Kim Updegrove was born in New Jersey and has dedicated her career to saving babies’ lives and caring for women and children around the world. A registered nurse and certified nurse midwife (CNM), Updegrove earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at William Paterson University, a master of public health degree at Rutgers University and a master of science degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. After finishing her MSN, Updegrove left the Penn faculty and moved to New Haven, Conn., where she worked as a CNM, delivering more than 500 babies and providing well-woman care. She also served on the graduate faculty of the Yale University School of Nursing. Kim has devoted her professional efforts to growing the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin since 2002. Updegrove is a past president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), and chairs the guidelines committee helping to ensure quality control of donor human milk and cultivates the development of nonprofit milk banks. She has been invited to numerous states, Canadian provinces, China, Korea, Mexico, Poland, and Turkey to foster and mentor milk banks and to speak at regional, national, and international conferences on breastfeeding, milk banking, and women's health. She has been quoted in local media as well as ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. On days off Kim takes her grandson for hikes, plays tennis and talks to all who will listen about the life-saving powers of breast milk.
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 is on the Board of Advisors for the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and is a faculty member of Maternal Mental Health NOW Training institute. She conducts a multitude of live pregnancy and parenting workshops throughout Southern California and globally via Skype. You can read Dr. Alyssa's blogs on the Huffington Post where she contributes to PBS's 'This Emotional Life" project. Dr. Berlin received her doctorate at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA, went on to become a certified Gottman educator and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Alyssa and her husband, prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin live in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of four amazing children.
Nikki is a life coach for therapists, healers, seekers, and dreamers. She has transitioned out of a clinical therapy practice setting into one that embraces more humanity. Nikki has a ton of experience in trauma, highly sensitive people, addiction, and more. In this episode, Nikki and Lindsey discuss some heavy topics and how to support your nervous system when adopting a new way of living. This is a phenomenal episode to start 2020 to make sure you leave the old in the past and step into your new way of being today.
Sabia is a Radical Doula, Educator, Coach, Reproductive Justice Advocate & the founder of For The Village and Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings. Her mission is to bring inclusive, accessible and full spectrum education and resources to all individuals and organizations ready to take the next step in creating a world of inclusion, justice and equity to birthing people all over the world.
Lindsey Mathews & Embo reflect on 2019 and discuss the direction of BIRTHFIT in 2020!
Alexa, a mother of four, shares her journey to and through motherhood and the drastic differences between each of her births! From twins, to a home birth, Alexa has done it all and shares her learnings through each birth experience.
Ryan and Julie share each of their journie into investigating personal nourishment or lack there of and how personal wellbeing led them to create Needed - a sustailable Omega 3 company. Both hopeful mothers, Ryan and Julie shed light on how vital Omega 3's are to the preconception, prenatal, postpartum, and infant wellbeing.
Embo's doula client and friend Salina Ansley shares her story of going from a planned home birth to having a cesarean birth. This story comes with all the unexpected things that can come up in labor and birth. Salina courageously shares the lessons she learned as she had to adapt at every turn of her experience.
Lacey Fema and Kimmy Moss are coaches at DEUCE Gym among other titles and I was thrilled that they decided to take the BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar for a number of reasons but specifically because neither of them have children nor would they have desribed themselves as being "feminine" before exploring everything that the seminar has to offer. They talk about how BIRTHFIT really is for everyone, including themselves, and how the seminar impacted them both professionally and personally.
Tracy Burns is a mother of two, a formerm NICU nurse, a Certified Nurse Midwife, a BIRTHFIT Professional, a BIRTHFIT Coach, and a CrossFit coach who specializes in women's health. Tracy shares her story of how she got into medicine and then into midwifery. Her practice focuses primarily on low income households and it is her goal to change the way women are seen in the birth world. Tracy is bringing BIRTHFIT to Arizona in a big way!
