This is a podcast for moms who want to explore matters of the heart and find meaning in motherhood. - Are you struggling with motherhood? - Are you having a hard time during the postpartum period? - Did you have a difficult, challenging, or traumatic childbirth experience? - Do you want to learn more about postpartum mental health? - Do you want to cultivate healthy thriving relationships? This podcast includes both interviews by professionals in the field of maternal health and vulnerable stories shared by everyday moms.
If you are a Doula, or someone who holds postpartum birth stories, this episode is for you. **Trigger warning - There are stories and details shared of traumatic births. If you are a mom recovering from a traumatic birth experience, listen with caution, as the tales told may activate your system and bring up some painful points that still require compassionate attention. Of course, you know what is best for you, so listen to your body and heart.**
Throughout this episode I, Jennifer, share with you my personal story of working as a Doula and apprenticing midwife - the rise and fall of it all. You will hear about how I first caught the birth bug, and what eventually resulted in the end of my doula career.
I speak to the impact that having witnessed 'crimes-against-wisdom' in birth can have on us. You will learn about that term, as well as, compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress injury. You will hear about the need for skills to protect one from STS injury, and a need for a supportive trauma-informed tribe.
I unpack my journey of healing along with the insights gained and how those insights can support you as a Doula. Further, how you can better serve your families in the postpartum. And finally, you will be introduced to the concept of the Sacred Story Keeper.
The concluding remarks invite you to stay connected about my up and coming program for Doulas by joining my list at www.jennifersummerfeldt.com (click on learn more link). The story shared is relatable and captivating. I invite you to listen and I look forward to hearing from you in my inbox.
In this episode I enjoyed chatting with Christy about postpartum health, in particular, postpartum body health.
Christy opens by sharing vulnerably about her story and struggles with postpartum pain and depression. Christy covered the following topics: pain is not normal, haemorrhoids, leaking, the abdominal wall and rectus diastasis, personal assessment process, and success stories. We spoke about the 'bounce back' culture and the pressure that moms feel to 'get their body back after birth'. Christy shares about her assessment process which is incredibly thorough and an empowered approach to fitness. We all need a fitness coach like Christy, even those of us who are not into 'fit culture'. Christy is about health and empowerment, and helps moms feel good in their skin. Most importantly, she is creating a community around health and motherhood.
Christy Amason is a mom of two and best known for her no nonsense approach to postnatal fitness. As a postnatal fitness expert with over 15 years of experience as a coach, Christy had dedicated her coaching career to helping moms become fit, empowered and symptom-free in their body after babies.
Being able to relate her own struggles with return to exercise after her daughter was born, Christy has been able to understand first-hand what moms need (and are lacking) from the fitness industry.
Christy's passion for helping moms discover their fit-potenial after babies, shines through in every aspect of her coaching career. She helps moms redefine their #mombod through 1:1 coaching, classes, online coaching and an active social media presence.
Christy's reputation for being down to earth and her ability to produce fast results, has made her one of the go-to postnatal coaches in the industry. To learn more about Christy and her programs you can visit her at www.empowerfit.ca
In today's episode with trauma-informed Rosen Method therapist Cinnamon, we talked all about how 'the body keeps the score'. Trauma is stored in the tissues and Cinnamon, in her gentle way, speaks about the power of trauma-releasing with body focused therapies, such as Rosen Method. She speaks about her healing journey as a mother. And, she also offered great resources of body focused therapies aside from Rosen Method. Our conversations was therapeutic, gentle, and wise.
Cinnamon Cranston is a former graduate of the University of Regina and has been in the health and wellness field for 20 years. Cinnamon began her career as a massage therapist and has also received training in Reiki and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Cinnamon eventually found her home in Rosen Method in 2008, training with the Rosen Method Cascadia Centre (now the Rosen Method Institute Canada). She specializes in Rosen Method Bodywork and Movement as a certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Workshop Teacher as well as a Rosen Method Movement teacher/intern with a private practice in Edmonton, AB, called The Mindful Body. Listeners to this podcast, Cinnamon wanted you to know that there is a new Rosen Method Movement and Bodywork workshop this April, “Inhabit Your Body Your Life”, from the 11th-14th, at Healing Connections in Edmonton. Listeners of this Podcast will receive the early bird discount of $100, upon registering.
