapist, a National Board Certified Reflexologist and 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby's First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment (IBA). Michelle has trained in evaluation and scoring of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP).   She is reliable in the General Movements Assessment at the Advanced Level.

Oct 9, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Jay will:

  1. share how this question that so many parents ask themselves can hide a really negative self-critic to come out of you and make you feel worse
  2. offer a more empowering question that will help you and improve your parenting skills rather than just serve to beat yourself up

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Oct 2, 2017

Guest: Dr. Sarah Buckley, a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics and an authority on the hormonal physiology of childbearing.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the 4 main hormones of birth and how each plays a role in "Mother Nature's Superb Design" for mother-baby bonding and mother healing
  2. how skin-to-skin, the baby's the breast crawl and cord clamping are hormone mediated and can be affected if the natural hormonal cascade is interfered with during birth
  3. the importance of the "Baby Moon" after birth - for both you and baby

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Sarah Buckley:

Dr. Sarah Buckley is a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics.

She is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering and the scientific report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection.

Sarah’s work supports parents and professionals to be well informed, to listen to their hearts and instincts, and to acknowledge the rightful place of parents as the real experts in their bodies, babies and families.

Sarah is currently combines mothering her four children with her work as a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting.

See www.sarahbuckley.com and www.gentlenaturalbirth.com

Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Jay will:

  1. tell the story of a "preschool dropoff melt-down" that his son had and what he learned from how his teacher handled it.
  2. talk about how to help our children navigate and work through their moments of overwhelm so they become more "emotionally intelligent", more calm & centered as well as build their self-esteem 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Sep 18, 2017

Guest: Larry Hagner is an author, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of the Good Dad Project. The Good Dad Project is dedicated to helping men become the best version of themselves so they can show up big for their kids.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how becoming a dad himself, lead Larry on a path of learning about Fatherhood that then evolved into him starting The Good Dad Project 
  2. how men feel "parental guilt" just as much as women and what you can do to overcome it
  3. what you can do as a dad to be proactive with your family (kids AND spouse) so everyone is happy and feeling supported

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Larry Hagner:

Larry Hagner is an author, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of the Good Dad Project. The Good Dad Project is dedicated to helping men become the best version of themselves so they can show up big for their kids. Larry grew up in a fatherless environment for most of his life and when he became a father himself 11 years ago he had no idea what to do. All he knew is that he didn't want to fail. He dove into self-improvement; he worked with coaches and mentors, and created the Good Dad Project to help other men with their struggles.

Larry is also the author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling book: "The Dad's Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Have: Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive Lasting Memories."

And his podcast, The Good Dad Project Podcast, has been featured as one of the top podcasts on iTunes in the family section.

Guests on his show have included New York Times Bestselling Authors, Navy Seals, Top UFC/MMA Fighters, and Top Olympic Athletes.

Larry is a father of 4 boys: (Ethan 10, Mason 9, Lawson 3, and Colton – 1). He enjoys spending time with his family in any capacity and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of other Dads.

Sep 11, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. 90% of his practice now are pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. He is the host of the "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" podcast. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. What does getting a puppy have to do with parenthood? Well, a lot actually
  2. Dr. Jay explains how getting a puppy last week for his son brought back all of those feelings of "I have NO IDEA what I'm doing here" when Niko was first born
  3. Why asking lots and lots and lots of questions to the RIGHT people and learning from the RIGHT websites and books will help make you a better parent and your baby happier too

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Sep 4, 2017

Guest: Paige Bellenbaum is the program director of The Motherhood Center of Manhattan, offering a comprehensive program of services for pregnant and postpartum women to help them overcome perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how Paige's recovery from severe postpartum (even having suicidal thoughts) led her to become an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change
  2. what the most common signs of postpartum depression are so you can recognize them in yourself or others
  3. how to find resources in your city to help yourself out of this seemingly helpless situation

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Paige Bellenbaum:

Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the program director of The Motherhood Center of Manhattan. For the past 20 years, Paige has been committed to the field of social work practice, focusing her efforts on direct service to have a micro impact, and public policy to have a macro impact.

Paige started her social work career working at a homeless shelter for families in San Francisco, where she built a $4 million Housing and Aftercare Program for families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. She then moved to New York City in 2000 to get her Masters of Social Work at Columbia University. After she graduated, she worked for an organization called the Center for Family Life located in Sunset Park Brooklyn as a Community Developer, where she was responsible for community outreach and relations for the organization. She also oversaw a food pantry and advocacy clinic. Paige then worked as the Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach for Habitat for Humanity – New York City for many years. While at Habitat, she had her first child – Max.

