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The goal of this podcast is to make the early days of parenting more connected. In show I focus on: birth, postpartum and parent mental health. This podcast is for soon-to-be-parents and parents of babies and toddlers. Each week this show will provide tips and resources to help you take care of yourself and your little ones.
 
Are you a new mom struggling to find your new normal? Do you often wish that your kids came with a manual? Are you a mom-to-be who is wondering what's coming your way? Is it going to be a calm little birdie, a kid next door, or a tsunami? Are you a seasoned mom still struggling to find that balance between mamta and margarita? Motherhood is a very interesting combination of extreme love and extreme exhaustion.We love our kids but we also often need a break from all the craziness. Maa, Mamta ...
 
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In today’s solo show I discuss how breath awareness helps during labor, and really during any uncomfortable or painful experience. In the episode I go over: The difference between pain and suffering A quote from Pam England’s book Ancient Map for Modern Birth What the “monkey mind” is What breath awareness is (hint: it does not teach you how to bre…
 
Announcements First: Big shoutout and congratulations to Christi Matusiak, she was a guest on the show in episode 44 and she just published her first book! It is called Coordinating the Chaos, and it's a holistic take on balancing hormones postpartum and cultivating the energy to show up as the exceptional, nurturing mother you want to be. This boo…
 
In this episode, Erica gives a new recommendation for a binge worthy show, Season and Erica go way back to high school to discuss poor fashion choices, Erica reviews her family day at the beach and they both give their high and low for the week. Questions or comments? Please email us at biggestlittlemoms@gmail.com or DM us on IG @biggestlittlemoms…
 
Welcome to Season 3 of the Finding Your Village podcast. I am so excited to be kicking off a new season with one of my favorite parenting experts, Kim West! Before I introduce Kim and the topic for our show today I wanted to let you know what I have been working on in the past few weeks while the show has been on summer break! I have been able to s…
 
In this episode, Season and Erica begin by discussing Erica’s recent tour of the Club at Rancharrah. While feeling a bit like a fish out of water, Erica is excited to enjoy all of the amenities they have to offer. Then, Erica and Season have a long discussion about housework and the burden it can be on them individually as well as on their marriage…
 
In the midst of lots of complaining about the heat in Northern Nevada, Season and Erica talk about their recent adventures: Season’s day at Donner Lake and Erica’s trip to Las Vegas. They also rave about the delicious “first look brunch” they had at Perenn’s new location. In their highs and lows, they talk about the pressure that comes with having …
 
Today’s episode will wrap up the end of season 2 of the Finding Your Village podcast. I am taking a vacation from the show as I prepare to launch by birth classes on July 7th! Season 3 of the podcast starts on July 18th! In today’s episode we are talking all about cloth diapers! I had the pleasure of talking to Gigi Vera Vincent, who is a postpartu…
 
Season and Erica are back!! After taking a break from recording, this conversation takes lots of twists and turns as they get back into the swing of things. Even though they are rusty, they did manage to wrap up the episode as usual with their highs and lows. Questions or comments? Please email us at biggestlittlemoms@gmail.com or DM us on IG @bigg…
 
In today’s episode we are discussing Postpartum Hormone imbalances. This is a very cool episode for me because I had the chance to opportunity to interview a friend and the wife of my husband’s cousin, Erica Hull! Erica is a board certified Physician Assistant, mother of 2 and lives with her husband and sons in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is so knowledge…
 
I have been working toward and waiting for the right time to share this episode with you. I am a recovering marijuana addict. I am sharing my story today for two main reasons: first is to not keep this a secret anymore. Second, I would like to share my story of recovery, redemption and freedom in hopes of encouraging others. I started smoking weed …
 
In this week’s episode we round out our series on birth preparation classes and discuss Hypnobabies. I was honored to interview the Founder and Director of Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, Kerry Tuschhoff last week. Kerry is a nationally renowned speaker and writer on a wide range of women's pregnancy and childbirth concerns. Her subjects include p…
 
In today’s episode I had the pleasure of speaking with a husband and wife childbirth instructor team! I had the chance to interview Brent Caldwell and Michelle Gabrielle-Caldwell about their experience teaching the Bradley Method childbirth class. Michelle and Brent have been married since 1997, they always knew they wanted children. Blessed with t…
 
In today’s episode, I am focusing on a newer childbirth preparation program from Evidence Based Birth. I had a chance to sit down with Cat LaPlante, who is the Director of the Instructor Program at Evidence Based Birth®. She is a certified childbirth educator, certified doula, and an Evidence Based Birth Instructor. Cat's passion is empowering birt…
 
In today’s episode, I continue this month’s podcast series on childbirth preparation programs. I had the opportunity to interview Sara Rossi, who is a Hynobirthing Instructor. Sara started as a prenatal yoga instructor and In 2007 she got certified in Hypnobirthing, the Marie Mongan Method and as an Infant Massage Instructor by the International As…
 
