|Time||Track 1||Track 2|
|9:30 AM - 10:00 AM||Opening Remarks|
|10:00 AM - 11:00 AM||Whose body is this? Understanding your postpartum body and how to heal and strengthen, from the inside out: perspectives from a Pelvic Physical Therapist.|
|Maintaining Intimacy After Baby
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||Promises Made. Promises Kept. Protecting Your Family's Future Through All Stages of Life. |
|Meal Planning and Eating Well
|12:00 PM - 1:00 PM||Lunch||Lunch|
|1:00 PM - 2:00 PM||Sustainable Living through Homesteading|
|Caring for your emotional and mental wellbeing
|2:00 PM - 3:00 PM||Sleep Progression, not Regression|
|Developing a Child's Mathmatical Mind
|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM||There is no right or wrong, Motherhood is an Energy and Intention|
|Connected Pregnancy, Empowered Birth, Healthy kids
|4:00 PM||Closing Remarks|
*Schedule subject to change
Dr. Samantha DuFlo
Topic: Who’s body is this? Understanding your postpartum body and how to heal and strengthen, from the inside out: perspectives from a Pelvic Physical Therapist.
Dr. Samantha DuFlo earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, after which she relocated to Chicago, IL to further her knowledge and training in pelvic pain and rehabilitation.
As a holistic physical therapist, Samantha integrates a wide range of therapeutic techniques and a multifaceted approach to facilitate whole-body healing. Samantha has a focus perinatal pelvic wellness, as an educator and a practitioner. She helps women prepare their bodies for pregnancy, treats throughout pregnancy, and helps women overcome pelvic pain, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, abdominal separation (diastasis recti), pubic bone pain, and other dysfunctions post-partum.
Topic: Sustainable Living through Homesteading
Mama, wife, amateur suburban homesteader. Yvonne strives to live a sustainable lifestyle while rocking the suburbs, balancing the needs of three children and an often reluctant husband. Yvonne will be teaching about taking Steps Towards Sustainability; Beginning in your Backyard Homestead. Gardening, composting, meat and preserving will be covered.
Topic: Sleep Progression, Not Regression Learn about sleep development for your 4-24 month old and how to keep up with their changing needs.
Sheena Hill is a Baltimore based responsive parenting coach and gentle sleep counselor. She provides group and private classes and individual and couples counseling and coaching. Hrr work with parents includes brain-based and relationship-focused tools to increase your effectiveness and reduce stress by increasing connection, communication, and emotional intelligence skills. As the only local sleep coach dedicated exclusively to gentle methods, Sheena supports families through many sleep concerns including the transition from cosleeping, night weaning, and managing independent sleep.As a single mom, I understand the stresses of balancing parenthood with all the other responsibilities in life. I am an educator who specializes in parenting and family life. Its easy to be an expert, but in order to truly serve families, you must also be an excellent teacher, who can respond to the complex needs of adult learners.
Topic: Promises Made. Promises Kept. Protecting Your Family’s Future Through All Stages of Life.
Lauren is a Financial Professional, founder of Diverse Financial Partners, and proud mom of two little girls. She has a passion for helping families ensure they are prepared for whatever life throws at them. She is a proud Baltimore native and is prepared to help you prepare for the future.
Topic: Maintaining Intimacy After Baby
I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT), doula, and a woman who values well-being. My primary focus in my private practice as a couple’s therapist is to assist couple’s in working through a plethora of life’s transitions. From marriage, pregnancy, and postpartum to empty nesting we’re all moving through the life in different ways. I also work with individuals around trauma, self-esteem and identity issues. As a Doula, I provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to women and their families before, during and just after childbirth.
Jessica Grosman, MS, RD, LDN
Topic: Nourishing, Easy Batch Cooking Meals for Your Family + Q & A
Jessica Grosman is a Registered Dietitian, recipe developer, and culinary nutrition educator. As the founder of With Health & Gratitude, her goal is to educate people, to get them excited and into the kitchen to cook their own food and find better health through the food they prepare for themselves. She earned both a BS and MS in Nutrition, prior to completing a dietetic internship in 2001. Additionally, she graduated with honors from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition’s Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) program. Jessica’s passion is sharing her knowledge and education with others; she is experienced in teaching cooking & nutrition classes to a wide variety of audiences. She currently is working as a recipe developer, cookbook recipe tester, private nutrition therapist and teaches boutique cooking classes. When not in the kitchen creating deliciously nourishing recipes, Jessica enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling with her family.
Topic: There is no right or wrong, Motherhood is an Energy and Intention.
Danielle is a Life Planner that organizes Families and Entrepreneurs with healthy plans of action. From Start ups ready to launch to Mommies ready to pop, she’s got you covered! A complete believer of holistic healing and planning, her passion is deeply rooted in the balance and rhythm of life, work, and love. She has the ability to convert your vision to strategy and remove obstacles and barriers from any project. It is her responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page and going in the same direction at all times. Super Simple-If it feels good, your more likely do it! Let’s StartPlanning Healthy Today!
Topic: Developing a Child’s Mathematical Mind
Founder and Managing Director of Kimnastics, Kimberly Gantt has worked in the Maryland education system for the past 13 years. Prior to launching Kimnastics, she was a former STEM Specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, where she was tasked with creating resources, providing professional development and supporting teachers and administrators. In addition, she allocated funding to the lead educational agencies throughout the State of Maryland to support the implementation of S.T.E.M education. She continues to work with Baltimore County public schools as a math specialist, supporting teachers and students as she continues to grow her company.
Dr Sharon Dongarra
Topic: Connected Pregnancy, Empowered Birth, Healthy kids
Dr. Sharon Dongarra is a licensed Maryland chiropractor who specializes in the care of families, pregnant women and children.
She is a proud graduate of the prestigious Life University in Marietta, Georgia where she concurrently earned both her Doctorate of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Biology degrees with honors. Her interest in the care of pediatric and pregnant patients led her to obtain additional training and certification through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Dongarra is passionate about chiropractic and is an extremely competent practitioner. This shows in the care provided to her patients and in the results that they achieve. She uses a variety of chiropractic adjustment techniques to meet the needs and comfort level of each member of her practice.
She was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland the youngest of six kids to hard-working parents. Prior to becoming a chiropractor she answered her inner call to help people by traveling overseas with the American Red Cross serving the men and women of our Armed Forces. She has worked serving families living in low income housing in Baltimore City and with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter.
Dr. Dongarra resides in Baltimore with her wife Katie, their two children and their critters
Sara Nett is a Clinical Psychologist with a passion for providing evidence-based psychotherapies to empower people to use skills and techniques to help them feel better, faster. Dr. Nett and her clients partner together and use an active approach to therapy that emphasizes the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and an active process during and between sessions. This active approach allows clients to experience increasing confidence in their ability to understand and regulate their emotions effectively and to alter undesirable behavior patterns.
Dr. Nett has a private practice in Towson, MD, where she specializes in assisting women experiencing postpartum distress, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and difficulty coping with traumatic birth experiences. In addition to supporting women during the transition to motherhood, Dr. Nett has expertise related to trauma recovery and is particularly interested in assisting women working to heal following interpersonal violence.
Susie is a classically trained culinarian who has a passion for creating delicious meal plans centered on moms and those with restricted diets. In 2010, she graduated from Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts program and began working as a chef in a variety of different settings. As a new mom, Susie was inspired to begin building recipes that captured the complex nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, with an emphasis on protein consumption. She believes that dietary restrictions are not a hindrance to eating well, but an opportunity for culinary creativity.
She has created meal plans that are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan in all sorts of combinations because she believes that you can still eat well with a variety of restrictions.