You can learn more about Cinnamon at www.themindfulbody.ca or her Social media handles - @mindfulbody_yeg
The Mindful Body, www.themindfulbody.ca for more information on the Rosen Method.
Find The Mindful Body on Insta or Facebook: @mindfulbody_yeg
Cinnamon is also the co-owner of the Rosen Method Institute Canada Inc. the only training program for Rosen Method in Canada. Please visit www.rosenmethod.ca for more information on Rosen Method workshops. We have a new Rosen Method Movement and Bodywork workshop this April, “Inhabit Your Body Your Life”, from the 11th-14th, at Healing Connections in Edmonton. Listeners of this Podcast will receive the early bird discount of $100, upon registering.
Learn all about the HUGE benefit of emotional releasing and dive into the heart of our bodies wisdom throughout this podcast!
A note about this episode - we had technical difficulty and had to pick up a few times throughout the call. However, the content is rich!
I just loved having this conversation with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Doug Tataryn, as he spoke about his work and unique process that helps people embody their emotions, liberate energy, and experience wellbeing.
Throughout this podcast we explored the following:
4 different dances that happen in the body
A unique definition of 'emotions'
The difference between emotions, feelings, and sensations
A powerful clinical story of a mother and her toddler
The idea that stress is coming from 1 out of 3 different types of energies
The triune brain (3 part brain structure)
The power of feeling our emotions and why it is important
An investigation into the bioemotive framework as it pertains to a mom who had a disappointing childbirth experience
This episode is a fantastic overview of some concepts that need to be incorporated and understood so that we, as mothers, can begin to confidently embody our emotions and teach our children how to do the same.
Dr. Doug Tataryn is a registered Clinical Psychologist, a Life Coach, and the originator of the Bio-Emotive Framework. He and his team are busy creating products and programs that teach people healthy emotional processing and feelings-based communication.
You can learn more about his work at www.bioemotiveframework.com or gain access to his 6-week self-paced e-course HERE
In this episode, I (Jennifer) recorded a moment of inspiration. This is a short episode only 10 min in length, but does not lack depth. It is a 'journey' into the heart of the exhausted mother (both literal and figuratively). I encourage you to listen to the audio with your eyes closed, as a guided meditation, as we journey together. From my heart to yours, I offer you this as a gift into my own interior world as I process the notion of 'too much' and 'not enough' and the exhaustion that we all face (all while I was laying ill in my bed).
During this sensitive episode, When Survivors Give Birth, with my guest Jenn Fontaine, we dive into the heart of birthing families who have a history of trauma. Jenn is a 'When Survivors Give Birth' educator, a program and perspective developed by Penny Simkin. Together we talk about:
- What inspired her to teach 'When Survivors Give Birth'
- How it has changed her practice as a busy Doula
- What she is noticing as trends within the birthing milieux
- What she would like moms to know about this sensitive topic of conversation
Although the topic is heavy in nature, the conversation flowed with deep sensitivity and respect for the nature of the topic.
Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA) CLC, CHBE, WSGB Instructor
Who been supporting the families of Winnipeg as a birth doula (attending several hundred births) and childbirth educator (preparing over a thousand new families) since 2002.
Over the years, while supporting families, Jenn has made education a priority. She has achieved DONA International Certification as both a birth & postpartum doula, become a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer, a certified Lamaze Educator and accredited Lamaze Program Director.
In 2016 Jenn was given the honour of being inducted as an FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators), a fitting recognition of her significant contribution to childbirth education and her effort to promote safe and healthy birth through evidence-based practice. Currently, Jenn has shifted her focus to include a trauma informed approach to her education specifically, she is an instructor of when survivors give birth.
Jenn is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas, knowing that she is learning just as much from them!
She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband, Marc, her four amazing kids and two drooling bulldogs: George and Scarlett.
You can learn more about Jenn and her offerings at www.itsbirth.ca or www.birthrootsdoulas.com
'Postpartum care is a necessity, not a luxury', states Rachelle, the creator and founder of the INNATE postpartum care program. Throughout this podcast Rachelle and I discuss the challenges that so many modern mothers are experiencing during the postpartum period.
