PODCAST

The Pelvic Floor Project

Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries

Pregnant and overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to yourself? Looking to have an empowered birth experience? New mom and disappointed by the lack of guidance to help you recover? Wanting to learn about how to nurture the only body you will ever have? This podcast is FOR you! I'm a mom of two, an entrepreneur and a physical therapist. As a mom I have experienced the lack of support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is what lead me to further my education and develop a special interest in helping women. In this podcast I am going to talk to a wide range of health care practitioners who work specifically with women to bring you evidence based information that you can put into practice immediately. I am excited to see the changes we can bring.

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50.  Postpartum advice… the not so good messaging
May 23 2022
50. Postpartum advice… the not so good messaging
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physical therapist and Instagram star, Hayley Kava to break down some “not so good” messaging out there: “Pelvic floor symptoms are due to a weak and loose pelvic floor”“Don’t start physio until 6 wks after baby”"A pelvic health PT is only helpful for those that have had a vaginal birth”“Just give it time and wait for the hormones to go away” “Be careful your abs don’t split open”“Be careful or your organs will fall out”“Just wait until you are done having kids and then have surgery”“If physiotherapy didn’t work, you failed physio” Our goal for this episode is to talk about how “rubbish” these messages are and share the truth behind them. Hayley Kava PT, MPT, never wanted to be a pelvic floor physical therapist. She had been an athlete her whole life and thought working with athletes was her passion. She then gave birth the first time and realized that labor, birth and postpartum recovery was the most physically, and emotionally demanding thing she had ever done.Through navigating her own recovery, she realized that all people with pelvic floors deserve more information and empowerment about how to address their common, but often taboo, issues. She created her business Hayley Kava, Physical Therapy out of this passion to spread this much needed information, and to ensure that no person feels alone is dealing with any pelvic floor problem.  Hayley now works full time working both with clients and clinicians of all ages and genders taking a whole body approach to the pelvic floor.  Instagram www.hayleykavapt.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show
50.  Postpartum advice… the not so good messaging
May 23 2022
50. Postpartum advice… the not so good messaging
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physical therapist and Instagram star, Hayley Kava to break down some “not so good” messaging out there: “Pelvic floor symptoms are due to a weak and loose pelvic floor”“Don’t start physio until 6 wks after baby”"A pelvic health PT is only helpful for those that have had a vaginal birth”“Just give it time and wait for the hormones to go away” “Be careful your abs don’t split open”“Be careful or your organs will fall out”“Just wait until you are done having kids and then have surgery”“If physiotherapy didn’t work, you failed physio” Our goal for this episode is to talk about how “rubbish” these messages are and share the truth behind them. Hayley Kava PT, MPT, never wanted to be a pelvic floor physical therapist. She had been an athlete her whole life and thought working with athletes was her passion. She then gave birth the first time and realized that labor, birth and postpartum recovery was the most physically, and emotionally demanding thing she had ever done.Through navigating her own recovery, she realized that all people with pelvic floors deserve more information and empowerment about how to address their common, but often taboo, issues. She created her business Hayley Kava, Physical Therapy out of this passion to spread this much needed information, and to ensure that no person feels alone is dealing with any pelvic floor problem.  Hayley now works full time working both with clients and clinicians of all ages and genders taking a whole body approach to the pelvic floor.  Instagram www.hayleykavapt.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show
49. Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
May 16 2022
49. Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Susannah Britnell to discuss: Symptoms typically seen with clients who have tailbone pain What muscles and structures attach to the coccyx/tailboneReasons why people have tailbone pain Typical course of treatment What pelvic health physiotherapy has to offerWhat the research says Susannah Britnell works mostly in private practice at Urban Healing in Vancouver BC, working collaboratively  with clients of all ages and genders in the areas of pregnancy and postpartum,  orthopedics, pelvic health and persistent pain, including genital pain and bladder,  bowel and sexual pain concerns. Susannah worked for years at BC Women’s and the interdisciplinary team at the  Centre for Pelvic Pain, gaining invaluable experience working with people with perinatal concerns and persistent pelvic pain.  Susannah has presented both internationally and locally, to professionals and patients. She is an adjunct professor in the UBC Masters of Physiotherapy program and an instructor for Rost Therapy and Pelvic Health Solutions. She has co authorized several papers with the Centre of Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis.  Susannah has been a mentor for the Pain Science Mentorship program and has served on the CPA Women’s Health Division and Pain Science Division  Committees.  To book with Susannah: mentioned:EmbodiaThe ROST Therapy Approach to Understanding & Treating Pelvic Girdle Pain Coccydynia - A Rost Therapy Approach To The Assessment And Treatment Of Tailbone PainRost Therapy online courses Treatment for Coccydynia: and Postpartum Pelvic Girdle Pain: Evidence:Maher et al: Concurrent Validity of Noninvasive Coccygeal Motion Palpation and Transabdominal Ultrasound Imaging in the Assessment of Pelvic Floor Function in Women. 2020. Maigne JY, Pigeau I, Roger B. Magnetic resonance imaging findings in the painful adult coccyx. Eur Spine J. 2012 Oct;21(10):2097-104. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2202-6. Epub 2012 Feb 22. PMID: 22354690; PMCID: PMC3463700.Nathan ST, Fisher BE, Roberts CS. Coccydynia: a review of pathoanatomy, aetiology, treatment and outcome. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Dec;92(12):1622-7. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.92B12.25486. PMID: 21119164.Stensgaard SH, Moeller Bek K, Ismail KM. Coccygeal movement test: an objective, non-invasive test for localization of the pelvic floor muscles in healthy women. Med Princ Pract. 2014;23(4):318-22. doi: 10.1159/000362337. Epub 2014 May 15. PMID: 24852386; PMCID: PMC5586893.Support the show
48. Using dilators to address painful penetration
May 9 2022
48. Using dilators to address painful penetration
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Amanda Olson, physical therapist and pelvic expert behind Intimate Rose to discuss:The messaging that dilators are used to "stretch tight tissue" Reasons why penetration with intimacy, tampon use and medical exams can be painfulThe connection between brain and pelvic floor How dilators can be used to help the brain and body tolerate penetrationIntimate Rose product details (sizing, what they are made of, lubrication to accompany, ordering)Ways to progress when using a dilator How to know if a dilator(s) would be an option for youDr. Olson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. She is holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) from the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and RRCA certified running coach. She is the president and chief clinical officer of Intimate Rose where she develops pelvic health products and education.  She is passionate about empowering women and men with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, pregnancy, and post-partum issues. Dr. Olson teaches internationally on various pelvic health topics including pelvic floor dysfunction in runners. She has written newspaper and magazine articles on pelvic floor dysfunction, and running and also authored the book Restoring the Pelvic Floor For Women.InstagramWebsite - code: MOMMYBERRIES for a special discount in your cartLinks mentioned in episode:Episode 27- Vulvovaginal painEpisode 47 - Pain with intercourse: Looking beyond the pelvic floor muscles The evidence:Al-Abbadey M, Liossi C, Curran N, Schoth DE, Graham CA. Treatment of Female Sexual Pain Disorders: A Systematic ReviewBakker RM, ter Kuile MM, Vermeer WM, Nout RA, Mens JW, van Doorn LC, de Kroon CD, Hompus WC, Braat C, Creutzberg CL. Sexual rehabilitation after pelvic radiotherapy and vaginal dilator use: consensus using the Delphi methodEdmonds DK, Rose GL, Lipton MG, Quek J. Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome: a review of 245 consecutive cases managed by a multidisciplinary approach with vaginal dilatorsFalk SJ, Bober S. Vaginal Health During Breast Cancer TreatmentKetheeswaran A, Morrisey J, Abbott J, Bennett M, Dudley J, Deans R. Intensive vaginal dilation using adjuvant treatments in women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome: retrospective cohort studyMacey, K., Gregory, A., Nunns, D. et al. Women’s experiences of using vaginal trainers (dilators) to treat vaginal penetration difficulties diagnosed as vaginismus: a qualitative interview studyMiles T, Johnson N. Vaginal dilator therapy for women receiving pelvic radiotherapy. Support the show
