The Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification is the world’s best pre- and postnatal certification for fitness and healthcare professionals.
With our program, you’ll master the skills, tools, and techniques to give your female clients the positive experience they deserve at all stages of their pregnancy — and long after they deliver.
What you can expect from the
Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification
This immersive online training program is broken into 5 core training units.
By the end of the course you’ll understand:
- How to communicate effectively and be a great coach.
- How a woman changes physically and psychologically from trimester to trimester during pregnancy.
- What foundational nutrition, exercise, and rest and recovery practices will help your client have a strong, safe, happy, and healthy pregnancy and postpartum experience, and how to help your client implement them in a way that works for her.
- How a woman changes physically and psychologically through labor, delivery, and the postpartum phase.
- How to assess pre- and postpartum women and write exercise programs that will keep them safe, healthy, and strong.
- How to help your client set actionable goals that align with her current desires, priorities, and resources so that she is just as excited to work with you as you are to work with her.
- How to easily apply your new skills, even if you’re just starting out.
Use your coaching power for good.
The women of the world need you.
85% of women will have a baby at some point in their life, and once they have, they’re postnatal forever.
That means if you work with women, you work with pre- and postnatal women — almost guaranteed.
Women in the fitness industry are chronically underserved – and pre- and postnatal women can often experience the worst of it.
Working with pre- and postnatal women requires an in-depth understanding not only of a woman’s anatomy and physiology, but also the psychology of working with them, because every woman’s pregnancy experience is different.
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- Developed by 16 world-class women’s health professionals who are at the top of their game and know this content inside and out.
- You’ll learn from pelvic health physiotherapists, OB/GYNs, psychologists, doulas, pre- and postnatal experts, and PhDs in psychology, exercise science, and molecular biology.
- Every unit was created and reviewed by no fewer than six of these experts.
Dr. Helen Kollias, PhD
Helen holds a doctorate degree in molecular biology from York University and a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. She has also held research positions at Johns Hopkins University and the Hospital for Sick Children and was the Director of Research at Precision Nutrition for four years. She has played and coached varsity soccer and has been involved in fitness and weight training for almost two decades, and is the mother of two young and energetic girls. She is also an author of the GGS Moms Gone Strong program.
Marika Hart, Physiotherapist and Pre- & Postnatal Fitness Expert
Marika has over 16 years of experience as a physiotherapist. Following completion of her master’s degree in Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia in 2006, she developed an interest in women’s health, and in particular the effect of exercise on health during the pre- and postnatal periods. This interest led her to create a successful business in Perth which has helped hundreds of women feel strong, knowledgeable and empowered throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Her passion to spread this information inspired Marika to create Herasphere, a fully online platform dedicated to providing high quality information related to all things pregnancy!
Dr. Jessie Thomas, PT, DPT, MTC, WCS
Jessie is a spine and board certified women’s health clinical specialist. She has worked alongside gynecologists, urologists, urogynecologists, midwives, gastroenterologists, and nurse practitioners in a medical school and teaching hospital. She is currently developing a pelvic health program in a small hospital in Arizona and does community lectures for pregnant women, while also teaching courses about pelvic floor to physiotherapists across the U.S. Through her passion for teaching the details of pelvic floor health, she also brings awareness to its often overlooked role in musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunction. She enjoys working patients who have pelvic pain, female athletes, and women in the pregnancy and postpartum phases.
Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD MBA
Dr. Shepherd is an OB-GYN and the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women’s health forum that focuses on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. Dr. Shepherd practices at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves as the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She is a regular expert on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, CBS News, and others, is the weekly women’s health contributor for Essence magazine, and has written for numerous women’s, parenting, and health magazines. Dr. Shepherd lectures on women’s health issues and writes for several blogs. She is a national speaker for Poise, U by Kotex, Sweet Spot for Skin Fix, and Change The Cycle. She serves on the board of the Multicultural Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association and the Women’s Health Foundation.
Amber has worked as a university lecturer and academic advisor, manager of a personal training and sports performance facility, personal trainer, and wellness and nutrition coach. At Girls Gone Strong, Amber is a curriculum developer and coach for the Strongest You Coaching program and a contributor and reviewer for the Pre- and Postnatal Coaching Certificate. She enjoys working with women to fit exercise, nutrition, and self-care into a healthy sustainable lifestyle. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and a M.S. in Kinesiology, is an ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition professional, and is currently working toward a certificate in Postnatal Fitness.
Born and raised in Mexico and living in Canada, Carolina helps her online clients thrive on healthy, sustainable diets, by breaking complex information down into actionable chunks, using skills from her level 1 and 2 Precision Nutrition certifications. Carolina loves working with women and her speciality is connecting, understanding, and guiding with compassion. As a certified Doula she understands the needs of pre- and postnatal women, both in the context of their bodies, and their emotional state, helping moms feel stronger than ever. In addition to helping women improve their lives through her company, Sweat Glow Fitness, she loves Latin dance and unleashing her crazy laugh on her three daughters.
