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The goal of this podcast is to make the early days of parenting more connected. In show I focus on: birth, postpartum and parent mental health. This podcast is for soon-to-be-parents and parents of babies and toddlers. Each week this show will provide tips and resources to help you take care of yourself and your little ones.
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In today’s episode, we are discussing safe co-sleeping or bed sharing practices. Our guest to discuss this topic is Gail Root. With a life devoted to teaching, counseling, and guiding new parents into their most important role as loving caregivers, Gail Root has the perfect combination of child development knowledge and Perinatal Psychology experience.I've heard it said before that co-sleeping is like teenagers having sex. We can tell them not to do it, but at the end of the day many of them are going to do it anyway, so you might as well teach them how to do it safely. In this episode we discuss: Questions to consider concerning sleep for your familyChild’s temperamentYour gut instinctHow you sleepAttachment Parenting: can mean many things, most consider it to be an approach to raising children by listening to the cues of your child and responding to those cuesBeing responsive and sensitiveNurturing child through touchHolding/carrying baby a lotCo sleeping/bed sharing: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns against bed sharing, but it has quadrupled in US in last 25 years. AAP position, understandably, seeks to keep babies as safe as possible, appears to emerge from an abundance of cautionBreastsleeping: coined by Dr. James Mckenna, PhD, Director of the  Mother-Baby Sleep Lab at University of Notre DameCuddle curl: breastfeeding parent lays on side with knees up and stacked with arm tucked under head and curled around baby to create a protected spaceSafe way to co-sleep/bed share: On a flat and firm surfaceWith blankets away from babyIn cuddle curl positionBreastfeeding parent must be free of mind altering substances (alcohol, etc.) and should have not smoked cigarettes eitherMoms with long hair should have their hair pulled back into pony tailEnsure there is no gap between the bed and the bed frameA dock-a-tot is not recommended/considered safeThis is a way that the nursing parent can nurse during the night in the side-lying positionGail’s Recommended Book List: Good Nights, the happy parents guide to the family bed (and a peaceful nights’ sleep) by Gordon & GoodavageSafe Infant Sleep, Expert Answers to your cosleeping questions by Dr. James McKennaManaging the mother load, a guide to creating more ease, space and grace in motherhood by BoruckiThe Bottom line for baby by BrysonWhat no one tells you, a guide to your emotions from pregnancy to motherhood by Sacks & BirndorfHow to connect with Gail: Website: www.rootsandwingsparentcoaching.comEmail: How to get in touch with me: Follow me on InstagramFind other episodes at: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail me at Monthly Newsletter Support the show (
In today’s episode you will hear the great conversation that I got to have with Micah Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a sociologist and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. Dr. Johnson’s research centers around childhood trauma, behavioral health, and juvenile justice. Dr. Johnson trains, speaks, and teaches internationally on topics related to trauma, poverty, antiracism, and sustainable peace. Dr. Johnson recently published a children’s book entitled “Never Had a Friend.” In this episode we discuss the topic of explaining tough topics to your kids. This is such an important conversation and I find it very fitting to release it today, on Valentine’s day, because our discussion and Dr. Johnson’s work is all about promoting love and making this world a more compassionate and caring place. In this episode we discuss: Dr. Micah Johnson’s backgroundGoal: building peace and investing in young peoplePassion is to use creativity and art to deal with adversityDr. Johnson’s new children’s book: Never Had a FriendDiscussing tough topicsEmpowering parents to have hard conversations with young kidsEven as early as in pregnancy parents can start discussing with each other what moral foundation they want to establish for their familyParents can get used to talking about difficult topics with each otherAge appropriate ways to introduce these topicsBooks! Don't make it a huge deal or one time conversationExplain things as they come up and look at this as a lifelong discussion How to get in touch with Dr. Johnson: WebsiteEmail:  InstagramFacebookHow to get in touch with me: Follow me on InstagramFind other episodes at: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail me at Monthly Newsletter Support the show (
