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Parent, founder, leader... tired? If you're starting a business or figuring out entrepreneurship AND you've got kids, this podcast is for you. Whether you're thinking about having kids or you're in the mayhem already, we're here to support working parents. Our mission? To tell the truth about motherhood, fatherhood, being a parent, and to inspire us to imagine new ways of working. So maybe we can get a little more sleep.

Startup Parent Sarah K Peck

    • Kids & Family
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Parent, founder, leader... tired? If you're starting a business or figuring out entrepreneurship AND you've got kids, this podcast is for you. Whether you're thinking about having kids or you're in the mayhem already, we're here to support working parents. Our mission? To tell the truth about motherhood, fatherhood, being a parent, and to inspire us to imagine new ways of working. So maybe we can get a little more sleep.

    Surround Yourself With Brilliant, Powerful, Curious Parents

    Surround Yourself With Brilliant, Powerful, Curious Parents

    #200 — The Wise Women's Council is back this October 2022 and now accepting enrollments for our Fall Cohort. This is our first-ever winter cohort! Applications close October 12, 2022 this year. Apply at startupparent.com/wwc.

    Over the past five years, we’ve built a leadership incubator for women navigating both business and parenting. What started as a small group circle has blossomed into an incredible program for mid-career and executive women navigating the next moves in their lives.

    “This is a landing place of brilliance amongst the chaotic backdrop of parenting and working,” alumni Alicia Jabbar described it. “I loved everything about the program. SKP is brilliant at holding space, providing sparks for connections, and letting go of any attachment of a plan in service of meeting the group where they are and what they are needing.”

    “I was surprised at how deeply I got to know these women over the course of the year,” another alumni, Lee Price said. “ I found companionship, friendship, business support, cheerleaders, and new ideas. I tell so many people now that they should join WWC!”

    When I built Startup Parent, I began by interviewing hundreds of women for the podcast, and then later for our leadership programs. What I heard from hundreds of women was how unbelievably lonely it was to be at the intersection of leadership and entrepreneurship AND parenting. As a mom, it felt isolating to be juggling both work and career, and finding time to meet other parents in a similar space felt next to impossible.

    So we set out to help these tired moms make friends.

    IN THIS EPISODE:


    How the program is structured, and our rhythm of learning.
    What we do differently than other leadership incubators.
    Why people keep coming back year over year.
    A sneak peek at some of the guest teachers we invite.
    What our alumni are saying about the program.

    If you're looking to join a supportive, expansive, brilliant group of women founders, leaders & business creatives, then check out The Wise Women's Council.

    We only open a few weeks each year for new members to join.⁠

    • 10 min
    What's The Deal With All These Pregnancy Rules? (Emily Oster)

    What's The Deal With All These Pregnancy Rules? (Emily Oster)

    #190 — Never drink coffee! Don’t have sushi! And cats are dangerous!

    Getting pregnant means entering into a world of advice and fear about all the things that could potentially go wrong.

    But what does the data say? Are these “pregnancy rules” based on truth or myth?

    When economist Emily Oster got pregnant, she also got curious about the advice she was getting. Some recommendations were based on her age alone, and sometimes she found it difficult to get any answers at all. So, she started digging into the data.

    Eventually, Emily’s research became Expecting Better: Why Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know, a book about how to make your own decisions, the things that matter most when it comes to pregnancy, and why it’s not so easy as just making blanket rules for everyone.

    Emily Oster is a highly-respected economist and professor at Brown University. Her research interests range from development and health economics to research design and experimental methodology. Emily’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the bestseller SuperFreakonomics, and FiveThirtyEight, and more.

    This interview originally aired in October 2019.

    FULL SHOW NOTES: https://startupparent.com/080

    STARTUP PARENT NEWSLETTER: https://startupparent.com/newsletter

    THE WISE WOMEN'S COUNCIL: https://startupparent.com/wwc

    DAD'S GROUP: https://startupparent.com/dads

    • 52 min
    Why Are Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines So Out of Date? (Lily Nichols)

    Why Are Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines So Out of Date? (Lily Nichols)

    #189 — Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and the author of two best-selling books on pregnancy nutrition. Her first bestseller, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, has helped tens of thousands of women manage the condition, and went on to influence nutrition policies internationally. Lily’s next book, Real Food for Pregnancy, became #1 in the Pregnancy and Childbirth category on Amazon.

