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 evidence based 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.
Mark Krassner is a 33-year-old unmarried man with no children and the unlikely founder of the fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood guided meditation app, Expectful.
Mark started the company as a tribute to his mom who struggled with anxiety and depression during his childhood after realizing mental health was the most neglected part of pre and postnatal care. It’s his mission to make meditation as common as prenatal vitamins within the next 5-years.
A serial entrepreneur of companies making the world a better place, Mark is the co-founder of Food for Thought Philippines, a not-for-profit that serves over 80,000 lunches to underserved elementary school children each year; the founder of Knee Walker Central, a company that manufactures and distributes a niche medical mobility device in the US; and sits on the board of Kindness.org, a not-for-profit resource for research on kindness and its effects on society.
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With her high performance background and intensive meditation training, Emily is perfectly suited to teach expecting and new moms how to establish a daily meditation practice.
Emily’s mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to people who are ready to up-level their performance and their lives. 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, Emily has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, sweet green, & Viacom to help improve company performance through meditation.
She began her ten years of training in Rishikesh, India and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line. So far, Emily has taught over 4,700 people to become self-sufficient meditators with this game changing practice to take with them for life.
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Dr. Sona Dimidijan is a leading researcher on the effects of meditation during pregnancy and postpartum and has sat on panels discussing this topic with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
After receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, Dr. Dimidjian joined Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado in 2006. Dr. Dimidjian’s work is considered to be the most impactful on
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Dr. Sona Dimidjian
Catherine Monk, PhD, is a leading researcher on the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression during pregnancy. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Director for Research at the Women’s Program, Columbia University Medical Center, as well as Co-Director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Project and the Domestic Violence Initiative, and a member of Columbia’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council.
Trained as a clinical psychologist, she spends the majority of her time on research, and a small percent treating patients, most of whom are women experiencing depression or anxiety related to perinatal issues (fetal anomaly, stillbirth, preterm birth, concerns about their own traumatic childhoods in relation to becoming a mother).
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Dr. Catherine Monk
Anna Gannon is a mom, the Community Guide and Editorial Lead at Expectful, a Writer and a Yoga & Meditation Guide. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today, & The BirthFit Podcast. Anna is passionate about the importance of the mind, body, and sometimes baby connection. Her mission is to improve women’s emotional health during their fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood experience by sharing open and honest stories, educating them on the benefits of meditation and movement and most importantly, letting them know they are never alone.
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