47.  Pain with intercourse: Looking beyond the pelvic floor muscles
May 2 2022
47. Pain with intercourse: Looking beyond the pelvic floor muscles
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Lori Brotto a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist as well as PHD student, Natalie Brown who is currently conducting research related to treatment of vaginismus to discuss:The relationship between our emotional brain and physical bodyThe pelvic floor’s involvement when vaginal penetration is painfulCommon themes with discomfort and lack of enjoyment with intercourseThe role that context including culture, spirituality, beliefs, history, stress play in vulvovaginal pain Messages and advice women are commonly givenThe role of medications and hormonesPelvic health physiotherapy approachDr. Brotto’s research on mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual dysfunction and those who experience chronic genital painCurrent research being conducted using erotica as a form of treatment for vaginismus Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada.  She has been the Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women’s Hospital since 2016. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual dysfunction and those who experience chronic genital pain. Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has >200 peer-reviewed publications, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (2018) is a knowledge translation product aimed at sharing the science of sexual desire with a broad audience, and the accompanying Workbook will be published by Greystone in October 2022. She is a strong advocate for empowering women to take on leadership roles.Natalie is a PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program, working under the supervision of Drs. Lori Brotto and Alan Kingstone. She completed her BA in Psychology at Queen’s University in 2017, and her MA in Clinical Psychology at UBC in 2020. Natalie's research examines the use of virtual reality erotica as a clinical tool in the treatment of Genito-pelvic Pain and Penetration Disorder (GPPPD), with a focus on Vaginismus. Overall, her research program aims to improve our understanding of sexual difficulties and develop evidence-based interventions for individuals with distressing sexual concernsLinks mentioned in episode:Netflix special series : Principles of Pleasure UBC Faculty of Medicine Sexual Health Research Lab Details to participate in Natalie’s research on vaginismusBook:   Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire Episode 27 - Vulvovaginal painSupport the show
46.  Bladder leaks with cough, sneeze or physical activity
Apr 25 2022
46. Bladder leaks with cough, sneeze or physical activity
In this episode, I sit down with fellow pelvic health physiotherapist, Adrienne Sim to discuss: What is stress incontinence and why does it happenCommon beliefs and myths surrounding stress incontinenceSome ways that women are currently managing stress incontinenceWhat the evidence based guidelines suggest for management The strong evidence to support pelvic health physiotherapy What you can expect when you see a pelvic health physiotherapistOptions when physiotherapy isn’t enough Adrienne Sim is a Physiotherapist, practicing pelvic health in Langley, BC as a member of Full Circle Physiotherapy – A Pelvic Health Collective. Adrienne trained in Perth Australia, obtaining a Master of Physiotherapy in 2010 and went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy - Continence and Women's Health at Curtin University in 2014. She treats all areas of pelvic health with the integration of a biopsychosocial approach and is committed to empowering people with informed choice and helping to keep people moving and participating in life in meaningful ways.Adrienne is a lifelong learner and is enthusiastic about educating and presenting on various topics in her field to the community, her peers and other healthcare professionals. She is actively working to improve pelvic health awareness through various national committees and research initiatives.www.fullcirclephysiotherapy.comInstagram@adriennesimphysio.   @fullcirclephysiotherapyFacebook@adriennesimphysio.   @fullcirclephysiotherapyLinks mentioned in episode:ICS guidelines Dumoulin et al 2018 Cochrane Review: Pelvic floor muscle training vs no treatment, or inactive control treatments, for urinary incontinence in women. Brooks et al 2021:   A model identifying characteristics predictive of successful pelvic floor muscle training outcomes among women with stress urinary incontinence. NICE guidelines 2021:  Pelvic floor dysfunction: prevention and non-surgical managementAustralian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)Falah -Hassani et al 2021: The pathophysiology of stress urinary incontinence: A systematic review and meta-analysis Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