    The problem with conventional policy and food guidelines for pregnant women can be summed up like this: the current recommendations for prenatal nutrition were estimates based on men’s bodies, not women’s. Early nutrition recommendations were adjusted mathematically for a smaller frame—and then modified again to account for fetal growth.

    This is… not great.

    In this interview (originally aired in 2018), Lily shares how she put these books together: she reviewed 934 studies on food and health, as well as her successful pilot programs that helped people cut gestational diabetes by half.

    Plus, we talk about the entrepreneurial path Lily took in her own life, how she figured out a “pieced together” childcare plan while writing her books, and why she decided to become an entrepreneur.

    This interview originally aired in April 2018.

    FULL SHOW NOTES: https://startupparent.com/043

    STARTUP PARENT NEWSLETTER: https://startupparent.com/newsletter

    THE WISE WOMEN'S COUNCIL: https://startupparent.com/wwc

    DAD'S GROUP: https://startupparent.com/dads

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Myth of the Perfect Mother — And Why You’re Not A “Bad Mom” (Alexandra Sacks, MD)

    The Myth of the Perfect Mother — And Why You’re Not A “Bad Mom” (Alexandra Sacks, MD)

    #188 — When we get pregnant, everybody talks about the baby. But what about the mother?

    Becoming a mother—even thinking about becoming one—involves complex feelings and emotions. But the “Bliss Myth” idea says that we should feel one note about becoming a parent, and that note is happiness and joy.

    If we don’t feel joy, and we don’t love motherhood, then are you a bad mom?

    No! It’s totally normal to feel a huge range of feelings, including ambivalence, anger, regret, disappointment, love, tenderness, exhaustion, frustration, and more. Having feelings, especially multiple conflicting feelings, doesn’t make you a bad mom: it makes you a human being, like the rest of us.

    Alexandra Sacks, MD is a reproductive psychiatrist who popularized the concept of matrescence, or the period of transition surrounding becoming a mother. Her 2018 TED Talk reached 1.5 million views worldwide, and she wrote a New York Times article called The Birth Of A Mother that was the number one most read piece of 2017 for the Well Family Section.

    The truth is more complicated, and Dr. Sacks says a huge range of feelings about motherhood is all totally normal. Things like panicking when you find out that you’re pregnant, or feeling ambivalent at first when you see your newborn, or having new feelings about your partner or your own parents are all absolutely reasonable feelings to have during your pregnancy and parenting journeys.

    In this episode, we talk to one of America’s top reproductive psychiatrists about the range of emotions and feelings that come with motherhood, and why matrescence is totally natural and normal.

    In this episode we talk about:


    Matrescence as an extended phase of all women’s lives, including women who choose not to have children or who experience infertility, and Dr. Sacks focused work on the period of pregnancy and the first year of motherhood.
    The Bliss Myth and other honest stories we’re missing about motherhood.
    The harmful trope of the “bad mother” as the cornerstone of evil characters in myth and popular culture.
    The idea of the “Good Enough Mother” as permission and guiding light for mother’s overwhelmed by messages of perfection; that we should aim for not superhuman perfection but providing a safe, stable, loving childhood.
    How being a “perfect” mother can actually harm our children in the long term, leading to decreased resiliency, slowing the learning process, and interfering with children’s ability to grow and achieve independence.

    FULL SHOW NOTES: https://startupparent.com/110

    STARTUP PARENT NEWSLETTER: https://startupparent.com/newsletter

    THE WISE WOMEN'S COUNCIL: https://startupparent.com/wwc

    • 41 min
    What’s Ignored In Fertility Education — Why Period Health Matters More Than You Think (Lisa Hendrickson-Jack)

    What’s Ignored In Fertility Education — Why Period Health Matters More Than You Think (Lisa Hendrickson-Jack)

    #187 — What do you really know about your menstrual cycle—and where did that information come from?

    Young girls and women are often taught about menstrual cycles in relationship to two things: periods and pregnancy.

    That is, don't get pregnant! And also, periods are gross. 

    This is such limited and almost useless information that doesn't support overall health and wellbeing. Plus, pills are often prescribed as a blanket solution to fix irregular cycles, alter heavy periods, or manage symptoms. 

    Then, many women are flummoxed when they come off the pill after years or decades of use to find the old problems return immediately. The symptoms are only hidden by the regulating power of the pill, not resolved.

    In this episode, we look back at our conversation from Episode #108 with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack where we talk about fertility, menstruation, and the vital signs of our bodies.

