I grew up in small town Georgia. Fort building, crawdad fishing and mud bogging. The glitz and glamour of the city always called to me, so I studied Linguistics at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. I also minored in Spanish, and received a certificate to Teach English as a Second Language. Having a love of culture and people, I was able to travel to 17 countries in the next 10 years. I learned more about life and people than I could ever communicate.
In my late 20’s, I married my wonderful husband after four months. He is a military man, so we quickly moved to Germany. Germany is where my passion for birth, breastfeeding, women’s health and self advocacy began. It just so happened, that in my early 20’s, I was able to see a couple of my friend’s babies born. I was also able to attend the c-section birth of my younger sister when my mother was in her 40’s. These were amazing experiences. They stayed with me throughout my life and planted the seeds that would ultimately lead me to where I am now! While in Germany, I was able to study lactation and receive my certificate as a Certified Lactation Councilor (CLC). I also was able to study in Paris, France to become a Doula.
It only took me 30 years, but I truly found my passion! I was able to support several of my friends and work with the German midwives, while we lived in Germany. That time was invaluable to me. The German midwives truly understand birth and listening to the needs, power, and intuition of the women they serve. It was the start also, of MY intuitive journey! For seven years now, I have supported over 500 families in the DC area though Delivered Doula and have seen the unique challenges that women face in the health care system today. I am now expanding to a more wholistic approach with The Life Spark Project, helping women from preconception to postpartum.
I have also been on my own personal journey. Rediscovering myself, my sovereignty, my intuition, my fitness, and my nutrition. I am putting all my intention on being and becoming the human I was meant to be. What I have realized over these last seven years is that we are whole women. Our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our traumas…they can’t be separated! When I started to reacquaint my whole self, it was amazing the transformation that happened. I started having victories, slow at first but the snow ball started and then the flood gates opened. Anxiety left, mind cleared, and body healed. I want all women to have these victories in their life! I’m not without fault but the confidence and clarity that I have is empowering and peaceful!
I currently live in Alexandria, VA with my husband and son. I love to organic garden in the small space we have on the side of our townhome. My husband and I recently have learned how to paragliding and are P2 pilots! My son and I love to bike for miles around the city. And presently, I’m learning how to divinely dance with myself, my creator, and the world around me!
I believe that all women should be able to get pregnant, feel great during their pregnancy and
have the energy they need to enjoy motherhood. Our modern lives are very different from what
our ancestor’s lives looked like yet our biology hasn’t changed. Our standard American diet has
robbed us of key nutrients that our bodies need. We live under chronic stress from our jobs and
modern way of life and are exposed to chemical toxins everywhere we go. This is leading to a
host of issues that our ancestors never dealt with like obesity, diabetes, and autoimmune
diseases. And for so many women of childbearing age, living this modern stressful life leads to
infertility, uncomfortable side effects during pregnancy, and physical and emotional depletion
during pregnancy and postpartum. But through simple nutrition and lifestyle changes that work
with your body, you can not only survive this modern, stressful world, but thrive in it.
Building a baby is hard work and takes a huge amount of resources. As a mom of two young
boys, I know how important it is for a mother to feel her best during all stages of pregnancy and
motherhood. I work with women one-on-one to make nutrition and lifestyle changes to balance
their hormones, improve energy levels, prepare their bodies for pregnancy and recover
I have been interested in health and medicine my entire life, but it wasn’t until I was faced with
my own health struggles in my 20’s that I realized just how important nutrition and lifestyle are
to our overall health. I was working at a job I didn’t like, eating a diet that I thought was healthy
(spoiler alert, it wasn’t) and putting my body under tremendous stress training for marathons and
triathlons all while trying to keep up a full social calendar. I hit a point where I couldn’t do
anything anymore. I was exhausted all the time but couldn’t sleep, I had intense brain fog,
digestion issues, and a cycle that was all over the map. I went to doctors who only wanted to
prescribe drugs to fix my symptoms but I knew there was a better way. I did endless hours of
research to learn how to heal my body from the inside. I changed my diet, traded some long runs
in for yoga classes, started acupuncture and did more self-care. It took some time but eventually I
felt better than I had in years.
Around this time, I also began to transition my career. Instead of helping with the development
and approval of medical products that “treat” symptoms, I wanted to help people prevent these
issues in the first place. I studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to understand more
about nutrition and then at the Integrative Women’s Health Institute to focus my understanding
of nutrition and health coaching specifically towards women. I bring everything I learned in
these programs along with my experience with my own healing and an understanding of
scientific research to help my clients make changes that positively affect their health and the
health of their future generations.
I would love to help you on your journey into motherhood. Email me at
email@example.com to set up your free consultation.
Emily stanwyck is a mom of two, a wife, a birth educator and doula, and a BIRTHFIT coach. She has been in the strength and conditioning world since 2009 and coaching since 2014. Emily rowed at the collegiate level, has competed on a national level in the sport of strongman, and has coached everyone from young children to seasoned humans to professional athletes. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum core rehab and strength with a mission to help women have positive pregnancies, birth outcomes, and recovery periods!