Not A Mama Yet
By Not A Mama Yet
Not A Mama Yet Apr 05, 2022
EP 43 Astrid Schanz-Garbassi of Agni on nourishing our bodies for periods, pregnancy, and postpartum
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Astrid Schanz-Garbassi, the CEO and Co-Founder of Agni. Having experienced the power of home remedies and food healing as a child, Astrid has dedicated her career to helping people access foods that can nourish them during important life moments. Working with health practitioners, medical experts, and nutritionists from around the world, Astrid has built three businesses to-date focused on the healing properties of food and good nutrition.
Agni’s goal is collect all of the information and wisdom about healing through nutrition and to turn it into delectable healing foods.
Replenishing the right nutrients at the right time can work wonders for human health. It can balance hormones, shorten the length of surgery recovery, and help new moms produce a higher quantity and quality of breast milk. It can improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and even reverse cognitive decline.
To make this happen, Agni built a Medical Advisory Board and assembled a team of food geniuses to create foods and drinks that wow your body and your taste buds.
On this episode, we discuss how Agni came to be, their approach to wellness and the development process of their products, balancing our hormones and supporting each moment of our lives through nourishment.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode with Astrid!
Agni’s website: https://agniforall.com
Pregnancy Box https://agniforall.com/pages/pregnancy-box
Agni’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/agniforall/
EP 42 Andrea Ippolito of SimpliFed on breastfeeding and lactation support
Today on the podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Ippolito. Andrea is the CEO and Founder of SimpliFed, a virtual lactation and breastfeeding support service. Their mission to make this type of support more accessible in every way, from affordability to connecting with an expert quickly in the comfort of your own home. There are so many questions that can come up when breastfeeding and pumping, so SimpliFed is making it so much easier to get the answers you need when you need them.
Andrea Ippolito currently serves as the CEO and Founder of SimpliFed. Prior to joining SimpliFed, Andrea served as the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Innovators Network within the VA Center for Innovation. In this capacity, she designed and oversaw the creation of a $10.5M program that provides the tools and resources to VA employees to develop innovations that improve the experience of Veterans and their families. Prior to that role, Andrea served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow based out of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and General Services Administration.
In this episode we talk about why instant, private, expert lactation support is so important, the scope of practice of lactation consultants, and the ideal schedule to begin working with one. We also discuss how lactation consultants are now covered by insurance so more people will hopefully begin to take advantage of that benefit when they need it most.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with Andrea!
SimpliFed Instagram https://www.instagram.com/simplifedbaby/
First droplets https://firstdroplets.com
EP 41 Dr. Jenna Hua of Million Marker on how to eliminate toxins from our lives
First podcast of 2022 is with Million Marker’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Jenna Hua. Jenna, as she prefers to be called, is a registered dietitian and environmental health scientist by training.
Jenna’s extensive experience as an academic and health advocate led to her founding Million Marker in 2019, shortly after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Throughout her career in academia, Jenna has researched and published numerous studies that largely focused on citizens science, general health, and the impact of food consumption on a person’s well-being.
Jenna has been a Project Manager for UNC’s Carolina Population Center, a Graduate Instructor and Research Assistant at UC Berkeley, and a Project Manager at UCLA’s Center for Population Research. She was also a US Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of International Education in Kunming, China. Jenna holds a BS in Nutrition and an MPH and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley.
So, we are in good hands when it comes to understanding how to minimize toxins in our homes and in our lives. In this episode, we discuss how Million Marker’s home test kits can help you eliminate toxins from your home, why this is so important when trying to conceive and while pregnant, and how to start taking small steps to lead to big change in your life. I encourage you to head over to the Million Marker’s website too, as it is full of incredible resources including approved product lists for every category and articles covering everything from toxic free guides to fertility tips and more.
I hope you enjoy our conversation with Jenna!
Million Marker https://www.millionmarker.com
Use code NOTAMAMAYET15 for $15 off your home test kit!
Million Marker’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/million_marker/
EWG Skin Deep https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
EP 40 Jessica Diamond, RDN, MPH, Co-Founder of Meaningfull Living, on preconception nutrition, prenatals, postpartum hormones, and more!
This week on the Not a Mama Yet podcast, I’m so excited to share my conversation with Jessica Diamond. Jessica is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in moms, kids, and babies, and a mom to 1.
When Jessica became a dietitian in 2009, she noticed a disconnect between the complex concepts she studied and the kind of nutritional and parenting information available. All the information existed, but it wasn’t easily accessible to the majority of families. She has done an incredible job breaking down these complicated principles into easy-to-understand practices.
Her passion is teaching parents how to raise mindful children and how to feed their kids through a simpler approach that creates less picky, intuitive eaters.
On this episode, we talk about reproductive health, foods and tips that support fertility on your pre-conception journey, her manageable tips and tricks truly make you feel like you’ve got this, which is her go-to affirmation for all people, clients, and especially fellow parents.
We also discuss prenatal vitamins, detoxing, postpartum hormone balancing, and releasing control.
This is a great episode I know I will continue to come back to and listen to over and over again.
Check out the podcast notes on how to get in touch with Jessica on her website and podcast with Haley Hubbard, Meaningfull Living. That’s meaningful with two L’s.
Without further ado, I hope you enjoy this episode of Not A Mama Yet with Jessica Diamond!
Prenatals Explained: https://meaningfullliving.com/prenatal-vitamins-explained/
Pink Stork: https://pinkstork.com/collections/fertility
Ditching Diet Culture: https://meaningfullliving.com/ditching-diet-culture-how-we-can-do-better-for-our-kids-2/
Feeding your Baby Solids Course: https://meaningfullliving.com/feeding-baby/
EP 39 Melissa Salmeron on coming back to yourself after becoming a mom
This week on the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I am speaking with Melissa Salmeron. As a mother of 3, Melissa reached a point where she didn’t recognize herself anymore and she felt stuck in a pattern that wasn’t serving her, her partnership, or her family.
So Melissa decided to take a step back, reassess what she needed vs what she was doing in her daily life that wasn’t working and she really figured out how to reset on a better path forward.
With that experience and knowledge, she developed the CARE method to help other moms finding themselves in similar situations create conscious connection and communication, bring more awareness to their lives, re-energize, and feel more empowered from within. Being more present, finding a more manageable work/life balance, and stepping into the person, woman, and mom you want to be and know you are, has helped her clients completely change their reality for the better.
In this episode we talk more about her life before versus her life now, how people without kids can benefit from this knowledge to help them potentially avoid this, and communication tools that have really helped her and her husband.
This was an enlightening conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed having with Melissa and I hope you enjoy it too!
Melissa's website: https://www.melissasalmeron.com
EP 38 Dr. Inderpal Randhawa on his approach to Food Anaphylaxis remission in Children
Today on the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Inderpal Randhawa. Dr. Randhawa is a leading specialist in internal medicine, pediatrics, immunology, allergy medicine, and pulmonology with fifteen years of experience. Dr. Randhawa is also the founder of the Southern California Food Allergy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative and safe treatment for the six million children in the U.S. who suffer from food allergies. His incredible algorithm and ever-growing database is putting people in remission from severe allergy, allowing them to eat all of the foods that use to be potentially fatal for them to even be around.
He is a special person helping so many people. I loved recording this episode. We get into so many subjects surrounding food allergy, from the physical to the emotional side effects, how foods are connected to each other in the development of certain allergies, to his incredible data-based approach, and how other illnesses such as IBS could be linked to food anaphylaxis.
