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conversations with women who inspire

There isn’t a woman I’ve met who doesn’t inspire me in some way. That’s why I’ve expanded the into the world podcast to include compelling stories from women of diverse backgrounds and life journeys. tune in to hear stories of women who’ve found a way to cope or even thrive when faced with life’s challenges.


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Frannie and co the podcast. Women who inspire us‪.‬ Francesca

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 64 Ratings

conversations with women who inspire

There isn’t a woman I’ve met who doesn’t inspire me in some way. That’s why I’ve expanded the into the world podcast to include compelling stories from women of diverse backgrounds and life journeys. tune in to hear stories of women who’ve found a way to cope or even thrive when faced with life’s challenges.


come find me @frannieandco on insta

Love Frannie xoxo

    Felicity

    Felicity

    Felicity - Ep 48: February 24


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rehaana’s Story, bringing Khaled and rainbow baby Khayr into the world

    Rehaana’s Story, bringing Khaled and rainbow baby Khayr into the world

    Do you ever have a chance meeting and think, wow imagine if I never met that person.

    This is how I feel about a chance encounter with at the time a fellow pregnant mama at skyzone.

    Rehanna come over and said hi, we bonded over babies been due days apart and becoming insta friends.

    Fast forward to now she has been a huge support and dear friend in the first year of mothering our baby girls.

    Rehanna is modest and resilient beyond measure. She has been through so much it was hard to fit into one episode.

    From motherhood, to a fire that had her leave her burning house with her family, miscarriage to her rainbow baby just as the pandemic hit.

    So many of us have faced such huge challenges with the backdrop of a pandemic going on. Rehanna is one of those women facing so much and yet carries on so graciously.

    It’s so important we tell our stories so other feel less alone.

    I couldn’t be happier we serendipitously met and I have no doubt will remain great friends.

    Rehanna I hope you see how special you are. You have endured so much. You are brave beyond measure to share your story. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you dear friend ❤️⚡️



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    • 59 min
    First time Pandemic birthing, babies, business and lock down parenting with Sylvie Prud’homme

    First time Pandemic birthing, babies, business and lock down parenting with Sylvie Prud’homme

    This week speak with my friend Sylvie Prud’homme.

    Mother to Béa and owner of two salons here in the west end of Toronto. @thelofttoronto

    My first job here in Canada was working for Sylvie before having my son Bodie.

    It’s funny how motherhood changes and reconnects relationships. It’s true to say that’s the case for us.

    After losing touch for a couple years, both having our baby girls at the beginning of 2020, we found lots of connection and support in the process.

    Sylvie talks very openly of how motherhood has changed her. Expectations vs reality and how she coped with birth and parenthood for the first time at the beginning of the pandemic. And how that mixed with being a small business owner in lockdown felt for her.

    Mothers giving birth in the middle of a pandemic for the first time are hero’s in my eyes.

    What a daunting experience that must be.

    This episode was recorded back in October 2020. It is comforting listen for those having a baby now. Proof women are doing incredible things in an extraordinary time.

    Thanks Sylvie for sharing so openly about the reality of pandemic birthing and parenting. I am sure so many will resonate with your experience.

    You are doing a great job.

    To support Sylvie, her biz and get yourself an awesome post lockdown hair do. Check her out @thelofttoronto

    https://www.thelofttoronto.ca/


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Story of Birth, Loss and Bittersweet Dates with Pavani and Her Babies Theo and Violet

    A Story of Birth, Loss and Bittersweet Dates with Pavani and Her Babies Theo and Violet

    This week I speak with one courageous young woman Pavani.

    *TRIGGER WARNING :This story contains loss in the early months.*

    One of my youngest guests who has been through so much.

    From having to have very hard conversations with her family after unexpectedly becoming pregnant with her son Theo. To being blindsided by the loss of him at 5 months. The same day he had dipped his toes in water at he beaches for the first time.

    Theo’s passing wasn’t very long ago. Pav went on to have Theo’s sibling, Violet during the pandemic on the anniversary of Theo’s passing.

    She speaks so candidly about the reality she faced being from a culture that is not normally excepting of parenting outside of wedlock. She talks of how she had to address this with her family.

    Later when Theo was born and her family had warmed and accepted her wishes we learn more about Theo and the mark he left on his family.