In today’s episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Nicole Johnson: founder of The Baby Sleep Site! I am particularly excited about this interview because I have been following The Baby Sleep Site for several years and it was very cool to get to interview Nicole who started it all! In this episode, Nicole provides us with tips and advice on how to transition your toddler from a crib to a toddler bed. We had a great conversation and Nicole explains what readiness signs to look for, how to transition smoothly and what to do when pitfalls arise. I am also really excited today for another reason...this week marks the one year anniversary of the Finding Your Village podcast! I launched this show on February 4th of 2020 and cannot believe that it has been a year already. I love getting the chance to discuss birth, postpartum and parent mental health topics with other advocates and educators in the hope of making the early days of parenting more connected. Thank you so much for listening to this show!In this episode we discuss: Nicole’s background and how she came to start The Baby Sleep Site:Advice on how to transition a toddler from a crib:Age range recommendation: 2-4 years oldReadiness signs to look for: can they follow directions and are they interested in a bedUse a ready to wake clock, like: The HatchUse a lovey or an attachment objectMake sure that sleep is going well in the crib and you have good baby sleep habits before you transition themClimbing out of crib: you do not necessarily need to transition them right away if they start climbing out! They might only do it once. Transition them if it seems dangerous!Common pitfalls and how to handle themTry not to stay in the room with them for too long after doing the bedtime routineStart naptime routine 20 minutes earlier in the beginning and expect them to test the limits at firstDon’t give up on naps if they are under 3!Potty training and crib transition!If night training while potty training, either transition to a toddler bed a few weeks beforeOr keep them in the crib if your potty trained child still needs your help going potty at night How to get in touch with NicoleWebsiteEmail: InstagramFacebookHow to get in touch with me: Follow me on InstagramFind other episodes at: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail me at Monthly Newsletter Support the show (
The topic of today’s episode is: VBACs or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I had the honor of interviewing Jen Kamel for this episode. Jen is the founder of VBAC  In this episode Jen shines a light on the misconceptions about the safety and risks associated with VBACs and we discuss ACOGs current recommendation as well as the data surrounding this topic. I hope this episode educates and encourages any parent who has previously had a Cesarean birth and is considering their options for their next birth. In this episode we discuss:Jen’s background and how she came to start VBACfacts.comWhat is a VBAC?Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: when someone has a Cesarean section birth in a prior pregnancy and then they decide that they want to labor and have a vaginal delivery with their subsequent childLanguage is important! Patients/clinicians should use the phrase: “Planning a VBAC"What risks are associated with Laboring After a Cesarean?The risk of uterine rupture after 1 previous low transverse Cesarean birth without induction or augmentation is 0.4% How do the risks of a VBAC compare to the risks of complications from a Cesarean?Both are associated with rare adverse outcomesThe most talked about risk associate with VBAC is: uterine rupture after 1 previous low transverse Cesarean birth without induction or augmentation is 0.4% A major risk associated with Cesarean is placental abnormalities like Placenta Accreta, this increases with each prior C-sectionDo the risks differ with a first VBAC vs. VBA2C or multiple C-sections, or babies?Risk of uterine rupture decreases after a first VBACVBA2C stands for: Vaginal Birth After 2 CesareansWhat steps can you take in pregnancy and labor to increase chances of having a VBAC?Find out if your provider is supportive of VBACAsk questionsAsk for evidenceResearch your options for second opinions or finding another provider if your provider is not supportive of your choicesMindsetSurround yourself with a bubble of peace and supportive peopleHave a mindset of: I am going to Labor After CesareanArm yourself with the factsYou can talk confidently about your choicesAdvocate for yourselfFamiliarize yourself with the evidence How has COVID affected C-section rates in general, in the US? Jen is hosting a panel to discuss this in the VBACfacts professional membership next month How to get in touch with Jen and WebsiteInstagramFacebookHow to get in touch with me: InstagramFind other episodes at: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail me at Monthly Newsletter Support the show (