In today’s episode I am kicking off the series about childbirth preparation classes. I am featuring a different type of birth education program each week in the month of May. I had the privilege of interviewing Nikki Shaheed and she is a certified Trainer, Mentor, and Doula for Birthing from Within, as well as the author of Heart Centered Pregnancy…
 
Season and Erica are thrilled to welcome their first guest to the podcast in over a year! Dr Vanessa Garcia is a local optometrist who has been practicing in Northern Nevada for nearly six years. She sees patients of all ages, but is particularly passionate about her pediatric patients. She was introduced to the world of optometry at a very young a…
 
Thank you so much for listening to the Finding Your Village podcast, before I get into the details about today’s episode. I wanted to let you all know that in the month of May, I will be publishing a series of podcast episodes all about childbirth preparation classes. As I finish the last steps of getting certified to become a childbirth educator m…
 
In this episode, Season and Erica look back on their schedules pre-pandemic and reflect on how they made it all possible. They talk about how fulfilling their teaching positions were and the “emptiness” that has come since moving everything online or not even teaching at all. This year has been challenging for Erica to find the perfect amount of en…
 
In today’s episode, I am doing another Podcast swap! That means that this episode is also airing in the near future on my guest’s show, which is called Inside Out Podcast Today Eden Hyder and I are discussing attachment theory and EMDR. Eden Hyder is a licensed therapist, psychology teacher and mother of two who is passionate about helping others u…
 
This is episode 50 of the Finding Your Village podcast!!! I am so excited to have released 50 episodes and I would like to thank everyone who has listened to an episode and to all of the wonderful guests who have shared their time and expertise on the show. In today’s episode, I talk to Kaitlin McGreyes who is a mom, Doula and the Founder of Be Her…
 
In this episode, Season and Erica meet in public for the first time in over a year! Erica laments the traffic on the way out to Spanish Springs which leads them into a discussion about the changes in the Reno/Sparks area and what they remember it being like years ago when they started college. They somehow start talking about the fitness challenge …
 
In today’s episode we are discussing what to consider when choosing a preschool for your child. Joining me today for the conversation is Zahra Kazem. She is a certified Montessori teacher and ran a Montessori school pre-Covid. She then became a certified parenting coach through the International Coaching Federation and began helping working moms na…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about Lactation Consultants! I had the honor of interviewing Courtney Miller who is an IBCLC. Courtney’s passion for breastfeeding began after giving birth to her son in March 2019, when she quickly realized there wasn’t enough breastfeeding education and support readily-available. Now she says she has found her ca…
 
After taking 5 days to record and another 5 days to post, here it is! This episode starts with a quick review of what Erica and Season have been up to and ends with a great discussion about birth order which ties into their highs and lows for the week! Questions or comments? Please email us at biggestlittlemoms@gmail.com or DM us on IG @biggestlitt…
 
In today’s episode we are discussing parent burnout. I had the honor of interviewing Shelley Kemmerer for this topic. Shelley is the founder of Run Tell Mom, L.L.C. and in her business she assists new / expectant parents with navigating their transition into parenthood by providing customizable resources to optimize their parental experience. Shell…
 
In today’s episode we are discussing the very current topic of parenting while working from home. To discuss this topic, I had the privilege of interviewing Shari Medini and Karissa Tunis, who are the co-authors of Parenting while Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers, Connect with Their Kids, and Establish Their …
 
After a week off, Season and Erica are back! In this episode, they open up with talking about how pediatric specialists (at least the ones they’ve seen) aren’t as warm as you think they would be. Then they talk about how at all ages their kids never seem to listen and how that probably never ends! Erica also goes over her recent trip to Las Vegas w…
 
In today’s episode, we are considering the choice of circumcision. I had the great honor of talking to Dr. Christiane Northrup, who is a visionary pioneer in women’s health, a board-certified OB/GYN with more than thirty years of clinical experience, former assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and…
 
In the episode today we are talking about approaching postpartum from a natural and holistic perspective. Dr. Christy Matusiak is a holistically-driven chiropractic physician practicing in Wilmette, IL. She is writing a book, to be published by July 2021. This is for the newly postpartum mother, struggling with finding herself and gaining the menta…
 
In today’s episode, we are discussing safe co-sleeping or bed sharing practices. Our guest to discuss this topic is Gail Root. With a life devoted to teaching, counseling, and guiding new parents into their most important role as loving caregivers, Gail Root has the perfect combination of child development knowledge and Perinatal Psychology experie…
 
In today’s episode you will hear the great conversation that I got to have with Micah Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a sociologist and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. Dr. Johnson’s research centers around childhood trauma, behavioral health, and juvenile justice. Dr. Jo…
 
In today’s episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Nicole Johnson: founder of The Baby Sleep Site! I am particularly excited about this interview because I have been following The Baby Sleep Site for several years and it was very cool to get to interview Nicole who started it all! In this episode, Nicole provides us with tips and advice on how…
 
