Advice from Mom
About This Show
Advice from Mom is a podcast and cross-generational effort to answer life's big questions. Featured as “new and noteworthy” on Apple Podcasts and included on NPR's The Big Listen, Advice from Mom is an advice-column show hosted by Rebecca Garza-Bortman featuring listener letters and the advice and stories of her mother, Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman, PhD. Affectionately known on the show as “Momma B”, Dr. Bortman is a small-town family therapist “on a one-woman mission to mother a mentally healthy world.”
Each episode, this mother-daughter duo explores questions sent in by their listeners with the help of a series of guest experts. They have recorded advice with actress & SNL alum, Michaela Watkins; artist and graphic journalist, Wendy MacNaughton; and NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, as well as crisis counselors, authors, and wise creative professionals of all sorts.
This podcast is founded on the belief that we need our mothers like we never have before. Not just our own mothers, but the mothers of the world. Anyone can submit a question at www.advicefrom.mom/request.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Ep 30: The Daughters of Dr. T — a summer update
What ever happened with Rebecca and her newly-discovered half-sister from Episode 23? Listen here, because we’re coming out of summer-mode to give you the update and Rebecca is playing the PhDC -- AKA the Psychologist’s Daughter’s Card. In this episode, Rebecca tells her mom everything that has happened and gets her advice on how to deal with this evolving personal narrative that has thoroughly rattled her sense of self.
GOODIE BAG OF HELPFUL LINKS
Resources for adoptees and other biological discoverers
"Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues"— An anthology edited by Laura Dennis: https://www.amazon.com/Adoption-Therapy-Perspectives-Clinicians-Post-Adoption-ebook/dp/B00N2A6HJI
"The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self" by Nancy Verrier: https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Self-Nancy-Verrier/dp/1905664818
"Lost And Found: The Adoption Experience" by Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Betty-Jean-Lifton/dp/047203328X
"For the Records: Restoring a Right to Adult Adoptees" by Marilyn Freundlich, The Evan B. Donaldson Institute: https://www.adoptioninstitute.org/publications/for-the-records-restoring-a-right-to-adult-adoptees/
If DNA-related stories are interesting to you, there is sooo many out there these days!
On Death, Sex, Money with our favorite, Anna Sale: “Sharing DNA, and Nothing Else”: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/amy-dna-death-sex-money/
In The Atlantic: “When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity”
An oldie, but a goodie (and kinda insanely close to our story—at least the first half):
RadioLab: Sperm: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/91646-sperm/
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Advice from Mom is a production of Wise Ones Advice Services. It was produced by Juliet Hinely & Rebecca Garza-Bortman. Editing by Juliet Hinely. Mixed and mastered by Jake Young. Audio assistance by Bryan Garza. Our theme music is by Love Jerks: www.lovejerks.com
This podcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer diagnosis or treatment of any medical or psychological condition. All treatment decisions should be made in partnership with your health professional.Read more »