Pure Nurture Pregnancy and Birth
New, expectant or aspiring mama? You’ve come to the right place. Learn from holistic health experts—and moms like you—about the importance and how-tos of self-care in a mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
info_outline Preparing for Parenthood with Dr. Stephanie Dueger 03/04/2021
Preparing for Parenthood with Dr. Stephanie Dueger Dr. Stephanie Dueger is a psychotherapist, parent coach, and educator, who works with expectant and new parents and their little ones. She facilitates parent workshops and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the academic Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Dr. Dueger lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters. Preparing for Parenthood: 55 Essential Conversations for Couples Becoming Families is her first book—the book she wishes she’d had for herself when first becoming a parent. Learn more about Dr. Dueger at . In this episode, you'll hear about: New book: Concrete steps you can take right now to feel more prepared in becoming a parent Important conversation topics to discuss with your partner before having a baby Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH): How to connect with your unborn baby (my book) Connect with Stephanie: Website: Facebook: Instagram: @
info_outline Nourish Your Mind, Body + Spirit During the Fourth Trimester with Jaren Soloff 02/25/2021
Nourish Your Mind, Body + Spirit During the Fourth Trimester with Jaren Soloff Jaren Soloff is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who serves as an expert in women’s health. While continuing to practice in the field of eating disorder treatment, Jaren gained additional experience as an IBCLC to fuse her love of nutrition and women’s health. Now working solely in private practice, Jaren combines her expertise as a skilled nutrition therapist and lactation consultant to support individuals looking to heal their relationship with food and body. Her brand, FULL CRCL provides evidence-based practices to support women at all stages of the reproductive cycle, from preconception to postpartum. Informed by her own journey and hundreds of women she has counseled, Jaren's experience comes full circle to support women in navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum from a simple and intuitive framework. - Why postpartum nutrition is just as important as prenatal nutrition (& intro to The Postnatal Cookbook) - How to meet nutrition needs without engaging in restricting, structured eating (intuitive eating) - The risk of disordered eating and eating disorders during postpartum - Navigating body image - Supporting mood with nutrition While you're here... Find out which childbirth education course is right for you in less than 2 minutes. Take this fun quiz to reveal your birth education personality and the course that will be the best match.
info_outline Is a home birth right for you? with Evie Steinhart 02/18/2021
Is a home birth right for you? with Evie Steinhart Evie Steinhart is a Registered Nurse and mother of 6 children, 3 of whom were born in the hospital and 3 who were born at a planned home birth. She just wrote a book “Is a Home Birth Right For You?” that helps moms weigh the pros and cons of having a hospital birth versus a home birth. The book draws on interviews the author had with home birth moms and birth professionals, and it cites an array of data and research studies to help women make an informed choice. Why women would choose to have a home birth Why it’s important for you to educate yourself about your birth options (even if you want a hospital birth) How you can make your home birth or hospital birth as safe as possible How to plan a home birth during a pandemic Click to learn more and to connect with Evie. When it comes to birth preparation, there is an overabundance of options out there. From having no idea of where to begin looking for classes to being overwhelmed by all of the amazing classes out there – it can leave you feeling lost and confused. This quiz will help! It’s a quick, fun, and easy way to find out which birth education style will best fit your personality. !
info_outline How to have an empowered birth experience 12/30/2020
How to have an empowered birth experience Preparing for birth (even if this is your 5th pregnancy) can be stressful and overwhelming. You might be feeling anxious and even a little scared about your upcoming birth. You’re not alone. This is quite common. You might be searching for childbirth classes and feel overwhelmed by all the options, or have no clue where to start looking for a class. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place! Believe me, I know how you’re feeling right now. Been there! With my first baby, I didn’t have a clue where to begin, so I just took a couple of hospital childbirth education classes to get my feet wet. A big part of me just wanted a nurse or doctor to tell me what to do. With my second child, I learned about HypnoBirthing® and thought, “Oh, that sounds kinda like what I’m learning in yoga, I’ll try that.” I ended up loving it, but looking back, I was completely unaware of my options and which course might have been best for me, at the time. To help you get clear on your birthing method, I created a free quiz with the five most popular birthing methods to have an empowered birth. Check out the quiz and discover which course best fits your wants, needs, and desires for your upcoming birth. There isn’t ONE right way or method, there are so many great options. It’s fantastic and can be overwhelming. I’m here to take away some of the stress and help you gain some clarity on which one is best for you. (Not your sister, not your mom, not your BFF.) Click and take the 5-minute quiz.
