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14 minutes | a year ago
Bonus: Birth and Body in a Pandemic
In this bonus episode I learn from Carly Dothsuk, living in rural Western Kentucky, about what it's like being 8 months pregnant during this COVID-19 pandemic, and how she is preparing for her hospital birth. She speaks candidly about her mental health struggles early in pregnancy and why she is striving not to obsess over birth planning. We speak a lot about the focus on the body during pregnancy and how it relates to the focus on the body during this pandemic.
15 minutes | a year ago
Bonus: Newborns and breastfeeding
In this bonus episode, we hear from three mothers of newborns on their experiences with breastfeeding. If you're expecting, some things you'll hear them say may surprise you. And if you've gone through this process, you'll likely be nodding your head in agreement. These moms have some really great insight into how to deal with the emotional toil that can come with breastfeeding. I hope it gives you courage, perseverance, and a little ego boost, which we all need at a time like this.
10 minutes | a year ago
Intertwined and Metamorphosed
This is the closing episode for Season 1 of this project. I have recapped , in an audio essay, some of my own experience with the transformational power of becoming a mother. Nine women have offered their stories of growth and transformation to me this season and I am most appreciative and grateful for their generosity. I am currently working on Season 2 which will be coming out next year!
46 minutes | 2 years ago
18 Months of Motherhood
In this episode I speak with Associate Professor of Psychology and Child Development Specialist Venessa LoBue and get some of the back story to her book 9 Months In 9 Months Out. She talks about being in a profession where studying other people's kids for her research made her feel strangely removed from the experience of having children. We touch on several interesting topics in the book including the development of gendered behaviors in kids and developing infant emotions. She also speaks to the important roll of having kids in her professional career. After hearing this interview you'll want to order her book immediately!
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Black Unicorns: Beginning, Jessica Hill
In this episode I speak with West Georgia alumna, and mom of three, Jessica Hill about her ongoing struggle with shaping her career while birthing and raising three kids. Jessica's story does not follow the beaten path. In fact, the path she has found seems to be a rough trail of obstacles that sporadically delivers epic promises and hope. I believe educators can learn a lot from Jessica's story as she presents an alternative version of an experience than what her educators may have believed they were delivering. Her story is still in its infancy and I will be following Jessica to see how it develops over the next year or so. Stay tuned!
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Godsmacked! JoLynne Polichette
In this episode JoLynne describes how the trauma of her first birth experience coupled with the empowerment of her second catapulted her into a career as a birth doula. She has also been an activist for policy change in Kentucky by serving on various committees and boards and has helped to change Kentucky's legislative policy on home births. This episode is all about self-empowerment, and acknowledging how adversity will move you forward in life, even if you feel you're drowning while you're in it.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Bringing Up Baby, Brooke Smart
In this episode, Brooke opens up about how the failure of her marriage in the first year of her daughter's life gave her the courage and tenacity to launch herself into a new career. Through a commitment to the 100 days project she gained a following, started getting regular commissions, and compiled a delightfully exhaustive journal of her time with her three year old daughter. She tells some of the stories associated with the drawings and talks about how the work she's done has put her on a path toward her most recent work, drawing the women of history for projects like Better Days 2020.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Be a Seed, Lily Landers
In this episode I speak with Lily Landers, a new mom who has devoted her life to teaching kids. She lives in LA, where she shares her yoga practice with kids in public schools and families in private homes. We talk about her experience teaching inner city youth in New York City and LA and what it took to get started with her teaching practice. She also tells me about the the way some of her teaching aide ideas came to her in those quiet moments of breast feeding.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
... all this time in the middle? Stacy Dacheux
In this episode I speak with Stacy Elaine Dacheux, an LA artist and relatively new mom. Her work reaches deep into an internal well of emotional responsiveness to produce poetic recordings of various moments of her life. In this episode, she reflects on the moments she has experienced since becoming a mother and what these experiences mean to a mother like her, and possibly all mothers everywhere. We talk about the spiritual core in her work and how it relates to her experience as a caregiver. All mothers, artist or not, maker or not, will appreciate how Stacy makes meaning from the confusing experiences that come with motherhood.
65 minutes | 2 years ago
I Contain Multitudes, Annie Campbell
Annie is a ceramicist and professor at Auburn University. She has a very unique experience with becoming a mother, as her son was diagnosed with a rare brain condition shortly after his birth. In this episode we retrace the first year of his life and their family's struggle with finding proper treatment for their baby's condition. She describes the way her work altered after going through this experience and all she had to do to stay in a healthy mindset. Annie is one of the most resilient people I've met and her insight and strategies for dealing with major trauma + life + career will have you feeling awe-inspired.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
#Preserving Curiosity, Justine Riley
Justine is a bookmaker and ceramicist living in rural Mayfield Kentucky with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Murray State University. She has an eight year old son she homeschools and feeds from their family’s farm. In this episode, we talk about Justine’s reticence with identifying as a mother while, at the same time, taking on the responsibilities of a homeschooling parent. She talks about her philosophies on learning and not being a rule follower, and how the two relate to her decision to become an artist.
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