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The Motherhood Village Podcast

The Motherhood Village Podcast

Author: Nicole Cumberbatch

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Welcome to The Motherhood Village podcast!

The host Nicole Cumberbatch is a Mother, Corporate Career VP turned Mompreneur, Published Author, and Speaker.

After Nicole's son was born in 2017, she struggled with her career identity, postpartum anxiety, and balancing life with a newborn. She felt there was a need to have open and honest conversations about motherhood and the challenges mother’s face; so, she created her podcast, in 2019, and it's been a labor of love, for Nicole, to bring these powerful conversations to the podcast world!

The mission of The Motherhood Village podcast is to educate and empower mothers with informative and impactful conversations. Nicole believes that it takes a village to raise a child, but most importantly it takes a village to uplift a mother.

Consider this podcast as part of your motherhood village. All mothers know what's best for their families, but there is something special about hearing stories you can relate to and connecting with people that you can learn from.

Nicole wants to hear from her listeners so please send any questions or comments to And you may learn more about The Motherhood Village at
145 Episodes
Rosina DiBello is an award-winning documentary-style wedding photographer known for her photojournalistic and editorial style. With more than 23 years of experience, Rosina’s creativity, versatility, and ability to capture the essence of a moment have made her one of the most well respected and sought-after photographers in the country. She is a distinguished member of the international platform of elite Master Photographers and strives to continually push the limits and refine her craft. With her artistic talent and technical skill, Rosina expertly creates dramatic, natural and lifestyle images to suit the needs of her client. From first contact to image delivery, Rosina and her team of talented photographers deliver a unique and personalized experience that aims to provide the highest level of quality and customer service to all her clients. In this episode, Rosina and I discuss: Her love for photography and the journey to turn it into a successful business. What seperates her from other photographers. What her clients can expect with  "The Rosina Experience." The key to building and holding the momentum for her business. Some of the challenges she has faced as a business owner and working mom.  Connect with Rosina at and Instagram Resources mentioned in this episode: Healthy Parenting: How Your Upbrining Influences the Way You Raise Your Chicldren and What you Can do to Make it Better for Them by Janet G. Woititz Connect with me:  Instagram:  YouTube: The Motherhood Village - YouTube LinkedIn:  Website: Loved this episode? Leave a review and rating here:         
Caitlin Johnson is a foster parent recruiter for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Nevada. Caitlin has also been a licensed foster parent herself, and adopted children through this experience. Her experience in the child welfare and trauma-informed space include program design, web design, community program management, graphic design and marketing campaigns. The mission of SAFY is to preserve families and secure futures. Since 1984, SAFY has worked to ensure that every child and family can reach their full potential. In this episode we discuss: How lessons from foster parent training can help all parents build better connections with teenagers. Misconceptions people have about teenagers and teenagers in foster care. How parents can create a balance of respecting the autonomy and independence of their teens while also helping them make good choices. How to have difficult conversations with your teenagers.  How to build relationships with your teens, and help your teens build healthy relationships with others. You can connect with and learn more about SAFY and foster parenting & adoption on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Melissa Mayer is a Holistic Physical Therapist in Hampton Bays, NY. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and worked for many years as a physical therapist in New York City. Melissa has spent the majority of her life faithfully searching, contemplating, studying, and traveling. Along the way allowing in love, self awareness, and adventure, which have led to growth, expansion and freedom. She is also the author of, 'Recovering My True Self.' In the book she describes her experience donating her kidney to her husband and the associated transformational journey that came from that experience. Melissa is eternally grateful for all the miracles in her life and so excited to have the opportunity to share her journey with others, and be a conduit to healing. She spends her days treating patients, writing, meditating, doing yoga, walking on the beach, and spending time with her 2 daughters and husband. Her mission is to extend love and healing in any way she can, whether it be through her healing work, her book, a compassionate ear, a prayer or a smile. In this episode, we discuss: How she uses her highly sensitive traits as a super power. The transformative and miraculous experience of donating her kidney to her husband and how it changed her familys life.  The journey of reparenting ourselves as we parent our own children.  The joy of simplicity parenting. The importance of bridging traditional medicine with holisitic practices. How she's turned obstacles into opportunities. You may connect with Melissa on Instagram and learn more about her on her website. 
