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Birth Trauma Myths

Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Bianca Sprague’s Bio:

Bianca Sprague is a birth doula and lactation educator and has supported hundreds of families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. She feels particularly passionate around maintaining the family's relationships and mental wellness. As a queer woman she advocates for inclusive language in the birthing space. She lives in Toronto with her spouse, Alana, and their daughter, Gray. 

And a bio of BEBO MIA:

BEBO MIA INC. is a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field, including pregnancy/birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists. They offer comprehensive skills, business support & community care through an innovative online structure that spans a global market. 


A very different culture from both the patriarchal boardroom model & the female-centric multi-level marketing industry, bebo mia offers opportunities for women to work from home while making an income for themselves and their families. They develop inclusive, accessible trainings for women that provide the skills needed to grow & sustain a lucrative business. bebo mia remains fiercely committed to their original mission that was developed in 2008: To connect women to their intrinsic value and power.

Bianca’s Resources:

"Not my circus, not my monkeys"

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CAST 079
Good Gut Health from Birth

A super important topic and it was a joy to hear Joann’a passion for her work adn also her drive in what got her started on her journey to the work that she is doing now. A wealth of knowledge and it was an honour to have her on the show this week

Please share far and wide!

Enjoy!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Joanna Krzeslak’s Bio:

Dr. Joanna Krzeslak-Hoogland is a certified nutritional coach, a registered paramedical natural medicine practitioner and a functional medicine practitioner in training. She has a Biology MSc from a Polish University (Warmia and Masuria University) and she has earned a doctorate in molecular microbiology at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. 

Promote Health for People of all Ages

After her academic education she went on to work in the biotech industry. In 2015, following her gut and returning to her lifelong passion for health, microbes, nutrition and education she brought to life her own company ProBiotic DIGEST. Now, she consults and promotes health through education about nutrition, gut health, human gut microbiome and lifestyle to help people in their journey to wellbeing. She is a voice for voiceless microbes – to tell you how important microbes are in our lives. Dr. Joanna as a mother of two daughters is acutely aware of the impact of healthy living – physically, emotionally and psychologically – on children. It drives her to promote health for people of all ages. Joanna is an author of scientific publications and contributed to several books. She offers individual consulting and workshops. For more information visit her website www.probioticdigest.com

Joanna’s Quote:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance, you must keep moving”. Albert Einstein.

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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for C-section & Vaginal Deliveries

Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Susi Hately’s Bio:

Since 1993, Susi Hately has grown from teaching one or two musicians how to stay pain free while playing their instruments, to becoming a highly credible and reliable source for understanding and successfully using therapeutic yoga to enable people to get out of pain and back to the life they want to live – at home, work and play.

Better Body Balance

Her Signature Style of Yoga Therapy combines principles of anatomy and physiology with the ancient art of yoga asanas, breathing, pranayama, stillness and meditation. All of her sessions are customized to suit individual needs.

She started teaching this way back in 2001 because not every person with back pain or shoulder pain needed the same yoga program. Instead she focused on the person, their anatomy, their movement abilities and their day-to-day lifestyle. . . with a goal to cultivate better body balance.

Today she teaches people who have back pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulders, repetitive strain injury, and osteoarthritis; people going through chemotherapy, and people who are recovering from cancer treatment; people with neck pain, knee pain, and people rehabilitating from surgery; people with MS; Lou Gehrig’s, as well as people with anxiety, and depression. Clients come from all walks of life – executives, parents, retirees, elite athletes, Olympians, school teachers, dentists, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, yoga teachers and more – but the common thing that brings them is always the same, initially – their pain, fatigue or tension is getting in the way of the life they want to live.

In 2001, she started to teach teachers the anatomy principles she uses in her classes each day. They had ah-ha moments in their own bodies as well as ah-ha moments with their students – there was less pain, more ease, and a greater feeling of lightness and strength.

In 2004, she began to train teachers more specifically in therapeutic yoga, and in 2007 she launched what is now called the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive. Over these 5 mind blowing days she teaches the theory and techniques she uses daily with her clients to help them reduce pain, manage long term physiological and systemic issues, recover from surgery and navigate treatment protocols.

In 2007, she began Certifying Yoga Teachers to become Yoga Therapists. Her Yoga Therapy Program is now one of a few IAYT Accredited Programs based in Canada, and is catered to yoga teachers who want to blending the modern with the ancient, who have tried what she has taught and sees the positive impact in their own practice, as well as in the practices of their students and who want to take their knowledge deeper; who want to flourish as therapeutic yoga teachers, and become really good at what they do. Susi has much experience in this world of improving movement and reducing pain and she wants to share it with people who are serious about their development and growth.

