Podcast 088: On Parenthood: Taking Time for Yourself | Dr. Jay Warren

Dr. Jay Warren On Parenthood

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My guest on this episode of "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" is...ME!

(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 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.

Podcast 087: Myths & Truths about Plus Size Pregnancy | Bianca & Natasha of bebo mia

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My guests on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” are Bianca and Natasha, 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.

Podcast 086: On Parenthood: Those First Few Days & Weeks, a Reality Check | Dr. Jay Warren

Dr. Jay Warren On Parenthood

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My guest on this episode of "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" is...ME!

(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.

Podcast 085: Building Healthy Humans, the Prenatal Wellness Book by Dr. Pia Martin

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My guest on this episode of "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" is Dr. Pia Martin, 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".

Podcast 084: The Lost Art of Natural Parenting | Tracy Gillett of RaisedGood.com

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Tracy Gillett, 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.

Podcast 083: Part 4-We’re Having a Baby, Naturally! | Amanda & HR’s Pregnancy Journey at Cap Wellness

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.

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Podcast 082: Creating Balance in Your Pregnancy & Parenthood with Bailey Gaddis, the Feng Shui Mommy

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is 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.

Podcast 081: On Parenthood: Being Up All Night | Dr. Jay Warren

Dr. Jay Warren On Parenthood

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is…ME!

(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.

Podcast 080: Common Ailments of Infants & What You Can Do For Them | Jonathan Evans, Osteopath

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Jonathan Evans, DO – 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.

Podcast 079: Dr. Jay Warren: On Fatherhood-How Being a Dad Has Changed Me

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is…ME! And my son, Niko, joins me too!

(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.

Anna Gannon Expectful.com

Podcast 078: Using Meditation During Pregnancy | Anna Gannon, Expectful.com

Anna Gannon Expectful.com

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is 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.

Farel Hruska Fit4Mom

Podcast 077: The Truth About Prenatal Exercise | Farel Hruska, Fit4Mom Global Fitness Director

Farel Hruska Fit4Mom

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is 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.

Podcast 076: Starting Solids: Tips for Raising a Healthy Eater Instead of a Picky Eater | Sarah Bester

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Sarah Bester (CNP), 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.

Podcast 075: Pure Nurture: a Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby | Kristy Rodriguez

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Kristy Rodriguez, 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.

Podcast 074: Fertility, Acupuncture & Creating Fertile Ground| Maring Higa

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Maring Higa, 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.

Podcast 073: Dr. Harvey Karp: The Happiest Baby on the Block

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Harvey Karp, 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.

Podcast 072: Why Sex is So Hard After Baby | Kimberly Johnson

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My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Kimberly Johnson, 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.

Podcast 071: In Utero: the Movie-the Impact of the Prenatal Environment | Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal

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My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is 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.

Podcast 070: Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night | Jen Varela

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My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is 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®.

Podcast 069: What is “Floating” and How it Can Help During Pregnancy | Kirsten Gerrish & Lena Kilic

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My guests on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” are Kirsten Gerrish, CDM and Lena Kilic, CDM. They are midwives, owners of Heritage Birth Center and owners of Float Alaska, the state’s largest float center. Their philosophy of birth, Mother-Led Care, is working to change the paradigm around birth.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why “Floating” in a tank with 800 pounds of Epson salt can be good for you in pregnancy and why they incorporated it into their birthing center
  2. how Floating can help muscle cramps, swelling, baby positioning as well as much needed pain relief and relaxation during pregnancy
  3. when a woman should NOT float during pregnancy and how soon after birth they can start up again for postpartum healing

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Kirsten Gerrish and Lena Kilic:

Kirsten Gerrish, CDM and Lena Kilic, CDM are midwives, owners of Heritage Birth Center and owners of Float Alaska, the state’s largest float center. Their philosophy of birth, Mother-Led Care, is working to change the paradigm around birth.

Believing that everyone deserves exceptional care in their pregnancy, they introduced floating to their practice in 2015 and have been thrilled at the results. Float Alaska has grown into a wellness center offering EFT, hypnosis and massage, all with a focus on creating a more healthy pregnancy and healing past birth trauma.

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