December 5, 2019
The time has come to share a bittersweet goodbye friends. After 4 years with Expectful I am moving on to new adventures. And in closing this chapter I have decided to ask myself the last question I have asked all of our guest since the beginning of this podcast: “Knowing what you know now, standing in the skin you’re in, if you could share one thing with everyone that’s listening, what would you say?” I am grateful and honored beyond words. Thank you for being on this journey with me.
November 21, 2019
How can we make the transition back to work more supportive for new moms? That challenge is something that today’s guest, Jackie Hodnichak, has been working to solve as a new mom and the Director of Operations and Community at Mettacool. Mettacool is a talent development program for women that addresses career stage-specific challenges through the lens of well-being. And one of the things they specialize in is coaching moms-to-be as they transition both into maternity leave and back to work. On today’s episode Jackie shares her perspective-shifting postpartum story, talks about how her self-care routine has changed since becoming a mom, and digs into how motherhood has had a profound effect on her career path. 
November 14, 2019
How does motherhood help us to reconnect with our inner child? This week’s guest, Cat Seixas, invites us to explore that question as she shares her story of becoming a mother.  On today’s episode, Cat shares a glimpse into her life on a farm in the mountains of Portugal where she and her partner have built a home for their family and where she gave birth to her daughter. 
November 7, 2019
How does birth change us? This question has shaped this week’s guest, Nichole Joy’s path to becoming a doula and childbirth educator. Nichole is revolutionizing the way we do birth with her Digital Doula courses. Courses where she both supports her own clients, and trains other doulas to do the same as well. On today’s episode, Nichole takes us through all three of her birth stories, sharing her journey from a scheduled c-section with her first child, all the way to an unplanned home birth with her third. She’ll also be speaking about the identity shift that occurs when we become mother’s, and how and why she decided to take her doula work online. 
October 31, 2019
How can mothers overcome the depression and anxiety they feel during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Paige Bellenbaum has been exploring since her own experience with postpartum depression and anxiety when she gave birth to her child. Now, Paige is the Chief External Relations Officer at The Motherhood Center, a space in New York City which provides support and clinical treatment for new and expecting mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). On today’s episode, Paige walks us through her personal experience through postpartum depression, how she was able to get support, and how she is working to create a better system of support for mothers. And Paige is also sharing about the new meditation journey that she just cocreated with Expectful that is now live on the app – Navigating Postpartum Depression.
October 24, 2019
How can we live more in our truth as mothers? This question has shaped this week’s guest, Alexandria Smith’s, path through parenting and motherhood and has sparked her creation of Nurture – an online monthly subscription that provides guidance on living intentionally as a mother. Within Nurture, Alex shares mindfully curated monthly meal plans and grocery lists for healthy living, guidance on living seasoning and support through her online community of mothers. And on today’s episode, Alex reflects on the passage of time with her young children, how to cultivate gratitude, and how living close to nature shapes her family’s life.  For your first month free of NURTURE use code EXPECTFUL at checkout.
October 18, 2019
How can meditation serve us through our Motherhood journey? That question is something today’s guest Rebekah Boruki has explored through her journey as a mother of five, a TV host, a meditation and yoga guide, a birth doula, and an author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life and her latest book, Managing the Motherload.  In this week’s episode Rebekah shares her perspectives on motherhood, mindfulness, and honoring her children’s intuition. And we dive into gender, what it means to manage motherhood and career, and so much more.
October 10, 2019
There have been many surprises along this path towards welcoming my second child Atticus into the world. Many of which caught me off guard, like: When I said “It’s a girl” they told me “It’s a boy.” When I said there’s no way my nausea could be worse than my first pregnancy, I was curled up in a ball for weeks. And when they said birth would for sure be faster, it went slower, like twice as long slower. But there have also been some pleasant surprises as well, many of which I share today on the podcast. And of course, as with any motherhood journey there have been many, many life lessons. Lessons in the power of support, my body’s wisdom and listening to my intuition. And more than ever, lessons in love. In love’s ability to grow and expand, for myself, my daughter, my son and my husband. This motherhood journey has been nothing short of eye-opening and I’m so honored to be on it with all of you.
October 2, 2019
How can we help our children find their voice and validate their thoughts, opinions, feelings, and needs as they grow?  This question is something that today’s guest, Debra Gansenberg, has guided families through in her work as a psychotherapist and Family Systems Specialist for over 20 years.  On today’s episode, Debra shares her thoughts on how to ‘grow a child,’ and speaks about how parents can receive their children’s needs, wants, and opinions with openness and compassion. Debra also shares a key takeaway that you’ll want to hear from her book How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It—Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today’s Gen Z Kids. 
September 26, 2019
What happens when we give each other permission to feel what we are feeling? This question is at the center of Dan Doty’s work as a co-founder of Evryman and the mind (and voice) behind Expectful’s new Fatherhood Meditation Library. Dan is passionate about helping men connect with their emotions and vulnerability so that they can serve their partners, families, and communities better.  On today’s episode, Dan walks us down the path that lead him to men’s work, how his relationship with his own father has changed since becoming a dad, and how we can all slow down, feel more, and share our experience with somebody.
September 19, 2019
What does it mean to become a mother?  This is something that this week’s guest, Jessie Harrold, has reflected on throughout her own motherhood journey and through her work as a doula and motherhood coach. In her coaching program MotherSHIFT, Jessie guides women through their rite of passage into motherhood with intentionality. Working to both normalize the postpartum experience and support women as they step into their power.  On today’s episode, Jessie shares the identity shift she experienced when she became a mother, how we can tap into our own innate power during postpartum and why celebrating the transformation that place when you become a mother is an important part of our evolution.   Interested in signing up for Jessie’s next MotherSHIFT program beginning September 24th? Expectful is gifting a 15% discount to the first 7 people that signup. Ready to connect with who you are, grow real friendships and receive wholehearted support? Click here to reserve your MotherSHIFT spot today. Check out Jessie’s Momifesto
September 5, 2019
How can we hold space for our children as they forge their own paths?  This question is something that today’s guest, Lisa Sugarman has learned as the mother of two adult daughters and author of two books on parenting How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It and Untying Parent Anxiety: 18 Myths That Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free.  On today’s episode, Lisa shares her experience of supporting her daughters as they move through early adulthood and reflects on how her mother’s resiliency in times of struggle and loss has shaped her life. 
