Bonding & Balance

Dancing can be a fun and empowering way to prepare for birth as well as a way for parents to bond postpartum. Darcy assists in teaching movements that can help relieve stress and tension, as well as increase the flow of oxytocin.

Participants will learn more about using dance as a way to foster positive bonding experiences and alleviate stress. By using familiar movements and sounds, moms and caregivers will be able to sooth their babies while gaining muscle tone and physical strength at their own pace.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Darcy Newlin

Darcy Newlin is a birth doula and Dancing for Birth Certified Instructor.

Connecting Your Village

How we as parents and community members can build and activate the village awareness and model in our communities for mothers and families.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Michelle Peterson

Founder of The Seven Sisters Postpartum Care Program

Michelle Peterson is the founder of The Seven Sisters Postpartum Care Program and author of Seven Sisters for Seven Days: A Mothers’ Manual for Community Based Postpartum Care.

Feel Good Mom Fashion

Breastfeeding Friendly Style
w/ Ash, Personal Stylist from The Emerge Forum

Dressing yourself post-baby can be a challenge!

Come hear from a Personal Stylist & Makeup Artist from The Emerge Forum at this live interactive fashion exhibit. Models will be styled from their own closet in outfits that are breastfeeding friendly and she will answer your questions about style in motherhood

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Ash Krupnik

Personal Stylist

I’m a Personal Stylist from PHX where I style a variety of clients from top executives to runway models.

How Was Your Postpartum, Really?

Come to our safe and intimate gathering, where mothers can be truly heard by other mothers. In paired sharing, we will speak freely about our postpartum experience, and then give the gift of listening without judgement to another.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Jennifer Hoeprich

Jennifer Hoeprich, CPM, CMT is a home birth midwife, meditation teacher, and women’s circle facilitator who has served birthing families in the Phoenix area since 2004.

Loving Kindness Meditation

Join us as we take a moment to reflect on creating a space of love and kindness for those in our village.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN

Dean, College of Nursing & Health Innovation Chief Well-Being Officer

Dr. Teri Pipe is dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She joined ASU in 2011.

Mom Connections

Sometimes making mom friends can be more awkward than dating. Grab your lunch and come to our connections session to meet other moms, and let us take away the hard part of forming these relationships. You’ll leave this space having laughed a little and made a new friend.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Kendra Flory

Kendra is a stay at home mom to a four year old son. She realized her passion for connecting moms shortly after she had her son.

Sarah Fein

Sarah is the mother of 3 and works as a pre and postnatal fitness instructors with Fit4mom Metro Phoenix.

Moving beyond the mask of motherhood

In this mask making workshop we will discuss how we can move past the mask of perfect and idealistic motherhood and embrace parenting as our perfectly-imperfect selves.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Rochelle Trotman-Norman

Rochelle Trotman-Norman is passionate about helping mothers consciously create lifestyles that prioritize joy and peace for the whole family, starting with mom. 

New Age Parenting Workshop

How to relate to your children as the spiritual beings they are and step into being the parent you want to be.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Krystina Sloan

Krystina is a fertility and birth mindset coach who integrates emotional, physical and spiritual preparation. She is committed to transforming the birthing process in the United States so that all woman are empowered as they step into parenthood.

Parenthood and Money

Has parenthood changed your relationship to money? Wondering how you’re going to make ends meet? Join us for a money Q and A with local financial advisers and get your money questions answered!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Scott McLaine

Scott McLaine is an accomplished public speaker, life success coach, author, and business consultant.

Jon Corcoran

Financial Advisor

I am a financial advisor who serves the serious long-term investor. I develop investment strategies that are tailored to the specific goals of my clients.

Mike Prahl

Michael Prahl is a comprehensive wealth advisor specializing in corporate and individual retirement planning, exit planning, and estate planning.

Postpartum Diaries Podcast

The Postpartum Diaries Podcast is a show which offers an honest insight into the challenges and triumphs of the postpartum period. Episodes are rich with expert advice and stories of mothers that want to paint a transparent and truthful look at what motherhood looks like.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Kari-Ann Hubbard

Kari-Ann Hubbard is the owner and founder of Luna Acupuncture. She is a state and nationally board certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine through NCCAOM® and has a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.

Postpartum World Tour – What can we learn from other cultures?

We will spend our time exploring how other cultures around the world spend the time after the postpartum days and weeks. This will be a circle discussion to explore and talk about how to take those ideas and incorporate them into supporting the postpartum for yourself and others in your circle of friends.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Krystyna Bowman


Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC and her husband Bruss are The Bradley Method® 2018 Affiliated Instructors.