info_outline BLOG SERIES: 8 POSTPARTUM RECOVERY TIPS FOR NEW MOMS 12/30/2020
BLOG SERIES: 8 POSTPARTUM RECOVERY TIPS FOR NEW MOMS Guest post by Jenny Hart Giving birth is an amazing, miraculous experience. Obviously, when you have a baby, there are a lot of adjustments taking place, including the adjustments your body goes through during and after pregnancy. While you prepare for your little one, make sure you are also preparing for your own recovery, momma. These postpartum recovery tips can help ensure your after-birth experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Click for the show notes.
info_outline Calm your fear of postpartum anxiety 12/11/2020
Calm your fear of postpartum anxiety Calm Your Fear of Postpartum Anxiety Postpartum Depression gets a lot of attention these days (which is great! Awareness is important), but did you know that Postpartum Anxiety can be just as disruptive? “Great,” I hear you say. “Another thing to worry about.” But pregnancy is a time of joy. Or at least it should be. It can be hard to really feel that joy if you are worried about what’s coming. But the best offense is a great defense! Ease your mind—and help make sure that you are not caught off-guard—with four easy steps: Step 1—Educate Yourself: Learn about the signs and symptoms of postpartum anxiety, and how it is similar to (and different from) postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor, your midwife, your doula, and your mom friends. Then take matters into your own hands by seeking out information from multiple, reputable sources, in print or online. Do not just consume endless horror stories—there is nothing productive in that. Look instead for sources that focus on prevention and treatment. Step 2—Make A Plan: Discuss your concerns with those around you. Get your partner, your care providers, and any friends or family that will be helping you in the early weeks and months on board. Make sure they know what to look for and have a plan for checking in on your mental wellbeing after delivery. You need the people who know you well on the lookout, just in case you yourself are not in a state to identify what is going on. And if things get bad, they may need to push you a bit to get help. Step 3—Ask For Help: Compile a list of potential mental health treatment providers in your area, and know what your insurance does or does not cover. That way, if you need professional intervention, you can get the help you need faster, and you won’t need to scramble to find this information while under the influence of postpartum anxiety or depression, while learning how to care for your new arrival to boot. Think of it as your Worst-Case-Scenario toolkit. Step 4—Relax: When it comes to Postpartum Anxiety (or depression, or any number of physical or mental difficulties) the best prevention is to be as healthy as possible. So, take care of yourself the way you would anyway. Being kind to yourself, saying no to stress, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, getting quality sleep, making sure that you have at least some (doctor approved) movement in your days—all of these things will help you to be as physically and mentally healthy as possible. In other words, now that you are prepared for the worst, take the focus off of possible future problems and put your focus on meeting your needs in the here and now. If you need any help with these things, consider picking up a copy of Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby, your guide to self-care during pregnancy. If you are already struggling with postpartum anxiety, skip straight to steps 3 and 4. Getting help as soon as possible will help you get back on track faster. There is a way out, and there is no shame in needing a little help to find it. purenurture.com/quiz Kristy S. Rodriguez, pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, is the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, LLC, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal wellness, Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online.
info_outline Where it all began: Pure Nurture the Book 12/10/2020
Where it all began: Pure Nurture the Book “What we can expect from the newly released book–—Kristy Rodriguez, author of Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby.” Kristy Rodriguez, Prenatal Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, shares what we can expect from her upcoming book—Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby. Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby was very much a labor of love. It’s a gift, with my blessings, to pregnant women everywhere and to all mothers. And it is brimming with simple, actionable tips and strategies that any mother or mother-to-be can use to nurture both herself and her baby. Self-care is incredibly important for all of us, but it far too often is the very last thing that we prioritize amid hectic schedules and busy lives—parents especially, which is so backwards: parents need to practice self-care more than anyone, because our children depend on us, on our physical and mental wellbeing, to thrive. And at no time during motherhood is the direct relationship between a mother’s wellbeing and her child’s health quite so evident as during pregnancy. As such, the first, and perhaps greatest, act of love a mother can show toward her growing baby is to nurture herself. Sometimes people, women especially, feel guilty about putting time and other resources toward self-care. They might feel it is selfish. But I’m here to change that narrative. My journey, and my motivation to study at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and become a Holistic Health Coach, has its roots in my disordered relationship with food as a young woman. Without embracing the need for self-care, without slowly letting go of the guilt and learning to be kinder to myself, I would not have been able to rise above those self-limiting tendencies, and I would not be where I am today. When I became a mother myself, I was inspired to dedicate my work to supporting women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as well as mothers of newborns. In my career (I am also a certified yoga instructor), I see the practice of self-care positively impacting women every day, sometimes in amazing and transformative ways. This book is the culmination of my experiences in this field. It is a gentle, non-judgmental guide to help you find and implement the self-care practices that will work for you and your unique needs during pregnancy (and beyond!), and to inspire you to treat yourself with the care and respect you deserve. Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby will be available for purchase on February 25th, 2017 in paperback or e-book on and Kristy S. Rodriguez, pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, teaches prenatal yoga classes and workshops at East Meets West Center. She is also the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, LLC, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal wellness, Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online. Connect with Kristy and learn about her current offerings at View show notes . Take the and find out which course might be best for you! Learn more about the book and purchase your copy at purenurture.com/book
