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Moms of young children share the joys and struggles of their motherhood journey to inspire and entertain you. Listen in on honest discussions about how none of us know what the heck we're doing as moms and the beauty in figuring it all out together.

Moms just like you talk about a range of topics from awkwardly making mom friends, to finding purpose in life, to managing crippling anxiety and depression.

The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we've learned along the way. We believe it's a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!

Gotcha Mama Amanda Bennett

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

Moms of young children share the joys and struggles of their motherhood journey to inspire and entertain you. Listen in on honest discussions about how none of us know what the heck we're doing as moms and the beauty in figuring it all out together.

Moms just like you talk about a range of topics from awkwardly making mom friends, to finding purpose in life, to managing crippling anxiety and depression.

The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we've learned along the way. We believe it's a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!

    Postpartum During a Global Crisis

    Postpartum During a Global Crisis

    Originally, months ago when planning this episode, I was going to talk about a productivity tool I really like using. As we got closer and closer to release date I thought, “Is this really the most helpful for YOU right now?”
    Is it what you want to hear right now?
    I prayed about it and came to the conclusion that I didn’t think so.
    I thought that giving you my quick postpartum update would be more relevant and real for you and also offer more hope and joy than a productivity tool.
    On this episode I talk about:
    How I'm feeling mentally & physically during my immediate postpartum weeks with my second child during the coronavirus crisis. What my days look like And I offer some encouragement for you  
    Keepin it brief this episode because I'm tired, friend. Did I mention I have a six-week-old baby?! LOL. 
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/
     

    • 10 min
    When God Calls You To Adopt with Erica Willis

    When God Calls You To Adopt with Erica Willis

    When did you know your family was complete?
    Maybe you haven't wrestled with that question yet or talked about it with your spouse, or in your prayers.
    It's a tough question and often I hear moms go back and forth frequently on this before making a final decision.
    After 8 years of being a family of four, my guest today followed God's call to adopt a baby.
    With school-aged children, time for herself firmly set in the daily routines, and a full schedule of projects and activities, Erica Willis obeyed God's calling. She pressed into the vision that God put on her heart to grow her family in this next season.
    She shares her motherhood journey with each of her very different biological children. And also the journey she and her family have been on with the adoption of their third child.
    We talk about:
    How God put it on her heart to adopt a baby The unexpected things she learned through the adoption process And how she and her family have prepared to bring a new baby into their home after 8 years of being a family of four Connect with Erica:
    https://www.instagram.com/believeboldly
    https://www.facebook.com/believeboldly
    Believe Boldly and The Fives ministry
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/
     
     

    • 32 min
    My Postpartum Psychosis Story with Kristina Dulaney

    My Postpartum Psychosis Story with Kristina Dulaney

    I’m continuing the theme of "less-talked-about motherhood topics" for the month of May this week.
    Not only to celebrate all mothers' stories but to hopefully lessen the stigma of some topics and help create a safe space for all mothers to feel loved and worthy, no matter where their motherhood journey takes them.
    My guest for this week is Kristina Dulaney.
    Kristina lives in Northeast Tennessee with her husband and two young girls. Just over four years ago, she experienced the rarest of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders - Postpartum psychosis.
    She is the co-founder of the Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance, an alliance formed under the Postpartum Support International. And she founded the nonprofit organization Cherished Mom that's focused on changing the educational landscape around Perinatal Mental Health.
    We talk about:
    Her powerful story of going through postpartum psychosis Why we likely don’t hear more stories about postpartum psychosis How she is now using her story to help other mothers What she hopes changes about perinatal mental health and postpartum care in the future How we can all help to create the change that is so obviously needed in perinatal mental health care Connect with Kristina:
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kristinadulaney and https://www.instagram.com/cherishedmomorg
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cherishedmomorg
    Cherished Mom website - www.cherishedmom.org
     
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/
     
     