45. Pelvic floor education before birth: What the evidence suggests
Apr 18 2022
45. Pelvic floor education before birth: What the evidence suggests
In this episode, I sit down with Kimberley Johnson, a PhD student doing fabulous research in psychology with a specific focus on perinatal and pelvic health to discuss: Birth related pelvic floor trauma and the association with higher rates of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Kimberley’s personal experience that led to her research questionsThe study hypothesis -Lack of pelvic floor focused education may be associated with greater distress following pelvic floor trauma and its sequelae The staggering results that demonstrate the lack of information perinatal women are provided and the impact this has on them. Reasons why this information is not being shared by health care providers How we as clients, clinicians and care providers can start to implement this informationKimberley Johnson, M.S., is an advanced doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Utah with an emphasis in perinatal and pelvic health. Her current research is centered on factors that facilitate adjustment and wellbeing during the postpartum transition period, particularly in the context of birth-related injuries. She has published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Journal of Health Psychology and has contributed to postpartum rehabilitation and wellness courses. Outside of her academic and clinical work, she is also a mother of two (to a 3-year-old girl and expecting a baby boy this summer) and loves xc skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and just being outside with her family. Instagram - @wildmatrescenceEmail - kimberley.johnson@psych.utah.eduLinks mentioned in episode:Kimberley’s research: The Importance of Information: Prenatal Education Surrounding Birth-Related Pelvic Floor Trauma Mitigates Symptom Related Distress 29- Perineal tears with a urogynecologist Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
44. Pushing and the pelvic floor during vaginal birth
Apr 11 2022
44. Pushing and the pelvic floor during vaginal birth
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist Anita Lambert to discuss:How pelvic health physiotherapists can play a role in helping women prepare for birthThe anatomy of birthIs there a right and wrong way to push?How do birth positions play a role?Different ways you may be coached to pushWays to feel prepared and empowered What the research saysHow to bring this topic up with your care provider Anita Lambert is the owner of Holistic Health Physiotherapy, creator of the Bump to Birth Method and co-host of the To Birth & Beyond podcast.She’s a mom of two, pelvic health physiotherapist with a focus on prenatal and postpartum care and one of the select few physiotherapists in Canada to complete physio doula training which blends orthopaedic physiotherapy expertise and birth doula support and now assists this course for other physiotherapists in Canada.She’s passionate about helping you connect with your body including pelvic floor plus keep you active and comfortable during pregnancy while you prepare for birth and helping you navigate your postpartum recovery to return to exercise without pain or pelvic floor symptoms.She hears daily from pregnancy and postpartum clients “why did no one tell me?” about what our body might experience – whether aches, pains, leaking pee with exercise or healing from a vaginal tear or caesarean birth.No one can guarantee how your birth will go, however having worked with hundreds of pregnant and postpartum clients in her physiotherapy practice plus going through her own experiences, she’s seen how working together with your body (rather than ignoring it) benefits not only you in pregnancy but also during birth and postpartum recovery.This is why she opened Holistic Health Physiotherapy and created the Bump to Birth Method.Facebook : Holistic Health PhysioInstagram: Holistic Health Physiowww.holistichealthphysio.comPodcast: To Birth and BeyondLinks mentioned in episode:2017 Cochrane Review (Lemos et al)  -  Pushing/bearing down methods for the second stage of labour 33 - What is the best birth positionEpisode 17- Discussing epidurals with an anesthesiologist Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