info_outline In the Middle of a Transformation With Dr. Britta Bushnell 10/27/2020
In the Middle of a Transformation With Dr. Britta Bushnell Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife and mother, author of Transformed by Birth, host of the podcast Transformed, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. For over 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, sustaining sexual vibrancy, and helping romantic partnerships thrive even during parenthood. What you’ll hear in this episode: Britta’s yoga career by Dr. Britta Bushnell E X P A N D your birth expectations Global postpartum period The transformation brought on by birth and becoming a parent Dealing with isolation in 2020 The highs and lows of parenting The illusion of perfectionism Rites of passage and what they have to do with this moment in time Connect with Britta: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Book: Podcast:
info_outline How Knowing the History of Birth Can Help You Give Birth with Tina Cassidy 10/20/2020
How Knowing the History of Birth Can Help You Give Birth with Tina Cassidy Tina Cassidy writes about women and culture. In addition to Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote, she is the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born; and Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams. A former journalist who spent most of her career at the Boston Globe covering business, fashion, and politics, she is the Chief Marketing Officer of WGBH. Cassidy serves on the board of The Conversation US. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, the author Anthony Flint, their three sons, and a Norfolk Terrier named Dusty. What you'll hear in this episode: by Tina Cassidy by Tina Cassidy by Tina Cassidy Issues with birth Cultural influences on birth Why birth is worse for women of color Women's rights Connect with Tina: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
info_outline My Journey through IVF, Unfiltered with Brett Russo 10/13/2020
My Journey through IVF, Unfiltered with Brett Russo Brett Russo was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated with a degree in business management from Bucknell University, where she also met her future husband. After graduation, Brett found her passion working beside her twin brother and father for her family’s printing company, of which she is now the chief executive officer. She married her husband in 2015, and together they fought the hardest battle of their lives with their journey through IVF. Brett lives in new jersey with her husband and their one-year-old son, who enjoys meatloaf and responding with “Nah” every time his mom asks for a kiss. What you'll hear in this episode: Creative expression is so healing The emotional rollercoaster of IVF It's not your fault Connect with Brett: Website:
info_outline Birth Story Medicine with Pam England 10/06/2020
Birth Story Medicine with Pam England Pam England is the Founder and Director of Birth Story Medicine. When I was a young nurse-midwife, certified but not yet initiated by the power of birth itself, I used to teach 'fantasy birth' classes. In labor, I had a profound awakening and vowed to tell the truth and to bring change to how women are prepared for birth. While on the cesarean operating table, I realized that the naive positivity and promises I believed (and taught) were the seed for my own rapidly manifesting emotional birth shock, trauma, and postpartum depression. I sought counseling from a midwife, cesarean support group, and therapist, but found only superficial listening. This prompted me to earn a Masters in Psychology /Counseling from Antioch University, with an emphasis on perinatal issues and group dynamics. Eight years of searching for answers and self-acceptance had passed since my initiation through birth; after meeting many teachers and authors and participating in conferences and ceremonies, I had a second epiphany which made me laugh out loud: 'All this time I thought I had to heal my birth, but now I see my birth healed me.' Perhaps this was the pivotal moment I morphed from the seek to a wounded healer. Thus began Pam's now three-decade-long devotion to the study of emotional birth trauma and the development of the Birth Story Medicine philosophy and process that has helped many find their way "home" to self-acceptance and self-compassion following their initiation through childbirth or birth work. Following the publication of her best-selling book, Birthing From Within, Pam created a profound movement in multi-sensory, holistic, and mindful childbirth preparation and developed the concept of childbirth mentoring (versus teaching). What you'll hear in this episode: The message "I'll never lie to another pregnant woman again." Stories we believe before birth Children recalling their birth Hypnobirthing The judgment of your birth story The surprise The seven gates Trauma comes from self-judgment Free birth story sessions available through Oct. 31, 2020 Connect with Pam:
info_outline Sex After Baby with Debra Pascali-Bonaro 09/29/2020
