About Us

Our mission is to empower and inspire mothers to achieve their dreams and goals, to live destiny-filled lives, and to engage them in their communities.

We would love to collaborate with you and your mission. Please email us at maternalmovementinfo@gmail.com if you are interested in growing together.

 

Founder/Owner

 

Meet Olga Pyshnyak-Lawrence! 

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Olga and her daughter Maya hiking Diamond Head in Hawaii.

Olga, the oldest of eight children, born in the Ukraine and relocated to the States when she was nine, knows the meaning of passionate pursuit and dedication to every endeavor that crosses her path. Taking the easy way out has never been her motto. She laughs at challenges and plans to scale every professional mountain that she encounters.

Her career has been filled with an abundant seven-year corporate experience where she dealt with every issue and every department imaginable. Outside of her day job, Olga excelled at leading within the community either through varied volunteer work or committed long-term assignments such as serving on the board or teaching English to senior citizens that have immigrated to the States.

She loves to write and share her extensive thoughts on almost any topic. If she is passionate about something, don’t get her started! She’s not screaming, she’s just excited! 

Olga is a beloved mother of Maya, the apple of her eye, and a trying wife of Chris, God bless his soul. She loves people and enjoys every bit of craziness they have to offer. The crazier, the better. Weirdness and social awkwardness doesn’t scare her.

She is an author, blogger, life coach and an aspiring motivational speaker. Read her thoughts on her blog http://myheartisturnedtowardsyoumychild.blogspot.com/ . Olga’s obsession with wellness and authentic living, community empowerment and love of family, have driven her to pursue one of her unique dreams and projects, the Maternal Movement, through which she believes every mother can become a Motivated Mama, surrounded by an encouraging community that inspires her to lead a fulfilling and a more balanced, passionate life.

Her newest additional role and adventure is being the Founder of the Frontlines Ministry; Trifecta Reformers. Check it out!

 

Maternal Movement Team

 

Meet Tatyana Pyshnyak – Creative Advisor!

Meet Tatyana

As an entrepreneur and Founder of Voice Interiors, an interior decorating and home staging consulting business, Tatyana Pyshnyak has distinguished herself with a flair for the innovative. Modernizing the interior styling industry with the roll-out of her e-consulting services, Tatyana provides clients with the option to eliminate the need for on-site visits. One of her goals is to help her clients create the ultimate dream home…one that is family-friendly and organized, as well as stylish!

Not only does Tatyana enjoy interior design and décor, she also specializes in home staging and preparing homes for sale. Using her realtor background to further shed light on what buyers are looking for, Tatyana helps her clients achieve that higher sale price. In this day and age, a well put-together space goes a long way in impressing buyers and making showings much more successful.

For more detailed information on the services Tatyana provides, visit her website: www.voiceinteriors.com.  

She is also a Ministry Leader for the Frontlines Ministry.

 

Meet Elizabeth Bowen – Content Creator And Mama Advisor!

Elizabeth was born in upstate NY but has lived most of her life in South Florida. Elizabeth and her husband moved to Athens, GA three years ago and that’s when her journey into Motherhood began. Julia was born in June 2015 and Micah followed a year later in July. Elizabeth’s hands may be full but so is her heart. Motherhood has had its obstacles but Elizabeth feels she can overcome them with the love and support of her family2016-5family.

Elizabeth has always loved to cook, especially for her children, and has poured her heart into starting Mommin’ Ain’t Easy: Good Food for Little Hands. Elizabeth provides weekly menus for toddlers comprised of food kids like but with ingredients parents love.

Good food for little hands is a passion for Elizabeth and she cannot wait to share it. Check out her Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/goodfoodforlittlehands/

 

Meet Nikki Reeves – Mama Advisor! 

Nikki Reeves is the Maternal Mental Health Mom of Georgia. She has been married to her husband Todd for 6 years. Together, they have two sons, ages 3 and 1. She is a former fifth grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom.
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Nikki’s other hobbies include participating in support groups, volunteer work, and of course-mental health advocacy! She is a proud new member of the Postpartum Support International Georgia Board of Programs and Education. Nikki also runs a FREE private Facebook group called Maternal Mental Health Support. She spreads postpartum depression awareness also on Instagram, twitter, Pinterest, tumblr, and more.

