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Meet Dayna (the professional)

Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and is an expert in the areas of maternal and general women’s health. She serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. Dayna is a writer, licensed social worker and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer with an additional certification in training pre- and postnatal clients. Dayna is the author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom (Familius Press) The Total Body Cure for Women (Hearst, forthcoming) and is a contributor to The Doctor's Book of Natural Remedies (Rodale). Dayna’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post and the Huffington Post and she has been consulted as an expert for media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Today Show and Sirius XM radio. Dayna also serves as a Real Answers expert on TheBump.com. Additional work appears in Pregnancy & Newborn, Pop Sugar, Big City Moms, Pregnancy Corner, Women's Running, and ProNatal Fitness, among others. A sought-after speaker, Dayna regularly presents throughout the country. She lives in New York City with her family.

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Meet Dayna (more casually…)

I think people are pretty remarkable, and I enjoy getting to know as many as I can. More so, I like to enable them to feel well and happy. As such, much of my time is spent doing so in formal and informal ways. I put a lot of time and energy into the relationships I value, and receive far more in return. Here are some of the most joyful activities in which I engage, both with others or by myself: running in Central Park, drinking my morning coffee, taking a philosophy class, eating out, eating in, traveling someplace new, buying something pretty (once in a while), cheering on my son—at anything.