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sanity during covid

Three Things to Keep Your Sanity During COVID

COVID has impacted this country beyond words and shaken our infrastructure to its core. It’s made us question many things, asked us to reprioritize, and placed heavier demands on everyone. It’s easy to see how a substantial amount of this new burden is falling on women and mothers. Many women …

Spinal Range of Motion

Spinal Range of Motion for Pregnancy and Postpartum

This video demonstrates the general spinal range of motion for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. This movement is ideal for anyone postpartum and anyone in their first trimester. We love this movement for postpartum rehab to bring back awareness around strength and stability. The segmentation of this movement allows …

Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

3 Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

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Queen-in-Training

What Does Queen-in-Training Mean?

At BIRTHFIT, we created the phrase Queen-in-Training.  The Queen is a universal archetype. The Queen is the mother, leader, goddess, or ultimate divine feminine, who expresses love, patience, maturity, and wisdom. She expresses sovereignty over her body and actions. This archetype is also a giver and a receiver of love, …

maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: November 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a report on associations between maternal and paternal common mental disorders (CMD) before and during pregnancy and offspring preterm birth (PTB) and small for gestational age (SGA). Keep reading for more details!    …

BIRTHFIT WHOOP

B!RTHF!T + WHOOP 

BIRTHFIT has recently partnered with WHOOP to optimize training performance and recovery for our clients. WHOOP is a wearable performance tracking band that measures strain, sleep, respiratory rate, and heart rate variability.  Currently, there is little data on strength and conditioning training for women, and even less on pregnancy and …

self-check diastasis recti

5 Things to Consider When Self-Check for Diastasis Recti

At the BIRTHFIT Coach Seminars, we teach everyone how to self-check for diastasis recti. Why? Because diastasis recti is a symptom of core dysfunction and can be observed in all humans.⁣ The earliest I like to check for diastasis recti is 6 weeks postpartum. Then, I check every 4-8 weeks …

warning signs for PMADs

Top 4 Warning Signs for PMADs (Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders) 

In the past ten years of working with clients during the motherhood transition, we have had the honor of supporting people through many highs and lows. We’ve had the opportunity to observe many warning signs for PMADs early on so that we could ensure support. The motherhood transition can be …

Black Doulas

Black Doulas Matter: Why Minority Representation Matters in Birth Work

Historical Context Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”(9). The relationship between Black women and healthcare has been strained for centuries. History tells us that physicians were the hired guns of slave owners. Physicians …

newborn microbiome

7 Ways to Support a Newborn’s Microbiome

The topics of gut health and the microbiome have been at the forefront of wellness recently, and for good reason. We are each covered in bacteria — trillions of microbes. In fact, about three pounds of our body weight is made up of those microbes. The balance, or imbalance, of …