August 22, 2019
It’s been a hot second listeners. And I have so much to share. For one, we welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world on May 15th, Atticus Jack, and he is quite the dream baby (I’m still pinching myself). Maternity leave has been an eye-opening experience and although there’s so much I wish to share with you, I’ve decided to start simple. So this is my little “I’m BACK” episode to catch you up to speed on the little things that have been coming up for me lately. Many more stories to come; the birth, the transition from one to two children and my experience with postpartum this time around. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least. But for now, let’s just sit down and catch up. Grateful to be back in this space with all of you. With love, Anna
July 26, 2019
How can we use meditation as a tool through challenging times in life and motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Ashleigh Abramovici found through her own life experiences. Meditation has guided her through some of her most challenging times and has inevitably brought her to become a yoga and meditation teacher herself, along with a dōTERRA wellness advocate and a future Doctorate of Psychology.. On today’s episode, Ashleigh walks us through how she found meditation, her struggles with getting pregnant, and her journey with asking for support during motherhood.
July 12, 2019
How do we find our own path as mothers? This question is something that today’s guest, Gabrielle Walter’s has learned for herself in her own experience. After transitioning from career woman, to a stay-at-home mom, Gabrielle learned about the importance of finding what works best for herself and her family as a mother and human. On today’s episode, Gabrielle walks us through her journey in becoming a mother, her easy and accessible pregnancy and postpartum styling tips, and her struggles with breastfeeding. Get Gabrielle’s calzone recipe here.
June 27, 2019
How can we show compassion for ourselves and each other as mothers? This question is something that today’s guest, Kelly McKnight is passionate about sharing within the parenting world. Through her work in the birth community and her social media platform, Kelly advocates that women’s voices – particularly women of color – need to be heard and respected. On today’s episode, Kelly walks us through her journey with releasing control through motherhood, the disparities that women of color experience in pregnancy and birth, and why she’s so passionate about her work with Ergobaby.
June 13, 2019
How do we support and show compassion for ourselves through the transition of motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Dr. Catherine Birndorf strives to work towards in her work as a psychiatrist and medical director of the Motherhood Center in New York. Co-author of the book, What No One Tells You, Dr. Birndorf makes it her mission to bring awareness to maternal mental health specifically in the postpartum period and into the transition of motherhood. On today’s episode, Dr. Birndorf walks us through the importance of support in maternal mental health, the identity shift that motherhood brings, and the various resources that are available for women who suffer from perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Birndorf will also be sharing about the new meditation journey that she created with Expectful, entitled Navigating Postpartum Depression – a series of five guided meditations now live in Expectful’s postpartum library that support women in understanding and finding the emotional support they need while navigating postpartum depression.
May 30, 2019
How can we feel more calm and at ease during pregnancy? This question is something that today’s guest, Dr. Adrienne Simone has been working towards for the last 25 years of her OBGYN practice. As the author of The New Rules of Pregnancy: What to Eat, Do, Think About, and Let Go Of While Your Body Is Making a Baby, Dr. Simone is on a mission to reduce the overwhelm of information that is available for women during pregnancy and help them instead, feel empowered and relaxed. On today’s episode, Dr. Adrienne Simone walks us through her philosophy of maternal health, the changes she wishes to see in the world of pregnancy, and how rest and positive thoughts can impact a mother’s experience in birth and beyond.
May 16, 2019
What does healing look like during the postpartum period? This question is something that today’s guest, Kimberly Johnson has been educating people on through her birth and postpartum healing work. As a doula, Sexological Bodyworker, and author of The Forth Trimester, Kimberly shows women that support and healing are things that every woman needs through birth and beyond. On today’s episode, Kimberly walks us through the importance of fourth trimester care, how she supports women in healing from traumatic births and what changes she would like to see around postpartum care. Kimberly will also be sharing about the new meditation journey that she created with Expectful, entitled Healing From A Difficult Birth – a series of four guided meditations now live in Expectful’s postpartum library that support women in healing from birth trauma.
May 2, 2019
How do we give ourselves permission to talk about both the joyful and difficult parts of motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Dr. Alexandra Sacks has been supporting women with for the last 10 years as a reproductive psychiatrist. Known for her TedTalk on Matresence and through her new book: What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions From Pregnancy to Motherhood, Dr. Sacks dives deep into what it means to go through the transformation of becoming a mother and how it affects our mental and emotional health. On today’s episode, Dr. Alexandra Sacks walks us through what giving permission to be open and transparent about our experiences can do for us and how, by doing so, we can help support other mothers in the process. Get her book here.
April 19, 2019
How can we use meditation to reduce the stress involved in the process of trying to conceive?   This question is something that today’s guest, Emily Watson learned through her own experience with infertility. Emily is a fertility wellness coach that supports women in taking control of their health as they navigate their fertility. On today’s episode, Emily walks us through her experience with discovering her own wellness practice, her struggles with infertility, and her journey through IVF and now, pregnancy.
April 5, 2019
How can a mindset of gratitude help us through difficult experiences in parenthood? This is something that today’s guest, Tracy, has learned throughout her unique motherhood experience. With having 4 babies under 12 months through IVF, surrogacy, and a surprise pregnancy, Tracy’s mindset and attitude has allowed her to stay present and grateful throughout this process. On today’s episode, Tracy walks us through her journey with IVF and surrogacy, and how she juggles motherhood, career and staying positive.
March 28, 2019
What can we do to ease our transition from woman to mother in our personal development, career, and life in general? This question is something that today’s guest, Natalie Eicher has been working with women on through her coaching work at Mettacool. Natalie is on a mission to support and empower women during their transition into motherhood and beyond. On today’s episode, Natalie walks us through her personal journey of navigating a massive career shift, how her pregnancy and motherhood affected how she lives her life, and how helping women build a supportive community around them is the cornerstone of her work. Check out Natalie’s Motherhood Support System Worksheet here. Scheduler a free 20 minute coaching consultation call with Natalie here!
March 21, 2019
How do our relationships with ourselves and our families impact our parenting? This question is something that today’s guest, Renee Morrison has been discovering since becoming a mother to her son. Her life experiences have created a passion inside of her for things like self-love, self-awareness, and equality. She is an ambassador for Room To Grow and the creator of Love, Sex, and Relationships for life school, Live It Up!. On today’s episode, Rene walks us through how her childhood shaped her into the woman she is today, why self-love is at the forefront of her passions, and she takes us through the amazing birth of her son, Rebel.
March 8, 2019
Anna just wrapped her second trimester and is here to dish on what’s been going on for her in the world of pregnancy and motherhood. ​On today’s episode, Anna reveals the gender of her baby, shares about some personal things that have been coming up for her during her second trimester and talks about the feelings that arose for her when she was told she might have Gestational Diabetes.
March 2, 2019
How do the struggles we encounter in fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood impact how we identify with ourselves? This question is something that today’s guest, Marissa Thomas experienced, not only through her motherhood journey, but her life’s journey as well. On today’s episode, Marissa speaks about the struggles of finding her personal identity in childhood as someone who is mixed race. And she shares her own fertility and PCOS journey and how she’s navigating her shifting identity as a now, new mom.
