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. 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, 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. visit terri at ALCHEMY Birth and Wellness alchemybirthandwellness.com
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.
Hi! I’m Katelyn. I’m a stay at home mama to my daughter Nora and married to my high school sweetheart- crazy I know! My true passion is keeping my family healthy by living as naturally as possible. We started our journey with essential oils and haven’t looked back! Being able to teach others about essential oils and to be their own advocate for their health and wellness has been amazing. I provide the knowledge and tools to either start your wellness journey or help you enhance what you have started, the rest is up to you! When I’m not talking oils you can find me with my hubby and daughter exploring the outdoors! Can’t wait to meet you!
Megan Zimmerman is an enthusiastic speech-language pathologist with extensive experience working with children across the developmental continuum. She currently works full time at Foundations for Growing, a multi-collaborative facility that provides pediatric therapy to a broad spectrum of children with varyingstrengths and developmental needs. Specializing in autism spectrum
disorders, Megan believes in making communication accessible for every body, and is passionate about helping clients and their families achieve optimal communication through multiple modalities. Megan has a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from Temple University, and an Instructional 1 teaching certificate from the PA Department of Education. She is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and is certified by the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association (ASHA).
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Katie is the founder and owner of Philadelphia Lactation, a local company dedicated to teaching and supporting mothers. In her commitment to help breastfeeding mothers, Katie has been able to form long lasting relationships with each mother and fully dedicates herself to their success, focusing on each mother and baby as a unique situation with unique challenges. Katie has an innate ability to troubleshoot issues and instill confidence and calmness in her clients, as she approaches clients the same way a caring and compassionate friend would console any new mother. To obtain the knowledge, experience, and and level of care that Katie is able to provide, she worked as both a postpartum and pediatric nurse. After getting the most out of those jobs, Katie knew her true passion was in helping women breastfeed. Katie is uniquely equipped to help with special clinical knowledge and has the ability to handle a variety of breastfeeding issues while providing gentle encouragement and unbiased support.
Kristen Smith, PA-C attended Drexel University where she obtained a Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies. She began her career working in Abington Hospital's Emergency Department and then transitioned fully to outpatient pediatrics in an underserved area of Philadelphia. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has attended conferences on the local and national levels. Kristen was born and raised in Philadelphia and is the proud parent of a 3 year old daughter and one dog.
Dr. kindra scott
Dr. Scott is a native of Maryland who graduated from Temple University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and has a strong interest in the development of infants and toddlers. Dr. Scott has gained valuable work experience at prominent children’s hospitals such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore). She also brings a wealth of knowledge through work in a variety of pediatric settings including homecare, school-based, and outpatient.
Iris is a Doula and Breastfeeding Counselor who has been serving birthing/parenting people and their families since 2016 and is passionate about expanding access to doula care and breastfeeding support. Her own birthing experiences and life journey have inspired her to expand her work to include promoting awareness of the effects of sexual abuse on pregnant & parenting people and the increased incidence of birth trauma among that population, create support systems for pregnant and parenting survivors and providing education and support to birthing people considering/preparing for VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean). In April 2019, Iris launched her Ask A Doula series during Black Maternal Health Week as a part of the Queens United Wholistic Center LLC’s Wellness Week event. Ask A Doula is part workshop, part community gathering and serves as an opportunity to bring new & experienced birth workers together with pregnant and parenting people to discuss all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum. There is a guest speaker at every session to lead conversations about specific topics such as reproductive justice, placenta encapsulation, breastfeeding in special circumstances and more. Her other events include Healing thru Storytelling, an artistic space and open dialogue for pregnant and parenting survivors of birth trauma and sexual abuse and The Journey: A VBAC prep workshop. Lastly, Iris is constantly working to fine tune her skills and approach and is currently working toward a certification as a Trauma Informed Practitioner through Childbirth International. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixRisingBirthWorks/ https://doulamatch.net/profile/18461/iris-kimbrough
Elena is a mother, a registered nurse, parent educator and currently studying to become a International board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Elena started her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she found her passion for educating families. Elena is currently a nurse and parent educator at Pennsylvania hospital on the Mother/Baby unit. During this class, Elena will instill confidence in the caregiver and be able to identify ways to prevent harm.
Stefania Baita is a certified Life & Career Coach who passionately works with busy adults on how to be more productive with their time and happier with their work-life balance. She also focuses on Goal setting, Personal and Career transitions, and loves to support mothers during the delicate phase of going back to work after having a baby, or after an extended leave. Before transitioning to coaching, Stefania successfully worked for a multi-national corporation for more than a decade. Stefania has 2 children under 6, lived and worked in 4 countries and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French. She has been recently featured on CBS3 for her coaching on Goal setting.