Jen de Mel
Jen is based in London, UK. She is a strength and conditioning coach (REPS Level 3 PT) specialising in pre- and postnatal fitness, and a contributor for the Pre- and Postnatal Coaching Certificate. Jen is trilingual in English, French and German. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and languages and a master’s degree in International and European regulations, which she puts to use through consulting work with multinational organisations helping them implement ethics and compliance programs. She is a competitive amateur slalom water-skier, although she’s temporarily packed away her wetsuit as she becomes a new mom.
Dr. Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD
Dr. Alappattu is a licensed physical therapist and assistant professor in the University of Florida Department Physical Therapy. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Dr. Alappattu is a leader in rehabilitation, serving on the Board of Directors for the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health and as Vice President of the Florida Physical Therapy Association. She works in these roles directly with thought leaders and policy makers to improve access to high-quality healthcare services.
Dr. Kara Mohr, PhD
Kara is a nationally recognized behavior change, nutrition, and fitness expert. She has a B.S. in psychology from Penn State, and a M.S. and PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an ACSM fellow, and GGS Strongest You coach. Kara has hundreds of articles published in research journals and national magazines, and has helped thousands of women transform their exercise and eating behaviors through coaching, seminars, and keynote lectures with her company, Mohr Results. Kara enjoys cooking with her husband, having dance parties with their two daughters, lifting heavy things, and she can’t imagine a day without meditation.
Dr. Lisa Lewis, EdD, CADC-II, Licensed Psychologist
Lisa is a regular Girls Gone Strong contributor and a licensed psychologist. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology with a specialization in sport psychology at Boston University, focusing her doctoral research on exercise motivation. Lisa is also a certified drug and alcohol counselor, and has taught undergraduate courses in exercise, developmental, and abnormal psychology as an adjunct professor at Salem University, Wheelock College, and Northeastern University. Lisa works as the associate director of a college counseling center in Boston and has a small private practice in Brookline. Lisa has been providing online and workshop psychological consultations for fitness professionals. Lisa became a mom in January 2017.
Kara is a Certified Personal Trainer who’s worked in pre- and postnatal fitness for the past five years. Kara is passionate about making fitness fun and accessible with exercise programming that challenges her clients but feels achievable based on their current fitness levels. As a moderator in the Strong Moms Sisterhood Facebook group and a contributor and reviewer to Pre- and Postnatal Coaching Certification, Kara has brought her approachable fitness style to the Girls Gone Strong community. Kara is a Pre- & Postnatal Fitness Specialist, PN1, and holds the level 1 Agatsu Kettlebell certification. She is based in Toronto, Canada with her husband Rocco, her two awesome kids and their dog, Jazz.
Heba Shaheed, PT
Heba is an Australian physiotherapist and nutritionist and has over seven years experience in pelvic health physiotherapy, women’s health nutrition, pain neuroscience, clinical pilates and yoga therapy. She’s the Co-Founder of The Pelvic Expert, where she provides online programs combining women’s health physiotherapy, integrative nutrition and functional exercise, for women with chronic pelvic pain, pregnant women, and mothers.
Heba’s personal experiences have made her deeply passionate about recovery after birth trauma and living well with chronic conditions such as endometriosis. Heba is also a new mom to a cute little daughter.
Molly Galbraith, C.S.C.S
Molly is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong, a global movement that aims to empower women to embrace all that’s possible for their lives and for their bodies through body-positive, evidence-based, sane, and sustainable nutrition, training, and self-care information. Through her books and programs, including the recently released Moms Gone Strong program, Molly has helped thousands of women in more than 60 countries around the world change their bodies and lives forever.
Dr. Sandy Hilton, PT, DPT, MS
Dr. Sandra Hilton holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University (1988) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University (2013). She’s an international speaker and published author on the treatment of pelvic pain and promotes interdisciplinary treatments and education. Dr. Hilton is the co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness, PLLC in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, where the focus is on the treatment of pain, including pelvic pain, sexual, and continence difficulties. Dr. Hilton is the Secretary of the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain. She is the co-host of the Pain Science and Sensibility podcast promoting the understanding and application of current evidence into clinical practice.
Dr. Carrie J. Pagliano, PT, DPT, MTC, Board Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
Dr. Carrie Pagliano is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics and Women’s Health and has been a clinician and educator in the areas of orthopaedics and women’s health for nearly 20 years. She holds a Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is the founder of the Pelvic Physical Therapy clinical program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where she practices. Dr. Pagliano is an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and Instructor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Section on Women’s Health as Vice President, and was elected to President effective February 2018. She speaks nationally in the areas of pelvic floor education, pain science and integrative models of practice in orthopaedic and pelvic physical therapy and is a vocal advocate for women and mothers in leadership in the physical therapy profession. Dr. Pagliano lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children.
