Parijat Deshpande is a best selling author, speaker, consultant, producer, and somatic trauma professional whose mission is to improve high-risk pregnancy outcomes and end prematurity.
She is a sought-after keynote speaker and trainer who has spoken on in-person and virtual stages about the impact of chronic/traumatic stress on perinatal health, calling stress physiology the missing piece of the prenatal care puzzle.
From motivational talks to empower high-risk patients, loss parents, NICU and preemie parents, to trauma-sensitive professional trainings to improve health care and patient safety, Parijat's engaging talks motivate and empower parents, patients, and providers to accept the intersection between stress physiology and pregnancy outcomes.
Parijat established herself as a trusted advisor for many medical providers, clinics, hospitals, health tech companies, and other corporations on how to best support their clients, patients, or employees experiencing high-risk pregnancies or are in the NICU. Through trainings, workshops, keynote presentations as well as product creation, Parijat and her team help companies expand their offerings to expand their existing services and benefits and accommodate their customers/employees who are on a complicated family-building journey.
After her own experience with infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy and extremely preterm delivery, Parijat went from patient to practitioner to help other women beat the statistics—a journey she chronicled in her bestselling book, Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. This book has received support globally from maternal fetal medicine specialists and labor and delivery nurses, as well as former and current high-risk patients who recognize Pregnancy Brain as one of the best resources on a complicated family-building journey.
Parijat is well known as the creator of Path to Baby™️, the trauma-informed concierge health strategy program that uses neurobiological techniques to help pregnant people stack the odds in their favor during a high-risk pregnancy after prematurity or second or third trimester loss.
Over 80% of her clients have identified as BIPOC, a population that is most deeply impacted by systemic racism and disproportionately high rates of pregnancy complications and preterm delivery. Through Path to Baby™️, all of her BIPOC clients have been able to stay pregnant longer than their medical teams assumed was possible.
Dedicated to accessible, empowering information and accurate representation of high-risk pregnancies and prematurity, Parijat produces and partners with filmmakers on films, health education videos, documentaries, and storylines featured on TV and film that highlight complicated family-building journeys.
Parijat is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles® which discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once a baby comes home.
When Parijat isn’t working to end the high-risk pregnancy crisis, she can be found spending time with her two rainbow babies (who are not babies anymore!), immersing them in their Indian culture.
She loves being in warmth and sunshine (yes, California is too cold for her!). She enjoys walking on beaches, eating sushi, indulging in dark chocolate (nothing less than 85% please!) or New York cheesecake with strawberries. During the quite hours of the day, she's often found nose-in-book reading a new British crime novel.
"I want every pregnant person to know that they are not at the mercy of statistics. Everyone deserves to know just how much power they have in their bodies and their biology to influence their high-risk pregnancy outcomes."
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