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Ep 32 An Act of Love: A Birth Mom's Story

Welcome to episode thirty-two of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today we speak to Kelsey Vander Vliet about being a birth mother. Kelsey Vander Vliet is a 25-year-old in Indianapolis, Indiana, and placed her son in May 2016. Kelsey decided on open adoption after an abortion procedure miraculously failed. After placement, life was tough. She has found that a healthy balance of helping yourself and helping others is quite therapeutic. She attends a birth mom support group in the South Bend,...


Episode 31: The Criminalization Of Postpartum Depression

Welcome to episode thirty-one of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Jessica Porten about the criminalization of postpartum depression. Jessica Porten, of Sacramento, wrote about her experience in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 30,000 times. Jessica was escorted to a hospital by police after speaking to a nurse practitioner about postpartum depression has sparked a conversation among women. After a brief exam, Jessica said she had to meet with police before going...


Ep 30 Acupuncture/Cransiosacral for Babies

Welcome to episode thirty of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Tami Hindin about craniosacral therapy; what it is and how Tami uses it with babies; how Tami uses her intuition and gut feelings in this practice; and how to connect more with your baby from within and out of the womb. Tami Joy Hindin, Dipl.O.M., is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist, a Chinese Herbalist, and received a Masters of Professional Studies in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Bachelors of Health...


Ep 29 Being a Mompreneur

Welcome to episode twenty-nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Angela Jia Kim. Angela Jia Kim’s passion for beauty began with her mom. “Koreans are obsessed with their skin, and my mom always had something new sent over from her sisters in Seoul,” she says. “I would play with her creams that were filled with ingredients like gold and silkworm cocoons.” Angela spent her early career as an award-winning concert pianist, until one day, onstage in front of hundreds of people,...


Ep 28 Emotionally Intelligent Families

Welcome to episode twenty-eight of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Taylor Ross about raising an emotionally intelligent family. Taylor Ross is a Trauma-Informed Parenting Consultant who works with clients online and in her Northern California office. She provides an empathic space, practical tools, and knowledge of the current research to help parents support their children and foster an emotionally intelligent family culture. Taylor Ross’ passion for supporting the emotional...


Ep 27 Partnership Communication 101

Welcome to episode twenty-seven of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Avi Klein, LSCW, about the emotional states he regularly sees in couples expecting a baby, how he gets couples to connect through this difficult period, and how to improve intimacy after having a child. Avi is a psychotherapist, father of two, and lifelong New Yorker practicing in Union Square. He has been working with men, women and couples since 2009 after graduating from the Columbia University School of...


Ep 26 Cultivating More Joy in Motherhood

Welcome to episode twenty-six of the Honest Mamas Podcast, today Claire speaks to Kathleen Harper about cultivating more joy in motherhood. Kathleen Ann Harper is the author of two books, The Well-Crafted Mom and Signs of a Happy Baby. In her life coaching groups for moms and in her one-on-one coaching practice, Kathleen integrates coaching support with creative activities to help moms manage the transitions and challenges of motherhood. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San...


Ep 25 Ritual and Self-Care in Pregnancy

Welcome to episode twenty-five of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Sophie speaks to Susan Bradford about the ritual and self-care during pregnancy. Susan Bradford, LVN, CHD, CCE, CHT, is a holistic perinatal educator, Certified Holistic Doula (retired), Certified Hypnotherapist and Birth Ceremonialist. She began her passionate path into childbirth in the early 1970s. Susan has a background in Ob/Gyn nursing and midwifery training. Since 1990, she has offered her services in Marin County,...


Ep 24 Modern Day Mothering

Welcome to episode twenty-four of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Melissa speaks with Beth Berry who is a writer, whole life coach, mother of four daughters and a devotee of the sacred feminine. If you’re someone who aspires to live from your heart, cares deeply about the state of the world, and believes in the transformative power of personal growth, you’re in the right place. Even if you only identify with some of these characteristics, Beth invites you to make yourself at home, try on...


Ep 23 Seven Life-Changing Divorced Co-Parenting Skills

Welcome to episode twenty-three of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Claire speaks to Alisa Jaffe Holleron about thriving as a divorced co-parent. Alisa Jaffe Holleron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work, and her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Kansas. She has worked for several different agencies in her long career in social...


Ep 22 Motherhood and Anger

Welcome to episode twenty of the Honest Mamas Podcast, todaySophie and Claire talk about anger. What you’ll hear in this episode Resources https://honestmamas.com https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Anger-Changing-Patterns-Relationships/dp/0062319043


Ep 21 A Mother's Story: Raising a Transgender Son

Welcome to episode twenty-one of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Janna Barkin about her book “He’s Always Been My Son.” Janna and her husband Gabriel live and thrive in Marin County, California. Together they’ve raised three wonderful children, Travis, Emily and Amaya. Janna was born in New York City and graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences. She has worked as a preschool teacher/director and also as a certified...


Ep 20: A Birth Story: Persistence and Intuition

Welcome to episode twenty of the Honest Mamas Podcast, today our guest is Jessica Dugan, MA, LPC. Jessica’s aim is to support individuals, couples, and families, who want to learn about themselves, build healthier relationships, be more emotionally present, and cope more successfully. She believes that through self-exploration and learning about our relationships, we promote growth, peace, and healing in our lives, thus building more fulfilling connections with others. Jessica works...


Ep 19 Mindful Mothering

Welcome to episode nineteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, our guest is Rose Snyder, Ed.M., Psy.D. Rose has worked in a variety of settings with clients from preschool all the way through older adult. She believes that her exposure and understanding of different stages of development helps in her work with all of her clients. The settings Rose has worked in thus far have included: a residential treatment center; community mental health centers for children, adults, and families;...


Ep 18 Finding Your Voice of Wisdom

Welcome to episode eighteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Brahmani Liebman about the process of a mom finding herself again after having children. Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, is an internationally recognized yoga teacher in the Kripalu tradition. She founded The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health and was director and head teacher for over 20 years. Brahmani is currently co-creator & director (with Jashoda Edmunds) of Journey Into Yoga School of Yoga & Meditation RYS –...


Ep 17 Wired For Love-Cultivating Healthy Partnerships

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, our guest is Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, who is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, where he has specialized for the last 15 years in working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other...


Ep 16 New Moms and Body Image

Welcome to episode sixteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to photographer Suzanne Lucas. What you’ll hear in this episode Resources http://www.suzannechristine.com/


Ep. 15: Meditation and Mindfulness

Welcome to episode fifteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to meditation and yoga teacher Dee Yergo. Dee's yoga journey began 18 years ago when she attended a pre-natal class while pregnant with her first child. Her practice waned considerably over the years that her three children were toddlers. When their dad passed away in 2007, she found herself juggling a corporate career while raising them on her own. Life was challenging and she struggled with depression because she...


Ep. 14: Emotional Aspects of Adoptive Parenting

Welcome to episode fourteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to MereAnn Reid, a counselor who specializes in therapeutic play, adoption support, and early childhood. MereAnn works with children—from toddlers to teens—and collaborates with whole families in managing stress, loss, life transitions, feeling connected, and understanding themselves better. A combination of child development, mindfulness, and family systems informs her work supporting parents and kids. MereAnn uses...


Ep 13: The Conscious Parent

Welcome to episode thirteen of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Dr. Shefali Tsabary about the issue of helping parents to find themselves. Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come. Dr. Shefali is also a...


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