By Cecile Edwards
MommyMattersJan 16, 2023
Motherhood & Self-Care: Occupational Therapy for Maternal Wellness
- Cecile Edwards, M.Ed
“I don’t need to wear all of the hats-all of the time because I am able to rely on other people in my corner that is helping me do those things.”
- Katie Germain, Occupational Therapist
It was a pleasure to have a conservation with Katie Germain!
This is a little about Katie Germain:
Katie is an occupational therapist with over 7 years of experience working with both adults and children. She is certified as a PMH-C and PCES. Katie is a partner at Strengthen Mama, an occupational therapy practice that provides in-home rehab for pregnancy and postpartum. She is a self-published author of The Honey Bees: Recharge Mommy Bee, a children's book that teaches kids why the mom needs rest. Katie is a wife and mother, to two little boys, and enjoys visiting upstate New York.
Katie Germain discuss her business, Strengthen Mama, and their collaboration with mothers during pregnancy/ postpartum. Additionally, her realization on the amount of resources available to mothers once she became an occupational therapist. Other topics included accessibility, cultural support, and wellness in motherhood.
Link to The Honey Bees: Recharge Mommy Bee https://a.co/d/9OwFHJA
“A Good Birth, A Safe Birth”: The Role of Maternal Health Providers in Constructing Birth Safety in the United States
What a pleasure to discuss this critical topic with the brilliant Turquoise Brewington!
A little about Turquoise:
Turquoise Brewington is a recent graduate from Princeton University where she majored in the School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in African American Studies and Spanish. Her academic research was focused on improving maternal health outcomes and combating racial disparities particularly through perinatal workforce policy initiatives. Turquoise is currently a Maternal and Infant Health Intern with the Burke Foundation where she supports transformative investments to bolster and diversify the midwifery and doula professions. In the future, Turquoise plans to continue work in maternal health at the intersection of business, technology, and policy upon completing an MBA/MPH in the near future.
In the current social and political climate around birth equity and maternal and child health many groups are looking for a solution and the research/data behind it may seem boring but is essential to the sustained progress. Mommy Matters is personal, communal and political. In this episode we discuss the following questions at length:
- Definition of maternal mortality?
- In your research you state that there has been much turning to doulas to make birth "more safe" why is that? What are the pros and cons of this?
- What is the historical connection between midwives and OBGYN's in the construction of birth safety in the USA?
- Why the focus on NJ, NC and Washington in your research. What is unique about these states and what is happening in NJ specifically that you found interesting?
- What are the primary similarities/differences between the obstetric and midwifery models as they relate to birth safety?
- What are Medicaid restrictions for low income birthing options and the doctors that desire to serve them and the connection to maternal health outcomes?
- What is the difference between CM's(Certified Midwives), CPM's(Certified professional Midwives) and CNM's(Certified Nurse Midwife)?
Just to name a few. As parents being able to advocate for the needs of families is critical. This episode shares some ways to make this possible. While also teaching about birth options.
Please leave your thoughts! I look forward to hearing from you!
Cultivating Healthy Self-Esteem in BIPOC Children
Healthy Self-Esteem is something that parents have to learn and cultivate within themselves too. In fact, we come face to face with this sometimes when we have children while rectifying our own childhood. Once it is cultivated we become more clear about ways in which it enriches ours and our children. In this episode Laurel Handfield, Owner of Happy Island Press, shares with us how she came to the conclusion that black girls need more representations of their beauty - both inner and outer.
We cover things like:
Ways our parents unwittingly contribute to our self-esteem issues
Ways we can cultivate healthy esteem in our children
Why it is important to ensure we take care of ourselves and HOW to do so in a deep and enduring way
These are just a few topics. Laurel also shares a free tool you can access to work to continuously build your own and your children's self-esteem in a fun and creative way.
You can access the free book here: https://www.happyislandpress.com
Legacy of Midwives with Diamond Redden
For Black History Month I wanted to honor the lives and Legacies of Midwives. Affectionately called Granny Midwives they are the predecessors to current birth and postpartum doulas as well as hospital based midwives. They birthed and cared for moms, especially black and brown mothers in the rural areas of America when hospitals would not take them in because of the color of their skin.