Sex After Baby with Debra Pascali-Bonaro Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and author. Debra’s latest book, an Amazon #1 New Release, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy brings together her passion for pleasure in every aspect of life with her Jersey-Girl attitude of talking about what no one is talking about! Debra is a mother, grandmother, and featured expert in parenting journals and media around the world. Debra Pascali-Bonaro is also Co-Chair of the International Childbirth Initiative and Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative both of which promote safe, respectful childbirth maternity care. She is a Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power, which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra’s passion comes from her over 30 years of working with women, men, midwives, doulas, physicians, and nurses in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love, and pleasure to birth and life! What you'll hear in this episode: Orgasmic birth Honoring the body after birth Intimacy & sleep Nine pleasures Sex education launches November 2020 Connect with Debra: Website: Instagram: The Film: The Class: Bali Retreats: Workshops:
info_outline Think Beyond Birth with Stephanie Stamas PT, DPT, PRPC, ATC and Jessica Babich PT, DPT, CFMT 09/22/2020
Think Beyond Birth with Stephanie Stamas PT, DPT, PRPC, ATC and Jessica Babich PT, DPT, CFMT Stephanie and Jessica are both Doctors of Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Specialists, and the founders of the Chelsea Method, the first fourth-trimester rehabilitation program for moms. Passionate about raising the maternal standard of care, in August they launched a campaign called Think Beyond Birth with the mission of improving education, preparation, and care for the immediate postpartum mom. What you’ll hear in this episode: – Think Beyond Birth campaign – Postpartum care for moms in the US & how it’s lacking – – Helpful postures post-birth – Mental, emotional, & social support post-birth – How to return to intimacy – Baby blues & seeking help – Practical must-haves for recovery – Perineum care – Breastf – Why new moms need rehab prior to jumping back into fitness Connect with Stephanie or Jessica: Instagram:
info_outline When Facing the Stress of Back to School, Talk to Your Pediatrician with Dr. Jennifer Variste 09/08/2020
When Facing the Stress of Back to School, Talk to Your Pediatrician with Dr. Jennifer Variste Dr. Variste’s desire for pediatrics began at a very young age. Later she fulfilled her dream and obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She went on to complete a pediatric residency at UT Houston Health Science Center. After residency, she returned to practice in her hometown of College Station, Texas. Dr. Variste is grateful for the five years she spent treating the families there and for the relationships and connections she's made. As a board-certified pediatrician, her passion is to empower moms and dads to raise their kids to lead happy, healthy lives full of positive memories and discovery. She desires to create the same positive experiences for her patients that she had with her pediatrician as a young child. Dr. Variste is thankful to be a new member of the team at Family First Pediatrics and is excited about the new relationships to be made. What you'll hear in this episode: The American Academy of Pediatrics' statement on the reopening of schools Talking to your pediatrician about learning at home or in school Emotional wellness for kids Mental tele-health Level of viral transmission in your community Easing kids into wearing masks What to do if your child is exposed to a positive case Managing the flu season Boosting immunity Connect with Jennifer: Website: Facebook: Instagram:
info_outline Support yourself in birth and parenthood using mindfulness techniques with Anuka Gazara-Anthony 08/31/2020
Support yourself in birth and parenthood using mindfulness techniques with Anuka Gazara-Anthony Anuka Gazara-Anthony is an accredited Mongan Method Hypnobirthing teacher currently based in Bethesda, Maryland. She was inspired to leave her career and train as a Hypnobirthing Practioner after having her daughter in 2013. Anuka's first pregnancy and delivery were extremely difficult, she had many complications and was unprepared for her delivery. This led to many complications to her body after birth. She was determined to learn a new approach that could help her understand her body better during pregnancy and delivery. Anuka was determined to have a peaceful and calm birth with her second child. Hypnobirthing has changed her life in so many ways, but more importantly, it empowered her with the tools and techniques she needed to have a calm and confident birth – the way she wanted! Anuka trained in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy through the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists. She also has a postgraduate diploma in business from Oxford University. Her passion is to promote meditation, mindfulness programs, holistic practices, hypnotherapy, and hypnobirthing services which encourage best practices of self-care. What you'll hear in this episode: Hypnobirthing Mindfulness Body Scan Mindful Pregnancy Breathwork to Relax the Uterus = Shorter Labor Connect with Anuka: Website: Instagram: More about Anuka: Anuka Gazara-Anthony is a Mindfulness teacher and Leadership & Wellness, Coach who combines her unique expertise and skills in organizational leadership, program management and hypnobirthing to her work as a mindfulness-based leadership coach. She mentors and leads training for executives, entrepreneurs and individuals in becoming confident mindful and effective leaders. For over 10 years Anuka has worked in areas of human resources and program management as well as in an executive officer role supporting and advising executives in government and international organizations which include the United Nations and the International Labour Organization. Across these roles, she has worked in different countries in Europe and Africa. These experiences have shown her how strategy, culture and the human connection can influence and impact how leaders can work with their employees with more effective leadership. Furthermore, it highlighted the positive influence of effective leadership can have on the lives of so many people from their conference tables to their dining tables. Anuka has over 20 years of experience of mindfulness meditation practice of various forms of meditation. Anuka is committed to strengthening the inner resilience and wisdom of individuals, executive teams, business groups and boards of directors using mindfulness-based leadership and emotional intelligence leadership coaching. She holds a BA from the University of Queen Mary ( University of London) a Master’s degree (MA) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Organizational Leadership, Said Business School, from the University of Oxford.
