EPISODE 109: @TOGETHERINBIRTH WITH MARISOL GARCIA

 

This week we invited Marisol Garcia, owner of Together in Birth to the show. She's a birth and postpartum doula and her company focuses on educating and empowering women and couples to achieve the birth they desire. They also provide prenatal education classes, workshops, services and guidance throughout the pregnancy and postpartum journey.

In this episode you will learn what a doula does, how can they help both the Mom and her partner have a better birth  experience, how do they help before, during and post labor.  Why she believes that childbirth is a women's rights issue. 

Marisol received her doula training from Birth Goddess Midwifery, she is a certified childbirth educator, has completed traditional Mexican rebozo workshops for use in labor & postpartum and most recently completed an intense 9 month cultural postpartum course focused on traditional Mexican herbs & cerradas (closing of the hips) for the postpartum mother with Indigemama Ancestral Healing.

 She is also the mother of two sons. Her own birth experiences serve to inform her work and how she supports mothers in their own journey's. 

She shares with us her experiences as a doula and as the founder of the Latina Mothers Collaborative a group of mothers in the birthing profession who provide support and resources to other mommas. 

If you are expecting a baby, planning to get pregnant or know someone that is pregnant, this is a great episode for you!

Learn more about our guest and her work on her website: Togetherinbirth.com or find her on Instagram @togetherinbirth. 

Show Notes: 

Together in Birth

The Bradley Method

Latina Mothers Collaborative

Tips and Picks: 

Affirmation Cards for Labor

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally  

Organic Tampons and cloth pads

 

 

 

EPISODE 108: LIFE COACH-LESLEY YADON

 

This week’s guest is Lesley Yadon, a life coach who specializes in supporting mothers. She talked to us about how to have less guilt, and more joy in our motherhood experiences.

She explained to us what a life coach is and shared her strategies to help mothers care for their minds, bodies and souls during pregnancy and in the first few months of parenthood. 

She also shares with us how she chose this career after her own pregnancy and birthing journey left her feeling inadequate. 

In this honest conversation, the ladies talk about how we focus on “things” we need to buy to get ready for a new baby but rarely talk about how to prepare emotionally for the changes that motherhood brings.  They discuss how they felt after having a baby and how they navigated their complex emotions. 

Lesley shares her strategies to manage on the top areas of concern for most mothers, guilt and worry.

We also talk about specific exercises that you can start TODAY to increase mindfulness and be a more centered, and calm mother.

Plus, learn more about life coaching, how it differs from therapy and why it’s a worthy investment.

Tip and Picks of the Week:

Lesley Yadon: If you feel scattered or erratic. Take deep cleansing breaths and breathe out slowly through your mouth as if you are breathing through a straw. Take three deep breaths every morning to start the day centered. While taking deep breaths, envision white light filling your body and cleansing tension. In the second breath, imagine filling your body with gratitude and send it out through your feet. During the third breath you set the intention for the day. For example, “Today i’m going to be calm.”

Paulina: My morning ritual is that I open the windows and let air in. This immediately changes the energy in the room and enhances my mood. I follow this by putting music on and that helps me get going and have the kids get ready. Light and music make a huge difference in my life. At night, I open the window and put on candles to help set the mood for sleep time. These two rituals help me transition into and out of my day. 

Bricia: I stretch with my baby every morning. I grab a yoga mat and we do it together. He also follows the breathing techniques. This is a great way to introduce kids to mindfulness and relaxation rituals. It’s also another way to share time together.

Show Notes

Lesley’s tips and recommendations on mindfulness:  

Lesley’s Gifts to Our Listeners:  

  • How to have a happier, stress free morning":  Happier Morning
  • How to create a Blessingway. A ritual for expectant mothers.  Blessingway

Find more of Lesley by visiting her site

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @_supermamas and check out our community page for more! 

 

EPISODE 96: WENDY CARRILLO ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND INSPIRATION

 

This week on the show we have our very first Super Mamacita guest! Wendy Carrillo is not a mom, but she is an inspirational woman, sister, and daughter. She is a journalist, activist, and is now running for Congress in Los Angeles' district 34 in a special election that will happen on April 4th. 