It was an honor to interview Diamond Redden who comes from a legacy of these amazing women. She continues to carry the torch as an Advanced Holistic Doula and Master Herbalist. She is also a student Midwife. Her mother and grandmother are still practicing midwives and have a legacy of "catching" a while street of children.
Her services can be accessed at www.mammissi.org.
For further reference and to learn more about Midwives in America and their awesome legacy and work, which is critical knowledge in understanding birth work, here are a few resources:
* Listen to Me Good: The Story of an Alabama Midwife By Margaret Charles Smith
* The Women Who Caught the Babies: The Story of African American Midwives by Eloise GreenField
* Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story by Onnie Lee Logan
* The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale by Laurie A. Wilkie
I'd love to hear from you! Share with me what you want to know more about and we will complete and episode. Happy Listening!
With Joy & Gratitude!
I don't have resolutions, just intentions, visions and visualizations
This episode is dedicated to all of us moms who make resolutions each year to do something specific and may or may not complete it. I hope you never torture yourself into doing something but instead you create what you desire with grace and ease through reflection, intention setting and visualizations.
People make resolutions each year on January 1st and by January 31st, have abandoned these altogether. I am not here to judge, just to ask, when are we going to stop being on this rollercoaster of self-betrayal and instead embrace envisioning and inspired actions?
I've learned through trial and error that we do not have to force or fight ourselves to make what we desire manifest. You desire it because it is yours to have. Let's talk about that #mommymagic we all have and learn to embrace it a little more. *Grab your intention setting journal here.
Drop a comment on some things you've manifested through intention setting and visualization.
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Generational Grief, Generational Wellness, Motherhood and Black Mermaids with Julia Mallory
The conversation with Julia was free flowing and powerful. We touch on healing/understanding generational stories, the power of questions, what generational wellness can be and how to approach it. Grief is discussed in a myriad of ways that allows us to transform the way we assist others and also ask for assistance. We discuss the layers of grief and Julia shares powerful tools and nuances around grief for black women and self-care.
Julia Mallory is a writer, teaching artist, and cultural worker. She is a six-time author, including two children’s books. Her latest book, Survivor's Guilt is a multi-genre meditation on generational grief. In addition, she is the founder of the creative literary arts brand, Black Mermaids, serves as the Senior Poetry Editor for Raising Mothers, and hosts the Stop Shrinking Socialcast. She can be found on Instagram at
@thejuliamallory or at www.thejuliamallory.com and blackmermaids.com.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Domestic Violence
This is a sensitive topic about violence against women and should be listened to with care.
To educate and empower during this month - Domestic Violence Awareness Month - I wanted to discuss and shed light on this under spoken topic. I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with a survivor Lorina. Lorina was courageous and graceful in discussing this topic and gives copious details.
Lorina Coleman is a licensed esthetician and beauty educator with extensive knowledge in skin care, make up, nutrition, eyelash extensions and a resounding passion for the overall health and wellness of the skin and the body. She is a diligent and passionate beauty service provider that delivers above average service to each and every client.There is beauty in wellness. I’ve been in business over 15 years and naturally evolved into wellness and holistic healing. The esthetic is a reflection of the internal.MTM Solutions LLC is a solution based business that offers beauty and wellness services and products. Let’s find solutions to fulfill our potential and purpose. *Makeup Artist*Licensed Esthetician *Doula*Master Herbalist *Colon Hydrotherapist *Nutritionist*Author *Intuitive Healer
https://linktr.ee/mtmsolutions Lorina can also be reached on instagram @mtmsolutionsceo. Listen to her story and take note as we discuss the many tactics of abusers, the mental state of the abused, mother wounds, family care and connections and so much. more!
Here are some statistics about Pregnancy & Postpartum and Domestic Violence that I think are critical to know:
:::Homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the United States. Black women lead in these numbers.
:::Up to 20% of pregnant women experience violence during their pregnancy, making it more common than gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, conditions routinely screened for in pregnant women by physicians.
