14 episodes

We support the modern working mom with inspiring stories and resources. Something remarkable happens when everyday women come together to share their extraordinary stories. The Working Mom’s Podcast gives the modern woman a microphone to discuss health, wealth, and relationships. Join our host, Estate Planning Attorney Pamela Maass & owner of Maass Law.

The Working Mom's Podcast The Working Mom's Podcast

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We support the modern working mom with inspiring stories and resources. Something remarkable happens when everyday women come together to share their extraordinary stories. The Working Mom’s Podcast gives the modern woman a microphone to discuss health, wealth, and relationships. Join our host, Estate Planning Attorney Pamela Maass & owner of Maass Law.

    Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

    Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

    “Will you carry my baby?” is not an uncommon phrase in the life of Attorney Ellen Trachman, a specialist in Assisted Reproductive Technology law. As a reproductive lawyer, estate planner, and the co-founder of Colorado Surrogacy, the only local surrogacy group connecting Colorado intended parents with Colorado gestational carriers, Trachman is a busy woman -- and a mom of four herself.  Trachman began her law career working on hedge funds, but once she discovered the complex legal issues around reproductive rights and surrogacy, she knew she’d found her calling. After a period of hardship in her own life, she took the plunge, left corporate law, and never looked back.  Since then, Trachman has become an expert in the ins and outs of reproductive and surrogacy law, including legal support for LGBTQ parents who are using a surrogate to start their family. She talks with mom-to-be and host Pamela Maas about the costs and timeline of surrogacy, the impact of COVID-19 on surrogates in Colorado and around the world, and financial support options for low and middle-income families looking at surrogacy as an option.  On top of her ongoing success as a legal advisor and surrogacy group co-founder, Trachman was part of a coalition that recently passed a bill that requires Colorado insurance companies to cover all fertility treatment costs, including up to three rounds of IVF, starting in 2022.  Trachman is an advocate for families of all kinds, but she knows there’s still work to be done around access, cost, and legal support, especially for non-traditional families. She talks frankly with Pam Maas about what it means to be an advocate for surrogates and parents today, and how she does it all as a mom, lawyer, podcast host, and surrogacy group CEO.  Quotes“We believe there are so many ways to form a loving family. We work with single parents, male, female, gender non-identifying. There’s a lot of ways to be a good parent.” 17:51-18:04“I get to go to these match meetings sometimes where it’s like a blind date introducing someone: ‘Will you carry my baby?’” 5:34-5:42Links https://www.coloradosurro.com/http://trachmanlawcenter.comPodcast: https://iwanttoputababyinyou.comPamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmPodcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 31 min
    Tips for The Fourth Trimester