info_outline Surviving the New Normal of Motherhood with Mercedes Thomas, APRN, CPNP, CLC 08/24/2020
Surviving the New Normal of Motherhood with Mercedes Thomas, APRN, CPNP, CLC Mercedes Thomas, APRN, CPNP, CLC is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, certified lactation counselor, maternal child health consultant, and author of What in the Baby?!?: The Modern Mama's Guide To Confidently Caring For Your Baby And Surviving The Postpartum Period, which will be released on October 30, 2020. Mercedes also is the owner of Advanced Practice Wellness & Lactation, a private practice based in the Washington, DC area where she provides virtual lactation services, parenting classes and healthcare consulting to organizations serving families. She also serves on several national committees in an effort to improve infant feeding practices, access to primary care, and maternal-infant mortality rates. Mercedes has over 12 years of nursing experience working in both inpatient and outpatient, neonatal and pediatric settings. Her mission is to combine her nursing expertise with her experiences as a mom to support families with evidence-based education and resources. To learn more visit . What you'll hear in this episode: Birth and postpartum doulas Postpartum warning signs Tips to survive the new normal of motherhood in the fourth trimester Infant feeding tips (breast and bottle) Maternal & infant mortality How to rally for each other Connect with Mercedes: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Sneak Peek of Her Book: Resources:
info_outline Lies we believe about postpartum exercise with Kelly Bryant 08/18/2020
Lies we believe about postpartum exercise with Kelly Bryant Kelly Bryant is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), and a realist. She is committed to helping women understand their bodies — specifically their core and pelvic health — and adopt a mindset around movement that addresses physical and psychological components. She is passionate about empowering women through all stages of life from prenatal to postpartum and beyond to take care of themselves so that they can show up and do their work in the world. Prior to quitting her job to travel in 2016, she worked at health & fitness startup, Noom, where she led content and community marketing efforts and soaked up everything she could learn about psychology and behavior change. > Understanding pain and how to mentally and physically address it > Breath + Core: Everything you need to know about your breath, core, and pelvic floor > Exercising after giving birth and how to avoid common postpartum issues
info_outline How to Live Healthy in a Chemical World with Aly Cohen MD 08/12/2020
How to Live Healthy in a Chemical World with Aly Cohen MD Dr. Aly Cohen is a board-certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, as well as an environmental health expert in Princeton, New Jersey. She has collaborated with the Environmental Working Group, Cancer Schmancer, and other disease- prevention or¬ganizations, and is co-editor of the textbook, Integrative Environmental Medicine, part of the Oxford University Press Weil Integrative Medicine Library. In 2015, she created TheSmartHuman.com to share environ¬mental health, disease prevention, and wellness information with the public. She lectures nationally on environmental health topics for el¬ementary/ high schools, colleges/ universities, medical schools, and physician- training programs, and she is a regular expert guest for tele¬vision, print, and podcasts. In 2015 she received the NJ Healthcare Heroes Award in Education for The Smart Human educational platform and she was awarded the 2016 Burton L. Eichler Award for humanitarianism. Dr. Cohen is working to educate and empower the next generation to make safer, smarter lifestyle choices through the creation of en¬vironmental health and prevention curricula for schools nationally. Her TEDx talk, “How to Protect Your Kids from Toxic Chemicals” can be found on YouTube, and you can follow her health and wellness tips and recommendations on Facebook at The Smart Human, Twitter, and Instagram: @thesmarthuman. Sign up for The Smart Human newsletter, read her latest posts at TheSmartHuman.com, and listen to her podcast The Smart Human. Some highlights from this episode: Drinking water: what every mom and mom-to-be should know How to clean safely especially with Covid-19 How and why to choose baby products and personal care carefully How to live a cleaner, more chemical-free life Learn more about Aly's work here: The SmartHuman.com AlyCohenMD.com
info_outline Encore: Preparing for Birth and Breastfeeding with Molly Mills 08/04/2020
