Cynthia Overgard is the founder of Life After Birth in Westport CT. Cynthia has authored numerous articles in award-winning international publications and has served more than 1,500 women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum since 2007. She is trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Components of Care through Postpartum Support International, the global authority on postpartum anxiety and depression, but her greatest awareness and education has resulted from her years of supporting women individually and collectively through Life After Birth.
With two children of her own, Cynthia has been there herself, as a woman whose life changed dramatically after having a baby. She learned that it was possible to adore her baby while also experiencing the isolation and anxiety that comes with motherhood. She left a fulfilling corporate career and a professorship in finance in order to “stay at home”, and understands the anguish women face related to career and identity. She is positive and passionate about Life After Birth, and serves as its lead program director and group moderator.
Trisha Ludwig is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing. After practicing as a homebirth midwife she started a holistic gynecology and women’s health practice, which she ran for 10 years. She is passionate about supporting and optimizing women’s transitions through the major shifts such as pregnancy, postpartum, peri-menopause, and menopause. She believes in treating health issues on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
She is a mother of three children, all of whom were born at home. It is her knowledge as a midwife and women’s health practitioner, but most importantly as a mother herself, which gives her first-hand insight into the complex emotional shifts of the postpartum transition. As a woman who is equally passionate about her work as she is about mothering, she understands the process of “becoming mom.”
Trisha is passionate about supporting women through the Life After Birth program in Westport, and recognizes the critical need of women supporting other women through the postpartum period.