    The love he was surrounded with in his passing moments.

    With all stories of loss. I am always taken aback by the love that surrounds the loss. It was very heartwarming and bitter sweet to hear.

    Pav finishes by talking about pregnancy in the wake of loss, in a pandemic no less.

    This was recorded in 2020.

    I have so much admiration and respect for women who have had their most challenging moments in a pandemic after losing a child.

    Pay like many other women is a true hero.

    Violet and Theo are so lucky to have her as their mother.


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    • 50 min
    Beacons of Hope with Kieran Powers

    Beacons of Hope with Kieran Powers

    This episode was recorded in pregnancy and child-loss awareness month. Trigger warning for anyone who needs a heads up to find a good time to listen. 

    I am joined by Kieran Powers. You can find her @belcoln_ on Instagram. She helps families find light in the darkness after baby loss or preemie birth, inspired by her son Beckett 👼🏼 + Lincoln 👶🏼, her beacons, hence the name.

    Kieran is such a wonderful member of the online community of women advocating for families of preemies and those grieving a loss. Her story is extremely moving. She has experienced so much. Parts of her story mirror mine and so I had an extra level of empathy as she spoke.

    While her journey has been tragic and unusual, it is also full of love and joy. A common theme for both of us. We both share the view that through the sadness and trauma of losing a baby there is also the love and light of meeting them. There is light in the darkness.

    Kieran in an inspiration to many, myself included. It has been great to feel her support online and see her pour that energy into helping others. 

    While most of our conversation talks of the birth and loss of her first son, Beckett, we also talk a lot about his brother Lincoln. This is so much more than a birth story, it the stories we need to hear and share and a perspective I believe so many can benefit from.

    If you have had a loss are facing one of are in need of understanding that situation in order to support a friend or family member. This episode will offer so much hope and insight in what it’s really like to live through it with hope. 

    To see more of the wonderful work Kieran is putting out to the world you can now check out her website https://www.becoln.com/ which is also a great resource for parents needing support. 

    Thank you, Kieran for your candid chat. I know your openness to share your story will benefit so many.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Nadine woods on birthing her baby Maya, her business Mayana Genevière and a whole lot more wisdom.

    Nadine woods on birthing her baby Maya, her business Mayana Genevière and a whole lot more wisdom.

    Nadine woods on birthing her baby Maya and her business Mayana Genevière and a whole lot more wisdom.

    In this episode I talk to Nadine woods. She talks very candidly about how motherhood changed her both physically and emotionally and how that propelled her into starting her own company.

    https://www.mayanageneviere.ca/

    She is the founder of said luxury undergarment brand. Who now also make the most amazing masks. As you will hear in this conversation her brand ethos is about so much more than underwear. It is a form of self-care. It's about taking care of the mother physically and mentally.

    There is so much soul and wisdom in this conversation coming from Nadine there were so many takeaways, here are some of my fave bits -

    5 mins- Nadines talks about how she wanted her daughter to fit in with her life and how she made that work in the early months

    17 mins- you need to hear what Nadine has to say about body image. Especially if you just had a baby. This is a great takeaway from perspective. Real and insightful.

    10  mins - Mums transition into motherhood and healing, body changing and identity shifts

    33 mins- Our views on self-care and what it means to us.

    45 mins- “What if, is not what IS”- just wow. If you listen to nothing else. Go here.

    The book she references is -

    ‘You can heal your life’- Louise Hay. Let me know if you read it.


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Vlatkaa1 ,

Super relatable!!

How awesome to have a platform to hear such stories from such diverse, strong women! Frannie has a knack for making you feel like she is one of your girl friends. Never having met the woman in person, I feel like I know her! She is super relatable and her message is so important !!

fi1306 ,

Fantastic, real and heartwarming podcast

I have finally listened to all episodes and they are all amazing and unique in their own way. They made me laugh and cry and there was something in nearly every episode that felt it related to me. I look forward to the next episode. Thank you Frannie for giving people a platform to talk and for us to have something to listen to and learn from!

awalshh ,

Amazing !

I have been following Francesca and her family on Instagram for awhile and I have always loved her feed/stories
When I saw the podcast I was so thrilled and listening to these stories makes motherhood so much more relatable ❤️

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