And of course we spoke about pregnancy, breastfeeding and newborns when it relates to doing what we can to prevent these allergies from developing in the first place I learned SO much in this episode, and as someone who has only dealt with mild allergies, and we are talking sneezing from dust or pollen, it was amazing to learn more about what it can be like for people who suffer from severe food anaphylaxis. If I am ever around a friend, a peer, a parent who is worried about an allergy they have or their child has, I will do my absolute best to make myself aware and do whatever I can to keep them safe. This is not something to be dealt with alone.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode with Dr. Randhawa.
Thank you for listening!
Links we mentioned:
Ultra-filtered milk: https://fairlife.com
EP 37 Caroline Sanchez: Let's talk about what's in your water!
Today on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast I am speaking with Caroline Sanchez!
Last year, Caroline left her 9-5 job as a graphic designer and decided to establish her own business educating individuals on the importance of living a more non-toxic and sustainable lifestyle. Her partnership with Enagic and her social media presence sharing the importance of knowing what’s in our drinking water, sparked my interest in wanting her on the show.
On this episode we discuss important facts about water you might not know, tools to educate yourself on finding out what’s in your water based on where you live, the surprising statistics about bottled water, and how to pick the best water filtration option for you.
This episode was pretty eye-opening to me and I hope you have some valuable takeaways as well.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode of Not A Mama Yet!
Products and Links in the episode:
This is the company that builds custom filters for you based on your zip code and the issues that impact your specific water quality.
Reverse Osmosis Water Supplier
This one kind of depends on the your location and will require some additional research on your end. Depending on where you live, there are water storefronts that offer various types of water for you to fill up with.
Here is a link to an in-home RO system with remineralization.
Mineral Additives for RO Water
Here is a link to those trace minerals we were talking about. This specific product happens to be from Thrive Market, but you can find these types of minerals on various online stores like Amazon as well. Please look for a product that offers a full spectrum of minerals to ensure the body is receiving everything it needs to function properly and read the dilution directions carefully.
Here is Caroline's partner company's website for the water ionizer. You can view their full product line and pricing using this link. In order to add an item to your cart, viewers will need to log in with a distributor ID number to complete their purchase. If they are not logged in under a distributor ID the website will notify them that, “This product is not allowed to be purchased.” Caroline's ID number is: 8722635
EP36 The Montessori Method with Veronica of @HikingWithHarps
This week on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast, I am speaking with Veronica of @HikingWithHarps.
Veronica came across Montessori after having her daughter and realized how the method not only translates to children but into her day to day at home with all adults.
When she transitioned from working full time to staying at home full time with Harper, her daughter, she found it was hard to stay connected to like-minded moms. The pandemic also made it more difficult in the earlier months of motherhood so she created her account to share her story, where she quickly realized how many parents were inspired by her story.
Veronica believes that children are much more capable than most people believe and that we can support them best by guiding them without interference.
In this episode, Veronica shares how Montessori has taught her so much about herself, parenting, and her community. She is self taught and has taken courses from The Prepared Montessorian and has read countless books.
She wants caretakers and future parents to know that Montessori is and should be accessible for all. By focusing on following your child and outdoor play, all children can have a Montessori home.
I wanted to speak with Veronica on this topic because there are a lot of ways to approach parenthood and everyone needs to find what works for them. As I get closer to the time of having my own kids, I am always curious to see how parents interact with their children to see what I really like. I have loved seeing Veronica and Harper play and enjoy the outdoors, I have learned so much. You’ll see in this episode why patience is so important with this approach, something that I think is a great reminder, personally as well.
I hope you enjoy this episode with Veronica!
Thanks for listening!
Veronica's Amazon storefront with tons of great items: https://www.amazon.com/shop/hikingwithharps
Books Veronica recommends: https://www.amazon.com/shop/hikingwithharps?listId=1JG9W4OZ55JTE&ref=cm_sw_em_r_inf_list_pub_hikingwithharps_dp_xN7VuTbV9IKGj
Veronica's Links: https://beacons.page/hikingwithharps
EP35 Dr. Kristin Pauker: Social and Developmental Psychology research in children
Today on the podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Kristin Pauker.
She is originally born and raised in Hawaiʻi and became fascinated with exploring how a person’s immediate environment and culturally-shaped theories about race impact basic social perception, social interactions, and stereotyping in childhood and throughout development. She loves to discover new ideas through her novel research studies and applying those insights toward creating interventions to mitigate stereotyping, interpersonal friction, or persistently biased social perception.
Her research examines how motivations, social context, and individuals’ lay theories impact social perception and their resultant consequences for intergroup relations. Spanning both Social and Developmental Psychology, her research has been featured in journals including Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.
She was also my Psychology professor at the University of San Francisco and I actually assisted her on some of her research at the time, which we touched on in our conversation.
In this episode, we discuss the danger of color blindness, an interesting preschool activity that would definitely test any parent during an important teaching moment, a few of Dr. Pauker’s recent studies and the interesting findings that teach us more about the ways children think and perceive, and some moments she has had as a mom talking to her son about race and appearance.
EP34 Melissa Buchan: National Board Certified Integrative Health & Wellness Coach and Neo Fertility Advisor
Today on the podcast, I am speaking with Melissa Buchan, a National Board Certified Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, and Neo Fertility Advisor. Over the past 15 years, Melissa has helped empower women to better understand their fertility and manage their reproductive health. She is the co-developer of Chart Neo, a medical management model app for secure cycle charting.
Navigating your menstrual cycle is a powerful daily practice that provides insight into managing and balancing your hormonal health. Medical literature states that a well-charted cycle is the fifth vital sign in women. Melissa helps her clients map their cycle for infertility evaluation, women’s health assessment, or family planning and evaluate their unique patterns to create a customized plan to optimize their healing journey. Melissa believes in a root-cause, solution-based approach to dealing with infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and hormonal imbalances. A balanced cycle is a sign of health and vitality and Melissa’s mission is to help her clients get there.
Today we are talking about how Melissa’s personal experiences led her down this career path, empowering women from a young age to understand external cues that inform them about what is happening internally, natural birth control and the charting lifestyle to cycle sync and bio hack your cycle, how to manage stress, and Melissa shares some great advice for women as a mother and expert in this space.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode of Not A Mama yet with Melissa Buchan! Links below!
Not A Mama Yet: www.notamamayet.com
Not A Mama Yet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notamamayet/
Melissa's Website: https://www.melissabuchan.com
Melissa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virtusfertilitycare/
EP33 Mr. Chazz on how we teach kids, how we interact with them, and how we can break generational cycles
Today I am speaking with Mr. Chazz Lewis. Mr. Chazz helps parents and teachers with their children. If you are already following him on Instagram, you know how enthusiastic he is to help parents, caregivers, and teachers so many great tools to break generational cycles and, in his words, SEE, GUIDE, and build TRUST with children.
I wanted him on the podcast because a lot of learning about how to be around kids and understand how they think and learn, requires adults to unlearn a lot of what they’ve been raised to think and feel. That requires hard work, patience, and practice people without kids can work on now. Understanding child development is so important to communicate and connect with your child, or any children for that matter! Of course, there is the intuitive part of this that can come naturally, but when it gets hard and you and a child are not seeing eye to eye, Mr. Chazz has great tools to take the pressure off and find smoother sailing going forward.
We discuss how kids think and that we have just as much to learn from children as they have to learn from us. We talk about ADHD and kids with more energy. We talk about modeling versus verbal communication and teaching. And we talk about his article on protesting with children and talking to kids about race and racism.
I really enjoyed speaking with Mr. Chazz on this episode of Not A Mama Yet. Enjoy! Please find all the ways to connect with Mr. Chazz below and don't forget to DM him with your thoughts on the episode!
EP32 Kristen A. Rossi, MSEd, IBCLC: Breastfeeding, lactation support, and avoiding booby traps!
Today on the podcast I am sharing an amazing, super educational conversation about breastfeeding with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Kristen A Rossi.
