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  • In this episode, fertility educator and postpartum doula Kenzie Radigan guides us through the empowering practice of menstrual charting. Kenzie debunks common myths and educates on the distinct phases of the menstrual cycle, providing tools to enhance body literacy and self-awareness. She discusses the importance of distinguishing between common and healthy menstrual experiences, the emotional intelligence gained from charting, and its practical applications, including non-hormonal birth control and understanding postpartum fertility.

    Whether you're looking to conceive, seeking non-hormonal birth control options, or simply aiming to deepen your connection with your body, Kenzie offers valuable advice and emphasizes the transformative impact of tuning into your body's unique rhythms.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    The importance of menstrual cycle and fertility education, debunking common myths, and the need for whole-person care.The empowerment and benefits of menstrual charting, including non-hormonal birth control, conception, and overall health monitoring.Fertility awareness methods, charting basics, and the significance of understanding one's fertile window.A breakdown of the menstrual cycle's phases and how charting can foster a deeper connection with one's body.Recommendations for those new to charting, including starting with a good charting app and understanding the value of privacy and personalization.

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    Learn more about Kenzie Radigan on her website (www.zenwithkenz.com).

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  • Join me as I sit alongside Jessica Faith Achugbue, a wellspring of knowledge in perinatal mental health and EMDR therapy, to explore how emotional undercurrents affect not just new parents but also the little ones they're nurturing. We peel back the layers of early experiences, revealing their undeniable impact on the adult psyche and, consequently, on parenting practices.

    We discuss the sweeping synaptic shifts and the spiritual awakenings that define matrescence, highlighting the power of EMDR therapy in forging pathways to inner healing. For any parent grappling with the duality of joy and challenge that birth brings, our conversation illuminates the path to harnessing confidence and conscious choice-making, ultimately shaping a more nurturing environment for both parent and child.

    Jessica also shares how she demystifies the therapy sessions, from identifying life patterns to processing traumatic memories, all through the lens of attachment. For those inspired to seek out this form of therapy, Jessica extends an invitation to connect through her practice, emphasizing her commitment to accessible and effective mental health care.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Discussion of matrescence and its holistic changes impacting identity and relationships.Introduction to EMDR therapy and its use in processing and healing from traumatic experiences.The Adaptive Information Processing Model and EMDR's application to a broad range of psychological wounds.What to expect during EMDR therapy sessions for new parents.The significance of creating a therapeutic environment that promotes safety and self-soothing.

    Resources from this Episode

    Learn more about Jessica on her website (https://www.gentlepeopletherapy.com) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gentlepeopletherapy/).

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  • The journey of parenthood can feel like navigating a maze filled with endless baby product choices. Join me and Taya from EcoNow, as we unravel the confusion to help you build a baby registry that aligns with your values of safety, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living. From the critical selections of a high-quality, organic mattress and a safe crib that passes the strictest certifications to the subtleties of choosing the softest, kindest fabrics for your baby's skin, we've got you covered.

    In this episode, we go beyond the basics to discuss the lesser-thought-of essentials that make a world of difference in your child's life. So whether you're expecting your first or you're a seasoned pro looking to make more conscious choices, this is your invitation to join a community that's dedicated to the well-being of our little ones and the planet they will inherit.

    Your journey to parenthood just got a little easier — and a lot more informed.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Importance of non-toxic, eco-friendly nursery products for baby's health and environment.Guidance on choosing certified safe mattresses, cribs, and clothing for babies.Baby registry essentials: diapers, wipes, car seats, and clothing made from natural fibers.How to navigate certifications like GOT, Greenguard Gold, and EWG for baby products.

    Resources from this Episode

    Learn more about my baby registry consulting services (https://www.asimplehome.org/baby-registry-consulting)Here are my favorite burp cloths (https://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/collections/prefolds-and-flats/products/cloth-eez-prefold-diapers-organic-white)

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  • Join me and the eco-conscious Thea Merritt, founder of EcoNow, as we navigate the journey toward sustainable living and parenthood. Our conversation underscores the importance of choosing non-toxic, eco-friendly products, particularly during pregnancy, to protect both our little ones and the planet. Discover how Thea’s path led her from feeling isolated in her environmental endeavors to fostering a community-centric business that champions refillable, eco-friendly products. Listen in as we share our motivations for embracing eco-friendly practices and the realities of waste reduction, and provide tangible starting points for those looking to make safer, greener choices.

