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Are you pregnant?

At Expectful, we see the tremendous impact that mental health and well being have on the journey to motherhood.

To us, the mind-body connection isn’t just an idea — it’s the key to navigating the physical, mental and emotional aspects of every stage of motherhood from the moment you decide to conceive.

With our meditation toolkit, we’re making it easier than ever to create health and well being through the power of mindfulness, and creating a world in which meditation is as common as prenatal vitamins.

Each meditation has been customized to guide you through preparing to conceive, pregnancy and motherhood. These guided sessions have been meticulously crafted by our team of licensed hypnotherapists, meditation experts, sound engineers, and psychologists, and are available online and on our app.

We believe that everyone has a right to a healthy mind, especially aspiring and new moms. So for every subscription purchased, we give one to someone in need. We call it 3 for 1, because your meditation practice will benefit the lives of three other people: your baby, another expectant woman, and her baby.

Our Story

Hi! I’m Mark, an unmarried man with no children, and Expectful’s unlikely founder.

I discovered the life-changing benefits of meditation in my mid-twenties. I was able to navigate life’s challenges with greater ease, watched my mental capacity skyrocket, and started seeing marked differences in almost every area of my life.

As my health, happiness, relationships, and professional life improved significantly, I recalled my mother’s struggles with anxiety and depression when she was raising me, and I wondered if meditation might be an especially great tool for new moms.

I dove into the research, and found studies that show the negative effects anxiety and depression can have on a baby, along with studies highlighting meditation’s ability to improve fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood outcomes.

A lightbulb went off.

I saw the power of this simple, easy, and completely accessible tool to profoundly change the lives of both expectant moms and the next generation.

I teamed up with a meditation teacher and hypnotherapist to create a few guided meditations for pregnant women, and we offered them to our expectant friends in exchange for feedback. We listened closely, created more meditations, shared them with more women, and Expectful was born.

Today, I’m surrounded by a team of strong women, including Anna and Deanne who came onboard after using the app during their pregnancies. We offer a huge library of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises for fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood. Every audio we produce is informed by the generous feedback our users share.

We envision a world in which women are emotionally supported and uplifted throughout their journey to motherhood.

We hope you’ll join us.

Mark

Position:
Founder & CEO
Bio:
Before I embraced the mission to make meditation as common as prenatal vitamins, I co-founded not-for-profit that feeds underserved elementary school kids in the Philippines lunch each day and founded and ran a small company in the medical mobility space.

When I’m not working you can find me in Brooklyn meditating, finding a way to sweat, spending time with friends, or on a plane for a little adventure. I also sit on the board of kindness.org, a not for profit that’s helping make the world a kinder, happier place.
What drew you to Expectful:
Expectful is a tribute to my amazing mom who struggled with anxiety and depression when I was growing up.
Favorite quote:
“Breathe, breathe in the air, don’t be afraid to care.” - Pink Floyd
Fun fact:
How deep my love is for rice crackers with nut butter on top.

Anna

Position:
Editorial Lead & Community Guide
Bio:
Hi, I’m Anna, a new mom to my daughter Annabell, the Community and Editorial Lead at Expectful, a writer and a yoga & meditation teacher. I’ve had my work featured in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today and The Expectful Blog.
What drew you to Expectful:
When I used Expectful's meditations during my third trimester they not only transformed my pregnancy, they transformed my life. After giving birth, hearing Mark's story about why he created Expectful and seeing all the shifts meditation has brought into my life - I jumped at the opportunity to join the team. From my personal experience in becoming a mother, it's my mission to help women feel less alone in their emotions during fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood.
Favorite quote:
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu
Fun fact:
That I'm really good at hula hooping...like REALLY good. 😉

Deanne

Position:
Head of Social Media
Bio:
Hey, I’m Dee, the Social Media Lead at Expectful and new mom to Seren. After 12 years of practicing medicine as a Mother/Baby and Pediatric Registered Nurse, I retired to pursue teaching yoga. My passion for wellness, style, and connecting with others through story landed me in Social Media. There, I continue to meld the art of building inspiring platforms, bringing people together.
What drew you to Expectful:
A friend told me about Expectful when I was 24-weeks pregnant. Expectful was brand new and they were still testing out their platform. I joined as a test user and almost immediately felt more connected to my body and baby. After I gave birth I was invited to join the team and given my experience with the app, I jumped at the chance to spread the word.
Favorite quote:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi
Fun fact:
I'm a singer-song-writer.