Jenifer Poell, CNM, WHNP
Jenifer found midwifery while working at a reproductive health clinic after finishing her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies. She completed both her BSN and MSN at the University of Pennsylvania. She works as a midwife at Alivio Medical Center, a community health center in Chicago. Her care is informed by her commitment to feminism, social justice, and human rights. She practices and believes in the midwifery model of care — a model that values each person individually and seeks to provide information so that women can make informed choices about what is best for them. She’s also a strong advocate for universal healthcare in the United States.
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Here’s what some of the world’s top health and fitness professionals are saying about the Coaching & Training Women Academy
“If you’re the least bit concerned about ‘is this is going to make a difference for me,’ you’re going to come away with a boosted confidence that you’ve learned something that’s really important. It’s well vetted, validated, good content… all these things are important as you’re trying to progress and really make a difference for these women.”
Dr. Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, MTC
Women’s Health & Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
“I’ve seen this certification develop over the past 3 years and know how much potential it has to improve the quality of pre and post natal fitness instruction worldwide.”
Founder – The Online Trainer Academy and The PTDC
“The one thing I love about the [Pre- & Postnatal] Coaching Certification is that there are so many things that we can do preventatively [to help women].”
Dr. Jessica Shepherd, OB/GYN, MBA
Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology – University of Illinois Chicago
”Women have grown up in a culture to have different types of experiences, and those experiences can be superpowers for them. But those superpowers can only be unlocked with the right kind of coaching, support, and encouragement. And that’s one of the things I love about Girls Gone Strong.”
Dr. John Berardi, PhD, CSCS
Co-Founder — Precision Nutrition
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I’m not a certified trainer. Can I still purchase this?
Yes, you are still able to purchase our Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification, however, we do strongly recommend that you hold at least one other basic personal training and/or fitness certification from a major certifying body like NSCA, NASM, ACSM, etc. They each offer an important baseline foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and exercise science that will allow you to have a broader understanding of training concepts and application, and a better understanding of our material.
For example, our certification’s anatomy and physiology unit is approximately 65 to 70 pages long, and we are almost solely discussing the anatomy of the female core and pelvis and the physiology of pregnant and postpartum women. Additionally, being insured is incredibly important when working with clients. Many of the major certifying bodies offer insurance.
So yes, you can get it — and since it’s a self-paced course you can always purchase it on September 5th, and then wait to take it until you’ve completed another baseline cert, or you could wait until our registration opens again in 2018.
Can I earn CEUs for any of the major fitness certifications by completing this certification?
Yes! Currently, you can earn the following CEUs from these certifying bodies:
We are working on achieving approval from the following organizations:
If your certifying body is not listed above, you can still likely petition them to accept the certification CEUs based on our acceptance by other organizations. We are happy to help you in that process.
Do you offer scholarships?
We recognize that the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification is a big investment of your time and money, and we don’t take that lightly. We also know how profoundly it’s going to change the lives of the women you coach and train. In order to make the Certification as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, we have payment plans available, and we are currently offering huge discounts during this enrollment period for those who previously bought Moms Gone Strong. At this time, we aren’t offering scholarships to the Certification, but if that changes in the future we’ll be sure to let our community know.
Is there a Refund Policy?
You’re protected with our 100 percent risk-free, money-back guarantee. We know that the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification has the power to change the lives of women everywhere, making for a better pregnancy and postpartum experience, healing their core and pelvic floor years after pregnancy, and empowering them to feel comfortable in their own skin.
And that’s not hype — that’s straight from the mouths of the women who’ve completed our program, all of whom are coaches and trainers, and several of whom experienced previous pregnancies without our program and felt that the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification was the difference.
We are so confident that this Certification will profoundly change your clients’ lives, that we are willing to back that up with a 45-day, risk-free guarantee.
That’s our promise. Try the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification for 45 days. If you’re not happy with what you learn, get in touch with us and we’ll give you every penny back. We’re confident in what we do, and we stand by our work.
Should you decide you want your money back (we’re confident that you won’t!), even if you’ve completed all of your coursework, your name will be removed from the Certified Pre- & Postnatal Coaches registry on the GGS website, and you’ll no longer be able to access the online portal.
Will portions of the course be available? Or, do I have to purchase the entire thing?
No. The Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification components will not be available a la carte. We have specifically designed all of the elements of this Certification to work synergistically to provide the best and most effective learning experience possible. The textbook, videos, workbook, and bonus templates are designed to optimize your learning experience so that you can become the best and most effective Certified Pre- & Postnatal Coach possible.
If you’re not sure that you’re ready to make the investment, we understand. Our Moms Gone Strong manual can be a great place to start. It include includes nutrition, training, and lifestyle information for women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are postpartum, including 90 weeks of training programs, already done for you at a much lower price than the certification. It will give you a taste of the quality of information we provide at Girls Gone Strong. However, Moms Gone Strong is not currently available for sale at the moment as we pulled it off the market to focus on our Certification. To learn more about when it will become available, you can email us at [email protected]
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