February 22, 2019
How can our mindset affect our experience through postpartum and motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Joanna Loewi works with women on through her skills as a life coach. She teaches problem solving and helps her clients experience more gratitude and self-acceptance through life’s challenges. On today’s episode, Joanna walks us through her journey with anxiety, her pregnancy with twins, and how she cared and navigated her mental health throughout her motherhood journey.
February 15, 2019
Can meditation help us stress less and accomplish more as mothers? This question is something that today’s guest, Emily Fletcher has spent years of her life unpacking through her company Ziva Meditation and now in her new book Stress Less, Accomplish More. Emily’s main goal in life is to show others that things like meditation, mindfulness and manifesting can help to not only relieve stress and sleep better, but also to be more effective in parenting, work and life in general. On today’s episode, Emily speaks about her own birth and postpartum experience, and walks us through how meditation works and how we can use it as mothers. She’ll also be breaking down the difference between mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting, and explaining why all three of these powerful tools are the key to a successful and fulfilled life.  
February 1, 2019
How can we support our bodies during pregnancy and postpartum with intuitive nutrition? This question is something that today’s guest, Willow Jarosh, has been examining through her work as the cofounder of C&J Nutrition and the coauthor of the Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook. Willow’s philosophy around intuitive eating not only plays a large role in how she advises her everyday clients, but in how she advises her pregnant and postpartum clients as well in how to care for themselves during this transformative time in their lives. On today’s episode, Willow walks us through her own pregnancy and postpartum journey, how she got interested in nutrition and intuitive eating and how meditation has given her the tools to relieve stress as a new mom.
January 24, 2019
How do we surrender ourselves to feelings of loss and grief in order to heal? This question is something that today’s guest, Jessica Mougis, has been working through in her personal experience. Jessica who is the founder of Jem Yoga NYC has always felt a deep connection to babies and children. Which is why in 2017 she founded Jem Yoga NYC, where she now supports both children and their parents in moving and experiencing the benefits of yoga together.   On today’s episode, Jessica walks us through her decision to have a c-section with her first child, her experience through miscarriage and grief, and how both experiences have influenced her as she prepares to expect her next child in the coming months.
January 18, 2019
How can we find our voice and empower ourselves during pregnancy and birth? This question is something that today’s guest, Deb Flashenberg, has been exploring for years in her pursuit of expanding her own pregnancy and birth knowledge through yoga. During her time as a former dancer, Deb was introduced to yoga and she immediately fell in love with how the practice made her feel. After spending several years as a yoga student, Deb founded the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City. A place where she now has spent over 10 years teaching woman how to trust themselves and their bodies during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. On today’s episode, Deb walks us through her journey to discovering yoga and opening the Prenatal Yoga Center, how becoming a mother herself changed her view on pregnancy and birth, and why she’s so passionate about women giving birth on their own terms.
January 11, 2019
What can we do for ourselves if we experience anxiety or depression throughout pregnancy? This question is something that today’s guest, Liz Masucci, a New York City – based actor, producer, writer, director and last but not least – yoga teacher, found the answers to during her own experience with perinatal depression. Now Liz is finding new ways to show the authentic truths about pregnancy and motherhood through a short dark comedy series that she is currently creating. On today’s episode, Liz walks us through her experience with perinatal depression, the types of care she sought out for support, and the realization that she discovered throughout all it – which is that although life can be challenging at times, it does indeed ebb and flow.
January 4, 2019
How do we navigate fear when preparing for birth? This question is something that today’s guest, Yukie McGregor, has experienced in her own life and throughout her work as the founder and CEO of Dallas Birth Guide. On today’s episode, Yukie supports Anna in talking through some fears she has around giving birth the second time around. Yukie teaches Anna how to listen to her intuition and navigate fear during pregnancy in order to prepare for an empowering birth experience.
December 23, 2018
How do we find pleasure and success as we move through challenges in both becoming parents and life in general? This question is something that today’s guest, Vyana Novus-Magee, has spent time working on for herself and, now she helps others do the same through her Redefining Success Journal. On today’s episode, Vyana walks us through her experience with trauma, her journey through  postpartum, and how all of her experiences, from her own birth to the birth of her child, have redefined her definition of success.
December 14, 2018
How can we tap into who we are outside of motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Randi Zinn, has been explored through her own motherhood journey, and continues to explore through her work. As the founder of Beyond Mom, Randi encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom”- one that embraces both the gifts of motherhood and all that women are as individuals as well. On today’s episode, Randi walks us through her journey of self-discovery, what she has learned and continues to learn about the process of healing, and why she’s so passionate about helping moms thrive in business, motherhood and life.
December 6, 2018
How can we create a greater sense of belonging in our lives when we are feeling isolated during pregnancy and motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Radha Agrawal, has been exploring throughout her own pregnancy journey and beyond. Radha is the founder of the early morning dance and wellness movement, Daybreaker and the author of BELONG, a book that answers the questions, “how the heck do I find my people?” and “How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?” On today’s episode, Radha walks us through her own journey of belonging and the significance that community has had on her pregnancy and her life in general.
November 30, 2018
Worried about toxins but overwhelmed with where to begin with reducing your exposure to them? If so, Sophia Gushee can relate. As a mother living in New York City, Sophia became curious about how living in an industrial city could impact her, her husband, and their children’s health. When she dove into the research and began taking her own steps towards reducing the toxins in her everyday life, she discovered that transitioning to nontoxic living wasn’t as impossible as it once seemed. Since then, Sophia has went on to author the critically-acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing and has founded her own company, Practical Nontoxic Living, a multimedia company that produces podcasts and incubates the groundbreaking D-Tox Academy, an online portal that makes  practical nontoxic living simple and accessible. On today’s episode, we learn more about Sophia’s personal journey towards nontoxic living and discussing how pregnant women and new moms can reduce their exposure to toxins in a practical, easy and informed way.
November 29, 2018
How do we walk through life and hardships, with our hearts open? This question is something that today’s guest, Nicholas Epley, has learned through his own parenthood journey and beyond. As a professor of Behavioral Science, Nicholas researches how we think and why we make the decisions that we do, all of which has influenced how he’s made decisions in his own life around adopting, raising a child with special needs and much much more, On today’s episode, Nicholas walks us through how his now large family came to be, sharing him and his wife’s journey through parenthood, adoption, loss and love.
November 16, 2018
What if, when you joined a fitness class for mothers, you were also joining a community of women who would support you through parenthood? This is the vision that Lisa Druxman had as a new mom when she started leading a local stroller class for mothers in her neighborhood. Lisa Druxman is the Chief Founder Mom at Fit4Mom and the author of The Empowered Mama – the how-to book that helps you reclaim your time and yourself while raising a healthy, happy family. On today’s episode, we are learning about why Lisa started Fit4Mom, how she owns her time, and why she’s on a mission to help women put themselves first so they can show up for their families the way they want to.
