Jennifer Derryberry Mann

Jennifer Derryberry Mann is the mother of two little girls who love to dance through the house, “help” in the kitchen, and color on any available surface. She is the editor of Belly Button Bliss: A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories (Fairview Press, 2010), a freelance writer, and a certified Forrest yoga instructor who specializes in prenatal yoga and postnatal mama-baby Yoga Bonding.

Jenni is the creator of, a meditation on self-care for the wondrous, winding journey through the labyrinth of motherhood. The blog has a simple yet profound purpose: It’s a daily reminder to {breathe, mama}. Through the amazing moments and the awkward ones, and in times both sublime and stressful, there’s nothing quite like a sweet deep breath to bring you into the marrow of the present moment.

Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley, author of the Belly Button Bliss birth story Sacred Ceremony, is a writer, yoga teacher, energetic healer, and doula/birth coach. Trained in Forrest Yoga in 2001, Bridget strives to provide a sanctuary for students to go inside and explore the emotional landscape of their life experiences through breath and movement in yoga ceremony, or practice. Her writing has appeared in Conde Nast Women’s Sports and Fitness, YogaChicago, and The Essential Chicago. She is the author of a memoir, Necessary Utterances, a novel, Undertow, and is at work on her second novel, Channeling Audrey.

Julie MoonJulie Moon

Julie Moon, author of the Belly Button Bliss birth story “A Whole New Person is in the World,” is a portrait photographer who loves working with babies, families, and pregnant mothers. She is the daughter of a doula and has been around all things birth for many years. She enjoys helping her friends through their journeys of childbirth by occasionally acting as their doula and by sharing her experiences with birth.

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Kara Douglass Thom

Kara Douglass Thom, author of Belly Button Bliss birth story “I Can’t Do This! I CAN Do This!” is a triathlon-loving mom of four who hopes her affinity for fitness rubs off on her children, 7-year-old twin daughters, a 5-year-old daughter, and a 19-month-old son. The author of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel, 2011), Kara writes about finding fitness in the chaos of motherhood and raising a fit family. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and at her blog, Mama Sweat.


Melissa Rayworth

Melissa Rayworth, author of Belly Button Bliss birth story “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” writes about American culture, sexual politics and parenting for The Associated Press and other national news outlets. Her work regularly appears in publications and on websites across the globe, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times,, and



Maureen HuntMaureen Hunt

Maureen Hunt, author of the Belly Button Bliss birth story How Birth Was Meant To Be, is a music educator.  From elementary and middle school band students to children birth to five and their adult caregivers in Music Together(R) classes, Maureen is a teacher of all ages.  She also teaches preschool on Sundays and coordinates Summer Assemblies Music at her church.  Outside of the world of music, Maureen enjoys yoga, mountain biking, and spending time  in nature with her husband and two young daughters, age 9 and 3.