73 episodes

We all know it. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.

But I bet you feel faint—make that exhausted—from the demands to nurture your children, raise them to be responsible citizens, keep a clean home, work that job, be present, make time for you, make time for the family and time for hubby, all while pretending you’re confidently doing any of it!

Why wrestle with mom guilt and secret overwhelm all while trying to prove you have it all together?

Motherhood isn’t about carefully curated images on a social media feed or popularity with your kids. It’s a beautiful ride that’s also messy and full of opportunity to use your influence to change the trajectory of your family.

But if you can’t get real about the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need, then you’ll suffocate under “the everything’s fine” mask.

Hi, I’m Vanessa. And as a pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, I say—nope, not on my watch!

If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey. And empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.

Because no matter your childhood traumatic experiences, the hand that rocks the cradle impacts generations.

And you have the right to decide what kind of impact.

You have a legacy to change. And it starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job.

So, tap in and join me for Motherhood Unmasked.

Motherhood Unmasked Vanessa A. Harris

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

We all know it. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.

But I bet you feel faint—make that exhausted—from the demands to nurture your children, raise them to be responsible citizens, keep a clean home, work that job, be present, make time for you, make time for the family and time for hubby, all while pretending you’re confidently doing any of it!

Why wrestle with mom guilt and secret overwhelm all while trying to prove you have it all together?

Motherhood isn’t about carefully curated images on a social media feed or popularity with your kids. It’s a beautiful ride that’s also messy and full of opportunity to use your influence to change the trajectory of your family.

But if you can’t get real about the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need, then you’ll suffocate under “the everything’s fine” mask.

Hi, I’m Vanessa. And as a pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, I say—nope, not on my watch!

If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey. And empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.

Because no matter your childhood traumatic experiences, the hand that rocks the cradle impacts generations.

And you have the right to decide what kind of impact.

You have a legacy to change. And it starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job.

So, tap in and join me for Motherhood Unmasked.

    EP70 It's Not Just You

    EP70 It's Not Just You

    It's not just you, Mama Bare. Everybody has issues—even those who don't have the courage to admit it.
    So don't you get free from old false narratives to get tied up in a new one.
    Imposter Syndrome tried to label you, but you're on your healing. Removing all the masks.
    So who's the imposter now? Let me tell you. 
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.

    • 11 min
    EP69 Help A Sista Out

    EP69 Help A Sista Out

    No one likes to bleed all over people. And when you first start counseling and old wounds reopen, you may feel like you're doing just that.
    So, except for your support circle, you hold back a lot.
    But as your wounds heal, is there a way to serve from your scars? Does it make you an imposter? Does your story even matter?
    Tap in and find out.
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.

    • 11 min
    EP68 Take Note

    EP68 Take Note

    Sometimes it’s all you can do to make it to and through your therapy session.
    Having the presence of mind to take notes sounds like a luxury.
    But as you heal, the time will come when you have the bandwidth to invest more of yourself in your recovery. And this episode is full of practical tips on how to do it.
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.
     

    • 14 min
    EP67 Prioritize Support

    EP67 Prioritize Support

    There's no shortage of people ready to comment on your parenting skills.
    But they don't know what you step over in your soul to show up as a mom.
    They don't know the skeletons in your childhood trauma closet that you're battling in therapy. And they don't have to—as long as you have a squad who does.
    Are you a mom in need of safe people?
    Vanessa's talking about building a supportive circle in this episode of Motherhood Unmasked.
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.

    • 17 min
    EP66 Protect Your Peace

    EP66 Protect Your Peace

    We say stuff like, “They drive me crazy!” But the truth is the only reason they can, is because we allow it.

    But if you have healing to do because you have generational patterns to break and children to leave a better legacy, then protecting your peace is paramount to the process.

    And in this episode, Vanessa hosts a tough conversation on what boundaries may be necessary for your current circle.
     
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.

    • 12 min
    EP65 Time for a Little R & R

    EP65 Time for a Little R & R

    In the last episode, we talked about the reality that healing gets a little ugly before it gets better. And we covered the importance of acknowledging what therapy causes to rise to the surface without getting tripped up by it. 
    Well, in this episode Vanessa's unpacking a key component we need to do just that. Are you up for a little R & R?
     
    THE PODCAST
    MOTHERHOOD UNMASKED is for moms, like you, struggling to survive your own childhood trauma in addition to the typical demands of motherhood, but hiding your struggle behind a mask.
    If you’re raising children while carrying unresolved childhood wounds from traumatic experiences, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect and you struggle with expressing compassion, showing up with confidence, and connecting with your child, this podcast will inspire your own healing journey and empower you to break the negative cycles threatening your family.
    Change starts with you believing that when it comes to you being the mother of your children; you are the woman for the job. And I love empowering you to do it.
    YOUR HOST
    Hi, I’m Vanessa. A pediatrician, stay at home mom of three, and multi-trauma overcomer, hosting real talk, including the childhood trauma keeping you from confidently showing up as the mom your children need. Because I'm over you suffocating under “the everything’s fine” mask.
     
    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your health care professional for any health questions.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Irie MD ,

Loving season 6 so far!!

As a mom who experienced childhood trauma, I Am really finding the season 6 episodes deeply moving. Vanessa speaks with candor and compassion to motivate me to want to be a better mom.

SouthxSouthwest ,

Every episode is an aha Moment!

I love her relatability, her stories, how she drops wisdom that is immediately actionable. A must follow podcast.

MsDimples2u ,

Support for Mothers

Great stuff! Plenty of wisdom and affirmation. There’s mothers out there that need this encouragement.

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