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CAST 068
C-Section Scar Tissue

An episode for all busy parents this week. You will love this mama’s journey from corporate career to burnout to self taught chef to Dutch Masterchef finalist to cookbook creator.

Such a great one. Get listening. I can’t wait for the book and yes I have already pre-ordered.

X Kaz

Dr Emily’s Bio:

Dr Emily Kiberd has been a chiropractor in midtown Manhattan for 10 years and the founder of Urban Wellness Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic with chiropractors, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition, yoga therapy, and acupuncture. She is obsessed with movement and is fascinated with how the body compensates for injuries.

 

Urban Wellness Corporate Solutions

She integrates a corporate wellness program called Urban Wellness Corporate Solutions into fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in NYC which includes: yoga, ergonomic assessments, nutrition, and massage therapy.

She works with athletes, corporate warriors, and has a specific specialty doing post-surgical scar tissue work, specifically postpartum c-section scars. She helps women get ready for pregnancy through strength training, breathing techniques, nutrition, and chiropractic adjustments and knows education is essential to a healthy birth.

Mama to 1 year old Baby Elvis, wife to DJ, she loves getting her patients moving better, smarter and pain free.  In her world work/life balance is a myth because she believes if you love what you do, they are seamless.

Bojana’s Quote:

“I never anticipated how much becoming a mum would change me”

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CAST 047
Healing with GAPS. (Gut And Psychology Syndrome)

Wow!! Mamas are amazing. You will love this share. Amanda is certainly a mama on a mission and I have so much respect for all the work that both her and her partner do in keeping their son halthy and in healing him and restoring his health. What a journey and waht commitment.

This episode is eye opening and educational and also uplifting and inspirational. You will love hearing all about Amamda’d journeya dnshe does it with hunour, grounded-ness and so so much love!!

Enjoy the episode and please do share it around as it is intended to help others who are possibly in need of the same healing protocol.

Enjoy!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Amanda Growland’s Bio:

Amanda lives in Amsterdam with her husband and 3-year-old son. She’s from Canada and has been living the Dutch dream for the past twelve years. She has a background in journalism and works in communications for a not-for-profit organisation. Amanda is passionate about many things but her focus for the past two years has been healing her son’s chronic health issues. Her son has been battling with leaky gut (gut dysbiosis) and painful eczema since he began eating solid foods. When no specialist or treatment could offer relief, Amanda turned to the GAPS diet and that’s when the road to healing began.

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Lamaze. Not your Mum’s Huffing and Puffing class.

The highest energy guest to date on Mum’s The Word. And we both could have kept talking forever. What a delight Tanya Strusberg was to have on the podcast talking about Lamaze and so much more!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Tanya Strusberg's Bio:

Tanya Strusberg is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and founder of BirthWell BirthRight an independent childbirth education practice based in Melbourne. In 2015, Tanya was inducted as an FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators) in recognition of her significant contribution to childbirth education.

Through her internationally accredited Lamaze Educator Training program, she is very excited to be training a new generation of Australian Lamaze educators.

Last, but absolutely not least, she is also the mum of two beautiful children, her son Liev and daughter Amalia.

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CAST 017
My Birth Wishes

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Emily Jones’s Bio:

Emily is a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, HypnoMothering Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Infant Massage Instructor, Fertility Support Educator, mother to two beautiful souls, wife to another, friend to all & peaceful birth seeker. She is passionate about Calm Beginnings, from Conception, Birth & Beyond. It was through a beautiful entrance into the world that was so peaceful & empowering that it compelled Emily to share this amazing gift with other families. 

My Birth Wishes app

From this birth her business Acacia Wellness was born & like her family has grown into something special. After speaking to hundreds of women approaching birth filled with fear & anxiety, Emily identified that communication was often at the crux of these feelings. Emily’s My Birth Wishes app is a trusted birthing companion & the must have app for all pregnant families worldwide.

Marie Mongan, Hypnobirthing Quote

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” 

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Birth Plans, Hospital Preferences

I was thrilled to have Pip from Birth Savvy on Episode 14 who is so passionate about birth, outcomes, people knowing their options and asking for what they want. So very often discussed but never is there really a what to avoid or a where to look…. here are some tips to consider for your birth plan. Why you need one… why its ok to call it a plan and what might never be accepted if it was in one. So as you can imagine this week is a very important message that all mums to be would love to hear. One to certainly be shared many times!!

So please do share this episode and it’s links/resources with those pregnant women around you especially those nearing the end of their pregnancy. And Have you subscribed yet to Mum’s The Word to get all the episodes delivered to your phone as soon as they are released each Friday? You can do so here on iTunes.