    In this episode, we unravel the concerns surrounding harmful chemicals present in everyday products, like PFAs and PFOAs, and their link to potential health issues. We also offer insights into the misconceptions surrounding the need for multiple specialized cleaners, advocating for versatile, eco-friendly alternatives. From the benefits of repurposing glass jars to the implications of using plastics, especially with hot foods, we cover the breadth of adjustments that can contribute to a healthier environment.

    Whether you're intrigued by the prospect of sustainability or seeking to refine your eco-friendly journey, this episode offers an authentic and educational perspective on embracing a life of minimal waste and maximum well-being.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    The dangers of PFAs and PFOAs in consumer products and their effects on health and the environment.The concept of greenwashing and how to identify misleading eco-friendly claims.Strategies for navigating information overload and making informed choices regarding non-toxic products.The gradual transition to sustainable living.The role and benefits of local refill shops in promoting eco-friendly practices within communities.The importance of simple, natural ingredients in products used during pregnancy and postpartum.

    Resources from this Episode

    Connect with Thea on the Eco Now website https://www.econowca.com/ and Instagram instagram.com/eco.now.ca.

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  • Discover the often unspoken journey of postpartum healing as Dr. Kylie, our esteemed pelvic floor physical therapist, joins forces with me to shed light on the significance of nurturing pelvic floor health after childbirth. Together, we're tearing down the taboos and unpacking everything from diastasis and prolapse to cesarean recovery. Dr. Kylie's transition from social work to pelvic health offers unique insights into a holistic approach that interweaves diet, sleep, and stress management for formidable postpartum wellness.

    This week's conversation offers empathy and expert guidance for new mothers navigating the complexities of their postpartum bodies. Dr. Kylie makes sense of the relationship between the core, diaphragm, and pelvic floor, using vivid imagery to simplify the intricate dance of pressure management within our bodies. The spotlight also falls on pelvic organ prolapse, unmasking its symptoms and emphasizing the criticality of early intervention.

    With the Beyond Birth program as our guide, we're handing you the tools for a confident and informed postpartum recovery.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Understanding the importance of pelvic floor health postpartum.Explaining the interconnectedness of the core, diaphragm, and pelvic floor, and techniques for teaching muscle coordination.Discussion on pelvic organ prolapse symptoms, severity, and the urgency of seeking treatment.The role of diet, sleep, and stress management in pelvic floor health and recovery.

    Resources from this Episode

    Connect with Dr. Kylie on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyliefaildo_pt/ and her latest course – Beyond Birth: https://kylie-s-site-e9a5.thinkific.com/courses/Beyondbirth

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  • As the gentle embrace of a loved one can lift the spirits, so too can the power of touch offer profound healing for new mothers. Joining me, Gigi Vera Vincent, is the remarkable Sophia Juarez, whose expertise stretches beyond the bounds of Alchemystic Wellness, delving into the transformative realm of postpartum care. Together, we weave through the narrative of touch's pivotal role during this tender time, where planning for the well-being of mothers before the baby's arrival is not just thoughtful—it's essential. Sophia reflects on her personal voyage into the field, a journey sparked by her own motherhood experiences and the cultural chasms in maternal support.

    The tapestry of motherhood is complex, interwoven with threads of joy and challenges, where self-advocacy becomes a daily pursuit in the face of new demands. Our conversation turns to the mirror--reflecting on how self-care practices evolve from pre-baby favorites to the urgent need to reconnect with oneself amidst the whirlwind of nurturing a new life. We traverse the emotional landscape where love for a child and longing for former freedoms collide, and self-care, such as therapeutic bodywork, becomes not just beneficial, but necessary to flourish in motherhood. Sophia's insights extend further, addressing the profound potential of touch to mend the tapestry of generational trauma, offering a hand to hold as one navigates the ripples of parenthood.

