“I've learned that postpartum fitness is more than how to recover from pregnancy or how to heal a diastasis. Jessie challenged me to question things like 'pre-baby body' and losing the 'baby weight.' I can't recommend the Academy enough!"
PFSA is for existing (and aspiring) exercise and health practitioners who want to safely & effectively lead perinatal populations in fitness and movement activities, plus, support folks to improved core and pelvic health.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY? Without causing unnecessary harm, injury, OR disordered body image experiences.
OOOF. I get it. And when I was starting out coaching pregnant and postpartum clients (15+ years ago!) I felt this discomfort, too!
“It completely exceeded my expectations with the amount of knowledge she brought into the course. It really made me see things in a different way. I really loved that I could go at my own pace. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who works with this population - you'll be glad you did it!"
Understand Pregnancy and Post-Pregnancy Core and Pelvic Floor Anatomy so you can help your clients achieve better whole body strength and function with effective programming
Help Your Perinatal Clients Return to Pain and Symptom-Free daily life tasks and the exercise or fitness activities they LOVE
Feel Confident In Modifying for core and pelvic floor symptoms such as diastasis recti, bulging, pressure, and leaking
Coach, Treat, And Build A Business Rooted in your integrity with your anti-diet, size inclusive, and anti-racist values at the center
Hi, I'm Jessie! I have over 15 years of experience in exercise coaching and personal training for people who are pregnant, newly postpartum, or years post-pregnancy.
I am a registered Professional Kinesiologist and hold a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, with studies focused in prenatal and postnatal exercise.
I am the creator of Core + Floor Restore, To Pregnancy and Beyond, Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy programs, and co-host of the To Birth and Beyond podcast where I coach pregnant and postpartum people, women, moms, and fitness and health professionals on strength training and fitness during and after pregnancy.
I currently work with hundreds of clients and coaches around the world, guiding them through exercise in their pregnancies, postpartum recoveries, post C-section healing, and their return to more intense fitness training.
I'm also a mom to a 7-year old and a 4-year old.
In each module, you will learn from incredible pregnancy, postnatal, pelvic floor and health educators for the most well-versed skill-set.
Reena Parekh is a Fitness Coach located in Toronto She is a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist and helps people regain their strength after giving birth. Reena is also passionate about helping fitness and health professionals make their spaces more welcoming and equitable to BIPOC folks.
Rachel Turner is a business mentor for creatives and misfits who are craving business being done their way. She helps people sell out their offers without selling themselves out. Rachel takes a Human First approach to business and leadership.
Alycia Two Bears is a member of the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak First Nation but calls Mohkinstsis home. Alycia practices Birthing as Ceremony and supports anybody who uses her services from this perspective. She believe supporting pregnant and Birthing bodies is one of the greatest actions we can embrace to grow a strong, healthy, viable community. As a mother to five children, she is an advocate for home births, midwives and access to the best birth options for every birthing body.
I am a Mother and a registered orthopaedic/pelvic health physiotherapist practicing in Toronto, Canada. My practice style is patient-centered, evidence-based, and is focussed on empowering my clients with education on how to get to their specific goals reached through movement. I am most passionate about helping all genders, all races, and all ages who are suffering in silence with pelvic health dysfunctions.
Dr. Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, PT, DPT, also known as Tia, is an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist who specializes in providing a continuum of care and support from pregnancy loss to postpartum all while emphasizing the importance of self-care. Tia has had a life-long fascination with the human body and its inner workings which ultimately led her to path that she is on today.
Nicola Salmon is a fat-positive Fertility Coach, and trained acupuncturist and naturopath.
She helps fat folks navigate getting pregnant in a weight-obsessed world and advocates for change in how fat women are treated on their fertility journey. She is also the author of the book, Fat and Fertile.
Tara Abel is a Certified Personal Trainer, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Speciailist, and Mom to 4 wild and sweet kids! She helps moms feel strong, capable, and free in their bodies and lives.
Tara is a curriculum developer in the Prenatal Fitness Specialist Academy, and Co-Coach of all programs at JMG Fitness Consulting Inc.
