- Ginger has been featured in People Magazine’s Mom and Baby blogroll, Shape magazine, and many other online and print media sources.
- Ginger’s blog is a featured National Association of Mothers’ Centers Blog.
Ginger’s original blog, Breathing In This Life, started off as a small idea that came to her while sitting, propped up against a wall pecking away at her laptop, which was plugged into one of those (rare, exotic, and highly coveted) electrical outlets on the breezeway of a random Las Vegas airport terminal. At midnight. Somewhere around 2009 or so…
She decided life was now, and that a blog of support for mothers could not wait another second. There is very little support for women who want to be in charge of their health care in America today, especially during pregnancy. And what has happened since then has been a dream come true.
- Mothers Matter teaches women to Embrace Their Inner Lamb and Lion.
- The Informed Patient helps folks know what questions to ask their health care provider, and how to get the best possible care that they deserve.
- The Yoga Prescription advocates for use of yoga in healthcare, as medicine and for fitness and well-being.
Ginger is an author, educator, and licensed medical professional specializing in medical yoga for women’s health. She is an advocate for mother’s rights and works through the healing arts to help women around the world enjoy a better quality of life. Our panel of guest bloggers include contributing authors and experts from midwifery, mental health, medical yoga, integrative medicine, parenting, life balance, and more…
Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized life balance teacher/speaker and president of Career Strategists. Raised by spiritual seekers, Renée is the oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children. Growing up in Northern California, she attended a yoga school based on the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananada, rode horses bareback and hiked in the vast wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and learned stained glass window-making and philosophy from the Bhagavad-Gita . Her clients include Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Ernst and Young and national women’s organizations/conferences and nonprofits. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, Mothering, Yogi Times and more. She is the author of the award-winning “The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life” and “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life” (2013). Thousands of women in more than ten countries are becoming RTA-Certified Facilitators and leading/joining Personal Renewal Groups for moms based on her award-winning work. Renée is on the faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Omega Institute and she speaks and leads life balance workshops/retreats for corporations, conferences and organizations worldwide. She lives in Austin with her husband and 11 year-old son. Visit www.ReneeTrudeau.com and www.CareerStrategists.net.
Dr. Meriage-Reiter began her practicing yoga in 2006. It wasn’t until she began studying with Professional Yoga Therapy Studies (PYTS), that she began to see that her practice might have been causing her harm – the physical positions were not safe for her body and the fast-pace was wreaking havoc on her nervous system. PYTS helped her to begin her own personal journey towards more mindful living and allowed her to pass this on to her patients. She now uses the science of physical therapy bridged to the mind-body connection of therapeutic yoga to provide her patients / clients with the tools to heal themselves.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physiology & Neuroscience from UCSD and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from UCSF/SFSU. Presently, she works in an outpatient clinic, working with post-surgical rehabilitation, sports and work related injuries, spinal pain and other painful conditions. She also teaches therapeutic yoga classes in Alameda, California and is available for private physical therapy in-home or in-studio. Find out more atwww.mindbodymovement.org or email her at email@example.com.
Liz earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Fresno State, California and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1998. After working as a Certified Athletic Trainer at St. Josephs’ College, Indiana, she attended physical therapy school, earned her master’s degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2002. She combines her credentials as an ATC, MPT, and CSCS in her career, mainly in out patient orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Liz originally became passionate about yoga during physical therapy school to manage her stress and stay in shape, but her practice has evolved and deepened over the years. Liz earned her Professional Yoga Therapist certification in 2013. When she saw a disconnect between her yogic self and the contemporary health care system, Liz opened up her private practice, Body Temple Physical Therapy in Oakland, California in 2006 where she offers holistic physical therapy. Liz can be reached at Body Temple Physical Therapy in California.
Transnational dad and yoga photographer Carl Kerridge shares his multi-continent wisdom on the current state of American maternal health care. What he has to say: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” is stamped on the paper weight that my wife gave me several years after we started dating. My answer to her is that I am already doing it, I choose to live the life of an adventurer, traveling the globe for work and pleasure, capturing the beauty of life that surrounds us all.