    Closing the loop, we spotlight the oft-neglected arena of bodywork during pregnancy and the critical conversations around C-section scar tissue care. Sophia's wealth of knowledge illuminates the path for the proactive management of discomfort and care for the physical marks motherhood may impart. The importance of being acknowledged and understood through one's healing journey resonates as a beacon for listeners, reminding us that touch can be both a balm for the body and a catalyst for change. For those eager to embrace a deeper understanding of the perinatal period and the nurturing power of touch, this heart-to-heart with Sophia is an unwavering guidepost.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Importance of touch in postpartum care: Discussing the critical role touch plays in healing and well-being for new mothers.Emphasizing the need for mothers to plan for their own postpartum care, including therapeutic touch, before the baby's arrival.Exploring how self-care practices like massage therapy can aid new mothers in reconnecting with themselves and thriving amidst the demands of motherhood.Addressing how nurturing touch in postpartum can help heal generational trauma and support mothers emotionally.Highlighting the importance of community support in the postpartum period and the value of being seen and heard in one's healing journey.Dispelling common misconceptions about the need for light touch and the timing of postpartum massage.

    Resources from this Episode

    Connect with Sophia on her website (alchemysticwellness.com ) and Instagram (@alchemysticwellness)

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  • Discover a new lens for viewing postpartum and menopause with Dr. Tina Ghahramani-Singh, who joins us in unpacking the potential of these life stages through traditional Chinese medicine. As an intuitive healer, acupuncturist, herbalist, and somatic coach, Tina offers a blend of Eastern and Western practices that nurtures women's health. This episode shines a light on the pivotal moments of postpartum and menopause, emphasizing self-care, the role of community, and the power of reframing these times as golden opportunities for empowerment and connection.

    Tina's personal journey through postpartum depression and her passion for helping women reconnect with their bodies during significant life transitions are especially poignant. We tackle the roles of food therapy, movement, and breathing exercises, all while underscoring the undeniable benefit of having a strong support network in place to aid new mothers in their healing process.

    Join us for a conversation that not only challenges Western perceptions of menopause but also offers practical guidance on integrating traditional Chinese medicine into women's health routines.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Traditional Chinese Medicine's perspective on postpartum and menopause as golden opportunities for women's health and empowerment.The importance of community support and cultural practices in nurturing postpartum mothers for long-term vitality.Combining Eastern wisdom with Western practices to enhance women's healing during significant life transitions.The connection between proper postpartum care and smoother transitions into perimenopause and menopause.How Traditional Chinese Medicine can personalize treatment plans for women's health needs.The role of dietary choices and lifestyle changes in improving postpartum recovery and overall well-being for women.

    Resources from this Episode

    Connect with Dr. Tina Ghahramani-Singh on her website (https://www.healinglightfamilyacupuncture.com) and learn about her coaching services here (https://tinaghahramani.com).

    You can learn more about my upcoming workshop, Healing Practices for Doulas, here (https://www.asimplehome.org/blog/healing-practices-for-doulas).

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  • Unlock the secrets to nurturing your baby's physical development with our latest chat featuring Dr. Taylor Henderson, a renowned pediatric physical therapist. Our discussion goes into the critical impact of early intervention on infants who may not be meeting developmental milestones. Witness the importance of vigilance in monitoring your baby's head shape with practical steps like altering sleep positions and engaging in regular physical therapy evaluations. Our conversation brings to light the potential long-term developmental hurdles tied to untreated plagiocephaly and underscores the necessity of parental intuition in pursuing specialized care.

    We present creative adaptations, including the use of a birthing ball, to align with your baby's unique developmental stage. Learn how these activities can foster spatial awareness and muscle engagement, setting the stage for healthy rolling and crawling. Our episode culminates with innovative ways to avert the emergence of "happy sitters" and instead encourage a path of dynamic exploration. Join us for an episode packed with actionable tips and compassionate support on your baby's journey to mobility.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Importance of early intervention for babies not meeting developmental milestones.Strategies for monitoring and treating flat head syndrome.The role of parental intuition in recognizing developmental issues and seeking specialized pediatric physical therapy care.Reframing tummy time to be an enjoyable bonding activity.Techniques to foster spatial awareness and muscle engagement.Discussion of yellow flags for torticollis.

    Resources from this Episode

    Connect with Dr. Taylor on her website (https://bloomwellpt.com) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bloomwellpt/?hl=en)You can learn more about my upcoming workshop, Healing Practices for Doulas, here (https://www.asimplehome.org/blog/healing-practices-for-doulas)

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  • Join me as I sit down with Dr. Nikki Amaro, orthopedic physical therapist and mom, for an insightful discussion on the journey back to exercise after pregnancy. Many new moms grapple with when and how to reintroduce physical activity into their lives postpartum. Dr. Amaro brings her professional expertise and personal experience to light, busting myths about post-birth fitness and guiding moms on crafting a personalized plan to reclaim their pre-pregnancy vitality.