Please also check out her blog at http://www.maternalmentalhealthmom.wordpress.com.

 

Meet Melissa Biehl – Mama Advisor!

 In her own words:

“My name is Melissa Biehl and my story with kids and helping people started when I was little. I am from a very big family with 14 cousins whom I baby sat and was always fascinated by. I dreamed of the day I would be a mother. I was the friend people came up to confide in and the one uniting couples in school. ​

Later in my life I got married and had my two kids. They are the greatest blessings in my life and my source of inspiration in being a Doula, Assistant Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and Parenting Advisor. bio pic

​My life started to revolve around helping mothers and partners with giving birth, breastfeeding, nutrition (I was a fitness trainer in Germany.) holistic healing methods, creative art and parenting advice.

The goal is to build up a wholesome motherhood, a feeling of happiness, bringing loving empowerment to the families, through birth, postpartum care and family life. I encourage partners and the chosen ones to be in the birth room, giving them practical tools and emotional support, preparing them to bond deeply with the baby and ENJOYING IT! CELEBRATING IT! ​

Every day, I look forward to employing my talents and knowledge to bring to reality the desired outcomes, for moms and partners, making a bridge with the birth team, so that they understand what is envisioned for the birth and the baby, all supported by science based knowledge, emotional balance and awareness.

I love what I do and update myself constantly, attending certified courses, hearing parents’ birth preferences and connecting it all with a deep feeling of compassion and gratitude.”

A little more about Melissa:

Owner of Within Birth, Birth Doula (Training by CAPPA and DONA),Hypnobirth Educator, Lamaze Childbirth Educator (tr), CLC (Certified Lactation Consultant), Certified Assistant Midwife by THE FARM- Tennessee ( Ina May Gaskin), NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Professional), Former Fitness Trainer in Germany, Vegetarian and Vegan nutrition advisor, Baby Carrier Educator, Understands birth from various cultural perspectives-French, German, English, Portuguese and understands Spanish well. Has two loving kids and is an animal and nature lover, and of adventurous spirit. ​

Please check out her Facebook and website pages for more info!

https://www.facebook.com/withinbirth/

https://www.withinbirth.com/

 

Meet Michelle Reid- Mama Advisor!

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I am mom to 8 wonderful children and gramma to 7 beautiful souls… My life has been a journey of many chapters and I have a blessed life.

I have been using herbs and homeopathy for over 30 years for healing my family, and essential oils for over 15 years. I have studied with Susan Weed, was part of a network of women herbalists in the Green Witch Network and was an editor of the newsletter for a couple of years.

I studied with Jeanine Partvati Baker of Hygeia College and was one of the first 10 to complete the studies. In 1982, I joined a Homeopathy study group which led us to studying Rudolph Steiner and starting the Waldorf School on Cape Cod, which is still going strong.

I have been a Birthright Councilor helping young women with options other than abortion which led to the beginning of the Coalition of Teen Pregnancy on Cape Cod. After the birth of my second child, I became a Certified Childbirth Educator with Informed Homebirth so I could help women who could not afford childbirth classes. Following the birth of my third child, I became a La Leche League Leader so I could support single moms in their breastfeeding journey.

In 2006, after my dance with stage 3 colon cancer, I became a foster parent and adopted 3 children, my youngest is 13 years old and with special needs.

I enjoy creating sacred space, baking, growing food and herbs, crocheting, reading and walks in the woods.

To top it off, I am a Natural Health Consultant and Wellness Advocate for doTerra Essential Oils.

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Michelle’s  personal, one on one, advice and expertise will be shared with the members of Maternal Movement for a kind donation to the A Mama In Need Fund, found here:

https://www.youcaring.com/amamathatneedsademonstrationoflovingkindness-965007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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