19 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 • 44 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.

    Role Switching

    Role Switching

    In this episode, we address the curious event of switching roles in the adoption community and how we can stand in the gap for others. Kelsey talks about the loss of her grandmother, and what it felt like to watch her dad grieve his birth mom. Ashley and Kelsey dive deep into what experiences they have had where others have filled in the gap for them, and how they have filled in the gap for other people. 


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    • 45 min
    Guest Episode: Erika Gonzales

    Guest Episode: Erika Gonzales

    Erika Gonzales is a 30 year old birth mom from California. She is just over four years post-placement in an open adoption and she is here to be an ally for fellow birth moms and help normalize healthy, close relationships between birth parents & adoptive parents. In this episode we talk about the feeling of "not being in the club" when you have a healthy open adoption, classism in adoption, and what systems are in place that perpetuate the need for adoption to occur.


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    • 58 min
    Guest Episode: Stephie Predmore

    Guest Episode: Stephie Predmore

    Our first ever non-birth mom guest is on this week! Stephie Predmore, an adoptive mom living in the middle of Illinois with her husband, daughter, and menagerie of cats and dogs. She is passionate about advocating for better adoption education and offers adoption advising for hopeful adoptive and adoptive parents. Stephie is a former ANLC client, the law center that was the focus of the TIME Magazine article that came out last week. Stephie came on this week to talk about what her process was while reading it and the days that followed, to come to terms with the ugly part of adoption and find her role in the fight for change. 


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Baby Brokers: Our Review of the TIME Article

    Baby Brokers: Our Review of the TIME Article

    Today, an article in TIME Magazine came out titled, "The Baby Brokers: Inside America’s Murky Private-Adoption Industry" and we took a deep dive into it. We go over the article top to bottom and help explain the ins and outs in a deep dive.

    To read the article: https://time.com/6051811/private-adoption-america/

    To watch the accompanying video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ijqNpSqswtM&feature=youtu.be


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    • 41 min
    Guest Episode: Chelsea Moore

    Guest Episode: Chelsea Moore

    Today we are speaking to Chelsea Moore about the problems with how open adoption has been talked about and advertised. Chelsea is a birth mother, eight years post-placement in a semi open adoption. Her daughter is a transracial adoptee. She came to talk to us today to share what it's like to long for openness and her feelings about how agencies should be providing more transparency around the process, especially when it comes to creating openness plans that best suit the child. Chelsea hails from Texas, but now resides in Oregon. 


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    • 51 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 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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