November 16, 2018
How can breath give us strength during difficult moments? This question is something that today’s guest, Hannah Barrett is passionate about helping other woman discover. As the author of the upcoming book “Strength Through Yoga” Hannah helps to remind women that breath is not only connected to their physical well-being, but to their emotional and mental health as well. On today’s episode, Hannah walks us through her experience with exercise during pregnancy, how the premature birth of her daughter changed the way she looked at mental health, and how breath and movement have allowed her to come back to herself time and time again.
November 9, 2018
How can we become the fullest version of ourselves in life and motherhood? This question is something that today’s guest, Elena Brower has been working towards for the last 20 years. As a mother, teacher, author and speaker, Elena helps people to reveal their fullest potential using yoga, writing and a plethora of other things she sinks her heart into. On today’s episode, Elena walks us through her experience with separating from her partner, how honesty has impacted the way she parents and her relationship to everyone and everything, and the role that essential oils plays in her life and in her career.
November 1, 2018
How can writing our birth stories help us connect and heal in motherhood? This questions is something that today’s guest, Julie Tobi is very passionate about. As the creator of The Birth Journal, Julie encourages mothers to write their birth stories pen to paper. As a way to help them reflect, process and look back on their own unique experience of giving birth. On today’s episode, Julie walks us through her pregnancy journey, why she created The Birth Journal, and how the act of writing her own birth stories has helped her to heal and connect with herself, her children and women all over the world.
October 26, 2018
We’ve got a big announcement and from the title, you’ve probably already figured it out… You guessed it, Anna’s pregnant and is here to share her news for the first time on The Expectful Podcast. On today’s episode, Anna shares her experience with morning sickness, why relaxation has turned out to be of the upmost importance during her first trimester and how learning to trust her baby and herself has allowed her to find peace these last few weeks.
October 19, 2018
How can releasing our perception of control in motherhood, pregnancy, and our lives in general, help us to find ease and purpose? This question of releasing control Is something that today’s guest Nicole Centeno, the founder of Splendid Spoon, has been contemplating for years. Nicole’s purpose is to remind others about the power of intention around food, and how letting go of control can impact their health and wellbeing in some really miraculous ways. On today’s episode, Nicole shares her personal motherhood journey, how food was her gateway to meditation and how she continues to revisit mindfulness through pregnancy and motherhood.
October 11, 2018
How can support from others help us through our healing journeys? Today’s guest, Lauren Chiarello who is the founder of Chi Chi Life is here to answer this question. Through her personal journey of beating cancer twice and later experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, Lauren found that when it comes to anyones healing journey, support is key. This support and compassion from others, even strangers at times, had such a huge impact on Lauren’s healing process that she now makes community support the foundation of her health and fitness classes so that others can connect and heal together. On today’s episode, Lauren talks about her experience with fighting cancer, how she got through having an ectopic pregnancy and why she believes that support is the key to anyones healing journey.
October 4, 2018
How can we better support each other through parenthood? Today’s guest, Lisa Sugarman who is the author of Untying Parent Anxiety is here to help us get to the bottom of this question. Through her writing, Lisa reminds us that as parents, we often come up against similar hurdles when raising our children, but we seldom speak up about them to other parents whom are friends. However by not being open about our experience, we can sometimes isolate ourselves further, leaving many of us feeling that we are the only ones struggling. It’s for this reason that Lisa is such a big advocate for building supportive parenthood communities – spaces in-person or online that allow parents everywhere to feel seen, heard and understood. On today’s episode, Lisa speaks about her own motherhood journey, the personal pressures she’s come up against as a parent and why she believes that finding a community during parenthood is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
September 27, 2018
What is the foundation for a healthy and happy life throughout motherhood and beyond? During her experience at a high stress work environment in her 20s, today’s guest, Shona Beats realized that the foundation for a happy life isn’t something that should be created during say, a midlife crisis, but instead it should be strengthened whenever needed. After discovering the benefits of meditation, Shona became one of the founding members of Headspace where she worked as the General Manager for many years. However, after becoming a mother, Shona decided to focus her attention on a new passion project – supporting people through personal coaching. Now Shona has cofounded Sphere, a company that provides personal coaching, in the palm of your hand. On today’s episode, Shona walks us through how following her instincts led her to meditation, how meditation supported her through becoming a mother and how having a life coach and now supporting others in having their own coach through Sphere, has truly transformed her life.
September 21, 2018
How can practicing ease within our bodies, our minds and our lives in general, help us as mothers? This question of ease is something that today’s guest, Tara Stiles has been exploring and sharing for numerous years. As the founder of Strala Yoga, Tara helps to support people in releasing stress by showing them that they can move through challenging things with ease and softness. On today’s episode, Tara is sharing her journey through both getting pregnant and becoming a mother, and how the practice of ease has transcended into how she shows up as a mother to her young daughter Daisy.
September 14, 2018
What does it look like to be gentle with yourself throughout your motherhood journey?
September 6, 2018
What does it look like to recover from trauma as a mother? Today’s guest, Taryn Longo, a women’s empowerment professional who has dedicated her life to helping women reclaim who they are regardless of what their experiences have been, is here to share her answer to this question. As a survivor of abuse in her younger years, Taryn lived much of her adult life unconsciously escaping what she had experienced. However, after giving birth to her two children, Taryn declared that she had had enough with the life that she was living at the mercy of her trauma and decided to embark on a journey within. Her experience going inward not only transformed her and her life, but also sparked a women’s empowerment movement with other women all over the country. On today’s episode Taryn helps to remind us as women, mothers and humans in general, that they are powerful, resilient, and never, ever alone.
August 24, 2018
How can fitness impact the motherhood journey from the inside, out? Joanie Johnson, the co-founder of Fit Pregnancy Club (FPC) in New York City, is on the podcast today to share her vision for what pregnancy and postpartum fitness can look like, and spoiler alert, it’s not just about taking care of your physical health, but connecting with other women as well. After recognizing a need in the fitness industry to provide more comprehensive and holistic training for pregnant and postpartum women, Joanie became a pre- and post-natal exercise specialist and hasn’t looked back since. Now, through her studio, she helps women to feel strong, supported and informed about their body as they move through pregnancy and new motherhood. On today’s episode Joanie is sharing her own journey through pregnancy, birth and postpartum, what she’s learned from opening Fit Pregnancy Club and why she hopes every woman will take the time to breathe and find connection within themselves and others throughout the amazing, transformational experience that is motherhood.
August 16, 2018
What if in changing the way we view time in regards to our fertility journeys, we could then change the way we treat ourselves while we go through it? Sharon Praissman Fisher, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Buddhist lay-teacher and author, is here to help us explore this question. After struggling with fertility herself, Sharon teamed up with her co-author Emma Williams to write their book, Beyond the Egg Timer, a guide to help women in their mid-30s and beyond through their fertility journeys. On today’s episode, Sharon shares her own fertility journey, how she used Buddhist teachings to guide her perception of time throughout it, and why she believes that taking a step back and allowing space for ourselves as we walk our own unique paths, can help to reassure us that everything will all be okay.
