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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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Feb 27, 2017

Guest: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal, the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how Kathleen's own pregnancy led her to create this documentary exploring the impact of the prenatal environment on babies.
  2. what she learned from interviewing dozens of experts in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and what it means for expecting couples
  3. she answers the question: "Is this movie to "dark" for of pregnant woman to see or should she wait?"

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal:

Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and currently lives in Los Angeles.

She is the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including Beauty Mark, a social documentary exploring America’s obsession with body image, perfection and success, and Sita, a Girl from Jambu, an ethnographic drama about child sex trafficking in Nepal.

Kathleen taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, then Vassar College, where she obtained tenure. From there, she transitioned to Hollywood, co-producing the feature film Grassroots, starring Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer and Lauren Ambrose, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Kathleen wrote and directed the award-winning Lychee Thieves, a multicultural tale set in Hawaii, which was an Academy Award qualifying live-action short.

Her most recent film is the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.

Kathleen is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.

Feb 6, 2017

Guest: Jen Varela, a sleep training expert who focuses on the achievement of each family’s sleep goals whether in co-sleeping environments, room sharing or separate rooms.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. Even though every family is different - they have different sleeping styles, different schedules, and different parenting styles - every baby can learn to self-soothe.
  2. Science behind sleep and why your baby or toddler is having night awakenings
  3. What daytime "awake windows" are and why they might be causing your baby to have trouble sleeping through the night
  4. the 5 reasons why night awakenings happen and what you can do about them

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Jen Varela:

Since 2010, San Diego sleep training expert Jen Varela has helped more than 400 sleep-deprived families with private one-on-one sleep coaching. She focuses on the achievement of each family’s sleep goals whether in co-sleeping environments, room sharing or separate rooms. Jen’s experience ranges from helping families with infants in sleep shaping skills to families with toddlers who are transitioning them to their own room for the first time.

Jen Varela is a mother of two children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling from California State University Fullerton, California. She is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach® trained by Kim West, The Sleep Lady®.

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