19 episodes

Sarah Bradford & Stephanie Nelson, Founders of the internationally loved app for all things motherhood - LUNA Mother Co, get real with each other along with some of the world's leading experts in motherhood & women's health, some celebrity friends, and fellow mamas (like you) to educate, empower, and inspire you along your motherhood journey. From fitness & wellness, to sex, to parenting, to even the most controversial of issues, Sarah & Stephanie discuss it all.Sarah & Steph are mothers themselves, as well as perinatal & women's fitness experts, pelvic health specialists, doulas, and childbirth educators. Their love for supporting mothers runs deep!

The MOTHERLODE Podcast Sarah Bradford & Stephanie Nelson

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Sarah Bradford & Stephanie Nelson, Founders of the internationally loved app for all things motherhood - LUNA Mother Co, get real with each other along with some of the world's leading experts in motherhood & women's health, some celebrity friends, and fellow mamas (like you) to educate, empower, and inspire you along your motherhood journey. From fitness & wellness, to sex, to parenting, to even the most controversial of issues, Sarah & Stephanie discuss it all.Sarah & Steph are mothers themselves, as well as perinatal & women's fitness experts, pelvic health specialists, doulas, and childbirth educators. Their love for supporting mothers runs deep!

    Normalizing The Challenges of Breastfeeding

    Normalizing The Challenges of Breastfeeding

    As natural a thing as it may be, breast/chestfeeding can be friggin’ hard! And many new parents aren’t prepared for that. Neither one of us were, that’s for sure! We both assumed it would feel natural and would just click into place. What we didn’t anticipate was the unbearable pain, the problems latching, the endless hours spent pumping, the undiagnosed lip tie, the many, many shed tears, or the feeling of defeat that would come along with it and we certainly weren’t prepared for any of that. Can we ever truly be prepared for what postpartum and new motherhood brings? We certainly don’t think so. We can have tools in our box but nothing can truly prepare you, since every experience is so unique.
    ️What we both wish we’d known then is that our babies would be OK. Whether exclusively breastfed or formula fed, they would be just fine. That they would grow strong, thrive, be healthy, and happy regardless of how they were fed. That our bonds with our first borns would be stronger than anything either of us could have ever imagined. That we didn’t need to be so hard on ourselves.
    In this week's episode, Sarah & Stephanie share their own personal experiences with breastfeeding; their struggles and successes, and ways in which you can find support.

    RESOURCES:
    Nurture by Naps
    La Leche League
    Lactation Matters
    Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
    United States Breastfeeding Committee
    Milk Junkies
    Milk Banking Association of America
    MOBI Motherhood International
    National Alliance For Breastfeeding Advocacy
    Breastfeeding.com

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all!

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts!

    • 46 min
    All About Postnatal Nutrition w/ Jaren Soloff, RD

    All About Postnatal Nutrition w/ Jaren Soloff, RD

    During pregnancy there is an abundance of information out there about what we should (and shouldn't) eat, our weight and blood pressure is checked at every prenatal visit, and our wellbeing is closely monitored. Then the baby is born and we get one, maybe two (if you're lucky) postnatal visits. Mental health screenings for postnatal mood disorders are minimal at best, and there is a lack of guidance in terms of how to actually heal our bodies after birth. Nutrition is something that is rarely, if ever, discussed post-birth. But what we eat can help postpartum helps us replenish, nourish, and fuel our bodies for faster healing, healthy milk supply, and the energy needed to care for our new little human(s)!

    In this week's episode we sat down with Registered Dietitian & International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Jaren Soloff to discuss what we should be eating postpartum to help fuel and heal our bodies, what healthy postpartum weight loss looks like and cultivating a positive postpartum body image,  and much more! We also chat about Jaren's new book, the Postnatal Cookbook.

    In addition to being a Registered Dietician and IBCLC, Jaren is also the Founder of FULL CRCL where she provides nutrition counseling and lactation consultations from a "Health at Every Size" perspective using an Intuitive Eating Framework. To learn more about Jaren, connect with her, and order her new book, visit her at https://www.fullcrcl.co/ and follow her on Instagram!

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all.

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts! 

    • 44 min
    Transformed By Postpartum Depression with Dr. Walker Ladd, Ph.D

    Transformed By Postpartum Depression with Dr. Walker Ladd, Ph.D

    We're back for season 2 of The MOTHERLODE Podcast and in our first episode of the season we dive into an incredibly important topic - postnatal mood disorders and maternal mental health with Dr.  Walker Ladd, Ph.D. (*Please note that in this episode we touch on subjects that are sensitive in nature such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and may be upsetting or triggering for some listeners. )

    Dr. Ladd has been a thought leader in the field of maternal mental health for nearly two decades. Her writing and research challenge paradigms of motherhood and mental illness, using women’s stories to reveal the hidden truths and extraordinary dimensions of the lived experience of motherhood. Dr. Ladd’s personal experience with traumatic childbirth, breast cancer, postpartum depression, and major depressive disorder drive her passion for her bold, soulful, and transformative work.

    Previously a professional modern dancer with both a BA and MFA in dance from UCLA, Walker returned to school to receive an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University Seattle and practicing as a Couples and Family Therapist. Following the traumatic childbirth and subsequent postpartum depression of her son in 2000, Walker dedicated herself to maternal mental health advocacy and research literacy, working as a certified birth doula (CD, DONA), and serving as the perinatal mental health editor for Lamaze International's Science and Sensibility, before returning to school to receive her Ph.D. in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University). She is currently working on a study regarding the experience of the postpartum anxiety for new mothers during COVID-19 and a study of the experience of a failed epidural during Cesarean birth.