    Tips for The Fourth Trimester

    “Get sun, take a shower, and do something special for yourself.” Tara Duncan and Miki Tynan, Co-Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby, return to bring you empathetic guidance to help you care for yourself and your newborn baby. Join the conversation as Tara and Miki have open and authentic conversations regarding the beautiful discoveries you’ll find hidden like gems within the challenges of the fourth trimester. Tara and Miki have shared your fears and joys that exist within the uncertainties of what life looks like after your baby is born. In this episode, you’ll learn how Tara and Miki continue their course of constant support to mama, baby, and the family throughout pregnancy, the first six weeks after birth, and beyond. Tara and Miki crafted Hygge Birth and Baby to provide comfort and to help you cope with overwhelm. Tara and Miki’s support transcends the walls of Hygge Birth and Baby and encourages you even when you’re at home learning about the little human that was born. Get real advice from real mamas, Tara and Miki, who will help you as you meditate on and outline your postnatal support plan. The six-week period, or fourth trimester, after birth is a significant time for mama and baby. Tara traces the timeline and experience of how women go through a huge shift in mind and body with very little sleep. Additionally, Tara isolates the critical milestone of week three that often brings varying shades of depression from baby blues to the extreme. Later, Miki opens up and shares her journey of how she worked through feeling sad all the time. Miki expresses the practical steps she took to stay healthy mentally. Finding ways to give herself grace, Miki relied on those around her to support her, including her doctor. Listen closely to Miki’s warning to mamas who are contemplating using medication to help make themselves feel better in their normal. Tara continues the conversation by unraveling the personal struggle within as she felt pulled between her career and staying home with her baby. Tara’s encouraging guidance on how to have confidence in your decision aims to help you avoid feeling selfish or like you’re losing yourself. Additionally, Miki freely gives supportive reassurance for you to feel confident to ask and accept help along with ways to overcome worrying about perception.Tara and Miki understand that it can be hard to know which path is the right course to take when a baby is born. However, Miki’s reassuring words kindle conviction that when the baby is born, you will know what to do. To further empower you as you pick your path, Tara and Miki, take a deep dive into these additional topics:Advocating for yourself and others as a working mama in the officeWhen to reach out to a lactation consultantHygge Birth and Baby preconception, prenatal and post-conception careDon’t miss Tara and Miki’s special message to you, all mamas and soon to be mamas, as you look for supportive ways to feel confident in your normal.   Quotes“Your normal is normal, let’s get you feeling good in your normal.”“Take those yeses and allow people to help you.”“Have confidence...your choice is your choice.”“It will become clear to you when the baby is born.”“Whatever choice you make, you will hear the opposite, but you will know.” Links Visit Hygge Birth and Baby's WebsiteEmail Tara and Miki and let them know you heard them on TWM podcastTake a virtual tour or meet and greetVisit Evidence Based Birth to research the pros and cons of different birthing paths Catch part 1 of Tara and Miki’s discussion in Episode 12Pamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmOn demand help for moms Podcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 30 min
    Why Choose a Birth Center, with Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby

    Why Choose a Birth Center, with Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby

    “Forget what you’ve heard, let’s create your new belief of what birth really is.” Get to know Tara Duncan and Miki Tynan Co-Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby as they share meaningful guidance designed to replace negative thoughts about birth with positive imagery. Tara and Miki champion the power inside of women to give birth naturally. To support women through their journey, they’ve created a warm aesthetic and environment based on the coziest mindset of all: Hygge. Tara and Miki’s journey begins with a fast friendship. Sharing a path of internal and external research and development, Tara and Miki connected over the idea of finding something larger to do with their lives that would provide more meaning. Tara was at the peak of her game as a lawyer and Miki was making an impact in the world of corporate insurance and wealth management. Deciding to redefine what success meant to them, Tara and Miki shed the fear of leaving what they felt was supposed to be successful and embraced their own innate right to happiness. Passion and purpose aligned which propelled Tara and Miki into bringing Hygge Birth and Baby to life. What is Hygge? Tara explains the Danish origins of hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") and paints a mental picture we can all comfortably fall into. While a literal translation into English does not exist, Tara highlights the essence of Hygge and its roots in creating surroundings that make you feel warm and fuzzy such as your favorite food or a cozy blanket. Miki continues the conversation by explaining how the principles of Hygge are infused with the comfort of a doula, or a professional birthing coach to meet the emotional and physical needs of the family. See inside a birth center as Tara and Miki introduce you to the process and personnel that await you. While Tara and Miki are not anti-hospital, their goal is to provide women with the opportunity to direct their own birth story. Tara and Miki have channeled their own experiences of feeling powerless to choose how to give birth and seek to empower other women through education. Listen in as Tara and Miki review enlightening statistics and results of natural birth success stories. Tune in and hear Tara and Miki express how they are contributing to changing the narrative around the natural birthing process and how they’ll support your journey to break down the stigma. Tara and Miki believe that society won't change unless our voices are shared and they want to support families as they make healthy decisions for their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get to know Tara and Miki in this podcast episode as they encourage you to embrace your own right to happiness and freedom.    Quotes“There’s finally a name for what we’ve been doing for our girlfriends our whole lives!”“When passion and purpose align, you just take off”“We’re gonna redefine what success means to us in this moment, in this time of our lives”“The philosophy behind birthing centers really is all empowerment through education.”“It is one of the most powerful things to be apart of to see a woman walk through that journey and come out on the other end like nothing ever happened.” Links Visit Hygge Birth and Baby's WebsiteEmail Tara and Miki and let them know you heard them on TWM podcastTake a virtual tour or meet and greetVisit Evidence-Based Birth to research the pros and cons of different birthing paths Pamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmListen to Amy Scerra’s birthing success story in Episode 2Podcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 35 min
    Running for Office as a Working Mom

