The Motherly Podcast
Samantha Mathews on the Realities of Being a Gestational Surrogate
Samantha Mathews, mom of two, has always lived an unconventional life full of adventure – from her six months traveling in an RV with her husband and two kids to her more recent decision to become a gestational surrogate. In this conversation, Liz talks to Samantha about why she decided to become a surrogate, some of the biggest challenges she faced carrying someone else’s child, and why she’s already in the process of doing it all over again.
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7. Erin Andrews Talks Fertility Challenges, New Motherhood, and WEAR30:20In this episode, Liz talks to renowned sportscaster and television personality, Erin Andrews. Erin talks all about her fertility journey and juggling the demands of new motherhood with her busy career. She also tells Liz about her new sports fan gear and fashion line just for women – and now babies! – called WEAR and why she started it.
6. Revolutionizing Work for Moms: An interview with Allison Robinson of The Mom Project43:16In this episode, Liz speaks with Allison Robinson, founder of The Mom Project, a digital talent platform designed to help moms reenter the workforce and also to connect them with flexible employment opportunities. In this conversation, they talk about Allison's personal journey with the complexities of working motherhood and her experience with burnout as a startup founder. She also speaks to everything her team is doing at The Mom Project to show employers the incredible business opportunities of working with and hiring mothers.
5. Minna Dubin is confronting the unspoken truth about “Mom Rage”37:15In this episode, Liz talks to Minna Dubin, about her new book, Mom Rage: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood. They discuss the unique psychological experience of mom rage, the guilt and shame that follows it, and Minna's personal journey to understanding her own rage. Finally, they dive into all the ways that modern society and unrealistic maternal expectations set mothers up for these cycles of anger and what we can do on an individual and social level to mitigate it.
4. Shattering Taboos: Joanna Griffiths on the Business of Period Underwear and Perimenopause35:55In this episode, Liz speaks with Joanna Griffiths, mom of three, and President and Founder of Knix. After normalizing leak-proof underwear, Knix is now on a mission to shine a light on the “invisible” chapter of menopause, with their new video “The Invisible Period.” In this episode, Joanna talks about why it is so important to normalize conversations around perimenopause. She also gets candid about the barriers she had to break as a women founder pitching male investors with a product they didn’t initially understand and the joys and struggles of motherhood.
3. Lactation expert Victoria Facelli want you know there’s no shame in formula feeding45:30In this episode, Victoria Facelli, a lactation consultant and postpartum doula, discusses her inclusive approach to feeding and parenting, sharing her personal experience raising a child with a disability. The conversation delves into the fascinating biology of nursing, breast milk, and formula, offering valuable wisdom and resources for caregivers.
2. Celebrity Organizer Ria Safford on Making Your Home Work for You46:27In this conversation, Liz talks with professional organizer Ria Safford about her new book The Organized Home for New Parents and her systems-based approach to organization. Once a self-proclaimed messy person, Ria knows how hard it can be to keep spaces organized – and she shares tons of practical and realistic tips for storing all of your things in a way that works for your family.
1. Motherhood and MS: Jamie-Lynn Sigler's Unfiltered Journey30:21In this conversation, Liz talks with Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress and star of “The Sopranos,” about her experience as a mother with multiple sclerosis and what she’s learned over the two decades since her diagnosis. She also shares her approach to having honest conversations with her kids and the importance of leaning on community as a mom. Jamie-Lynn’s “Reframing MS” guide to help others navigate their MS journey can be viewed here.
11. Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown on 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement32:40In this conversation, Liz engages in a discussion with legal scholar and criminal justice expert, Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown, about her children's book, 'Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement.' Katheryn shares her motivations for venturing into children's literature and talks about the remarkable women and young girls highlighted in her book. She also underscores the significance of introducing elementary school students to topics such as race and criminal justice.
10. Breaking Taboos: Dr. Somi Javaid on Women's Health and Menopause45:15In this episode, Liz speaks with Dr. Somi Javaid, OB/GYN, sexual medicine expert, and founder of HerMD. Liz and Somi dive deep into women’s health, menopause and perimenopause. They discuss why these crucial conversations have taken time to normalize in both medicine and culture, as well as how Dr. Javaid is empowering women to take control of their well-being.