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They say that when a baby is born, so is a mother. But while you are there to help your baby grow into the person he or she is meant to be, who is there to help you? Many women feel lost and alone when they become mothers, wondering “who AM I now?” Sometimes it feels like transformation from woman to mother is as radical as a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Did you know that inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar literally turns into goop before it rearranges itself into a butterfly? This podcast is about the goop, what soul transformation looks like as you transition from being a woman to a mom. Your baby’s growth matters. But yours does too. You’re not alone. I’m your host, Brittany Meng. Welcome to the Motherhood Metamorphosis.

The Motherhood Metamorphosis Brittany Meng

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

They say that when a baby is born, so is a mother. But while you are there to help your baby grow into the person he or she is meant to be, who is there to help you? Many women feel lost and alone when they become mothers, wondering “who AM I now?” Sometimes it feels like transformation from woman to mother is as radical as a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Did you know that inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar literally turns into goop before it rearranges itself into a butterfly? This podcast is about the goop, what soul transformation looks like as you transition from being a woman to a mom. Your baby’s growth matters. But yours does too. You’re not alone. I’m your host, Brittany Meng. Welcome to the Motherhood Metamorphosis.

    Shannon Brescher Shea: Green guilt, mom guilt and raising environmentally conscious kids

    Shannon Brescher Shea: Green guilt, mom guilt and raising environmentally conscious kids

    Shannon Brescher Shea is a writer, environmental activist, and mom of two awesome kids who are obsessed with rabbits and elephants. She lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C.

    Shannon and I have a delightful conversation about parenting and being green. She raised the question, "When does being green conflict with being a good parent? Why does nobody else struggle with this except for me??"

    Um, Me. ::raises hand::
    I struggle with this.

    I love Shannon's enthusiasm, joyfulness, passion, creativity, and practical ideas. Most of all, though, I love that she is all about assuaging the guilt that we often feel as moms, whether it be mom guilt or green guilt.

    Don't miss this episode! It's a good one.

    Check out Shannon's book here: Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources for Raising Kind, Engaged, Resilient 
    Shannon's blog: We'll eat you up we love you so
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    • 30 min
    April Leiffer Henry: My story of secondary infertility

    April Leiffer Henry: My story of secondary infertility

    CW: Discussion of miscarriage

    April Leiffer Henry is the owner and founder of Pregnancy & Birth Stories, a company that creates digital content for birth centers, community midwives, lactation consultants, and other health professionals. Since experiencing three miscarriages, April views all of her writing work through the lens of loss, holding space for grief and joy, which often collide during the parenting journey. She and her husband, Mike, have three living children — two sons and one daughter.

    April and I discuss her journey with secondary infertility, a struggle that may not be familiar to everyone. We explore loss and acceptance, grief and embracing a story that you may not have ever chosen for yourself.

    We also talk about what to say (and NOT to say) to a friend who may be going through secondary infertility and loss and how to be there for people who are in pain.

    Sometimes these topics are hard, but there is beautiful growth, both inner and outer, that happens when we educate ourselves and learn how to practice compassion in new and heartfelt ways.

    Find April here: https://pregnancyandbirthstories.com/
     
     


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    • 46 min
    Brianne Edwards: Finding healing and hope after losing a baby to SIDS

    Brianne Edwards: Finding healing and hope after losing a baby to SIDS

    Brianne Edwards is the author of A Thousand Pounds. She is also a wife, mother of six, physician assistant, and founder of Lach's Legacy, a nonprofit created in memory of her son.

    Losing a baby to SIDS is a heavy topic but my conversation with Brianne is embracing, loving, and full of practical wisdom and hope.

    So many parents have walked the path of loss: this conversation is for you.
    Many of us will know someone who has lost a child or baby: this conversation is for you too. We talk about the practical ways to support someone who is in deep pain.

    Brianne narrates her story of losing her son Lach and how she began to live again afterwards, including how she began  her nonprofit to support others who were walking the same path she has.

    I hope this podcast encourages you as much as it encouraged me.

    Find Brianne's book, A Thousand Pounds, here

    Find Brianne here:
    https://www.lachslegacy.org/
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    • 39 min
    Esther and Sarah: Doing our best, making mistakes, and second chances with our adult kids

    Esther and Sarah: Doing our best, making mistakes, and second chances with our adult kids

    Esther and Sarah are mother and daughter and just decided this week that they make a great team. Whether it’s preparing flowers for a wedding; organizing one of their spaces; figuring out how to be better women and moms in a culture that is confusing, exciting, and needs lots of healing; or writing on their blogs processing their own struggles and strengths. They love being mom and daughter, but they even more love now being friends. They could not have picked better people to spend their lives with.

