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Creating a Mindful Birth Experience with an OBGYN, a Midwife

and a Doula

Dr. Juline Deen, Karen Wilmot, Lori Bregman - Hosted by Alyssa Scott

Are you curious about the changes happening in your body and the journey ahead?  Feeling nervous or overwhelmed by the birthing options and opinions available to you?  Finding it hard to contain your excitement and feel grounded while riding an emotional rollercoaster?  Our experts are here to provide encouragement and education while sharing ways to foster connection during preparation for your individual birthing experience.

  • Having a Mindful Pregnancy (Empowering Choices, Mental & Physical Health, Standard Testing, Routine Check ups)

  • Creating a Birth Plan (Choosing Providers, Where to Birth & Surrendering Control)

  • Examining the New World of Virtual Providers

  • What to Expect during Delivery (Natural or C Section)

  • Birth Classes and Advice from Health Professionals

  • How to Cope with Change During & After a Pandemic

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Juline Deen, MD

OBGYN, Comprehensive Women's Health

Dr. Deen is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Comprehensive Women's Health in Gainesville, Florida. She attended the University of Florida and received her Bachelors in Food Science and Human Nutrition which led her to medical school at Florida State University. After graduating, she completed her residency at UF Health. 

 

Dr. Deen is fulfilling her dream to provide quality, evidence-based and personalized care to patients. She's always been fascinated by Women's Health and she feels privileged to have the ability to coach, support and guide women through many of life's milestones. 

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Karen Wilmot

Professional Nurse & Midwife, Prenatal Yoga Instructor

Midwife and Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Karen Wilmot has been supporting families around the globe for over a decade in person and online as the Virtual Midwife. An adventurer, traveller and entrepreneur, she has worked around the world and continues to find new and challenging ways to improve health care for women during pregnancy and birth using online technology.

Karen qualified in South Africa as a Professional Nurse & Midwife in 1990. An adventurer, traveller and entrepreneur, she combines her love for travel with her goal to restore normality to birth. 

Her career has enabled her to work on a diamond mine in South Africa, in a small village in Mexico, in a military hospital in Saudi Arabia and with the Royal family of Oman. Karen is a pioneer in the Middle East where she established the first private community service in Oman between 2009 - 2015, supporting expat women during pregnancy and birth. During this time she deepened her study to include yoga, breath work and mind body therapies. In 2016 she was instrumental in opening the first center for Mother and Baby wellness in the Gulf region. 

“I left the hospital system in 2009 because I had a vision of creating change. At least 80% of the women I met in the labor room were not prepared for the challenges of pregnancy and birth and yet they had no way of finding the support they needed. While it is true that women have been doing this for millions of years, they did not have to navigate a system that supports policy and procedure over women’s choice. I support choice and believe that knowledge is power. I strive to find the balance between modern understanding of hospital culture and the innate knowing we are born with. My programs are designed to embrace the uniqueness of every woman and guide couples to make informed decisions."

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Lori Bregman

Certified Doula, Life Coach, Author, Co-Founder of Seedlyfe Superfoods

Lori Bregman is a renowned doula, life coach, author of Mamaste and The Mindful Mom To Be, and co-founder of Seedlyfe Superfoods. With over 19 years of experience, Lori works with moms-to-be and new moms on all aspects of their personal transformation from fertility through pregnancy and into new motherhood. She is unique in her innate ability to blend spiritual coaching, healing, and intuition which are fully integrated into her Doula practice. She is the founder of the Mindful Mom-To-Be Virtual Group Coaching Program, a complete mind, body, and spirit support program that helps women throughout pregnancy and birth as they transition into new motherhood. The delivery is just one part of the journey of birthing not only a healthy baby but also a healthy mother. Lori cultivates a strong relationship with her clients by supporting them throughout the entire process – before, during, and after the birth.