43. When do we need to start thinking about menopause?
Apr 4 2022
43. When do we need to start thinking about menopause?
In this episode, I sit down with physiotherapist, Michelle Lyons to discuss: The link between pelvic health physiotherapy and menopauseMeaning of the terms perimenopause and menopauseRole of estrogen and progesterone in the bodyHow the various body systems (brain, digestive, heart, bladder, vagina, bones, muscles, tendons etc) may respond to hormone changes The importance of our monthly cycleHormone changes postpartumThe lack of awareness around menopause Why women experience menopause differentlyHow to educate and advocate for yourselfMichelle Lyons is a leader in the field of physiotherapy with 25+ years of clinical experience. Her passion now is teaching clinicians and healthcare professionals how to help women live well. Michelle's professional toolbox includes movement therapies, manual treatment strategies to optimize function, nutrition, herbal medicine, mindfulness and a commitment to integrate a biopsychosocial approach into all she teaches. She has taught postgraduate coursework on women’s and men’ pelvic health all over the globe and has presented at most of the leading conferences and world stages on women’s health.Michelle believes that women deserve better healthcare. That feeling comfort, safety and joy in our bodies, is not only attainable, but our birthright. That having fears, concerns or problems dismissed by healthcare providers as ‘part of being a woman/ having babies/getting older is unacceptable. That a knowledgeable woman is an empowered woman. That the healthcare providers who serve women need better education: up to date, evidence based, compassionate and tailored to the individual woman and all the women we serve.Michelle founded Celebrate Muliebrity which is where you can find her. You can find her on her website instagramLinks mentioned in episode:Dr Louise Newson - YouTube App: Menopause Manifesto - Dr. Jen Gunter (book)Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: more details on the small groups?Small GroupsFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
42. When postpartum running doesn’t go as planned
Mar 29 2022
42. When postpartum running doesn’t go as planned
In this episode, I sit down with Celia Peters, runner and mom. Celia shares her struggles with postpartum recovery despite doing everything she could to prevent them. She brings a honest and refreshing perspective while inspiring others to become experts in their own body. Celia’s goal to be proactive and prevent postpartum issuesWhat things she did to prepare during pregnancy and for birthThings that stand out with the early postpartum period“Comparison is the thief of joy”Harmful messages Celia had heard and how she has learned to change her mindsetWhere she is nowHer message to other postpartum momsCelia is a former elite middle distance runner who continues to love running for its ability to challenge herself, explore new cities, and wind down after a busy day working in tech sales. Through Celia’s recent pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Oona, Celia has developed an interest in women’s health and challenging outdated norms around pelvic health. So far, Celia’s postpartum return to running has been different than she expected - and she’s learning to appreciate and be patient with each step ahead. Links mentioned in episode:Self paced programsSmall group programsThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
41. Navigating endometriosis
Mar 21 2022
41. Navigating endometriosis
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Jill Mueller to discuss: An explanation of endometriosisCommon symptomsHow a diagnosis is madeCausesTreatment optionsHow pelvic health physiotherapy can helpResources to help you advocate for yourselfJill Mueller has been a physiotherapist since 2001. Her interest in Pelvic Health Therapy stems from experiencing her own journey with endometriosis and fertility challenges for 10 years.  Through learning more about the disease, implementing pain neuroscience and visceral therapy, she has taught herself how to escape her monthly cycle of pain.  Jill is passionate about sharing what she has learned with other Pelvic Physiotherapists and her clients.Endotogether: www.endotogether.com Facebook InstagramHealthy Balance Physiotherapy & Wellness in Oakville, Ontariowww.hbpw.caFacebook InstagramLinks mentioned in episode:Episode 10 - Why the pain in your vagina or elsewhere in your pelvis, won’t go awayBook: Beating Endo by Amy Stein and Iris Orbuch Pelvic Health Solutions (find a physio in your area)Endometriosis Network of Canada (find a doctor)Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
40.  Preparing the mind for birth
Mar 14 2022
40. Preparing the mind for birth