Encore: Preparing for Birth and Breastfeeding with Molly Mills Before we dive into these conversations and learn more from and about our upcoming guests, I first wanted to introduce you to Pure Nurture and give you the background story and share what Pure Nurture is all about, how it got started, and where it’s headed. Pure Nurture is all about a holistic approach to creating a healthy new life for mom and baby. It is a community where we fully believe that self-care is baby-care. It encompasses a mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. Pure Nurture is about connection, community, learning, inspiration, empowerment, self-care, self-love and most importantly, it’s a place where you can take all of this in, and ONLY keep what feels best for you and your family and leave the rest. I created Pure Nurture after suffering from postpartum depression. The various challenges of pregnancy and motherhood left me feeling alone and I knew I needed so much more connection and support. My hope is that this community will help you to feel more connected, to find the support you need and to ultimately feel your best. We are all in this together, this motherhood journey. And it’s full of love, laughter, crying, whining, excitement, contradictions, judgments, and so much more. Just like life, it is full of ups and downs. My hope is that this podcast supports you on your journey and leaves you feeling inspired, empowered, and supported as a woman, a mom-to-be, and as a mom. For our very first episode, we are joining Molly Mills, RN, and IBCLC. Molly is on the lactation team at where she runs a weekly Breastfeeding Group as well as an Infant Sleep Group. Molly is passionate about building a strong community for mamas and families so everyone has access to support. There is so much advice and information out there, Molly’s passion is in helping parents discover what feels right for them in their parenting journey, which is exactly what you will hear during our conversation. When she’s not at the ‘hood, she’s out on a run, learning to meditate or playing outdoors with her husband and three daughters. Molly will leave you feeling supported, empowered, and connected as a mama, especially related to birth and breastfeeding. In this Episode, You Will Learn: How Pure Nurture was born (1:23) Meet Molly Mills, a Mom, RN, and Lactation Consultant (6:06) What the Mama’Hood is in Denver, Colorado (8:11) How Moms can set themselves up for success expect after the baby arrives (10:50) How to tune into your intuition (17:33) How to prepare for birth (24:33) Asking women to please not share their birth stories until after you’ve given birth (29:15) How Moms can set up a good breastfeeding relationship with their baby (30:35) The (34:08) Learn more about Molly Mills at the .
info_outline Empowering Your Fertility Journey with Josephine Atluri 07/30/2020
Empowering Your Fertility Journey with Josephine Atluri Josephine Atluri is an expert in meditation and in overcoming adversity to find joy. Through her unique journey on her path to becoming a mom of five, Josephine weathered many ups and downs with IVF, international adoption, and surrogacy. Channeling her experience to find calm and courage and to focus on perseverance, she now helps others navigate life’s curveballs, through group and individual online meditation training and her . On August 1st, Josephine will be hosting an online workshop to cultivate a fertility mindfulness practice called “Empowering Your Fertility Journey.” In this special workshop, participants will learn the basics of incorporating meditation and mindfulness to support and empower themselves in their fertility journey. The workshop will include meditation, journaling, and tools to reduce stress, boost your emotional and mental health, and increase calm. In addition, Josephine does group meditation training for staff of such prestigious entities as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She also offers fertility Ave parenting workshops and meditation sessions. Get 50% off of her "Empowering Your Fertility Journey" Workshop with code PODCAST. .
info_outline Encore: Take Time for Yourself as a Mom with Lisa Druxman 07/28/2020
Encore: Take Time for Yourself as a Mom with Lisa Druxman The New Year brings with it a lot of anticipation, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and maybe some resolutions and a vision board or two. It can all be extremely overwhelming, especially as a mom. On this episode of the Pure Nurture Podcast, Lisa Druxman, founder of Fit4Mom and author of Empowered Mama talks all about finding strength in motherhood, how to manage our time, and how to focus on ourselves and our children, especially as moms. Where do you fit in? How can you manage it all? How can you tune into what's best for you and your family amidst the ideas and ideals of media, social media, friends, family, etc? After listing to this episode, you'll feel inspired, connected, and empowered. In this episode, you’ll hear things like: What Lisa’s created at (1:50) and Fit for Pregnancy or Online Program (2:55) How Lisa manages her time as a Mom (4:35) After bringing a baby home, where do you fit in? (9:24) How you can find strength in Motherhood (13:03) How perfect social media pictures can make us feel isolated (14:26) When you choose something, you give up something else (15:45) How can we get in tune with what’s right for ourselves and our family (19:20) Find out about the fitness classes at . Learn more about Lisa at and her . You can also find her on and . If you’re over corporate life and craving a deeper purpose, press play on episode 21 with Crystalee Beck, founder of The Mama Ladder. She helps Moms, like you, start a business AROUND raising a family. A lot of online business trainings were created by women without kids. Crystalee gets it. She also hosts Mama Spring Breaks -- business and adventure retreats!
