In 2013, an OB at Weill Cornell learned of Leah's work and suggested collaborating on a study. Out of 63 subjects who participated in the workout program, 100 percent (!) fully closed the gap in under 12 weeks. They also reported lower incidence of back pain and improved urinary continence, no matter how long ago they had given birth. The results were published in a 2014 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A 2017 recent investigative piece by npr related to using the EMbody method to resolve diastasis recti also revealed great results for those involved, including the reporter. The report studied women in a class taught by founder Leah Keller over just 4 weeks and participants saw significant improvement. The story demonstrated a clear need for the Embody program, as it became npr’s 4th most popular story of 2017.
Following then npr report, Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC contacted Every Mother to work together on a double-blind controlled trial of the Embody program. The goal is to demonstrate statistical significance of diastasis recti improvement in order to build awareness and acceptance in the medical community, helping more mothers avoid surgery and lifelong discomfort for a condition that is resolvable with exercise.
"I am a reflexologist who is specialized in reproductive health for the past twenty years in New York City. I often recommend the [Every Mother EMbody Program] to my pregnant clients for diastasis recti and as postpartum support to reinforce the strength of the pelvic floor. Recently I recommended your method to one of my clients suffering from from debilitating back pain during the third trimester of her pregnancy. Four days after the birth of her baby she was rushed to the hospital for an MRI and diagnosed with a Sacral fracture. She was told by her doctors that it would take at least two months for her to be without pain. Upon seeing her, It was clear that she needed to reinforce her core and I recommended your method. Three weeks later, she not only could walk again without pain, with a tight tummy, she also looked fantastic."
"This is the first program to specifically address the concerns of many of my patients. [It] helps women safely strengthen and prepare their bodies to labor and give birth, and then regain pelvic floor strength, abdominal tone and healthy back function after birth. Plus, the program is easy to do in short intervals at home for busy moms."
"We tell all our patients that staying active throughout pregnancy is key to emotional well-being and physical health. You will enter birth with strength and confidence, facilitating an easier and more natural delivery. Leah’s program achieves all of the above and our patients love how quickly they look and feel like themselves again so soon after giving birth!"
“Exercise during pregnancy can enhance an expectant mother's mental and physical well being. Leah's method safely addresses the postural changes and muscle imbalances of pregnancy while developing strong core muscles to facilitate a smooth delivery and recovery.”
“Almost every new mother asks us for guidance on safe, restorative movements in the first weeks after birth. Finally we have an answer. We’re thrilled to recommend Every Mother’s early postpartum online program to our patients when we see them two weeks after delivery. Leah guides women through a gentle and progressive path to recover strength and function while improving mood and quality of sleep.”
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