14 episodes

A podcast for birth moms, by birth moms. Ashley Mitchell and Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard have a decade between their adoption placements. They address raw and real emotions and experiences, and have other birth mom guests on the show to join in on the conversation.

Twisted Sisterhood Twisted Sisterhood

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    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

A podcast for birth moms, by birth moms. Ashley Mitchell and Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard have a decade between their adoption placements. They address raw and real emotions and experiences, and have other birth mom guests on the show to join in on the conversation.

    Guest Episode: Rebecca Houston

    Guest Episode: Rebecca Houston

    This week we are honored to have Becca Houston on the podcast discussing pre-birth consent. Becca is a birth mom in an open adoption to a gorgeous 6 year old boy. She placed through LDS Services, now disbanded, in 2015, and got to choose a family after meticulous specifications. She’s here today because her heart has been forever changed after her unplanned pregnancy at 17 turned her into a mother and birth mother for the rest of her life. Becca has become passionate about protecting and preparing the hearts of expectant moms and educating them on all the choices and options they face in unplanned pregnancy.

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    • 43 min
    Welcome Back!

    Welcome Back!

    Ashley and Kelsey are back for Season 2... fashionably late! We give a preview of what to expect this season, a little about what we have been working on, and why you should be excited to tune in to this birth mom podcast. We are so excited to be back!


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    • 27 min
    Guest Episode: Jori Reid

    Guest Episode: Jori Reid

    Jori is our guest this week! Jori is a transracial adoptee from foster care and a birth mom of 12 years. She grew up in Delaware and now lives with her husband and children in Utah. She found herself in an unplanned pregnancy as a student athlete in college, and found herself completely changed after placement. On this episode, Jori discusses her experiences with racial issues, how her spirituality was impacted during placement, and how important trauma therapy has been as an adoptee and a birth mom.


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    • 46 min
    Dating & Relationships

    Dating & Relationships

    This episode, Kelsey and Ashley discuss how different it is to date after placement. Relationships have a new dynamic, there's more nuances to marriage and partnerships, and we seem to bring our good ol' suitcase full of adoption baggage everywhere we go. When do birth moms drop the "adoption bomb" on the new significant other? They discuss all the good, bad, and ugly about finding love after placement. 


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    • 50 min
    Guest Episode: Shonda Larson

    Guest Episode: Shonda Larson

    Shonda is a birth mom of almost 6 years, and is an adoptee from foster care. She is a full time nursing student, working two jobs, and living life as fully as she can. Her heart is focused on educating others on adoption and what role birth parents take in the whole spectrum of adoption. She speaks a local schools and events, started a support group in her Montana town to better support birth parents, as well as setting up and running events to bring all members of the triad together to share sacred space and stories. 

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    • 38 min
    Guest Episode: Sarah Schmidth

    Guest Episode: Sarah Schmidth

    Welcome to our guest, Sarah! Sarah is a two time birth mother of an 18 and almost 17 year old that were both adopted by the same couple, 19 months apart. She is an advocate for adoption education through her @adoptioneducationkeys page and is passionate about consistent, continual, free post-placement care for birth mothers everywhere, as a member of the Lifetime Healing Foundation team and a contributing author of the Knee to Knee curriculum for birth mother groups across the country. In this episode, we speak to Sarah about what it's been like to place with a family that goes through a divorce. 


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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

embraceitslways ,

Birth mom

I loved this episode and the light that it shines on the darker side of adoption. It’s absolutely not all sunshine and flowers. As a birth mom, with an open adoption, I can attest to the growing pangs that come with it- for all involved.

Well done!

Cruz'smom87 ,

Therapy in a podcast

Every week I feel like it’s therapy. Every episode is so relatable. I shake my head “yup” the whole time because I experience everything with every episode. Especially the birth father and dating episodes

DomDombwhite ,

Healing

Sometimes you just need to hear me too! Just to be reminded satan isn’t creative and made you a crazy person who has a struggle no one else struggles with. It feels good to be reminded I’m not alone and this is the freaking podcast to do it with! This is so rad and so healing

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