Kristen has her Master of Science Degree in Education and has training in Maternal & Infant Assessment, as well as the core areas of lactation. She was one of the lactation consultants at her local hospital and worked on the maternity floor for over 7 years before shifting her energy towards building her private practice. In addition to working with both in/outpatients, Kristen has been trained and certified in Lamaze, and has both written and facilitated a comprehensive and evidence-based childbirth education curriculum.
More importantly, she is the mother of three children and you’ll hear more about how she became so interested in this space after the birth of her first son, on this episode.
We talk about preparing for breastfeeding even before giving birth, the benefits of skin to skin after birth, a baby’s first feed, physiological scenarios that might impact breastfeeding, the truth behind lactation cookies and how to increase milk supply naturally, eating schedules, pumping and dumping, colic, and so much more! We cover ALOT and barely scratch the surface.
I have a feeling there are going to be follow up episodes to this one and I know I’d love to hear from everyone listening if that is something you would like too, because I know I would! Kristen really is a doula for breastfeeding in my opinion!
I hope you enjoy this episode, stay tuned for a discount code to one of Kristen’s courses and please let us know what your biggest takeaway was in my latest Instagram post on my page, @notamamayet.
Kristen’s website and social media accounts:
Discount Code for 10% off: MAMAPODCAST
EP31 Kiara Orbe: How her health journey led her to a career helping women navigate their own health
This week on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast, I am speaking with Kiara Orbe of Kiara Marie Wellness. Kiara is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, and currently receiving her certification as a Root Cause Consultant to help her clients dig even deeper into different protocols.
Kiara is not only so easy to talk to, she has been on the other side of the phone, the Zoom, whatever it might be, because she was the patient and she was not finding the answers or support she needed. She used to experience a whole host of symptoms including chronic GI pain, distress, hormone imbalances, anxiety, irritability, low energy, acne, infertility, and a sluggish thyroid, all of which ended up being the result of a wrecked metabolism.
As a Gut + Hormone Health Practitioner, Kiara teaches women how to restore their metabolisms, terminate digestive issues and balance their hormones using real food to step into their true power.
In this episode, we talk about inflammation and the different ways it can appear, some might surprise you! We talk about our liver, hormone detoxification, the various labs that can help you and your care provider see what’s going on inside your body. We also talk about fertility, pregnancy and postpartum support by someone like Kiara, as you all know, my favorite three topics to cover wherever I can are fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. This is a great episode, and you can check out the podcast notes for all of the books we mention and the different ways you can connect with Kiara!
One last thing before we get this episode going, I have a favor to ask! My 30th birthday is in two months. The only thing I want is to hit 5000 subscribers on this podcast. In order to do that, I need your help. If you like this episode and have been a listener of this podcast, if you can please head over to the Apple podcasts app and rate and leave a review, a nice one please!, that would mean the world to me! And one last request, please share it with a friend. It helps so much and I love doing this and would love to keep doing this for a long time!
Thank you so much!!
Books we mention during our discussion:
EP30 Dr. Siggie Cohen: Establishing Boundaries, Child Development, and other useful tools to prepare for parenthood
This week on the podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Siggie Cohen, a Child Development Specialist and Parenting Expert, in some circles even known as The Child Whisperer. I had the pleasure too connect with Dr. Siggie and we covered so many topics in this episode, I learned so much. We chat about what we can be practicing before having kids on our own and with our partners, how to practice setting boundaries, helping children understand their emotions and flex their emotional muscles, taking care of yourself as a parent so you can be a better parent, the step parent and step child relationships and how to navigate that. We also talk about how to manage kids being bored and time using technology, adjusting your expectations to fit your child, not trying to adjust your child to fit your expectations, and then we get into a couple of questions from people in my network about limiting the tantrums when kids don’t get what they want and establishing those roles of parent and child where authority is understood while having mutual respect between parent and child.
So many of these tools, I may even say all of them, revolve around communication and these can all be applied to life before and without kids. These are so helpful to any adult. I hope. This episode inspires you so without further ado, my conversation with Dr. Siggie Cohen!
Where to find Dr. Siggie:
EP29 Aziel Rogers: Skin care at home, SPF'ing the right way, and cycle syncing your facials!
This week on the Not A Mama Yet podcast. I am speaking with Aziel Rodgers, the lead esthetician at the Things We Do! She has been my go-to for facials since 2019 and I always leave her feeling so refreshed and my skin is so happy. We chat about when to mask, how to tone, she shares some tips about icing your face and how to facial massage properly too! We talk about brands we both love, the proper amount of sunscreen we should be wearing, which actually blew my mind, and when to get a facial based on where you are in your cycle! Oh! and my computers dies at some point so expect an awkward pause mid-sentence! Thank you powers that be for allowing that to happen, despite my computer being fully plugged into the wall when it happened!
Aziel’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azielfaith/
The Things We Do: https://thethingswedo.co
Skincare brands Aziel mentions:
Skincare brands I use:
Averr Aglow: https://prz.io/mb1PD1h8
Freck Cactus Water: https://thethingswedo.store/products/freck-beauty-cactus-water
Biossance Mask: https://biossance.com/products/squalane-glycolic-renewal-facial
Lumasol Sunscreen Spray: https://mylumasol.com
In the Flo book: https://intheflobook.com
Thank you for listening!
EP28 Talia Caldwell: Building community, playing professional basketball overseas, and starting the Echo Park Fund
This week on the podcast, I am sharing one of my favorite episodes with one of my favorite people, and my birthday twin, Talia Caldwell. Talia and I attended middle and high school together and have been friends ever since. I have been lucky enough to be around one of the most impressive, kind, open, intelligent, and loving people for almost 20 years. I cherish any time I get to spend with her when she isn’t overseas playing professional basketball. On this episode we talk about community. How it shapes us, how it impacts us, and how we develop long lasting, meaningful relationships throughout the different seasons of our lives. Talia is endless wisdom in my opinion. In 2020, she started the Echo Park Fund supporting the unhoused in the Echo Park community with necessary resources. The continued success of the Echo Park Fund is a reflection on the impact she has had on so many people and spaces in Los Angeles. In my opinion, we need about 6 billion more people like Talia and this world would be a better place.
I hope you enjoy this episode! Please find all the ways to connect with Talia and learn more about the Echo Park Fund below.
Please share it with a friend and submit a review!
Where to find Talia:
- 5 Fifths Culture: https://www.fivefifthsculture.com
Talia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/5fifthsculture/
Echo Park Fund Social Media Posts:
Venmo @EchoParkFund to support!
Article about Talia and The Echo Park Fund:
The quote she shared:
"What is the quality of your intent?" -U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
The movie she mentioned we should all watch:
Judas and the Black Messiah on HBO Max
EP27 Laura Lynne Jackson: Psychic Medium on Spirit Babies, Pregnancy Loss, and Receiving Signs from your Team of Light on The Other Side
Today on the podcast, I am honored to be speaking with Laura Lynne Jackson. If you are unfamiliar with her work, let me have the pleasure of introducing you to her! Laura Lynne Jackson is a Psychic Medium. She can feel, hear and see people who have crossed over to the Other Side, among many other abilities she shares with the world.
She is a Windbridge Certified Research Medium, one of 17 in the United States, at the Windbridge Institute which is dedicated to conducting world-class research on phenomena currently unexplained within traditional scientific disciplines. She is also one of 25 certified mediums who offers their time at the Forever Family Foundation, working to protect the continuity of the family, even though a member has left the physical world.
She has read for hundreds of people and connected them with loved ones who have crossed. If you haven’t had the chance to read her book Signs, I highly recommend it. Her first book The Light Between Us is next on my list. She was also recently on the show Surviving Death on Netflix which I binged and thoroughly enjoyed.