After Max was born, Paige suffered from severe postpartum depression that almost cost her her own life. Once she began to heal, she became committed to fighting for education, screening and treatment for postpartum depression so that no more women would have to suffer silently. She drafted legislation in New York State that was championed by State Senator Liz Krueger, mandating education and strongly encouraging screening of all new and expecting mothers that was signed into law in 2014.

Paige has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change.

She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, PBS Newshour and in Women’s Health Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and several other print publications.

Paige recently left her post as Director of Community Programs at Settlement Housing Fund where she oversaw a portfolio of programs ranging from a homeless shelter for families, transitional housing, a state of the art computer lab, and an alternative to incarceration program for young adults.

Paige is currently on the steering committee of the NYC Maternal Depression Collaborative that is responsible for implementing the First Lady of New York's commitment to screening every new and expecting mother for postpartum depression.

She also is a Board Member of a non-profit called Refoundry that trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings, and incubates participants into their own businesses. Paige has been a member of Community Board 6 in Brooklyn for 5 years, where she serves as the Chair of Human Services.

 

Aug 28, 2017

Guest: Alex Charfen is developer of the Entrepreneurial Personality Type and host of the podcast by the same name. His upcoming book, "Defending Brilliance", applies this research children’s learning styles personality development and how they relate to the modern educational system.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how Alex's research into the personality types of ultra successful business people lead him to understand why so many kids are being incorrectly diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, etc. in school today
  2. what the 4 general types of people are and what the one qualifying question for each that determines which group your child belongs to
  3. how to support your child in the modern school system if they are displaying some of these unique characteristics so they can remain Brilliant rather than being forced to fit into a box

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Alex Charfen:

Alex Charfen is the co-founder and CEO of CHARFEN.

He has spent his life seeking to understand how to make business grow, which evolved into the question, “How do you help people grow?”

Through his research and years as a top consultant to billionaires, Fortune 500 and Global 100 companies, this question led Alex to discover the long-misunderstood Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT).

Best-selling author Robin Sharma recently described Alex as “the most progressive entrepreneurial mind on the planet.”

A highly sought-after speaker on entrepreneurial awareness, Alex has spoken around the world for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs to help them identify and live in their strengths and grow their empires.

And now he applying this knowledge to children’s personality development, learning styles and how they relate to the modern educational system. All of this will be released in his upcoming book “Defending Brilliance”.

Aug 21, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. 90% of his practice now are pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. He is the host of the "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" podcast. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why taking time for yourself is so important - for you AND for your family
  2. what this self-care practice can do for your mind and body and how it can shift things once you come back to family time
  3. how to carve out that "alone time" whether it's a half a day, half an hour or just 5 minutes

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Aug 14, 2017

Guest: Bianca and Natasha are the founders of bebo mia, a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field serving pregnancy & birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. what the common myths are concerning plus size pregnancies and what the truths are
  2. what issues she may face with her birth provider that can interfere with her prenatal care and having the birth that she wants
  3. what issues a plus size woman might face with her friends and family that might affect her self-esteem and what you can do about it  

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Bianca & Natasha of bebo mia:

Bebo mia is a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field, including pregnancy/birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists. They offer comprehensive skills, business support & community care through an innovative online structure that spans a global market.

A very different culture from both the patriarchal boardroom model & the female-centric multi-level marketing industry, bebo mia offers opportunities for women to work from home while making an income for themselves and their families. They develop inclusive, accessible trainings for women that provide the skills needed to grow & sustain a lucrative business. bebo mia remains fiercely committed to their original mission that was developed in 2008: To connect women to their intrinsic value and power.

Aug 7, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. 90% of his practice now are pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. He is the host of the "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" podcast. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. an honest look at what the first few days and weeks are like as a new parent - not fear based, just real
  2. recommendations on how to ease your transition into being a parent to help make the first months with your baby better for both of you

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Jul 31, 2017

Guest: Dr. Pia Martin is a practicing Wellness Doctor in San Diego, CA and the author of the new book called “Building Healthy Humans: Your Guide to a Balanced and Beautiful Pregnancy for a Happy Healthy Baby".

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why the frustration of her pregnant patients drove her to write this book
  2. why she believes the way she wrote the book makes it more usable than most books on prenatal wellness and nutrition.  