:::Women with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than women with planned pregnancies.
:::Pregnant homicide victims are more likely to be killed with a gun than non pregnant homicide victims.
:::Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is linked to depression, substance abuse, smoking, anemia, first and second trimester bleeding, less than optimal weight gain, and unhealthy eating patterns.
:::Only 18% of pregnant women examined at an urgent care triage unit reported having been asked by their physician about intimate partner violence.
You can find more statistics on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Website www.ncadv.org
I pray this episode saves lives. We were meant to be nurtured and restored - violence again pregnant women is a public health issue.
Evolved Parenting - my experiences
Come to think of it, we might call it trauma informed parenting.
In this episode I share a recent experience I had with my daughter and some tips for practicing a more conscious way of parenting. Many of these tips are centered on releasing the conditioning you as a parent has developed through your experiences as a child. There is hope! Consider yourself the CEO of new ways of being and growing for yourself, your family and society.
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See you next episode.
Delayed Postpartum, Toddler Blues & Maternal Depression
I came into information about this some weeks ago and thought it would be an interesting topic to broach. My personal experience didn't have these words to describe but I do understand it as I experienced it about 3 years after giving birth.
Depression of any kind can happen due to a multitude of environmental, physiological, psychological and relational factors.
Have you or anyone you know experienced this? Please share a testimony or observation.
#parentalmentalhealth #maternalmentalhealth #communitycare #selfcare #empowerher #advocacy #education
Indigenous and Cultural perinatal/postpartum ways
In this episode we discuss a few Indigenous and postpartum ways. What are some considerations among families with competing cultures and things that might be done or expected in that time?
What is your cultural ritual around pregnancy and childbirth? What are some things you'd keep or not?
In this episode I reference Indigemama business as well as thee following herbs:
Love Bush for baby gripe
Vervine for baby and mom if either have a cold inside
Old woman bitters
I would love for you to share some of your perinatal and postpartum ways. I would love for you to share.
DISCLAIMER: This episode is to share knowledge and information not to diagnose, treat or recommend any thing. Please consult with your doctor or herbalist and of course trust your path for wellness.
Perinatal and Postpartum Wellness
In this episode Perinatal and postpartum mental health is defined and broken down with tips on how to improve wellness over all.
Baby Blues, Postpartum depression and anxiety, postpartum psychosis and paternal depression as well. Advocacy for health care provider knowledge and support is crucial to closing the gap between perinatal care and postpartum mental wellness. Quality of life is linked to mental health and wellness - we can not ignore this central piece. Let's educate and empower ourselves on this topic. I hope you enjoy!
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The Power of Self-Care Plans
In this months episode Cecile discusses the definition of a self-care plan and how to lean in to creating a powerful plan and what some her self-care plans include.
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Nourishing the SELF PostPartum
Postpartum care is an area I am passionate about for so many reasons. If you know my story, you know that my postpartum was rough - to say the least.
In this episode we discuss the importance of mental, emotional, spiritual and nutritional wellness and how they connect. We also discuss the multi-layered factors that cause women to be obsessed with weight and their bodies even immediately after having a baby. Many insights are shared that illuminate wellness not just for mom and baby but for the family generationally and dives into ways everyone can be supported during the joyous but stressful fourth trimester.
Jaren's expertise and experience with both eating disorders and postpartum nutrition adds to the MommyMatters corpus of information to continue our conversation about holistic motherhood.
Jaren's BIO: Jaren is a Registered Dietician and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who serves as an expert in women's health. While continuing to serve in the field of eating disorder treatment, Jaren gained additional experience as an IBCLC to fuse her love of nutrition and women's health. Now working solely in private practice, Jaren combines her expertise as a skilled therapist and lactation consultant to support individuals looking to heal their relationship with food and their body. FULL CRCL provides evidenced based practices to support women at all stages of the reproductive cycle, from preconception to postpartum. Informed by her own journey and the hundreds of women she has counseled, Jaren’s experience comes full circle to support women in navigating pregnancy, birth and postpartum from a simple and intuitive framework.