In this episode, you’ll hear about connecting with your spirit baby before pregnancy, grieving while pregnant and parenting, and Laura's book Signs. Every story she recounts in this book is mind blowing. We discuss the first sign I asked for (hint: I asked and I received!) and who is on our Teams of Light. You might even be connected to your role model if they have crossed!
I hope you enjoy this episode! Please find all of the ways to connect with Laura Lynne Jackson below!
Laura's Instagram: @lauralynnejackson
EP26 Getting In The Flo with Dr. Amanda Cohen: Supporting our cycle by understanding our hormones
This week's episode is Part 2 with Dr. Amanda Cohen! We are taking a look at "In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life" by Alisa Vitti. We are both big fans of Alisa Vitti's work. Her story is incredible and Flo Living, her company that supports women balance their hormones and change their life for the better by feeling better! I was first introduced to her work in late 2017 and it changed my life. I understood my body and how I can support it on a much deeper level then I ever had before. Highly recommend every person with female physiology read her books, follow Flo Living, and maybe even schedule a consultation with one of their experts. Below are all of the links to the books we discuss in this episode and Dr. Amanda's contact information!
Dr. Amanda Cohen contact information:
EP25 Preparing the palace for pregnancy with Dr. Amanda Cohen & Madison Young
Today on the podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Amanda Cohen, or Dr. Amanda as her patients call her! Dr. Amanda is a Board Certified Chinese Medical Physician (L.Ac.) who is passionate about helping her patients achieve optimal well-being. She holds a Master’s and Doctoral Degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, specializing in Integrative Medicine. She also has a Masters in Health Psychology from UC Irvine and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Cultural Psychology from Cornell University.
She practices at Source Point Wellness which offers primary care from the East-West Perspective, specializing in patient empowerment and healing the mind, body, and spirit to get to the source of health imbalances. They offer compressive treatment plans for the whole person and incorporate kind, compassionate and complete care with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, functional medicine, nutrition, telemedicine, massage, cupping, shamanism, and akashic record readings.
Today is extra special because my best friend, Madison Young, Owner of Open Eye Crystals here in Los Angeles, and the reason I was fortunately introduced to Dr. Amanda, is joining us for our conversation!
The three of us will be discussing, as Dr. Amanda calls it, preparing the palace, aka getting our bodies ready for pregnancy. Madison and I have plenty of questions for Dr. Amanda, including what she is doing herself to prepare her body for pregnancy as well! Most importantly, this episode is full of information that should help you ask the right questions to your care team when seeking out help navigating this time as well.
I hope you enjoy this episode of Not A Mama Yet.
Dr. Amanda’s practice: https://sourcepointwellness.com
Dr, Amanda’s Acupuncture Certification Course: https://sourcepointwellness.com/high-priestess-healing/
Other mentions during this episode:
EP24 Dr. Rohan Nagar: How Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology can help balance hormones and promote a healthy pregnancy and postpartum experience
Today on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Rohan Nagar. Dr. Rohan is an Ayurvedic doctor based in the UK and currently planning his move out to Los Angeles to open up a clinic for consultations and other services which I am very much looking forward to. Dr. Rohan has practices in the UK, Europe and India as well and he is a visiting professor of Ayurveda in Holland, Germany and Croatia. As a globally recognized Ayurveda consultant, Dr. Rohan is proud of many of his achievements, but one of his most notable achievements is the pulse diagnosis he developed to identify a patient's dosha type. The Health Minister of India presented him with an award for his research on liver disorders and he was a collaborator on a “How to cure Diabetes through Ayurveda” research program with a professor at Oxford University. He also has a PhD in astrology and lectures throughout the world on both Ayurveda and Vedic astrology.
Today we are going to talk about how Ayurveda can help with hormone management, infertility, and during pregnancy and postpartum.
Dr. Rohan's website: https://www.drrohannagar.com
EP23 Anne Hodder-Shipp, CSE, ACS (Part 1): Becoming a Sex & Relationship Coach and Sex Education in the U.S.
Today on the podcast I am sharing part 1 of my conversation with Anne Hodder-Shipp, a sex and relationship coach who also specializes in dreamwork, sex education and dating. In part 1 of 2 we focus on Anne’s background and sex education. You’ll hear us talk about ways our personal experiences with sex and relationships might come through in our conversations with kids about these topics. We go over how sex education is delivered in the U.S. and how parents can support their children in ways their school might not be. In Part 2 we get more into her work with adults, breath work, and dream work. Stay tuned for that!
Below are links to connect with Anne, as well as the resources she talks about in this episode!
Personal site: https://annehoddershipp.com/
EDSE site: https://everyonedeservessexed.com/
Some good online resources for sexuality info:
•ashasexualhealth.org – American Social Health Association
•aasect.org – American Association of Sex Educators, Councilors, and Therapists
•cdc.gov – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
•herpes.org – Help with herpes and HPV
EP22 Postpartum care, two under two, sleep training, and more from my time in Mexico!
Today on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast, I am recapping my time in Mexico for the past three weeks with my cousin Dyani.
I was there as a source of familial support while also gaining invaluable experience for my postpartum doula training. A big part of the episode is going over sleep training and how Dyani did it with her first child and is doing it now with her newborn.
We get into the nitty gritty of being a parent and caregiver to two small children, I will warn you now that we do talk about baby poop and vomit, it just comes with the territory so if you get queasy or uncomfortable, this is your heads up!
I basically got to go through a three-week bootcamp on parenting and today we are sharing what that was like for both me and for Dyani. I say it in the episode, and I’ll say it again now, if you plan on having kids one day and have a family or close friend having babies, if you can offer any level of support to them I highly recommend it.
Learning daily routines, tips and tricks, and even learning what you might not want to do as a parent are all great things to be exposed to. I hope you enjoy this episode of the Not A Mama Yet Podcast!
Books we mentioned:
EP21 Lea D'Auriol of Oceanic Global: How she is building communities around the world to help our oceans
Today on the Not A Mama Yet Podcast, I am speaking with Lea D’Auriol, the Founder and Executive Director of Oceanic Global.
Oceanic Global honors humanity’s essential relationship to our ocean by empowering behavior that protects our ocean’s health and, in turn, our own. They raise awareness for the devastating effects of human consumption on our aquatic ecosystems, and work with leading scientists, conservationists, artists, and industry experts to drive positive change. They believe that our choices matter, and that with each choice we make, we have the power to create change because every being on this planet is oceanic and we are all connected to our ocean, and our ocean connects us all.
Some of main takeaways were:
Every minute, a trash truck full of trash is dumped into the ocean.
It's important to hold companies accountable for their actions and encourage better environmentally-conscious behavior.
Buy proper sunscreen: Stream to Sea and Rare Earth are two great ones recommended by Lea.
List of hubs for you to check out! If you don’t see one in your city, start your own: https://oceanic.global/hubs/
Documentary I mentioned: Chasing Coral (https://www.chasingcoral.com)
Lauren Singer: Trash is for Tossers (https://trashisfortossers.com) Blog and her Package Free Shop (https://packagefreeshop.com)
As we said on the podcast, we are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live on the planet. It’s important we take a moment during the day to think about how our actions might be hurting the ocean that is our life source. How can we do better? Let’s all hold each other accountable and invest in our futures every day.
Let’s live our daily lives in a way that aligns with our values. Actions speak louder than words.
Thank you for listening!