    • 37 min
    My Infertility Journey with Kristin Dillensnyder

    My Infertility Journey with Kristin Dillensnyder

    According to a past National Survey by the CDC, 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. That statistic proves just how common an issue that infertility is.
    But infertility has a strange way of making a woman feel isolated and alone in her situation. Creating shame, fear, and anxiety around her own body.
    If that is you or has been you, I want to acknowledge your journey. You need to know that you are absolutely not alone. Your journey is no less worthy of support than a mom who has become a mother through any other path.
    So on this episode of the Gotcha Mama podcast, I talk with Kristin Dillensnyder, also known as Kiki. She is a big sister, a wife, a mom, a bonus mom, and an infertility coach.
    As an infertility coach, she helps women take back control, prepare for the bumps ahead and get emotionally supported by someone who gets it. Her goal is for women to feel like their big sister is there holding their hand, no matter what the outcome is during their fertility journey.
    We talk about:
    Her journey with infertility and all the physical and emotional processes that she and her husband went through to get her daughter All the insight into technical infertility terms and the procedures How she knew it was time to stop treatments How best to approach baby showers and pregnancy announcements to friends who are going through infertility Her super valuable advice for someone going through infertility right now And if you're not going through infertility, how you can be the best friend to someone going through it Find Kiki at https://bigsissays.com/ 
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 49 min
    Your Motherhood Story Matters

    Your Motherhood Story Matters

    Mother's Day can be a day where moms feel loved and celebrated, but it can also be a day (or month) that isn't easy for every mom.
    I want to acknowledge that Mother’s Day and the month of May can bring up complicated emotions and challenging memories for some moms.
    I feel so grateful and humbled, and totally unprepared or qualified for most of what motherhood brings.
    But motherhood and being a mother figure isn't always rainbows and tulips.
    I don’t want to overlook the sometimes difficult paths and parts of motherhood. Because sharing those tough stories connects us.
    It comforts us.
    It reassures us and encourages us to fully embrace who we are. To know that there are others who are experiencing similar situations and emotions.
    And feeling seen and understood is important. You need to know that your story, your journey, is worthy and your challenges can be used to help others.
    The hard and painful things you go through can help another mom. Your compassion and encouragement may be exactly what she needs to move forward and thrive as a mother.
    I talk about:
    What this particular Mother's Day means to me What I hope changes before my daughter becomes a mom Celebrating all kinds of moms (bio moms, bonus moms, foster & adoption moms, those waiting to be moms, moms who have endured postpartum mental health disorders, etc.) The importance of sharing your motherhood story For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/

    • 9 min
    Loving Your Body After Babies with Megan Dahlman

    Loving Your Body After Babies with Megan Dahlman

    Comparison and positive body image.
    It can be a constant struggle for moms. I'm guilty of thinking negative things about my body and feeling insecure about my cellulite or my flabby arms or the stretched out skin on my stomach.
    But having a positive body image is not just looking at other mom's bodies and loving your own. It's just as much about looking at your body before you gave birth and loving the body you have now postpartum.
    I'm finishing out the month talking to other amazing mom podcasters by chatting with Megan Dahlman this week. She is the host of the very popular Strong Mommas podcast.
    Megan is a trainer, a nutrition coach, and a Christian mom. And she's passionate about helping other moms discover peace and freedom in their body.
    Her mission with Strong Mommas is to guide women away from obsession, shame, and guilt and point them toward a lifestyle of health and fitness that brings freedom.
    She's convinced that your exercise nutrition habits could be a catalyst for a closer relationship with the Lord. Hold on to your yoga pants, my friend because you're going to feel like you're going to church in this episode. It's awesome!
    We talk about:
    Her perspective on positive body image as a mom. Why she so passionate about helping moms through fitness and nutrition How she grew her business while her family was also growing What she did to gain a positive body image postpartum The different body types And some great advice around what she does to stay motivated to work out when she doesn't feel like it. Come on, we've ALL had THOSE days!  
    Connect with Megan: https://www.strong-mommas.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strong_mommas
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strongmommas
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/strongmommas
    For show notes and resources mentioned: http://www.gotchamama.com
    GOTCHA MAMA INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/gotchamama/
    GOTCHA MAMA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gotchamama/
     

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Motherhood Simplified ,

Love Amanda so much

Her desire to show up and support moms shines through all of her episodes. I love how she’s created a community centered around creating a space for us to give and receive support. Thanks Amanda!

la.nic.spence ,

Love this podcast!

As a new mom, hearing these stories is so encouraging and makes me feel less alone in my struggles. Amanda is an awesome host and her guests talk about relatable topics. I always feel like I learned something new and applicable!

Mama of 3 STJ ,

Wonderful, relatable and authentic

Amanda is authentic, personal and a joy to listen to! I’ve loved listening to each episode and find there’s ways I can relate to each story. As moms we need to build community and support one another and that’s exactly what the Gotcha Mama podcast aims to do. Can’t wait to hear what’s ahead for this podcast.

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