Meet the Fit to Deliver Team

Karen Nordahl, M.D., Carl Petersen, P.T. and Renee Minges-Jeffreys are prenatal fitness experts and co-authors of Fit to Deliver.

Karen Nordahl, M.D.

Dr. Karen Nordahl graduated in 1987 from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., with a bachelor of science in kinesiology (physiology), and she completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia in 1989. She currently practices family medicine and obstetrics in Burnaby, B.C.

Early in Karen's medical career, she discovered that there was an enormous amount of misinformation surrounding exercise during pregnancy. Karen found that women who wished to remain active during pregnancy had very little information available to them. Hence the "birth" of Fit to Deliver.

Karen joined forces with physical therapist Carl Petersen and a personal trainer, and the three put their collective knowledge to use to develop a practical resource based on their collective principle that women can, and should, remain active during pregnancy under the supervision of their caregivers.

Karen is also the head of the Burnaby Medical Association and is a clinical associate instructor at the University of British Columbia Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine.

Carl Petersen, Physical Therapist

Carl Petersen was born in New Westminster, B.C., and attended the University of British Columbia, where he obtained his bachelor of physical education degree in 1980 and his bachelor of science (physical therapy/occupational therapy) in 1983.

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