    Listen in as we tackle the unique challenges that come with motherhood and movement. From my own struggle to regain strength post-childbirth to redefining exercise for moms, this conversation is about making intentional movement a feasible part of a mom's busy life.

    By recognizing signs of overexertion and understanding the body's need for a gradual return to fitness, new moms can better manage their recovery and maintain a healthy lifestyle while nurturing their newborns. Tune in to this episode for a supportive guide through postpartum recovery, filled with advice that cherishes both mother and baby's well-being.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Strategies for new moms to integrate workouts into daily routines.The importance of gradual progression and patience when easing back into postpartum exercise to avoid injury and rebuild strength.Identifying and addressing common postpartum issues such as pressure, pooch, pain, and persistence, and knowing when to seek professional help.Specific exercises recommended for new moms.The benefits of "mommy and me" exercise classes and the significance of tummy time for both baby and mother.

    Resources from this Episode

    You can connect with Dr. Nikki Amaro on the BloomWell website (https://bloomwellpt.com) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bloomwellpt/). You can learn more about my two-hour parent workshop, Holistic Healing in the Fourth Trimester, here: https://www.asimplehome.org/shop/p/all-about-holistic-postpartum-healing and Holistic Healing for Doulas here: https://hello.dubsado.com/public/appointment-scheduler/65963d93094cdcd22fd46368/schedule.

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  • Stepping into the world of Chinese medicine, I’m joined by the venerable Dr. Tina Yang, a fourth-generation TCM doctor, to explore the natural and nurturing remedies of acupuncture for women navigating the seas of pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Yang, with her wealth of experience and personal insights, reveals how acupuncture isn't just about needlework — it's a symphony of care that harmonizes the body's Chi and brings relief to the common ailments of expectant mothers. From the initial waves of morning sickness to the blissful calm of the second trimester, our conversation with Dr. Yang paints a vivid picture of a holistic journey tailored for each unique mother-to-be.

    Acupuncture and its siblings, acupressure and moxibustion, aren't just ancient relics; they're dynamic practices that adapt to the modern individual's needs and sensitivities. Our discussion delves into the rich traditions of TCM that support new mothers through the often-overlooked fourth trimester. We discuss the cultural wisdom of nourishing soups, now conveniently encapsulated, and the bespoke herbal formulas that cater to a mother's recovering body.

    From the initial waves of morning sickness to the new challenges of the fourth trimester, my conversation with Dr. Yang paints a vivid picture of a holistic journey tailored for each unique mother-to-be.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Relief from common pregnancy symptoms like fatigue and morning sickness through acupuncture. Presentation of non-needle alternatives like acupressure and essential oil acupressure by Dr. Yang. The traditional Chinese technique of moxibustion for breech babies. Emphasis on postpartum recovery using TCM methods. How to focus on hormonal balance, lactation support, and postpartum conditions. The importance of fourth trimester, postpartum care. Cultural contrasts in postpartum recovery practices.

    Resources from this Episode

    You can connect with Tina Yang on her website (https://www.reviveqi.com) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/revive_qi/). You can learn more about my two-hour parent workshop, Holistic Healing in the Fourth Trimester, here (https://www.asimplehome.org/shop/p/all-about-holistic-postpartum-healing) and Holistic Healing for Doulas here (https://www.asimplehome.org/blog/healing-practices-for-doulas).

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  • Prepare to journey into a wholly unique perspective on childbirth and parenthood as we unravel the labyrinth metaphor with our guest, Madi Rose Doula, a renowned full-spectrum doula based in Southern California. We unpack how the ancient symbol of a labyrinth offers a refreshing lens for the twists and turns that accompany the journey into parenthood.

    Madi shares her expert insights on providing postpartum support, underlining the need for self-care and a robust support system during this life-changing period. We delve into the complexities of postpartum emotions, where guilt and shame can surface if birth doesn't go as planned. Using the labyrinth as a guiding principle, we learn to navigate these emotions, fostering a more holistic approach to parenthood. This episode is not just a conversation but an expedition into the intricate labyrinth of childbirth and parenthood, redefining the entire journey through a new perspective.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    The unpredictability of labor and how the labyrinth framework helps expectant parents navigate it beyond traditional education.Postpartum support and the labyrinth's representation of the journey into integrated parenthood.The emotional complexities of postpartum.The importance of self-care and a robust support system during the postpartum period.The labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and presence during labor and postpartum.

