Featured Guests

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Building Resilience in Motherhood

Dr. Grady is a licensed pediatric psychologist who takes a positive, strengths-based approach to helping families understand, accept, and cope with challenges and change in their lives. Dr. Grady teaches parents how to connect with their infants utilizing models such as The Incredible Years and Promoting First Relationships, all with the goal of coaching parents to build positive relationships, feel more empowered and ultimately experience greater connection with their little ones.


In Born Together’s conversation with Dr. Grady we cover:

  • Reframing your expectations in early parenthood and the impact of shame on brain chemistry

  • The importance of building resilience during times of adversity

  • Born Together as an innovative model of Behavioral Activation geared to


Building Your Nest:

Why Postpartum Planning Matters

Kestrel Gates is a mother, a Postpartum Educator, and the author of Build Your Your Nest: A Postpartum Planning Workbook. Kestrel wrote Build Your Nest because she believes that families are in a new era, one where we are reclaiming birth and postpartum, working towards a time where we move beyond surviving and into thriving, for all mothers and birthing people. Kestrel believes all families should have the information they need to make a postpartum plan that is right for them. In Build Your Nest, Kestrel draws on the wisdom of traditional practices, while respecting where moderns parents are coming from, seeking respect, care and community.


In Born Together’s conversation with Kestrel we cover:

  • The essentials we are missing from modern postpartum care in the U.S.

  • How culture affects our postpartum recovery and motherhood as a rite of passage

  • Why and how to create a postpartum plan that works for you


Root Cause Medicine for Thyroid and Mental Health Postpartum

Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is a Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and the founder of Thriving Force. Dr. DeFrancesco’s approach is focused on your unique story, root cause solutions, and personalized care. Passionate about public education and patients learning to unlock their Thriving Force, Dr. DeFrancesco is the host of Thriving Force Radio and a public speaker who has shared the stage with some of the most innovative physicians in the world including Dr. Sachin Patel, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and Dr. Kelly Brogan.


In Born Together’s conversation with Dr. DeFrancesco we cover:

  • Why the thyroid gland may be affecting your mental health and energy after birth

  • Finding the root cause of your health challenges and the road map needed to for lasting wellness

  • Dr. DeFranceso’s number one tip to retrain your anxious mind and decrease your stress response after birth


Swaddling Mama- Diastasis Recti and Core Recovery

Kelly Dean, MPT is a physical therapist specializing in rehabilitation of the internal muscles of the abdominals and back. Kelly is the owner of The Tummy Team, a clinic based in SW Washington. The Tummy Team also offers online classes to patients, as well as professional training programs dedicated to helping providers understand the range of approaches available to support core weakness and abdominal separation. Kelly loves teaching people about the body’s amazing design and intended function, as well as increasing the body’s performance without severe amounts of exercise.

In Born Together’s conversation with Kelly we cover:

  • How to heal from abdominal separation (diastasis recti) after birth

  • “Swaddling mama” as a nurturing self care practice

  • Why your physical recovery after birth translates to feeling confident and connected to your baby


Postpartum Depression and the Unique Needs of African American Mothers

Shivonne Odom. Shivonne is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Washington D.C. and the owner of Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC, a female minority owned mental health counseling and consultation practice that specializes in women’s mental health. Shivonne is a locally and nationally sought after speaker who is passionate about helping improve the mental health of women, promoting women’s empowerment and mental health awareness.


In Born Together’s conversation with Shivonne we cover:

  • Common and uncommon symptoms of postpartum depression

  • Postpartum challenges specific to women of color

  • The wide range of tools a therapist can offer to support postpartum mood changes


Dads and Partners: Whole Family Support After Baby Arrives

Jason Gibler practices counseling at Aiyana Counseling in Portland, Oregon, with a special focus on serving couples, new dads, families and men, as well as clients struggling with anxiety. Jason believes that entering into counseling is one of the most courageous actions that any person, couple or family can take. He views therapy as a sacred process that requires honesty, presence, and vulnerability. Jason feels that both our wounds and our healing come through relationships. He utilizes Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed and Narrative Therapy techniques in his work with couples, families, and men.


In Born Together’s conversation with Jason we cover:

  • What postpartum depression looks like in fathers and partners

  • Recognizing the specific needs of the non-birthing person in the early postpartum time-frame

  • Investing in your relationship during early parenting through counseling and support group services


400 Days of Postpartum Nutrition

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.


In Born Together’s conversation with Lily we cover:

  • The most nutrient dense foods to support tissue repair after birth and their roots in traditional postpartum healing practices

  • Why rebuilding (or not rebuilding) your health in the postpartum time frame affects your health for life

  • Supplements and nutrients to consider if you follow a specific food philosophy or diet


What Does It Mean to Sleep Like a Baby?

Kristine Petterson is a sleep specialist, doula, and yoga instructor who loves to support exhausted families as they walk the path to healthy sleep habits. With her background as a public school teacher and her own journey with postpartum sleep challenges, Kristine has the ability to connect with parents with empathy and guidance as they embark on their own sleep journey. Kristine’s goal is to empower families to listen to their baby’s voice, harness their intuition, and support their baby’s innate desire to be a well-rested human.