Throughout her career, Lori has studied with and learned from some of the most renowned healers and spiritual teachers across the world. These teachers have shared with her their wisdom, from spirituality, intuition, body/mind awareness, herbs/vitamins, aromatherapy oils, and the healing power of foods to doula work, bodywork, yoga, and numerous other forms of holistic healing.

Lori has always been especially drawn to working with moms to be and new mothers and geared much of her learning toward pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. She has built a thriving career based on her passion for fostering mindful and empowered mothers, healthy and happy babies as well as people at all stages of life.

Named “a motherhood miracle” in MindBodyGreen’s “100 Women to Watch in Wellness”, Lori has also been featured in other magazines such as US Weekly, Allure, Women’s Health, and Cosmopolitan along with an array of wellness websites and motherhood blogs including Well and Good, Chalkboard, The Bump and Modern Mom.

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Alyssa Scott

Entertainment Travel Consultant, Founder of Alto Travel & Mom

Alyssa Scott is an Entertainment Travel Consultant and founder and principle of Alto Travel, an affiliate of Global Travel Collection and Protravel International. As a second generation travel insider, Alyssa has been immersed in the industry since birth! Her love of travel was inspired by her family’s involvement with LA’s first travel agency servicing high-profile Hollywood clientele. Alyssa has worked with some of the top entertainment industry accounts in both music and film. She is also a study in contrasts.

A student of world history and ancient cultures, Alyssa has a strong connection to the energy and the environment of the areas where civilization began and has travelled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Asia and the Middle East. A sponge for new information, she lives and breathes the most cutting edge and trendy locations, restaurants, and food. With exacting detail, Alyssa creates customized vacations including food and wine tours, educational and heritage trips, and adventure journeys. Alyssa lives in Los Angeles with her husband Adrian and 21 month old son, Luca.

Postpartum Fitness
(Interactive Class)

Desi Bartlett

This informative class is dedicated to you, mama!  Finding the time and personal space to connect with your new postpartum body can be tough with a new family addition.  Let Desi guide you through movements that will not only strengthen and heal your beautiful new body but inspire mindful transformation.

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Desi Bartlett

Author, Fitness & Yoga Expert, and Product Designer

Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT E-RYT, has been teaching health and wellness for over 25 years. She is a dynamic motivator and widely sought-after international presenter and spokesperson. Her innovative approach to teaching is to tap into one’s inner joy and let movement be an outer expression of that state. Originally from Chicago, she has earned a degree in Kinesiology, a minor in dance and her Master’s degree in Corporate Fitness. Desi holds advanced certifications in Yoga, Personal Training, Pre & Post Natal Fitness, and Group Fitness. She is also a continuing education provider through Yoga Alliance, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council for Personal Trainers.

  • Postpartum Yoga Session

  • Movement Session with your Baby

  • How to Strengthen your Postpartum Body

  • What is Diastasis Recti and Tips for Healing

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Pregnancy & Postpartum Nutrition, Child Nutrition & Healthy Eating Habits and the Importance of a Healthy Gut for Mom and Baby

Jamie Truppi, Danielle Shea Tan, Kitty Martone, Yasmine Moussa - Hosted by Candice Maskell

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” – Hipprocrates.

 

Never has this quote been more relevant than today.  Join our professionals while they discuss the foundations of building a healthy lifestyle and navigating common ailments.

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Nutrition Tips (includes Stress & Toxins)

  • Discussing Meat and Plant Based - Vegan and Vegetarian Diets for Moms, Infants & Toddlers

  • Creating Healthy Eating Habits for Kids, Preventing Picky Eaters, Introducing Solids – Purees & Baby Led Weaning

  • Benefits of a Healthy Gut for Mom & Baby (Microbe DNA, Hormone Balance, Leaky Gut, Immunity)

  • Reactions from Allergens, Inflammation & Antibiotics

  • Probiotics, Prebiotics, Vitamins, Supplements for Moms, Infants, and Toddlers

Jamie Truppi is a mama, functional nutritionist, food writer and whole-foods advocate who truly walks her talk. She holds a Master of Science & Nutrition in Integrative Health (MSN) and is board qualified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). Jamie is on a mission to help women and their families become curious about food-from-the-earth and to replace toxic load with ease & flow. Primarily through group programs, Jamie helps mompreneurs and professional women aged ~35-50 discover how stress and life circumstances are root causes of frustrating gut-brain issues (bloating, food sensitivities, pooping problems, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, insomnia) and how detachment from mental chatter, emotions, kids, relationships & our environment drives physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. Whew! 