We discuss her journey as an immigrant, and her trajectory in journalism. She also talks about her activism, including her time fighting for environmental and water rights and the important role women, and mothers play in these efforts. Plus, the powerful experience that led her to run for office in the same place where she grew up.

We also get back to Civics 101, and she tells us what does Congress does and why voting in local elections matters. 

She also gives us tips on how to raise children who love to read, and believe in themselves. 

Wendy's story teaches us that we can all be the change we want to see in the world and that our perspective as women, mothers and immigrants matters.

To learn more about Wendy Carrillo's campaign visit her site www.votewendycarrillo.com. Find her on Instagram @wendycarrillo or on Facebook @votewendycarrillo. You can also watch the video below to learn more about her campaign. 

Show Notes: 

CD 34 Special Election

Wendy Carrillo: Why I'm Running for Congress

About the Dakota Access Pipeline

What Does Congress Do? 

Tips: 

Wendy: Since she loses sunglasses often, rather than purchasing designer sunglasses, she purchases multiple inexpensive glasses at discounts stores.

Paulina: Teach your kids the value of the dollar by having them write down items and prices of items they want. Even kids as young as 5 like mine can start doing small chores, and "work" to earn money for items they want

Bricia: Even younger children can also do chores at home. Children as young as 2 can sort laundry, help set and clean up the table. The point is to have them perform task not only for themselves but for the entire family. Empowering kids through serving from an early age is a great way to raise good citizens!  

 

 

EPISODE 19 - INSTAMOM @MRSCASTRO

This week we have another amazing guest, Marta Castro, better known as @MrsCastro on Instagram.  Martha is a Big Social Media Mommy with a super stylish little boy and her second baby on the way.  She comes in to share her point of view on the good things and the bad things Social Media brings and how sometimes it affects many people’s parenting style and choices.  We also touch a little bit about infertility issues a lot of us have faced but no one talks about.  Plus Bricia shares with us her painful yet fun weekend stories.  

EPISODE 12 - RIE PARENTING

This week on the podcast, Bricia invites Erika Orosco Cruz to the studio so she can finally tell us what is this RIE thing Bricia is always talking about.  Erica has been using this technique for over 19 years with her 3 sons and now runs a children’s school with this philosophy.  Even though RIE sounds very unfamiliar to us.  Learn a little more about this parenting philosophy along with Paulina and find out if she was convinced to change her traditional ways to the RIE ways.


EPISODE 11 - POSTPARTUM BLUES

This week on the podcast we touch on a very difficult subject that still remains very much a taboo in our culture, Post Partum Depression. Our dear friend Elena Smith (Nena) comes to share her story on how she is learning to deal with this situation while caring for her toddler and six month old baby girl.  Also, Paulina goes deeper into her own personal journey with Postpartum depression and talks about how seeking for help and speaking out has changed her life completely.  

EPISODE 10 - C-SECTION, LAY-OFFS AND MILK STRUGGLES

Our Girlfriend Betsy Aimee Cardenas shares her intimate story and teaches us that happiness isn't about being happy when everything is going your way, but about being happy regardless of what is happening outside of you.  We've linked each picture below to one of her published articles.  We hope you all find her stories as inspiring as we have.  

EPISODE 09 - MIS PARTES PRIVADAS

This week on our podcast, Paulina's husband is here!  Ramiro stopped by to give us the insight on daddy-hood and his reaction to their three year old asking about daddy's 'package' for the first time.   We also discuss our own personal experiences with the non-existent 'sex talk' as children with our parents and share other personal embarrassing stories of our own.  

EPISODE 08 - BILINGUAL STRUGGLES

On this week’s episode we go into a subject that has come up again and again among our listeners and guests, what's the easiest way to keep our kids bilingual ?! We have invited a dear friend of ours, Rebecca Bernard Aguiar, Co-Founder of World City Center, a dual-language Preschool to help us put some light on this subject and other school related issues.  We talk about the struggles of maintaining our language alive, and the craziness behind getting our kids into preschool, TK and Kinder (and you thought labor was hard!).