For those of you listening to the show for the first time, let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda and I live in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband and two kids who are 4 and 2. I am currently training to become a childbirth education mentor and my goal of this show is to make the early days of parenting more connected. Please follow the show on Instagram @findingyourvillage to see more about birth, postpartum and parent mental health. Today we are discussing the topic of how to find childcare, especially if you are a first time parent. My guest is Shannon Parola, who has spent the past 15 years as a career nanny, newborn care specialist, and now mom of a beautiful one year old baby girl. As a mom and childcare provider, she has a unique perspective and insight for parents and nannies. Due to COVID, she’s opened a Childcare Coaching service to help parents navigate the various childcare options available to them. In this episode we discuss:Things to discuss with your partner before baby arrives:What your childcare expectations areWhat your budget isTwo different ways to find a nanny:Research yourself, put out ads yourself and manage the interviews yourselfHire an agency (extra fees associated)If you are going about it on your own, where to start looking: Care.comSittercity.comYour neighborhood/local community Facebook groups and Moms groupsNannies vs. Daycares are like Apples and Oranges!Listen for Shannon’s fantastic analogyIt often comes down to budgetProcess for hiring a Nanny:Spell out your expectations in a job description: hours, pay, vacation time etc.Create an ad and post to the above areas to lookSchedule and conduct interviews with applicantsWhen you find someone that is a good fit, have them come over for a trial day or weekCreate a contract How to get in touch with Shannon: Website: InstagramSupport the show (
In this episode, I had the honor of interviewing my Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Shelley DiCecco. I met Shelley a month after having my first baby and she helped me in so many ways. She helped me heal from pain using the restroom after having a vaginal birth. She helped me heal from Diastatis Recti...twice, which is the focus of today’s episode. Also, I have an announcement...I am launching a monthly FYV newsletter that will recap the episodes from that month and a few other helpful resources about birth, postpartum and parent mental health. For those that sign up for the newsletter on my website, you will get access to a video of me demonstrating the ab approximation exercise that I used to heal my Diastasis Recti after both of my pregnancies. Sign up using this link!Follow me on InstaIn this episode we discuss: Shelley’s background as a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Shelley is a PT at The Sports Rehabilitation CenterShe also teaches entry level Physical Therapists at a medical school in AtlantaWhat does a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist do? My story with a Pelvic Floor PT:Helped me heal from pain using the restroom after having a vaginal birthHelped me heal from Diastatis Recti...twice, after both of my pregnanciesPart of the program was visits to see a PT regularly and doing exercises comprised of ab approximations for 30 minutes a dayWhat is Diastasis Recti? When a PT is checking you for how wide a separation you have they should be checking in 3 places Above belly buttonAt belly buttonBelow belly buttonJust wearing a splint, brace, wrap or doing ab contractions will not bring the linea alba close together enough to heal. Doing ab contractions and crunches will actually make your DR worseThe only true way to FULLY heal from DR is to approximate your rectus abdominus muscles while you do rehabilitation exercise. How to do this: Lay on the ground, push your fingers down into the sides of your belly, then squeeze your fingers and belly skin/muscles toward each other, then contract your abs in and hold for 10 secondsRepeat this for 3 sets of 30 Sign up for my newsletter here to see a video of me demonstrating this exercise. Including my adorable belly donut!Exercises and activities to avoid when you have a Diastasis Recti: PlanksCrunchesAb exercises without doing an approximation firstMost mainstream forms of yoga and pilatesHow to find a Pelvic Floor Physical TherapistYou may need a referral from your OB, midwife or other practitioner, depending on your state and insuranceAsk for a referral at your 6 week postpartum visitGo to to find a Pelvic Floor PT in your areaHow to get in touch with ShelleyEmail: Thank you so much for listening and don’t forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter to see a video of the ab approximation exercise!  Support the show (
