1. How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Saves Marriages, Pregnancies, and Transgender Surgeries
On our very first episode of “Fit as a Fiddle" our guest Ashlie Crewe Campitella talks about her experience working as a pelvic floor physical therapist in central Pennsylvania. Ashlie is a board certified Women’s Health Specialist who treats men, women, and children with pelvic floor dysfunction and more. As a pelvic floor PT myself, I loved learning about Ashlie’s story and what brought her into the field. In the episode, she delves into how she navigates through patient’s pain points, making a lasting impact in their lives. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
2. Untabooing All The “Yucky” Postpartum Issues...Like Peeing Yourself!
On our second episode of “Fit as a Fiddle" our guest Kimberly Glow discusses the nuances and intricacies of the pelvic floor world. Kim is a pelvic floor physical therapist who has taught about the field widely to spread awareness to both practitioners and patients. In the episode, Kim dives into how issues related to the pelvic floor have multiple pain points, because it can often be emotionally driven. Tune in next week to hear the last of three pelvic PTs on the show. This topic needs so much attention and I hope you are learning a lot!
3. Fearlessly Discussing Important Female Things
In this episode, our third pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Simmerman, delves deep into a conversation about diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles), urinary incontinence (leaking urine), dyspareunia (pain with sex), and more! She pushes for a bold and direct approach to pelvic floor dysfunction of all kinds and promotes awareness of this through her work.
4. Elevating Your Mind By Addressing Subconscious Beliefs
Hypnotherapy. No this does not involve a pendulum that puts you to sleep on a couch. It’s the type of therapy that involves a deep state of relaxation, almost like a meditative state, where you can access and address your subconscious beliefs. Sylvain Coulon shares with us the deep and analytical concepts behind hypnotherapy and how it can be used as a tool to change the way you look at yourself and the world. Not to be missed!
5. Staying Calm During Labor and Delivery - A Doula's World
What’s life like as a doula? The doula’s superpower is supporting a mother before, during, and/or after the delivery of her child. Join my incredible conversation with Adrienne Barr Chait - a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Educator, and Mother of three. She provides Holistic Birth Support, individual Breathwork healing sessions and believes in listening to the body's intuitive wisdom while integrating awareness-based practices and evidence-based resources. Adrienne has been working with families for over 20 years and shares wisdom with us today on how to be calm during the storm of labor and delivery. Connect with her at www.AdrienneBarrChait.com.
6. Becoming Stronger For Pregnancy & Beyond
What are some myths about exercising during and after pregnancy? What about red flags that some pregnant women need to keep in mind when it comes to exercise? While there is NO one-size-fits-all answer on how to exercise as a pregnant woman, there are many things that you can become aware of. Carolyn Appel, the Director of Education of PROnatal Fitness, sheds golden light on how to be healthy and strong during and after pregnancy. Carolyn has created the company’s innovative Performance-Based education programs, leveraging the latest research and evidence-based strategies to teach professionals how to train women for pregnancy and the postpartum period like they would train for any other major athletic event. Tune in folks!
7. The Meaning of Mindfulness
You hear this word everywhere - “mindfulness.” What does it even mean? Join me as I speak with Pierre Giraud, an entrepreneur, thinker, and business activist who propagates the idea of mindfulness in all his work. Pierre is the founder and CEO of Indigo and a special space in New York City called Standard Dose. He talks about how being kind does not mean you are weak, it means you are an activist. We are grateful to have him speak to us during these stressful times on how mindfulness can change the way you look at everything in your life and the world around you. Learn more at www.indigo.foundation and www.standarddose.com.
8. Sustenance For The Pregnant Woman
What and how much should you eat and drink during pregnancy, while in labor, and immediately postpartum? Learn how to balance your meals with sufficient fats, carbs, and proteins, and more importantly, what that actually looks like on your plate. We get as detailed as what types of fish or cheese you can eat or should avoid. Mary Jane Detroyer, a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, tackles some practical questions on nutrition and pregnancy. In our conversation, Mary Jane challenges social media influencers who may talk about getting your “body back after birth” and tells you some truths on the natural way your body recovers postpartum. Her mission is to motivate and empower her clients to improve their health and quality of life by increasing awareness and incorporating mindfulness when making exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.
9. Midwifery and Birthing Centers
Some people give birth in the backseat of NYC taxis and others... in the woods. Many people give birth in large hospitals. Still others birth in birthing centers. There are few birthing centers in the world, but they exist. Think something in between giving birth to your precious newborn on your own warm couch versus on a hospital bed plugged in with IV drips. Laure Sinnhuber-Giles is a board certified midwife, a certified lactation counselor and a certified childbirth educator. She currently works in Brooklyn Birthing Center (BBC), one of the two birthing centers in New York. She chats with us today on the role of a midwife, what birthing in a center like BBC is like, and your options as a pregnant mother.
“My dearest wish is to pass on to women the gift my midwife gave me when I had my children: an attentive ear to listen to my questions, a vigilant eye to watch over my health, skilled hands to know my baby’s position, a calming presence to sooth me and an unshakable trust in my ability to give birth. She enabled me to find a strength in myself that I never knew I had.”
- Laure Sinnhuber-Giles, Licensed Midwife
10. Flex Mommas, Flex!
In a big city like Manhattan, there are dozens and dozens of exercise classes to fit any person’s needs. You’ve got classes offering yoga, hybrid training, boxing, bootcamps, biking, and more. When it comes to the prenatal population, there are several options to continue your fitness journey if you are already active and moving without pain or dysfunction. It’s okay (and very necessary) to workout during pregnancy in a safe and personalized manner. On this show, I sit down with Erin Livingston, a fitness professional certified in prenatal fitness at Physique 57, a barre workout studio with teachers certified in prenatal fitness. Erin discusses what it means to stay strong and flexible during this time. She brings up the importance of maintaining stable, yet supple abs to make room for the baby while preventing back pain and diastasis recti. Erin shares with us how much she loves to explore all the possibilities your body is capable of especially during pregnancy. The ability to keep moving and take care of your body while pregnant is a goal she has for all of her prenatal clients.