This work fueled her early childhood nutrition education curriculum that transformed into Idaho's first Farm to Early Care & Education program. Jamie is part of the nutritionist team for the incredible baby-led-weaning company, Solid Starts, and she writes a monthly food column for her local newspaper. 

When not researching food & toxins, guiding clients or volunteering in her community’s food system, Jamie can be found experimenting in the kitchen, adventuring outside with her two spunky kids, trying to find calm on an old meditation pillow, or chasing chickens. 
 

Jamie Truppi

Functional Nutritionist & Solid Starts

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Danielle Shea Tan

Integrative Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, Author

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Danielle is an Author, Licensed and Board Certified Functional Nutritionist, Speaker, and Consultant. She provides a functional medicine approach to nutrition that goes deeper - not only addressing nutrition related ailments but also healing the root cause of health challenges. She has expertise in prenatal/gestational diabetes, food allergies/celiac, gut health and more. 

Danielle combines her nutrition training and business consulting background to support innovation and new product development at natural medicine companies, food companies and kitchen equipment companies. She uses the latest research and functional medicine protocols to develop health and nutrition content in the form of presentations, blogs, articles, webinars and programs for online media outlets, virtual or live wellness events, product websites and more.

Kitty Martone

Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Herbalist, Author & Chef

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Kitty is a holistic health practitioner, a master herbalist, and a chef. With this background, and using her own health challenges as stepping stones to further her education, she has learned and will continue to learn about the ever-changing world of the human microbiome and how it is the conductor of our health and wellness. 

During her darkest days with her own health challenges, she prayed for guidance - the kind of guidance that she now offers through her podcast, Stuff Your Doctor Should Know, and through her thriving healing practice and writing. Kitty is also the creator of The Total Gut Makeover, Author of "The Gut Health Diet for Beginners" & "The 4-Week Gut Health Plan". It is a dream come true for her to be able to connect you with alternative methods of healing, scientists on the cutting edge of their field of work, and so much more. 

Kitty Martone is a holistic health practitioner, a master herbalist, and a chef. With this background, and using her own health challenges as stepping stones to further her education, she has learned and will continue to learn about the ever-changing world of the human microbiome and how it is the conductor of our health and wellness.

 

During her darkest days with her own health challenges, she prayed for guidance—the kind of guidance that she now offers through her podcast, Stuff Your Doctor Should Know, and through her thriving healing practice and writing. Kitty is also the creator of The Total Gut Makeover, Author of “The Gut Health Diet for Beginners” & “The 4-Week Gut Health Plan”. It is a dream come true for her to be able to connect you with alternative methods of healing, scientists on the cutting edge of their field of work, and so much more.

Yasmine Moussa

Creator of Biomeology, Founder of The Gentle Nursery

Yasmine Moussa is the founder of The Gentle Nursery, a mom blog that's all about wellness and clean living for moms and babies. Yasmine is also the founder of Biomeology Probiotics, a company on a mission to end postnatal maternal depletion. Yasmine and her husband live in Los Angeles with their two boys. 
 

The Gentle Nursery gives practical advice to help parents avoid harmful chemicals and unnecessary elements in baby products, have a healthy pregnancy, raise a healthy baby, and have a healthy home. Her mission at The Gentle Nursery is to help parents make healthy, baby-friendly choices. Yasmine is also in the process of earning her Functional Nutrition Coaching certificate. 

Biomeology Probiotics makes targeted supplements for moms and babies, and they have both prenatal probiotics for moms to take before, during, and after pregnancy, along with infant probiotics good for babies and toddlers. 

