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A good starting place for searching out a trained pelvic flood therapist is through the Herman and Wallace foundation. Kathe Wallace from Seattle, WA and Hollis Herman from Boston, MA started the movement emphasizing the importance not just women’s health issues but offering training for medical providers who wish to specialize in women’s health.

What is difficult is that there is no standardization for qualifying providers who wish to call themselves women’s health specialists, and there are many different approaches. Most pelvic floor therapists will have some connection or have taken classes from Herman and Wallace.

In my experience for myself and with my patients, I found that because of the lack of standardization, I never knew wha...

Below are some stats regarding Stress Urinary Incontinence that I feel are worth reading.  I had planned to add them to my FB Live, but feel they have more impact when read.  

There seems to be a disconnect between women and clinicians when describing symptoms.  Awareness is key and not all women understand that although Stress Urinary Incontinence can be a typical postpartum symptom....its not something we have to live with.  Its a symptom that can be pushed under the rug and excused due to lack of knowledge on the part of both the clinician and patient.  

Mommy Ready is striving to create this awareness and knowledge to women immediately postpartum and women with continued symptoms after many years have pas...

February 10, 2017

Preparing for childbirth is something I've been thinking about a lot recently as I was awaiting a new precious baby. I've been able to refine my methods over the years which I'm grateful for because I started out doing absolutely nothing. With my first baby, I had no idea what I was getting into and I went into labor blind. I had no coaching, no training, no previous experience watching another woman have a child, nothing at all. I'm grateful that I had youth and ignorance on my side. I have since given birth to eight more children. Over that time I've been able to see the value in preparing myself and it has drastically impacted my health, before and after childbirth. Here's what I do now to prepare my body and mind for childbirth....

September 8, 2016

Each woman comes into pregnancy and leaves childbirth with her own unique experiences and problems.  Therefore, each woman's recovery after delivery would benefit from a provider who can evaluate her specific needs and address her unique concerns.

Too often, common concerns such as occasional leaking urine, persisting pelvic pain, prolapse and abdominal weakness are met with limited options. An OB/GYN may offer surgery but may recommend against it if future pregnancies are desired or the mother is too young. Kegels or pelvic floor exercises may be recommended but with little more than a handout as a guide. Many women tell me they already do kegels or that they've even seen a traditional pelvic floor therapist but feel discouraged because...

THANK YOU to all the wonderful mommies, and medical providers, who joined us for our first two Mommy Ready Events!

If you missed out on our last Mommy Ready Events in Anacortes, WA and Heber City, UT, you're in luck!  Find out about all our upcoming events by subscribing to our newsletter!

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The event at Penny Ranch in UT, we discovered what the core system is and how it stops working (or we teach it not to work) after pregnancy.  A gentle yoga session afterwards helped participants to identify and reconnect to each core muscle. We also experimented with diaphragm exercises and movements to relax, support and help heal the body from the inside out!

Our event in Anacortes, after finding the "missing core" and discussing co...

Core dysfunction is so common that nearly every mother experiences it at some point.  Many women improve on their own during postpartum recovery (before 8 weeks), but over half of women don't.  Read on to learn more about the core system that is responsible for keeping you strong and protecting you against injury (as well as having a flat belly and a defined waistline) and what happens when this system has stopped working.  

 

What is the core system?

The core "system" is made up of 4 parts that create a cylinder.  The top is the diaphragm and proper breathing is part of a core-system that works.  The tube in the center is made up of the transverse abdominis (TA) that has a fascia or connective tissue that con...

Pelvic floor muscle spasms can be painful, as well as mess with healing and your confidence.   They can also clue you in to specific areas of pelvic floor dysfunction that you can work on. These muscle spasms can be felt as sharp pains or deep aches in the vaginal/rectal area and may be just on one side -- usually opposite an injured area (such as from an episiotomy or tear during delivery).  Different from pain that is on the outer skin, these spasms are felt deeper in the first 2-3 inches of the vaginal opening. Pelvic floor spasms can cause pain with sex or tampon use and difficulty with bowel movements from pushing stool against a tightened muscle.  Spasms restrict blood flow slowing healing and can lead to very tired muscles - not...

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July 8, 2018

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