Together we explored the following topics and questions:
Why postpartum care is not a luxury, but rather a necessity
The implication that colonization has had on the postpartum period
Why mothers are experience exhaustion, depression, and anxiety throughout the postpartum period
The importance of community as the #1 antidote to pp struggles
The idea that our dominent culture has failed the pp mother, rather than the mother failing at 'motherhood'
The cultural shift that Rachelle is midwifing
Closing with a powerful statement about returning to the natural laws and orders of life that are contained intrinsically in all of us
Rachelle is grounded in her wisdom and has an important message for mothers all over the world. I am so grateful that Rachelle joined me for this recording.
Rachelle Garcia Seliga has been working in the field of traditional midwifery care for the past 17 years. Her work as a ‘midwife’ embraces the original meaning of this word, which is caretaker of women’s health from ‘womb to tomb.’
‘Innate’ is that which is natural and inherent. ‘Traditions’ are those teachings that are passed down from one generation to the next. Our innate physiological design offers us a map to health and wellness.
She runs a Holistic Well-Woman Care practice in Taos, New Mexico, which tends to the health of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. She is the creator of INNATE Postpartum Care – Certification Training and INNATE Advanced Postpartum Training, for birth workers, health care providers and traditional healers worldwide. INNATE’s system of care draws upon the modern sciences of Epigenetics, Psychoneuroimmunology, Pre and Perinatal Psychology, the Primal Continuum, Womanist Physiology and Anatomy to teach that which the world’s postpartum traditions have always known: Postpartum care is a necessity and not a luxury for women’s LIFE-LONG health and well-being. Because women are the heart, the foundation of the people, thriving women means thriving families, communities and world.
You can learn more about Rachelle at www.innatetraditions.com
This is a tender and vulnerable episode about a topic so many of us avoid talking about - MONEY! I was inspired to call Debbie Bridge and ask her if she would be willing to come on the podcast again. This time I wanted to talk about money.
The reason was two fold: a. I received positive feedback about our episode together last time, because it was deep, vulnerable, and relatable and, b. I wanted to explore my own limiting beliefs about money (which I imagine will strike a cord with many of you, the listeners)
So a small warning or preface ... In this episode you will journey alongside both Debbie and Myself as we both explore our personal relationship with money and motherhood. I know that this topic is relatable to so many mothers because one of the biggest challenges that we face, as mothers, is that of financial stress.
Many of us are burdened by the shadow of 'money debt and survival' resulting in the activation of avoidance, shut down, and survival mode. This can cause so many of us to spiral with negativity and feelings of utter vulnerability.
Please join Debbie Bridge and I, as we use The Work for self-inquiry to dig into our pains and limiting beliefs about money.
You can learn more about Debbie at www.debbiebridge.ca and the process www.thework.com
You can purchase a copy of Healing After Birth guidebook at www.jennifersummerfeldt.com/hab or on Amazon
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Welcome to the Healing After Birth podcast. I am your host, Jennifer Summerfeldt, author and creator of the Healing After Birth book and program. You can order a copy of the book on Amazon.com or learn more about my services at www.jscoaching.co
In this episode we explore the topics of:
- Domestic life as a mom and the challenges we face, especially for those who do not enjoy the domestic life of motherhood.
- Jill shares vulnerably about her experience with PPD and what she did to find her way out; and her challenges with motherhood.
- We addressed struggles the 'working mom' can experience
- Closed with some tips and suggestions for getting support
To learn more about Jill Culver please visit www.jillculver.ca
Jill Culver has over 20 years of experience working alongside families during their childbearing year. She is a counsellor in private practice, specializing in the emotional challenges that can accompany pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Jill has experience working with families around mood issues, pregnancy and infant loss, traumatic childbirth, childbirth fear, intrusive thoughts and postpartum adjustment. Jill’s previous roles include Birth and Postpartum Doula, Pregnancy Outreach Counsellor, Mental Health Counsellor and, most recently, a Perinatal Social Worker at Victoria General Hospital in British Columbia Canada. Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Jill offers in person counselling in Victoria, and around the world by Skype or phone. She can be reached at email@example.com or through her website www.jillculver.ca. She speaks and runs workshops on mental health topics for doulas, birth-workers, and midwives.
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NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the end of our podcast cut out, therefore we did not have a proper ending. I want to thank Mandy for taking the time to share her wealth of knowledge with our listeners.