August 9, 2018
What if there was a  community of mothers who not only supported each other through motherhood, but through pursuing their dreams as well? This is the vision that today’s guest, Katya Libin, had when she helped co-founded the part cool club, part think tank community – Heymama. As a young mom and businesswoman, Katya felt the need for a space where she could find the balance between work, motherhood and simply being herself while not conforming to the societal ideals of what being a mom should look like. When she and her co-founder hit it off after having their daughters, they realized that they shared a vision for what mothers needed and started Heymama, a community that is dedicated to helping moms in business thrive. On today’s podcast, Katya is sharing her personal journey through motherhood, what her motivation behind Heymama is and continues to be, and what she hopes the Heymama community will spark in every woman that comes across it.
August 2, 2018
How can we find our power in motherhood, breastfeeding and beyond? That’s the question that today’s guest, Francie Webb is here to answer. Francie Webb is a doula and lactation professional and the author of the highly-reviewed book, Go Milk Yourself: You Have Power. Express It! which is part memoir, part self-help, and a comprehensive manual for hand expressing breast milk. On today’s episode, Francie is sharing her personal motherhood journey and how she learned how to master self-expressing breastmilk and why she believes that every women has a power within them that they can tap into at anytime throughout their motherhood journey and beyond.
July 27, 2018
How can we allow for more acceptance in our daily lives with all of what motherhood brings?  Pre- and post-natal yoga instructor, Amy Griffith, is on the podcast today to talk about what it has looked like for her to trust her instincts and lean into the mom that she is becoming every day. A mother of four (including a set of twins) and a former professional dancer, movement has always been a part of her life, and she uses it now to find peace within herself and to bring peace to others through yoga. After giving birth to her first child and not feeling like herself, Amy began meditation in order to be the mom she wanted to be. She now considers it just as important to her health and well-being as physical exercise and wants to encourage other moms to find space for self-care even when it looks messy.  Today, Amy opens up and shares her journey to motherhood, yoga and meditation and how going with the flow/trusting your instincts can help usher in the kind of peace that we all need in our own ways. 
July 20, 2018
What if in learning to trust yourself and your relationship with your partner, you could learn to trust your entire life journey through marriage and motherhood? This is what today’s guest, Ellen Boeder, a psychotherapist who works primarily with women and couples, has learned to do throughout her life thus far. On today’s episode, Ellen is sharing her personal journey through marriage and having children, and how through reflecting on her choices throughout both, has lead her to trust and create her own unique path in life, love and motherhood.
July 12, 2018
When faced with infertility, how do find the courage to take a chance on having a child? Today’s guest, Golzar Selbe Naghshineh, a perinatal mental health specialist and psychoanalyst, was interrupted with this question last year when she discovered that a rare genetic disorder disrupted her ability to conceive easily. Confronted with her new reality, Golzar had to make an extremely hard decision about her desire to be a mother and is openly and honestly sharing her story on The Expectful Podcast today. In listening to her journey, we learn about the sheer power of birth and motherhood, the weights of hope and regret, and why it will never not be important to be kind and listen to yourself through whatever path life takes you on.
July 5, 2018
What would it feel like to be truly held during pregnancy, birth and motherhood journey? This is the question that today’s guest Samantha Huggins is answering through her work as a doula, childbirth educator and the cofounder of Carriage House Birth. On today’s episode, Sam shares her own journey towards becoming a mother, how she became a doula and why she wants all people to feel both held and free as they walk their own paths through motherhood and beyond.
June 28, 2018
How does acupuncture work within your body and how can it support you through fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey? Today’s guest, Dr. Jill Blakeway, is the founder of the YinOva center, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and the bestselling author of Making Babies: a proven 3-month program for maximum fertility. On today’s episode, Jill is sharing her personal journey towards becoming a mother, how she became an acupuncturist and how acupuncture supports fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. Jill’s also sharing a bit about the new book she’s writing “The Energy That Heals Us” which is an incredible exploration into what energy is and how it heals us.
June 21, 2018
What if motherhood inspired you to pursue your dreams, rather than put them on hold? For today’s guest, Rae Broderick, who is a yoga and wellness guide, this was the unexpected case. After giving birth to her son, Rae felt compelled to continue on with her passions, opening up a yoga studio in her home town while also navigating the ups and downs of new motherhood. Now over a year later, Rae decided to close her yoga studio so she could continue to evolve and follow her heart into this next chapter of her life. On today’s episode Rae is sharing her personal story through motherhood, how she found her sense of self beyond being a mom and why she hopes every parent can be true to themselves as they move through their own, individual journeys.
June 15, 2018
What would it feel like to trust your journey through some of the most difficult times of motherhood? Today’s guest, Mellisa Reeves, who is the co-founder of the Motherbirth, a doula and a coach has bumped up against this question multiple times. As a mother who’s experienced both miscarriages and a stillbirth, Mellisa really understands the challenges that arise around learning to lean into trust, rather than fear. On today’s episode Mellisa is sharing her path through love and loss, how it’s taught her to trust in herself, her children and her body, and why, in sharing her story, she hopes that every women regardless of whether their journey’s have been smooth or rocky, deserves a seat at the motherhood table.
June 7, 2018
How do keep your relationship with your partner strong during parenthood? That’s the question that our guest, Jayson Gaddis is helping us answer on the podcast today. As a student and teacher of relationships with a background in psychology, Jayson is opening up about how after becoming a father, he realized that he needed to start showing up for wife in a different way in order to keep their relationship strong and their children thriving. On today’s episode, Jayson is sharing his personal journey towards marriage and fatherhood, how he learned to serve himself, his wife and children through it and why he believes the best thing we can do is to look within ourselves, each and every day.
June 1, 2018
Could holistic health remedies be the answer to finding peace during pregnancy and motherhood? After hearing about her father’s second cancer diagnosis back in the early 2000s, today’s guest, Kristy Rodriguez sprang into action, learning all she could about healing, not only her father’s body, but his mind and spirit as well. After the birth of her first daughter, Kristy used this knowledge not only on herself but on her clients, helping them to heal and thrive throughout pregnancy and beyond. This is what led Kristy to founding Pure Nuture and to writing her book, Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby. On today’s episode, Kristy is sharing this journey to holistic health, what motivates her to continue her work and what we can all do to bring ourselves back to a state of ease during our fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journeys.
May 24, 2018
What if we could release the shame around mental health during fertility, pregnancy and motherhood? Dr. Kat Kaeni, a psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health, is on the podcast today to talk about mental health during the motherhood journey and the role it has played in her own life. After going through her own mental health challenges when her daughter was born, Dr. Kaeni made it her mission to support other woman through this process and help drop the same that surrounds perinatal mental health. On today’s episode, Dr. Kat tells us her story, what she would like to see change about perinatal mental health and steps that we can take today to heal our minds and bodies.