info_outline Encore: Functional Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood with Andrea White 07/21/2020
Encore: Functional Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood with Andrea White Andrea Laine White is a Functional Nutrition Therapist practicing at Colorado Natural Medicine and the Chief Marketing Officer and Nutritionist for . In her clinical practice, Andrea has developed therapeutic nutritional protocols for a variety of different conditions including, but not limited to: hormonal weight gain related to menopause, acne, endometriosis, infertility and conception, disorders of the thyroid including Hashimoto’s, autoimmune disorders including Celiac / Rheumatoid Arthritis / Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), sleep disorders, migraine headaches, digestive disorders, HPA axis maladaptation/adrenal fatigue, hypertension, food sensitivities/ intolerances, depression/anxiety, gaining weight/increasing lean muscle mass, and cardiovascular disease/elevated cholesterol levels. Andrea attained her certification as a Master Nutrition Therapist from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. Her education was primarily administered by practitioners of functional medicine. Functional medicine addresses the underlying or root causes of dysfunction in the body and seeks to restore balance from within. In this episode, you’ll learn: Andrea’s story (0:45) helped her find her purpose(1:25) Andrea’s approach to nutrition (3:29) Two factors that determine a healthy gut (4:55) What glyphosate is and how it affects the digestive system (10:16) Fun fact: learn about microbiome and epigenetics in (11:10) Solocast: About Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) (12:30) Read the and from Environmental Working Group (EWG) (12:45) The first steps to feeding our little ones (13:12) Forming your child’s taste buds in utero (21:10) Andrea’s philosophy on supplements (22:29) Functional lab testing for micronutrients (24:05) Difference between folate and folic acid (31:26) Andrea sees clients all over the world (32:22) ou can connect with Andrea at , , or . Andrea shares the number one gift a mom can give to her baby is a healthy gut. 75% of the immune system is housed in the gut (microbiome). Join us next week for episode 14 and learn even more about the microbiome and how it impacts overall health. I'll be talking with Toni Harman, producer of the documentary Toni will share more about the microbiome and the impact on your baby and ways that you can create a healthy foundation that can impact your child's health for the rest of his or her life!
info_outline Encore: Birth, the microbiome, and your baby's lifelong immunity with Toni Harman 07/14/2020
Encore: Birth, the microbiome, and your baby's lifelong immunity with Toni Harman When Toni Harman launched her award-winning documentary, , she wanted to shout from the rooftops about the critical microscopic events happening during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. She believes that this is critical knowledge that every healthcare professional should know about and should care about to help empower parents with full informed choice. After all, the infant microbiome is a field of science that strongly supports vaginal birth (when possible), immediate skin-to-skin contact, and exclusive breastfeeding. This enables the optimal training of the infant immune system to benefit a child's lifelong health. That's why she created the , an online course offering continuing education for healthcare professionals. In this episode, you’ll learn: How Toni went from filming horror films to filming childbirth (0:35) What is the microbiome (4:46) Supporting a healthy pregnancy (12:43) Being obsessed with cleanliness isn’t always good (17:13) Benefits of living on a farm (19:20) How to support your baby’s microbiome if you have a c-section (25:15) Can a Mom request Swab Seeding? (31:07) Do your own research and raise your kids in the best way you can (32:25) Be excited about the microbiome and open your mind to new possibilities (34:49) Where to study the microbiome (35:55) Get the Microbirth book here: Check out these helpful links to learn more about the , , , , and .
info_outline Encore: Reclaiming Your Power, Pregnancy, and Birth with Kelly Brogan, MD 07/07/2020
Encore: Reclaiming Your Power, Pregnancy, and Birth with Kelly Brogan, MD Kelly Brogan, M.D., is a holistic health psychiatrist, author of the New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, Own Your Self, the children’s book, A Time for Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two. In this episode, you'll hear about: How Kelly started her career Depression isn't caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain Psychiatric medication — is there another way? Evolution of motherhood Chronic illness & modern-day diseases Symptoms are a gift Your body is a compass Kelly's notorious blog: Emotional alchemy during birth by Kelly Brogan Step into your own power Begin your journey home to yourself at . Get to know Kelly more on , . , and .
