This is the perfect place to be if you just had a baby. The coming months (and years!) will be filled with constant change, and you will get better and better at navigating it all. We think you will be a pro, actually. But in the meantime, let's take care of some basics and get you on your feet (or off them), so you can start enjoying this ride of your life.
You don't have to scour the internet and wonder if this or that article is better. You don't have to leave your house (we actually think that a solid month of resting as much as you can goes a long, long way...more on that with our resident Traditional Chinese Doctor). It's been curated for you by a mom and wellness expert who wants to bring more grace and less effort into what can be a challenging experience. So down to the content. Here's what you'll learn from this series:
You've got this. Soon you'll be a pro and actually be interested in things we cover in the rest of this school...
Hi! My name is Rachel, and I'll be your guide for this offering. I'm a mom, lawyer, and the founder of Curated Wellness.
I have about twenty years of diverse wellness training, including nutrition, meditation, counselling, yoga, and lifestyle design. I've studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; Ben Wong and Jock McKeen, founder of the Haven Institute; Shiva Rea, yoga teacher and pioneer; Regena Thomashauer, Founder of Mama Gena’s School for Womanly Arts, and many other leading researchers and wellness authorities. I hold degrees from the London School of Economics, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto, and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
But a lawyer? Well, yes. I was a lawyer on Wall Street. It was pretty rad. That experience taught me a lot about health and happiness - but I'd been searching for ways to live better for a long time before I became an Esquire.
I put the power of legal analysis together with my deep knowledge about wellbeing to curate holistic offerings for urban professionals. I run pretty awesome workshops and design wellness programs for great organizations, and coach people 1:1. When I became a mom, I realized that no one was curating wellness for us. And we need it! So, the New Mom Dream Team was born (and they are beautiful!).
It's my pleasure to put my finest research and (softie) cross-examination skills together to make your experience of motherhood as wonderful as it can be. See you in the videos!
Lisa Caron, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Like you, doula and newborn parenting coach Lisa Caron has seen the word motherhood defined numerous ways over the years. Is it protective mama bear? Is it let the baby cry it out? Is it all about the baby? Is it all about the baby gear? Is it all about the family?
With two decades of real-life, in-the-trenches experience coaching hundreds of women and their families through childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting their newborn, her view is different. Lisa appreciates that motherhood is a moment-to-moment experience and not about what the neighbours or a book, say you must do. Motherhood is the choices you make, everyday. It's finding and listening to your inner wisdom. Building the community that helps you raise a strong secure child. It is about balance.
Lisa brings calm, reassurance and a patient ear to nursing mothers and babies. She helps women get up and running to meet their breastfeeding goals. Lisa has devoted thousands of hours of study and experience to become an expert in helping women be confident breastfeeding mothers.
Along with supporting new families in the comfort of their homes as a certified doula, Lisa has published two books with Dr. Lisa Doran. Joyful Birth: More Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas, and Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas. Lisa also teaches newborn baby care classes at one of Toronto’s leading maternity hospitals.Eva Klein, Infant and Child Sleep Consultant
Eva is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant through the International Maternity Institute and is the founder of My Sleeping Baby. Eva's main goal is to assist her clients establish healthy sleep habits for their children. After experiencing the debilitating effects of chronic sleep deprivation from her two children, Eva was inspired to help families overcome their sleep challenges. Eva truly empathizes with her clients' sleep troubles and personally invests herself in their sleep journey.
Kate Love, Coach and Advocate
Kate Love is a mama of twins, a yoga devotee and the owner of Sage Coaching where she works with women in times of transition or change, especially new mothers. Kate's power lies in her ability to create a safe container for her clients to hold doubt, fear and resistance. She champions them to seek out their truth and embody it in their daily lives.
Lara Rosenthal, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbologist
Lara Rosenthal, L.Ac is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbologist who has been specializing in women's health and fertility for over ten years. Her philosophy of practice is to work with the body from the foundation up, to coax it back into its natural state of balance where it can function optimally. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan and provides acupuncture services at NYU Medical Center's Fertility Center. She has served as a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, and as a clinical supervisor at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases' Initiative for Women with Disabilities. Her work on acupuncture and in vitro fertilization has been published in Fertility and Sterility, and The Journal of Chinese Medicine.
There is no collection of resources like this anywhere, and that's why we're here.
Let the Dream Team help you in the middle of the night. On a walk. During a feed. Over that long awaited and rare cup of tea on your own. We're here 24/7 for a whole year, and long after that too on the private Facebook group that students of this course have access to.
You can spend hours searching the internet, thousands on seeing various practitioners, or keep suffering silently. But you really don't have to - because it's all here for you, on a silver platter.
Dive in, and enjoy every second.