We’re so lucky to have such incredible Guest Experts!
Sarah Lou is the Host of the Birth Works! Project. She is a CAPPA trained Doula, a Vedic Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Prenatal, Postnatal & Woman’s Yoga specialist, Pelvic Floor Therapist, and has trained in Maya Abdominal Massage. She focuses her work in three areas: Prenatal/Postnatal/Women – Ayurveda – and Yoga for Athletic Recovery. Sarah heralds ethics and professionalism in everything she does. Her passion for integrated wellness is inspiring, and contagious. She holds space for her clients to be exactly where they are in their own histories, and to grow into the people they wish to be with deliberate intention.. You may come to training or workshop with Sarah as stranger, but you will leave with a feeling of long-time friends. Check out her website!
Liilamaya‘s Ayurvedic training took place at The Art of Living North American ashram situated in Quebec, Canada, one of only a select few institutions in the Americas that offer traditional and practical training in this ancient discipline. Initially trained in Hatha yoga, Liliana has been studying and following a series of different practices combined with remedial bodywork for 12 years both in Canada and England. She has worked professionally as a co-host for the internationally acclaimed fitness TV show, “Kardio knockout”, which aired in over 150 different countries around the globe. Check out her website!
Nicole is an Ayurvedic Health Coach and Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Glow Natural Health Center in Seattle, WA. Through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation and pranayama, Nicole guides clients to correct imbalances to look and feel their best. She specializes in digestion, weight loss, anxiety, stress management, skin and sleep. Her writing has been featured on Seattle Seedling, Everyday Ayurveda and Inner Glow. Check out her website!
Aparna is a postpartum doula, author and speaker. Her Indian culture has rich rituals and practices for the new mother, which she shares with her American audience so they too may benefit from this ancient universal lineage of care for the mother and baby. A former head chef of the Chopra Center and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Aparna Khanolkar’s greatest desire to teach people that everyday lifestyle is the greatest contributing factor to the health of each stage of woman’s life. Food as medicine, emotional healing and creating a healthy lifestyle that is nourishing and supportive of one’s dosha are some of her greatest gifts. Aparna is the author of Happy Belly Happy Soul, Spice, and A Mother’s Blessing. She presents her Longevity Lab workshop regularly in Southern California and sees clients via Skype and in-person and also offers private intensives in Santa Barbara, CA. Learn more on her website!
Gwen is an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, Community Ayurvedic Educator, Ayurvedic Therapist (LMP), Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula and a technologist working within the financial sector. She is the mother of three children, ages 26, 24 and 12. She has a strong passion for working on the evolution of Ayurvedic education and integration of Ayurvedic sciences in the United States through her volunteer work with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the Washington Ayurvedic Medical Association. Gwen lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and 12 year old daughter.
Terra is a retired Registered Midwife. She attended births 1981-2001, teaching over 150 midwifery students & apprenticing several in her practice. She’s also a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner since 2001, and Certified Practitioner of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™. She’s written and published in several books; her latest book: Ayurveda for the Childbearing Years. She’s created educational videos for her WiseWomanhood YouTube channel. WiseWomanhood is the holistic women’s health practice of Terra Rafael focused on health for women in all phases of their lives. She lives with her husband & plants in Lafayette, CO. She has two grown & married children, and three step sons. Check out her website!
Ysha has been serving mothers and newborns with Ayurveda for 2 decades as a Postpartum AyuDoula, speaker and author. She has been a Postpartum and Ayurvedic Educator since 1995, Aromatherapist since 1998. Over 36 years ago, Ysha lost a marriage to postpartum ignorance. It took 10 years to be taught another way. After the birth of her “Baby” Corey — now 26 — she received 6 weeks of Ayurvedic kayakalpa treatments and it personally and professionally was life changing for both of them.
She has two books, Touching Heaven, Tonic Postpartum Care (and Recipes) with Ayurveda, which are available on the Sacred Window School for Maternal Newborn Health, website. There you will find exciting perinatal care resources for mothers, for Ayudoula training (a 4 level program), postnatal massage and ethics CEU courses, hands-on trainings in Boulder, CO and Albuquerque, NM, and courses for advanced Ayurvedic practitioners in family health care.