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    You can connect with Madi on her website (https://www.madirosedoula.com) or her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/madirosedoula/).

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  • Have you ever felt like a square peg trying to squeeze into the round hole that is the picture-perfect world of parenting? As a postpartum doula, I've noticed that the festive season often exacerbates this tension, piling on the pressure to curate an Instagram-worthy holiday experience while navigating the highs and lows of new parenthood. So, let's shake off the shackles of perfection and embrace the beauty of an imperfect, normal postpartum and parenting journey. We'll discuss the challenges of bonding with your newborn, interpreting their cues, and managing the festive frenzy, reminding you that it's okay to opt for comfort over glamour.

    Parenthood is a rollercoaster ride, filled with moments of doubt and uncertainty, especially during the often-overlooked fourth trimester. Instead of letting these feelings overwhelm you, I invite you to join me as we normalize the fear of the unknown and learn to be kinder to ourselves. We discuss why it's perfectly fine not to have all the answers and how making mistakes is an integral part of the journey.

    Take a deep breath and step away from the unrealistic expectations set by social media. Remember, there's no such thing as a 'perfect parent,' and it's okay to carve out your own unique path. Together, let's revolutionize your approach to pregnancy and parenthood.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Challenging societal pressures to curate a 'perfect' holiday season.The realities of postpartum body image and the societal pressure to dress up during the festive season.The uncertainties and challenges of parenting and debunking the myth of 'perfect parenting.'Common struggles faced by new parents.Normalizing the need for help and support in addressing baby feeding issues and interpreting baby cues.Discussing the appearance of postpartum.The importance of creating one's own supportive community or village during the postpartum period.

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  • Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the emotional rollercoaster of pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting? Imagine if there was a simple, accessible technique that could help you navigate these emotions and even transform them into empowerment. Today, I have the pleasure of hosting April Fors Johnson, a postpartum doula and certified EFT tapping practitioner. She shares her journey into birthwork and reveals how she discovered the power of tapping, a technique that marries psychology and acupressure to help process emotions and trauma.

    April discusses the adaptability and potential benefits of tapping for birth trauma and the regulation of a child's emotions. As a belly bind specialist, she opens up about the versatility of tapping, particularly for new mothers wrestling with the challenges of postpartum. Whether you're interested in virtual sessions or want to learn more about belly binding, this conversation is your guide to redefining your approach to pregnancy and parenthood. Let's revolutionize the way we handle our emotions, one tap at a time.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    EFT tapping and its application in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.The use of EFT tapping as a psychological tool and acupressure method to process emotions and traumas.The potential of EFT tapping for healing birth trauma and regulating emotions.The role of EFT tapping and belly binding in self-care and emotional healing.Use of EFT tapping as a tool for empowerment and self-healing.Incorporating EFT tapping into children's routines as a tool to regulate emotions and diffuse tension in the household.

    Resources from this Episode:

    Connect with April on her Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/aprilforsjohnson/ ) and see the basics of tapping here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAclBdj20ZU)

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  • Join me on today’s episode, where I explore ways to build your village of support as a new parent, even on a budget. Listen in for a plethora of low-cost or free programs, both at a national and local level, aimed at helping new parents navigate the challenging journey of parenthood. I cover everything from developmental milestones for your child to mental health resources. I also discuss ways to afford paid support like doulas, offering creative suggestions that can fit into a range of budgets.

    In the second part of the episode, I highlight the importance of connecting with a supportive community for new parents. Discover tips and strategies to make your life easier and more prepared for any situation that comes your way. I stress the importance of reaching out, starting conversations and building connections as you adjust to your new role of parenting.

    This episode is packed with invaluable resources and insights to support your journey, whether you're a new parent or expecting.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Discussion on affordable support programs and resources for new parents.Introduction to mental health platforms and the importance of acknowledging developmental milestones for children.Tips and guidance on how to create a resilient and supportive community for new parents to help navigate the challenges and triumphs of parenthood.The importance of building meaningful connections and starting conversations to help reduce the feeling of isolation and overwhelm for new parents.Practical ways to afford doulas, including creative funding solutions and sliding scale payments.The disparities in access to care for new parents and the ongoing effort to improve support systems.Importance of expressing gratitude for parenthood, even amidst challenges.