In today’s episode I speak with Christa Bevan of The Radical Mother Village about dynamic self care! Christa is a Dynamic Self Care Coach for Radical Mothers. She is also a TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises) Provider and a Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor. What in the world are Radical Mothers, you might ask? Those moms who are doing work to break cycles of generational trauma by doing work on themselves to heal from their own wounds so they can model healthy behavior for their children!  If you are curious about what exactly dynamic self care is listen to the rest of this episode and I hope you can learn how to integrate this concept into your life.In this episode we discuss: Dynamic Self Care which is made of 3 pillars:self awarenessself loveself compassionDynamic Self Care is how you can care for yourself and nourish yourself on a deep level. She differentiates “Dynamic Self Care” from “Pinterest self care”“Dynamic Self Care” are the activities to reset your nervous system and that nourish you on a deep levelIt enables you to mother from a place of feeling calm, collected and in controlChrista shares her Awakening to Love storyHer realization between the link between her autoimmune condition, Celiac Disease, and her realization that she did not have self-loveNervous System ResponsesEverything that your nervous system does is in service of survivalThe types of stress responses that your body goes into:Social Engagement stress responseFight or Flight stress responseFreeze responseHow to use the Dynamic Self Care model to discharge stressful energyBe self aware about the times that you feel activated, then notice things that make you feel nourished afterward vs. feel distractedWhen you are aware that you are in this state you can use activity to discharge the energy: ExercisePhysical movementCryingLaughingSpeak to yourself positively, imagine what you would say to a best friend and say that to yourselfCultivate a radical self acceptance of who you areWe discussed the Enneagram as a way of knowing insight about yourself as a place to startHow to get in touch with Christa: Website: Facebook Group: Podcast: Christa’s Podcast is launching on January 21st! Look for it and subscribe where you listen to your podcasts: The Radical Mother VillageFollow me on InstagramFind other episodes at: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail me at Support the show (
Today to kick off the new year I have a really special episode for you. This week I am doing a podcast swap with Tracy Wilson of The Melanated Mom Podcast. This episode will be airing here on Finding Your Village and later this week on her show The Melanated Mom Podcast.I had a great conversation with Tracy about hard topics. We talked about social injustice, the Super Hero complex that many of us moms get lost in, we discussed race and white privilege and the thread that took us through it all was the idea of finding joy in the midst of injustice. While that is very difficult to do and takes a brave and vulnerable person to do, it is really important, especially now and for parents to model for their kids. I think this conversation is a really important one to start the year off with and I am so grateful and honored to have had this conversation with Tracy. Thank you so much for listening!In this episode, we discuss: The importance of making time for yourself as a momSuper Hero SyndromeRace and white privilegeTracy shared a personal experience that she had within her neighborhoodAnti-racism resourcesWe also recommend following Ebony Janice on Instagram to find out more about  sustaining joy in anti-racism work. She is @ebonyjaniceHow we metThrough Lisa Sharon Harper’s Instagram Live videoWe both found her by watching a conversation that she had with Jen Hatmaker, which we both highly recommend that everyone watch: White Women’s Toxic TearsThe importance of cultivating self compassionJoy for us has been created through: making connections, letting go of guilt, letting go of the Super Hero Syndrome and cultivating self compassionI shared my biggest lesson in my quest for knowledge and understanding of racial reconciliation: accepting the need to listen to difficult stories from the past and getting comfortable with our horrific and really uncomfortable historyOne resource that really helped me on my journey is reading Be The Bridge by Latasha Morrison and then joining a Be The Bridge GroupThe importance of talking to our kids about the history of racism in this country To truly experience joy, we have to let go of our “safe space” and get vulnerableHow to connect with Tracy:Instagram: @melanatedmompodcastWebsite: to connect with me: Instagram: @findingyourvillageWebsite: www.findingyourvillagepod.comEmail: amanda@findingyourvillagepod.comSupport the show (
