This podcast is a place where you can expect to hear stories and helpful tips from birth workers, health care professionals, and new moms just like you.
These episodes are designed to help take you on a journey to learn new things about yourself, how you can become more empowered, and gain a deeper understanding of what’s going on as you are entering motherhood.
Host: Sarah Bilger
15. Postpartum Recovery from a Cesarean Section with Hannah Lantry
Hannah and I talk about our cesarean section experiences and what it was like for us during postpartum. If you didn’t know, April is Cesarean Awareness Month and we are so passionate about sharing our point of view and what we personally went through on such a relevant topic, and we're not afraid to speak out about the parts moms typically don't talk about.
After Hannah’s second child she felt like she had a lot to say and wanted to share it with other moms so she started a blog called Keeping it Peachy. We highlight parts from her one post “The mental recovery post-Caesarean section that nobody talks about” and dive deep into how we felt physically and more so mentally after a cesarean section.
We both agree that it’s just so awesome that even though we’re on different sides of the world we can still connect and have these amazing conversations about motherhood. We are certainly not alone and there is so much goodness that can come from sharing our stories and expressing how we’re feeling in each stage of being a mom.
I hope this conversation helps make you feel more connected and feel normal in those early moments as you are entering motherhood. Be sure to join us in the Entering Motherhood Facebook Group and share your thoughts on this episode.
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14. Using Mindfulness and Yoga in Motherhood with Angela Mattingly
In this episode we speak with Angela, creator and yoga teacher behind Feel at Om, about mindfulness and yoga specifically focused around motherhood. We discuss how taking time for yourself and prioritizing you is important in being able to be ALL there and present with our family. Sometimes all we need is just another mom to be there to support us and guide us along and let us know how to potentially navigate this journey.
It’s so often heard that when mom in a good mood, the whole family is in a good mood. Yoga is not only an amazing workout but also an amazing way to recenter and allow yourself to be more in-tune with yourself and be present with others. We embrace the process of letting go and learning to cope with this transition of motherhood.
The program with Angela is starting May 3rd 2021. It is designed to occur over 6 weeks but is able to be taken at your own pace. Be sure to head on over to her website and get to know more information about her program and preregister. She acknowledges that it doesn’t always have to be that serious and you can be present with your kids even just by dancing in the kitchen or simply reading a book.
Catch the guided meditation at the end of the episode for a little extra added bonus. Let us know what shape you envisioned and be sure to join us in the Entering Motherhood Facebook Group and share your thoughts on this episode.
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13. On The Hard Days with Megan Champion
Megan Champion, the host of On The Hard Days, and I talk about the challenging moments of motherhood and what her journey has been like having a child who may be tough to handle. She is an elementary school teacher, wife, and a mom of three (7 year old twins, and a 4 year old).
Over the years she has found ways to navigate this journey into motherhood and ways to accept her children for who they are help see them where they’re at and support them to the best of her ability. She admits that she does not have it all together, no-one does, but she has found that accepting herself and taking moments to recognize what she brings to the table has helped tremendously. Remember you are not alone and there are more moms out there that are going through exactly what you are going through.
The first step she suggests on being able to do this yourself is to take a piece of paper and think of just one small moment and jot down all the positive strengths that you brought to that situation to support your children. She gives an example of how she did this as she was cooking dinner with her children.
Megan’s main mission is to support mothers who specifically are raising those tough kids, the ones who say “I didn't see this coming when I started parenting”, “this child is really different from me”, or “this child is struggling”. If you feel like there’s a mismatch and you’re feeling shame or guilt going on as a mother, she says these are her people and if this sounds like you please reach out to her.
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12. Music Therapy in the NICU and Beyond with Megan Danelz
In this episode we talk with Megan Danelz, owner of Heart Strings Music Therapy Services located in Greenville, SC. We discuss how music can be used to help children develop speech and motor skills to be able to communicate more efficiently and improve social skills in everyday activities.
Specifically we dive deep into two major interventions used in the NICU that can be used to prepare baby to be ready to come home sooner. Those two things worked on are non-nutritive sucking and multimodal stimulation. For non-nutritive sucking the goal is to have the baby being able to feed on their own by a using a PAL (pacifier-activated-lullaby) system. She also walks us through the steps used for the multimodal stimulation process that helps newborns be used to being over stimulation in a positive way.
Megan’s favorite thing about what she does is being able to help any person at any walk of life reach their fullest potential through the use of music. This work not only benefits our children but directly helps us mamas to be closer with our children in a fun and interactive way. It also can help our children grow and progress. What mother doesn't want for her children? This can be such a calming stress relieving experience for all involved.
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Music Lessons: https://goldenstripmusicschool.com
To find a music therapist in your area go to: https://www.musictherapy.org
11. Healing Your Postpartum Body with Food
In this episode I explain how you can begin to heal your postpartum body simply by being more aware of the type of food you fuel your body with during this time. The main components to consider when choosing meals in the postpartum period would be to have them be fully cooked, warm, contain as few ingredients as possible, and be high in protein and fats.
With more and more research being done about women in the postpartum period it makes me so eager to be on the front line of this and share all the information I'm discovering and learning about everyday. I seriously geek out about this stuff and love sharing it with y’all.
It’s important to understand that we are all different and all require a deeper understanding of how our own individual bodies are functioning and reacting to the food we consume in order to properly heal.
Listen in on this episode to learn how to get started on healing your postpartum body.
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/enteringmotherhood/
1:1 Coaching: https://www.enteringmotherhood.com/1on1coaching
Postpartum Nutrition Course: https://www.enteringmotherhood.com/group-course
If you’re looking to become a certified postpartum nutritional coach email me at email@example.com
10. Traumatic Birth and Surrogacy with Jo Ingram
In this episode we speak with Jo Ingram about the birth of her first daughter and the traumatic experience she had during this time. She experienced postpartum hemorrhaging and ultimately ended up having to receive a subtotal hysterectomy.
She shares her story of finding support during this time for other PPH mothers and how she modeled others journey through surrogacy to take the same route for her life. Taking one step at a time she successfully completed her family with a set of twin girls years after her daughter with the help of a surrogate.
We discuss how it’s important to find a place to share our disappointments and worries as well as our joy. There is such a need to share that early motherhood phase together with other moms who are in the same stage of motherhood. Finding a postpartum support group before the birth of your child can be helpful so that you have that support set in place before the baby comes.
Her own personal mantra in her life and in her business is “I can make the impossible, possible”.
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Can’t wait to listen!
Such a needed and necessary topic to dive into!
New moms need a safe space
Sarah, thank you for providing the opportunity for new moms to connect and be supported during this new season of life 😊
Love this podcast !
We as parents never stop learning, entering motherhood will teach you things no matter what stage of motherhood you are in! Look forward to more episodes!