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Pia Martin:

Dr. Pia Martin is a practicing Wellness Doctor in San Diego, CA. Her passion is helping new moms have a balanced and beautiful pregnancy. She understands that new moms are excited and fearful all at the same time and she knows that new moms want to do the very best they can to have a happy, healthy baby who thrives and develops into a wonderful human being.

She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a member of International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the author of hundreds articles on healthy living found on her website: www.drpia.com

She is also now the author of her new book called “Building Healthy Humans: Your Guide to a Balanced and Beautiful Pregnancy for a Happy Healthy Baby".

Jul 24, 2017

Guest: Tracy Gillett is the founder of the website RaisedGood.com, a heart-driven platform to provide parents with sound, well thought out, scientifically backed advice. She is also the author of the new book, The Lost Art of Natural Parenting: Finding the Courage to Parent Fearlessly

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the difference between Modern Parenting and Natural Parenting
  2. how to identify when you're in a Power Struggle with your child and what you can do to get back to a place of listening and connection
  3. how changing your view on what your child's temper tantrum means can not only make those moments easier for you, but for your child as well

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Tracy Gillett:

Tracy Gillett is a passionate writer, mother, global nomad and natural parenting advocate.

She founded the website Raised Good, a heart-driven platform to provide parents with sound, well thought out, scientifically backed advice.

She hopes to rouse your natural instincts so you can parent your way, by offering support and community, free from judgment.

Liberate yourself from the "rules" of modern parenting and sign up for Tracy’s free Natural Parenting Superpowers eCourse.

Originally from Australia, Tracy now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and young son.

 

 

Jul 17, 2017

It's been a year since the birth! Soooooo...what happened!

In this FOURTH episode of "We're Having a Baby, Naturally!", Amanda & HR share their birth story with us.

Did labor and delivery go as planned?

Where there any surprises?

And why DID it take so long to get the update on their pregnancy and birth journey here at the Cap Wellness Center???

Today, all of those questions will be answered.

Guests: Amanda & HR Dudley, a newly pregnant couple who are sharing their prenatal journey with Dr. Cap and the team at the Cap Wellness Center for us to learn what it's like to go through a natural birth process. 

 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Jul 10, 2017

Guest: Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy and a Childbirth Preparation Educator, Birth Doula, and Hypnotherapist who works with pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring everyday.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how the birth of her son transformed her from a professional room organizer into the Feng Shui Mommy
  2. how knowledge of this ancient art of organizing space for optimal energy flow can help you feel calmer, more peaceful as well as more energized
  3. how you can use EFT or "Tapping" to allieviate fear and anxiety during your pregnancy, birth and while parenting

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Bailey Gaddis:

Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy and is a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy and Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

As a Childbirth Preparation Educator, Birth Doula, and Hypnotherapist who works with pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring everyday, Bailey is fairly certain that “new baby smell” is the most enticing aroma on Earth.

Jul 3, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. 90% of his practice now are pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. He is the host of the "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" podcast. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. The reality of sleepless nights as a parent mean for you & your health as well as for your baby and their health
  2. Some simple ways to make sleepless nights easier for you and your family and, better yet, how to prevent them

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

Jun 26, 2017

Guest: Jonathan Evans, DO is an Australian osteopath that specializes in treating infants and children. He teaches courses online to practitioners through Kindred Academy and to parents of children through Parent Be.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how leaving a successful career in finance in London led him to find osteopathy and start working with babies in Australia
  2. how the most common ailments infants suffer with can be helped with simple and gentle methods
  3. how you yourself can learn what to look for in your baby and help them unwind this tension together without outside help

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Jonathan Evans, DO:

  • Graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, London, UK with 1st Class Honours.

  • In 2005 moved to New Zealand gaining invaluable experience in a rural practice seeing a huge variety of patients.

  • 2010 he moved to Australia to focus on the treatment of babies and children

  • For the past 10 years he has been passing his knowledge on to other osteopaths by teaching at universities in Australia and New Zealand and through post graduate academies.

  • This led to the foundation of Kindred Academy in 2016 and Parent Be in 2017 so these teachings could become accessible outside of the osteopathic world.

 

Jun 18, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. 90% of his practice now are pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. He is the host of the "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" podcast. His 3 1/2 year old son, Niko is also on the podcast today.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. This is not an episode on how fatherhood will change YOU. I simply share how fatherhood has changed ME.
  2. How Niko's birth changed my career and is the reason why you are listening to this podcast today.
  3. The ways in which being a father brings more focus, happiness and joy as well as frustration and fatigue all at the same time.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jay Warren:

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old.

Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes.

His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience.

May 22, 2017

Guest: Anna Gannon: a mom, the Community Guide and Editorial Lead at Expectful.com (guided meditation site for pregnancy and motherhood), a writer and a yoga & meditation guide.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how a major life change in her 3rd trimester lead Anna to meditation and how it helped not only have a fantastic birth, but it helped her heal through postpartum depression.
  2. how an ice storm in Canada showed us how much stress affects pregnancy and children's health.
  3. how meditation can help with sleep, anxiety, energy levels, depression, anger and so much more.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Anna Gannon:

Anna Gannon is a mom, the Community Guide and Editorial Lead at Expectful, a writer and a yoga & meditation guide.

Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today and the Expectful Blog.

Anna is passionate about the importance of the mind, body, and sometimes baby connection.

Her mission is to improve women's emotional health during their fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood experience by sharing open and honest stories, educating them on the benefits of meditation and movement and most importantly, letting them know they are never alone.

May 15, 2017

Guest: Farel Hruska is the Global Fitness Director for FIT4MOM who has 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the 3 most common "exercising during pregnancy myths" are what the current research REALLY shows about what you can and cannot do (especially in the 1st and 3rd trimesters).
  2. how to switch your mindset towards "pregnancy fitness goals" (they're very different from fitness goals you have outside of pregnancy) and how to handle body image issues you may experience has your body changes before birth.
  3. an in-depth conversation about CORE strengthening and the pelvic floor (to Kegel or not to Kegel: why you have to learn about ECCENTRIC contraction!).

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Farel Hruska:

With 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, Farel Hruska has been with FIT4MOM since March 2002.

As an international educator and presenter in pre / postnatal, and overall fitness education, Hruska has presented at numerous fitness conferences including EMPOWER, FitFest, SCW, the Asia Fitness Conference, the Fitness Festival of South China, MEFITPRO in Dubai and IDEA WORLD & PTI.

Farel has been featured by numerous press outlets for her fitness expertise, including CNN, New York Times, WebMD, Women's Running Magazine, SheKnows.com and Pregnancy.com.

 

May 8, 2017

Guest: Sarah Bester (CNP) is a Family Nutritionist and Picky Eating Coach who helps busy moms raise healthy eaters instead of picky eaters.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. what Sarah believes parents should focus on when starting solids with their babies (it's not what you think!)
  2. why creating healthy eating habits from the beginning is so important for your child later in life
  3. the Top 5 "Starting Solids" Tips that will help you and your baby enjoy mealtime and create good habits

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Sarah Bester:

Sarah Bester (CNP) is a Family Nutritionist and Picky Eating Coach who helps busy moms raise healthy eaters instead of picky eaters.

As a certified holistic nutritionist, with an expertise in feeding and healthy habits, Sarah knows the importance of feeding our kids the right foods.  As a mom “in the trenches” with two young kids - and a third on the way! - she also knows first-hand how challenging it can be to actually get a meal on the table (and the frustration that follows when kids refuse to eat it!).

Her research-based individual coaching and online group programs, provide easy-to-follow steps that will put an end to picky eating and mealtime drama. More importantly, she empowers parents by giving them the tools to help their children develop long-term healthy habits.

 

May 1, 2017

Guest: Kristy Rodriguez is a pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, and the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How through her own experience as a mom helped Kristy to create this self-care program and why she's so passionate about teaching it to other new moms
  2. Why she believes "Self-care is baby care" and how to incorporate it into your daily life - even when a few spare minutes seems impossible
  3. Kristy highlights some unusual ways to nurture yourself that you might have never thought of before 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Kristy Rodriguez:

Kristy Rodriguez is a pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, and the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

Her passion for prenatal health and wellness began while she was pregnant with her first daughter. Then after giving birth to her second daughter, she decided to dedicate her work to supporting women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as well as mothers of newborns.

As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher, with many years of experience in education and health, she brings extensive knowledge, personal experience, and deep compassion to her students.

Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online. In a supportive, non-judgmental way, Kristy helps her clients and students live healthier, happier, more energetic lives.

 

Apr 24, 2017

Guest: Maring Higa is an acupuncturist specializing in fertility and pregnancy in Encinitas, CA. She is also a creative strategist coach and podcast host and loves bringing together wellness and creativity her work she is doing.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How Maring's extensive experience working with couples having fertility challenges lead her to incorporate a more holistic approach to caring for "families-to-be" and get better results
  2. How her "Creating Fertile Ground" programs differ than most fertility treatment protocols out there.
  3. How to cut through the stress and pressure you're bombarded with when trying to get pregnant and surround yourself with feelings of creativity and receptivity.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Maring Higa:

Natural medicine has always been an integral part of Maring’s personal journey.