    Lisa is the author of The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. She is a certified fertility awareness educator and a holistic reproductive health practitioner. She teaches women how to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, for conception and for monitoring your overall health. Her book, The Fifth Vital Sign is all about why your cycle is one of your vital signs in your body if you are a woman and how it can play a powerful tool in diagnosing and healing our bodies.

    In this episode we talk about: 


    Optimizing your fertility as the gateway to healing your body.
    Being a medical advocate for yourself: why it’s extremely difficult and also crucial to your long-term well-being. 
    The idea that in any examining room there are two experts: the doctor, who is the expert in a field of medicine, and the patient, who is the expert in their body and their experience. 
    How a family history of painful periods, fibroids, and hysterectomies led her to seek out cycle charting from an early age.
    Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, because we need to recognize that the menstrual cycle is part of our entire biology and physiology. She presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. 
    How the body is seen as low—base, even!—and unpredictable. That means that men and women have been culturally conditioned not to experience life through our bodies. This becomes a bigger problem for birthing and postpartum women, who can experience the trauma of birth itself and then can compound that damage by feeling like they can’t or shouldn’t listen to their bodies reaction to trauma in the wake of birth. 

    By only revisiting our cycles when we decide to try to conceive, we miss out on the opportunity to come into deep understanding with our bodies and to heal ourselves rather than mask symptoms. Today, we get to talk to Lisa Hendrickson-Jack about how in taking the time to chart, learn about and understand our cycles, we can not only optimize our fertility but gain crucial information about our bodies. Join us as we talk about the menstrual cycle, fertility, and the opportunities we all have to learn more about our bodies simply by paying closer attention to them.

    FULL SHOW NOTES: https://startupparent.com/108

    STARTUP PARENT NEWSLETTER: https://startupparent.com/newsletter

    THE WISE WOMEN'S COUNCIL: https://startupparent.com/wwc

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WWC: Our Community to Support Women in Leadership

    WWC: Our Community to Support Women in Leadership

    #186 — The Wise Women's Council is back and accepting enrollments for our Class of 2022. We only open once per year for enrollment, so whether you've been a longtime listener or a brand-new listener, check out our leadership incubator and community for executive, entrepreneurial moms navigating both life and business at the same time. 

    Applications close March 1, 2022 this year. Apply at startupparent.com/wwc

    Last year's Wise Women's Council was amazing. Full stop. Here's what some of our alumni have said:

    "It made me feel seen and less alone."⁠

    "What I didn't expect was just how expansive WWC was for me. The people I met, what I learned both about myself and the world – it truly expanded what I thought was possible about working parenthood."⁠

    "WWC brings these incredible women together, and you form relationships over 9 months that approximate the closeness of many-years-long friendships. You learn things about yourself that you didn't know before. You unlock ways of understanding the world outside of where you were before"⁠

    "There is no way to describe what it feels like to be validated. So much of being a women and more so a mom makes one feel invisible. In this space I felt seen and heard by really smart, funny, and fearless parents."⁠

    👆 THIS is what the alumni from WWC have said about what The Wise Women's Council is like. I didn't edit their words or tell them what to say.

    If you're looking to join a supportive, expansive, brilliant group of women founders, leaders & business creatives, then check out The Wise Women's Council. We only open once a year for applications to join.⁠

    APPLY HERE → www.startupparent.com/wwc⁠

    📌 Our application deadline is March 1, 2022. 

    The program runs March 28 - Nov 3, 2022.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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126 Ratings

126 Ratings

kalebjake ,

Real, raw, hilariously relatable

Listening to this podcast feels like you have a best friend in your pocket - a fascinating, curious, and clever best friend who can always make you crack a smile.

Sarah never shies away from the weird and uncomfortable parts of parenting. Instead, she pushes through those boundaries and humanizes the experience of, well, being HUMAN.

…and she does it all with a witty curiosity that makes you crave more.

(Please give us more!)

aseoconnor ,

A must listen for anyone for anyone who manages or hires humans.

The startup parent podcast dives into issues in business that I never considered before. It's a must listen for any leader who wants to better understand how to help their colleagues and employees grow their families as you scale your business

Ellerbell5 ,

Amazing advice, every episode is 🔥

So glad to have found this podcast. Sarah keeps it so real and reminds me that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed, and it’s ok to be honest and say parenting is hard! This podcast helps to keep me sane.

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