Today I am talking to Mallory Millet about all things bottle feeding. Mallory is a Speech Language Pathologist and the founder of the Feeding Mom. In this episode we discuss the need for resources and support for bottle feeding parents. Mallory is going to give us five recommendations for what parents should know about bottle feeding to encourage optimal oral development. In this episode we discussed: Who is The Feeding Mom? Moving past the notions of “breast is best” vs “fed is best”What are the gaps in service for bottle feeding parentsMallory’s top 5 recommendations to encourage optimal oral development:Buy at least 3 different types of bottle nipples to allow your baby to try to see which one they preferUse the paced feeding strategy and the elevated side lying positionHave baby elevated and lying on their sideWatch your baby’s cues for when they need to suckle rather than drinkCheck out Mallory’s videos on Instagram to see an example of how to do this: @infant.feeding.specialistLearn your baby’s cues for when they are hungry vs. full Pay attention to how many ounces baby drinks in a 24 hour period rather than at each feedingThe amount will change depending on the time of dayCreate a routine rather than a scheduleReach out for help if you are experiencing any issuesHow to get in touch with Mallory: Instagram @infant.feeding.specialistWebsite: www.thefeedingmom.comThank you so much for listening to the show today. Please feel free to reach out to Mallory on Instagram or via her website, and I have linked to both in the show notes on I wanted to say Happy Holidays to everyone. My family celebrates Christmas and I am going to  take a break this coming week to spend time with my family and celebrate this holiday. I will be back with a new episode on January 3rd. I have some great content lined up for 2021. Also, I have a question for you listeners: what pregnancy or postpartum topics are you interested in hearing about this next year? Please send me a DM on Instagram at FindingYourVillage or send me an email at Have a happy holiday and stay safe and healthy!Support the show (
In today's episode I am talking to Taryn Rioseco about building a strong parent-child connection. Taryn is a certified Hand and Hand Parenting educator and she is here today to explain what Parenting by Connection is and she is going to give us five tips on how to better connect with your toddler. In this episode we discussed: How she got started with supporting parents at A Mother’s Haven in Los AngelesWhat is Parenting By Connection? When a child is having a hard time, like having a temper tantrum for example, the Parenting By Connection model helps your child feel more connected to you. When a child is in an escalated emotional state, they need their parents help them regulate their emotions and they need a parents presence and supportParenting experts that Taryn and I recommend: Janet LansberyDr. Laura MarkhamAlfie KohnLawrence CohenDr. Harvey KarpFive tips on how to connect better with your toddlerStay Listening: listening to your childs upset all the way through. Hear them out and let them know that you are there to support them through that hard moment. i.e. I can see that you are really upset I am going to sit here with you and I that it is really hard when you feel upsetSetting Limits: creating boundaries with support and not letting your child walk all over you. Play Listening: focusing on playful parenting. The goal is laughter, a way to turn a hard moment around into a playful, funny moment.Special Time: a short period of time that you have with your child with no distractions. Set a timer, put your phone/computer away and give them your full attention for 10-15 minutes. Listening Partnerships: this is a parent to parent tool. Find someone you don’t know super well to take turns weekly to vent to each other about whatever is going on in your life. This is not therapy, your listening partner is just there to listen, not give advice. Set a timer and take turns sharing/venting. Find out more: How to get in touch with Taryn:  Instagram: @herewegrowatlWebsite: music classesThank you so much for listening to the show today. Please feel free to reach out to Taryn on Instagram or via her website!Also, I would love to hear from listeners, please send me a DM on Instagram @FindingYourVillage. Support the show (
Before I share about today’s wonderful podcast topic I wanted to give an update on a change that I am making in this show. When I first started this podcast I thought a lot about the bigger picture, how I wanted to serve the podcast community and new parents. The first thing I came up with was: making parenting easier. I had good intentions, however, I have realized along my parenting journey, and my podcasting journey that that was a bunch of baloney sandwiches. Parenting is hard. End of story. No amount of tips and tricks will make it easier. That is the difficult news, the good news is that we are all in it together. So, my new goal of this show is to make parenting more connected. That honestly is what parenting in a village is all about, being connected. In today’s episode I connected with another podcasting mom, Cara Romanik. In talking with Cara I learned so much about today’s topic, which is clubfoot. Cara from the Glow Up Gals podcast joined us to graciously share about her son’s journey with Clubfoot. It is the most common birth defect and affects about 1 in 1000 children. One of my favorite things that Cara shared in this episode is that she got to witness how resilient her son was from the day that he was born. That touches my heart and makes me feel so proud to be a fellow mother alongside her. In this episode we discuss: What is