Melissa Rohlfs is a certified holistic health and life coach helping busy women break free from sugar without deprivation so they can be happy, healthy and love their life. She is committed to empowering women to break free from dieting, emotional eating and self-image issues so they can ditch the diet mentality, and feel empowered in their own skin. Melissa loves to teach women how to have their best body, best moods and best life, all by breaking free from sugar. After her own tumultuous history with food {withholding and then later in life, bingeing}, she learned how to deal with the core issues around her broken relationship with food. As a result, she felt called to go to school and learn to teach other women how to do the same. She graduated from the Health Coach Institute as a Holistic Health and Life Coach in 2018 and is the proud owner of Free 2 B Coaching. Melissa is a proud Boilermaker alumna living in Arizona with her husband, Chad and two kids!  In this episode we discuss: Healing our trauma before motherhood. The impact of food on our mental health & wellbeing.  How she broke free from sugar and built healthier habits.  The importance of teaching children the impact of food on our body.  You may connect with Melissa on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Download her Ultimate Guide to Body Freedom and Peace. 
Raven "Ray" Cruz is a proud mama, personal trainer, wellness Influencer, and entrepreneur. Along with her signature workout programs, she also trains on the number one women's live workout platform, Queen Warriors TV. Her mission is to teach people, specifically women & children, how to discover their strengths, tap into their mental power, and maximize their life. She wants people to fearlessly live their life to the fullest. This is Raven's second time on my podcast. In the first episode, we discussed her fitness journey and anticipation of motherhood.  In this episode we discuss: How she turned her fitness hobby into a successful business. Her journey into becoming a wellness influencer. How she helps women, especially mothers, build healthy habits. Overcoming the traumatic birth of her son; from planning a birth center birth to a c-section.  Allowing herself grace and patience to recover & heal from her c-section.  Her VBAC aspirations. You may connect with Raven on Instagram and her website Fit by Ray Cruz. 
Iman Alleyne is a best selling author, speaker, and advocate for learners. She has worked with children most of her life and after teaching Special Education in Public schools decided to create a program that would work for all learners. She earned her Master's in School Counseling in 2013 and is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Guidance Counseling. Iman has been featured on NPR, New York Times, and Miami Times as well as other outlets. Her mission is to connect families with the best educational opportunities for their learners, and to empower students to believe they can be leaders in their communities by incorporating passion based learning, hands-on education, and 21st century learning models.  She is currently the Principal of Kind Academy, a progressive microschool located in South Florida. In this episode we discuss: The future of education. Why progressve, microschools are important & becoming more prevalent. The benefits of conscious parenting. The importance of developing social and emotional intelligence in our children.  You may connect with Iman on Instagram, Facebook, and see her on YouTube ***Kind Academy currently has a few spots left (20 is the maximum). If parents work full-time but love the idea of homeschooling or individualized learning then definitely check out Kind Academy. The founding families tuition is set at $1000 less if parents apply and are accepted by June 1st.   
Amanda served in the Air Force for six years as a Civil Engineer including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. When her first son was born, she traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her son. Shortly after leaving the military, she began her blog Airman to Mom  as a creative outlet for her to share her experiences. Today she is a mom of two boys, a Space Force spouse, the author of Women of the Military, and the host and creator of Women of the Military podcast. Amanda is using her voice to help create resources for women who have served; while also inspiring the next generation of women to serve. In this episode, we discuss: Her journey from Airman to mom, blogger & podcast host. The challenges she faced while serving in the military and becoming a mom. Ways civilians can support military families. Her mission to help young women as they join the military.  The positive impact & challenges the military can have on military children. The importance of reaching out for help regarding mental health. You may connect with Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and download her free guide Girls guide to the military
Sara Horowitz was raised in Broward County, Florida before moving to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida for undergraduate and law school. During her tenure at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Sara studied abroad in Sydney, Australia for a summer semester, which she thoroughly enjoyed, and also participated in the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Advocacy Clinic, where she represented children in dependency and delinquency cases. Sara has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2009. After seeing the need for a firm with a focus on peacefully resolving family law matters, Sara founded Sara Horowitz PA, a boutique family law firm. Sara works closely with her clients in striving to achieve the best outcomes for each one. Sara has a passion for and has handled a considerable number of uncontested cases, including dissolutions of marriage, paternity cases, and adoptions, which assists clients in timely resolving their cases. Sara believes you need to embrace and understand the family dynamic in order to excel within family law and to assist parties in reaching amicable resolutions. She enjoys empowering her clients to embrace a new tomorrow. Through her experience and proven methods, Sara has successfully helped a number of her clients settle their cases outside of court. In this episode we discuss: Her journey to starting her own boutique law firm. What a successful case looks like. The difficulty of juggling a work/life balance with a family and career. How the divorce process (and any family law matter) does not have to be negative. The ugly side of litigious court battles. The umbrella of family law & the services she provides. You may connect with Sara on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Register for her free webinar, with The Motherhood Village, on Family Law here
