Brittany Sharpe Mcollum
Brittany began her work as a childbirth professional after the birth of her first son in 2006. She is a Birth Works certified childbirth educator, a DONA certified birth doula, a certified breastfeeding counselor with Nursing Mothers Alliance, and has completed birth doula training with Birth Arts International. Since 2007, she has been supporting expectant and new families by encouraging them to become knowledgeable, confident, and resourceful recipients of care. Assisting families in creating birth and parenting experiences about which they feel positive, confident, and informed is at the heart of Brittany's work. Her approach to birth and parenting focuses on building awareness of one's intuition and combining it with learned knowledge in a way that is respectful of the needs and abilities of each individual. In addition to her work with expectant parents, she facilitates pelvic bodywork and fetal positioning trainings and conference lectures for birth professionals. Brittany lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two sons, and daughter. Check out her website for upcoming classes, workshops, conference events, and more at www.blossomingbelliesbirth.com, follow her on Instagram @blossomingbelliesbirth, and stay in touch on Facebook at Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services.
Molly has been working with children and families for over a decade, formerly in New York City, and now in Philadelphia, wearing a variety of hats. She has a background in education, whole foods nutrition, and birth. She is a childbirth educator and birth counselor. In all of these areas, Molly has been concerned with questions like: How can we discover what we innately already know? How can we know our experience, and ourselves, more deeply?
With mindfulness, Molly found a model that includes information, education, and counsel, but also goes far beyond. Cultivating a mindfulness practice allows us to develop skills that can support us living life at the deepest level, as well as in living with the day to day reality of doing the dishes, sharing living space, and taking out the garbage. Molly teaches mindfulness classes for parents and expectant parents at Pennsylvania Hospital, Lifecycle WomanCare, and privately around town. When she’s not teaching, she homeschools with her 4 kids, and she is grateful for the (many) opportunities therein to practice mindfulness!
Nikki has been a nurse since 1971. In addition, she is a childbirth educator, a holistic lactation consultant, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, a baby body worker (teaching Infant Massage and TummyTime!), an author, a teacher, a public speaker and will be a registered yoga instructor soon. Her publications include Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy, the monographs “Benefits of Breastfeeding and Their Economic Impact” and “Sexuality and Breastfeeding” and the educational pamphlet “How to help yourself through labor". She is a reviews editor for the journal Clinical Lactation, writes reviews for the Old-Time Herald, a magazine dedicated to old-time music, is author of the blog, Morning Thoughts, and regularly updates her Facebook page, NikkiLeeHealth.
Jenna Brown (they/them) is a full-spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and founder of Love Over Fear Wellness and Birth, LLC. As their business name suggests, Jenna is passionate about shifting the narrative of fertility, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum away from fear and into love. A long time student of yoga and the human experience, any class with Jenna will be centered around self-awareness, autonomy, and purposeful and mindful action. When they aren’t attending a birth or teaching, Jenna can be found practicing yoga, reading, or hanging with the cats at their house in Brewerytown.
i am licensed clinical social worker and mom living in brewerytown. i have been working with parents for over 8 years in various contexts and i recently founded two rivers therapy so that I could shift the focus of my work with families to the perinatal and postpartum period. during my first year of motherhood, i struggled with postpartum anxiety while working full time as a community based family therapist. the sleep deprivation was other level. everything changed for me when i realized that it was possible for me to take control of my career and life and make changes that would allow me to enjoy both my career and motherhood more. i began to learn about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (pmads) and decided to start a private practice dedicated to increasing awareness and access to services to prevent and treat pmads. my background is in social work and public health, and my approach to therapy has always been holistic. i approach each family with the assumption that all parents have good intentions, love their children, and are the experts in their own children (even if you don't feel like you are!), and my goal is always to help parents to feel more confident and comfortable in their role as parents. when not working, cleaning up or trying to catch up on sleep, i am happiest when I cooking with my husband, having a dance party with my son, or attempting to make time for my amazing crew of incredibly supportive friends and family. check out trtherapy.com for more information about my new practice!