    Resources from this Episode

    National Prenatal Health Care Line” 1-800-311-BABYWIC: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wicPlanned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.orgMarch of Dimes: https://www.marchofdimes.org/find-support/support-your-areaMoms OC: https://www.momsorangecounty.orgNurse Family Partnership: https://www.nursefamilypartnership.orgHead Start / Early Start: https://childcare.gov/consumer-education/head-start-and-early-head-startPostpartum Support International: https://www.postpartum.netMental Health Hotline: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/national-maternal-mental-health-hotline

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  • Are you prepared to transform your postpartum experience into one that empowers and heals? Join me as I sit down with the passionate and inspiring Megan Limon, a certified postpartum doula who is all about empowering mothers. Megan walks us through her holistic approach to postpartum healing, using nutrient-rich meals, belly binding, and bodywork as the cornerstones of her practice. We explore how to create a unique healing timeline tailored to your individual experience and why it's critical to avoid comparing your journey to others.

    Together with Megan, we highlight the importance of allowing for a recovery timeline that's as unique as your baby's first giggle. We delve into the benefits of belly binding and craniosacral therapy, offering practical insights to help new parents navigate this often-overlooked aspect of postpartum healing.

    Megan also shares her wisdom on postpartum nutrition, emphasizing the importance of incorporating nutrient-dense, warm foods into your diet. She offers practical tips to prep meals ahead of time so you can focus on what truly matters – healing and connecting with your newborn. We also touch on the power of slowing down, embracing stillness, and giving yourself the time and space to heal.

    This episode is a love letter to all new parents – you've got this, and we're right here with you.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    The dangers of comparing personal healing journeys to social media portrayals and the need for a supportive community during recovery.Benefits of physical healing practices like belly binding and craniosacral therapy and their transformative impact on new parents.The importance of postpartum nutrition, especially warm, nutrient-dense meals, and practical tips on meal preparation for easier postpartum recovery.How new mothers can embrace stillness and slow down during postpartum recovery.The power of practices like journaling, meditation, and bodywork.

    Resources from this Episode

    You can connect with Megan on her website (https://meganlimondoula.com) or her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/meganlimondoula/)

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  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by the chaos of parenthood? Guess what? You're not alone. Join us as we chat with Stephanie Rosenfield, a former speech pathologist and current life coach for overtaxed moms. Stephanie shares her personal journey from being an overwhelmed mom to becoming a calm and confident life coach. We delve into her unique methods that help mothers reclaim control over their emotions and mindset, as well as the critical role of self-care that supports not only us but our kids as well.

    We explore the thorny issue of emotional management during those testy parenting moments. Stephanie’s insightful thoughts on handling frustration and stress provide fresh perspectives to cope with these challenging times. We also discuss the journey of rediscovering yourself amidst all the mayhem of parenthood and creating meaningful "me time." We talk about establishing sustainable routines, dealing with the uncomfortable emotions that may pop up when taking time out for yourself, and the need to step away from distractions.

    Tune in now for a valuable conversation about navigating parental overwhelm and the journey to self-discovery.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    About managing emotions during challenging parenting moments.The concept of emotional intelligence in parenting, focusing on self-awareness, emotional control, and building confidence.The importance of creating meaningful "me time" for parents, with tips on establishing sustainable routines and managing emotions during personal time.Managing parenting stress, including the identification of personal limits and devising unique approaches for each family.

    You can connect with Stephanie on her website https://www.stephaniercoaching.com/, podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-5-minute-shift-for-moms/id1668210439, or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stephanie.rosenfield/.

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  • Discover the importance of postpartum nutrition with our special guest, Holly, from Mama Meals. Holly shares her journey of transforming her personal postpartum nutrition experience into a successful meal prep company. She emphasizes the significance of holistic, nourishing food during the postpartum period and how her company aims to help new parents with the same. Listen in as we talk about finding the right sources of protein, even for those who don't consume meat, and the importance of providing nutrient-dense nourishment to new parents.

    Journey with us as we explore holistic approaches to pregnancy and postpartum. You'll also learn about the negative impacts of cold, raw foods that inhibit digestion and how to make your postpartum meals simple yet nutritious. Discover how Mama Meals and other meal delivery services can help you have nutritious food on hand during and after pregnancy. We underline why investing in postpartum nutrition is beneficial and how Mama Meals' food is designed to give you a familiar and comforting feeling.