ENJOY this week’s Episode here and thanks for listening!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Pip Wynn Owen's Bio:

Pip is a childbirth educator, midwife and mother of four who is a passionate advocate of empowering parents to create better births. Over a decade ago Pip was charged with the antenatal classes program and teaching at a large private hospital. Working as a midwife at the time, Pip decided to enrol in formal childbirth education study through Birth International. The study dramatically changed her understanding and approach to prenatal education. 

Independent childbirth education service

With the birth of her fourth child, her first with an obstetrician in the private hospital, Pip realised the real need to create an independent childbirth education service, operating externally and alongside the system. 

She launched “Birth Savvy – Ask for What You Want” in early 2013 which promotes Better Birthing through education. Workshops are held throughout WA and focus on helping parents get the birthing experience they deserve through increasing their confidence and knowledge and promoting an equal partnership with their obstetricians. Since the inauguration of “Birth Savvy”, Pip has discovered the complimentary practice of hypnobirthing, and has since qualified as a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner.

Through her passion for improving birth experiences for couples Pip has become a sort after commentator on maternity issues and makes regular appearances on National Radio and TV. She has also been asked to written opinion pieces for national newspapers. She has also contributed to magazines and online blogs, such as Practical Parenting, Empowering Birth and www.onyamagazine.com Pip was also awarded the National Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner of Excellence 2014/2105

Pip’s Quote:

“Enjoy the pregnancy, its such a special time, you are growing a human being” 

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All Wound Up with Belly Binding

Who would have known all the wonderful things that a long cloth can do for you postpartum let alone that we could talk about it and the benefits for an entire episode but here we are.

Belly Binding is something that I am hearing mentioned more often and its an ancient ritual that is making a comeback.

Mirjam shares what got her into it, why would you do it, who it benefits and even more in this episode. She also shares some wonderful parenting tips and links, which are also in the show notes below and not to be missed.

Enjoy and share!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Mirjam Heemskerk's Bio:

Mirjam Heemskerk experienced an enormous change in her life in 2004 when her father died shortly after her youngest daughter was born. These two events, birth and death so close to one another brought about an immense shift in her consciousness which resulted in a change of career from the publishing industry to the healing arts. During her two pregnancies and two subsequent home births she recognized the true power of the mind and body, and her interest in pregnancy and birth grew stronger.

Make every woman feel nourished an nurtured

She started several massage trainings to be a massage therapist. Mirjam embarked on a journey which combined touch, energetic healing, movement, nutrition, aromatherapy, herbs, crystal & flower remedies. Her passion for the Wise Women Cycle led her to work with babies, children, adolescents, pregnant women and mothers of all ages. Her passion is to bring the gift of a true Sacred Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood to the women in her community. Mirjam brings together her intuition and gentleness to make every woman feel nourished and nurtured.

Mirjam is Dutch and also speaks English, French and a little German.

Since 2007 Mirjam is the owner of manumanu massage

She created Gentle Beginnings at the start of 2015.

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Double the Fun – Survival Tips from a Twin Mum

I’ve so been looking forward to sharing this episode for quite some time. As a mum of a boy (and yes I am generalizing here with what I am about to say) I was not prepared for the amount of climbing, jumping, dare devil kamikaze risk taking energizer battery energy that little boys have and get up to. Sometimes I feel like I need eyes in the back of my head with my little one. And he just turned 2 not that long ago so we have a looooong way to go and lots of sporting pursuits to come our way. I guess it just came as a bit of a shock having a child that gets into everything after my daughter, who was a very “careful” child.

I just couldn’t imagine having twins (although before I was a mum I thought twins would be fantastic – have the babes all in one go??) but these days I cannot imagine at all having twins!

My guest this week – I take my hat off to her – is a mum to twins and yes you guessed it … TWIN BOYS! I know her personally and I know how amazing she is with them and how patient she is.

I thought we could all learn from her wisdom but certainly all the mums with 2 or more babies in their bellies right now or those with a young set of twins would be happy to hear from a mum who’s been in their shoes. She also discusses how important it is for mothers to nurture themselves, giving the example of when on a plane, a parent must put on their own oxygen mask before putting it on their child

It’s a GREAT episode and Sherry shares some fantastic parenting links that have also helped her navigate motherhood. Enjoy.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Sherry Federer's Bio:

Sherry Federer is an ex-pat mom of 4-year old twin boys and lives in Amsterdam. It’s never a dull day at their house between the dinosaur expeditions, fort building and games of hide-and-go-seek. Currently Sherry is a stay-at-home mum on a mission to rock this motherhood thing. Sherry and her wife moved to Amsterdam when Sherry was 4 months pregnant and they had many adventures navigating a new city and creating a support system to help them through those first years. It’s been a fun ride, albeit challenging at times, and they can’t imagine having done things any other way.

Sherry’s Quote:

“Its not an Emergency”

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