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Welcome to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast where we dole out no-nonsense pregnancy and parenting tips and advice. Host, Nina Spears, is coming from a place where experience meets expertise. She has worked with hundreds of families and has condensed all that she has learned to bring you simple, practical, and immediate advice for preventing pregnancy and parenting conundrums.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast where we dole out no-nonsense pregnancy and parenting tips and advice. Host, Nina Spears, is coming from a place where experience meets expertise. She has worked with hundreds of families and has condensed all that she has learned to bring you simple, practical, and immediate advice for preventing pregnancy and parenting conundrums.

    Not Your Mother’s Postpartum Tips from the Mama Psychologists

    Not Your Mother’s Postpartum Tips from the Mama Psychologists

    Postpartum. For most, it's a vulnerable and challenging time in motherhood. We are healing, learning, and evolving into the mothers our babies need us to be. It can be a lot, but thankfully there are things that we can do to prepare for the postpartum period, and there is support to help us through it. We have the Mama Psychologists with us today, and they are sharing their top postpartum tips, as well as what moms need to know after having a baby.
    Who are the Mama Psychologists?
    Today's guests are Chelsea Bodie and Caitlin Slavens! They are best friends, registered psychologists, and, most importantly, mothers who struggled significantly in the postpartum period. From months-long NICU stay to birth traumaand postpartum anxiety—they truly have experienced many of the topics they cover with their clients and their audience on Instagram and social media.
    In this episode, Caitlin and Chelsea are chatting about all things postpartum; normalizing post-baby mental health struggles, navigating #momlife, and finding strength amid the chaos. They share their own postpartum experiences and tips they believe all new moms should know. We are grateful they are here on our show to discuss these topics with us. They also give us great insight into their new book! If you're preparing for postpartum or are in the thick of it now, this episode is for you.

    • 36 min
    Understanding Colic: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

    Understanding Colic: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

    Bringing home your new baby is a time you've looked forward to all pregnancy and a moment you will never forget. Getting home and figuring out your new routine as you heal and bond with your baby is a whole other adventure. This is especially true if your baby has colic. This fussiness and what feels like constant crying can be tough on anyone. All you want to do as a parent is calm your baby and make them happy and comfortable. No one knows this better than our guest today, pediatrician Dr. Deena Blanchard. Two of her sons had colic when they were babies, and as a pediatrician, she has helped hundreds of families during the postpartum time. So if you're wondering what colic is, what you can do to support your baby, and want a better understanding of colic, listen to this episode. She is sharing with us her experience and expert tips! 
    Who is Dr. Deena Blanchard?
    Dr. Deena is a mother and renowned pediatrician passionate about colic, breastfeeding, and child development. She received the Alpha Omega Alpha and American Medical Women's Association Glascow-Rubin Achievement awards. We are very honored to have her on our show.
    Let's Talk About Colic
    Today, Dr. Deena is chatting with us about colic — the causes, the symptoms, and the treatments, so we all can completely understand colic. Whether you are currently experiencing colic with your baby, know a friend dealing with this issue, or maybe you're expecting and want to prepare yourself just in case your new little one has colic in the future, this episode is for you.

    • 26 min
    Being a Strong Mama, Raising a Strong Baby

    Being a Strong Mama, Raising a Strong Baby

    Our babies learn so much from us as their parents, but we can learn a lot from our babies too. They are natural movers—curious about everything and always ready to explore the world. We see that all babies are already little athletes. They run, jump, squat, plank, and learn through movement and play. As we explore the world and play with our babies, we both become stronger and grow stronger together. Robin Arzón saw this in her daughter and her little friends and has now published her latest book, Strong Baby, in honor of them. We are thrilled to have her as our guest today on our show to learn more about it.
    Who is Robin Arzón?
    Robin Arzón is Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton. She believes that sweat transforms lives, and her story is living proof. Robin is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Strong Mama and Shut Up and Run and the author of the newly released book Strong Baby, which teaches children the importance of movement and encourages families to move together. She lives in New York City with her husband Drew and their adorable daughter Athena and has another strong baby on the way!
    Today Robin is chatting with us about celebrating strength and inspiring families to be strong together. She believes movement is medicine, and it is so important to model strength for our babies as they grow. Her new book, Strong Baby, shares this message and shows us all that the power is within ourselves. You are strong, and so are our babies. Robin said, "They may be little, but they are mighty. They are strong from the inside out. Let's listen to the wisdom that lives in our bodies."
    Get a copy of her book, Strong Baby, available on Amazon on February 21, 2023!