In this episode we talk about:
What is pelvic floor physiotherapy
Anatomy of the pelvis
The challenge of physiological resistance in the body
The implications of prolonged pushing
Biomechanics of pushing
The benefits of prenatal physiotherapy as prevention
The amazing ability for the body to heal
Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio is passionate about the pelvis! Creator of the Birth Better Series for childbirth preparation and a sought after speaker, Mandy is a pelvic health physiotherapist and birth doula in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Professionally, she loves serving women through her physiotherapy clinic, Nurture Her, which focuses on pre- and post-partum care (once post-partum, always post-partum!). The team at Nurture Her can help with many challenges that women face, including: incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, birth injury, and pain during pregnancy or afterwards, including sexual pain. You can also find Mandy at SupportYourCore.ca where she helps bring products that support a strong core to women everywhere.
Mandy is devoted to women’s health and wellness because she too lives in a woman’s body. As a mother of three, she also intimately understands the physical challenges and joys that come along with the journey of motherhood. Mandy has a big dream for a strong world, full of strong families and strong mothers.
You can connect further with Mandy (and her course offerings and blog full of free video and education) at http://nurtureher.ca and find products at https://supportyourcore.ca.
You can also find Mandy on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nurtureher1/) and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/core.believers
During this episode of the Healing After Birth podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing Janelle Kottelenberg, a mother of 4 children and owner of thriving business called Nourish Your Life. Janelle shares vulnerably about her healing journey as a mother who was diagnosed with PTSD after her first birthing experience. She speaks about how she had to take charge of her healing and what eventually worked for her. You can learn more about Janelle Kottelenberg at
During this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nisha Gill from Austrailia. Nisha has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our listeners, in particular, as it pertains to healing in the postpartum and birth preparation.
During our time together we explored to following topics:
- The embodied feminine
- Trauma recovery using Somatic Experiencing technique
- The beautiful ritual called: Closing of the bones
- The primal realm and healing
Introducing Nisha ...
Nisha Gill of Feminine Instincts is a Melbourne-based peri-natal wellbeing practitioner offering specialized birth education, doula support for birth, counseling, Somatic Experiencing® for the resolution of trauma & anxiety, a range of bodywork modalities, feminine embodiment practices, and birth hypnosis.
As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Nisha offers couples resilience training for birth through nervous system regulation, resolution of previous trauma and anxiety, and birth simulation journeys for expectant mothers, without or without internal bodywork. She also works with birth professionals, bodyworkers and therapists to support their own resilience as they work closely with their clients.
Nisha’s flavor is one of full embodiment, and she also specializes in promoting access to the primal realm in order to cultivate a felt sense of confidence for birth. Her years of teaching a form of Tantric yoga for women and training in Ecstatic Birth have evolved into a unique offering known as Primal Mama: Embodied Birth Education. This has a focus on cultivating deep trust in the instinctual nature of pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester, and exploring the use of sensuality and sexuality to facilitate the birthing process.
Nisha works with individuals, couples and small groups in person and online, and is also involved in trauma education for birth professionals.
Her website is at www.feminineinstincts.com.au
And you can access a free gift: Somatic Awareness journey: Coming Home To Your Senses https://feminineinstincts.com.au/trauma-support/
In this episode, I explore the concept of resilience in the postpartum with my guest Beth Martens, a two-time cancer survivor, musician, and mompreneur.
Beth speaks openly about her journey into motherhood after having been told she may never be able to conceive after having survived the odds. Although her birth was empowering and self-directed, Beth experienced challenges in the postpartum as a single mother.
She speaks about how she found her way regardless of all the obstacles stacked against her. This is an inspiring episode of the tenacity of the human spirit. You do not want to miss this conversation - we need to more stories of thriving.
A bit about Beth...
Beth Martens, Business Coach, Archetype Geek and Mom Against the Odds.
Beth is the creator of the ‘MerPreneur’s Journey’ that maps out the value of a woman’s life purpose. She knows her calling is a life or death thing. After 8 trips to India, and a 3-year, losing battle with cancer, she used archetypes to reclaim the hidden, denied and disowned parts of her self and saved her life after being told she wouldn’t survive.