info_outline Encore: Preparing your pelvic floor and core for birth with Anita Lambert 06/30/2020
Encore: Preparing your pelvic floor and core for birth with Anita Lambert Anita Lambert is the owner of Holistic Health Physiotherapy and a Registered Pelvic Health and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist with a focus on women's health, specifically prenatal and postpartum care. She’s one of the select few physiotherapists in Canada to receive advanced training in labor support, which blends orthopedic physiotherapy expertise with birth doula support. Anita is always looking to share and learn up-to-date information about pregnancy, birth and beyond which led her to co-host the . You can usually find Anita on the move - whether playing with her kids or exercising with strength training, spin, yoga or Pilates. Anita lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Andy, daughter Pippa and the newest addition to the family - baby Jack. In this episode, you’ll hear about: Anita’s work with prenatal and postpartum care (1:27) Where your Pelvic Floor is (5:53) Kegel exercises (8:27) Best time to do Kegel exercises (most women do it wrong) (9:00) Flower Bloom Breathe to expedite labor — (10:40) Perineal Massage — (12:30) Massage oil recommendations (15:50) Exercises to prepare for birth (16:30) Spinning Babies Ways to ease your birth (17:50) If you feel drawn to Anita, you can find her on Instagram , , her site , and her amazing podcast . If thinking about birth gives you the jitters, Anita’s shares solid advice to help you prepare . If I was pregnant, I would’ve downloaded this.
info_outline Encore: Painless Birth is Possible--One Mother's Story with Crystalee Beck 06/23/2020
Encore: Painless Birth is Possible--One Mother's Story with Crystalee Beck Crystalee Beck is a mama of three, cute, mess makers, writer, and cofounder of The Mama Ladder, an organization that empowers women at the intersection of motherhood and entrepreneurship. After leaving her corporate ladder job, she "created her own ladder" to fit her family in 2016. She gets her best ideas on mountain climbs and treasures daily adventures with her kids. See more at . In this episode, you'll hear: Who is Crystalee Beck? How Crystalee prepared for her 3rd birth (VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) Recognizing my own power Making a difficult decision during birth Experiencing a painless birth Website: Instagram: Facebook:
info_outline Encore: COVID 19, Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding with Aviva Romm, MD 06/16/2020
Encore: COVID 19, Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding with Aviva Romm, MD Dr. Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, who has been bridging the best of traditional medicine with good science for over three decades. Her focus is on what she calls our total health ecology, utilizing medicine to identify and reverse the root causes of chronic health conditions, particularly hormonal problems in women and common children’s health problems. She is considered one of the world's leaders in botanical medicine and is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including the textbook, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (Elsevier) and The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution (Harper One). Dr. Romm is the author of the integrative medicine curriculum for the Yale Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residencies, is on numerous scientific advisory and editorial boards, and is a widely sought after and highly engaging speaker. Her online programs for women are wildly popular and successful, helping women take back their health, affordably, and innovative professional programs are educating the next generation of health practitioners. Her non-profit organization, DharmaMoms, provides funding for midwifery education and salaries in high risk obstetric, low resource communities. Dr. Romm lives and practices medicine in the Berkshires and New York City. You can learn how to study with Aviva here: In this episode, you'll hear about: Nutritional supplements & botanical remedies The resurgence of midwifery & home births Emotional support for anxiety about COVID-19 Informed consent & the power of being informed Learn more about Aviva's great books and online courses on her website . Find her on and for her day-to-day updates.
info_outline Encore: Myths & Misconceptions about Fertility and Trying to Conceive with Lindsay Meisel 06/09/2020
Encore: Myths & Misconceptions about Fertility and Trying to Conceive with Lindsay Meisel Meet Lindsay Meisel, Chief Science Editor at , a bracelet using new technology to detect a woman’s fertile window in real time. She loves breaking down science, tech, and health to improve women’s health and their menstrual cycles. With over a decade of experience educating and writing about reproductive health, Lindsay is a sought-after speaker and presenter. Her work has been featured on , , , and . In this episode, you'll hear about: Myths of Fertility Your menstrual cycle matters (beyond fertility) by Alisa Vitti NHI Study: Prolonged PMS can be a sign of future ailments (Source: Alisa Vitti's work) Ovulation More fertility myths Progesterone Getting off the pill Myths of miscarriages You can find out more about Lindsay through the .
info_outline Encore: Real food for pregnancy with Lily Nichols 06/02/2020
Encore: Real food for pregnancy with Lily Nichols Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. In this episode you'll hear all about: What are some of the most common misconceptions about prenatal nutrition? What are a few foods that provide vital nutrients for mama and baby? How could conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines be improved? And more! Visit her here: Book websites: realfoodforGD.com (includes free video series on gestational diabetes + a comprehensive online course) and (Grab the first chapter of the book for free!) Insta and Twitter: @lilynicholsRDN More great podcast episodes with a prenatal + postpartum nutrition focus: