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 45: Surviving Motherhood Overwhelm

Welcome to episode forty-five of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Sophie speaks with Shawn Fink. Shawn has been called the “Yoda of Mamas” and is her 5th year of the Abundant Mama, her blog which has evolved into a 4-week program.

She has placed over 1500 mamas onto a path of building an abundant life practice using “soul”-care (her definition of self-care), learning to trust and let go, and making time for play.

The Abundant Mama® Project is on a mission to bring JOYFUL energy to overwhelmed, highly sensitive moms all over the world. Being wholeheartedly present, peaceful and playful while nailing the work-life-parenting balance role is HARD.  It’s even harder for those of us who are highly sensitive.

This project is all about empowering moms to follow their dreams and live the kind of mom you dream of being. YOU get to design motherhood YOUR way through our resources, inspiration, support and encouragement.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Shawn became interested in this line of work
  • The issues around motherhood overwhelm
  • Triggers and the ways they affect highly sensitive people
  • The physical responses our bodies have to issues of nervousness
  • Ways in which mothers can support themselves through overwhelm
  • Managing the post-partem years
  • The importance and need to mother and care for ourselves
  • Practical tips for mothers dealing with these issues

Resources

http://www.abundantmama.com

Episode 44: The Power of In-Home Postpartum Medical Care

Welcome to episode forty-four of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Claire speaks with Eva Zasloff, MD, about the power of in-home postpartum medical care.

Dr. Zasloff is a board-certified family doctor. She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical residency training at Tufts University with a focus in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics.

Dr. Zasloff is a co-author of chapters on holistic women’s health in Rakel’s 2nd Edition Integrative Medicine textbook. Dr. Zasloff created a grant-awarded support program for pregnant teens. She has published research articles on pediatric and postpartum issues with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Boston Children’s Hospital.

She is a mother of 3 boys and has been practicing family medicine in the Boston area for many years. Dr. Zasloff is thrilled to have created this new approach to postpartum and newborn care.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Eva became interested in this line of work
  • The leap of faith Eva had to take to pursue this work
  • The importance of the birth story
  • The symbiotic experience mothers and babies have in the fourth trimester
  • How the mothers Eva sees are feeding back with their positive experience
  • Why it’s important to have a trusted advisor through this process
  • The importance for a sense of togetherness and collectiveness

 

Resources

https://www.tovahealth.com

Episode 43: Eating Disorders and Motherhood

Welcome to episode forty-three of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Melissa speaks to Dr. Nazanin Moali about eating disorders on the motherhood journey.

Dr. Nazanin Moali is a sex and relationship expert and has helped many individuals and couples improve their sex lives and restore and achieve deep and passionate connections with their partners. In addition to Sexology podcast, Dr. Moali launched a similar, top-rated podcast in Farsi in 2016. Dr. Moali is dedicated to educating people around the world to embrace sexuality as an essential aspect of life and eliminate the stigma associated with it.

Dr. Moali has appeared on many television shows including Channel One, Andisheh, and Gem TV. She has also been featured on many podcasts and publications.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How certain words, parts of language don’t fall under the definition of an eating disorder
  • The pressure women feel to look good and not be overweight during pregnancy
  • The way in which the mainstream media portrayal of pregnancy exacerbates this issue
  • The role will power and control plays in this issue
  • How shame can be a trigger for eating disorders
  • The current issue and discussion around gestational diabetes
  • Understanding the postpartum body
  • Knowing it’s ok to give yourself space from those who might trigger your disorder

 

Resources

http://oasis2care.com

https://www.sexologypodcast.com

Episode 42: Rediscovering Our Sexuality as Mothers

Welcome to episode forty-two of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Sophie speaks to Lacey Broussard about rediscovering our sexuality as mothers.

Lacey works with people who want to experience better, more connected sex and have satisfying relationships.

She uses deep transformational tools and techniques based in modern coaching modalities, tantra, and Taoist practices to help liberate her clients’ innate multiorgasmic potential, discover their erotic genius, and experience deep intimacy, connection, and love for themselves and their partners.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Lacey became interested in this line of work
  • What is the jade egg practice and how does it work?
  • Why mothers don’t feel like being sexually active after having a child
  • How society doesn’t value sexuality in women over 40
  • Ways in which mothers can find their way back to being erotic
  • Learning to make time for you and your partner at the end of the day and not just always watch TV / Netflix
  • Recommendations for pre-date night rituals

 

Resources

http://laceybroussard.com

Episode 41: The Bully at Home — Difficult Dynamics Between Kids and Parents

Welcome to episode 41 of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Claire speaks to Sean Grover, LCSW, about his book; When Kids Call the Shots: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully — and Enjoy Being a Parent Again.

Sean Grover, LCSW, is an psychotherapist, speaker and author with 25 years experience working with adults and children. He maintains one of the largest group therapy practices in the U.S. and leads over 300 groups a year in his practice, in addition to monthly workshops in clinics, medical centers, youth organizations, and schools.

Sean began his clinical career as a school social worker in some of the most notorious and gang-ridden areas of New York City. Sean recalls, “My first school office was a broom closet with no windows and a broken light switch. I remember my supervisor wishing me well as she closed the door and left me in complete darkness.”

During those early years, his affinity for working with youth and connecting with their families led to the rapid expansion of his programs, supported by significant private and public funding. For his innovative youth programs, Sean was honored with two awards from New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.

Sean’s book, When Kids Call the Shots: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully — and Enjoy Being a Parent Again, has gathered rave reviews and received a starred review for best new non-fiction from Publishers Weekly. To date, it has been translated into Russian and Chinese.

 

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Insights from Sean’s parenting experience
  • How parenting is changing and how we can adapt
  • The ways in which the roles of parents have changed and what that means for you
  • How the bully dynamic develops in a parent / child relationship
  • Learning to put your ego to the side
  • The importance of community support
  • Understanding that to help your child, you’ll have to work on yourself as a parent
  • Knowing that it’s ok to not be perfect 100% of the time

 

Resources

http://www.seangrover.com

Episode 40: Finding Strength Through My Son’s Cancer Diagnosis

Welcome to episode forty of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Melissa speaks to Alexa Wilding about finding strength through her son’s cancer diagnosis. Alexa is a musician, writer, and a twin mama. Tagged “the neo-Stevie Nicks” by The New York Times, Alexa’s third album “Wolves” (2016) was called “an intimate howl” by Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. The… Continue Reading

Episode 39: Preparing a Supportive Postpartum Birth Plan

Welcome to episode thirty-nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Sophie speaks Adriana Lozada about how to prepare a supportive postpartum birth plan. Adriana’s life can be defined as before and after being pregnant with Anika, her 11 yr. old daughter. If you’re a parent, surely you can relate. Before having a child, Adriana was… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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