Resources from Mama’s Newsletters


stephanieforsterStephanie Forster, Preggo Pilates

My great friend, and fellow teacher Stephanie Forster is the founder of Preggo Pilates, and teaches pilates classes both at EHS Pilates and in Potrero Hill. Her mission is to help women stay in shape while their shape changes through pre & postnatal pilates, safe core work, pelvic floor support + more.

In the video below she shares with us a few simple things that you can do to make a BIG IMPACT every day in the health of your core – whether you are pregnant or postnatal, and if have diastasis recti abdominal separation or not!

Stephanie is one of the only educators around who leads courses specifically designed to help mamas safely heal their split abdominals.

Learn More about Stephanie and her work at

Watch the Video: Tips to Maintain Your Core While You Are Pregnant + Postnatally


SFBirthCenter-1The San Francisco Birth Center

Three midwives – Julie Birdsong, Sara Van Acker and Nancy Myrick worked together with the community to open the first birth center of its kind in San Francisco as of May 31, 2016!

What is unique about the San Francisco Birth Center? The extraordinary midwives at SFBC care for families during pregnancy, birth, and beyond offering a combination of private prenatal care, group prenatal care, labor and birth, water birth, postpartum home visits and newborn care. You can register for their informational sessions to meet the midwives, learn about their services, and find out if the birth center is a good fit for your care.

Learn More at

Read 5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Childbirth by Julie Birdsong, CNM


Jane Quach, DPT, CSCS, ART
Physical Therapist, Owner at Jane Quach Physical Therapy

Jane Quach is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who graduated from Northwestern University in 2006. Jane specializes in Women’s Health & Wellness in all stages in life including Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy, TMJ/Orofacial pain, and Orthopedics. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and also sees patients at her private practice Jane Quach Physical Therapy (JQPT) in San Francisco and Marin.

Jane is passionate about community, education, and improving the quality of life of patients. You can reach her at 415-766-8757 or via email and at

Read Jane’s Healthy Bladder Tips 


Liz Miracle,  MSPT, WCS
Owner, Miracle Physical Therapy

Liz is the founder and owner of Miracle Physical Therapy. She enjoys helping women prepare for birth, as well as serving those suffering from diastasis rectii, pelvic girdle pain or pelvic floor dysfunction resulting in pain with intercourse, incontinence, and many other diagnoses.

Liz holds a Certification of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the American Physical Therapy Association. She is one of only three pelvic physical therapists in California and the only one in San Francisco who holds both a CAPP and WCS distinction.

Learn More about Liz and Miracle Physical Therapy at



Katie Louderback, Nutritional Consultant

Katie supports women and new families through pregnancy, birth and new parenting. She is a prenatal yoga teacher, a birth and postpartum doula, and a nutritional consultant focusing on healthy pregnancies and healthy families.

Currently she teach prenatal yoga classes and work with clients looking to improve their health through diet and lifestyle shifts, focusing on the childbearing time. Katie works one on one with people to deal with specific health conditions or to achieve specific health goals, and also teach group classes on nutritional principals to support fertility, healthy pregnancies, nourishment for breastfeeding, introducing foods to babies, and feeding toddlers.

Learn more about Katie and her work at

Read Katie’s Tips on Nourishing the Busy Mama 

Kyla Brown, Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Kyla Brown is a holistic nutrition consultant specializing in prenatal and postnatal wellness. From pre-conception nutrition to postpartum weight loss, meal planning by trimester or for the whole family, she helps clients develop long-lasting, manageable eating habits that will ensure a lifetime of good health.

Contact Kyla for a free consultation, and mention Jane Austin to get 50% off your first package! Learn more at




Read Kyla’s 3 Tips for New Mamas 

flourishFlourish Foods

3 Healthy Eatings Tips for Mamas + Little Ones!

1. DO lightly use herbs and spices in baby, toddler and children’s food!

Exposing younger kids to a variety of “adult” flavors can lead to more healthy adventurous eaters. Good to know: baby’s palette is picking up flavors from what you eat early in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

2. DO add veggies in wherever possible!

Butternut squash mac n cheese? Spinach black bean brownies? Sweet Potato Muffins? Variety is key to get all the nutrients you and your family needs.

3. DON’T think all fat is bad.
We love to add bone broth, grass-fed butter and nuts to our food to include healthy fats and nutrients that heal tired bodies. And don’t forget to incorporate these healthy fats in your baby’s diet when starting solids: it’s their greatest source of energy and essential to brain growth and development.

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Holly Edison, R.N., BSN, CST +
CranioSacral Therapist

Holly is a healer that works with babies and children typically on feeding and digestive issues through CranioSacral Therapy. This gentle, hands-on approach releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction.

