Either our brains are wired to forget the challenges of childbirth and the early months postpartum, or your family and friends don't want to scare you by sharing what they really know. 🙈 🙉🙊
I.e., they have no idea how to tell you to prepare or recover because their experience was a total blur or completely traumatic or disappointing.
Fortunately, we're here to tell you that we've tried the route of doing All. The. Things. to prepare and recover, and figured out that doing MORE does not equate to a better experience.
What a relief, eh?!
What we do know is that you can:
- Develop unwavering faith in your inner strength and physical endurance for birth.
- Follow an easy plan for postpartum that conserves your energy and helps you recover more completely without setbacks.
- Make friendships during this sacred time that will feed your spirit and boost your confidence.
- Deeply and completely enjoy your pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery so your memory of this precious time is positive.
You'll get immediate access to the in-depth, 8-module online course "Empowered Birth & Postpartum Recovery". Once you have your baby, you will be granted access to the Postpartum: Repair online course.
Kick-off Welcome Call on June 3, 2019 in the evening.
Once per month (June, July, Aug, Sept) In-person 2-hour immersion sessions for rejuvenating yoga practice and intimate discussion in the NJ area. Dates (subject to slight change): June 22, July 21, Aug 11 and Sept. 8. All sessions will be recorded and available for replay.
We will connect virtually once a month on a group video call for discussion, Q&A, coaching support, and even some meditation from your comfy couch.
You will have access to a private Facebook Group in order to stay connected to each other in between sessions. Some special guest speakers will also be invited to share insights and answers to your questions on Facebook Lives.
Most likely, you will have your baby during one of the months of the immersion, and you will still be "in the circle". The group's support of you will remain constant, and as every mother has her baby, the focus of our monthly practices and virtual sessions will evolve toward your postpartum care and repair.
In addition to flowing through rejuvenating prenatal yoga practices at home or in the studio together, and even learning some essential partner stretches and massages you can practice with your partner, we'll be exploring important topics that will get you thinking. You are invited to come with your questions, your concerns, your fears and uncertainties.
During the immersion you'll gather valuable information and tools for living a healthy pregnancy and designing your intended birth experience in a way that feels true to you and your deepest desires.
In addition to having space and time to simply slow down and nurture yourself over the course of four months, you will learn and experience:
What "conscious pregnancy" and "conscious birth" are, and how you can use these concepts to take an active role in improving your birth outcome and postpartum wellness, and also to keep your connection to your partner flourishing.
Eight essential yoga-based practices you can do at home to stay energetic and grounded through pregnancy, so you can feel good no matter how hectic your life gets before the baby arrives.
Why love is physiologically and emotionally the most important quality you can "plug in" to that will help you birth your baby and bond postpartum. You'll have access to recorded meditations for increasing loving-kindness and compassionate self-care and more.
Develop your own conscious birth plan, and learn how to effectively share it with your doctor and birth team so your intentions are honored.
The seven best natural birth labor coping techniques to help you (and your partner) stay calm during labor so you don't have to get medication unnecessarily.
How to plan for speedy postpartum recovery--a holistic "what to expect" and what you can do in advance to prepare for a smooth transition.
You will learn the simple and correct order of things to do to start repairing your core and pelvic floor right after birth. (Plus personal training from us to make sure you're feeling the work in the right places.)
And these are just the tangible takeaways we hope you'll get. You'll have to experience the rest to see what benefits you reap as a result of taking this precious time to nurture yourself in community with other expectant mamas.
One 1:1 Virtual Mentorship Session
Over the course of the immersion, you'll will have the opportunity for a private session by phone/video conference with Nicole or Kendra for private consultation on anything you would like to focus on. You can use it for yoga practice, meditation guidance, answers to your questions, discussion about any aspect of your pregnancy, birth plan or postpartum plan, or even for support after the birth of your baby. It could even be used as a private yoga or personal training session, designed to set you up for continued and safe home practice.
One Physical Therapist Screening Private Session
You will have the opportunity to meet either in-person or virtually with a Devoted Mamas partner PT who specializes in prenatal/postnatal physical therapy. Discuss your personal physical challenges and get guidance on your course of action for staying strong.