You can connect with Jaren and find out more about her services here: https://www.fullcrcl.co/
You can find her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Postnatal-Cookbook-Nutritious-Recipes-Trimester/dp/1646040996/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FE18Y89JEKAS&dchild=1&keywords=the+postnatal+cookbook&qid=1617405430&sprefix=the+postnatal+cook%2Caps%2C148&sr=8-1
Setting Powerful Personal and Generational Intentions
Did you know that by the third week in January most people have abandoned their New Year Resolutions?
They fall to the wayside. In this episode we discuss that perhaps this is because most of us aren't getting to the bottom of what we truly desire, only the outcome that we see as what we 'should' want, be, do or have. This episode urges you to get to the bottom of what you truly desire and to understand that this is about the feelings and interactions you will have on a daily basis, not just the achieving of the big goal. You may find you don't even desire that goal anymore once you get to the bottom of it all.
We also discuss generational intentions and what that has looked like for me and my daughter over the past few years.
See - resolutions/intentions require REFLECTION, MINDFULNESS and SELF-CARE. There is no getting around it.
Listen in and leave your comments and questions.
Ciao for now. See you next month!
Food Freedom - trusting yourself to optimal holistic health
In this episode we discuss to discuss why the diet mentality keeps you from loving your full self, how to break the diet mentality, guiding healthy eating habits in your children, the error in "snap back" mentality and so much more! It is important to me that while staying healthy we love ourselves and attach ourselves to our greatness. Self-Love is Self-Care and we can not hate the place we were that gave us greater realizations for our connectedness and ability to evolve. As we are continuously evolving. It is always my hope that these episodes help you to evolve and learn yourself a little deeper each day.
About our Guest:
Kiara, Food Freedom & Body Acceptance Coach
Kiara Raye is an Anti-Diet Coach For Foodies and also an ex yo-yo dieter and former food addict who transformed her life by completely healing her relationship with food and her body. Now, she specializes in teaching other women how to liberate themselves from the diet mentality and re-educate them on how their body was naturally designed to make healthier choices without restrictive dieting or excessive exercise.
Find her on IG@ curvesncupcakes
About our Host:
Cecile is an educator, facilitator, Reiki Practitioner, Mindfulness and Self-care coach. She specializes in uncovering unconscious behavior and anything that is holding you back from evolving and transforming the mind and spirit using holistic solutions. Specifically, Cecile uses sacred deep self care, energy management and mindfulness techniques. Cecile is a claircognizant of many generations of spiritually gifted women. She loves to share her gifts and utilize them to assist individuals in centering themselves and accessing/using their power.”
MommyEvolve is for parents and caregivers looking to shift mindsets, energy and legacy. It is a call to reignite the mother principle in our daily lives to bring the regenerative ideas of sustainability in our thoughts, actions and creations. Evolution Solutions, LLC is the umbrella that incubates Evolve Education and MommyEvolve.
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Breaking the Superwoman Complex and Travel Self-Care
What a powerful conversation! I feel like every person needs to hear and understand how their inner guide is the best guide and that you get no awards for trying to save everyone. NONE! In fact, you can't save everyone, we all have our paths. Being SUPERWOMAN could delay your own path, which is the higher level of service to self, the divine and others.
An educator turned full-time entrepreneur, basketball mom, gymnastics mom, twin mom, mother of seven children (yes, you read that right), Tanai still finds time to inspire moms to travel the world.
In 2013, Tanai moved her then three children to Abu Dhabi to build her “American dream” outside of America. While abroad, her children were able to learn Arabic, excelled in school and sports, had a live-in nanny, and traveled the world.
Since returning to the US in 2016, she has continued to maintain the goal of granting her children a new passport stamp every 100 days.
In 2019, Tanai got married and grew her family from four to seven people to love and in 2020, she made the decision to quit teaching and pursue her dreams full time!
Please connect with Tanai :
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Finding C.A.L.M for moms with Jamie Fleming
Finding Calm is a global need for mothers and their children. This step by step guide given by the phenomenal owner or Black Mom's Guide to Calm is what every mother needs right now to center herself and therefore everyone around her. Jamie discussed very practical ways to infuse C.A.L.M into your daily routine.
