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. While this education did prepare her for a 15-year long career in the nuclear energy industry, none of it prepared her for the radical transition to motherhood.
As she’d prepared for so many things in life, Elizabeth researched pregnancy, birth, and newborn baby needs; however she never thought to consider her own post-birth recovery needs. As she held her newborn, the absence of 4th trimester care felt lacking compared to all of the monitoring and attention she’d received during the other three trimesters of pregnancy. She couldn’t help but ask – “What kind of care should I be getting?” Her research led her to worldwide postpartum care traditions that have been practiced for centuries. At first, she was skeptical of these traditions as they seemed largely based in folklore, but as she began to explore the scientific evidence supporting these care traditions, they began to make sense and eventually were so compelling, she knew she must share this information with other moms-to-be.
Elizabeth loves spending time with her two inquisitive girls and playing field hockey with her husband on their co-ed social team.