    • 17 min
    Understanding How Your Child Learns

    Understanding How Your Child Learns

    As parents, we know that each child is different, including how they learn. Because we all learn differently, how can parents set their children up for success? A great place to start is to learn more about the brain and how it works. This can help better understand how your child learns. We're excited about today's podcast guest because she gives us a deeper look into the brain and how we learn. If there is anything that parents can do to help their children have a brighter future, we want to do it! Here's how.
    Who is Betsy Hill?
    Betsy Hill is the President of BrainWare Learning Company, a company that builds learning capacity through the practical application of neuroscience. She is an experienced educator and has studied the connection between neuroscience and education. She is a former chair of the board of trustees at Chicago State University, and she teaches strategic thinking in the MBA program at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where she received a Contribution to Learning Excellence Award. She also received a Nepris Trailblazer Award for sharing her knowledge, skills, and passion for the neuroscience of learning in classrooms around the country. Betsy is also the co-author of the recently released book "Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?"
    Today Betsy is chatting with us about the benefits of building cognitive learning skills and the long-lasting effects of these skills for education and beyond. As parents, understanding how the brain learns and how your child's brain learns best can help us empower them to help them and achieve their fullest learning potential, which is what we all want! Listen to this episode with Betsy to learn more!
    Resources Betsy mentioned:
    Brain Matters - Dr. Patricia Wolfe
    Cognitive Rating Scale on MyBrainWare.com

    • 51 min
    How to Raise a Respectful, Loving Child

    How to Raise a Respectful, Loving Child

    Every parent hopes and prays for their child to grow healthy and happy. We also hope that with our guidance, they will be respectful and loving to themselves and others. Everything we do as parents influences our children, and there's a lot that we can do to set them up for success. Today's guest has given us helpful tips and insight on what works!
    Jess VanderWier is a Registered Psychotherapist, a mom of three, and the Founder of Nurtured First, formerly known as Our Mama Village. She started her company to support parents as they raise emotionally healthy little kids and care for their own mental health in the process. Nurtured First has helped thousands of parents learn how to understand their child's behavior and parent in a way that feels good to them.
    Today, Jess is sharing her tips on how to raise a respectful, loving child. It’s so important to understand your child's emotions as well as have compassion for your own needs. There are simple methods and techniques you can feel good about using to raise an emotionally intelligent, respectful, and loving child. Listen to the episode to learn all about them!

    • 38 min
    The Pregnancy Workout That Can Make Childbirth Easier with Brooke Cates

    The Pregnancy Workout That Can Make Childbirth Easier with Brooke Cates

    Today, we are honored to have pre and postnatal fitness expert Brooke Cates with us on our podcast. Brooke is the Founder and CEO of The Bloom Method, a Certified Personal Trainer, Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Diastasis Recti & Core Rehabilitation Specialist, and Pre & Postnatal Holistic Health Specialist. Her knowledge and experience are truly impressive. Brooke created The Bloom Method with a desire to empower women through movement before, during, and after their pregnancies. And she and her company are doing just that.
    In this episode, Brooke is chatting with us about the pregnancy workout that can make childbirth easier. That’s right! Brooke recognized gaps in the mainstream and pregnancy fitness worlds and has created labor training, functional exercise movements, and innovative core techniques to keep women strong and thriving through pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. She also shares many more helpful tips and wisdom in this episode that will leave you feeling more confident in your birthing journey.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

sunny_164 ,

Highly recommend!!!

I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and all these questions and concerns and everything are just coming to mind! This podcast has really helped me to breath, relax and realize that “it’s okay!”. I’m
Currently listening to podcast #9 and I love that they inform you, its okay to have these experiences because no one else wants to talk about it. I’ll even ask questions to moms and they never talk about it! Thank you so much for this podcast!

CliodhnaG ,

Completely addictive listening!

I must have binged on this podcast for a week straight. Couldn’t get enough. Such great content, lovely chats and overall helpful info for any mother, new or veteran. Love love love!

Momma Christina ,

Moms, You Will Love This

This is a great podcast and the length is perfect for my morning commute. It provides a digestible amount of information that helps moms deal with daily struggles. Love the voices and personalities of the girls too. Would highly recommend!

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