Lisa is the author of the books: Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Easy, Organic Snacks, Beverages, and Party Foods for Kids of All Ages, and The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler.
Shelly is a Registered Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1998, her Yoga Therapist training through Professional Yoga Therapy Studies in North Carolina (www.professionalyogatherapy.
Valerie is Advocacy Coordinator for the National Association of Mothers’ Centers and its netroots initiative, Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights. She contributes analysis of policies affecting the economic security of mothers, educates members on the political process, and promotes a society that values the work of caring for children and other family members. She brings the lens of motherhood to her coalition work on feminism, work/life issues, older women’s income security, and maternal health and well-being. Valerie earned her law degree at Tulane University and practiced maritime insurance law in New Orleans for 11 years. Before joining NAMC, Valerie worked for the National Association of Women Judges, and was a founder, along with Ann Crittenden and others, of the Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights effort arising from publication of Ann’s book, “The Price of Motherhood”. She also worked for the National Partnership of Women & Families fighting efforts to privatize Social Security, and promoting paid leave and other work/life issues. She authored the National Partnership’s State Round Up of family friendly legislation in 2006. She lives in suburban Washington DC with her family.
Yvette is a Registered Pharmacist, Registered Yoga Teacher and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, practicing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Yvette is the owner of Wellness Pursuits. Her love and curiosity of the human body has long inspired her pursuit of personal wellness and fuels her current teachings and service offerings to her clients. She believes that when provided the proper resources our bodies have extraordinary potential to carry us through a long and vibrant life.
Yvette’s Integrated Health and Wellness programs are a fusion of her education and experience in the health and fitness professions and offer her clients a customized healing path with regard to the whole person. Utilizing modalities such as movement practices (exercise/yoga), conscious nutrition, nurturing routines and a supportive environment, clients can reestablish equilibrium and create optimal health, allowing them the freedom and energy to enjoy a full life.
Yvette can be reached via www.wellness-pursuits.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Genly, RN, MSN, CNM, is a Yale-educated nurse-midwife. Now retired, she spent 20+ years providing women’s health care in a variety of settings, from small birth center to university hospital. Now she trains people across the US to build teams that share simple, effective, evidence-based nutrition solutions, including Juice Plus+, that make a big difference; one person, one family at a time. Her dream is to build some teams in Europe as well. She and her husband celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011, and they have two grown children.
Stacey is a nurse-midwife and a mentor who helps you give birth to your BIG dreams. You can find out more about Stacey here. Stacey Curnow works as a certified nurse-midwife, and over more than 16 years her career has taken her from western Indian reservations to a center-city Bronx hospital to the mountains of southwestern Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in midwifery from Yale University. She has been an enthusiastic student of positive psychology for years and applies it to her midwifery and mentoring programs with great success. You can find out more about her children’s book, Ravenna here, and can order here. Hundreds of her articles have also been published in print magazines and online. She lives with her husband, young son, Ruby the wonder chicken, and Ruby’s sidekick, Spencer the wonder dog.
A trauma survivor who healed after more than 25 years of PTSD, Michele now devotes her career to helping others learn to clarity, verify and strategize their PTSD recovery.Her PTSD memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED, will be published in September 2011.Currently, she is launching the very first live virtual PTSD support groups.
Amber is the owner of Soulful Healing (www.soulful-healing.com), a holistic mental health practice based in Southern California. She combines traditional talk therapy with yoga therapy and energy healing to help people find contentment and heal the deep emotional wounds that keep us from living the best life possible. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and has 9 years of clinical experience. Amber is so grateful to have discovered yoga more than 13 years ago, as it has been a true blessing that continuously fuels her passion for holistic healing. She is a Professional Yoga Therapist (www.professionalyogatherapy.
Lecturer, Texas State University San Marcos