EPISODE 07 - BRICIA'S BIRTH STORY

This week in our podcast Bricia talks about her Birth Story.  She tells us how she “trained” for that special moment and how staying informed and learning about birth helped her be prepared and have the labor she wanted.  After labor, things changed very quickly and unexpectedly so she, as many of us do had to roll with with the punches and accept that when it comes to having a baby the only perfect thing is the baby itself.

EPISODE 06 - SINGLE MAMAS W MELINA MATA

This week in our podcast we have our dear friend Melina Mata, Producer and director for Latino Music Entertainment Television, who is not just a #SuperMama, she is way more than that, she is a #SingleSuperMama, she shares with us her journey through this challenging yet rewarding adventure, how she has managed to still achieve her goals and dreams while doing it it all on her own and teach her daughter to balance life between two households. We hope her story inspires all you single Mamis out there!

EPISODE 05 - #MOMCRUSH LILY MARTINEZ AKA @LILYLOVE213

This week in our podcast we have our #MomCrush Lily Martinez, Mom of 4 (plus two dogs), Creative Problem Solver, Designer, Illustrator, Pancake Ninja, Instagram sensation and overall down to earth #SuperMama.  Lily tells us how she has grown in her Mommy journey and how she keeps her priorities straight to be able to take care of herself and therefore take care of her family. She inspires us to forgive ourselves, to avoid judgment and most important to enjoy life, have fun and live in the moment.

EPISODE 04: TEENAGE PREGNANCY W LINDA GARCIA

This week in our Podcast we talk about a very important subject - Teen Pregnancy.  Our friend Linda Garcia shares her very powerful story on how she overcame her circumstances through her faith and using other’s criticism as fuel to become the #SuperMama she is today.  This story does not glorify teen pregnancy but rather shows you the crude reality of what a teenager goes through when she does not want to become part of the statistics and the tough decisions she had to make at a very young age.  We hope you enjoy this story as much as we did. 

EPISODE 03: #MOMBOSS PATTY RODRIGUEZ

This week on our podcast we have our very first guest, Patty Rodriguez. We take a peak into what a day in her life looks like and see why Patty is the ultimate Mom Boss.  She tells us how she manages to have a full time job as a radio producer, run two companies be a #SuperMama to her Four year old boy, all of this while being pregnant with her second Baby.  She inspires us to think outside the box, take action and always dream big #SinMiedo.. Oh, by the way, have you bought your baby’s domain name yet?

Click on the pictures below to learn more about Patty's #momboss projects 

Episode 02: Paulinas Birth Story

In this week’s episode Paulina talks about her first Birth Story. She tells you about all the crazy things she took in her hospital bag(s) and why you might go in with certain expectations but should be prepared to also roll with the punches of Labor.  

Hola SuperMamas! As promised on this week’s episode, here is my –Must Take- with You Hospital Bag list.  As you will hear I went a little overboard the first time, and after two very different experiences, today if I would have to do it again, these are the things I wouldn’t do without;

-Hair Ties & Hair Bands 

-Lip Balm

-Comfortable Pajamas (Bigger Size and breastfeeding friendly)

-Maternity Bra

-Ultrasound Picture

-Relaxing Music (On your phone works just fine)

-Massage Roller

-Extra Clothes to leave the Hospital (Bigger size)

-Super comfy underwear to leave the hospital

-Nursing Bra

-Non Skid slippers

-Your favorite pillow

-Basic Toiletries (Only if you are very particular about what you use, nowadays most   Hospitals provide with the basics)

-Eyeglasses if you use them

-Cellphone and charger

-Camera/Video Camera 

-ID

-Cash

-Insurance Info, Hospital Documents 

-Copy of your Birth Plan

-Light Snacks (i.e. Dried Fruit, Granola Bar to eat after birth when you are starving!)

-Extra Set of Clothes and Pillow for Dad (As they will be crashing the couch to rest)

-Baby's Take home outfit and blanket

-Baby's Carseat

If there is anything else that will keep your mind at ease during this time and makes you feel comfortable, Take it with you!! This is your moment… 

Love,

Paulina