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A podcast about motherhood IRL. 2 mompreneuer friends keepin it real AF. With Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards.

The Top Knot Squad Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

A podcast about motherhood IRL. 2 mompreneuer friends keepin it real AF. With Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards.

    The Sex Talk

    The Sex Talk

    A 2017 survey published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality found that 87% of parents believe sex education is important enough that it should be taught in schools. In the survey, parents rated themselves, doctors and nurses, and the school system as the most competent sources of sex ed. However, these same parents believe that sex ed should be taught starting in middle school, between 11 and 14. By that age, many kids have started their menstrual cycle, experienced erections, and had thoughts that may be confusing. So what do we do? How do we talk about sex with our kids appropriate ways without overwhelming them?
    Lucky for us, we’re going to be speaking with Jai Fields. Jai (she/her) is a Black, queer, muva, full spectrum doula, educator, and nature enthusiast with a focus on shifting the way we think about birth, abortion, sex, and wellness by replacing fear and shame with education and empowerment. Consent and autonomy is central to the work that she does with humans of all ages  - while centering BIPOC, single, and LGBTQIA+ people. The combination of formal training, mentorship guidance, working with families in various capacities and personal lived experience allows her to provide comprehensive and culturally inclusive support. To Jai, birthwork is social justice work, and her “secret” agenda is to bring wellness to the community through small everyday actions. Welcome!
    Resources:
    Your Journey with Jai on IG Sex Positive Families Planned Parenthood Six Minute Sex Ed podcast Amaze.org

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Peopling Post Pandemic

    Peopling Post Pandemic

    We recorded this episode in early May 2021, before the Delta variant sent us back into lockdown. Austin was still in Stage 2 restrictions, which meant masking was not mandatory for vaccinated people. Unfortunately, our Shot Girl Summer didn’t end up the way we had hoped. While we may not be peopling again for a little while, we talk a lot about Covid anxiety, mourning what we’ve lost, and more. Hell, maybe you can listen again when the world opens up again.
    On today’s episode of The Top Knot Squad we will be discussing peopling post pandemic! As more folks have access to the vaccine and masking guidelines change, we now have to figure out navigating our new normal. While we’re excited to be able to do things again and see friends and family, we’re still grappling with various fears and unknowns. And let’s be real - this isn’t post-pandemic, i.e. covid isn’t just magically over! There is still much progress to be made and no matter where science has brought us with the physical illness, the emotional toll still runs deep. The collective trauma of this past year is still alive and well in our nervous systems so how in the world do we recalibrate?! Luckily we have therapist Ilyse Kennedy joining us to help us unpack it all and offer us tips and advice on how to stay connected! A little about Ilyse...
    Ilyse Kennedy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician. She owns a private practice, Moving Parts Psychotherapy in south Austin, where she specializes in trauma recovery. She is a mental health and social justice advocate on Instagram, @MovingPartsPsychotherapy and by night, she is a mother of two and connoisseur of the reality television arts.

    • 53 min
    Birth Trauma Round 2

    Birth Trauma Round 2

    Content warning: On this episode of TKS, we will be discussing a very heavy topic, birth trauma. This topic can be triggering for some so please take the space you may need. We recently shared an episode on this topic when we spoke with Ann Tropea to discuss creating safe birthing spaces and hear what informed birth means for her, but we felt this topic is so big and complex and wanted to allow more space to unpack a bit more and offer some of our own personal and professional experience around this important conversation plus answer some of those squad wants to know questions we didn’t get to last time!
    Resources:
    Birth Monopoly Evidence Based Birth Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth  https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Informed-Choice/informed-consent-in-childbirth-making-rights-into-reality.html 5 Obstetric Violence Prevention Tips - Birth Monopoly The Birth Trauma Tree – UNFOLD YOUR WINGS

     

    • 57 min
    Birth Trauma

    Birth Trauma

    Content warning: On this episode of TKS, we will be discussing a very heavy topic, birth trauma. This topic can be triggering for some. We know birth and trauma are very personal experiences, but we hope our guest can help us understand more about this topic. Please listen with an open heart, but also take the space you may need.
    When we think of a traumatic birth, the worst case scenarios often come to mind: a stillborn child or maternal demise. However it emcompasses so much more because trauma is subjective. Underlying themes of birth trauma include a lack of caring from a lack of communication, and birthing parents feeling stripped of their dignity. A birth is said to be traumatic when the individual (parent or other witness) believes the birthing person’s or her baby’s life was in danger, or that a serious threat to the birthing person’s or baby’s physical or emotional integrity existed. 25-34% of women report their birth as traumatic (source: Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth organization). We are excited to have our guest Ann Tropea, join us for this conversation today! A little more about her:
     
    Ann is a certified birth doula and has supported births in Jerusalem, Vietnam, and the D.C. Metro area. She is also a practicing attorney and a writer, and has experience working through birth trauma with clients in her role as a doula, and as an attorney representing clients in medical malpractices actions. Ann holds a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude in mass media communication studies from New York University. Ann currently lives in Baltimore with her husband Joe Tropea, two children Julian and Lucy, and dog Geof.
     