Clubfoot?a birth defect that about 1 in 1000 children will be diagnosed with How is it treated? Used to be surgical There is now a less invasive method called The Ponseti MethodThe Ponseti Method consists of 3 steps:The casting phase, which slowly moves the foot week by weekA tenotomy, which is a surgical release of the achilles tendon, which is performed with local anesthesiaBoots and Bar, the final phase (and longest) of treatment, in which the child must wear a brace for 23 hours a day at first and then only at night by about 6 months of ageCara shared her story of finding out about her son’s Clubfoot during her 20 week anatomy scanShe also shared how she found a great community of supportive parents online. She recommends connecting with the following Facebook groups: you would like to learn more about Clubfoot, Cara recommends the following resources: miraclefeet.orghopewalks.orgclubfootclub.orgHow to connect with Cara:Instagram: @caraconnects and @glowupgalspodcast Email: glowupgalspodcast@gmail.comThank you so much for listening to the show today!If you would like to connect with me I am on instagram @findingyourvillage. Let me know what you have thought of the show so far or if you have any episode ideas or would like to come on the show as a guest. You can also email me directly at Support the show (
In today’s episode I spoke with 3 Pediatric Sleep Consultants about baby sleep. I have compiled a list of common baby sleep questions that new parents have and our experts have answered those questions today!Our Sleep Consultants:Amanda Israel: Lullaby Magic Sleep ConsultingIG: @LullabyMagicSleepConsultingwww.lullabymagic.comSteffi Edwin: Jolie Sleep ConsultingIG: @JolieSleepwww.joliesleep.comShannon Buhera: Nights and NapsIG: @Nights_andnapswww.nightsandnaps.comBaby Sleep Questions: How do you get a baby to sleep in their own crib instead of in their parents bed? Parents must be ready for this transition Choose the right sleep training method: for instance the Sleep Lady ShuffleMake a plan and be consistent!Establish bedtime routine and safe sleep environmentWhat do you do when your baby has their days and nights mixed up?Open your blinds during the day to help your baby identify awake-timeCreate a consistent bedtime routineWake up your baby from a nap after 2 hoursHow do you get a baby to stop waking up multiple times at night? The goal is for your baby to fall back asleep on their ownWhen your baby wakes up give them a chance to fall back asleep on their own for a minuteBreak a negative sleep association (don’t nurse or rock them to sleep)Get a video baby monitor When do you stop swaddling an infant and how do you help them fall asleep and stay asleep without the swaddle? Ways to transition them: Swaddle with their arms up with elbows tucked inSwaddle with one arm outCold turkey When to transition them:The AAP recommends to stop swaddling at 8 weeks of ageStop swaddling when your baby rolls over for the first time Swaddle transition products:Merlin Sleep SuitZipadee-ZipHalo Sleep SackNested Bean Zen SackDon’t give up on the swaddle!If your baby fusses try rocking them, on their side and saying shhhh close to their ear. They will likely calm down quickly. Try to a SwaddleMe to more easily swaddle your babyHow do you get your toddler to stay in their bed?The Silent Return:When your toddler comes out of their room, you silently walk them back to their room and put them back in bedDo this as many times as it takes, be consistent!Pick only one phrase to say to them and say nothing else: I love you, it is time to sleepGet an ok-to-wake clock, like the HatchReach out to Amanda, Steffi or Shannon to hire them as a Sleep Consultant if you would like one on one help!Also, all of the consultants that you heard today trained with Jayne Havens, founder of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management. If you are interested in becoming a Sleep Consultant yourself Jayne has offered all FYV listeners a $150 discount off her certification course. Just use the code: FYV150 at checkout when you register for the course at Thank you so much for listening! Support the show (
Welcome to Season Two of the Finding Your Village Podcast!!I am so thankful to Samantha Ecker, who is our guest for today’s show, which is about how you can encourage your child’s speech and language development. Samantha is a speech-language pathologist and a mom of three. She is the creator of Toddler Talking Tips and she believes that, with a little guidance, parents are capable of making a huge difference in how their toddlers communicate. In today’s episode we discuss: Samantha’s experience as a mom with her children’s speech developmentFirst child delayed with gross motor but ahead with language skillsSecond child delayed with language, ahead with motorKey principles all parents should know about language development:Input-Output Principle: the more language they hear, the more they learnLow-Pressure Principle: fewer questions and quizzingPrimary Skills Principle: there’s a hierarchy to language learningBack Up Principle: meet your child where they are, build on strengthsEarly Intervention programsComprehensive list of all Early Intervention Programs by StateWays to learn from Samantha:FreebiesLanguage Milestones Handbook: to Avoid Communication-Related Tantrums: The W.A.N.T. IT Way Course*: Teaches parents how to help their toddlers communicate without frustration: Which-OneAnticipationNon-Verbal CommunicationTemptations*Use code: VILLAGEPOD to get $30 off the W.A.N.T. IT Way Course!How to get in touch with Samantha: Instagram: @ToddlerTalkingTipsFacebook: @ToddlerTalkingTipsFacebook Group: MyTalkingToddlerThank you so much for listening! Support the show (