May 17, 2018
Could having a doula really change your birth and postpartum experience? If you asked me this question before my conversation with today’s guest Gina Giordano, I would have been on the fence. However, after hearing Gina’s story and what being a doula means to her, I’ve become convinced that having a doula is a game changer for both birth and postpartum. Being the oldest of five children, Gina always loved helping her mother take care of her younger siblings. This love for supporting others is what eventually led Gina to not only become a doula but to also co-found Doula Trainings International (DTI) where she trains doulas with her partner, Tara Brooke. On today’s episode, Gina is sharing her personal motherhood journey, what it’s like to be a doula, and why she believes that unconditional support is key to having a positive experience.
May 10, 2018
What if you could use science to help you create a respectful and loving relationship with your children? After becoming a parent, today’s guest Jen Lumanlan got her Master’s in Psychology with a special focus on Child Development so that she could better understand how to parent her daughter. As a result, Jen dove deep into the research behind effective parenting and was so blown away by what she discovered, she created The Parenting Mojo Podcast – a resource for parents of toddlers and preschoolers that’s based on scientific research and respectful parenting principles. On today’s episode, we are learning about Jen’s personal background, her journey towards motherhood, and what her top parenting tips are for developing a loving and respectful relationship with your children.
May 3, 2018
Can what we put into our bodies improve how we feel emotionally before, during and after pregnancy? Registered dietitian and functional nutritionist, Alison Boden, is here today to discuss a critical but often neglected factor in women’s health throughout the fertility journey: food. Alison shares her story on what brought her to functional nutrition, what propels her to continue in this field and how what we eat can impact our fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey.
April 26, 2018
Can you transform how you show up as a mother, partner and individual? Dena Farash believes so. After coming to a crossroads in her life, Dena realized that she could either live a life of constant mom-meltdowns or she could consciously choose to be the mother, partner and person she knew she already was. This realization brought rise to her creating The Mindful Mom Revolution – a online and in person community where you can share stories and learn mindfulness tips and techniques to bring into your life and home. On today’s episode, Dena is sharing her personal motherhood journey, how The Mindful Mom Revolution came to be, and why she’s so passionate about bringing mindfulness to parents everywhere.
April 19, 2018
What if, in the midst of your infant daughter’s terminal cancer, you decided to see her diagnosis and every last moment you had left with her as a gift? For Katerina Mayants, this was a reality. At 25 years old, her infant daughter died and while going through what is easily every parents worst nightmare, she awakened to connection, love and purpose. On today’s episode, Katerina is sharing her personal story, how she dealt with the death of her daughter and how she’s now through her new book Happiest Mom On The Block she’s helping mother’s all over the world reignite their fire within.
April 12, 2018
What if you could document a “day in the life” of your parenthood journey as it is in this moment? If you ask me as a mother to a two year old, there’s nothing I’d wish for more than to have my daughter remember the days we have had together. So when I was introduced to Deborah Barak, a Documentary Family Photographer who captures the everyday messy and beautiful in-between moments of parents and children’s lives, I was all ears. After having Deborah in my home to document my and my daughter’s life, I invited her to be a guest on The Expectful Podcast. On today’s episode she’s sharing her passion for connection and how she’s bringing the love between parents and children to life through her photography. The moments Deborah captured of me and my family which are showcased here in this post will forever be some of the most treasured gifts of my life.
March 29, 2018
Can meditation support you through fertility, miscarriage and pregnancy? The founder of Ziva Meditation and Expectful’s Meditation Expert, Emily Fletcher is here to speak about how meditation helped her through her fertility journey and miscarriage and how it’s supporting her now throughout pregnancy. Emily is also sharing her top tips for how to have a healthy, mindful, and happy fertility and pregnancy journey.
March 22, 2018
When a baby is born the world seems to focus on childcare, but what about mothercare? Enter Dayna Kurtz, the brains behind Huffington Post’s Mother Matters blog. From postpartum depression and “baby blues” to healing meals and postnatal exercise, Kurtz guides new and veteran mothers alike through the best practices to care for themselves as they care for their children. On today’s episode, Dayna is sharing her personal motherhood journey and how she started using her background in social work and exercise science to help other mother’s navigate the emotional and physical side of this time in their lives. Now Dayna has put all of her knowledge and years of experience into a book – “Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom” available for preorder here.
March 15, 2018
What if there were things you could do to improve your child’s brain development in the first few years of their life? Jessica Rolph is a mother of three and the CEO & Cofounder of Lovevery – a new child development company that helps parents feel confident in making the most of each learning stage. Jessica also was a Founding Partner at HappyFamily which is the #1 organic baby, toddler, and kid’s food in the US. On today’s episode, Jessica is sharing her personal story with motherhood, what it was like starting HappyFamily and why she decided to switch focus to helping to improve child development with Lovevery alongside her partner Rod Morris.
March 8, 2018
Can food sensitivities impact your fertility? When today’s guest Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. Although she accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization, she realized years later that the real root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. Now, as a certified Life and Health Coach and the author of Fabulously Fertile and Fabulously Fertile Cookbook, Sarah is helping women get pregnant naturally using functional medicine. On today’s episode, Sarah is sharing her personal journey with infertility, how she later used food to heal her body, and what you can do to better understand how certain foods can impact your fertility.
March 1, 2018
Can practicing yoga during pregnancy help you feel more empowered during birth and motherhood? In Sage Caprice Abowitt’s experience, it can and has for so many of her prenatal students and doula clients. Sage Caprice Abowitt is a Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in Brooklyn, New York. On today’s episode, Sage Caprice is sharing why she became a prenatal yoga instructor and how yoga can support women physically, mentally and emotionally during birth and postpartum.
February 22, 2018
Could infusing more grace into how you parent change your relationship with your children? Today’s guest, Sophia Johnson believes so and is here to share why. Sophia Johnson is a blogger and Instagram influencer who helps to women and mothers to live a life of continual growth and self-love. On today’s episode, Sophia is talking to us about why the word “grace” has transformed the way she treats herself and her two young girls, and how writing and sharing her story with her online community has helped her heal from past trauma and allowed her to be a better mother, wife and person.
February 15, 2018
Can body work help women heal after a cesarean birth? After having an emergency c-section with her second child, Amanda Coslor felt unprepared when her recovery was more challenging than she anticipated. In effort to heal herself, she turned to somatic recovery and was so astonished by the results that she became trained in the somatic system known as biodynamics so she could help more women like herself heal after giving birth. On today’s episode, Amanda is sharing her personal story, what somatic recovery is and how it’s being used to help women and men heal from trauma all over the world.
