Nast Whitson
Childbirth Educator
Hawthorne, New Jersey
About me

My name is Nastaran (or Nast for short). I was born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Boston, and now reside in New Jersey. Hubby and I are gym owners. Our gym is unique because not only do we do individualized programming to help clients get out of pain and achieve their goals, but we also collaborate with many local practitioners. I'm also a trainer, doula and birth educator. I founded Birthing Strong because I was tired of the trauma, grieving, and regret my family, friends and clients were experiencing at the births of their children. Birthing Strong was born to help educate, encourage and empower mamas through birth education courses and fitness classes that involve actual rehabilitation, cardio, and strength and conditioning. It aims to take the BS out of birthing and help moms move safely and confidently in fitness and in life. When I'm not coaching in a gym or teaching a workshop at a studio, I'm outside coaching adults and youth alike on running/track and field! I enjoy a day at the beach and absolutely love food (and think it should be a love language) and our family has rescued a lot of cats and one dog...We just can't say no to helping animals! If you're in pain or discomfort or you're just not sure where to start or what to do, please reach out if I can be of service. If I don't have the answer, I'm happy to be able to point you in the direction of someone who does!


Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Psychology (2004)

Certification and training

Birth Doula, Birth Education, L1 Personal Trainer, USATF (2010)

Advanced Maternal Age Birth Doula Childbirth Education Endometriosis Health Coach Healthy Eating Hypnobirthing Method Hysteroscopy Infertility Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Keeping Fit Labor Doula Natural Birth Positive Thinking Preconception Prenatal Care Relaxation Techniques Spirituality Support during Labor, Birth, and Postpartum Support in Pregnancy Loss

English, Spanish

Service introduction

At Birthing Strong, we offer birth education (our most popular course) and fitness for moms and moms-to-be. All of our coaches are certified to work with prenatal and postpartum clients. Their certifications and credentials range from BirthFit, ACE, NASM, CF-L1, CF-L2, CF-L3, Dona Doula, Precision Nutrition, Active Life and more. We have trusted practitioners we collaborate with, including 2 chiropractors, 1 physical therapist, 2 pelvic floor physical therapists, an acupuncturist, and a certified lactation consultant - we LOVE this collab!

Birthing Strong Prenatal Education Course
The purpose of this course is to provide you with information and education regarding birth, whether you are in a hospital setting, a birthing center or home birth so you can make the best and most informed decisions for you and your family. So what should I expect? For starters: This course is jam-packed with 12+ hours of birth education, videos, and some homework that will help you and your partner prep for your birth. My favorite part is the Birth Options Sheet. This is an 11 page document that my friends - chiros, doulas, midwife, physical therapist, trainer - and I put together years ago. It includes: A space to write all important papers and documents upon arriving to the birth center What to do if you have a home birth What to do when you first get to the hospital What happens to your baby as soon as they're born and common procedures they go through (like administering the vit K shot, Erythromycin for their eyes, etc.) If you have to be induced, what are your options (ex. Cytotech, Cervadil, pitocin) Why you're normally administered pitocin after birth How the placenta is birthed What happens at an episiotomy What happens if the "vacuum" doesn't work Whether or not you want to bathe baby right away (and benefits of holding off) And so much more!! This is a printable document that basically takes care of a lot of the thinking and decision-making BEFORE heading to the birth and, I've been told, it brings mamas-to-be and their partners a lot of peace knowing these options ahead of time and letting the staff and your birth team know these preferences ahead of time too. Now, this is not the same as having an "expectations" sheet. "Expectations" often imply that circumstances MUST go a certain way in order for babies to be born and that any deviation will mean failure. Well, this is unrealistic because we all know that babies still like to come the way babies like to come, which is on their time! However, having preferences ensures that mom feels heard, that she experiences informed consent, receives choices and is consulted with according to her birth. In my experience, I have found that having choices and preferences allows for a more desirable and satisfactory birth. This leads to less trauma and more empowerment. And who doesn't want to feel empowered at their birth?! You can do this mama and we can help. Check out this course at
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