In today’s episode we are discussing pediatric functional medicine. Our guest is Juliana Nahas MD, who is a board certified integrative pediatrician and functional medicine expert. Her practice is in Covington, GA where she and her team use conventional and functional medical knowledge to treat diverse symptoms and conditions in children. Today, she and I are going to discuss what functional medicine is and how it can be especially helpful for children with chronic medical conditions. In the episode we discuss: What functional medicine is How it differs from conventional practicesFunctional medicine practitioners are like detectives!The gut microbiome and how important it is for it to be established wellProbiotics for infantsDr. Nahas’ recommendation for an OTC probiotic is: BioGaiaDr. Nahas prefers and recommends supplements from www.fullscript.comHow to get in touch with Dr. Nahas: Website: www.covingtonpediatrics.comFacebook: the show (
Today, we are talking about traveling the world with babies in tow! I am so fortunate that David Hoffman joined me as a guest a few weeks ago to discuss his journey into parenthood. David is a former classmate of mine from Northwestern and before the pandemic set in, he and his wife Liv spent a lot of their time traveling while working and raising their two daughters. The goal of the show today is to share David’s perspective of traveling and living in different cities around the world with a toddler and a baby!In this episode we discuss: David’s background: co-founded Next Big Sound and after it was sold to Pandora, he met his wife, LivDavid and Liv’s adventures traveling with their newbornWhat it was like to live in Air BnBs with a babyTraveling and pregnancy during the time of ZikaLiving in Quito, Ecuador at the beginning of their second pregnancyHow to find a babysitter in a new city!How the pandemic has informed their decision for where they are living now.David and Liv’s baby gear recommendations: Books: Home Game by Michael Lewis for the big pictureMom's On Call for schedulesStroller: Bugaboo Cameleon for 1 kidUppababy Vista for 2 kids if you're in a city Thule Chariot for towing behind our bikes, taking on walks and hikesTravel Bassinet: Babyhome Bassinet Travel Crib: Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib White noise: Spotify White Noise RainBag: The KAOS Diaper Bag (my wife sells it on our store and it's our go-everywhere bag)Thermos: a good Thermos for milk! (clean it ASAP or it gets nasty)Travel Diaper Pails: Munchkin Toss Portable Disposable Diaper PailHow to get in touch with David: Blue House: Seriously, Liv’s shop is beautiful. Check it out. InstagramThank you so much for listening to the show today! To hear past episodes of the podcast, go to or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts! Support the show (
In today's show we are discussing baby sleep again! Today, I talk to Anna Clifford, who is a Cincinnati based Sleep Consultant, that specializes in Gentle Sleep Training. Anna went through the Sleep Consultant Certification Program created by previous FYV podcast guest, Jayne Havens. Today,  Anna differentiates between Gentle Sleep Training methods and other methods that include Extinction or Crying It Out. The goal today is to explain what gentle sleep training is, debunk the misconception that all baby sleep training programs involve “Crying It Out”. We also discuss what it is like to work with a Sleep Consultant who specializes in Gentle Sleep training methods. In the episode we discuss: Anna’s background in gymnastics and how she became a Sleep ConsultantAnna also shares about her experience with getting her own babies to sleep!We share our “Binky Fairy” & “Paci Fairy” stories! What exactly is Gentle Sleep Coaching/Training? You teach your baby how to fall asleep independently, but you will give them assistance and help them calm down so that they can learn how to fall asleep on their own. You slowly decrease the amount of assistance that you provide over time. What happens typically when you start working with a Sleep ConsultantParents fill out intake formSleep Consultant learns about families routine, habits, information about the child and their current sleep habitsSleep Consultant creates custom sleep plan for family and discusses the plan over the phoneSleep Consultants usually offer different packages or tiers of service offerings depending on what each family needsHow to get in touch with Anna: FacebookInstagramIf you are interested in becoming a Sleep Consultant, like Anna, she was certified by the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management. If you are looking for a Sleep Training certification course, you can use code: FYV150 at checkout to get a $150 discount off the course at the show (
