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Join us from 8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. at Montague Retreat Center on Wednesday, June 7th for a workshop and retreat.  The space is magical. Our speakers are dynamic. There will be time for yoga and a walk.

This will be our third workshop within a year!  We discuss nutrition, acupuncture, mental health, partner relationships, pelvic health and physical therapy during the postpartum as a way for mothers to rebuild, replenish and recover, optimizing their health and well-being.  We dive deeper into these issues. Links to summaries from our past two workshops are below.

Intended Audience

  • Women who are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or who are living the postpartum experience.
  • Professionals and practitioners whose practice will benefit from an increased understanding of women in the childbearing year, particularly issues of postnatal depletion and postnatal recovery including doulas, midwives, nurses, physicians, childbirth educators, therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists, acupuncturists and body workers.

Our goals for the June 2017 workshop are to:

  • Discuss the physiologic impact of pregnancy.
  • Explore how to nurture and reinforce your partner relationship when “two becomes three.”
  • Learn effective ways to optimize your healing and support in the postpartum time 
  • Listen, share and learn from each other in a safe and magical space.

Please plan to bring your lunch.  Tea and water will be available.

Fee: $47 if registered and paid by June 1st.  $55 after June 1st.

Recommended reading: Dr. Oscar Serrallach identified the issue of postnatal depletion and developed a comprehensive approach for recovery.  He’s brilliant and I can’t wait until his book, Mothermorphosis: Your Revolutionary Guide to Post-Natal Transformation comes out later this year.  Until then, here are some recommended reading links.
Postnatal Depletion, click here
Your Babymoon supported by a Babymoon Shower, click here.
Fall 2015 Babymoon Workshop Summary, click here.

Spring 2016 Babymoon Workshop Summary, click here.


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Rebuild, Replenish, Recover: Optimizing Your Health After Birth

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Kendra Strasburg, LHHC, AADP.  Kendra is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, having attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. Combining my nutrition background with training in energy medicine (Berkeley Psychic Institute) and sacred plant medicine (Gaia School of Healing) has solidified my understanding of how we heal – physically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually – none of these pillars acts alone. It is my pleasure to bring them all together for my clients in a way that is logical, grounded, effective, and real so that they can realize optimal health in their own way and in their own time.

Kendra is a new mother and is fascinated by the changes that motherhood brings, on all levels.  While at times these changes can seem overwhelming, I have found nutrition to be a key player in supporting me, and I look forward to applying what I know to what I’ve learned in this new chapter so I can help you and your family thrive.

Kendra lives with my husband and son in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, where the air is fresh, the internet is slow, and the water is clean. We grow our own food, hike the hills, and enjoy local art, music, and food.

Kindreth Hamilton, MAOM, MS, L.Ac., is the owner of Integrity Women’s Health (South Hadley).  She specializes in treating fertility, postpartum and chronic pain issues.  She developed integrative care programs —Mindful Fertility and Thrive Mama—to fully support women struggling with fertility or navigating postpartum life. Kindreth completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College and earned a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (Newton, MA).  Kindreth deepened her understanding of the psychosocial and biophysical aspects of pain through completion of a Master of Science in Pain, Research, Education and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine.  During this time she was privileged to co-author a Cochrane Review, Acupuncture for Pain in Endometriosis (2011).

Kindreth is a certified postpartum doula and continues to pursue postgraduate studies in women’s health in the areas of fertility and gynecological disorders.  She has trained in acupuncture for infertility and in mind/body medicine techniques with Dr. Alice Domar, PhD at the Domar Center/Boston IVF. Kindreth is a New Hampshire native and finds inspiration in the tranquility of nature.  She enjoys working her horse, gardening, hiking and most of all, she loves being a mother to her two young sons, Jake & Ian.

Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is committed to the healing of the planet one womb at a time. She embodies her commitment through her private bodywork practice, health/nutritional coaching, and spiritual/emotional counseling with women in Northampton, MA. The main forms of bodywork she practices to support abdominal and pelvic health, are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Chaya also facilitates healing and empowerment through the practice and teaching of tribal fusion and improvisational tribal style belly dance. Lastly, and most importantly, Chaya transforms the planet through conscious mothering of a young developing toddler boy.

Lauren Harris, BA, M.Ed., LMHC earned her Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.  She has spent the last decade working with families, children and adult women mainly in community mental health centers. More recently, she owns a private practice located in Easthampton, MA. She currently is certified and specializes in treating perinatal mood disorders.  Lauren is a married mother of three young children happily still continuing to perfect her daily work/ life balance. 

Patricia J Young, PT, MS, DPT specializes in treating pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic pain, urinary stress incontinence, urinary retention, and constipation. She employs a trauma-informed approach built upon the principles of trustworthiness, support, collaboration, and empowerment   She is a member of the Pelvic Pain Society and has completed continuing education in Body Awareness and Physical Action in the Treatment of Trauma as well as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Across the Life Cycle through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Institute (SPI). She is also a member of The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Disassociation and the Section on Women's Health of the American Physical Therapy Association .   A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she earned her Master’s Degree at Springfield College and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Temple University. She is in private practice at Restore Physical Therapy and Wellness in Hadley, MA

Patricia is mother of three children and three grandchildren. Her personal birth experiences include c-section, VBAC and home birth.  Patricia enjoys hiking the trails of Western MA, Blues guitar/singing, and cooking with gorgeous food from Farmer's Market.

Beth Grams Haxby, Ed.M., Sleep Consultant.  A native of the Midwest, Beth has a B.A. in sociology from Carleton College, a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, and an Ed.M from Smith College. Happily on the staff of the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, MA for more than 20 years, she taught in preschool, kindergarten, third and fifth grade classrooms.  Her work in sleep began with a review of the sleep literature in 2002 and grew to include presentations at conferences across the country.  She retired from full-time classroom teaching in 2010 to start a practice in sleep and parenting. In this work, she has helped hundreds of families looking for better sleep in their households and has offered workshops for expectant parents and parents of babies and children all over the valley.  She is the mother of two grown children and is a delighted grandparent of a little boy.





 In a recent interview, Dr. Oscar Serrallach, an Australian physician, used the term "postnatal depletion."  I had not heard the term before and was immediately intrigued because I have certainly witnessed the symptoms in women after the births of their babies.  According to him, some of the symptoms include: fatigue and exhaustion, tired on waking, hypervigilance, frustration, overwhelm, isolation, brain fog or "baby brain" and loss of libido.  Sound familiar? 

These symptoms often occur in the immediate postnatal time, but Dr. Serrallach contends they can manifest up to ten years later in some women. After discussing the depleting physical impact of pregnancy on the postnatal time, Dr. Serrallach outlined a specific plan for "postnatal repletion."  Imagine!  A problem presented and a solution defined in one interview!

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