Welcome to the Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey

Mama, it’s your turn! This is a weekly podcast about putting YOU at the top of your priority list.

Honest Mamas is dedicated to honoring your emotional and spiritual realities as a mom. We aim to help you feel more valued and empowered in your life. Join us and learn more about how we all experience this wild ride of motherhood—in similar and unique ways! We hope you listen and leave with new ideas and an expanded perspective, as well as more self-love and love for other moms.

Our intention is to offer inspiration to as many mamas as possible. Please help us do that by subscribing, rating, reviewing, and sharing the love. Happy listening, Mamas & thank you for your support!

Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 38: The Top Five Psychological Challenges of Pregnancy

Welcome to episode thirty-eight of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Claire Colaço, LMFT, co-founder of Honest Mamas, flies solo to talk about the top five psychological challenges of pregnancy.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How we give our power away and how to stop doing it
  • The rollercoaster of emotions and how to honor, learn from and normalize them
  • Finding peace with the physical changes that happen to your body during pregnancy
  • Understanding that things won’t always go to plan and what to do when that happens
  • Explore relationship changes that occur during the pregnancy journey



Episode 37: This Messy Magnificent Life

Welcome to episode thirty-seven of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Geneen Roth about her new book; This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide and how to be more present in your own life.

Geneen Roth’s pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight, and body image. Rather than pushing away the “crazy” things we do, Geneen’s work proceeds with the conviction that our actions and beliefs make exquisite sense, and that the way to transform our relationship with food, our body, and so much more in our life is to be open, curious and kind with ourselves—instead of punishing, impatient and harsh.

Geneen’s work has now expanded to explore the territory beneath the culture we’ve built. After years of teaching workshops on weight, food, and money, Roth realized that there was a connection between these issues that held her students captive in their anxiety, lack, and discontent. Seeing herself as much a student as a guide, Roth uses revelations from her own life—both the horrific and comic—to examine this connection. Out of her own past struggles with feeling as if she would never fit into her own skin, much less in the world around her, Roth tackles how we can move beyond our pasts and build a life that reflects our singularity.

Geneen Roth is the author of ten books, including the just-released This Messy Magnificent Life and New York Times bestsellers When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It. Over the past thirty years, she has worked with thousands of people in her groundbreaking workshops and retreats and has appeared on numerous national shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Today show, Good Morning America, and The View. She lives in California with charms of hummingbirds; her husband Matt; and Izzy the fabulous, eating-disordered dog.


What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Geneen began her path of working with food
  • Why Geneen believes dieting doesn’t work
  • The issues that women have with boundaries
  • The need for mothers to take care of themselves so they can look after others better
  • Better ways to guide our children to eating healthier foods
  • Why we should be wary of constantly setting ourselves goals to achieve
  • The meaning behind the chapter “The Ghost Children”
  • How small changes within a family can have a bigger & wider social impact





Episode 36: Fortifying Your Partnership Through Emotionally Focused Therapy

Welcome to episode thirty-six of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Mara Hirschfeld about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), how it can be used to help couples reconnect, and figuring out the best way to repair.

Mara Hirschfeld is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New York and the founder of Holding Hope Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC. Holding Hope was created to give people a safe place to explore their internal world, while helping them achieve their highest potential. Mara believes that everyone has the power to change when given the opportunity to do so. Her goal is to help her clients identify the parts of themselves that need attention and work collaboratively with them to change negative patterns so they feel closer to those around them and live a more fulfilling life.

Mara Hirschfeld earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech where she worked at The Center for Family Services with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of issues. Mara also received training at Family Connections, a community agency where she conducted family therapy sessions and co-facilitated groups to help parents and high-risk teens decrease stress and cope with crises at home. Since moving to New York, Mara has worked in private practice, helping people manage their anxiety and depression. She has a special passion for relationships and helping partners increase their trust and safety with one another.

Mara uses her optimism, positive energy, and enthusiasm to foster hope while supporting her clients in reaching their therapeutic goals. She is actively engaged and will help you explore how your story may play a role in shaping your beliefs and behaviors today. Mara views therapy as a journey to explore the past, talk about the present, and shape a better future.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)—what it is and how it’s used
  • How EFT can be used to help couples reconnect
  • The need to be vulnerable with your partner and see each other with fresh eyes
  • Techniques you can use if you’re not able to afford therapy
  • Improving communication to reconnect
  • Carving out your own personal time in a way that works with your partner
  • Learning how to de-escalate yourself
  • Knowing what your partner’s triggers are
  • Being grateful and thankful to each other for the little things in life
  • Figuring out the best way to repair





Episode 35: Raising Conscious Boys

Welcome to episode thirty-five of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Leora Fulvio about raising conscious boys.

Leora Fulvio is a San Francisco based licensed Psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. She’s also a full-time Mom of two very spirited little boys and two not-so spirited cats.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Leora Fulvio’s experience of dealing with her boys behavior on the playground
  • Why we need to get away from the “Boys will be boys” mentality
  • Knowing that it’s ok for boys to express emotions
  • Teaching boys to treat others how they would like to be treated
  • How adults need to be conscious of the language they use around boys
  • The importance of teaching boys that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes
  • Understanding that none of us are perfect but need to do what we can to support the consciousness of boys



Episode 34: Birth Your Story, Find Your Voice

Welcome to episode thirty-four of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Jamie Fleres about her new book; Birth Your Story.

Birth Your Story is about using writing to remember, process, heal and honor the entirety of your birth experience. You are forever changed, and how you tell the story can determine whether the power of birth serves or hinders your life. Whether you’re pregnant or birthed decades ago, a seasoned or novice writer, man or woman, this book is for you.

The book inspires and supports you to write your birth story, takes the intimidation and other obstacles out of writing, offers accessible writing prompts and support, and includes over 15 inspiring stories — about birth loss, adoption, home birth, premature birth, surrogacy, cesarean birth, and more.

Feel empowered to write your story, honor your experience, value your voice, heal your past and transform your future, and find freedom through authentic expression. Because your stories matter. Because YOU matter.


What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Jaime became passionate about this subject area
  • An in-depth look at the book and what readers can expect
  • The need to break away from the fixed narrative of the current birth story
  • How the process of your birth story can be healing
  • The transformation that can take place after writing your birth story
  • How you can write your birth story at any age
  • The positive impact telling your birth story to your children can have on them
  • The three layers of the birth story and what they represent




Episode 33: PMADS — Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Welcome to episode thirty-three of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Sarah Liebman about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), what postpartum psychosis can look like, and why we need to normalize and talk more about these feelings and emotions. Sarah is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has been working in… Continue Reading

Episode 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 living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and placed her son for adoption in May 2016. Kelsey decided on open adoption after an abortion procedure miraculously failed and she carried the… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Episode 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… Continue Reading

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