As the founder of Black Mom's Guide to Calm, Jamie Fleming works with mamas (and women) who are tired of being burned out, stressed out, and worn out and are ready to do something about it. She teaches them how to create calm in the chaos of their daily lives.
Jamie's love of meditation and yoga was sparked after giving birth to her daughter, Nailah, in 2013. Her mission is to teach women how to overcome their overwhelm and find inner peace and calm.
How to find Jamie:
websites: blackmomcalmshop.com, blackmomsguidetocalm.com
Sovereignty and Self-Love
This episode gets raw about intergenerational transference, self-awareness to destroy cycles and motherhood as a gateway to healing and self-discovery. We discuss the power of self-care and define it in multi-layered ways so that you can access it at anytime.
Kerri Hummingbird, Soul Guide, inspires people to lead their lives wide awake with an authenticity, passion and purpose that positively impacts others. She catalyzes mind-shifts that transform life challenges into gifts of wisdom with her Reinvent Yourself programs for individual and group mentoring. She is the international best-selling author of "The Second Wave: Transcending the Human Drama" and the award-winning best-selling book "Awakening To Me: One Woman’s Journey To Self Love" which describes the early years of her spiritual awakening. She has served as a social activist, leader, and philanthropist for over three decades. She is the Founder of the Skills Not Pills Movement and Host of Soul Nectar Show.
Energy and Intergenerational Healing
Me: what made you want to make Mac n cheese?
Nubia: because I saw a video on tic toc and it looked good
Me: did you see a video on there about turning assignments in on time too?
Nubia: *blank stare* and 😏
Black mamas will forever be undefeated
^^^ the conversation that sparked this episode.
It is intriguing how the smallest thing can create the biggest impact. Listen in and add what you think. I would love to hear what you have to say!
Single Mom Money with Danielle Robinson
I love the conversations around abundance! Yes - this is about abundance. In the mind and spirit! The conversations around single motherhood are shifting and I love that empowered stances are taking the forefront. In my mind - if anyone can build wealth as she sees fit - it is someone as resourceful as a single mom. The key is to use your resources, inside and out.
This was a fun convo (not without glitches though)
Danielle learned how critical a healthy relationship with money was shortly after her divorce and one-income home reality hit her.
Follow Danielle Robinson on IG @single_mom_money and Youtube - Single Mom Money.
There is a wealth of information here!
Stay tuned for more inspiring episodes with Mommy Matters
Self-care and relationships
In this Episode Johanne Osias and I speak about what self-care and relationships can look like. With healthy boundaries, self-love, clarity - a healthy balance is possible.
Learn more about and follow Johanne for tips, tools, and products/services to enhance you and your family's self-care.
Unapologetic Healing for Adult Daughters of Abusive Mothers
It was such a pleasure to speak with Sharisa. I came in contact with Sharisa when I read a post she made about Mother Daughter relationships that was so powerful I instantly shared it and contacted her for an interview. You can find the details here: https://www.facebook.com/sharisa.robertson/posts/10157501167767008
I knew I had to interview her! I am so glad we sat down to speak because the nuggets dropped were so powerful I got a surge or energy run through me that let me know this is ancestral work that is here to heal us all.
Sharisa T. Robertson, founder of UnMotherFuckYourSelf.com can definitely relate to the pain of adult daughters impacted negatively by maternal abuse. With a mission to disrupt dysfunction, she helps and journey with many women who have arrived at a pivotal juncture of confronting and unapologetically healing by any means necessary. Centering on trauma transformation, Sharisa takes a bolder approach in creating healing spaces that supports and teach how to mother yourself because she believes when the woman in you heals the daughter in you, you will become the mother you’ve always needed.
She can be found on:
You will enjoy the power of this interview. I can't wait to hear your feedback!