Madison Cleckler is The Fitness Doula. She is a perinatal fitness expert, women's fitness specialist, and doula. She’s worked with hundreds of pregnant and postpartum people to help them build strength and reduce pain and pelvic floor symptoms to have more comfortable pregnancies, empowered births, and easier postpartum recoveries.
Inemesit Graham is a fitness trainer and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach. Her own journey with hernias and diastasis recti led her to find strength training and coaching. Inemesit is passionate about helping women feel in their power, in their bodies.
Britt has a PhD focused in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in coaching pregnant and postpartum people. She now works full-time as a Research Scientist for OrangeTheory Fitness, being responsible for overseeing both the development of and execution of data collection, data management, and results interpretation.
The Pregnant Person's Core and Pelvic Floor
Topics include: core + abdominal wall + pelvic floor anatomy, diastasis recti in pregnancy, impacts on the bladder and bowels, helping your client build a supportive prenatal team
Prenatal Core and Pelvic Floor 101 with Jane Bai
DRA Assessment in Pregnancy with Jessie Mundell
Core Connection Breathing with Jessie Mundell
Core and Pelvic Floor Symptoms and Strategies
Topics include: understanding common pregnancy core and pelvic floor concerns, strategies for helping your clients remedy and reduce their symptoms, prolapse, hernias, pelvic pain, and more!
Prenatal Core and Pelvic Floor Common Concerns with Aliya Dhalla
3-Step Overview For Managing Pelvic Girdle Pain with Jessie Mundell
How To Manage Hernias with Jessie Mundell
The Evidence for Prenatal Exercise
Topics include: what current literature shows on the benefits and medical contraindications of pregnancy exercise for the pregnant person and fetus, athletic training in pregnancy, multiples pregnancies.
Pregnancy Exercise Literature Overview with Dr. Brittany Masteller
How to Adjust for Pain and Symptoms in Daily Life and Movement with Jessie Mundell
Using Supine Exercises with Jessie Mundell
Strength Training Through the Trimesters
Topics include: how to design workouts and strength training programs for all trimesters, core and pelvic floor exercise considerations
Prenatal Strength Training Programming with Jessie Mundell
3 Ways to Improve Spinal and Rib Cage Mobility with Jessie Mundell
How to Build Hip Internal Rotation Strength with Jessie Mundell
Cardiovascular and Conditioning Training
Topics include: pregnancy cardiovascular, conditioning and interval training guidelines through the trimesters, pregnancy cardio programming, high impact exercise
Prenatal Cardiovascular Training Through The Trimesters with Jessie Mundell
Strategies for Coaching High Impact Exercise with Jessie Mundell
How To Have More Comfort with Walking with Jessie Mundell
Birth Preparation and Education
Topics include: birth mindset, language to use around birthing with your clients, how to use your training and treatment plans to help clients prepare for pushing
Birth Mindset and Language with Madison Cleckler
Prepare for Pushing with Anita Lambert
Comforting Labor Tactics with Alycia Two Bears
Diet Culture and Anti-Fatness In Pregnancy
Topics include: how weight and size stigma shows up in prenatal care, your clients' health impacts from anti-fatness, gentle nutrition in pregnancy
Understanding Weight and Size Stigma & Health Impacts with Nicola Salmon
Gentle Prenatal Nutrition with Megan Wallace
White Supremacy, Racism, and Historically Marginalized Populations
Topics include: understanding how white supremacy and racism impact someone's prenatal care experiences and their health in pregnancy, working with folks with disabilities
Building More Inclusive Spaces for Folks With Disabilities with Jessie Mundell
White Supremacy in Prenatal and Birthing Care with Jessica Swain
Mental and Emotional Health in Pregnancy
Topics include: understanding prenatal depression, anxiety and mood disorders, treatment options for pregnancy mental health supports
Pregnancy Mental Health Concerns and Options for Care with Kristin Yeung Lasseter
Sleep Strategies with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: tools for building your in-person and/or online business, email marketing, mindset training, course creation, Academy student spotlights, and the final exam.
Ethical Copywriting with Tara Abel
Building Prenatal Online Program Options with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: information related to pelvic health after birth, postnatal client consultations, activity in weeks 0-3 postpartum, and the politics of healthcare.