In Born Together’s conversation with Kristine we cover:

  • Creating a sleep plan that works for your individual family

  • The importance of supporting your baby’s sleep skills and neurological development

  • Being in tune with your baby’s desire for sleep while promoting healthy attachment relationships


Why Words Matter During Times of Challenge and Transformation

Sala Kannan is a mother and entrepreneur. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Economics, she launched several businesses, including a software company. Her most recent creation Wisdom Words: Postpartum, is an affirmation card deck that inspires and supports postpartum moms. Sala is a life long learner, and has spent years studying meditation, neuroplasticity and women’s health. Prior to and after becoming a mother, she has offered hundreds of workshops in India and the U.S., with the goal of supporting women’s transformation and expansion.


In Born Together’s conversation with Sala we cover:

  • How negative self talk influences the postpartum experience

  • Using times of challenge as an opportunity for personal growth

  • Rewiring your brain to elevate your experience during early parenthood


Create A Feeding Plan That Works for You

Sarah Jane Wright is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Infant Feeding Specialist, serving families in the Portland Metro area in Oregon. When working with families, Sarah Jane’s goal is to help foster honest and meaningful connections that lead to realistic results for parents and their babies. Sarah Jane’s philosophy is grounded in the belief that no matter what a family’s personal circumstances may be, feeding a baby is not just about the breast or bottle, but also about the connection.


In Born Together’s conversation with Sarah Jane we cover:

  • Mama guilt and the ways we sabotage our own success

  • Pain and the effect on the breastfeeding relationship

  • The importance of connecting to your baby no matter how your baby is fed


Accessing Mind + Body Support for the Postpartum Nervous System

As a Nervous System Health Educator and Wellness Mentor, Jessica Schaffer guides people toward a more authentic relationship with their bodies and overall health through nervous system regulation and resilience education. She is passionate about introducing the concept of stress physiology (how our bodies process and metabolize stress and how they are influenced by it) and sharing tools to help us manage and balance our responses to stress and trauma. She offers private consultation for the general public through her Nervous System RESET program.


In Born Together’s conversation with Jessica we cover:

  • Why you can’t “unthink” your way out of stress

  • How trauma can impact our ability to cope and respond during times of intense stress

  • In the moment tools to reset your nervous system


Dynamic Movement: Beyond Exercise For the Post Baby Body

A dancer, mother, manual therapist, and founder of Divine Proportion Pilates and Mama Moves Cards, Bethany Drohmann understands firsthand how pregnancy and parenthood can challenge self-care and movement time. With over 15 years experience in her field, Bethany realized that many of the things she helps clients with, she could also use to find better health and balance as a parent. Bethany is committed to finding innovative ways to integrate movement into daily life, all while raising her energetic toddler and newborn baby girl.


In Born Together’s conversation with Bethany we cover:

  • Why movement is essential during the early postpartum timeframe

  • How to think beyond exercise to gain the benefits of movement

  • Bethany’s top movement tips to decrease pain and discomfort when holding/feeding a newborn and recovering from birth


Giving Your Pelvic Bowl the Care and Connection It Deserves

Kate Coletti is a mother, midwife, teacher and healer. She specializes in helping women discover their body’s potential and heal from trauma or birth. Kate’s advanced trainings in pelvic floor rehabilitation, craniosacral therapy and Holistic Pelvic Care,™ along with her midwifery experience & intuitive understanding, help her get to the root of pelvic issues and bring deep, lasting healing. While Kate’s primary practice is based in Sonoma, CA, she also travels to offer healing workshops and gatherings to women around the country.


In Born Together’s conversation with Kate we cover:

  • Ways to address vaginal prolapse after birth

  • When a kegel helps your pelvic floor symptoms and when it doesn’t

  • Harnessing your vital energy after birth through a holistic model of pelvic floor care


Harnessing Traditional Practices For the Modern Postpartum Experience

Sejal Fichadia is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and CAPPA certified postpartum doula serving families in the Portland metro area, where she teaches classes on infant massage, TummyTime!™ method, newborn care and breastfeeding. Sejal’s passion for her work as a lactation consultant comes from the families she serves and her strong belief in creating a supportive village around new parents. She is known for her warmth, and intuitive understanding of the needs of individual families and babies.


In Born Together’s conversation with Sejal we cover:

  • The INNATE Postpartum Care model- weaving traditional practices into modern postpartum recovery

  • Postpartum health and wellness as a predictor for a mother’s health through her menopausal years

  • Finding your voice and advocating for your vision of postpartum support

Tonie Lough

Transcending Incontinence

Tonie Lough believes that motherhood is an amazing gift, and mamas should not have to
feel like they are "paying the price" for that gift – for the rest of their lives – in bladder
insecurity, in low back pain, sometimes even in feeling like their “organs are falling out!”
Through her work as a Personal Trainer and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist,
Tonie has seen first hand how bodies are AMAZINGLY adaptable and will do what we tell
it, given the right information, in the right sequence. She specializes in core strengthening,
pelvic floor dysfunction, and diastasis recti repair to support moms at any stage in their
postpartum healing process.

In Born Together’s conversation with Toni we cover:

  • Why pelvic floor health is essential for whole body health
  • How focused breath education can decrease incontinence symptoms
  • Using your posture to bring your core strength back online