Throughout most of my life, I have been interested in physical fitness and preventative health and ALL of my life, I looked forward to the day I would be a mom.
I began teaching aerobic classes when I was a senior in high school. I became certified through the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor, and over the years, took extra courses in prenatal and postpartum exercise to gain enough experience to hold Specialty Recognition through ACE in Pre/Postnatal Exercise. Throughout college, I took classes in both physical and health education and psychology. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development.
Upon returning to the bay area, I worked at Stanford Hospital and Clinics while going through another 18 months of education based out of California State University, Long Beach to pursue my desire to become a Childbirth Educator. After completion of this program, which also included hours of student teaching and birth observations, I passed the National exam to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Instantly, I began teaching Childbirth Classes for Stanford Health Services and eventually took over facilitating and teaching a wide spectrum of classes: support groups for new moms, for working moms, and for new dads; prenatal aerobic and yoga classes and postpartum exercise classes for moms and their infants. The popularity of this mom and baby exercise class gave me the inspiration to create StrollerJam™, an aerobic exercise class for moms and their baby/toddler.
After moving to Pleasanton, CA in 2000, I was delighted to have the opportunity to start up a variety of prenatal and postnatal classes at two local hospitals, once again, facilitating new mother support groups and teaching my prenatal and postpartum exercise classes to women throughout the community. As much as my students thank me for all the support I have given them, I must say that I learned a lot from these wonderful women, not having any children of my own yet. In fact, I realized that to have a baby was to launch into an entire new career, one in which you will have the most demanding boss ever, with no scheduled breaks and many sleepless nights. Yet, a career that most women would never consider trading once “hired”.
In September 2002, my husband and I became pregnant with our first child. Experiencing pregnancy, childbirth and parenting first-hand was the ultimate education experience, one that would only enhance my teaching skills. During this time I completed a Doula Training program through Passion for Birth with Teri Shilling. After giving birth to my first son in 2003 and my second in 2005, I decided I wanted to get certified in HypnoBirthing®. In 2008, I gave birth to my third son and experienced a very peaceful HypnoBirthing® birth. Now that my boys are getting older, I am enjoying picking up where I left off in 2005 and bringing back StrollerJam™ to the Pleasanton community.
I believe that pregnancy and childbirth is a true miracle and the transition into motherhood is a sacred time of change. Parenting is a journey, not a destination. It’s a journey of teaching and one of learning; it’s a journey of laughter and tears; it’s a journey of self-discovery and self-doubt; it’s a journey of wonder and one of trust; it’s a journey of knowing when to hold on and when to let go. There is no path to a perfect journey, but there are a million ways to have a good one. I am honored to be able to help women through this transition. I am grateful to have such an awesome job in which I meet so many wonderful women and so many precious new little lives. Thank you to all of my students, as you have given me as much as I have given you.
Nancy Beer-Larson B.S., ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, certified Whole Birth Yoga Instructor, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Doula, Mother.