Q and A with Birth to Five Helpline specialists

Have questions or concerns about your child birth to five years of age? Join us for a conversation about topics like child development, challenging behaviors, sleep, fussiness, parenting, feeding and more. Bring your questions and hear about the support and resources we provide.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Ana Arbel, MS Ed

Ana Arbel, MS Ed, senior program manager of Birth to Five Helpline/Fussy Baby program with Clara Schnall, Fussy Baby Specialist.

Clara Schnal

Clara Schnall has worked in both hospital and community settings.

Sex and Intimacy after baby

Couples look forward with great anticipation to welcome their baby, and experience the joy that comes with the culmination of the labor and childbirth experience.  What most don’t realize, is that sex and intimacy between a couple often changes – and may not fully recover without some valuable guidance.

Dr. Debra Wickman shares some straight talk about the science behind these common concerns; how to prepare for it, and what to do when difficulties with desire, arousal, or pain persist beyond that magical 6-week postpartum timeline.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Debra Wickman

Dr. Debra Wickman is a gynecologist with more than 20 years of experience. She completed a fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine at UCLA, and is also trained as a sexuality counselor.

Sound Healing with Gretchen

Relax, release and renew with a meditative sound journey! All you need to do is simply lie back and be, as your body, mind and spirit are massaged by the sounds of the gongs, Tibetan and Crystal bowls and chimes. Cap off the day and ice your conference cupcake. Leave feeling full and refreshed and ready to integrate all you have learned and experienced.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Gretchen Bickert

Gretchen Bickert is a Sound & Energy Therapist and works with people as well as animals.

That Which Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funnier

Shedding the chains of perfection and learning to embrace the joyful chaos of parenthood.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Sarah Clay

Sarah Clay is the wife of a musician and teacher as well as mother to their five spunky kids. 

Heidi Bever

Heidi Bever is a happily married mother of two.

The Birth of a Mother

Every time a baby is born a mother is too. This workshop explores the psychological process women go through in developing a new identity as a mother and the “emotional pains” it can entail. This workshop also explores how professional counseling can help women to successfully integrate their new identity as confident and healthy mothers. Lastly the workshop will explore in general how professional counseling can help mothers recover from postpartum mood disorders that can partly result from the struggle to integrate their new identity.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Cara English

Dr. Cara English has 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care, and is thrilled to open Terra’s Place with a mission to serve women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Jennifer Kizer

Professional counselor and Reiki Master practitioner

Jennifer Kizer, MA LPC is a mother of five children living in Glendale, Arizona. She works as a licensed professional counselor and Reiki Master practitioner.

The Healing Room

Resilient mothers, we SEE you. We see you ceaselessly give of your body and heart to the ones you love; persevere through the sleepless nights and days; strive to cultivate a sense of peace and joy in your family in the midst of an increasingly fragmented society; carry forward the most meritorious of services – the nurturing and education of the next generation – in spite of the often lack of encouragement and support found in your daily life; and work to be present for your children even when the demands of life feel overwhelming.

Do you need a BREAK? An other-worldly place to escape to for an hour of rest, relaxation, love and light?

Join us for a 1-hour healing session dedicated to the body, mind, heart and soul!

Come sink into the warm womb of the The Healing Room – a sacred space where all can be forgotten, and you can come home to the remembrance of who YOU truly are. Come be honored, heard and held. Leave feeling more integrated, peaceful and connected!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Chelsea Cleghon

Flourish Coaching & Bodywork

Chelsea Cleghon is an Intuitive Coach and Transformational Bodyworker with training that includes massage therapy, EFT, and Health Coaching. She is committed to people experiencing a centered state of being & an opening of the heart. Chelsea is passionate about creating a space where people feel loved & see their greater purpose.

Kristi Anderson

Intuitive Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Owner and Founder, Ida Pingala Yoga

Kristi Anderson is the owner and founder of Ida Pingala Yoga. She has spent her career deeply involved in the world of yoga, sound healing, energy healing, and senior fitness.