Today I have the privilege of airing the interview that I did with André and Kayleon Elliott about their experience with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). September is NICU awareness month and the Elliott’s story is a great one to share during this time. André and Kayleon live just outside of Charlotte, North Caroline with their little girl, Ariah. They both have a background in Ministry and Kayleon is the founder of By Grace Not Perfection. In today’s show, André and Kayleon share their story about having their baby prematurely and spending her first 45 days of her life in the NICU. The goal of our conversation is to bring awareness and advocate for NICU parents. Lets jump into the interview: In this episode we discuss: Kayleon shares about Ariah’s birth storyThe Elliott’s experience in the NICU How they got into NICU advocacyKayleon has created:NICU Keepsake JournalNICU Moms PlannerHow to get in touch with André and Kayleon: Two Hosts are Better website: Hosts are Better podcast: you so much for listening to the show today. This conversation was particularly impactful for me because my middle sister, Lauren, was born prematurely and with a complication that required surgery and a month long stay in the NICU. I was only 4 years old when she was born, but I remember it being a very scary and stressful time for my family. I’m so glad that the Elliotts are doing the work that they are for NICU advocacy. If you are interested in doing more or finding out more, I would encourage you to check out their resources listed above, as well as March of Thank you for listening to the show today!Support the show (
This week I spoke with Lara Elfstrand, who is a family resilience coach and postpartum doula, about how to create a resilient family! Lara calls herself a new parent sanity specialist and the goal of the show is to give you some tools on how to build resiliency in yourself as a parent and in your children as well. What we discuss in this episode: What is Resilience coaching and what can families hope to achieve The Gottman InstituteBringing Baby Home ClassThe KALM methodKALM Baby ClassLara has generously offered all listeners a 10% discount off her classes. Just use code FINDINGYOURVILLAGE at checkout at: www.little-elf.orgHow to get in touch with Lara: Website: www.little-elf.orgFree consultation: Thank you so much for listening to the show!Support the show (
Today we are discussing a very important topic: Postpartum Depression. Ronnisha Anderson is a mental health professional and certified professional life coach. Her mission is to provide her clients with support so they can flourish and empower themselves! Today, she and I share about our personal experiences with Postpartum Depression (PPD). Additionally, Ronnisha will discuss the intersection of PPD and Marriage and Family Therapy. In the this episode, we discuss: How Ronnisha realized she had Postpartum DepressionThe importance of self-awareness and doing inner workHow she remedied her PPD: therapyself-care and being intentional with her timeself-compassion, grace and kindnessRonnisha discussed how she decided to become a therapistshe hadn't gone to therapy herself until college!I share about my experience with PPD as well what it was like to experience this with a second child, but not the firstThe intersection of Postpartum Depression with Marriage and Family TherapyHow to get in touch with Ronnisha: Website:*Use code: FYV40 to get 40% off of Ronnisha’s coaching services!Facebook: @ronnishaalaineInstagram: @ronnishaalaineSupport the show (
Today I spoke with Laura Siddons about the 4th trimester. The goal of the show is to explain the concept of the fourth trimester and to promote support for new moms during this sacred postpartum period.Laura Siddons is the founder of The Nesting Place and The 4th Trimester Support Circle Program. In this episode we discuss: What the 4th Trimester is:"The fourth trimester is a period coined by Dr. Harvey Karp as the first 3 months of a baby’s life after birth."- Happiest BabyI highly recommend his book: Happiest Baby on the BlockWhat babies need during this timeWhat moms need during this timeRather than only register for baby items, parents can register for care services, postpartum support packages as well as breastfeeding and parenting classes! 4th Trimester Support Circle Program more in depthHow someone can joinNew Virtual Support Group starting on September 16, 2020How to get in touch with Laura:Instagram: @ThenestingplaceliWebsite: the show (
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