In this episode, I sit down with Elise Ruel, full spectrum doula, breastfeeding educator and childbirth educator to discuss:What it means to prepare for birth?Birth as a natural process that cannot be “controlled” but rather “helped” Ways that cultural differences and beliefs play a role in birth preparationThe benefits of thinking through your wishes, fears, and preferencesThe benefits of being surrounded by a supportive birth teamHow to prepare the nervous system and mindsetHow doulas and pelvic health physiotherapists can support you as you prepare for birthElise Ruel (Sinclair) is of mixed settler/ Anishinaabe heritage.  She has enjoyed living and working in the beautiful unceded territory of the Syilx Nation and is honored and privileged to be serving Kelowna as a  Full Spectrum Doula, Breastfeeding Educator and Childbirth Educator.Elise was called to birth work after becoming a parent for the first time.  She believes strongly in community and the importance of contributing and giving back in a good way. Her goals as a Birth Keeper, Doula and Educator are to nurture her clients emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well being; to support their journey through the transition into their new roles as parents and to continue to support and contribute to a safe birthing community by providing culturally appropriate services to birthing people, their families and their babies.You can find her:www.eliseruel.com InstagramFacebookLinks mentioned in episode:Doula match Canada: Doula Association: for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show ( the show (
39. Moxibustion for turning a breech baby
Mar 7 2022
39. Moxibustion for turning a breech baby
In this episode, I sit down with Naturopath Dr. Susan Frame to discuss: What is moxibustion? How does it work?What does the research say?How it can be used as a tool to turn a breech babyHow many sessions are required?What does this look like for clients?When should women be referred in their pregnancy?Dr. Susan Frame is a naturopathic doctor in Kelowna BC with a special interest in women's health concerns  - specifically in pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum health, as well as hormonal concerns of any kind. She also loves working with kiddos of all ages. She focuses on whole-body health, and aims to find and address the root cause of symptoms. She uses comprehensive lab testing and assessment techniques while blending traditional practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine to allow the body to rebalance itself.Links to contact Susan:Website: mentioned in episode:Episode 31 - Cesarean birth: an OBGYN perspective Higashihara et al 2021 Smoke or smokeless moxibustion treatment for breech presentation: A three-arm pilot trial  et al 2021 Correction of Breech Presentation with Moxibustion and Acupuncture: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis et al 2014 The practice of acupuncture and moxibustion to promote cephalic version for women with a breech presentation: implications for clinical practice and research for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
38. Discussing epidurals with a midwife
Feb 28 2022
38. Discussing epidurals with a midwife
In this episode, I sit down with Ashley Courtney, registered midwife from Malachite Midwives in Kelowna BC to discuss:Epidurals and midwifery careWays an epidural may affect labour and birth variablesMaking an informed decision that is right for youThe negative stigma around epidurals Ashley Courtney grew up in France and Africa, yet ended up in Toronto for most of her elementary schooling. Her path to becoming a midwife has been long, interesting and full of adventure; during which she completed a BA in International Development and a MSc in Sustainable Development, while raft guiding down the Chilliwack river in the summers.Studying Midwifery at UBC brought her the honour of working with midwives and families all around BC. She was fortunate to have also joined UBC’s global placement, spending 6 weeks working with Midwives in Uganda, both on the labour and delivery floor and co-teaching emergency skills workshops. Ashley has been working with Malachite Midwives in Kelowna BC since 2016, where she loves her colleagues and is in awe of the families she works with every day.When not busy in the birth world, you can find her hiking the mountains, learning to knit or out playing around in her garden with her amazingly supportive husband and an adorably busy young son. You can find her on the malachite website mentioned in episode:Episode 17 - Discussing epidurals with an anesthesiologistThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
37. The physical effects of birth trauma
Feb 21 2022
37. The physical effects of birth trauma
In this episode, I sit down with therapist, Kate Borsato to discuss:What is birth trauma?The reasons everyone has a unique experienceBirth trauma and PTSDBirth person vs partner trauma?Do most women recognize their birth was traumatic?What symptoms/feelings might be experienced?Are there any automatic services in place?How can people seek out help themselves?Kate is a perinatal mental health therapist and educator for moms, and leads thousands of parents to find balance, joy, connection, and mental wellness despite the many challenges that come with parenthood.  She runs a virtual therapy clinic across Canada, and also creates courses, workshops and other self-help tools for maternal mental health. Links to contact Kate:Website  kateborsato.comInstagram  Links mentioned in episode:Episode 32: The physical effects of postpartum anxiety and depression Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show ( the show (
