“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 Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy enough!
PFSA is for existing (and aspiring) fitness and health practitioners who want to lead moms and parents in their return to exercise and quest for better core and pelvic health... without causing harm, injury, or disordered eating or exercise habits.
OOOF. I get it. And I used to feel 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 post-pregnancy core and pelvic floor anatomy so you can help your clients achieve better whole body strength and function
Help your 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, 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 6-year old and a 3-year old.
In each module, you will learn from incredible postnatal, pelvic health and 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.
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 the Co-Coach of the Group Mentorship Track!
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.
Janette is a perinatal therapist based in Toronto. Over her 17-year career as an Athletic and Massage Therapist she has worked with amateur and elite athletes. She says the toughest athletes by far are her moms!
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.
EXAMPLE SESSIONS: 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
Workout Warmup Example with Jessie Mundell
How to Adjust for Pelvic Floor Symptoms with Jessie Mundell
Using the Glutes Effectively 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
High Impact Exercise Strategies with Jessie Mundell
Swagger Instruction Video with Robin Kerr
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
Using Instagram to Build Relationships with Jessie
“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.
You will get access to our PRIVATE PODCAST for Academy members only, so you can listen to an all-audio version of the course.
Meaning, you don't have to be at your computer to learn and complete the materials. Listen on the go - 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 postpartum 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 postpartum folks.
Yes! This information is key and necessary when working in fitness and pelvic health for all postpartum 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 postpartum recovery and return to fitness is welcome and ENCOURAGED to take the course. Moms, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, rehab providers, body workers, barre instructors, yoga teachers – you are already working with 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 postpartum people, too. The thing is, it is a massive responsibility to train and treat 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 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 3 hours of studying time. There are 11 total Modules (Prerequisites + 10 Modules). 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!
Yes! NASM, ACE, and Can-Fit-Pro have awarded continuing education credits for the Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy. If you are certified through a different organization, 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 4-monthly AND 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 postpartum person back to exercise and better core and pelvic floor health after pregnancy 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 progressing a client back to high intensity exercise, running, and high impact work
- Know how to program effective strength training workouts for 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.”