Nellie Harden is a family life and leadership coach helping parents lead their daughters through the good, great, hard and sticky parts of childhood to the greatest and strongest beginning of their adulthood. Nellie helps families build leadership into the DNA of their family to elevate their family experience, and to set their kids up for a wildly successful future equipped with their own greatness. She is a wife, and mom to 4 daughters; whom she has been homeschooling for 7 years. She has a degree in biology and psychology, and knows that the best way to help the world is through one living room at a time! Her mission is to help parents build a foundation for their children to use their unique gifts and talents; so they may thrive in life and have an amazing family experience along the way. In this episode, we discuss: Her natural transition to becoming a family life coach. Preparing our children for adulthood with self-disciplined leadership skills. How we can lead our kids toward confidence, respect & wisdom. Making the most of the time we have with our children during their formative, and young adult years. You may connect with Nellie on Facebook, Instagram, listen to her podcast, join her masterclass, and work with her here . 
Aryan is the founder and CEO of TREMBLE, a chain of boutique Pilates studios in South Florida and growing. Aryan focuses primarily on strategy and vision as well as oversight on operations in the Company. She and her team work with a wide variety of clientele from beginners to professional athletes. As a former lawyer who started the business out of a passion, Aryan has used her skill set to scale a company without taking outside capital. She holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Miami and wants to use her education and experience to continue to empower women and the youth to enter into the entrepreneurship space, while giving back to the communities she works with. Aryan is a former lululemon ambassador, a featured speaker and moderator at the NFL Business Combine as well as numerous business podcasts. She also sits on the board for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with disabilities through fitness and wellness programming. In this inspiring episode, we discuss her successful entrepreneurial journey, as well as: How she pivoted from lawyer to entrepreneur. Learning customer service for her business. Creating a successful business mindset. What she learned during the pandemic and how she grew her business during that time. Her appreciation for mothers. What's next for Tremble. You may connect with Aryan on Instagram .
Danielle Vardaro is a proud working mom, Aviation Executive, global speaker, and a champion for women in the workplace. She holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and has spent her entire professional career in aviation. Danielle is currently the Vice President of Worldwide Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales for Commercial Aviation with Embraer where she leads a high-impact global team. Alongside her day job, she is committed to elevating the impact and presence of women in STE(A)M and is passionate about helping women actualize their full potential. She created the Unstuck Your Career Bootcamp for busy women on the verge of change, where she coaches women on the tactics, tools and strategies to dial in your purpose, get unstuck, level-up, and love what you do. Danielle is based in Boston, Mass. USA where she resides with her husband, and twin 4-year-old boys.  In this episode we discuss: Getting unstuck, and creating a career and work-life integration of your dreams. Navigating challenges & change while staying resilient throughout. Her frameworks & systems that helped her land her dream job. Her journey into STEAM. How she leveraged her network successfully. Her mission to elevate women and why we should all cheer each other on. Connect with Danielle on Instagram UYC  and Instagram DV    
Yana Gil de Montes is an international marriage coach on a mission to create a new paradigm for marriages all over the world. Her unique approach combines over 15 years of training with her experiences from her own marriage. After getting married and becoming a mom, Yana found herself falling into the unhealthy marital patterns she learned from her parents and realized that if she wanted to be happy and fulfilled in her relationship, she had to learn new ways of being married and living life. What she discovered after almost 16 years of training and development, thousands of hours of coursework, seminars and a spiritual awakening was a brand new paradigm for relationships and marriage and in collaboration with her husband Rick, they wrote and developed a life-changing marriage program that has saved and rebuilt marriage after marriage. Her mission is to support women in rediscovering connection and fulfillment in their marriage by healing the past, creating a strong vision and practicing loving and heart-centered communication where they honor themselves and their partner. In this episode we discuss: Creating a conscious marriage. Using conflict to grow and heal. What to do when your partner isn't on board with resolving issues within your marriage. The biggest difference between a successful marriage vs. an unsuccessful marriage. The key to having great communication in a marriage. How to create more intimacy and connection with your partner even during busy seasons of life. Learn more about How to Transform Your Marriage here , follow Yana on Instagram and download the free booklet of  Communication Strategies that Work. 