February 8, 2018
What if you viewed pregnancy as a time to regain trust within yourself and your body? After going through a high risk pregnancy and emergency c-section with her twin girls, today’s guest Heidi Kristoffer decided that during her second pregnancy she was going to be in control of her own experience. This decision led Heidi to reclaim trust within herself and her body as she came up against resistance when she made the choice to have a VBAC halfway through her pregnancy. On today’s episode Heidi is sharing her two very different motherhood journeys, how each of them have shaped her into the person she is today and why with a little trust, she believes every woman can be the driver of their own story.
February 1, 2018
Could living and speaking your truth help you be a better parent to your children? Ask today’s guest Lauren Zander this question you’ll hear a big “YES!” Lauren Zander is a mother of three, the Co-Founder of Handel Group, and the author of “Maybe It’s You: Cut The Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life.” On today’s episode, Lauren is sharing how she got into Life Coaching, why speaking the truth is at the core of her teachings, and what she’s learned about parenthood through her own motherhood experience and through coaching numerous parents over the course of her career. I am personally really excited to share Lauren’s wisdom with you today because her Dream Your Life weekend workshop transformed my life when I attended it just a few months after giving birth to my daughter.
January 26, 2018
Why does capturing moments as a parent matter? This is a question that Sarah-Jane Kurtini (SJ for short) thinks about on a daily basis. SJ is a mother of two and the founder of Tinybeans, a Modern Baby Album App that provides parents with a happy and safe space to share and enjoy their children’s life stories with family. On today’s episode, SJ shares how she got involved in Tinybeans, how her relationship with time influences her work at Tinybeans, and why she’s so passionate about helping parents document and share their children’s lives in safe and fun space.
January 18, 2018
How does a seasoned meditation teacher process the uncertainty of birth, breastfeeding, and new motherhood? After experiencing a radically different birth and postpartum than planned, Margaret Nichols, the founder of Urban Oneness, decided to share her motherhood story with Time Magazine in an effort to dispel the myth of “perfect motherhood.” On today’s episode, Margaret is taking us deeper into her journey through pregnancy, birth and motherhood, sharing how she got interested in the practice and teaching of meditation and how her meditation mindset both prepared her and threw her for a loop during birth and postpartum.
January 11, 2018
What if you looked at birth not just as the day you meet your baby but as the day you experience birth? This is the question that floated around Sarah Bivens head when she decided at 22 weeks pregnant to transition from having a hospital birth to having a home birth. Sarah Bivens is a balanced lifestyle coach, podcaster and mamapreneur. She co-hosts the Doing It At Home podcast with her husband, Matthew, and has recently launched her own podcast – The Balance and Motherhood Podcast. On today’s episode, Sarah is sharing her birth and postpartum journey, why she decided to transition from having a home birth halfway through her pregnancy and how she’s helping new moms find balance.
January 4, 2018
Could stepping into our fear help us be better mothers and humans? Juanita Galvis believes so and is here to share how moving towards fear has transformed how she lives her life and how she mothers her three sons. Juanita is the Head of Social Impact Advocacy and Impact Travel for The Assemblage in New York City. On today’s episode, Juanita is taking us on a journey through how a trip to Greece led to her helping refugees and a chance encounter with a woman there transformed her life’s purpose forever. She’s also speaking about how mothering three boys at all different stages of her life has given her great insight into who she is and who she wishes to become.
December 28, 2017
Could practicing five universal principles after giving birth help you heal your body, balance your emotions and restore your vitality during postpartum? Kimberly Ann Johnson believes so and is here to explain how. Over nine years ago, Kimberly gave birth and was left with severe tearing in her pelvic floor, constant low back sacral pain, hemorrhoids, and searing pain during sex. Unable to get the support she needed, Kimberly set out on a journey towards healing herself, traveling all over world to study how other cultures approach birth and postpartum. The wisdom and tools that she brought back with her became the foundation for her new book The Fourth Trimester – A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality. On today’s episode, Kimberly shares the five universal truths of the fourth trimester, how they can support you after giving birth and what we can do as a society to help bring more postpartum care to our communities.
December 21, 2017
Does meditation change the way you show up as a parent? Meditation teacher and father, David Harshada Wagner, believes so and is here to share how diving deep into meditation and inner yoga can transform the way you show up for yourself and your children. In today’s episode, we are learning about David’s personal journey with meditation, why he believes these spiritual practices can transform us and how he uses his own teachings to be a more compassionate, caring and understanding father.
December 14, 2017
What if there was a bassinet that could swaddle, soothe and rock your baby to sleep so that you and your little one could get more rest? This is the question Dr. Harvey Karp pondered and later made a reality when he created the SNOO Smart Sleeper, the first responsive bassinet that boosts sleep for babies and parents. Aside from being the founder and CEO of the SNOO, Dr. Harvey Karp is also a nationally-renowned pediatrician, child development specialist, and author of the best-selling Happiest Baby and Happiest Toddler parenting guides. On today’s episode, we’re speaking about why Dr. Karp is so passionate about helping new babies and parents gets more rest, the surprising connection between postpartum depression and sleep deprivation and how the SNOO can support you and your infant. Dr. Karp was also so gracious to offer all of our podcast listeners $350 off of their SNOO Sleeper from now until the end of December 2017. To get that discount go to and use the discount code EXPECTFUL (in all caps) at checkout.
December 7, 2017
Can you balance your hormone symptoms naturally with food, supplements and self-care? Today’s guest, Alisa Vitti, says yes and is here to help you understand how you can start living in flow with your hormones. Alisa Vitti is an integrative nutritionist, hormone expert, and best-selling author of WomanCode. She is also the founder of, a trusted virtual destination for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s to learn how to naturally balance their hormone and reproductive issues with her proprietary, “pro-hormonal,” five-step dietary process that treats the root cause of endocrine dysfunction. On today’s episode, Alisa is speaking about how she fixed her hormone symptoms naturally, how you can cure your own period symptoms ,and where you can go to get the tools to support you in your healing process.
November 26, 2017
Could our postpartum healing begin with looking within ourselves for what we need? Rachelle Garcia Seliga believes so and is here to share with us the wisdom that has been passed down to her – wisdom that she now teaches to people all over the world in her trainings. On today’s episode Rachelle is sharing her personal journey towards becoming a midwife and why she’s shifted her focus towards more Well-Woman Care and ceremonial work. We’ll also be learning about Rachelle’s INNATE Postpartum Care Certification Training and how you can signup for her next one coming up in New York City.
November 23, 2017
What if storytelling could help you release shame and at the same time ignite hope and healing in yourself and others? To today’s guest, Alex Elle this isn’t a question but rather a truth of her own life story. Alex Elle is an author, poet and the podcast host of hey, girl. In her pre-teen years, writing came into Alex’s life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing. Many years later, her voice and words are being shared poetically in the form of self-love and self-care. On today’s episode Alex is talking to us about her writing, her healing, her teenage pregnancy and how her and her husband lost and found hope through their own fertility journey.