The topic of today’s episode is: VBACs or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I had the honor of interviewing Jen Kamel for this episode. Jen is the founder of VBAC Facts.com. In this episode Jen shines a light on the misconceptions about the safety and risks associated with VBACs and we discuss ACOGs current recommendation as well as the data surroundin…
 
For those of you listening to the show for the first time, let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda and I live in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband and two kids who are 4 and 2. I am currently training to become a childbirth education mentor and my goal of this show is to make the early days of parenting more connected. Please follow the sho…
 
In this episode, I had the honor of interviewing my Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Shelley DiCecco. I met Shelley a month after having my first baby and she helped me in so many ways. She helped me heal from pain using the restroom after having a vaginal birth. She helped me heal from Diastatis Recti...twice, which is the focus of today’s episode…
 
In today’s episode I speak with Christa Bevan of The Radical Mother Village about dynamic self care! Christa is a Dynamic Self Care Coach for Radical Mothers. She is also a TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises) Provider and a Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor. What in the world are Radical Mothers, you might ask? Those moms who are doing work to break cyc…
 
Today to kick off the new year I have a really special episode for you. This week I am doing a podcast swap with Tracy Wilson of The Melanated Mom Podcast. This episode will be airing here on Finding Your Village and later this week on her show The Melanated Mom Podcast. I had a great conversation with Tracy about hard topics. We talked about socia…
 
Today I am talking to Mallory Millet about all things bottle feeding. Mallory is a Speech Language Pathologist and the founder of the Feeding Mom. In this episode we discuss the need for resources and support for bottle feeding parents. Mallory is going to give us five recommendations for what parents should know about bottle feeding to encourage o…
 
In today's episode I am talking to Taryn Rioseco about building a strong parent-child connection. Taryn is a certified Hand and Hand Parenting educator and she is here today to explain what Parenting by Connection is and she is going to give us five tips on how to better connect with your toddler. In this episode we discussed: How she got started w…
 
Before I share about today’s wonderful podcast topic I wanted to give an update on a change that I am making in this show. When I first started this podcast I thought a lot about the bigger picture, how I wanted to serve the podcast community and new parents. The first thing I came up with was: making parenting easier. I had good intentions, howeve…
 
In today’s episode I spoke with 3 Pediatric Sleep Consultants about baby sleep. I have compiled a list of common baby sleep questions that new parents have and our experts have answered those questions today! Our Sleep Consultants: Amanda Israel: Lullaby Magic Sleep Consulting IG: @LullabyMagicSleepConsulting www.lullabymagic.com Steffi Edwin: Joli…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Finding Your Village Podcast!! I am so thankful to Samantha Ecker, who is our guest for today’s show, which is about how you can encourage your child’s speech and language development. Samantha is a speech-language pathologist and a mom of three. She is the creator of Toddler Talking Tips and she believes that, with a l…
 
In today’s episode we are discussing pediatric functional medicine. Our guest is Juliana Nahas MD, who is a board certified integrative pediatrician and functional medicine expert. Her practice is in Covington, GA where she and her team use conventional and functional medical knowledge to treat diverse symptoms and conditions in children. Today, sh…
 
Today, we are talking about traveling the world with babies in tow! I am so fortunate that David Hoffman joined me as a guest a few weeks ago to discuss his journey into parenthood. David is a former classmate of mine from Northwestern and before the pandemic set in, he and his wife Liv spent a lot of their time traveling while working and raising …
 
In today's show we are discussing baby sleep again! Today, I talk to Anna Clifford, who is a Cincinnati based Sleep Consultant, that specializes in Gentle Sleep Training. Anna went through the Sleep Consultant Certification Program created by previous FYV podcast guest, Jayne Havens. Today, Anna differentiates between Gentle Sleep Training methods …
 
Today I have the privilege of airing the interview that I did with André and Kayleon Elliott about their experience with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). September is NICU awareness month and the Elliott’s story is a great one to share during this time. André and Kayleon live just outside of Charlotte, North Caroline with their little girl,…
 
This week I spoke with Lara Elfstrand, who is a family resilience coach and postpartum doula, about how to create a resilient family! Lara calls herself a new parent sanity specialist and the goal of the show is to give you some tools on how to build resiliency in yourself as a parent and in your children as well. What we discuss in this episode: W…
 
Today we are discussing a very important topic: Postpartum Depression. Ronnisha Anderson is a mental health professional and certified professional life coach. Her mission is to provide her clients with support so they can flourish and empower themselves! Today, she and I share about our personal experiences with Postpartum Depression (PPD). Additi…
 
Today I spoke with Laura Siddons about the 4th trimester. The goal of the show is to explain the concept of the fourth trimester and to promote support for new moms during this sacred postpartum period. Laura Siddons is the founder of The Nesting Place and The 4th Trimester Support Circle Program. In this episode we discuss: What the 4th Trimester …
 
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