Kelly Raney, DPT, is a pelvic health physical therapist and BIRTHFIT Professional in Durham, NC. She talks with Lindsay Mumma and shares her experience as a professional and as a mother of three in the arena of women's health and how she approaches the care of the pelvic floor and the whole body.
Anna is an entrepreneur who has spent the last two years trying to conceive. Anna vulnerably shares her conception journey with us and her current journey into IVF.
Justin Williams is a professional cyclist from Los Angeles. He is a 10x national champ. Justin is from South Central LA. His parents are both immigrants from Belize. He started riding at 13 and hasnt stopped. Just in the past year he and his brothers started their own team, Legion of LA. With this team and some bigger goals Justin has, he hopes to evolve the sport of cycling in America.
Embo goes into her journey with postpartum anxiety and shares tools and tips to managing any mild form of postpartum anxiety. She also goes into what you can do preconception and in pregnancy to set yourself up for an ideal postpartum period.
Derrick Johnson is the youngest international coach in the history of USA Weightlifting. Along with being a Team USA team member (Sr. Worlds, Jr. Worlds, and University Worlds) and USA Weightlifting’s Developmental Coach of the Year, Derrick is the only coach in the world to have 3 Sr. World team members from 3 different countries (Brazil, Canada, and the US). Derrick has also coached a lifter to the 2012 Olympics (represented Brazil) and is the youngest level 5 coach in USAW history. Derrick also became the first African American to be named head coach of an international team for USA Weightlifting. In this episode Derrick and Lindsey discuss the lack of representation for black and latino athletes in sports such as weightlifting, cycling, swimming and why it relates back to slavery, Jim Crow laws, FDR's New Deal, and more. We can only hope that after listening to this episode your heart is opened and you donate to The Kings of Weightlifing.
You may remember Aydian Dowling from our Partner Panel at this year's BIRTHFIT Summit. Aydian Dowling is a transgender activist. Jenilee is a spiritual and energy healer with a masters in social work. They are married and have a nine month old baby boy Antler. In this episode, they share intimate details about their partnership and parenthood. This episode is chalk full of pearls of wisdom for anyone that is actively choosing to be a more compassionate human and/or parent.
Taylor is a former US Marine, a former CrossFit Games athlete, a coach, and most importantly a wife and mother. Taylor dives deep into the inner work and healing she has moved through over the past few years to overcome past traumas and darkness and how she uses the lessons she learned to become the inspiring and strong woman and mother she is today. Taylor aims to help people be the best versions of themselves and she was such a joy to have on the podcast!
Lauren Reeves is mother, wife, a BIRTHFIT NC participant, and an attorney in Raleigh, NC. She sits down with Lindsay Mumma to share her journey with IVF - the dark and the bright spots.
Nicole Foster is a mom of two boys, a wife, the BIRTHFIT Southbay Regional Director, and a yoga teacher. On this episode, Nicole shares just how very different her first hospital birth was from her second home birth and the journey into choosing an out of hospital birth for baby #2.
Chris Mumma is a husband, father, teacher, coach, and co-creator of the BIRTHFIT Prenatal Swim Program. He and Lindsay Mumma sit down to talk their birth stories, parenting, the Swim Program, and answer a few of your submitted questions.
We've received so many questions regarding cost of birth, whether that's home vs hospital, midwife costs, doula costs, etc. Your three hosts break in down in their specific areas and get this conversation started!
Kristin Stone of BIRTHFIT DC shares her story with Embo and Mumma about how she found BIRTHFIT and how she went from a seminar attendee to a BIRTHFIT executive and the future of the company!
Leah Barto is a mom, a wife, BIRTHFIT Houston Regional Director, BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar Staff, and a birth doula. On this episode Leah shares her journery from preconception through birth having lived and breathed the four pillars throughout every step of her Motherhood Transition.
Dr. Ainslie Kehler has her PhD in Exercise Behavioral Science and more specifically reproductive health. In this episode Ainslie and Lindsey discuss some common trends that Ainslie found in her research of tactile professionals such as firefighters and police.