Caitlin is a wife and mom to three amazing girls. She is passionate about empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands. She also loves building authentic relationships and creating supportive communities. Her love for the human body and movement began at a young age when she began dancing and only continued to grow, eventually earning a Masters of Fine Art degree in modern dance. After college she danced professionally for a short period of time before leading group fitness classes, which she has continued to do for 10 years.
After the birth of her first baby she realized that staying active was crucial for her mental and physical wellbeing, but like many new moms she didn’t have any mom-friends! She found Fit4Mom where she gained a village of moms and was able to continue her "movement" passion teaching pre and postnatal fitness to moms of all fitness levels and abilities. This is where Caitlin recognized the desperate need for maternal support during the postpartum period. She knew something wasn’t quite right when moms were “cleared” to workout 6 weeks after having their baby, but mom was worn-out, stressed, hurting, and depleted, not to mention her doctor usually hadn’t checked for or even asked about diastasis recti or pelvic floor health. She knew something had to be done to change this narrative, and so with the courage and friendship of her dear friend Elizabeth, they immersed themselves into learning everything they could about the 4th trimester as they were determined to help moms and families find a smoother transition into motherhood. It became readily evident that resources and information regarding this period were sparse and teaching moms how to prepare for the 4th trimester was almost non-existent. She then knew they had found their path, and they co-founded Matrescence: 4th Trimester Planning and Support.
To say the least, Elizabeth’s path to becoming a 4th Trimester educator is unorthodox. Professionally, her love for science drew her to complete a degree in Physics at the United States Naval Academy followed by an advanced degree in Engineering Management. While this education did prepare her for a 15-year long career in the nuclear energy industry, none of it prepared her for the radical transition to motherhood.
As she’d prepared for so many things in life, Elizabeth researched pregnancy, birth, and newborn baby needs to be sure she was ready; however she never thought to consider her own post-birth recovery needs. As she held her newborn, the absence of 4th trimester care felt "wrong” compared to all of the monitoring and attention she’d received during the other three trimesters of pregnancy. She couldn’t help but ask - “What kind of care should new mothers receive?”
Her research led her to the answer: worldwide postpartum care traditions that have been practiced for centuries yet have been forgotten here in the U.S. At first, she was skeptical of these traditions as they seemed largely based in folklore, but as she began to explore the scientific background supporting these care traditions, they began to make sense and eventually were so compelling, she knew she must share this information with other moms-to-be. It doesn't have to be so difficult. With a little knowledge and effort, we can proactively ease our transitions into motherhood while enhancing our own wellness, deepening or healing relationships, and beginning an essential postpartum care tradition for our generations to come.