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 forever.
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 the piano.
Not enough women are told how profoundly stress impacts their pregnancy, especially if they are high-risk. The truth is that stress, if left unmanaged, becomes a serious risk factor for pregnancy complications from preeclampsia and gestational diabetes to preterm labor and poor blood flow to the baby. In this cutting-edge presentation—the first of its kind meant specifically for women with high-risk pregnancies—leading high-risk pregnancy specialist Parijat Deshpande explains why effective stress management is a critical component of prenatal care in order to manage and prevent pregnancy complications.
Based on her bestselling book of the same name, this presentation provides a groundbreaking understanding of the effects of stress and stress management on pregnancy and fetal health. Through peer-reviewed, evidence-based research, powerful true stories and Parijat’s own compelling personal journey through a very high-risk pregnancy, she empowers women to take charge of their health and lower their risk of pregnancy complications and preterm birth.
Audiences will learn:
- How the physiology of stress translates into physiological changes during pregnancy and can predispose you to pregnancy complications
- The difference between anxiety and fear and why that matters for pregnancy health
- The powerful mechanism that’s naturally built into your body and can help manage and prevent pregnancy complications
- How to build a rockstar care team that alleviates—instead of exacerbates—anxiety
This talk can be offered as a keynote, hybrid presentation with Q&A or workshop depending on your audience needs