Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bodies for Birth

Ive found that the best part of teaching maternal fitness certificate courses is working with fitness professionals who are passionate about providing exercise programs to pregnant and postpartum women.  In my experience, the success of training depends upon the balance between the information being given by the instructor, and the inquisitive feedback from the participants. When you have people who are actively engaged and eager to learn, the training takes on an energy that brings out the best in everyone.

My most recent training was hosted this past October by Maura Shirey at her Bodies for Birth studio in Seattle. Since 2014, Bodies for Birth has provided a warm, supportive environment for pregnant women, new moms and their babies. The facility has an exercise studio with an array of fitness equipment, as well as a well-stocked and comfortable room for baby changing, nursing, refreshments and quiet time.

The training began at Bodies for Birth at 9:00 am, and consisted of a diverse group of fitness instructors, physical therapists and maternal health providers. They were to a person inquisitive, collaborative and excited to expand their knowledge in the field of maternal fitness. It was a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group, and I feel confident they all will go on to help women have healthy and fit pregnancies and postpartum recoveries. In addition, Maura did a fantastic job of preparing for hosting the course and facilitating a smoothly run transition from lecture to exercise session. I wish she would host all my courses-it was such a treat to have everything I needed to make the day run well.

Bodies for Birth offers the perfect environment for empowering and supporting women, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Maura Shirey and her team.

 For more information on Bodies for Birth please click on this link:

Bodies for Birth is first and foremost a fitness company, but it’s so much more than that.
It’s your village and your source for connection and resources in the community.  It’s my firm belief that women deserve to be supported holistically throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
-One-on-One Fitness Services span from Preconception through Postpartum and are designed with your individual needs in mind.
-Prenatal and Postpartum Group Classes help to build your village.
-Postpartum Services help you build the confidence to return to fitness with your little one by your side!
Maura Shirey

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Training CEC Certificate Course

Instructor: Catherine Cram, MS
Where: Lifetime Fitness Athletic Club 
700 East Swedesford Road, Wayne, PA
When: Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Training Course Content:
·      Detailed maternal exercise physiology
·      Exercise prescription and modification
·      Exercises designed by physical therapists for abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening
·      Innovative strength and flexibility exercises
·      Program design and marketing
·      Medical clearance information
·      Policies and emergency procedures
·      Comprehensive training manual
Training Manual and Content:
·      Current evidence-based information on maternal exercise and references
·      Physiological and biomechanical changes during and after pregnancy
·      ACOG guidelines
·      Contraindications, warning signs, and symptoms for prenatal/postpartum
·      Extensive exercise photos and instructions
·      Modifications for each trimester
·      Proper body mechanics and ergonomics
·      Class development and design

Course materials were revised and updated January, 2016 with the most current, evidence based maternal fitness guidelines and information

Approved CE Credit Hours:
The full list of approved organizations CECs listed at website.
ACE 0.70
NASM 0.70
ACSM 7.00
NASN 0.70
AEA 6.00
NCHEC 7.00
AFPA 7.00
NCSF 3.50
BCRPA 6.00
NETA 7.00
BOC ATC 6.00
NFPT 1.00
CDR 7.00
Cooper 7.0

Registration Form
Course fee: $225.00

Payment for registration can be made at this

You may also register by calling us at (877) 582-2227 or emailing us at: or by mailing a check with this form to: Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, 11674 Mid Town Road, Verona, WI 53593

Deadline for registration is January 15th.

Questions or need assistance with registration?
Feel free to contact us at:
Phone: (877) 582-2227

*This course is also available in a correspondence home study format. Please visit for more information.