In this BIRTHFIT Podcast, Lindsey Mathews, BIRTHFIT CEO & Founder, shares that she will be in Austin, TX for this next year as she goes through her own big fat growth transition. Lindsey shares some tools and people that have helped and continue to help her.
Lindsay Mumma is a doctor of chiropractic, mother, wife, and BIRTHFIT NC Regional Director. She is also BIRTHFIT's COO! Lindsay and Lindsey discuss the evolution of BIRTHFIT since it's conception in 2011. They also get into goals and desires and where they each visualize BIRTHFIT going. Check out this episode to basically listen in as a fly on the wall between Lindsay and Lindsey.
Codie is a mom, a wife, and co-creator of Black Love on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Codie has a two year old and recently found out she is having twin boys. This episode dives into the intention of her and her husband's docu-series Black Love as well as reflecting on this pregnancy's differences as compared to her previous pregnancy and birth. Codie truly does it all with the love and support of a brilliant network of strong, compassionate humans around her.
Emily is a serial entrepreneur. She's the brilliant human behind the bags at Evolved Motion. In fact, we loved the bags so much we said 'YES' to a collaboration. In this episode, we get personal with Emily and who she is in this world. She shares about her life's journey and big learning lessons so far. Emily is a breath of fresh air. She is a strong and soft leader.
This is third and final episode in Embo's birth series. Inside this episode, Embo shares about her first forty days, food intake, and what transitioning back into work has looked like. She also shares about things that showed up that maybe were not on her radar. Embo shares a bit about clear communication amongst couples and how she wants to further this work she is embarking on.
Mia Grant is a mother of three grown children and grandmother of five. She works as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and in the Maternal and Newborn Care Unit of a major hospital in New York. Twelve years ago, her twin grandchildren, Ava and Mikey, were born five weeks premature. She helped care for Ava and felt the need to be there to share my love. That nights she woke her husband up to share with him that she was shifting careers to be a NICU nurse. Two weeks later, she was enrolled in school. She finished her bachelor's Degree in Science of Nursing after four years. Listen up as she shares a bit into her life and a new career after becoming a grandma.
Know as "The Period Girl", Nicole is a Certified Women's Health and Functional Nutrition Coach specializing in hormonal and reproductive health. She trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and furthered her trainin with Dr. Sara Gottfried and Chris Kresser. Nicole is on a mission to empower women through fixing their periods and understanding their bodies on a deeper level.
Amy VanHaren is the found of the Pumpspotting App. She came up with the idea for the pumpspotting app while traveling for work after returning to work after her second baby. The pumpspotting app allows women to share their favorite breastfeeding friendly businesses as well as trouble shoot with other women going through a similar experience.
Lindsey Mathews, BIRTHFIT Founder and CEO shares changing in branding that is naturally happening through the evolution and growth of BIRHTFIT. Lindsey and BIRTHFIT are embracing adaptation and expansion.
Dr. Merissa Beard is the Regional Director for BIRTHFIT Conway, Arkansas. She is a doctor of chiropractic, a strength and conditioning coach, a wife, and a mother. Merissa wears many hats and embraces a ton of responsibility. In this episode, she shares her birth story, what tools she wished she could have given her younger self, and how she finds the time to connect with herself.
Elizabeth Bachner is a certified professional midwife and clinic director of GraceFull Birthing Center in Los Angeles. In this talk, she breaks down the many hats (roles) that women wear and how showing up to birth with different hats on may not be such a great idea.
Jennifer is a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor, a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Women’s Hormonal Health Coach, and deep dived into studying astrology and transformational studies of positive psychology. She is obsessed with astrology and business and relating it to women's health. Her insight is invaluable.
BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar Director, Melissa Hemphill, and Regional Director for BIRTHFIT Houston, Leah Barto, fly to England for a BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar. Listen in on some behind the scenes.
