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We’re sitting down with famous women to hear all about their journeys to motherhood. PEOPLE editor Zoë Ruderman talks to celebs about everything from trying to conceive for years to surprise pregnancies, IVF to surrogacy, adoption to unexpected home births. Nothing is off limits in these emotional, candid, sometimes heartbreaking but always heartwarming interviews.

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Emily Skye

Emily Skye

2021-11-2431:22

Like many women, fitness expert and Instagram star Emily Skye had a detailed birth plan going into her second delivery. But not all births go according to plan. On this episode of Me Becoming Mom, Skye describes (in amazing detail) to host Zoë Ruderman what it was like to unexpectedly give birth to her son Izaac at home, with no doctor, on a playmat, with her older daughter Mia climbing on her. The influencer also shares how her relationship with her body changed after childbirth and explains that she’s thankful for her “saggy tummy.” Then, we speak to midwives Sarah McClure and Charli Zarosinski about planned home births and how that experience differs from a hospital delivery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

2021-11-1838:19

Within 72 hours, fitness expert and TV star Jillian Michaels became a mom twice over. While her then-partner was delivering their son Phoenix, she received the call that it was finally time to pick up her daughter Lukensia from an orphanage in Haiti. In this episode, Michaels tells host Zoë Ruderman about her years-long wait to adopt and how the gift of U.S. citizenship factored into her decision to adopt internationally. She also describes the pain of visiting then having to say goodbye to her daughter in Haiti multiple times before getting to take her home, why her daughter smacked her in the face when she finally came to pick her up, and why she didn’t come out publicly until after her adoption process was complete. Then, we speak to Rhonda Roorda, an expert on trans-racial adoption and ‘This Is Us’ consultant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2021-11-1141:462

Talk show host and journalist Tamron Hall gave birth at 48 years old, after years of struggling. She sits down with host Zoë Ruderman to share her long, expensive, and sometimes painful IVF journey, one that was filled with many injections by many loved ones in many strange places (airplanes! Ubers! hotels!). Tamron tells us why she named her son Moses (and not Bob), why she cried at first when she found out she was having a boy, and why she kept her pregnancy private for 32 weeks. Then we hear from real moms on what NOT to say to a friend going through fertility struggles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

2021-11-0439:42

Actress, activist and "Sorry Not Sorry" author Alyssa Milano sits down with host Zoë Ruderman to share her winding road to motherhood, including abortions in her 20s and multiple miscarriages. The mom of two also opens up about how surviving sexual abuse impacted her pregnancies and her experience of labor and delivery. The "Who's the Boss" and "Charmed" star reveals how her "vaginal birth or bust" plans didn't go quite as expected, why she's learned to love her C-section scar, and the reason her daughter shares a birthday with Beyoncé. Then, we speak to OB/GYN Dr. Danielle Jones (also known as Mama Doctor Jones) for real talk on having a baby after an abortion, sexual abuse and pregnancy loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shawn Johnson East

Shawn Johnson East

2021-10-2850:28

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East was used to her body doing exactly what she needed it to do. So her road to motherhood—one that included an unexpected pregnancy and a miscarriage—made her feel vulnerable in a totally new way. The mother of two opened up to host Zoë Ruderman about grappling with those emotions, how abusing her body as an elite gymnast caused pregnancy loss guilt, and the impact of her history of disordered eating. She also reveals the heartwarming reason she didn’t find out the sex of her first child. Then, we hear from Dr. Linda Shanti, an expert on the intersection of eating disorders, body image and pregnancy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss

2021-10-2140:22

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star and singer Kandi Burruss has become a mom in four unique ways. And on this episode of Me Becoming Mom, she gets characteristically candid and tells all. Kandi shares her story of going through IVF to have son Ace, and then making the "tough decision" to use a surrogate for her daughter Blaze. The Bravo personality also talks about the worst stigmas around surrogacy including the painful comment a friend made, what it was like to lose one of her twin embryos, and the advice she got from Andy Cohen about surrogacy that still makes her laugh. Then, we sit down with Kandi's surrogate Shadina Blunt about what it's like to be on the other side of surrogacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb

2021-10-1433:06

Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb joins host Zoë Ruderman to share everything about her road to motherhood and adopting two baby girls on the emotional premiere episode of PEOPLE's "Me Becoming Mom." Hoda talks about the cancer treatments that left her unable to conceive, a divorce that blindsided her and the revelation she had walking down the street that she was meant to be a mom. She opens up about how terrified she was to tell her relatively new boyfriend she wanted to adopt—and how she was willing to walk away from the relationship if he didn’t share her dream. Then, five things you need to know if you’re considering adoption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’re sitting down with famous women to hear all about their journeys to motherhood. PEOPLE editor Zoë Ruderman talks to celebs about everything from trying to conceive for years to surprise pregnancies, IVF to surrogacy, adoption to unexpected home births. Nothing is off limits in these emotional, candid, sometimes heartbreaking but always heartwarming interviews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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