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Candice Maskell 

Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach & Mom

Candice Yusim Maskell is a heart-centered entrepreneur, self worth advocate & empowerment coach, wife, mama, and a passionate optimist who navigates the world with an insatiable desire to love, learn, grow, and serve.  She works closely with her clients to develop their relationship with self to ignite their lives and business.

Her life experience and greatest challenges have become her biggest teachers from 25+ years marketing some of the worlds leading brands, recording artists and practitioners, to healing her tumultuous relationship with her body and food, a miraculous journey to motherhood, pivoting careers and the loss of her parents she continues to evolve, inspires others to do the same and shares her journey along
the way.  Driven by a passion for all things wellness, self development and spiritual growth, she is committed to helping others embrace the practice of “Love You More” to live a more compassionate, empowered and meaningful life. 

Supportive Feeding and Sleeping Techniques and the Links Between

Lauren Heffernan, Joanna Kreyling - Hosted by Pamela McGlynn

This panel looks at two of the fundamentals of life – eating & sleeping - which are also two of the most talked about topics of being a mother.  Our panelists breakdown stigmas, myths and the social pressures surrounding feeding techniques and sleeping methods by providing support through evidence-based research.  They will also explore how feeding and sleeping are inevitably linked and develop actionable strategies for a happy, healthy baby and parent.

  • Fed is Best (Breastfeeding, Mixed-Feeding, Formula-Feeding, Pumped-Milk-Feeding)

  • Breastfeeding Tips (Latch, Holds, Pumping, Weaning)

  • Building Healthy Sleep Associations and Foundations, Secure Attachment and Sleep Training

  • Wake Windows and Creating a Routine

  • Sleep Tips for Regressions / Progressions, Teething, Illness, Travel

Lauren is a three-time certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist with a passion for helping families to get more sleep without using any form of sleep training.  Lauren has over 250 hours in attachment-based education, a foundations certificate in Self-Regulation, is a soon-to-be IBCLC and has helped over 2000 families with both sleep and parenting support.

 

Lauren believes strongly that parenting with our instincts and our heart will always be the right answer and that attachment should always be at the centre of every decision that we make.

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Lauren Heffernan

Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist

Joanna Kreyling first began working in pediatrics as an RN. Later she went back to school and earned her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degree, specializing in Primary Care. While working in pediatrician offices, she became aware of the need for accurate information and adequate support to breastfeeding families. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to be a resource as well as a way to help reduce obesity, allergies/asthma, autoimmune disease, SIDS, respiratory and GI infections, certain childhood cancers, and more. She has professional and personal experience with breastfeeding after a reduction and postpartum anxiety and depression.

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Joanna Kreyling

PNP, IBCLC, and Director of Clinical Operations at Nest Collaborative

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Pamela McGlynn

Early Childhood Care Specialist, Dance Teacher, Choreographer & Mom

Pamela McGlynn is a dance teacher and choreographer from Limerick City, Ireland. She owns and runs a number of successful stage schools, working with children and teenagers from 4 to 18 years of age. Pamela holds a B.A in Early Childhood Studies, Care & Education from the University of Limerick, and is passionate about child development within the arts. She's a mom to a busy two year old and is due for her second baby this July. 

 
 

Baby Massage

(Interactive Class)

Gayle Friedman

Meet Gayle Friedman, aka the Baby Whisper, as she teaches soothing massage techniques for your baby.  Human touch is a biological need which increases oxytocin flow and is instrumental for parent, child bonding and neurological development.

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Gayle Friedman

Certified Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Founder of Sunshine Health Academy

Gayle has been in the Health Care Field for over 40 years. She is a Registered Member of Allied Health Professions Counsil of South Africa since 2004 as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist. Gayle founded Sunshine Health Academy in 1984 and has a degree in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.

She has attended over 500 births at home along with births in hospitals. She qualified as a Doula in 2007 and is Chairlady of W.O.M.B.S (Women Offering Mothers Birth Support). She is also a Founding Member of SADAA (SA Doula Trust). 