Oceanic Global Site: https://oceanic.global
EP20 Angela Setters Bessard: Conquering your Credit
This week on the podcast, I am speaking with Angela Setters Bessard, Founder and CEO of Conquer Credit Management, Inc, who is known as a pioneer in the credit industry. With a passion to help people understand how to leverage their credit as a tool to create wealth and attain financial stability, Angela has continued to educate consumers and change lives daily for more than 25 years. Angela and I discuss her story emancipating herself at 16 years old and how she established a successful life and career since then. We get into the nitty gritty about credit, building wealth, how to manage debt, and credit cards! I found it SO interesting to talk with her about how to pick credit cards and work the system in a way banks and your credit score will thank you! For someone who hopes to one day be in a position to buy a home, this was so insightful and educational. I hope you enjoy this episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast!
EP19 Melissa Chan, ND RM: Going from the Pharmaceutical industry to Naturopathic Medicine to Midwifery
This week on the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I had the pleasure to speak with Toronto-based Naturopathic Doctor & Midwife Melissa Chan. With a specialized focus in fertility, obstetrics and female health, Melissa aims to address and treat the root cause of illness and disease and create healthy lifestyles all through research-driven integrative medicine. Today you’ll hear about her very interesting path to becoming a midwife and how she is bringing all of her past experience into her practice. Melissa has dedicated her career to finding the best of the best in health. Hopefully you find this episode as interesting as I did! Her career path alone was so cool to hear about. Enjoy!
EP18 Ara Katz, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Seed: How bacteria can help our bodies and our planet!
Today on the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I am speaking with Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seed, Are Katz. Ara is on a mission to revolutionize the probiotics industry and overhaul the public conversation around microbiome health. Along with her team at Seed, Ara is pioneering the inquiry, application, and communication of microbiome science to improve human and planetary health. We discuss some of the ways bacteria can help improve our daily lives in our bodies and on our planet.
Don't forget to use the code NOTAMAMAYET at seed.com for 20% off the first month of your Daily Synbiotic!
EP17 Vanessa Van Edwards: The Science of People and Tricks to Survive Being a New Mom
EP16 Nicole Jardim aka "The Period Girl": Periods, Hormones, and Birth Control!
Today on the podcast, I have the pleasure to be speaking with Nicole Jardim, aka The Period Girl! Nicole’s mission is to help women in their 20s and 30s reclaim their hormonal health and feminine vitality naturally. Nicole is a certified Women’s Health Coach and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines simplicity and sass. She is also the host of the Period Party podcast! We discuss sex education in the United States, how parents can support their kids when it comes to periods and birth control, and how anyone with a uterus can adjust their lifestyle to support their cycle. You can find Nicole below!
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EP15 Karalynne Call of Just Ingredients: How reading labels differently can change your life
Today on the podcast, I am speaking with Karalynne Call of Just Ingredients. You'll hear her amazing story going from a suicidal depression diagnosis to being on no medication today. She explains why and how she eliminated health-disrupting ingredients out of her life and her family's life and how you can get started too. She also breaks down the labels we are all bombarded with everyday, Organic, Non-GMO, USDA Organic, and what they really mean. I highly recommend following her on Instagram, checking out her blog and her new line of products you know only have the best ingredients! I hope you enjoy this week's episode!
Karalynne’s Website: www.justingredients.us
EP14 Not A Mama Yet Q&A Series: Dr. Carolyn Alexander & Dr. Layne Kumetz
On September 5th, I hosted my first Not A Mama Yet Q&A Event in Los Angeles at Open Eye Crystals. Dr. Carolyn Alexander and Dr. Layne Kumetz graciously donated their time to be there and answer all of the audience's questions.
- Dr. Layne Kumetz is a Board-Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and an Attending Physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Her clinical expertise includes preventative medicine from adolescence through menopause, up-to-date birth control options, abnormal PAP tests, abnormal bleeding, infertility evaluations, cancer screening, pediatric gynecology and optimal obstetric care for both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. She proudly delivers 98% of her patients’ babies. She is home-grown here in Los Angeles, and even volunteered at Cedars Sinai in the Maternity Ward in high-school.
- Dr. Carolyn Alexander has conducted extensive research on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and specializes in the treatment of patients facing the diagnosis of PCOS and infertility. Her other clinical interests include the treatment of endometriosis, unexplained infertility, and recurrent pregnancy loss. She also works closely with oncologists on the fertility preservation of patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy.
Here is the audio recording of the event. I shared with the audience prior to starting the event that I would be audio recording it, so anyone that didn't feel comfortable asking their question out loud had the option to do so with notecards I provided to the guests.
I hope you enjoy listening to this and learning from it! Follow me on Instagram if you want to stay in the know about future events!
EP13 Beth Porter: Green America, Recycling, and What we can be doing to help!
This episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast features Green America’s Climate & Recycling Director Beth Porter. Beth is the author of Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System and through her work she has helped thousands of individuals and businesses live and operate more sustainably. Beth has spearheaded many campaigns that identify the waste of resources and energy in varying sectors and has authored comprehensive reports of proposed solutions. She loves to help people find answers to their recycling questions and try new ways to reduce waste, which is why I wanted her on the podcast!
I spoke with Beth about the current state of our planet and what we can be hopeful for, initiatives she has worked on, and what we can be thinking about in our own lives to lower our environmental impact. This episode is very educational and is so helpful in understanding recycling better. Enjoy!!
My main takeaways:
- Learn how to recycle properly!
- Reduce, reuse, recycle: There is a reason recycle comes last! Reduce and reuse are so important and we must focus on less waste before anything else!
- Our spheres of influence vary. For example, I am just one person who can put in the work in my own home. A government official is also just one person but their sphere of influence is much greater because they can support laws that either help or hurt our planet.
- When moving and cleaning out your home, buy second hand, find used boxes for packing, and check out freecycle.org to find what people might be giving away in your area. Make sure you dispose of any electronics in the best way and use http://nationalgreenpages.org to find vetted businesses to buy from for other products you can’t buy second hand.
You can find Beth here:
Thank you for listening to this episode! What was your main takeaway?
EP12 Pamela Hunt: The Farm, Midwifery, and starting it all on a caravan of buses in the 70s!
Episode 12 feels like a particularly special episode. I had the pleasure of interviewing Pamela Hunt. If you have heard of the book Spiritual Midwifery or The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, you may have heard of her. In the 1970s, Pamela was part of a caravan of eighty school buses that went across the United States led by Stephen Gaskin. Stephen was a teacher in San Francisco when his writing class evolved into a discussion group that grew to have 1500 students in attendance each week. A lot of the hippies in attendance made up the caravan and their mission was to save the world! As women became pregnant and started to give birth during their trip, Pamela and a group of a few other women including Ina May Gaskin, Stephen’s wife, fell into the role of the midwives assisting in the deliveries. Over time and with the help of doctors across the U.S. who donated their time and resources to train them, Pamela, Ina May and the others became well-adept in handling various scenarios from hemorrhages, premature babies, breached births, and multiple births of twins and even triplets.
Once they settled and established The Farm, they eventually opened the midwifery center, which still exists today. People travel to be trained by Pamela and her team there and they come to be clients of the center as well. When I was planning my trip to Tennessee in April, I found out I would be close enough to visit The Farm and immediately jumped at the opportunity. Pamela was off-site that weekend for a training, but we managed to catch up over the phone and I had the pleasure of talking with her for the podcast. This episode is so special to me because of all that Pamela has done for midwifery in the United States, including her assistance in developing the certification system for midwives today, and her vast knowledge on pregnancy, birth and helping women through it all!
My main takeaways:
-Amish people have been practicing midwifery forever and Pamela still works with them to this day.
-Frequency of appointments are the same with a midwife compared to an OBGYN, but the appointment is 1-2 hours long per appointment with a midwife and covers lifestyle, diet, physical health, and sex, among other things. They start preparing women and couples mentally for delivery from the first appointment.