Leilani Manako

Advanced Yoga Teacher, Associate Polarity Practitioner, Reiki Master Founder, Leilani Soul Wellness

Leilani Soul Wellness is an alternative holistic healing practice to help those suffering from mental affliction. Using a variety of modalities including: yoga, bodywork, energy clearing and intuitive coaching, the goal is create wholeness, connection, balance, and peace within the client. LSW serves parents of postpartum depression, clinical depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Lua Zawacki

Integrative Bodywork Practitioner

Lua Zawacki is an integrative bodywork practitioner with expertise in energy balancing techniques that address the underlying causes of physical, emotional and psychological distress and disease; support one’s unique healing and truth-seeking process; and can connect each individual to their inherent wisdom and life’s purpose for greater peace, joy and freedom in their lives.

The Healing Room – Infants

The transition from womb to world is a big one. The experience embodies intense physical and emotional changes for baby and mom alike, and is often accompanied by trauma along the way.

Could your infant benefit from some additional healing support?

Bring them in for a 30-minute Cranial Sacral Therapy session to nourish and support their new and developing system. These sessions are supportive of:

  • Resolving residual imbalances resulting from the birthing process and adjustment to life in this new realm
  • Greater emotional and physical wellness for baby and mom
  • Strengthening the bond between mother and infant

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Heather Rose James and Megan Rodman

Heather Rose James and Megan Rodman

Heather Rose James and Megan Rodman are the founders of Free to be Healed, a practice located in Tempe, AZ. They provide holistic therapies, energy work, bodywork, psychic-spiritual development, and intuitive readings.

The Paternal Mindset

Healthy Tips for Supporting Your Partner and Bonding With Your Baby. Maintaining your sense of self, not feeling “replaced” by the baby who now gets your partners attention, etc. Coping with shifting roles, new responsibilities

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Jimmy Gialelis

Certified Massage Therapist

Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB has been a nationally certified massage therapist of 17 years.  He maintains a private practice in Tempe, AZ.  Mr. Gialelis teaches both at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and with his company Advanced Massage Arts & Education.

The What, Why and How of 4th Trimester Care

If you had a knee surgery, you’d probably expect a recovery plan. So why is it when you have a baby, you don’t? Aren’t we supposed to “just survive” early motherhood like so many others do?

Mom’s long-term health (think menopause and beyond) is dependent by her ability to fully recover physically after the stressors of pregnancy and birth. You don’t have to “just survive.” Join us to learn how to create your solid foundation for future health and wellness! 4th Trimester care is ESSENTIAL, not a luxury!

This mini-workshop is designed for women currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant – no matter if you’re first-time or a veteran mom!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Caitlin Green Cheney

Caitlin is a wife and mom to three amazing girls. She has a passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands.

Elizabeth Wood

To say the least, Elizabeth’s path to becoming a 4th trimester educator is unorthodox. Professionally, her love for science drew her to complete a degree in Physics at the United States Naval Academy followed by an advanced degree in Engineering Management.

Truth Booth

Help us capture the voices and lived experiences of families in the postpartum period. Share your truth about becoming a parent at our “Truth Booth” project in collaboration with ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Kari-Ann Hubbard of Postpartum Diaries.   

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Elizabeth Reifsnider


Liz Reifsnider is a women’s health nurse practitioner and a public health clinical specialist who has worked with mothers and children for her entire career.

Kari-Ann Hubbard

Kari-Ann Hubbard is the owner and founder of Luna Acupuncture. She is a state and nationally board certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine through NCCAOM® and has a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.

Yoga to Self Acceptance

This session offers a truly personalized practice, honoring the bodies capabilities through modifications. Making this Yoga Practice accessible and possible to integrate into your daily life.

While elevating the mental state with guided meditations to empower a more soulful connection to your unique expression of life.

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Jennie Mae Casillas

Jennie Mae Casillas is the founder and therapist at Mae U Be Wellness.

Your Body During and After Pregnancy – What No One Tells You

Join us to learn more about your body during and after pregnancy. We will tell you what no one else will! Learn how to start caring for your body, including your pelvic floor, NOW before you start experiencing any issues. Fun, interactive and honest conversation!

Current Speaker(s) for this session:

Linda Q. Rudd

Occupational Therapist & Co-Founder of OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center

Linda Q. Rudd, OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist educated at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. She has been practicing for 22 years and has specialty training and certifications in pelvic floor therapy, myofascial release, cold laser, multifunctional movement and biofeedback.

Melissa D. Lee

Occupational Therapist & Co-Founder of OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center

Melissa D. Lee, OTR/L, BCB-PMD is a licensed occupational therapist educated at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has been practicing for 10 years and has specialty training and certifications in pelvic floor therapy, biofeedback, myofascial release, cold laser, and multifunctional movement for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.


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