Learn More about Holly and her work at




Read about Holly’s work with babies 

Amber Dawn Hallet, CMT, ATMAT, LMP/CMT, RHE
Mayan Abdominal Massage Therapist,
Reproductive Awareness & Fertility Health Educator
+ much more

Amber is a women’s health educator and bodyworker based in Seattle, Washington. She works both in-person and online to support women through all the different phases of our reproductive lives and loves helping women tune into the rhythms of their bodies. Amber is devoted to healing people and planet, one womb at a time.

Learn More about Amber and her work at


Read Amber’s 5 Menstral Care Tips for a Healthy Womb

Natalie Trousdale, L.A.c

Natalie Trousdale, M.S., L.Ac., holds a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and is licensed by the State of California. In addition, Natalie holds a certificate in Qi Gong Therapy from the Yang Sheng Center at ACTCM.

Natalie specializes in women’s health, infertility, pregnancy and postnatal support. She has trained with Rose Glavin, L.Ac, a fertility and women’s health acupuncturist in San Francisco. Natalie has also taken continuing education classes from Claudia Citkovitz, L.Ac., a labor and delivery acupuncturist in New York.

When she is not in the office, Natalie spends her time playing with her 2-year old son, practicing Qi Gong and spending time in nature.

Learn more at

Read Natalie’s 5 Tips to Beat Nausea in Early Pregnancy


nicoleNicole O’Connor, CAMFT

Nicole O’Connor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist. She has a private practice in Noe Valley working with individuals, families, couples and adolescents. She specializes in working with couples and families in the early years of parenthood.

Nicole leads classes at both the SF Birth Center and Natural Resources in SF on the subject of Transitioning from Partners to Parents. Read her piece below with some tips to help you stay connected and strengthen your relationship during this time of transition.

Learn more about Nicole and her work at

Read Nicole’s 3 Tips To Transition from Partners to Parents


Mamas Resource Network – A community of professionals who are passionate about supporting mothers, babies, and families in all dimensions of their health.

This community includes: yoga and pilates instructors, psychologists, pelvic floor physical therapists, psychiatrists, midwives, massage therapists, integrated family medicine doctors, homeopaths, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, lactation specialists, acupuncturists, pediatricians, and childbirth educators.

Get the services, resources, and education you need to meet pregnancy and motherhood with clarity, community and support.

Learn More at

christineChristine Sferle, Transformational Counselor

Having a baby should be a time of joy, connection, partnership and peace — both before and after your baby arrives. For many women, hormones, worries about the future, and the changes to your body, career, partnership and identity bring increased stress and an “in-your-face” awareness of the family dynamics and patterns that you may not want to repeat.

This can be a lot for a new mama to process. Thoughts, old stories and daily stress add up. Emotions have a physical effect on your wellbeing, and that of your baby.

Learn More About Christine and her work at



Read Christine’s 3 Tips on Emotional Detoxing for Mama & Baby

rsz_anniexphoto-amy_iacopi-276_copyAmy Iacopi, Patient Advocate & Owner of Iacopi Health Research

Amy Iacopi started Iacopi Health Research after her mother was diagnosed with an unusual subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The oncologists did a wonderful job taking care of her mother, but she noticed something missing: there was no one dedicated to addressing her mother’s-or both parents’-needs and concerns beyond the medical aspects of the cancer.

As a patient advocate and ally, Amy supports you and your family logistically and
emotionally by acting as your medical research assistant. She will be your facilitator of communication with clinicians and family members, your referral specialist, hand holder, note taker, and so much more.

Learn More at  about Amy and her work at







Read Amy’s Self Care Tip for Mamas in Jane’s newsletter


Community Well – A welcoming space for individuals and families to connect with a network of diverse practitioners focused on supporting people with holistic wellness services.

Community Well provides a welcoming space in the Excelsior District for growing families and individuals of all backgrounds to connect with holistic services supporting early parenthood and overall wellness that contribute to a better quality of life, and for holistic practitioners to connect with each other and the community.

Learn More at

handhandHand in Hand

Hand in Hand is a national network that offers support to help create mutually respectful working relationships between families and the providers they employ.

Hand in Hand provides information online, one on one consultation, and offers a workshop four times per year at Natural Resources on “Best Practices” for employing a childcare provider. Note: the next workshop is planned for April 18th at 6pm.

All of the resources provided are free and have been created by families who employ nannies in consultation with the providers.

Hand in Hand also supports the Fair Care Pledge, which includes three recommended employment practices: Fair Pay, Clear Expectations, and Paid Time Off.

Sign the Pledge and find out more information and resources about what these practices look like at

Littlelane – a new tool to help parents find awesome things to do with the little ones!

Littlelane is a new website that helps San Francisco parents find the best classes, activities and services. Check out our daily calendar of drop in classes, kid friendly events, story times, rainy day activities and more!

Check it out at





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