Today a mom against-the-odds and impassioned champion for the value of a woman’s life purpose, she shows healers, teachers, coaches and artists how to journey with archetypes to create divinely aligned businesses.
She works with MerPreneurs - women who bravely dive into self-work and care deeply about this planet - to be valued to make their contribution to the greater good, so they can fulfill their sacred contract and not have to crash from going in too many directions to save the world.
Beth believes in our right to live in freedom from economic slavery and dreams of helping a million MerPreneurs make their life’s work a part of to returning humanity back to a natural state.
Visit her at www.bethmartens.com to hear her story and do a free MerPreneur Archetype Quiz to learn where you are on the MerPreneur’s Journey.
During this episode, my guest Sherry Rothwell (Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of the Delish Diet) and I engage in a candid conversation about both nourishing with food + nourishing the soul during the postpartum period. Sherry speaks about her lived experience and struggles in the postpartum, as well as, offers applicable information about foods that help to rebuild the body after birth.
Topics of conversation include:
- Isolation in the postpartum
- Foods that heal (and may surprise you)
- Why vegetarianism may not be the best choice in the pp
- Reference to a free ebook called 'Nurturing the New Family' with link below
- How community changes everything
- Minerals and supplements to rebuild blood loss after birth
- The overarching dilemma many moms experience in the postpartum
A bit about Sherry:
Sherry Rothwell is a registered holistic nutritionist with a focus on children’s and women’s health during the childbearing years. She blends her backround in natural childbirth, with 20 plus years experience in the natural health field to empower women to reclaim their role as wise woman healer of the family. Sherry holds certificates from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Edison Institute and the Matrona School of Midwifery to name a few. She developed a keen interest in digestive issues after healing her son of food sensitivities and severe eczema without drugs or supplements.
Sherry loves to help women overcome infertility, have a healthy pregnancy, ecstatic birth, rejuvenating postpartum experience and overcome the hormonal imbalances that make it challenging to overcome the after baby weight.
You can learn more about Sherry and her work here at: www.NutritionWisdom.ca or ‘Like’ her Facebook page for daily nutrition wisdom, hints and tips: https://www.facebook.com/NutritionWisdom.ca/
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During this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Debbie Bridge from www.debbiebridge.ca. Together we explored candidly and authentically ways to engage many of the challenges mothers face using self-inquiry and www.TheWork.com as a compassionate method for engaging the present moment.
Topics and parenting lived experiences explored were:
- Parenting a teenager
- Mothering a colicky baby
- Realizing that we have no control
- Working with a core belief 'bad things are going to happen'
- Parenting a teenager who is addicted to drugs
Nothing in this podcast was scripted or enacted. It was an authentic experience recorded in real-time. The emotions expressed and the process that I engaged with, was a wonderful surprise. I share vulnerably in this episode about a core belief I struggle with and how it got in the way of my parenting throughout the years.
We learn from each other. We grow together.
This is a powerful episode that outlines in detail how to practice self-inquiry 'in the moment'.
You can learn more about Debbie at www.debbiebridge.ca
And you can purchase a copy of Healing After Birth guidebook at www.jennifersummerfeldt.com/hab or on Amazon.
Welcome to the very first episode of the Healing After Birth Podcast!
In this episode, I dive in deeply during this candid interview with Danielle Newman, a 32-year-old Mother, who is using her voice and story about her postpartum healing journey to inspire mothers to advocate for their health.
Danielle and I discuss the following throughout this podcast:
- What Danielle's healing journey looked and looks like
- Her personal story woven throughout
- What one thing she would love to see changed If she could wave a magic wand
- What she wants every mother to know (her message) and how they can advocate for themselves
- A bit about her partner and his role in her healing
- Her struggles with her new identity
- The 'costs' associated with healing
- Struggles with not wanting to blame
- And a conversation about accountability
I am thrilled to have Danielle on this podcast.
To follow Danielle you can find her on Instagram @this.is.adulting or FB @daniellenewman
If you are a mother or perinatal professional and you have a question or a mission that you want to share on the podcast, please go ahead an send us an email email@example.com
Click on the 'message' link on the anchor.fm app and send us your comments or questions. I will use those questions during the 'Ask Me Anything' week in which I answer questions from mama's, partners, or professionals.
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