-Midwifery is a huge commitment. If you have a family, it could be harder to do unless you have a solid support system of people around you who can jump in at any moment.
-Pamela has tips on what women can do and what support they need to prevent postpartum depression. Sleeping 4-6 hours within the first 24 hours is crucial and having someone to watch the baby so you can do that is important. Another is having someone take care of you for the first ten days so your only priority is being with and bonding with the baby.
-Pamela helped develop the certification for people to become midwives in the United States.
-Midwives stress health, nutrition, and good habits so women gain an incredible education by working with midwives that they can carry into motherhood and pass down to their child and family!
You can find more on Pamela and The Farm here:
I hope you enjoyed this episode! Would love to know what you thought about it! DM me on Instagram here.
EP11 Embrace Race Founders: Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas
I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Embrace Race, but I am so happy I did. If you are not familiar with it, it is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. We welcome your participation. I reached out to the Co-Founders Melissa and Andrew because I believe that while the work they are doing is invaluable for people who already have kids, people who don’t can still benefit greatly from their platform. On one of the worksheets they have on their site, they say that talking about race, finding the right words and coming at it from a point of real understanding is like flexing a muscle. It doesn’t happen overnight. We can just expect to watch a video and be prepared to teach our children about equity and discrimination. We need to be working on that now and always.
As we are seeing that US racial divisions and inequities grow, Embrace Race is helping people start wherever they are and reverse this trend in our homes, schools, and communities. Melissa and Andrew were kind enough to tell me that they admire the work that I am doing but I am nowhere near where I want to be and there are so many people out there doing much more impactful work in their communities like Melissa and Andrew so I hope you listen to this episode. It is longer than my previous ones so break it up if you need to, but I hope you do listen to it! Please also spread the word about Embrace Race and check out their site below for more incredible resources they are constantly adding on there!
Clarity on terms including: race, explicit vs. impact racism, and micro-agressions.
Listen to your child. Don’t shush them or make any topic taboo. Kids notice how adults react to things.
Start flexing that muscle, talk about race in your community, and surround yourself with diverse people in your community.
Melissa and Andrew mention these books, organizations, and people:
You can find Melissa and Andrew here:
Embrace Race on Facebook
Thank you so much for listening! I would love to know what you thought about this episode and what some of your main takeaways were!
EP11 Carolyn Witte: Building the Tia Clinic
This week on the podcast, I am speaking with Carolyn Witte, one of the Founders of the Tia Clinic in NYC. At the Tia Clinic, you can get integrated gynecology, wellness and primary care under one roof and one health record. They hold community events, offer same week appointments, which can be super hard to come by in the city, and they provide you with a care team. Imagine a team of physicians and wellness practitioners talking to each other and understanding your health records together so they can understand the whole you. Everything about this clinic is game changing and I can’t wait to see it grow to become a household name across the country.
I loved speaking with Carolyn because you can tell how well she understands the healthcare industry and what the experience is like for anyone with a uterus to find proper care, book appointments, and actually get results that make an impact. I learned so much in our conversation and I hope you enjoy it!
My main takeaways:
- Having a care team wherever you are will change the way you access and receive care.
- Understanding the cost of care is important in order to consider healthcare in your monthly/annual budget.
- Cycle connected care helps women see longitudinal data about their wellness and how it relates to their cycle. This is helpful when trying to diagnosis Endometriosis and PCOS.
- Women want to know why, not just what.
- Learning how to be an advocate for ourselves in the care context is a focus at Tia.
- Bringing costs of services down to make them more accessible is a priority at Tia.
- Women show a reduction in stress when they are part of a community, which is why they have community events.
- Carolyn says, “Don’t connect the dots forward, connect the dots backward.” This is awesome advice that I think about regularly since speaking with her.
You can find Carolyn here:
- Instagram: @carolynwitte
- Instagram: @asktia
- We also mention vaginabenefits.com in our conversation to help you understand insurance as someone with a uterus.
Where do you want the next Tia Clinic to open? Let me know!
Thank you for listening!
EP10 Andrew Wasser, M.A., M.F.T.: Self-Care, Parenting, & Finding time for your partner
For this episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I spoke with my cousin Andrew Wasser who is a Mindfully based Marriage Family Therapist. Andrew’s approach to Psychotherapy is helping his clients discover and process their unhealthy patterns and finding new ways to change or alter them. Andrew has several years of diversified experience and specializes in families, couples and individuals with addiction, divorce, parenting and family crisis issues.
I wanted Andrew on the podcast because I think a lot about how couples maintain a strong relationship after they have kids and Andrew and his wife are a couple I have seen go on so many fun date nights and solo trips without their kids, basically always making sure they carve out time for each other. Also, I knew Andrew could offer some valuable insight considering his profession is helping families handle whatever issues they are going through.
Today we are talking about parenthood, finding time for himself, and what tips he shares with families juggling kids, work, and all life throws at you.
- If you can’t take care of yourself, than you can’t take care of your kids.
- Love your kids, but love each other more.
- Your kids are not yours.
- Being supportive of your child, even if you can’t relate to something they are going through, is what’s most important.
You can find Andrew here!
EP9 Kira Cook: The process of fostering to adopt
Yesterday was Mother’s Day, so I thought today would be a perfect day to share Episode 9 of the podcast featuring Kira Cook. My cousin is a close friend of Kira’s so when she let me know that Kira and her husband were fostering to adopt, I was interested to speak with her and learn more about that process. Adopting has always been something I have thought about doing one day. Our global population is growing at such a rate that we aren’t totally sure how we are going to feed the number of people projected to live on this planet in the coming decades. So I always think about the children who are already alive whose parents are unable to raise them and are in need of finding a loving home they can grow up in and have a brighter future as a result. Adoption is a very expensive process though, so a lot of people are unable to even explore that as an option for their family unless they can afford to. Fostering to adopt might not come with a financial cost, but the emotional toll it can take on someone can be huge and Kira explains how it does become a full time job to manage the appointments, home visits, and more.
In our conversation, Kira shares her experience from when she started exploring this option of fostering to adopt, how a close friend had been through the process before and his advice, and why this is an important cause more people should be aware of.
I hope you enjoy this episode of the Not A Mama Yet Podcast!
-Her fear of childbirth based on stories she had heard first led her to consider adoption. Fear of childbirth is something I am very interested in because I know it is society, movies, and TV that perpetuates this fear. I have another podcast coming up with an amazing midwife who talks about how she helps her clients combat this fear from the very beginning of pregnancy.
-Talking about kids by months might seem silly to people without kids, but within the first three years of life, a child’s development from one month to the next is drastic enough where specifying their age with months actually makes a lot of sense.
-The Foster Care system needs more people like Kira and her husband! Each case worker can have about 25 open cases per day they are responsible for monitoring. While the system is not perfect, it is set up to help children find better homes than the ones they were born into.
Where you can find Kira:
I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as I did recording it with Kira. It was so informative on a subject I’m even more curious about now. Becoming a foster parent takes so much strength, hope, and patience, especially if you are hoping to adopt, because you know that at any moment you can lose that child. While Kira says she knows that biological reunification is always the goal with fostering, she falls in love with those babies and wants to give them a beautiful life so it’s hard to imagine going through that process more than a few times. I’m grateful for people like Kira and her husband who are willing to take those risks for the sake of these children they have never even met because they know they are still helping.
Thank you for listening! Only 3 more episodes of the first season of the podcast. Stay tuned!
EP8 Dr. Karen Joubert: Physical Therapy isn't just for injuries!
This week’s episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast is with Dr. Karen Joubert. She is considered one of the most accomplished and experienced physical therapists today with more than 25 years of experience in health care and runs one of Southern California’s most respected physical therapy practices.