36. Exercise during pregnancy
Feb 14 2022
36. Exercise during pregnancy
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Brittany Klingmann to discuss:What do the guidelines say?Benefits of exercise during pregnancyReasons exercise may not be recommended during pregnancyWhat type of exercise is recommended?What to talk to your Dr about Can you start something new in pregnancy?What we do as physiotherapists to help keep you active Brittany is an Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who has now been practicing for 11 years.  She currently lives in Halifax, NS and works at Young Kempt Physiotherapy. Although her caseload remains very diverse, a growing percentage is dedicated to Pelvic Health.  As a mother of 2 beautiful babies who came into the world by c-section, She has developed a special passion for helping women navigate the journey of pregnancy, postpartum, and helping them return to their desired physical activities. She has a unique area of interest in helping those involved in functional fitness and barbell sports through her own experience in those sports!Brittany has the wonderful opportunity to blend the worlds of orthopedics and pelvic health by working with clients through our satellite clinic at Ironstone Strength and Conditioning.Outside of the clinic, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She is always up for an outdoor adventure. Also, I keep active by training and competing in CrossFit and Weightlifting, while currently preparing for Provincials in Weightlifting!Links to contact Brittany:Website: for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show ( the show (
35. Hemorrhoids and the pelvic floor
Feb 7 2022
35. Hemorrhoids and the pelvic floor
In this episode, I sit down with physiotherapist, Lacey Forsyth to discuss: What are hemorrhoids? SymptomsCausesHow hemorrhoids are related to the pelvic floorTreatment optionsLacey Forsyth is a Registered Physical Therapist, Mama of 2 and Founder of Bump Physio & Co.Lacey graduated from the University of British Columbia’s MPT program (UBC) in 2014 after receiving her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in 2010 and an Honours BA from UBC in 2007. She has a passion for teaching and helping others which drew her to the physiotherapy profession. Currently, Lacey is the Founder & CEO of Bump Physio & Co a boutique physiotherapy practice with locations in both Port Moody and Langley, BC. In her role, Lacey maintains an active clinical caseload and is involved in teaching and mentoring physiotherapists. She is also an active member within the profession though her ongoing membership with PABC, CPA and the Women’s Health Division as well as a teaching assistant with Pelvic Health Solutions.Outside of work, Lacey is an active Mom of 2 tween boys so most likely you’ll catch her with coffee in hand either at the local ice rink or on the side of the soccer pitch or volleyball court. Links to contact Lacey:Website: www.bumpphysioco.caInstagramLinks mentioned in episode:Episode 28 - Constipation is crappyEpisode 1 - How well do you know your pelvic floorVenixxaTalk to your doctor or pharmacist about this optionNot yet tested in pregnancy and breastfeeding Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
34. How much do I need to engage my core?
Dec 13 2021
34. How much do I need to engage my core?
In this episode, I sit down with physiotherapist, Antony Lo to discuss:Common myths about the core:“ I have a weak core”“You need to actively engage your core all the time”“Suck in your tummy”“Maintain a neutral spine”“Doming/coning = danger”“Your TA isn’t firing”“You need to master exercises on your back before progressing”How we as health care and fitness professionals should continue to question our knowledge base and adapt the messaging we are providing our clients to stay currentDifference between what we think we know and what is trueAntony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service and My PT Education. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice since 1997 (old enough to see old things come back as new things!). He completed his post- graduate Master in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has been involved in ante-natal and post-natal education and management for his whole career. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of sport, coaching and education, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a practical, realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare with the best of historical assessment and management approaches. He is privileged to teach health and fitness professionals around the world in person and online in addition to his clinical work. Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world Sydney, Australia!Links to contact Antony:Email - antony@physiodetective.com Websiteswww.antonylo.comwww.physiodetective.com www.mypteducation.comwww.womenshealthpodcast.com www.diastasis.info Facebook Antony LoPhysio DetectiveMy PT EducationThe Women's Health PodcastThe Diastasis ProjectInstagramPhysio DetectiveMy PT EducationThe Women's Health PodcastThe Diastasis ProjectThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookSupport the show (