When Maria became a mom for the first time, she realized the importance of a good night sleep for her entire family. Immediately, she developed a passion for children's sleep. Her philosophy is very simple. She believes that having a routine is the backbone to good sleep habits and happy kids. She works with families to come up with solutions tailored to their needs. She designs plans that are easy to follow and respects your limits. Her specialties include sleep plans, soothing techniques for baby and routine establishment. I Maria has a degree in psychology from Georgia State University with an emphasis in child psychology and over 18 years of professional childcare . experience. She’s also a certified Happiest Baby Educator, a certified Sleep Sense Sleep consultant, and more importantly a mother to Alina, 5, and Luna, 2.
Tegan lives in Francisville and is a mother who worked in food systems with a focus on food justice for 15 years. Tegan is founder of Ten Moons Wellness (@tenmoonswellness) where she offers movement based trainings and pelvic floor support to in addition to musings, information and ideas on cooking for and feeding families. Tegan has studied with Alex Auder (Magu Yoga) and is a graduate of the WakeUp! Yoga 250hr Teacher Training, PranaKriya Prenatal training, the BirthFit postpartum strength series and Leslie Howards Pelvic Floor YogaTM training program. She has also trained as a doula, postpartum doula and lactation counselor.
Terri is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), nationally certified and licensed in the State of New Mexico. She has worked in Texas, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and New Mexico over the last 25 years. After travelling through Central America and living in Northern New Mexico, Terri knew she wanted to be a midwife. In 1993, she received her midwifery training at Maternidad La Luz, in El Paso, Texas. After she worked with several midwives in New Mexico and Guatemala, she returned to Maternidad La Luz where she was a staff midwife for 5 years, and trained numerous midwives from different cultures and countries. Now she is proud to serve the Philadelphia area! Terri speaks Spanish, enjoys working with women from all over the world and brings into her practice her strong belief in social justice. Blending what she has learned from over 1,300 families, hundreds of midwives, and several other teachers, Terri uses essential oils, flower essences, muscle testing, emotional clearings, pulse assessment, herbal remedies, natural therapies, nutrition, and the profound trust of women to have the birth they desire. Terri has cared for hundreds of mothers, babies and families over the last 20 years, at their homes, in birth centers and in clinical settings. If hospital care is necessary, she will go with the family and continue care as usual after the birth, keeping with the belief that birth is magical wherever it is and that no one can take that away from us.
Carol is a student midwife training through the apprenticeship model. She trained as a Birth Doula and Breastfeeding Counselor through Birth Arts International. She is also trained as a Bradley Method teacher and doula through the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth. She has attended births since 2012 at hospital, birth center and home settings. Carol co-teaches Bradley Birth, breastfeeding and baby wearing classes and serves as a Birth Doula. Before getting involved in birth work, Carol worked as a social worker and teacher. Her two daughters, Magdalena (b. 2011) and Esperanza (b. 2014) and son Manuel (b. 2017), were all born at home.
Having a background in Child Development and Psychology and many years experience working with children, I have learned that there are many topics and events that come up in a young child's life, that sometimes parents need a little help with-that’s where I can help! Specializing in Potty Training, Healthy Eating Habits, Behavior Modification, Sleep Routines, and Specific Early Childhood Concerns, I have helped hundreds of families successfully potty train their child and develop healthy eating habits for the pickiest of eaters or allowed your household to get a full nights sleep. Being a mom myself, I know the overwhelming advice, self-help and guidance you are flooded with on a daily basis. At Miss Catherine Consulting, I take a personal approach to help each family individually tackle their issue with simple and easy tools to help you achieve success all while personalizing your plan to your family.
Jade Groff, CNM, LMT, alchemizes her knowledge, skill and intuition for women’s health and healing in the Philadelphia area and remotely. Specializing in pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum care, Jade blends bodywork, plant medicine and ritual for most feminine issues, including pelvic health. At the core of Jade’s work is the belief that true healing and joyful, healthy living come from an awareness of the connective relationship between body, mind, heart and soul. Jade moves through life with a reverence for Mother Earth and a commitment to creating a harmonious, love-filled world for all future generations. Many feel nurtured and supported in her loving presence, and find her teaching inspiring and empowering. Jade is a Mother, Certified Nurse Midwife, Flower Essence Practitioner, Arvigo® Practitioner, Holistic Pelvic Care™ Practitioner, Pelvic Floor Yoga™ Instructor, Herbalist, and JourneyDance™ Facilitator. Her background includes being a birth and postpartum doula and prenatal yoga teacher and training instructor. She brings over 25 years of study and experience to everyone she serves and everything she does
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