Founder & Owner of Bella Bellies®
Bella Bellies® was created by Anne Martens with a passion to promote maternal well-being!
Anne took her experience as a personal trainer and pilates instructor with 10+ years experience, child birth educator, doula, training in Midwifery Assistance and experience as a mother of three, to develop exercise programs focused on a healthy lifestyle and fitness regimen before motherhood, during pregnancy, birth, after delivery and well into motherhood (postpartum, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause) .
The research based and trademarked movement programs for mothers and mothers-to-be:
- Bella Bellies® 200 Hour Maternal Pilates Certification
- Bella Bellies® Breath and Movement For Birth
- Bella Bellies® Prenatal Pilates & Stretch
- Bella Bellies® Maternal Pilates Apparatus Program
- Stroller Moves®
- Understanding Diastasis Rectus Postpartum Course
- Understanding Adhesive Tissues and Core Strength Post Cesarean Course
- Maternal Pelvic Floor Course
- Maternal Spinal Balance Course
were developed by Anne using her research, experience, and education.
Anne Martens is a Licensed Lamaze Child Birth Educator. Anne has studied as a Postpartum Doula with Midwife Vicki Hedley, and a Birth Doula with Sunday Tortelli. Anne Martens studied and worked one-on-one with Julie Tupler from 2005-2007. Anne Martens studied Midwifery Assistance under the direction of Midwife Pamela Hunt, Midwife Deborah Flowers, Midwife UmmSalaamah Sondra Abdullah-Zaima, Midwife Carol Nelson and Midwife Joanne Santana. Ms. Martens is a certified Pilates instructor under Kathy Van Patten (2003) and Bob Liekens (2005); is a certified Pilates Method Alliance Instructor, a certified personal trainer (ACE), completed her B.F.A. in Dance at the Boston Conservatory, where she graduated cum laude under Emiko and Yasi Tokunaga, and completed post-baccalaureate work in chemistry at Montclair State University.
Currently, Anne Martens is providing instructor training through Bella Bellies® to maternal professionals and fitness professionals. She also presents seminars and workshops to maternal professionals throughout the country about fitness programs for mothers and mothers-to-be. Anne presented at the Pilates Method Alliance National Conference in November, 2012 and October 2013. Anne has worked at Cleveland Clinic Instructing Child Birth Education and Stroller Moves® trademarked and continues to work at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Hamot, instructing Child Birth Education and Bella Bellies® trademarked classes. Anne has instructed Pilates for over ten years and has exclusively worked with women and the maternal community since 2004.
Anne's passion for maternal well-being and techniques has been captured in The Bella Bellies® Book. She is the featured speaker in "Prenatal Pilates with the Tupler Technique" DVD and has been consulted by several national broadcast productions and media sources including Web MD, Oprah.Com, Huffington Post.Com, Baby Zone, NBC, ABC and CBS National Broadcasting and affiliates. Anne has been featured on behalf of Bella Bellies® in Fit Pregnancy, Ask Miss A, Kiwi Magazine, Expectant Mothers, Jersey Journal, Fox Online Magazine, Fox Broadcasting, Max & Fitness Magazine, on LX NBC (New York), and in several other popular media productions.
While living in Boston, MA and New York City, Anne has worked with a variety of media focused / high profile clientèle and continues to travel and work online with clients. With the exception of certified teacher trainers, Anne Martens takes pride in keeping all clients’ identity and information private and confidential.
If you would like Anne Martens to speak about her work and research in maternal fitness or to teach a maternal fitness program, please contact her through firstname.lastname@example.org.