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  • Baby Massage Session

  • Improves Baby’s Circulation, Muscle Tone, Bone & Cell Formation

  • Create a Calm and Safe Space for Bonding with Baby to enhance Nonverbal Communication

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Why Every Mother Should Create a Registry: Things you might not know

Yasmine Moussa, Lucy Murphy, Lindsey Hartsough, Francine Lai

Amazon… Target… Woolworths… Diapers… Wipes… Onesies… and don’t forget the Rubber Duckies!  

Babies = Stuff.  Get the scoop on all the newborn necessities.  Not all products are created equal so our experts will help you establish quality items, share safety tips and prepare for baby with ease.

  • Tips on Creating a Registry

  • Items to Register for (Car Seat Safety)

  • How to be a Minimalist New Mom

  • Registry Checklist

  • Everyday Toxins to be Aware of

Yasmine Moussa

Founder of The Gentle Nursery

Yasmine Moussa is the founder of The Gentle Nursery, a mom blog that's all about wellness and clean living for moms and babies. Yasmine is also the founder of Biomeology Probiotics, a company on a mission to end postnatal maternal depletion. Yasmine and her husband live in Los Angeles with their two boys. 
 

The Gentle Nursery gives practical advice to help parents avoid harmful chemicals and unnecessary elements in baby products, have a healthy pregnancy, raise a healthy baby, and have a healthy home. Her mission at The Gentle Nursery is to help parents make healthy, baby-friendly choices. Yasmine is also in the process of earning her Functional Nutrition Coaching certificate. 

Biomeology Probiotics makes targeted supplements for moms and babies, and they have both prenatal probiotics for moms to take before, during, and after pregnancy, along with infant probiotics good for babies and toddlers. 

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Lucy Murphy

Car Seat Safety Specialist

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Lucy is a mother of 2 and baby gear enthusiast for over 20 years. She has been a car seat safety advisor since her son was born 11 years ago, and is an extended rear facing advocate. She's an administrator for the Irish Rear Facing Car Seat Page and regularly gives advice and information on car seat safety for toddlers and children. She's also a breastfeeding momma and provider of Peer Support with Friends of Breastfeeding Ireland. 

With knowledge and experience in rules and regulations in America, Canada, Ireland, the UK and South Africa, she is a valuable source of information on car seats and keeping your child safe as you travel! Her mission in life is to continuously make small daily changes to help the environment and our families. 

Lindsey Hartsough

Mom To Be, Certified Event Planner, Reverend & Certified Travel Agent with IATA

With over 19 years of event planning and design experience, Lindsey Hartsough was named one of Santa Barbara County’s “Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders”. Lindsey founded Magnolia Event Design in 2006 and has since been sought after by many celebrities for event design and planning. Lindsey boasts an impressive client list, which includes singers, actors, producers, professional athletes and musicians.

When Lindsey isn’t planning an upcoming event, she can often be found traveling in foreign countries with her husband, Zach to gather inspiration for her future designs, scouring vintage stores for furniture to redo, cooking gourmet meals, or finding ways to give back to the communities that she holds so dear to her heart.  Lindsey and Zach are excited to be expecting their first child in the Summer of 2021.  
 

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Francine Lai

Girl Mom & Mom To Be, Financial Advisor

Francine Lai has been in the financial services industry for over 11 years. As a Financial advisor at Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management, her goal is to help individuals and families achieve their financial aspirations. Helping her clients look at the bigger picture, she puts together customized plans for each client based on what his or her financial goals are. Francine enjoys working with all types of people, but focuses her practice on women and families. It is her mission to educate and empower women in all stages of their lives; single women, women with families, career oriented women and home makers so they can make educated choices to help in reaching their goals.

Francine lives in Santa Monica with her husband Matt, their 3.5 year old daughter Riley, 90 lb golden retriever Toby and are expecting their second daughter in June.

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*Speakers are subject to change