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Amanda Bernstein - Essential Me Is a Birth and Postpartum Doula based in Sydney, Australia. She is truly passionate about ensuring women and couples are supported and educated about their options, and able to make empowering decisions around their birth from a place of informed choice. She believes that this way, no matter the outcome of this journey to meet their baby, it will be a positive experience that sets her clients up to a great start as parents. Amanda is also a VBAC mum of two gorgeous boys, Ka Huna massage therapist and Pilates instructor.
Amanda will be speaking about ways to increase your oxytocin (the love hormone) and how in this busy world we live in, we can find ways to carve out time for self-care, as well as the sorts of things we can do to practise self-care. It’s so important that we give back to ourselves, so that we have time for others. And it’s just as important to find time to nurture our relationships to stay connected during the tricky early postpartum days .
Cheryl Fingleson - Cheryl the Sleep Coach Is an experienced, empathic sleep coach based in Sydney. Cheryl works with families across a range of areas, including settling and sleep techniques, establishing a good routine, safe co-sleeping, and identifying signs of postpartum depression. She also cares deeply about the sleep wellness of parents, who are adjusting to life in pregnancy and with a newborn. Their wellness and sleep in pregnancy is ultimately important. Understanding the varies sleep cycles and the different sleep position will improve healing sleep.
Cheryl would like parents to know that they don’t have to feel like they’re struggling through the journey on their own, there is help from a trained professional.
Cheryl's passion for empowering parents with positive, proactive and gentle sleep techniques first became obvious to her after being involved in a paediatric ward for many months. Seeing tired, exhausted and desperate parents with no-one to turn to for support led her to fulfil a dream – to guide mothers, fathers and families through their learning process and/or through times of crisis.
After years of research, study and personal experience to become a internationally certified gentle sleep coach she feels qualified and confident to find an individualised in-house solution to guide and support your sleepless nights as well as your babies feeding and associated difficulties.
As a mother herself, Cheryl knows very well, the feelings of agony and desperation when you have a child that struggles to settle and sleep. She doesn’t believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Every child is different, and has his/her own sleep needs. Cheryl offers in-home and overnight consultations for Sydney clients, as well as virtual consultations via phone, Skype or Zoom for those living nationally or internationally.
As an expert in all things sleep-related, she's also a regular in the media and has been seen on the Today Show, Sunrise, Studio 10 and on the news.
Background: Cheryl completed The Gentle Sleep Coach Program, the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.
Cheryl also completed an exclusive advanced training series directly centered around how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This program consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
Cheryl has also completed: The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young people University of Edinburgh Infant Mental Health Community Training Institute Public Health University of Canada
Cheryl is a member of the International Association of child sleep consultants
Pregnancy Open Day In our Pregnancy Open Day, Cheryl will be focusing on the impact sleep has on health, wellbeing and resilience, including take away tips on sleep hygiene and self settling.
Katherine Smith - Live Fit Love Fit Exercise Physiologist & Clinical Pilates Instructor
Katherine’s career in the fitness industry began after years of battling chronic illness and finally finding relief through exercise based rehabilitation. Her strive to overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome led her to completing training as a Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor in order to help others overcome obstacles in their own lives and become the best version of themselves.
Driven to learn more about rehabilitation she then went on to complete a degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of New South Wales. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Pilates Instructor Katherine combines her technical knowledge and practical experience to provide her clients with the best opportunity to achieve their goals.
Katherine enjoys challenging her clients, teaching precise movement and technique to help the body recover from injury or improve functionality. She has extensive experience in Rehabilitation and Pre/Post Natal. Katherine has a strong passion for fitness and Pilates, and loves teaching. She is dedicated to completing ongoing training and always strives to provide her clients with the most up to date research and training techniques.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW) Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates) Certified Practitioner of Studio and Mat Pilates (Polestar Pilates) Certified Pre/Post Natal Instructor Certified Yoga Instructor Certificate III in Fitness
Pregnancy Open Day Being pregnant and giving birth are both physically and emotionally demanding. Having a reasonable level of fitness will prepare you both physically and emotionally for labour, helping you to manage the demands of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Exercise during pregnancy has both long and short term benefits for both mother and baby, including:
Minimising the separation of the rectus abdominals, leading to quicker and easier reconnection after the birth
Improved pelvic floor strength and function
Increased blood supply to the core, providing your baby with the most effective nutrient supply for growth and development
Optimal foetal positioning
Upper body conditioning and muscle balancing for feeding preparation and neck care
Reduced risk of hypertension and gestational diabetes
Back, neck and joint support
Improved general wellbeing and stress release
Kirsty Levin - The Parents Village Group Psychologist, Career Coach and Co-founder at The Parents Village with Clinical Social Worker/Therapist – Lana Sussman.