    Resources:
    Ann’s website: https://www.mommytreedoula.com/ Ann IG: https://www.instagram.com/mommytreedoula/
    Ann FB: https://www.facebook.com/mommytreedoula/
    Ann email: info@mommytreedoula.com
    Birth Monopoly
    Evidence Based Birth
    Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth 
    https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Informed-Choice/informed-consent-in-childbirth-making-rights-into-reality.html

    • 46 min
    Anti-Racism and Privilege Part 2

    Anti-Racism and Privilege Part 2

    On today’s episode, we will continue to discuss how much racism blows. It’s a hard conversation, but lives are on the line and being complicit just isn’t an option. While your TKS ladies are on their own path of unlearning, we approach it from different backgrounds, angles, and privileges.
    Our guest Heather Gallagher will speak about her childhood as the Child of a Deaf Adult and the challenges she has dealt with.. Heather’s upbringing plays a huge role in why she is actively anti racist and has been doing the work. We will also unravel some of the ways in which we contribute to harm.
    Part two will discuss how the f**k to engage in repair so stay tuned to hear more soon!
    Heather Gallagher (she/her) is a Chinese American full spectrum doula and photojournalist providing support for and documenting individuals and families from birth to death. Heather is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) and began using photography as a young child as a simplified and exact way to communicate with her mother who is a deaf, Chinese immigrant with limited ASL and English language comprehension. She continues to use it as a tool to tell universal and personal stories across the spectrum of life experiences.
    Heather’s clients range widely from individual and family commissions that last years documenting their lives to small businesses and fortune 500 companies worldwide humanizing brands and missions. In 2019 she became a birth, postpartum and death doula and with each client calls on her unique life experiences and perspectives to create a non judgmental and inclusive experience that allows the individual and/or family to fully experience whatever life transition they are going through in an emotionally safe environment.

    • 35 min
    Anti-Racism and Privilege

    Anti-Racism and Privilege

    On today’s episode, we will be discussing how much racism blows. It’s a hard conversation, but lives are on the line and being complicit just isn’t an option. While your TKS ladies are on their own path of unlearning, we approach it from different backgrounds, angles, and privileges.
    Our guest Heather Gallagher will speak about her childhood as the Child of a Deaf Adult and the challenges she has dealt with.. Heather’s upbringing plays a huge role in why she is actively anti racist and has been doing the work. We will also unravel some of the ways in which we contribute to harm.
    Part two will discuss how the f**k to engage in repair so stay tuned to hear more soon!
    Heather Gallagher (she/her) is a Chinese American full spectrum doula and photojournalist providing support for and documenting individuals and families from birth to death. Heather is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) and began using photography as a young child as a simplified and exact way to communicate with her mother who is a deaf, Chinese immigrant with limited ASL and English language comprehension. She continues to use it as a tool to tell universal and personal stories across the spectrum of life experiences.
    Heather’s clients range widely from individual and family commissions that last years documenting their lives to small businesses and fortune 500 companies worldwide humanizing brands and missions. In 2019 she became a birth, postpartum and death doula and with each client calls on her unique life experiences and perspectives to create a non judgmental and inclusive experience that allows the individual and/or family to fully experience whatever life transition they are going through in an emotionally safe environment.

    • 28 min

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

MH3149 ,

Thank you for your honesty!

Real, Raw, Vulnerable & Honest Motherhood and the true realities we all face. I just wish I’d had this podcast sooner when my kids were younger. You’re building a great community here, I can’t believe I only recently found you & am telling all my mom friends to check you out (well even some non mom friends, I’ve already shared some episodes that made me think of my friends).

Yes, Please ,

If you feel lost in parenting, get found here.

The range of topics discussed is what keeps me coming back.

Charri01 ,

Love TKS

Thank you for sharing with so much heart and love. Thanks for bringing difficult topics to light, and for helping all people know more about birth, parents, and being HUMAN.

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