Overcoming the Challenges of
Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum
in COVID Times
A deep dive into mental health & physical fitness during a pandemic.
The birth cycle is associated with a myriad of physical and psychological changes for women that begin prior to conception and persist well after the child is born. Even during non-pandemic times, this frequently results in a plethora of positive and negative emotions, which can be stressful and challenging.
Common emotional difficulties include sadness, feelings of insecurity, anxiety, and obsessive thoughts. Covid-19 has only exacerbated these challenges contributing to uncertainty, fear and feelings of isolation.
The challenges with staying physically strong and healthy can be daunting given that you are exercising on your own, with a group online or outdoors--in most cases without a lot of personal guidance. Finding motivation, getting past guilt, new aches and pains, uncertainty about what to do, and not knowing how to exercise safely can set you back before you even start.
If you are ready to finish the year feeling more supported, grounded and steady, this webinar is for you.
In this 1-hour webinar you will...
Assess which mental and physical challenges are affecting you during this time
Learn concrete self-help strategies for coping, learning and staying motivated
Understand what to look for to determine whether professional mental health assistance may be helpful
Understand when private training and movement guidance may be helpful
Learn ways to stay connected, supported and strong from pregnancy through postpartum, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.
Get your questions answered LIVE by perinatal mental health and fitness experts.
Meet the Presenters
Dr. Craig Springer, PhD
Dr. Craig Springer is a clinical psychologist who is licensed as a practicing psychologist in New York (016741) and New Jersey (35SI00449700) and credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He earned his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at New York University. He is Principal and Managing Partner of the Good Life Center for Mental Health in Cranford, New Jersey. Dr. Springer is The former Director of the Center for Psychological Services, overseeing 10 doctoral training clinics, at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Also, Dr. Springer was Co-Director of the New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment. Prior to that, he served as Supervising Psychologist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where he developed a model for treating trauma.
Dr. Springer has extensive experience in developing, conducting, supervising, and researching evidence-based psychotherapeutic programs for children, adolescents and adults. He has given over 50 professional presentations and workshops, published numerous theoretical and empirical manuscripts and he is the coauthor of a book entitled “Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse: An Innovative Approach.” Dr. Springer served on the Practice Guidelines Committee of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and was an editorial board member for the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and reviewer for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. Dr. Springer has expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood problems, behavioral difficulties, and interpersonal problems. He is Level 2 certified in TEAM Therapy, has an advanced certificate in perinatal mental health and he has received specialized training in mindfulness and trauma-informed treatments. Through his individualized and collaborative approach to working with clients, he continues his dedication and service to providing and disseminating evidence-based therapeutic interventions.
PCES, CPYT, CYT
Nicole is a mom of two and an experienced yoga teacher and coach to women who want to feel vibrant and strong through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.
Guided by her lifelong passions for movement, mindfulness and personal growth, Nicole delivers transformative programs that address the whole woman—mental, physical, emotional and spiritual—to help release stress and anxiety, ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and postpartum, and cultivate strength and confidence for birth and motherhood.
Presenting the teachings of Yoga, Meditation, Nutrition, and Ayurvedic Self-care through her creative lens, she guides her students to deeper levels of awareness, appreciation, ease and love so they can restore their energy and strength sustainably.
Nicole works with women in groups and privately in New Jersey and around the world. She is also the author of multiple online yoga, birth preparation and wellness programs she developed to support mothers worldwide.
Growing from a deep personal practice of yoga since 1998, Nicole completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Alan Finger and Chrissy Carter at Yoga Works NYC in 2007. She completed her advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification with the Prenatal Yoga Center NYC in 2012 and studied in 2017 with Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT, CNC for her training as a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Nicole also trained as a health coach with Live Well International and has completed extensive complimentary education in meditation, Ayurveda, postpartum Ayurveda, the chakras and the energy body, yoga for traumatic brain injury through the Love Your Brain foundation, trauma-informed birth professional training through Childbirth International and has attended a Spinning Babies Workshop and is a Spinning Babies enthusiast.
Nicole lives in Cranford, NJ with her husband and two children. When she’s not working, you may find her ballroom dancing, bike riding with her husband, baking with her daughter, or fixing a LEGO mishap with her son.
PCES, TBMM-CES, CYT, CPT
Kendra is a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Teacher, teaching privately in New York City and Montclair, NJ. Her years of experience with and curiosity about the human body have informed Kendra’s method of training, which focuses on alignment, proper form and corrective exercise to help her clients live pain free.
Education has offered Kendra the platform for groundbreaking industry innovation, thus she credits her success to the mastery of her work and unparalleled attention to detail. A graduate of Dr. Sarah Duvall's Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Program, The BioMechanics Method, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Works and certified by ACE, Kendra has completed extensive complimentary education in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology as well as corrective exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation, sports coaching.
Kendra has been featured on The Today Show, in Men’s Fitness, Shape, CNN, The Tampa Tribune, Curve, New York Daily News, AM New York, and TimeOut New York, and as a cover model on Yoga Zeit magazine.
Kendra is most well known for melding her clinical expertise with creativity and a lighthearted perspective. At the end of the day, she understands that her clients are real people with real lives, it is her job to help them tune into the power of their own bodies.
In addition to being a private trainer and teacher, Kendra is also the Founder & Director of Barefoot Tiger LLC, a world-class private fitness concierge company in NYC with 24 teachers and trainers on staff.
When she’s not working, Kendra loves to hang out with family (and her sister!), travel, go running, and having dance parties and pillow fights with her two sons.