About DTP



Founder/Director:  Ann F. Cowl­in   Read Cowlin’s CV

Mas­ter DTP Teach­ers:  Monique Nemarich, Leslie Blat­teau, Nan­cy Loren­ti

Child­birth Edu­ca­tors: Ann Cowl­in, MA CSM CCE, and Jill Garo­fa­lo, RN CCE

Med­ical Advi­sors:  Peg­gy DeZin­no, RN LCCE; Helen Var­ney Burst, CNM PhD (hon); Bri­an Kar­sif, MD; Gil Mor, MD, PhD

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For 37 years Danc­ing Thru Preg­nan­cy®, Inc., has offered excit­ing state-of-the-art pre/postnatal fit­ness pro­grams. DTP has par­tic­i­pat­ed in research and devel­op­ment to put into prac­tice the lat­est evi­dence on safe and effec­tive preg­nan­cy and post­par­tum mom/baby exer­cise. We have devel­oped for­mats that include essen­tial exer­cise com­po­nents to achieve these test­ed ben­e­fits. We have kept records of out­comes dur­ing the process and report­ed our find­ings at sci­en­tif­ic con­fer­ences in the U.S. and abroad.

Our pri­or­i­ties are pro­vid­ing ongo­ing pro­grams of preg­nan­cy and post­par­tum fit­ness that are safe, empow­er­ing and that enhance fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty life. Found­ed in 1979 by Yale Uni­ver­si­ty move­ment spe­cial­ist Ann Cowl­in, MA, CSM, CCE, Danc­ing Thru Preg­nan­cy has trained many thou­sands of fit­ness instruc­tors through­out the world. Mil­lions of moms have par­tic­i­pat­ed in class­es under the aus­pices of these instruc­tors. Evi­dence demon­strates that DTP par­tic­i­pants are at reduced risk for some dis­or­ders of preg­nan­cy and achieve a reduced rate of cesare­an births and oth­er med­ical inter­ven­tions.

Since 2012, DTP has also offered Child­birth Edu­ca­tion as part of our home pro­gram at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty. Bring­ing move­ment into the labor room has long been known to pro­mote the progress of labor and reduce the need for inter­ven­tion. We encour­age new teach­ers and pro­gram direc­tors to con­sid­er this addi­tion to their fit­ness pro­gram devel­op­ment.

Cowl­in is the author of Women’s Fit­ness Pro­gram Devel­op­ment (Human Kinet­ics Pub.) and “Women and Exer­cise” in the nurs­ing text­book, Varney’s Mid­wifery. She is also the expert con­sul­tant for the U.S. Army’s Preg­nan­cy and Post­par­tum Train the Train­er Pro­gram. She has spo­ken on preg­nan­cy and post­par­tum fit­ness and its effect on health through­out the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Advi­sors from Yale Uni­ver­si­ty and Yale-New Haven Hos­pi­tal, as well as mas­ter teach­ers and busi­ness con­sul­tants, help keep our pro­grams up to date.