Kirsty Levin is a Psychologist and Career Coach with a special interest in perinatal mental health and parenthood transition. Her career over the last 18 years spans across the corporate and public sectors, and now in private practice at The Parents Village, a perinatal support service in Sydney. The birth of her first child back in 2012 planted the seed for a shift in direction for Kirsty as she struggled to adjust to new parenthood with her husband, whilst juggling her career. The shock to the system was great and she wished she had been better informed and upskilled for her new job and identity. Her experience, along with her observation of countless others who also felt unsupported and unprepared, lead to her change of specialisation to the perinatal domain, and fuelled her passion to work with expectant and new parents. Her other baby was conceived – The Parents Village, and its first program - Birthing The Parent - a unique prenatal workshop designed to effectively prepare couples for parenthood transition. Since then, both her family and The Parents Village has grown, and Kirsty now works with parents at all stages, coaching and counselling them through their career and personal challenges pre and postnatally, with her co-founder and business partner Lana Sussman (a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist).
The Parents Village This perinatal support service offers a range of options to help expectant, new and seasoned parents and their children better navigate their way through parenthood, including: counselling, prenatal education, postnatal support, birth debriefing, career coaching and parenting education.
Birthing the Parent Program Overview Birthing the Parent is a unique and interactive workshop which connects expectant parents and prepares you for the life changing journey ahead. Our prenatal program offers an opportunity to learn about possible changes to your body, mind and relationships and reflect on what this parenthood transformation means personally, socially and professionally. Research shows that taking time to prepare for parenthood improves parent-baby interactions, relationship health and satisfaction as well as overall infant development through the first year following baby’s birth. (PANDA, Gottman Institute, & COPE). Birthing the Parent focuses on:
Managing expectations and embracing uncertainty
Identity shifts before and after baby’s birth
Exploring how your upbringing influences your values and future parenting style
Communicating, connecting and strengthening your relationship with your partner
Attuning and attending to the needs of your newborn
Setting up your support network, your village!
Planning for the practical changes to your home, job, finances, and childcare arrangements
The ‘Fourth Trimester’: postnatal adjustment and the early days with a newborn
Parental self-care, looking after your health and wellbeing
After completing Birthing the Parent expectant couples feel prepared and empowered with:
Newfound self and relationship-awareness
Insights into the needs and challenges of birth, parenthood and newborn care
Practical skills and a take home resource pack to help you gently and confidently navigate through parenthood.
Pregnancy Open Day “Prepare for the Unexpected when you’re Expecting, with Birthing The Parent prenatal workshop”
Paola Amorelli Hyde A passionate Yoga teacher trained in vinyasa, yin, kids, pre and post natal. Paola is also a Student doula, mother and has been working in the Corporate Financial world in project management for over 15 years. In 2015, whilst completing her 200hrs yoga teacher training, Paola fell pregnant with her daughter Leia. This is when she developed a specific love for teaching mums, bubs, pre and post natal, birthing and kids yoga. Paola is forever delving deeper and listening intuitively to her inner wisdom for guidance; she is drawn to the magic of the female body, excited to support women on one of the biggest transformations they will experience in life, whilst holding a safe and relaxed space for them.
What we will cover on the day: Meditation and relaxation Breathing techniques during pregnancy Pain management techniques and yoga poses to assist in Labour
Vanessa Barry - Inborn Vitality Family Chiropractor, Babywearing Consultant and Mum
Dr Vanessa Barry is a Chiropractor who has a passion for working with families, from preconception through pregnancy and beyond. She feels that it is such an honour and a privilege to care for pregnant women; and then to be involved in helping their baby’s reach their full growth and development potential.
Just prior to the birth of her eldest child in 2013, she completed the basic consultancy course in Babywearing with Die Trageschule, and really enjoys helping parents (and grandparents) on their baby wearing journeys’.
HEALTHY PREGNANCY, HEALTHY BUB Vanessa will be discussing vital ingredients for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy mum and bub.