    Dr. Ladd is also the author of her new book, Transformed By Postpartum Depression: Women's Stories of Trauma and Growth

    RESOURCES:
    To learn more about Dr. Ladd, connect with her via her website, and follow her on Instagram
    If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from a perinatal mood disorder, reach out to Dr. Ladd, or visit Postpartum Support International
    For expert, confidential & no-cost information about medications and other
    exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding visit Mother to Baby.

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all!

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts! 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Pediatric Pelvic Health & Why It Matters with Quiara Smith, MOT OTR/L

    Pediatric Pelvic Health & Why It Matters with Quiara Smith, MOT OTR/L

    This week we wrap up our first season of TheMOTHERLODE Podcast with special guest, Quiara Smith. Quiara is a pediatric pelvic health occupational therapist. If you’re like most people, you are probably wondering what that is! Pelvic floor considerations are not just reserved for pregnant people and those who have given birth. Anyone can be affected by them, including kids! Quiara talks to us about common pelvic floor considerations in children, how you can identify them in your own kids, when to seek help, why pediatric OT's and PT's aren't super common & why they should be, and much more insightful information! 
     Quiara founded Aloha Integrative Therapy in 2017 - a specialty pediatric pelvic health OT private practice that helps children and families achieve independence in bowel and bladder function with a holistic and integrative approach. This is such an interesting and insightful conversation!

    RESOURCES:
    To learn more about Quiara and her incredible services, visit www.alohaintegrativetherapy.com and follow her on Instagram. Quiara is currently taking on new clients both in person in her Northern California clinic, and virtually for families all over the globe. She can also help you find a pediatric pelvic health provider near you too. 

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all!

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts! 

    • 51 min
    All About Adoption with Help Us Adopt Founder, Becky Fawcett

    All About Adoption with Help Us Adopt Founder, Becky Fawcett

    On this week's episode we had the pleasure of sitting down with Becky Fawcett, the Founder & President of HelpUsAdopt.org. Help Us Adopt is a national 501(c)(3) adoption grant program that helps hard-working families overcome the financial obstacles of adoption so that children can join loving and permanent homes. 
    Adoption is expensive. Typical costs include the home study; social worker visits; lawyers’ fees (for adoptive parent(s) and birthmother); birthmother's living expenses, medical expenses and counseling expenses; agency/orphanage fees; airline tickets (often last minute); hotel; car rental…. The average adoption costs approximately $40,000. The magnitude and uncertainty of these expenses is a significant obstacle to finding permanent homes for the millions of children around the world who need parents. Through the generous contributions of their donors, Help Us Adopt is able to knock down that obstacle, helping parents complete their families, and helping children find their forever homes. Since the organization’s launch in 2007, they have awarded 372 adoption grants totaling over $3.3 million!
    Becky and her husband Kipp have two adopted children of their own, and have dedicated their lives to fighting for children around the globe who are in need of a safe, loving, permanent home.

    RESOURCES:
    To learn more about Help Us Adopt or to get involved by volunteering or donating, please visit https://www.helpusadopt.org/
    If you or someone you know is thinking about adoption, Becky wants to support you! She is available as a shoulder to lean on, an  ear to listen, and an incredible resource. You can contact her directly by emailing her - becky.fawcett@helpusadopt.org or on Instagram @helpusadopt and @becky.fawcett

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all!

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts! 

    • 59 min
    What It Means To "Train" For Birth & Why You Should Do It

    What It Means To "Train" For Birth & Why You Should Do It

    You may have heard birth referred to as a "marathon" - an athletic event that requires strength and endurance both mentally and physically. In this week's episode we discuss what "labor training" actually is, as well as the many benefits in doing so. We also cover how to prepare to push during birth and the ways in which how you push can impact your pelvic floor, advocating for yourself while you are in labor, the best birthing positions, preparing for postpartum, and lots of other juicy tips!

    RESOURCES:
    Have we sparked your interest? Are you ready to prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally for your birth marathon and postpartum period? Subscribe to LUNA Mother Co and start training for your birth marathon with hundreds of workouts, pelvic floor & core programs to keep you strong and connected through your pregnancy, childbirth education classes, postpartum prep, and so much more! New subscribers, get your first month FREE using the code MOTHERLODE.

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    Sarah & Stephanie are the Founders of LUNA Mother Co, the first all-in-one digital platform for motherhood. From their evidence based fitness method, to pelvic floor & core physical therapy programs, parenting classes, & community, LUNA Mother Co has it all!

    Subscribe to The MOTHERLODE Podcast so you never miss an episode, & catch up with us on Instagram! Interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great fit? Email us hello@lunamother.co Like this episode? Leave us a review and let us know your thoughts! 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

Wedy07 ,

All the things we never knew about our bodies after baby

There is so much amazing information on this podcast!!!! Who knew?! It has been so helpful and knowledgeable- it makes me feel normal!!! Highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking of being pregnant, who wants to be pregnant, who has been pregnant, who has given birth.....everyone!

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So good!!!

I subscribe to their app Luna Mother Co and really love it so when they announced this podcast was coming I was so excited! As usual, these ladies did not dissapoint! So refreshing to hear women be so honest and open about real life. Can't wait to hear more!

03jm ,

My wife loves it

My wife loves this so far and she’s hard to impress. Looking forward to more great content! :)

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