The Pelvic Floor – Function, Dysfunction, and Exercise with Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio
Decolonizing Health with Ericka Hart
Initial Client Consultation with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: assessing diastasis recti, considerations for using abdominal/pelvic compression post-pregnancy, effective progamming for pelvic organ prolapse, overview of activity from weeks 4-6 postpartum.
Pelvic Floor Symptoms and Considerations for Exercise Coaching with Gayle Hulme
Considerations for Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Exercise with Anita Lambert
Considerations for Coaching Abdominal Crunches with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: using movement and exercise to help promote healing or managemnet of diastasis recti, modifying for diastasis in exercise and fitness, assessing for diastasis.
Diastasis Recti 101 with Munira Hudani
Assessing for Diastasis Recti in Exericse with Jessie Mundell
Assessing for Diastasis Recti on a Client with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: healing perineal tearing, scar massage techniques, movement and exercises for returning to function post c-section, how to begin workouts after a cesarean, example exercise photos and videos, overview of activity from weeks 10-12 postpartum.
Perineal Tearing, Episiotomies, and Pelvic Health After a Vaginal Birth with Heba Shaheed
C-Section Scar Education and Massage Techniques with Amanda Fisher and Jessie Mundell
4 Relaxation Exercises for the Pelvic Floor with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: understanding the mental and emotional shifts mothers can experience, including postpartum depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and rage. Supporting your clients and patients in pregnancy and infant loss, body image, diet culture and (the lack of) representation in the fitness industry.
How to Support Our Clients in Postpartum Mental Health with Shannon Kane
Understanding Body Image, Liberation, Positivity and Autonomy with Chrissy King
Taking an Anti-Diet Approach to Exercise and Health Coaching with Christy Harrison
Topics include: 6-months of strength training workout templates, progression systems for exercises, movement categories with hundreds of specific exercise examples, suggestions for fitness coaching protocols through months 0-6 postpartum.
Postnatal Program Design with Jessie Mundell
Cesarean Birth Core Recovery with Janette Yee
Progression Through Movements with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: understanding the factors important in coaching a female athlete, how to help female athletes return to the level of athletics or competition they are desiring, strength training programming recommendations from Months 6-12+ postpartum.
Empowering Moms in Exercise, Crossfit, and Pelvic Health with Antony Lo
Making Adjustments When Your Clients Experience Pelvic Floor Symptoms with Reena Parekh
Conditioning Based Workouts with Jessie Mundell
Topics include: understanding the pelvic floor’s role in sexual function and pleasure, postpartum discomfort and pain with intercourse, hemorrhoids, constipation, incontinence.
Introduction to Sexual Health, Pain, and Pleasure with Tracy Sher
Incontinence, Hemmorrhoids, Constipation and More with Lori Forner
Postpartum Relationships and Sexuality with Dr. Uchenna Ossai
Topics include: understanding postpartum hormone function, basic nutrition for maternal health support, grief and loss, yoga and the postpartum core and pelvic floor.
Postpartum Health and Hormones with Dr. Rishma Walji
Supporting Your Clients and Patients Through Pregnancy and Infant Loss with Aditi Loveridge
Topics include: tools for building your in-person and/or online business, email marketing, mindset training, course creation, Academy student spotlights, and the final exam.
Business Mindset Intensive with Topsie Vandenbosch
Human First Business Practices and Selling with Rachel Turner
Online Course Creation, Automations and Email Marketing with Felicia Chanell
“It was laid out beautifully. It was like plug and play. You made it so simple to implement. That was a driving force behind it all, too. I felt like I could do this. You make it so simple and easy that I felt confident in launching our programs.”
“The courses I had done to that point felt like I was jumping through a hoop. Jessie’s course felt like she was reaching out to help me to help enrich and develop me as a professional and help me feel more competent working with a population that deserves to be honored, recognized and approached competently.”
This is a template for hosting a structured, 2-hour long workshop where you can teach the basics of how to returning to exercise post-pregnancy. PERFECT for both pregnant and postpartum populations.
You will get access to our PRIVATE PODCAST for Academy members only, so you can listen to an all-audio version of the course.