Karen is passionate about learning and educating patients about healthy living and understanding the true source of their pain. She co-developed “My Therapy Exercise,” the world’s very first PT app, endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association and she has contributed to several other pain related devices/products used today in the field of health care, along with books and publications. Joubert Physical Therapy provides the current state-of-the art treatment methods and equipment available on the market to benefit all of their patients.
Karen is considered one of the most successful all-round gymnasts in New York Section VII history and trained as a figure skater and toured professionally for five years as a featured performer with the Ice Capades. These athletic experiences helped prepare Karen to pursue her ultimate passion — becoming a world-class Physical Therapist.
I wanted to speak to Karen because I know that as we age, our bodies start to develop aches and pains, we develop issues sleeping, and moving how we used to changes so it’s important we focus on our bodies and how we take care of them now. People are also waiting longer to have children which means parents are older when they are surviving on less sleep and chasing toddlers old around their home. How we care for our bodies from eating to physical exercise will impact all of that.
Our conversation covers how Karen broke into the industry, her tips for people who are planning to have children (and those who aren’t!), and how she helps women before, during, and after pregnancy. We also spoke about the various reasons why people might want to go see a physical therapist other than those obvious reasons after injuries or surgery, some of which may surprise you!
You can find Karen here:
Thank you for listening!
EP7 Kerry Buzzell: Alliance of Moms supporting pregnant and parenting teens in foster care
Today’s podcast guest is Kerry Buzzell, the Director of Alliance of Moms, a membership-based program that supports pregnant and parenting teens in foster care in Los Angeles County. Kerry was born and raised in San Pedro, CA, by two parents who were civil servants in Los Angeles. From a young age, she has been exposed to the inequalities in our community and was always encouraged to help underserved Angelinos.
After earning a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education, Kerry began her career as a LAUSD teacher and taught throughout Los Angeles, until transitioning to marketing, brand association, and business development work with numerous women's athleisure brands. It was after the birth of her daughter, Elle, Kerry knew that she wanted to utilize her professional talents to help mothers and children in Los Angeles who might not have the resources to find success.
Today we are talking about her work with Alliance of Moms, motherhood, and how having mentors at every stage of your life if important especially during the transition to parenthood. Listen as we talk about her childhood and path to Alliance of Moms where she is helping further their mission of helping people in foster care in Los Angeles navigate parenthood, setting them and their children up for success and breaking the cycle of foster care.
I met Kerry at a work event and loved hearing about the work Alliance of Moms is doing. I learned that teen girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19, half of young men aging out of foster care have become fathers, compared to 19% of their peers who were not in foster care, and 75% of young women in foster care report at least one pregnancy by age 21, compared to only one third of their peers who are not in foster care (Source). Additionally, California has more children in foster care than any other state. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode about Alliance of Moms and if you’re inspired to get involved, as I was, you can head to their site to learn more here.
Lastly, I need to share why I’m a little embarrassed by this episode. It was one of the first I recorded and it was over the phone! You can hear me typing while I was taking notes during some parts and I just wanted to apologize for that ROOKIE mistake! Please just tune those moments out and listen to Kerry instead!
I hope you enjoy this episode of the Not A Mama yet podcast!
My main takeaways:
-Something that I have started to realize, which was solidified while reading Miki Agrawal’s new book Disrupt-her is that we should be focusing on our lit path, as Miki puts it, not our career path. Society makes you think that you need to climb the corporate ladder and grow in your industry to define your success, but the reality is that many dots in your life connect to create your "lit path". Kerry talked about 9/11 and becoming a mother as moments in her life that made her pivot in her career or just her outlook on life. I think it’s important to always find the value in your experiences and not just write them off as roadblocks or unwanted disruptions, but more as building blocks to bring you further down your path.
-Every conversation can benefit from listening. We tend to talk and talk or get our next comment ready while someone else speaks, but really listening is so important to connect with people.
-Having access to the right tools and education is so empowering, especially as a new parent when you can feel you are doing a lot wrong. The reassurance and confidence Alliance of Moms gives these young parents is undeniable.
EP6 Danielle Cuccio: Infertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood!
This week’s episode of the Not A Mama Yet “Podcast” is with Danielle Cuccio! Danielle is the CEO of her brand Cuccio Somatology, she is a private yoga Instructor, and runs her website, The Beauty Blender, where she brings you beauty, wellness and happiness all in one place.
I had the pleasure of first meeting Danielle through work last year and we have become fast friends. I was so excited when she agreed to be on the podcast as she had recently shared the news of her pregnancy with the world and I wanted to sit down to talk about her experience getting pregnant and her pregnancy so far! In our conversation, she shares her experience with different doctors, fertility, procedures she had to go through, and more. I’m so thankful Danielle was willing to share everything she went through to get pregnant because so many women go through a similar experience or may have to one day if they decide to have a baby, so it’s important we share our stories while educating and supporting one another too.
I hope you enjoy this episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast!
My main takeaways from this episode are:
-You always have to be on top of your care and advocate for yourself because doctors are overwhelmed with patients and things can get lost in the shuffle, even though they shouldn’t!
-Finding the right doctor is so important. Ask around, get advice, and find the right person who is giving you the level of care you need.
-While someone you know is going through infertility struggles, just being there is the most important thing to do for them. Letting them know it will happen at the right time is probably not what they want to hear when they are doing everything they can to get pregnant.
-Going off birth control isn’t always a seamless process and if you have been on it for 5+ years, it could take a long time to get a regular period again.
You can find Danielle at the links below:
-The Beauty Blender: www.thebeautyblender.com
-Cuccio Somatology: www.cucciosomatology.com
I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did! It was definitely one of my favorites to record because I find this topic most interesting and relatable for a lot of women. From going off birth control to dealing with a slew of doctors, I feel like a lot of women can hear a piece of our story in Danielle’s. Next week on the podcast, I’m sharing a conversation with Kerry Buzzell, Director of Alliance of Moms, a membership-based program that supports pregnant and parenting teens in foster care in Los Angeles County.
Thanks for listening!
EP5 Rachel Gelman, DPT: Pelvic Floor Health
For this episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I’m speaking with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Rachel Gelman. Rachel is a Bay Area native. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University.
I reached out to Rachel during a trip to San Francisco a few months ago to talk about the pelvic floor. It is a part of the body I’ve become increasingly interested in because of its role in our everyday lives and also pregnancy and labor. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the pelvic floor, pelvic floor muscles function to support pelvic floor organs, assist in urinary and fecal continence, aid in sexual performance (orgasm), stabilize connecting joints and act as a venous and lymphatic pump for the pelvis.
This is a great episode for both men and women to listen to because the pelvic floor muscles play an important role in our everyday lives. It’s really as simple as not peeing our pants, we can thank our pelvic floor for that.
My main takeaways from this episode are:
-Everything in our bodies is connected! It might sound silly to think your ankle can impact your pelvic floor, but it can!
-Your pelvic floor influences your daily life from going to the bathroom to having sex.
-After pregnancy, your abdominal muscles can separate resulting in something called Diastisis Recti. Closing that gap between the muscles is important to focus on.
-Contract (Kegel), relax, and lengthen are the three ways to work your pelvic floor muscles.
-Just because something is common, doesn’t mean it is normal! Don’t accept pain or discomfort because many people have similar issues.
You can find Rachel here:
Thank you for listening to this episode!
EP4 Lina O'Connor: CFO of Tender Greens on building her career and having kids at the same time
For this episode of the Not A Mama Yet podcast, I’m speaking with Lina O’Connor. Lina is a serious #girlboss and mom of two boys who are 8 and 10. Growing up, she was never sure of what she wanted to do but each step she took in school while attending the Cornell University of Hotel Administration and post-grad while working at Wolfgang Puck and Marriott International led her to become one of the first employees of Tender Greens where she is now the CFO. Just last year she received the Rising Star CFO of the Year award from the Los Angeles Business Journal.