Melinated Moms - Empowering through healing and Community
It was such a joy to speak with founder and CEO of Melinated Moms - Jaye Wilson. The Melinated Moms community has so much beauty to share. Jaye, like you is a mom who discovered her power, purpose and unraveling of generational stories through her experiences. Melinated Moms is for ALL mothers of color globally. Listen in to this light hearted conversation on moms, movements and more!
In this episode we discuss:
Parenting while married and single
Self-care and therapy for moms and children
And so much more!
Join the Melinated Moms Community. You can find her via website www.melinatedmoms.com or via the same name on ALL social media platforms.
Mother Wounds and Intergenerational Healing an interview with Bethany Webster
A few years ago as I was going through my process of excavating self and evolving my inner mother(I now know this is what I was doing, but at the time I didn't know it) - I was stuck because I kept avoiding the conversation around the relationship with my mother.
In our culture we often hear "but she is your mother" as a way to shame us from having any feelings of anger, confusion or anything else that is NOT good towards our mother. I learned through Bethany Websters course "Heal the Mother wound" that this anger, confusion and shame was a construction in our society for women to be quiet and endure. However, in order to have a better relationship with myself - I could not avoid this wound any longer! This course really shifted my perspectives and gave me the anchor and support I needed to fully express myself and release the fears behind this wound. It was an honor to speak with Bethany about her body of work and how we as women can evolve.
In this episode we discuss:
- Common beliefs inherited
- How the Mother wound affects our lives
- How we avoid the wound and how stop avoiding it
AND SO MUCH MORE!
You can find Bethany via social media:
- IG @motherwounds
- Website: www.motherwound.com
You will find a plethora of information and insights about the mother wound and how to activate your higher self through facing this wound.
Stay connected with Mommy Evolve as we share more insights on engaging topics such as this. @mommyEvolve on IG and Facebook. www.mommyevolve.com for products and services.
Self-Care as Self-Love Building Self-Esteem to Evolve
Self-Care is Self-Love and is NOT selfish!
In this powerful episode I am able to sit down with Fabiola Paul, LCSW and owner of Enlightening Counseling and Educational Services, LLC to discuss how self-care, self-love and self-esteem are critical to the evolving woman. We discuss:
Life's ebbs and flows
How and why It is ok to change your MIND!
Practicing Self-care and building this in youth(which gives them an edge and advantage in life!)
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Fabiola is based in New Jersey and can be reached in several ways:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enlighteningcounselingES/
Via email: email@example.com (email her during Mental Health Month and receive a free gift!)
ENJOY! I love you for listening!
Birth As you Please.
Amancaya shares the inspiration for desiring to create this powerful book that looks at the birthing process through the eyes of a diverse set of women from many cultures and periods of their birthing (pregnancy, labor, child rearing, raised children and reflecting). What a powerful visual storytelling piece.
You can find out more about her project here: https://amancayacreate.wixsite.com/amancayacreate
Connect with her here: https://www.facebook.com/AmancayaXristina/
I know you will love this conversation as we speak about everything from laws that are shifting the landscape of how we do birth (connecting the traditional with the medical) to outsourcing childcare.
DON'T MISS IT!
We love you for listening!
Empowered Mama: Mother as leader
This is such a juicy episode. I enjoyed speaking with Neelam Nanwani about how Mother is leader and what it really means to be an empowered mama. Just a few points illuminated were:
-What psycho-spiritual development looks like
-How mother's can empower themselves through self-care
-What it means to be an empowered mama
-What is means to "just be" and why this is so important to our parenting/womanhood
You can learn more about Neelam on her website: https://shamanic-vision.net/
Also, please hear more about her services and information at the Embodied Shakti Summit, which you can access and learn more about here: https://www.samamorningstar.com/
Learn more about how to create your empowerment and activate your leadership through my book: "The MommyMagic Handbook: A Mother's Guide to Practicing Self-Care and destroying Generational Cycles" via my website - https://mommyevolve.com/books/
MommyHood: The Real Deal for New Moms
Want to know the real about Mothering? Check out this episode with Saajida Richard of MommyHood: The Real Deal for New Moms!
In this episode we discuss the expectations and realities of mothering, especially as a new mom. We don't often hear about the realities of what is needed. However more of that is being achieved now - thankfully.