This episode has been sponsored by Modern Mom Style Box! Ashley Paré of Own Your Worth! and NGC Consulting LLC .  Dr. Carline Crevecoeur is a Haitian American board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, a wife, and a mother of five adult children. She was raised in NY and attended St. John’s University as an undergraduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She did her medical school and residency training at SUNY Downstate. However, after several years of medical service in New York and Pennsylvania, Carline gave up her career to raise and homeschool her five African American children. Her homeschool journey is told in her new memoir: Pressure Makes Diamonds: From Homeschooling to the Ivy League – A Parenting Story. She has volunteered on education boards such as WPSU, a local public radio, and NAAHP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals) and sponsored many public health programs. Dr. Crevecoeur has recently won her school board election race, making her the first Black person in her school district to do so. Her mission is to involve parents, especially minority ones, in promoting quality education for their children. On this episode we discuss: The importance of education and creating a safe space for children to be themselves The impact teachers have on a child's life Leaving her career to home school her children  How she blended the roles of private school teacher, stay-at-home mother and helping her kids achieve at the highest level while dealing with struggles of her own. Finding joy & the will to live again after being diagnosed with & surviving cancer  Her journey to the School Board The creation of her memoir Pressure Makes Diamonds   You can learn more about and purchase her book at Carline Crevecoeur . 
This episode has been sponsored by Modern Mom Style Box! Ashley Paré of Own Your Worth! and NGC Consulting LLC .  "Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” Bob Marley Mark and Carlina Smith met while in Advanced Individual Training for the United States Army in 2005. They have been together for 16 years, married for 14 years and have 3 children: ages 18, 13, and 12.  In honor of Love month, listen in on an honest, raw, and real conversation about Love and Marriage. In this episode, we discuss: His & Hers version of how they met. The effects of bringing baggage into a relationship & learning to let the past go. How they learned to be on the same team and not opposing forces. How they overcome struggles together. Learning each other's Love Language. The values that guide their marriage & family. How they maintain their connection and make time for each other. And so much more! 'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ' 1 Corinthians 13:4-7  
This episode has been sponsored by Modern Mom Style Box! Ashley Paré of Own Your Worth! and NGC Consulting LLC .  Susan Landers, MD practiced neonatology (the critical care of sick infants and premature babies) for over thirty years. While working full-time, she also raised three children, all to young adulthood. Her children presented her with many typical maternal trials and triumphs, and she called on her village to help her with some of those issues. She is an expert in breastfeeding medicine and donor human milk banking, and she served as a regional and national instructor for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Susan Landers suffered from burnout after 32 years of practicing in the NICU. She now serves to educate others about this condition, and her mission is to support and serve other working mothers while they attempt (struggle?) to balance their work and their family life. In this episode, we discuss: Her journey as a Neonatologist and working in the NICU The pressures to be a perfect mom and to understand you can be a "good enough" mom. Tapping into our strengths and weaknesses as we wear many different hats. Recognizing our mood boosters to help manage stress. Creating a supporting & understanding village for your family & career. Understanding life is all about trade-offs, and doing the best you can with what you have. You can connect with Susan on LinkedIn Instagram and her website Susan Landers MD .   
This episode has been sponsored by Modern Mom Style Box! and Ashley Paré of Own Your Worth! Lynn Lessell is an entrepreneur at heart who worked several jobs while raising two wonderful sons that are now successful business professionals themselves. With a Bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, she has: Managed many small businesses, Worked in business development within multiple industries, Started two businesses of her own, and Aided others in business start-ups. Now certified in health and life transformation, functional nutrition, and as a facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training Lynn founded Itz Why LLC to help other leadership professionals obtain and maintain the desired return on the investment they make in all relationships; personal and business, while prioritizing their investment in their health. Lynn's mission is to show professional leaders how to take back control of their lives, love who they are, & what they do again to achieve their success potential! On this episode we discuss: How she overcame challenges as a working mother Her journey to become a health & life coach The symptoms of burnout How to end the day with positive and uplifting thoughts The importance of knowing your true story  The misconceptions of coaching and much more!  You may connect with Lynn on Instagram and
