Founder/Director: Ann F. Cowlin
Research Associate: Robyn Brancato Ozovek
Master Teachers: Monique Nemarich, Leslie Blatteau, NancyLorenti
Medical Advisors: Peggy DeZinno, RN; Helen Varney Burst, CNM; Brian Karsif, MD; Gil Mor, MD, PhD
Business Consultants: CCordova, Data Images
Content Editor: Alana Joli Abbott
Web Design: Madyson Designs
Dancing Thru Pregnancy® and Total Pregnancy Fitness™ are ongoing programs of pregnancy and postpartum fitness. Founded in 1979 by Yale University movement specialist Ann Cowlin, MA, CSM, CCE, Dancing Thru Pregnancy (DTP) has trained many thousands of fitness instructors throughout the world. Millions of moms have participated in classes under the auspices of these instructors. Research studies indicate that DTP participants are at reduced risk for some disorders of pregnancy.
In 2009, we added a general exercise version of our program called Total Pregnancy Fitness. We have incorporated more aspects of yoga, pilates, and core strength work in our approach to helping women become centered and reduce discomforts. We continue to offer enjoyable cardio activities, which are known to improve pregnancy outcomes, aid women in dealing with birth and to speed recovery.
Cowlin is the author of Women’s Fitness Program Development (Human Kinetics Pub.) and “Women and Exercise” in the nursing textbook, Varney’s Midwifery. She is also the expert consultant for the U.S. Army’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Train the Trainer Program. She has spoken on pregnancy and postpartum fitness and its effect on health throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Africa.
Research associate Robyn Brancato Ozovek, CNM, MS, MA, a certified nurse midwife in New York City, works with Cowlin on program development. She is the author of a meta-analysis on passive descent during labor in JOGNN (Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing) and has joined Cowlin as co-author of the next edition of “Women and Exercise” in Varney’s Midwifery.
Advisors from Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, as well as master teachers and business consultants, help keep our programs up to date.
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