Saajida shares tips and tools in a loving manner with a passion to help new moms experience wellness in their parenting journey.
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From surviving to thriving: proactive self-care to avoid tantrums
In this episode Nikki Morro of @tothemoonparentcoaching aka To the Moon & Back Behavioral Consulting discusses the power of understanding child development, parents need to understand and heal their own wounds and the personal nature of child behavioral strategies.
This beautiful conversation is sure to give parents a deeper insight into themselves as well as their children, perhaps even their own parents.
Connect with Nikki on Instagram and Facebook via @tothemoonparentcoaching
Intergenerational Healing through the Womb - Womb wellness for self-care
In this episode Sama Morningstar and I discuss some critical issues around healing our family bloodlines. We discuss why it is important to recognize and heal generational challenges and how to do this.
This informative, insightful and powerful conversation will leave you in awe and well informed.
You can sign up for Sama's upcoming summit with some powerhouse women doing amazing work. You can sign up or follow her movement at https://www.samamorningstar.com/.
No More Yelling! Parenting from a Mindful Perspective
It was my pleasure to interview Monica J. Sutton - an early childhood behavioral specialist and educator for 17 years.
In this episode Monica shares her WHY perspective and also tools to assist parents, teachers, and counselors understand and deal with children's difficult behaviors.
Monica explains her simple steps through P.A.P.S, which stands for:
P = Pause
A = Acknowledge
P = Positive response
You can reach Monica at monicajsutton.com, via Instagram @monicajsutton where she does a live each Tuesday evening at 9pm and you can sign up for her free challenge called "No More Yelling" at bit.ly/nomoreyellingminichallenge.
Real Talk - Parenting and Business
Women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in the USA. Entrepreneurship has always been the way for women to contribute monetarily to the family while making ALL the other contributions.
In this discussion I speak with Kenya Pope, The Goddess Builder about building a business and parenting. Whether married or single, the insights are powerful. As always, this will leave you thinking but also with tangible tools to use on your journey!
You can contact Kenya @thegoddessbuilder on Instagram.
Mommy Friends! Critical to growth and legacy
Discussion of MommyMagic Handbook - A Mother's Guide to self-care, parenting and destroying negative
Discussion of MommyMagic Handbook - A Mother's Guide to self-care, parenting and destroying negative generational cycles.
In this episode I discuss the book and some of its salient points. You can access this book at bit.ly/mommyhandbook. Please share your thoughts, questions, etc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pt.2 10 things your mom never told you
engaged with these in our own lives. Have we learned and healed?
Pt.1 10 things your mother never taught you
Preventing child sexual abuse - evolving our mentality
Recording. I share tips and tools with hopes to save children from these atrocities.
Parenting through the age of #metoo empowering our children with healthy boundaries
new pathways and family rituals - intergenerational healing
Pregnancy and Motherhood: Tale of two Afropolitains with Yacine Bio-Tchane
This episode shows us how much closer we are than we think. I speak to author and economist Yacine Bio-Tchane about the impetus for the writing of the book Pregnancy and Motherhood:Tale of two Afropolitains, why it was needed and how it is being received. Soon to be released in English, this book shares the traditions, trials and triumphs of motherhood across the Atlantic. The comparisons are enlightening. I hope you see that the movement for improved birthing and mothering experiences isn't just about us, but a global conversation that requires our mental, physical and spiritual backing to help change the course.
Aminata N’Diaye Tall is married and a mother of 3 boys. She is a development economist who specializes on the financial sector at the World Bank in Washington. She holds degrees Masters degrees from Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics (MPA) and Pace University, NEOMA Business School (ex ESC Rouen) (MBA). She has worked at the African Development Bank, in a corporate bank in New York, as well as in several financial institutions in Senegal. Aminata is passionate about good governance and entrepreneurship. She has a keen interest in SME financing and in economic opportunities for women.