November 15, 2017
Is the work we do on ourselves the most important work we could be doing? Kim Gorski believes so and is a living example of it. Kim Gorski is the podcast host of Balance Over Perfect and a Wellness, Mindset, Social Media and Breakthrough Coach. She has been with her husband for over thirteen years, married for over four and has been on her fertility journey for a year. On today’s episode, Kim is taking us into her personal story – from childhood to teenage years – and telling us how shifting her focus to self-healing in both her fertility and life journey has helped her to show up for herself and her husband in a loving, open and compassionate way.
November 9, 2017
Could the foundation of raising children who love themselves begin with how we love ourselves? January Harshe believes so and has began a Self-love Generation movement on top of her already massive following as the founder and face behind Birth Without Fear. On today’s episode, we are going to discuss why January started Birth Without Fear and what happens at her Find Your Village events. We’ll also be learning how self-love has evolved for her over these last few years and why it’s a big part of her focus today.
November 2, 2017
Could asking questions about the women that came before you help you better understand your own motherhood journey? Genevieve Slonim believes so and is here to explain the role that ancestral women’s wisdom plays in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Genevieve is a mother of three, the founder of Birth Of A Mama, a Therapist, a Narrative Family Practitioner, a Childbirth Educator, and a Birth and Postpartum Doula. On today’s episode, Genevieve is speaking to us about identity, postpartum community care, and how your ancestor’s stories around birth and motherhood could hold great insights and lessons for you as you walk your own motherhood path.
October 29, 2017
Should we be interested in our reproductive health before we’re even ready to start a family? Ashley Spivak and Natalia Hailes think so, and are here to open up a bigger conversation around our reproductive health. Ashley and Natalia are the founders of Brilliant Bodies and the co-creators of Cycles & Sex. Through their work as birth doulas and reproductive educators, Ashley and Natalia encourage people to tap into their own brilliance by bringing awareness to their mind and body. On today’s episode we are learning about what got Ashley and Natalia interested in becoming doulas, how Brilliant Bodies got started, and why they are on a mission to help women embrace and celebrate their hormonal, menstrual, reproductive and sexual health through their incredible Cycles & Sex events. Want to attend Cycles & Sex LA on November 4th and get 50% off your ticket?  Go to and use discount code EXPECTFUL at checkout for half off the original price!
October 26, 2017
Is it possible to balance motherhood and a high-end career? Vanessa Liu believes so, and is living proof that it’s possible. Vanessa is a start-up COO, Digital Media Entrepreneur and a mother of two. Along with the support of her husband, Vanessa has found a way to manage her time as a working mom and is here to shed some light on how you can too. On today’s episodes we’re learning about Vanessa’s personal journey to motherhood, the life-hacks she uses to save time, and why she’s so passionate about equal gender opportunity in and outside of the work place.
October 19, 2017
Is it possible to love your birth regardless of how your baby comes into the world? Anne Margolis believes so and is here to tell us how. As a midwife for over 20 years, Anne has delivered over 1,000 babies. Through her experience and training as a Registered Nurse, OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Nurse Midwife, Certified Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga Teacher and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner, she has mastered how to help women everywhere feel confident, empowered and relaxed as they approach birth – regardless of where or how they choose to have their baby come into the world. On today’s episode, Anne is sharing her personal birth stories, how they moved her to transition out of nursing and into midwifery, and why she’s passionate about empowering women through birth. Discount to Anne’s Love Your Birth course (exclusive for The Expectful Podcast listeners) link here. Use code EXPECTFUL at checkout for %25 off her course.
October 12, 2017
If more healthy pregnant women saw midwives instead of Obstetricians, would our maternal mortality rate be lower? Jeanne Faulkner believes so and is advocating for a shift in how we approach birth in the United States. Jeanne is an author, an editor, podcaster, registered nurse and mother of five. After working for 20 years as a labor and delivery nurse, Jeanne shifted her focus towards writing – addressing topics like women’s health, gender equality, politics, global maternal health, advocacy, parenting and feminism, to name a few. On today’s episode, Jeanne is sharing her background as a labor and delivery nurse, what she’s learned throughout her career and the changes she wishes to see in our birth culture moving forward.
October 5, 2017
Could sharing our pregnancy loss stories be the first step in helping to release the shame, self blame and guilt that can come with it? Psychologist and creator of #IHadAMiscarriage campaign – Dr. Jessica Zucker believes so. After experiencing her own pregnancy loss in 2012, Dr. Jessica Zucker has been on a mission to destigmatize pregnancy loss and help women and men feel less alone throughout it. On today’s episode Dr. Zucker is sharing her own experience with pregnancy loss, what she’s learned about grief throughout it and how she’s using her #IHadAMiscarriage to help women find community and build connection through their own unique journeys.
September 26, 2017
Could opening up a conversation about sex after birth be the first step towards healing? Kimberly Johnson believes so and is on a mission to help women reconnect with their sexuality and heal themselves after giving birth. Over nine years ago, Kimberly gave birth and was left with severe tearing in her pelvic floor, constant low back sacral pain, hemorrhoids, and searing pain during sex. Unable to get the support she needed, Kimberly set out on a journey towards healing herself, traveling all over world to study how other cultures approach birth and postpartum. The wisdom and tools that she brought back with her became the foundation for Magamama – the sum total of Kimberly’s international teaching + research, private conversations with legendary healers, and lived experience. On today’s episode Kimberly shares her birth and postpartum story, common sex issues that can arise after birth and how we can begin to heal postpartum.
September 21, 2017
Could pregnancy increase your athletic ability? Endurance Coach, Brittany Aäe believes so and has the science to back it up. Before Brittany became pregnant with her daughter, she had a hunch that the pregnant body is capable of doing much more than we give it credit for as a society. When she became pregnant, Brittany looked into the research behind pregnancy and athletic performance and found that most of what we believe to be true, isn’t. On today’s episode Brittany is sharing the top three false pregnancy myths, the science behind them and why the pregnant body is even more miraculous than we believed. Check out Brittany’s recent Seattle Times feature here.
September 14, 2017
What if people who have been through the fertility road could tell you everything they learned along the way? This is a question that today’s guest, Jake Anderson and his wife Deborah asked themselves when they hit their own roadblocks throughout their fertility process. After going to a few clinics themselves without much luck, Jake and Deborah decided that the best way they could navigate next steps was by asking other patients to review their own experiences. This mini experiment is what led them to their ideal clinic, and eventually to the conception of their now 16 month old son. In an effort to help more couples throughout this process they together founded Fertility IQ – A place where patients and doctors contribute all the fertility information you need to make the best decisions for you. On today’s episode we’ll be learning more about Jake and Deborah’s journey, what problem they are wishing to solve in the fertility space, and why they are so passionate about expanding this mission to as many patients as possible.
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