    As moms, we always want to do our best and we often wonder if we are doing things “right” in motherhood.

    The truth is, we are going to make mistakes as moms, and sometimes we don’t see the consequence of our mistakes until many years down the road.

    I asked Esther and Sarah to come on the podcast to talk about their mother/daughter relationship, second chances, and laying a new foundation when we realize that our motherhood choices may not have produced the relationship we want with our kids. 

    Resources: Boundaries Book

    Find Esther on FB and IG at Moms of Bigs
    Podcast: Deconstructing Mamas
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    • 53 min
    Brittany Meng: Transitions (from Unexpected: Learning to love your unpredictable story)

    Brittany Meng: Transitions (from Unexpected: Learning to love your unpredictable story)

    Are  you going through the unexpected right now, this very moment? 
     I've been  there too: From an unexpected twin  pregnancy;  Autism and ADHD diagnoses for my sons; a devastating  miscarriage; the  loss of my career; dealing with depression and  anxiety; being a  military wife, and so much more. With honesty and  compassion, I  explores themes such as grief, anger, rest, waiting,  community,  patience, supporting others through difficult circumstances,  and loving  others when it is hard. 
     Each chapter contains a  brief reading, scripture  to meditate on, and challenge questions to  ponder, pray over, journal  about, or discuss in a group. My hope and  prayer is that as you are  going through this unexpected season, my  story will encourage you and  provide comfort and support as you bravely  walk this unfamiliar path.
    NOTE:  I write about my faith so this book may not speak to you in your  personal journey. However, I strive to be inclusive and encouraging (and  NOT preachy) and women who are not Christians have enjoyed reading it  as well.

    This is an excerpt from my audiobook Unexpected: Learning to love your unpredictable story. For this month, anyone who signs up to be a $3 patron on Patreon will received a free Audible download of the whole book. If you become a $5 patron, I will send you a signed hard copy of the book. 
     Thanks for listening! If you’d like to receive an audio version of my book or a hardcopy, please visit patreon.com/themotherhoodmetamorphosis
     
    Regular interview episodes will be back Jan 2, 2023! Thanks for supporting this show!
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    • 5 min
    Mary's Story: A Birth Story (Parts 1, 2, 3)

    Mary's Story: A Birth Story (Parts 1, 2, 3)

    For listeners who would like to listen to the whole story in one sitting, here it is! It is broken into parts 1, 2, & 3 but there's no need to wait or switch to a new episode with this one.

    Mary's Story: A Birth Story is a special Christmas series on the Motherhood Metamorphosis. I’m your host, Brittany Meng, and this week, I’ll be reading my fictional account of what I think the first Christmas may have looked like, if Mary had written down her birth story for all of us to read. 
     I wrote this story in 2017, though it had been in my mind since my youngest son Elijah was born in 2014. His birthday is just 2 days before Christmas and while I was pregnant with him, I just couldn’t help but think about Mary, about what it must have been like for her—as a woman—to give birth to Jesus. What did she feel? How did the birth go? Did she really give birth in a dark, cold barn, surrounded by animal with only Joseph to assist? 
     This is a work of fiction but it is based on the Biblical accounts in Mathew and Luke, as well as a lot of research I did on ancient middle eastern culture and hospitality practices and really came up with a different narrative than the one that we’re so used to seeing in our modern Christmas culture where Mary is this pristine, clean, unruffled person dressed in blue and white, with no hint of a belly with her arms crossed over her chest kneeling beside a wooden manger. 
     So this is quite a different Christmas story than you may have heard before, or that has been portrayed in our culture through paintings, Christmas songs, and nativity scenes. But I hope that this un-sanitized, real, and authentic birth story will inspire you to view not only Mary in a new way, but your own motherhood as well as you move through your own metamorphosis and spiritual journey. 
     So welcome to Mary’s Story
    By Brittany Meng

    Have a happy holiday, everyone! Regular episodes will resume on January 2, 2023
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

EELmomof4 ,

Beautiful, meaningful conversations about motherhood

Brittany’s episodes contain beautiful and meaningful conversations about motherhood. You will laugh and cry as you listen to her discussions about the challenges of motherhood. I highly recommend this to any mother searching for a great podcast about the journey of motherhood.

BE L0V3 ,

Companionship in the goop

Such a comfort to have companions as we work our way through the goop of life! This podcast is a blessing.

Sabrena D ,

No topic left behind !

I love how Brittany takes on topics that relate to the whole mother rather than just our relationship with our children. She bravely offers her own story and welcomes us to consider how our experiences have shaped us as well.

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