You do NOT have to be at your computer to learn and complete the materials. Listen on the go (walking, working out, driving, etc) - yes, please!
“I found the Academy incredibly beneficial as I work with a lot of people who have had children. It allowed me to increase my awareness of what to avoid and what to focus on for people who are postnatal. With my partner due any day now, I feel more confident that I will be able to help her."
This done-for-you, 8-week group fitness class plan will help you start generating revenue, PRONTO.
You probably have questions. Here are all the answers.
PFSA is for fitness and health professionals who want to take action on becoming stronger, more effective coaches and clinicians for their pregnant, postpartum, and pelvic health clients and patients. Join if you’re a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, physiotherapist, physical therapist, chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor, Athletic Therapist or anyone who works with / WANTS to work with perinatal folks.
Yes! This information is key and necessary when working in fitness and pelvic health for all people, regardless of the age of children or how long it has been since pregnancy. We consider postpartum to be forever, not just 3, 6, or 12 months after birth. There are considerations you may need to take into account when coaching postpartum folks of any stage for their diastasis recti, incontinence, breathing techniques, pelvic organ prolapse, and more.
Absolutely. Anyone looking to gain more in-depth knowledge of pregnancy and postpartum recovery, the core and pelvic floor is welcome and ENCOURAGED to take the course. Moms, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, rehab providers, body workers, barre instructors, yoga teachers – you are likely already working with pregnant and postpartum people!
YES. Even if you work with a different variety of clients, athletes, seniors... EVERYONE you coach has a pelvic floor!
Plus, if you work with folks who have EVER been pregnant or given birth - even if it was decades ago - they are still postpartum. And, they still may be struggling with physical symptoms years later that YOU can now help them adjust!
Ahhhh, I get it! This is exactly how I felt before I starting working with pregnant and postpartum people, too. The thing is, it is a massive responsibility to train and treat prenatal & postnatal people well. And you CAN do - effectively and with excellent results.
But, you need the evidence based education and skills to do so. I'm going to teach you what to absolutely include AND what to avoid in the PFSA.
You definitely will! If you’ve been in this game long enough then I know you value continuing education. I’ve been coaching pregnant and postpartum clients for 15+ years and I’m pushed by my mentors to uplevel my skills constantly. I’d love to give you some nudges - and learn alongside you!
Each Module has approximately 2-3 hours of studying time. There are 11 total Modules (Prerequisites + 10 Modules), in EACH certification. You have TWO YEARS access to the course and ALL updates made to it in that time, so you’re welcome to go at your own pace to learn in the manner that is most effective for you.
Some people complete the PFSA certification by going through one Module per week, while others do one Module per month.
The timeline is all yours!
The Postnatal cert is pre-approved for CECs from NASM, ACE, and Can-Fit-Pro. If you are certified through a different organization, or also enrolling in the Prenatal cert, you will receive a certificate of completion upon successful passing of the final exam, which you can submit to your governing body for review to be awarded continuing education credits.
If you need any additional help with this process, we'll be happy to give further information.
Yes! An instalment plan with 6-monthly payments is available. Please note that all Canadians using the payment plans MUST pay via Stripe rather than PayPal (hello, CRA!).
PLEASE NOTE: There is a 14-Day refund policy. If you request a refund, we will check in with you to see if there is anyway we can best support you - as that's what we're here to do and truly want you to succeed with it! But, if we cannot resolve the issue, we'll happily provide the refund.
- Coach a pregnant or postpartum person in exercise, and to better core and pelvic floor health with CONFIDENCE
- Understand how to assess and progress a client with Diastasis Recti
- Know how to modify workouts for someone with pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, or pelvic pain
- Get comfortable training folks in ALL trimesters of pregnancy, and with progressing a postpartum client back to high intensity exercise, running, and high impact work
- Know how to program effective strength training workouts for pregnant, early or later postpartum patients
"This course gave me deep knowledge to coach postnatal women. Jessie covers every aspect of postpartum challenges of fitness, health, and mindset with expert interviews, lots of educational material, and templates. After you take this course, you will be 100% confident to work with postpartum people without hesitation or fear.”