    Running for Office as a Working Mom

    Meet Alexis King - Candidate for Jefferson & Gilpin County District Attorney in this episode of The Working Mom’s Podcast. In an environment underrepresented by women, Alexis has forged through the world of the District Attorney’s (DA) office and created a path for other women to consider undertaking running for office. There have been many surprises in Alexis’ career, yet she’s learned beautiful lessons that have shaped her into the experienced and personable leader she is today.Jefferson County is where Alexis raises her kids. Navigating and prioritizing her love for her children and her community has enabled Alexis to make decisions to help and protect both. While serving over a decade in the DA’s office, Alexis prosecuted everything that came in the door. However, when her life changed, Alexis bravely shifted her views of work in a paternalistic world to protect herself and her unborn child. Learn about the decisions Alexis made based on the needs of someone she hadn’t even met yet.   Later, listen in as Alexis opens up about the emotions that motivate her to be a caring mother and empathetic leader. Alexis believes that emotions are strengths and feminine qualities are not weaknesses. In fact, Her vision of how women should be treated in the DA’s office embraces flexibility, empathy, kindness, and, building others up. Alexis admits that it is a hard job and there’s no fairy dust to make the job easier. But allowing people to be flexible, such as working from home, can give working moms the runway they need to support their family and their community.Alexis also provides further insight for working moms who may be thinking about running for office. Is balance a reachable goal or is it overrated? Tune in to hear Alexis’ expressions about balance, family buy-in, and the greatest gift of flexibility. You’ll also hear practical advice from Alexis on the programs she used to sharpen her leadership skills as well as what she does to stay present in the moments she spends with others while campaigning. Learning again and being at the bottom of the curve was a challenge for Alexis. However, she shares what she did to make herself anew and how practicing resiliency has been refined further during the campaign process.Don’t miss Alexis’ shared insights on how to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and see the silver lining. Alexis has grown closer to her children. Additionally, seeing Alexis in action has enhanced their understanding of why mom is so busy. Be sure to listen all the way to the end for fun book recommendations to help elementary-aged children understand what elections are all about. Quotes: "The greatest gift that I can earn or have is flexibility."“I never thought I would run for office.”"There wasn't an obvious path for a woman to run for District Attorney"“I had to make a decision based on the needs of someone I hadn't met”“Give [women] the space to mature and go through life” Links Mentioned: Contact with Alexis on her website AlexisforDA.com Email AlexisPamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmListen in and redefine the word balance in Episode 8Podcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 29 min
    Increasing Productivity and Overcoming Procrastination

    Increasing Productivity and Overcoming Procrastination

    “You own your future. It's your real estate to do with it what you want.” Join Neill Williams, Life Coach and Host of Unbusy Your Life Podcast, as she helps you examine how you can break away from the typical corporate mom mold. Neill believes you can decide how many hours to work in a week. Neill shares her belief system by coaching entrepreneur moms to change their business mindset. As a result, Neill draws out the inner confidence and high productivity existing inside of mompreneurs so they can reclaim ownership of their workweek.Neill is living proof that it is possible to create a six-figure business in a 25-30 hour workweek and still feel energized and balanced. While struggling as a working mom, Brooke Castillo changed Neill's life in a podcast. Deciding to recreate her life, as well as other corporate moms, set Neill on a journey to find a better way to live in a more sustainable or balanced way. Neill used to think that working tons of hours was the thing that made her successful. Later, Neill learned that success can be created in any number of hours. All Neill had to do was decide what that number was - for her.  In this episode, Neill provides insight into the difference between a therapist and a life coach. As a life coach, Neill focuses on your mindset and future as opposed to your past. Neill helps her clients answer questions such as:How you would like to move forward in the world?Where did the 40-hour workweek come from? What is the value of an hour? Challenging your own thoughts along with self-examination in Neill’s program helps you close the gap between where you are working and where you want to be working. Neill also dives in on why you shouldn’t outsource the decision of how many hours you would work. Yet, how do you take back ownership of that decision?Don’t miss Neill’s unveiling of the two biggest mind shifts that will transform your life and how you view a familiar friend, your schedule. Overcoming the “primitive” brain is key to carefully and thoughtfully curating the life you want to live and its how Neill enjoys a productive and peaceful life now. Neill explores the connections between thoughts and feelings while converting them into tools of productivity. Working through negative feelings and the bad habit of procrastination is the path Neill traversed and the journey that awaits you in this episode of The Working Mom’s Podcast. Quotes: “High productivity is about getting as much done in an abbreviated amount of time”“You own your future. It's your real estate to do with it what you want.”“Don't just stop at making the list, process the list.”“Question what you’ve always just adopted as true.”“It's not the number of hours that's important, it's who you are in those hours”“You don't have to keep your brain in your work when you're in your non-work hours”Links Mentioned: Learn more about Neill’s Life Coach Program Listen to Neill’s Podcast - Unbusy Your LifePamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmListen in and redefine the word balance in Episode 8Podcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 31 min
    Dentist, Mama & Business Owner - Dr. Allison Brown

