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Dr. Maria Banks, Prenatal and Postnatal Health Specialist

Over the past 26 years, we’ve licensed over 119,000 well being, diet, and health professionals. Every month, we acknowledge certainly one of our distinguished graduates who use what they’ve realized to encourage others and make a distinction. 

Meet our graduate for the month of February, Dr. Maria Banks, an AFPA licensed Prenatal and Postnatal Health Specialist

How did you initially turn into curious about well being and health?

I initially turned curious about well being and health throughout my freshman 12 months of faculty. I majored in rehabilitation sciences, as I’ve at all times been curious about well being and serving to others. I made a decision that I ought to pay extra consideration to my well being if I used to be going to assist others within the well being subject. Throughout my freshman 12 months, I began exercising extra and gained a significant appreciation for health.

I began learning the most effective workout routines for my physique sort whereas taking group health lessons and figuring out within the fitness center with buddies. Since then, I’ve at all times taken my well being significantly by sustaining a constant fitness center routine and a nutritious diet.

What certification did you select, and why did you select AFPA?

I selected the Prenatal and Postnatal Health Specialist Certification from AFPA. I selected this as a result of I’ve at all times wished to turn into a coach, however I at all times made excuses to not pursue it as a profession.  As soon as I turned pregnant, I wished to proceed exercising, however I had a tough time discovering a coach who may assist me with correct workout routines. After recognizing the necessity for this specialised coaching in my space, I made a decision to pursue this specialty. 

I researched applications and got here throughout the certification from AFPA. After reviewing what was included, seeing that it’s nationally acknowledged, and looking out on the opinions, I knew that I needed to get this certification via AFPA. I like that they’ve a ton of sources to help their graduates and felt they might greatest meet my wants. I’m truly about to get the Vitamin & Wellness Marketing consultant Certification subsequent!

What was your profession like previous to turning into licensed?

Previous to turning into licensed, I used to be working as an occupational therapist for somewhat over ten years.  I labored with adults following an sickness or damage to assist them get well and dwell extra fulfilling lives. As I used to be getting my certification, I used to be working in a talented nursing facility in the course of the pandemic with optimistic sufferers whereas pregnant; it was a high-stress setting on the time.

What’s your profession like now?

I’m now the proprietor of The Well being Mamas, which is an organization I began to assist pregnant and postnatal ladies keep wholesome and match all through being pregnant and motherhood. I mix my expertise as a Physician of Occupational Remedy and Pre/Publish Natal Health Specialist to supply well being and health providers to my purchasers nearly and in individual. 

I’ve at all times seen the worth in caring on your well being and have at all times wished to assist folks take preventative measures to assist forestall sure illnesses and diseases. Too many individuals wait till one thing unhealthy occurs with their well being to begin caring. As I used to be growing my enterprise, I noticed a significant want for pregnant and postnatal ladies to take higher care of their well being. My aim is to teach ladies on the significance of taking cost of their well being and assist them dwell wholesome, extra fulfilling lives for themselves and their little ones. The profession I’ve now permits me to do what I’ve at all times wished to do!

What are your favourite elements of your profession?

I take pleasure in each side of my profession. I benefit from educating and serving to different ladies be taught methods to dwell wholesome, extra fulfilling lives. I admire the flexibleness of my schedule, particularly with being a brand new mother. It permits me to spend high quality time with my household whereas additionally having a satisfying profession. I additionally admire the connections I’ve made with different professionals on this house; I’ve realized a lot helpful data to assist others. 

How has turning into licensed with AFPA impacted your life?

Changing into licensed with AFPA has utterly modified my life. I’m able to use the specialised data that I gained from my certification to make a big impact on my group. I’m able to educate, coach, and prepare mothers to dwell more healthy lives. I really feel that I’m making a real distinction within the lives of my purchasers. I additionally take pleasure in extra work/life stability as a consequence of a extra versatile schedule and a much less irritating work setting. I now have a profession that I worth, and I really feel like I’m making a real distinction.

Do you have got any consumer success tales you want to share?

I really like listening to my purchasers’ success tales. It makes me really feel that I’m actually making a distinction of their lives! There are two testimonials that I want to share. 

I’ve a consumer who is 2 years postpartum. She tried numerous applications however by no means caught with them as she felt like she wasn’t gaining something from the applications. I created a specialised program for her to deal with her particular objectives. Inside a month of working with me, she observed a major change in her power and performance. 

I additionally had a consumer who skilled with me whereas pregnant. She had hip and again ache all through her second trimester. She began coaching with me, and I created an train plan particular to her wants; she observed a lower in ache. She additionally loved coming to my group health lessons, as she was in a position to mingle with different ladies on her identical journey.

What recommendation do you give others eager about turning into licensed?

To others who’re eager about turning into licensed, I’d say to completely go together with a program from AFPA. They’ve many certifications that may enable you to meet your purchasers’ wants if you wish to work within the well being and health subject. Additionally they provide a ton of sources for his or her graduates to assist them keep up-to-date with the most recent within the well being and health subject, which is extraordinarily useful with this sort of profession. I’m glad that I went with a certification from AFPA, as I really feel absolutely supported as an entrepreneur within the well being and health subject.

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