I wanted Lina on the show to discuss how she built her career while being a hands-on mom, to hear more about her two drug-free deliveries, and what it’s like raising boys in 2018. She inspires me to approach pregnancy and motherhood in a way where I really trust my gut and follow what I feel is best for myself and my child. She was adamant about doing everything she could during her pregnancy to set herself up for a drug-free birth and she was lucky to have that happen twice. She knew what she wanted out of her career and made it happen and now she is doing that as a mother. In addition to a great conversation, she really reminded me that women can have it all in whatever way they define it without making themselves crazy to make it happen!
My main takeaways from this episode are:
-Even if you are at a really great job where you are comfortable, something exciting can come along and taking the risk to give it a shot can be totally worth it!
-The most successful founders hire people who can challenge them.
-I really need to watch “The Business of Being Born” because a few people have now brought it up to me!
-The Bradley Method is a husband-led method of delivery that is described on their site in the following way, “Natural childbirth is an important goal since most people want to give their babies every possible advantage. Without the side effects of drugs given during labor and birth. The Bradley Method® classes teach families how to have natural births. The techniques are simple and effective. They are based on information about how the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can work with their bodies to reduce pain and make their labors more efficient. Of over 1,000,000 couples trained in The Bradley Method® nationwide, over 86% of them have had spontaneous, unmedicated vaginal births. This is a method that works!”
-They even have a detailed nutrition plan you can find here.
-Talking to your kids like adults and explaining your reasoning as a parent to them will help them understand where you are coming from.
-It’s important to stay true to what’s important to you and ask your employer for what you need to be the best employee.
You can find Lina here:
Tender Greens: https://www.tendergreens.com
Thank you for listening! On next week’s episode, I’m talking with Rachel Gellman, a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in San Francisco. If you aren’t familiar with your pelvic floor, it might be good to do a little research on that but you will definitely hear more about it next week!
EP3 Sara Rajo-Miller: Financial Planning for the Future
This week’s episode is featuring my good friend of 15 years, Sara Rajo Miller. She grew up living all over the world in Germany, Israel, London, and Mexico, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 12. I remember when I first met her, I could not believe she had already lived in all of those places and I had lived in the same house for pretty much all of my life.
Growing up, her parents who are both foreign correspondents taught her that life is all about relationships and, as a result, she developed an affinity to interacting with different people early on. She fell into wealth management after a college internship at a stock analysis company, Miracle Mile Advisors, and never left! It felt like a natural fit from the beginning and now, six years later, Sara has worked her way up to a Senior Financial Advisor position and manages hundreds of millions of dollars in assets for over 70 families. I’m always so impressed by that considering I can barely manage my bank account that is pennies compared to that!
Sara works closely with clients to design and implement customized investment plans based on their unique needs. As an Investment Advisor, she constructs detailed investment and cash flow models, asset allocation recommendations, wealth transfer structures, pre-transaction planning recommendations, and a variety of other life planning strategies. Sara has even been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 200 Top Women Advisors and Top Next-Gen Financial Advisors.
So, you can probably understand why she is the first person I called when it came to talk about financial planning. In school, we aren’t ever taught how to balance a checkbook (sounds pretty old school at this point) and we definitely aren’t taught about building a retirement fund. As someone who is still in my 20s, I never realized how much I could be doing now to set myself up to be very comfortable in my 60s until I spoke with Sara! I hope you learn as much as I did in this episode!
*I also wanted to preface this episode because at one point a man entered the conference room next to us and decided to talk very loudly so you might pick up on that background noise and I apologize in advance! Like I said in my first podcast post, I am no sound engineer!
My main takeaways from this episode are:
-Understanding finances first will help you make better decisions about money later.
-Age is our biggest asset! The power of compounding really does work!
-Open a Roth IRA like yesterday and put in as much as you can each month, up to $5500 a year, for tax-free growth and withdrawal! Don’t sleep on that one!
-If the company you currently work at offers a 401k, take advantage of that!
-There are three options to go about managing your money: Financial Advisors, Robo-Advisors, or managing it yourself on sites like TD Ameritrade or E*Trade.
-Talking about budgeting and taxes with your kids is a great way to prepare them for supporting themselves later.
You can find Sara here:
- Miracle Mile Advisors where you can e-mail Sara with questions!
Thank you for listening! Natalie
EP2 Laura Ellis: Metaphysical World, Crystals, and Motherhood
For this episode of the Not A Mama Yet “Podcast”, I’m speaking with Laura Ellis. As a student of the well known Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing, Laura was trained in the energetics of the human body including Aromatherapy, Polarity Therapy, and Sensory Repatterning. She originally started her intuitive training in 1995 with Jim Self where she learned how to read the Aura. She then went on to further her education in the healing and intuitive arts training in Los Angeles, where she was certified in various subjects such as Master Crystal Formations, Transcrystal Therapy, Reiki, Akashic Records and Advanced Channelling. Laura is a certified Crystal Therapist and Teacher, Reiki Master, Multimodality Healing Practitioner and Intuitive Reader.
Attracted to crystals at the age of 15, Laura started her work with the mineral kingdom. After 25 years of practice, training and teaching about the benefits and uses of crystals, minerals and gems, she has formed a special bond with these healing and spiritual tools.
I first met Laura in the fall of 2015 through a friend of a friend who recommended I go see her for an intuitive reading. We will talk about what that means in Laura’s own words, but let me just say it totally changed how I think about energy, past lives, and trusting my intuition. Taping into this world has been important for me to be more mindful about my life and what I want to get out of it. While I am not obsessed by any means and definitely have plenty more to learn (basically everything), it’s always interesting, in my opinion, to learn about different ideologies and schools of thought. When I am a parent, I hope the interest I have taken in different people, places and ideas will only help me share the world with my kids.
My main takeaways from this episode are:
-Everyone is an intuitive!
-Connecting with your baby while pregnant can be a pretty miraculous experience.
-You can have birth with dolphins!
-Having a birth plan can bring you peace of mind going into labor, but it’s important to remember anything can happen after your water breaks.
-I loved her words to live by, “In order to calm down, you need to slow down”.
You can find Laura below!
- Instagram (LA people can DM her to schedule readings)
- You can also find her @openeyecrystals regularly teaching a variety of classes!
Hope you enjoyed this episode!
EP1 Dr. Sanda Moldovan: Nutrition and Healing Before Pregnancy
This episode features a conversation between me and Dr. Sanda Moldovan. This is going to sound so LA, but she is my dentist who is also a nutritionist. Dr. Sanda (as she likes to be called) is an award-winning Periodontist and Nutritionist with her own practice in Los Angeles, CA. She is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and television personality consulting on oral health, periodontics, nutrition, and anti-aging. Dr. Sanda is the ‘go-to’ oral health expert for the Emmy-award winning television series “THE DOCTORS” and is a widely sought after oral health expert by NBC and CBS. She just launched her wellness brand, Orasana, and released her book: “Heal Up!: Seven Ways To Faster Healing And Optimum Health”. Originally from Transylvania in Romania, Dr. Sanda has worked extremely hard to build up her robust practice where she is helping transform her patients’ health and their lives.
I’m obviously biased when I say I love her, but she has totally changed the way I feel and think about my oral health. She taught me the importance of how our mouths are gateways to the rest of our health and immune system, which is why taking care of our teeth and gums is a crucial part of our daily routine we should not skimp on.
I was excited to talk to her about her new book, preparing your body for pregnancy, and how nutrition and healing are so important throughout that process.
You can find Dr. Sanda here:
Thank you for listening!