    Dentist, Mama & Business Owner - Dr. Allison Brown

    “You can absolutely have the best of both worlds,” shares Dr. Allison Brown, owner of High Forest Dental. Dr. Allie couldn’t be more excited to deliver exceptional care to her patients. She loves Colorado, her job as a dentist, and she is enthusiastic about learning and growing as the field of dentistry progresses into the future. Uplifted by her childhood dental visits, Dr. Allie seeks to provide confidence, comfort, and joy to others through her practice.This episode captures Dr. Allie’s relaxing and fun spirit that she brings to the world of dentistry. Becoming a dentist was a natural place for Dr. Allie to go since she loves math, science, and people. Today, Dr. Allie builds confidence in others so they can overcome their fears and work towards improving their overall health. Dr. Brown thrives on connecting with patients and helping them feel passionate about their oral health. She is committed to working collaboratively with patients to boost their confidence and help them enjoy visiting the dentist.Dr. Allie’s practice slows things down and connects with people to help them feel comfortable. Seeking to dispel the fear that can come with dental visits, Dr. Allie focuses on treating people as individuals and learns the story behind each visitor. She also ensures to allow enough time with her patients in order to create a better overall dental experience. If you’re struggling with how to select a dentist, Dr. Allie provides tips on what to look for and how to find a practice that cares about people. How soon should your children be introduced to “happy visits” with “Mr. Slurpy”? Dr. Allie offers recommendations, guidelines, and reassurances to help introduce children to their first dental experience.  Additionally, Dr. Allie outlines ways to care for your children’s teeth at home includes. Later, Dr. Allie dives in on the Healthy Start program, a holistic approach designed to correct oral mouth habits for children which follows them into adulthood. Dr. Allie’s practice always seeks to make the dental experience comfortable which includes financing oral health. Listen in as Dr. Allie simplifies financing options including High Forest Dental’s in-office membership. Dr. Allie also walks you through the differences between an in-office membership plan and how it can be more economical than insurance. As a mom who owns her own business, Dr. Allie understands the crazy that has to be managed on a daily basis. Letting people help her has been the biggest thing Dr. Allie has learned. With the support of her husband, Dr. Allie has learned to let go and delegate. Offloading has helped Dr. Allie to be present in her son’s life which strengthens her to overcome the guilt of being away at work. Don’t miss practical tips from Dr. Allie to have the best of both worlds: business owner, and more importantly, mama.  Quotes: “Letting people help me has been the biggest thing to learn”“It’s been crazy! I don’t know of any mom who works full time and owns their own business who would say otherwise.”“I always knew I wanted to own my own practice.”“Dentistry is something that I love.”“I got to build what means a lot to me.” Links: Email Dr. Allison Brown Contact High Forest Dental Healthy Start Program Evaluation Form Pamela Maass on LinkedinMaass Law, Life Legacy FirmPodcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

    • 32 min

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