Yacine Bio Tchane is married and a mother of a girl and a boy. She is an economist working in freelance for institutions and international organizations on public financial management, financial inclusion and private sector development across Africa. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in economics and political science as well as from the London School of Economics with a Msc. in development management. Yacine’s mission is to contribute to socio-economic reforms in Africa and improving young African women’s access to greater professional opportunities, financial independence and rights in society.
Learn more about the book and grab a copy here: https://circumspecte.com/2020/03/motherhood-west-africa-parenting-yacine-bio-tchane-aminata-ndiaye-tall/
Find them on IG:@afropolima
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Stress, Reproductive Health and Childbirth with Freya Morani of Root Mama
It was a treat to have this powerful sister on to speak about self-care and reproductive health.
Sister Freya Mórani is the Founder and CEO of RootMama. She is a certified doula, trained breastfeeding educator, childbirth educator and wellness coach. Sis. Freya provides intuitive and professional support to women, infants and families during preconception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Freya is a southern woman with roots stretching throughout Arkansas and Texas. She has a lineage of home birthing and midwifery reaching back to her maternal grandmother and great grandmothers. Freya began her healing journey her freshman year in college in Atlanta, GA by cutting out fast food and embracing her natural hair with a big chop. Step by step, she incorporated more healthy changes over the years including becoming vegetarian around 2008. Freya became interested in becoming a doula after watching Shafia Monroe's presentation on the Legacy of the Black Midwife in 2011. She coupled her knowledge of healing the womb, inspired by Queen Afua, with her professional doula training to create the wellness company RootMama.
Freya is unique in her approach to supporting women achieve their wellness goals and live their best life. She believes that the woman is the central element of the family unit, and when she is well and thriving, the entire family is well and thriving.
Her belief in the utmost importance of the woman's total health and vitality is what motivates her work through RootMama. Freya continues to level up her professional skills by raking up continuing education hours, trainings, mentorship and self-led studies.
She gives exceptional emotional and comfort support to moms and families. She has a wealth of knowledge in birthing practices, birthing options, comfort measures for mothers, breastfeeding techniques, and infant care. She helps moms feel confident, prepared and well-informed about their births.
Freya is an eclectic soul who loves to travel. She has traveled to Mexico, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Belize, Canada, Lebanon and Haiti. She loves global cuisine and speaks Spanish too. When she's not assisting RootMama clients, she's reading a good non-fiction book, indulging in self-care or playing with her toddler.
You can find her services, reviews and more information at rootmama.co
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Healing Mother Daughter Relationships
For me, this relationship is the center of healing communities. The the stories, the rituals, the energy all culminates in what transpires in our communities. Women and our relationships with one another are more powerful than we have been taught or learned to live and conduct ourselves around.
In this episode I interview Mrs. Ann Dillard, featured in the "Unchain My legacy" book of short stories of mothers and their experiences parenting. Mrs. Dillard is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is passionate about assisting young women. Her show Teen Talk Live is dynamic and her passion for youth shows. Listen to her describe some very important steps in healing the bonds between Mothers and daughters. Listen in as we discuss this delicate topic with love and healing.
As the founder of KIP Consulting Services, LLC, Ms. Ann is passionate about instilling hope and empowering individuals to live their best lives. She operates a thriving private practice in Decatur, GA where she offers mental health services to teens and their families. Ms. Ann hosts conversation circles where she helps women of all ages to navigate challenges in their own mother/daughter relationships. She has written and presented Healthy Relationships workshops both nationally and also online. She also appears regularly on radio, tv, and podcasts programs discussing the challenges and triumphs of recognizing, repairing, and building healthy mother/daughter relationships.
She is the co-author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller Unchain My Legacy where she talked about the emotional debt that she inherited and in turn passed on to her daughter, even though she vowed that she would never do that. Ms. Ann is very transparent in her work, and her writing, weaving in her clinical knowledge as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has also contributed to other publications such as Unchain Me Mama: The Forgiveness Factor. Ms. Ann has created several tools to help foster healthy relationships and stronger bonds between mothers and daughter as well as parents and their teenagers. Ann Dillard, a Brainspotting therapist, is also trained in foster care and adoption competency, and is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator through Dr. Brene Brown’s organization.