Emily grew up all over the world while her father worked for the UN and US government. Her love for “all things to do with pregnancy” was sparked when she was just 13 after meeting a missionary midwife in Pakistan. Graduating from Addington Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery School in South Africa, she has attended more than 800 births over her career in birth as nurse-midwife and as a doula. She believes it's her privilege to be able to combine her passions of birth and fitness. The education of her clients - whether in Fitness, Wellness, or Childbirth - has always been a priority.
Opening the doors of 4th Trimester Fitness back in the 1990’s, Emily developed and taught her first perinatal fitness class called “Motherworks” at the local YMCA. Since then, she has been active in the women's fitness, health and wellness world as an educator, trainer, presenter, and magazine contributor. Her work in the Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness community has expanded over the years into mentorships and trainings for birth professionals, medical providers, and fitness professionals. She is the author and founder of 4th Trimester Fitness® Method of 4 Pillars for Better Birth™, Birth Ball Basics™, Postpartum Recovery® Fitness and Pelvic Floor, Core & More™. These programs have been experienced by hundreds of women, birth workers, and obstetric care providers.
Known better as "Memmy" in the Birth Doula community, Emily’s primary areas of focus: calm, peaceful, safe birthing environments; relaxation techniques; optimal positioning, perinatal fitness and wellness; Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Postpartum Recovery® Fitness. She supports families ("Memmy's Mommas") in Home birth, Birth Center birth, and Hospital birth. She attends the full spectrum of birth, from unmedicated water-birth to epidural, multiples to VBAMC, and IVF to elective cesarean birth. She believes it's her privilege to support families in their healthy birthing choices and is honored to do so. No longer wearing the "nurse midwife's cap", Emily says that she proudly wears the "Doula Hat with a Midwife's Eyes and Mother's Heart".
Emily divides her time between her homes in Florida and Tennessee where her husband works as a physician. She has two grown children (Alex and Robb) and three precious grandchildren to whom she is the "real" Memmy.
Find out more about Emily's doula services and community of mothers at MemmysMommas.com.
DONA Certified Birth Doula
ALPP: Certified Lactation Counselor
Total Control®: Pelvic Floor Instructor and Master Trainer
AFAA: Peri-natal Fitness, Group Exercise, Personal Training
YMCA: Prenatal Fitness, Group Exercise, Personal Training, Strength Training
Healthy Moms® Fitness: Perinatal Fitness Instructor
AHA Adult, Child, and Infant: CPR and AED;
Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
Silver Sneakers 1 & 2
Resist-a-ball Levels 1 & 2
HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Instructor
PSI's Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
FOCEP (Florida Outreach Childbirth Education Program)
OTHER TRAININGS & AFFILIATIONS
Spinning Babies: Belly Mapping, Optimal Positioning, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia
Diane Lee: Abdominal Wall After Pregnancy & DRA
Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorder (PMAD) Training
K-Power (kinesiology) for Mind Body Therapists and Birth Professionals
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist (allows for "special populations")
ACSM Personal Trainer
AFAA Pilates, Seniors
AFPA Perinatal Fitness
Women's Health Foundation: Total Control Platinum