Amy is a renowned Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Consultant and therapist, based in NSW Australia. She is devoted to sharing these ancient practices, helping each soul find their individual flow and full potential. Ultimately, her work is about helping people reframe the way they structure their daily living, to experience alignment with the principles of nature and their own bodily wisdom. She leads retreats all over the world, and teaches privately, offers workshops and teacher trainings abroad and locally in Newcastle Australia, where she hails from. Check out her website!
Aremisa, known as the Indigenous Doula, is a womb healing specialist, birth doula, community herbalist, teacher and businesswoman. She has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the past 16 years in various community projects. Aremisa has always been dedicated to the empowerment of expecting mothers, helping to create stronger family units within her community. She is co-owner of Indigenous Remedies, which is the premier educational resource for herbal, holistic, and earth sciences and education. She and her husband, Malikk ‘Dr. Turtle’ Hailey, started the company in 2004. Check out her website!
Margo, MA, is the author of Yoga Mama Yoga Baby, Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth. She is a mother of two, a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner and an RYT500 registered yoga teacher. Margo has studied and practiced yoga, meditation and Western herbal medicine for over 20 years, and received more than a decade of extensive Ayurvedic training. Her private practice and teaching focus on women’s and children’s health. See her website!
Abby, CLD, CLE (CAPPA) and CAPPA Faculty, is a parent educator, writer and personal support coach. Author of Creating Stillness: A Journal for Childbirth Preparation, will present about how the journey of self reflection can give a woman useful tools for late pregnancy, birth, postpartum and life as a parent. Abby will explain four useful practices in calming the nervous system, connecting to strength and finding peace that help prepare a woman for birth. If you’re a pregnant Mama or a professional in birth work, this interview will give you new ideas for managing the challenges of labor. Abby has worked in birth and parenting for 20 years and her weekly blog for parents can be found on her website.
De has been an ardent student of yoga since 1992. As a teacher, De is insightful, intuitive, and attentive. She generously shares her love of yoga and discovery in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. Precision, attention to breath, and deep understanding of anatomy contribute to De’s passion for helping her students connect with their innate intelligence.
De creates an atmosphere of sacred play – challenging yet joyful. Students leave De’s classes rejuvenated, energized and infused with a sense of personal and physical empowerment. She is a leader in the Boulder yoga community. Her teaching combines principles from Iyengar and therapeutic yoga.
De has been an advocate for women’s yoga, especially focusing on yoga for prenatal and postpartum women. She has ran her Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Intensive for 6 years in Boulder, CO. Check out her website.
‘Simran’, is a Nurse-Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Early Childhood Parent Educator, Pregnancy/Postpartum Consultant. Originally trained as a nurse-midwife in New Zealand where she lived for 9 years before moving to Santa Fe in 2009 with her husband. ‘Simran’ has supported hundreds of families in both home and hospital births in her midwifery practice and simply loves working with new parents!
These days she is mostly a mom and a parent educator. ‘Simran’ use a common-sense approach to pregnancy and parenting, she loves empowering parents to make individual choices that fit their needs for the childbirth process and beyond. Her goal is to provide balanced information for parents by using her clinical background combined with the real-life expectations of parenting in the first years. Check out her website.
Jen is a writer and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. She has appeared as an expert guest on HuffPost Live. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 4 year old. View her website!
Kelly is a Birth Healing Visionary, Sacred Therapist, & Mystical Creator. Birth Healing services provides transpersonal and transformative services within conception, pregnancy, and postpartum. Kelly works with the psychological energy of her clients, but puts a great emphasis on the energetic felt sense reality and the metaphysical for deeper awareness and profound healing. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology along with MFT training, and other body and mind and energy therapies. Kelly has been in the media light with radio shows, POD casts, television on (Nighttime Prime), and published in numerous Blog articles. She loves to incorporate all kinds of philosophies into her services such as: Birth Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Neurobiology, Energy Psychology, Somatic Psychology, Energy Medicine, Spirituality, and Divinity. View her website.
