Parijat Deshpande is an author, speaker and the CEO of a global, boutique company dedicated to reducing pregnancy complications and ending preterm birth. She has served hundreds of women through her programs and one-on-one work, helping them manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded
After her own experience with high-risk pregnancy, 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.
Today, she continues to take a trauma-informed, neurobiological approach to reproductive health to help her concierge-level private clients improve pregnancy outcomes after preterm birth or late-term loss. Parijat also consults with progressive companies, organizations, and brands on how to best support their pregnant employees and leadership team through infertility, a high-risk pregnancy, and possible NICU stay.
As an educator and keynote speaker, Parijat trains medical providers, birth workers and allied professionals around the country on how to provide trauma-sensitive support as they work with their prenatal patients to help them increase trust in their care. She also partners with production companies, directors, producers and screenwriters to accurately represent birth trauma, loss, high-risk pregnancy and preterm birth in TV and film.
Parijat is 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 hiking, reading British crime novels, singing and composing pieces on
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I don't have a high-risk pregnancy but I am very anxious during this pregnancy? Can I still take your course?Yes absolutely! While women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy after loss, pregnancy after infertility or pregnancy after prematurity are at higher risk for anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy, you will definitely benefit from the course even if you have a low-risk pregnancy and are feeling anxious.
I've already tried a bunch of mindfulness apps. How is this any different?Most of these mindfulness apps miss a critical piece of the puzzle, which the concept of safety. If the apps haven't taught you how to move through fight/flight/freeze and come back to a feeling of safety in your body, that's likely why they haven't been as helpful as you'd hoped. The Pregnancy Brain Course is your introductory course to helping you feel safe again so you feel less anxious and improve the health of your pregnancy.
I already have Pregnancy Brain your book. How is this any different?The book is not a replacement for the course. There is a difference between reading about what's possible and processing it intellectually, and actually experiencing the impact of improved nervous system health and stress/anxiety release. Additionally, there are tools, techniques and additional content in the course that are not in the book. If you've read the book and are left wondering, "Now what?" or "How do I stay on track with this to actually see results?" then this course will be perfect for you.
Is this the only resource I need to release stress during my pregnancy?The Pregnancy Brain Course is a great foundational step to lay the groundwork to experience less anxiety, lowered stress, and improved mood if you don't currently have pregnancy complications. If you do have pregnancy complications and/or are looking for personalized support, you will want to join my private 1:1 program, Path to Baby.
Is this program going to teach me how to heal my past trauma and losses?No, and there's a reason for that! Deep healing work should be done in a way that is very specific to your body and your health during pregnancy. The delicate balance that your body keeps between your nervous system, endocrine system and immune suystem to maintain a healthy pregnancy can be easily altered with deep healing work if the tools and strategies you use are not tailored to your specific body. The Pregnancy Brain Course is designed specifically to help you feel safe during pregnancy - to give your body the necessary and frequent rest and reprieve from the anxiety of your pregnancy. If you find that your pregnancy is triggering trauma from your previous high-risk pregnancy, I highly recommend the Path to Baby program for you instead, which is personalized to your body, and your health.
Will there be new content every day for 6 months?Oh no! That is far too much new material to try all at once. The course is designed intentioanlly with pre-determined rest days, catch up days and breaks so that you do not overload your system. Progress is seen in these days of rest and in the repetition of the techniques you'll learn.
How long does this course go for?This is a self-paced course and you will receive emails every day for 24 days. Then you will receive 5 extra months to access the materials. You will have access to the course material for a total of 6 months.
How much time is this going to take?The exercises themselves don't take more than 15 minutes at a time. You'll be encouraged to do them multiple times per day, but most are simple enough that you can do them almost anywhere. You'll receive emails every day for 24 days about this course and you will have access to the course materials for 6 months.
Can I talk to Parijat during this course?This is a self-paced, virtual course that does not include a live component. If you'd like more personalized support, please review the Path to Baby program.