By Madeline Schaefer, NTP, HYT, and Certified BirthFit Coach
I am so excited to announce that as a BirthFit Certified Coach, I now offer support, training, and guidance to women and their families in all stages of motherhood and parenthood. If you or someone you know is pregnant, wants to become pregnant, has ever been pregnant, or is postpartum, BirthFit is for you.
As a BirthFit coach it is my goal to empower women to be an active participant in their health, before, during, and after pregnancy. You can continue to train, move, adapt, set and break new goals, and embody power and strength in all stages and all representations of motherhood. Pregnancy is not a handicap, nor is it an injury; it is a miraculous demonstration of your body’s ingenuity, strength, and resilience. My goal is to prepare you physically and mentally for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
The programming I develop for preconception, prenatal, and postnatal training combines functional progressions designed by BirthFit to support women in preparation for and recovery from birth. It is additionally influenced by my training in MovNat, Holistic Yoga Therapeutics, and strength and agility patterning from POINT classes. I use all these methods to incorporate, strength, endurance, stability, range of motion, functional movement, proprioception, all planes of motion, isometrics, isotonics, balance, recovery, and intuition. What is included in a session is directly reflective of where a mother is in her journey.
Birth is physical, it is primal, and requires strength of will, body, and mind. I work one-on-one with women prenatally to help prepare them for this process. You will develop strength to support you as your body and center of gravity shifts - strength you can call on in labor and strength to develop supportive ranges of motion to maintain comfort as you move through pregnancy and birth. You will build the confidence and conditioning necessary to approach birth with a deep sense of courage and acceptance for what is and what will come. This is reflected in my emphasis on building functional strength in the back of your body (your posterior chain), stability in different positions, especially deep squatting, confidence to utilize the power of your own voice, and intentional higher intensity training to prepare for contractions in labor... and a fierce, flexible, and open mindset. :)
Postpartum is forever. In the BirthFit philosophy, the first 12 months are considered the motherhood transition, also called in other cultures the “critical” or “primal” period. This period is split up into four phases: Co-Regulation, Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Rebuilding. In our culture currently, we tend to skip over the first three and go immediately to Rebuilding. There is so much pressure on women to “bounce back,” to remove all evidence of their “post-baby bodies” and return to their pre-baby fitness and life routine ASAP. It is my intention to encourage and support women each session in the stage and body they are currently in. I emphasize intentional and intelligent training that meets Mom where she is at in each session. Your programming is tailored to you based on your goals, where you are in your postpartum journey, and your own personal birth experience. No birth is the same and therefore no recovery is the same. This is why individualized programming is so important. I work with women coming from all representations of birth: vaginal unmedicated birth, vaginal medicated birth, Cesarean, loss, vaginal tearing, and anything in between. It is extremely important to me that each of my clients feels supported and nourished in the stage and body she is in and has adequate time to rest and be with her new family.
I am beyond honored and excited to step into this deep and rich community of women and their families. Please reach out to me with any questions or to set up a free 30 minute consultation. I will leave you with a few phrases directly from BirthFit:
BIRTHFIT is a movement. It’s about expecting and postpartum moms taking charge of their bodies and their decisions, and supporting one another’s journeys—together and apart.
BIRTHFIT is an approach to birth. We challenge the status quo and ask the questions no one else asks. We read, research, experiment & consolidate all the common sense, time-honored wisdom & recent studies we can find and present that information to you through various education models. Our pillars are fitness, nutrition, chiropractic & mindset. We unconditionally support YOU—the birth mom & birth partner—to make the best decision for you and Baby.
BIRTHFIT is a state of readiness. Childbirth is perhaps the most physical, mental & spiritual experience of a woman’s life. We want you to be ready in body, mind & spirit for the experience of birth and the lifelong journey that follows.
BIRTHFIT is your support team. We are a team of practitioners, educators, chiropractors, coaches, nutritionists, fellow mamas, men & women who are involved in our local communities and we are all rooting for YOU.