33. What is the best birth position?
Dec 6 2021
33. What is the best birth position?
In this episode, I sit down with registered midwife, Erin Sloan to discuss: The path baby needs to take during a vaginal birthHow the pelvis and pelvic floor are relatedHow different positions can help the baby’s descent and pathHow I incorporate birth positions into my practice as a pelvic health physiotherapistThe benefits of practicing a variety of positionsHow different props can be usedHow an epidural may affect positioningHow you and your birth partner can advocate for different positions in your birthErin graduated from Laurentian University midwifery program in 2013 and has been working in Kelowna for 8 years at Maternity Care Westside. MCW is a collaboration between midwives, physicians and nurses and we aim to provide an informed, empowered and friendly experience. I love providing maternity care and can’t imagine doing anything else! Links mentioned in episode:Episode 17 - Discussing epidurals with an anesthesiologist: Babies: review and comparison of common maternal positions during the second-stage of laborHuang et al - of maternal birth positions on duration of second stage of labor: systematic review and meta-analysisBerta et al - of flexible sacrum positions during the second stage of labour on maternal and neonatal outcomes: A systematic review and meta‐analysis.Zang et al - make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: offer online 1:1 appointments to help you address the physical symptoms holding you back from living your best life. Follow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
32. The physical effects of postpartum anxiety and depression
Nov 29 2021
32. The physical effects of postpartum anxiety and depression
In this episode, I sit down with registered clinical counsellor, Haley Gershony to discuss: The meaning of terms; baby blues, anxiety, depression and why “perinatal mood disorders” is preferredWhat symptoms are considered “normal” and “not normal"The many reasons expecting and new moms experience these feelings The negative stigma around mental health How your mental and physical healthy influence one anotherActionable steps to address your symptomsWays to be proactive during pregnancyHaley Gershony is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) who lives & works in Kelowna, BC.Haley treats depression and anxiety, particularly in the postpartum period. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, and her Masters of Arts & Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University in New York, NY.Haley also has formal training in several counselling modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.Finally, Haley has three kids, all under 10 years of age. Her role as a mother informs her practice, and helps her connect with her clients. They say that the best way to learn is through experience-- and there is no experience quite like being a mother!Links to contact guest:Website: haleygershony.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:To make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.commy online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: offer online 1:1 appointments to help you address the physical symptoms holding you back from living your best life. Follow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (
31.  Cesarean birth: An OBGYN perspective
Nov 22 2021
31. Cesarean birth: An OBGYN perspective
In this episode, I sit down with obstetrician gynaecologist, Dr. Joanna Baxter to discuss: Local statistics on c-section vs vaginal birth. How is this trend changing?The negative stigma around c-section Reasons why a c-section may be planned during pregnancy. Can this be purely elective?Reasons why a planned vaginal birth needs to move to a c-section once labour has startedHow the decision is made to have a forceps birth vs c-sectionWays physiotherapists help women prepare for birthEach person is an individual The benefits to being flexible in your thinking as you prepare for birthOriginally from the  Eastern Townships in Quebec Dr. Baxter graduated medical school from McGill, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and gynaecology in 2015 from UBC. Initially she practiced in the lower mainland before making the move to the Okanagan. Dr. Baxter enjoys the outdoors, and takes full advantage of the Okanagan life style. She is an avid backcountry camper, hiker, skier, mountain biker, wake surfer and paddle boarder.    Dr. Baxter is a practicing OBGYN at KGH and her practice is highly varied with a special interest in high risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynaecological surgery, and pelvic reconstructive surgery for prolapse. Looking for more info?Listen to episode 8- Ways to prepare for a c-section Listen to episode 14 - Supporting your body the first 6 weeks after c-section Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:To make a donation to offset the cost of production click donate:DonateWant more details on the small groups?Contact: mel@mommyberries.commy online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: offer online 1:1 appointments to help you address the physical symptoms holding you back from living your best life. Follow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTubeSupport the show (