Combined with a Master of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a psychology degree from Naropa University, she has studied extensively in the area of infertility, pregnancy and post-partum recovery. And in 2005, Maring even traveled to Cheng Du, China to intern with some of the best gynecological doctors in the world.

Maring specializes in both female and male infertility, as well as pregnancy and postpartum support and continues to study the most up to date information in this field.

She is also a creative strategist coach and podcast host and loves bringing together wellness and creativity her work she is doing.

Mar 27, 2017

Guest: Dr. Harvey Karp is one of America’s leading pediatricians and child development experts. His celebrated books/videos, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep have teach his insights into child development (e.g. the Calming Reflex, the 5 S’s and Toddler-ese).

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How Dr. Karp's study of a tribe in Africa led him to discover "the Calming Reflex" in babies that can be initiated in any baby to help calm and soothe them.
  2. What the "5 S's" are and how use them to calm any fussy, seemingly inconsolable baby within minutes if not faster.
  3. Information about his SNOO Smart Sleeper and the controversy around it

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Harvey Karp:

Dr. Harvey Karp is one of America’s leading pediatricians and child development experts. His celebrated books/videos, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep have been translated into over 20 languages and have benefited millions of parents.

Happiest Baby classes are taught by thousands of specially trained educators in university hospitals and public health programs across America and in over 20 other nations. Dr. Karp’s insights into child development (e.g. the Calming Reflex, the 5 S’s and Toddler-ese) have made him one of the world’s leading baby and sleep experts. Several peer reviewed studies have validated his innovative observations and multiple additional studies are underway. No wonder, the NY Times applauded his landmark ideas by saying, “Roll over, Dr. Spock!”

Dr. Karp is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles for almost 30 years. His unique ability to translate complex science into effective techniques to empower parents have revolutionized our understanding of the needs of young children.

Dr. Karp is also the founder and CEO of Happiest Baby, a smart-tech and parenting solutions company. He designed an award-winning, innovative baby bed – SNOO, Smart Sleeper. SNOO provides womb-like sound and motion to quickly boost a baby’s sleep and imitate an experienced caregiver by responding to crying with increasing levels of motion/sound to soothe infant upsets. The bed comes with a unique swaddle that prevents accidental rolling, which makes SNOO the only baby bed that keeps babies safely on the back for the first 6 months (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics). By improving infant sleep and reducing crying, Dr. Karp’s hope is to improve parent confidence and bonding to their child and to reduce the serious health sequelae of parental exhaustion and stress, including postpartum depression, child abuse, childhood obesity, infant sleep death, etc.

For over 20 years, Dr. Karp has been a tireless advocate and a national leader in the promotion of children's rights to a healthy and safe environment. His work has directly led to state and national laws protecting children. Dr. Karp has served as a spokesman on environmental issues for the NRDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Department of Health, and is a founding board member of Healthy Child Healthy World. He is currently a board member of EWG, whose mission is to protect our nation’s public health and the environment. 

Dr. Karp is an advisor to Parents, Ser Padres and American Baby magazines and a pediatric expert on BabyCenter.  He has appeared numerous times on Good Morning America, CNN, Today Show, The View, Dr. Oz, etc. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, LA Times, Parents, People Magazine, etc.

Mar 6, 2017

Guest: Kimberly Johnson is a Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, doula, postpartum care advocate and single mom.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. Why sex changes so much after baby arrives and how to redefine it for yourself and for partner so you're both happy
  2. the relationship between sex, connection and intimacy - how they are related and how they are different and what it means to your new sex life
  3. the 3 components that any conversation with your partner about sex must have in order for it to go the way you want it

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Kimberly Johnson:

Kimberly Ann Johnson is a Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, doula, postpartum care advocate and single mom.

She works at the intersection of birth, sex, and trauma, specializing in birth injuries, birth trauma, and sexual healing. She created a process called the Birth Rehearsal to help women somatically prepare for birth.

She is the author of the upcoming book from Shambhala Publications: The Fourth Trimester: A New Mother’s Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality, that will be released in November 2017.

Through Sexological Bodywork, hands-on hands-in work, together with SE and Birth Story medicine, she helps women find full health and recovery during postpartum in body, mind, emotions, sexuality and spirituality. She helps women discover their new identities as mothers.

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