Sarah K Peck is the founder and CEO of Startup Parent and the host of The Startup Parent Podcast, an award-winning podcast featuring women in entrepreneurship, business, and parenting. Sarah is also the founder of The Wise Women’s Council, an annual leadership program for women to come together honestly while navigating the challenges of working and parenting.  Sarah’s professional career started in environmental psychology and the design of environments. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. In 2011, Sarah began consulting with Y-Combinator backed startups, and launched her own consultancy in 2013. Today, she’s the CEO and founder of Startup Parent, a company focused on the narratives we share (and the ones we don’t share) about work, parenting, and motherhood. Sarah's mission is to tell new, truthful stories of what motherhood is actually like in America. To connect people to new ideas, to each other, and back to themselves.  On this episode we tackle: Leadership & Business: the pain she wanted to solve with Startup Parent, the inspiration behind creating the Wise Women's Council, the need for support for working parents Parenting & Motherhood: how to make parent friends, letting go of the "balance" myth, accepting motherhood is hard, parenting through a pandemic and having grace for it all You can connect with Sarah on Instagram , Twitter  and apply for the Wise Women's Council . 
Ashley Paré is the CEO & Founder of Own Your Worth®, an organization bridging the gap between employees and employers.   As a leadership and negotiation coach, Ashley gives clients the tools to own their worth and negotiate for what they want without fear of negative consequences.  Ashley is a TEDx Speaker with more than a decade of corporate experience in global Human Resources.  She’s been featured in The New York Times, Glamour, CNN Money, Good Morning America and more. Her mission is to help women own their worth, ask for what they want, and be bold changemakers who confidently negotiate for more.   On this episode we discuss how to manifest the life you want, healing from your past for your children, letting go of your fears and advocating for yourself, surrendering in motherhood, her career & business journey and much more!   My listeners can enjoy a FREE copy of the Own Your Value guide to activate your next level of success!  You can learn more about her work at  and may connect with her on LinkedIn and Instagram .   
Heather Yurovsky, owner of Shatter & Shine, is your resume expert, job offer catalyst, and career confidante! She helps driven job seekers show their value and shine to get hired faster and with less stress. Her unusual career path from practicing law to growing multiple successful startups to consulting with Fortune 500 companies, has armed her with experience across a variety of industries, including communications, hospitality, wine and spirits, finance, tech, and social impact, and touching all functions. As a career coach and former COO, she leverages her understanding of what employers are looking for and her expansive marketing, sales, and operations experience to help clients showcase their value and shine to get the job faster and with less stress. She enjoys empowering her clients to shatter perceptions and position themselves for that next step. Through her proven method to help clients articulate their strengths and value, create standout resumes, and apply for that next-level job with confidence, her clients have secured roles at coveted organizations like Nike, Twilio, Ogilvy, Mastercard, and Microsoft. When she’s not writing resumes, optimizing LinkedIn profiles, and preparing clients for interviews, you can usually find her listening to a podcast or at a park in South Florida with her daughter, dog, and husband. On this episode we discuss her shift from Lawyer to Career Coach, our struggles with postpartum anxiety, the identity shift of career moms, job searching tips, the great resignation, the services she provides and so much more!  You can learn more about Shatter & Shine on their website, and you can connect with Heather on LinkedIn , Facebook , and Instagram  
Dr. Kara Ayers is the Associate Director and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), which is a part of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She's also co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project and researches parenting with a disability. Dr. Ayers infuses the mantra, “Nothing about us with out us,” into her scholarly and community-based pursuits. She and her husband are disabled parents to 3 children, ages 4, 11, and 14. The Disabled Parenting Project seeks to inform social policy through the development of resources, created by and for the disabled parenting community, and to promote social justice for disabled families. Dr. Ayers' mission is to increase visibility of disabled parents and the need for more inclusivity for parents with a disability.   On this episode we discuss her motherhood journey, the different challenges parents with a disability face, and the creative strategies they use to overcome them. The misconceptions, scrutiny, biases and surveillance of parenting with a disability. The importance of positive representation of people with disabilities in movies, TV & books, teaching our children to be kind to people who are different than them, and much more!  You can connect with Dr. Kara on Twitter, and Instagram and you can learn more about the Disabled Parenting Project here.  
Comments (4)

Jaron Cumberbatch

Loved those final gems: 'don't serve from your cup but from your overflow' and 'before you can love ur neighbor as yourself you must first learn to love yourself'.

Dec 21st

Donna Gonzalez

I love to hear this beautiful story, especially from my daughter, who birthed my grandson♥️.

Nov 23rd

Donna Gonzalez

This was a beautiful and emotional episode. I am so proud of my 2 girls. I often think of you both when you were little girls and wish the time would not have been so fast. You both are my life and now my grandchildren. Nikki, you are an amazing woman and mom, God made a beautiful choice to give Jais you, as his mommy. Congratulations on your new podcast, may God bless you with much success. Dana, you as well are an amazing woman. Baby Rodriguez is due today as I write this. God chose you to be her mommy and she is one blessed child. I can't wait to meet my grandaughter. I love you both, Your mommy♥️♥️

Nov 12th
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