"The Complete Guide to Getting Back To Exercise Postpartum" eBook, Journal and Daily Tracker
This gorgeous 125-page eBook will provide you with the important and easy steps you need to take in the early weeks after baby is born and before you get back into exercise. It includes valuable prompts for reflection and a beautiful daily tracker to encourage and inspire you daily.
Nicole is a mom of two and an experienced yoga teacher and coach to women who want to feel vibrant and strong through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Guided by her lifelong passions for movement, mindfulness and personal growth, Nicole delivers transformative programs that address the whole woman—mental, physical, emotional and spiritual—to help release stress and anxiety, ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and postpartum, and cultivate strength and confidence for birth and motherhood. Presenting the teachings of Yoga, Meditation, Nutrition, and Ayurvedic Self-care through her creative lens, she guides her students to deeper levels of awareness, appreciation, ease and love so they can restore their energy and strength sustainably. Nicole works with women in groups and privately in New Jersey and around the world. She is also the author of multiple online yoga, birth preparation and wellness programs she developed to support mothers worldwide. Growing from a deep personal practice of yoga since 1998, Nicole completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Alan Finger and Chrissy Carter at Yoga Works NYC in 2007. She completed her advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification with the Prenatal Yoga Center NYC in 2012 and studied in 2017 with Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT, CNC for her training as a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. She also trained as a health coach with Live Well International and has completed extensive complimentary education in meditation, Ayurveda, postpartum Ayurveda, chakras and the energy body, and yoga for traumatic brain injury through the Love Your Brain foundation.
Kendra Fitzgerald is a Prenatal & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Teacher, teaching privately in New York City and Montclair, NJ. Her years of experience with and curiosity about the human body have informed Kendra's method of training, which focuses on alignment, proper form and corrective exercise to help her clients live pain free. Education has offered Kendra the platform for groundbreaking industry innovation, thus she credits her success to the mastery of her work and unparalleled attention to detail. A graduate of Dr. Sarah Duvall's Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Program (PCES) The BioMechanics Method (TBMM), Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Works and certified by ACE, Kendra has completed extensive complimentary education in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology as well as corrective exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation, sports coaching and pre- and post- natal training. Kendra is most well known for melding her clinical expertise with creativity and a lighthearted perspective. At the end of the day, she understands that her clients are real people with real lives, it is her job to help them tune into the power of their own bodies.
“Regardless of what comes for me in my birth, after this experience, I have complete certainty in my preparation and my ability to birth successfully, peacefully and even with a sense of ecstasy. If you are seeking an empowered birth process, a calm inner state and a reconnection to trust in our own powerful ability to positively birth our children, I recommend you start this course now!”Crystal
“Thank you for your guidance, the program, and giving me some context to go further with my practice--I do feel the course study, the yoga and chakra practices, the many park walks and meditation, the additional readings were really essential to give me the confidence and optimism to try my best. -- Marinela”Marinela
“In my experience, most expecting mothers don't really prepare for birth because either they don't think it is necessary or they don't have time. However, this course has taught me the importance of how to prioritize yourself and take the time to truly turn inwards during pregnancy, birth and post-partum. I highly recommend it!”Shona
“I just wanted to let you know that if it wasn't for your course and support I don't know if I would have switched doctors despite feeling uncomfortable with my first doctor. Your support really made me take initiative and not accept the lack of attention from the doctor's office. Also the yoga breathing definitely got me through the contractions and visualizing the delivery over and over again.”Michelle
“There are very few people in life who can inspire us and I am proud to say that I had you as my friend/mentor and my yoga guru during the most difficult phase of my life. Many, many thanks.”Sushma
“Nicole, thank you so much for everything you do for mothers and mothers-to-be. You have taught us all so much you empower us with your education. I've used so much of your advice...I asked the right questions which helped me make decisions that I was comfortable with. I learned so much more with my second pregnancy than my first and that's because I had your guidance. Thank you for all you do for us mothers!”Ruzanna