Fran

Position:
Chief Architect
Bio:
Hello! I’m Fran, a full stack engineer based in Argentina with iOS focus and award winner at Chartboost University Program. In my free time you can either find me barbecuing with friends or on a soccer field.
What drew you to Expectful:
My mother is a midwife, that’s heavily focused on birth without intervention. So I grew up surrounded by pregnant women and hearing over and over again how the state of a mom’s mind plays an extremely important role in her baby's life. When a mutual friend introduced Mark and I and he told me about Expectful, I didn't doubt it for a second, I was in.
Favorite quote:
"Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar." — Antonio Machado
Fun fact:
There's absolutely no way I can leave my home in the morning before having a huge cup of coffee.

Leah

Position:
Operations Lead
Bio:
Hi I’m Leah, the Operations Lead at Expectful and a trained researcher with education and experience in the health and wellness field. With a Master’s in Psychology, I have a passion for exploring how technology can be used to improve mental health.
What drew you to Expectful:
Having previously taught meditation for stress and anxiety management and conducted research during pregnancy, Expectful perfectly combined my experience and interest in using meditation to support women during such an important time. I was drawn to Expectful’s research-based platform and their focus on improving emotional well-being in a simple and approachable way.
Favorite quote:
“We were together. I forget the rest.” -Walt Whitman
Fun fact:
I love traveling to obscure, off-the-grid spots. You know, the places that cause other people to say, “You went where!?”

Emily

Position:
Expectful’s Meditation Expert
Bio:
I’m the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaMIND, the world’s first online meditation training. Recently featured in The New York Times, named top 100 women in wellness to watch and regarded as one of the leading experts in meditation for performance, I’ve been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank & sweetgreen to help improve company performance through meditation. I began my ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided me during my 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line. I’ve taught over 7,000 people to become self-sufficient meditators with the Ziva Technique to take with them for life.

Biet

Position:
The Voice of Expectful’s Guided Meditations
Bio:
I’m Biet, the founder of Center of the Cyclone meditation, an immersive meditation experience that incorporates art, fashion, spiritual study and and hot, hip relatable spiritual experience in beautiful spaces. My latest mass meditation was at the MoMA and I have been studying meditation for over 30 years and brings my own 'tell it like it is' style to everything I do. I’m the meditation leader for all 1 Hotel properties, have partnered with brands and companies such as Soulcycle, Lululemon and The Sundance Film Festival and will be releasing a book in 2018.
What drew you to Expectful:
Kismet. I believe I am drawn through my own meditation practice to everyone I am meant to partner with. The family that we have at Expectful is very real and multi dimensional. We are a team.
Favorite quote:
“What is to give light must endure burning” - Viktor Frankl
Fun fact:
People don't know that I am a super down to earth chick who has both feet firmly planted on the ground. I think everyone thinks I am some kind of hippie freedom child... they just don't get that actually to be as free as I am all the time requires quite a bit of ground!

Dan

Position:
Certified Hypnotherapist, Meditation Writer, and Content Creator
Bio:
I’m Daniel, a Hypnotherapist who maintains a private practice in New York City. I enjoy offering hypnotherapy, meditation and guided experiences to individuals and groups all over the world. I received my undergraduate degree (BFA) from Emerson College where my research focused on literature, philosophy and sociology. In 2011, after receiving my board certification in hypnotherapy, I co-founded the Center for Integrative Healing in Chatham, NJ. I studied and taught the practices of Vedic philosophy and meditation at the The School of Practical Philosophy in New York City from 2007 to 2014.
What drew you to Expectful:
Early on Mark called me with a unique challenge. He knew I was a meditator and had deep training in hypnotherapy and linguistics, and wanted to design together meditations, scripts, and experiences that would benefit pregnant women. Personally, it was an opportunity to honor my mom (who is a meditator), my grandmother, my fiancé, my nieces, and all the other terrific women in my family and my community. The company’s mission aligned with my values and has offered some of the most rewarding collaborative relationships in my life.
Favorite quote:
"Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler”
Fun fact:
Hypnotherapy is the family business. My dad served as the the President of the Association for Past Life Research and Therapies.

Charyl

Position:
Certified Hypnotherapist, Meditation Writer, and Content Creator
Bio:
I am an Integrative Life Coach specializing in the creation and implementation of custom programs for organizations looking to implement a more mindful approach to their business using advanced therapeutic techniques for creating and implementing change. As a wife and mother, I understand the demands of balancing a career and home life and am passionate about providing effective life and stress management resources for people to live happier, more present lives; Partnering most recently with McCann Health North America in their efforts to create a more mindful culture. I also serve as the Integrative Wellness Advisor at Looma Spa, and am co-founder of and maintain private practice at The Center for Integrative Healing in Chatham, NJ. Among these, my favorite role is Mommy to my daughter, Ava and son, Ethan who remind me of what it means to be mindful every day.
What drew you to Expectful:
As a mother of two, I understand the need for mindfulness and community now more than ever. It makes me proud to be part of a company that offers such critical resources to women and mothers.
Favorite quote:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Fun fact:
My son was the first boy born to my mother’s maternal side of the family in 100 years.