Tracie is the founder of the National Black Doulas Association. Tracie began her career in the Birth Doula field in 2000 after her second child was born. She has attended over 1500+ births with families birthing in hospitals, birth centers, and homebirths throughout the SF Bay Area & beyond. Tracie now spends most of her time in Atlanta while supporting doulas of color across the United States.
Emily navigates the depths of her own body, with the support of her birth team: her husband Jason, her midwife Carey, and her mother Judy. You are invited to join them and be a witness to Emily every step of the way in a documentary called These Are My Hours. In this episode, Emily shares what is was like being in the lead role of this documentary.
Dr. Elise is the BIRTHFIT Pugent Sound Regional Director. Three months after she gave birth to her third child she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Elise shares what the last year as looked like her, and what her biggest life lessons have been.
Dr. Deb Kern is a nurse, health educator, physical trainer and Ph.D health scientist. She has taught hundreds of women how to nurture their body temple in speaking engagements, workshops, dance classes and worldwide retreats. Deb shares a bit on Ayurvedic medicine, which she learned while living with a tribe in Costa Rica.
Emily and Michael share the homebirth story. Emily's pregnancy lasted 41 weeks and few days. Emily and Michael share how they kept calm in the last few weeks and how they used their birth dream team to get them through the most intense experience of their life.
Rachel is a mother of four. She has two livign sons, and her twin daughters died at a few weeks old in the summer of 2008. Rachel and her sister Crystal started Teamotions. The teas are specifically developed to help support people in grief as they integrate the experience of loss. In this session, Rachel shares the first ever Infant Loss Plan.
Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. She offers private counseling for women individually and with their partners on issues such as anxiousness and emotional fluctuation during pregnancy, postpartum blues and depression, and the complex issues that can arise between and around new and expectant parents. Dr. Berlin is the creator of The AfterBirth Plan Workshop, a program that prepares couples for what to expect after a baby is born and how to prepare for a physically and emotionally healthy postpartum transition for the baby, for each partner and for the evolving relationship.
Lorena received an MBA in finance and has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She first realized her love for business and entrepreneurship while having a successful career in real estate. She quickly discovered her passion for technology and the digital space and decided to depart real estate to pursue launching her own businesses to combine all of her passions. Lorena is the co-founder of Bloguettes in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in providing hands- on training tools to creative entrepreneurs. Her latest endeavor is inspired by the birth of her son and in 2018 she launched Majka, providing wholesome nutrition to new mothers.
Light Watkins is a breath of fresh air in this world. As a boy from Alabama who always believed in bigger things, the hustle and bustle of city life, and connecting with the universe, Light followed his heart to NYC then to Chicago and finally to Los Angeles. Light has been meditating for 16 years and teaching for 12 years. He teaches vedic meditation. As Deepak Chopra says, "Light Watkins’s approach to meditation is both simple and profound. With him as your guide, you will unlock the secrets to establishing a regular and powerfully healthy daily practice.”
Lindsey Mathews, CEO and Founder of BIRTHFIT, shares behind the scenes moments at the BIRTHFIT Summit. She literally shares details about each day of the summit as if you were in the hotel room with her. Some of the sessions are first thing in the morning like 5am while others are late at night. Enjoy!
Emily Russak is the Co-Director for BIRTHFIT West Los Angeles. She is a strength and conditioning coach and birth doula. She has been with BIRTHFIT since the early days. Emily always knew she wanted to have a baby. In this episode, Emily shares about her conscious conception and how BIRTHFIT has helped shaped her current reality. When this episode was recorded, Emily was 39 weeks and 3 days.
Madeline is a labor and delivery nurse, studying midwifery, and co-founder of Mama Packs for Kenya. In this episode, she shares all about her trip to Kenya and what motivated her to start Mama Packs for Kenya. Madeline shares what birth looks like in rural parts of Kenya and the needs these women have. She also discusses how fear around birth is not present in their culture. Madeline lets us know how we can support and/or volunteer.