    Tune in for this enlightening discussion on postpartum nutrition and how it can revolutionize your approach to pregnancy and parenthood.

    In this episode, you will hear:

    Importance of nutrition during postpartum and how it can impact the recovery process and overall health of new mothers. Holistic practices like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine in postpartum nutrition.The benefits of warm, easy-to-digest foods during postpartum, avoiding cold raw foods that can stall digestion. Discussing nutrient-dense foods such as organ meats and bone broth and plant-based alternatives for vegans and vegetarians. The role of meal delivery services like Mama Meals in making postpartum nourishment more accessible and convenient. Encouragement for new parents to rethink their approach to postpartum nutrition.

    You can connect with Stephanie on her website https://www.stephaniercoaching.com/, podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-5-minute-shift-for-moms/id1668210439, or Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/stephanie.rosenfield/.

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  • Experience the joy of preserving memories with our special guest, Reshma Sondagar, a dedicated mother and talented photographer. Fascinated by the fleeting nature of family moments, Reshma found her passion for photography after the birth of her own children. Now, she serves her clients by not only capturing their precious moments but also guiding them through the process of photo selection, revealing, and ordering. Join us on a journey where we will not merely be discussing photography but a legacy to be cherished for generations.

    With Reshma, every picture tells a story of familial love, connection, and bonding. They're more than just photos; they're intimate expressions of cherished moments that weave together the beautiful tapestry of family life. Capturing and preserving memories, particularly during the early years of a child's life, creates a legacy of love and connection.

    Tune in and let Reshma guide you to turn your fleeting moments into lasting memories.

    In this episode, Reshma and I discuss:

    Why is it so difficult to prioritize taking photos? And why is it important to take those photos?How can we actually use all of the photos that we have stored up?What is the connection between photography and nostalgia?What are your best tips for taking photos?

    Connect with Reshma on her Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/reshmasondagar/ ) or her website (https://reshmasondagar.com ).

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  • Listen in as we engage in a meaningful conversation with Shamiesha Ebhotemen, RN, wife, mother, and founder of HERStory, Inc. Shamiesha shares her journey, highlighting the experiences that led her to build HERStory, Inc, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for BIPOC birthing families. She opens up about the lack of representation and resources for families of color in Orange County hospitals, the alarming rates of maternal mortality in the Black community, and how her organization is working to bridge these gaps.

    This episode brings to light the critical role of equity and representation in healthcare, especially for birthing families of color. We explore HERStory, Inc's initiatives, including their DULA program, Birth Women OC, which provides cost-effective support to BIPOC birthing families. This is an eye-opener for anyone interested in maternal health, equity in healthcare, and the power of community-based support.

    Join us as we learn more about the inspiring work HERStory, Inc is doing and how you can get involved.

    In this episode, Shamiesha and I discuss

    Why does HERstory, Inc exist? What do you offer the community? What can birth workers do to support HERstory?What can other birthing people do to support Black birthing people?

    You can connect with Shamiesha and HerStory, Inc on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herstoryinc21/ and website: https://herstoryinc.org.

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  • In the realm of childbirth and pregnancy, few voices resonate with the depth of knowledge and experience of our guest, Stephanie, a childbirth educator, doula, and mother of three. Stephanie's journey into this world is filled with insights into the mental and physical preparation essential for different types of births. We touch on themes of parenthood triumphs and challenges and the importance of informed decisions about the birth you desire.

    In this episode, Stephanie equips us with strategies to stand up for ourselves and our desired birth experiences. We also venture into the realm of beneficial exercises for labor and delivery, including pelvic tilt, squats, and forward-leaning inversion. In addition, she touches on the criticality of planning for a Cesarean birth, emphasizing the importance of making requests to care providers and preparing a postpartum plan.

    Join us in this enlightening dialogue with Stephanie and revolutionize your approach to pregnancy and parenthood.

    In this episode, Stephanie and I discuss:

    How can birthing people prepare their minds for birth?How can they prepare their bodies for birth?

    Connect with Stephanie on her website https://www.myessentialbirth.com and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/myessentialbirth/ and listen to the episode we recorded on her podcast - Pregnancy and Birth Made Easy - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/postpartum-doula-gigi-vincent-answers-your-questions/id1471731529?i=1000615862988.

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