Candice is the director of the Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga and Doula training programs, author of Prenatal Yoga: Finding Movement in Fullness, and a mom to three sons. She specializes in the female pelvic floor, particularly in relation to pregnancy and postpartum and is involved with her teacher, Leslie Howard, in a pilot study at the University of San Francisco on the efficacy of pelvic floor work and yoga on incontinence. She taught at the Flagstaff Yoga Festival in 2010 and 2011, for the 2012 Hypnobirthing Conlave, and for the 2013 Midwives Alliance of North America conference. Although a practitioner of all kinds of yoga, her yoga studies are rooted in Iyengar yoga and she considers her primary influences to be Kofi Busia, Christina Sell and Leslie Howard. Check out her website.
Wren is a Massage Therapist, Level III Kundalini Reiki Practitioner, Holistic Full-Spectrum Doula and Pregnancy Release Companion, Natural Women’s Wellness Coach & Shamanic Midwyfe. She has trained as a priestess and studied ritual, ceremony, and womb mysteries for the last ten years, natural childbirth and midwifery since she was sixteen, and herbalism and traditional nutrition since she was eighteen. Now at 23, she has midwifed herself through the healing after the loss of her first son followed by a traumatic clinical abortion, an unexpected miscarriage, postpartum depression and issues with bonding with her second son, two empowering at-home pregnancy releases, and a beautiful unassisted pregnancy and Freebirth. She has trained as a Holistic Home Abortion Provider, self-published the first edition of a booklet called “Rituals & Meditations for Pregnancy Release”, and is now offering mentoring to train others to become Holistic Pregnancy Release Companions [Pregnancy Release is an all-inclusive term without stigma or shame that she coined in 2014 to encompass any type of pregnancy loss and termination]. Wren also provides one-on-one coaching in regards to menstrual and reproductive wellness; pregnancy release, family planning and fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support and services; and consulting for mothers or families seeking autonomous family-centered births. In 2016 she will be teaching various classes and workshops online and in-person, as well as leading Primal Parenting Gatherings and Rewilding Forest Kindergarten programs in Eastern NC. You can find her now at her new blog, The Primal Mother, as well as her Etsy, 13MoonsofMatrescence. To be alerted to the launch of her new website, new products, and upcoming classes and workshops, or to inquire about Wren’s various coaching services, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via Facebook.
Ivy is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in maternal mental health, including postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, reproductive challenges, miscarriage, and newborn loss and grief. Ivy’s expertise also includes child and adolescent development and attachment parenting. Dr. Margulies enjoys working with parents on their parenting skills, knowledge, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship. Ivy’s clinical approach is to integrate psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and bring awareness to the mind-body-spirit connection through meditation, visualization and breath work.
In addition to Dr. Margulies’ clinical practice, she is a death midwife. What does this mean? Death midwifery is an ancient practice yet the term “death midwife” is relatively new. Just as a birth midwife assists the family in the transition of bringing a new life into the world a death midwife assists and helps educate the family on processes associated with the transition of life into death, at any age. The work Ivy does is designed to create a sacred space for parents who have lost their newborn for reasons that are unknown and make no sense. More incredible info on her website.
Dr. Lara Briden is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor. She qualified from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997, and currently runs a busy hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia. Lara has nearly twenty years experience treating period problems, and is the author of Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods. Check out her BLOG – it’s great!
Kimberly Ann Johnson is a birth doula, Certified Sexological Bodyworker and near-certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner. A lifelong yoga student, yoga teacher, and bodyworker she leads workshops throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Portugal and the US on the intersection of women’s sexuality and spirituality. After living in Brazil for eight years, she now resides in San Diego, CA, where she has a private practice specializing in birth injury, birth trauma, and sexual healing.Founder of MagaMama.com, she is currently at work on a book about the physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual aspects of becoming a mother. Check out her website!