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Episode 7: Three People You Need In Your Corner When Going Through Adoption

Uncategorized May 20, 2020

Going through the adoption process isn’t a walk in the park. It can be filled with stress and anxiety as much as it is filled with excitement and love. And to help you navigate this journey, you will need to have certain individuals who can help you.

 

This is why I truly recommend having three important people in your “team” to help you go through the process as informed, knowledgeable, and sane as possible.

 

If you’re going through the adoption process right now, already start to ook for people who are willing to support you in this journey. It won’t be easy because you’ll need to fit the right fit for you. So starting early will be an advantage on your end.

 

 

When you are

  • [04:14] The first thing that is really important is to have a good paediatrician. Look for someone who is willing to accept you and a partner that is relevant to be part of this process with you.
  • [05:24] Having a paediatrician can help you be properly...
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Episode 6: Open vs Closed Adoption

Uncategorized May 13, 2020

One of the most important concepts you need to think about when going through the adoption process is whether you want to have an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption. In this episode, I’m going to tell you more about it and the things you need to consider when making this very big decision.

You need to figure out what’s going to be best for you, your child and your future. This is not an easy decision for people to make because there are so many considerations you have to think about. It’s important that you are able to equip yourself with knowledge. Read and research about it.

It’s okay to have mixed feelings, that’s normal. But make sure that what you’re going to be okay with the choice you make because it’s going to affect you and your child for the rest of your lives.

 

  • [07:47] In open adoptions, there’s a fully open relationship. It can be really open where you have contact with the birth mother or...
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Episode 5: Coping With Mother’s Day

podcast May 07, 2020

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In this episode I want to talk about coping with this holiday through infertility, through the decision to adopt, and the waiting process. I know that this can be a very difficult time. It can feel overwhelming because it is a big reminder of something we really want to have in our life but don’t.

The biggest message I can leave you with today is that it’s okay to have feelings of grief and allow yourself to feel the space to have these emotions, in whatever way feels best to you.

Coping with Mother’s Day isn’t “a one size fits all” mentality.

  • [04:45] The number one thing is be kind to yourself and realize that your feelings are valid. Everyone has their own journey through adoption. It’s a process. A lot of times it’s just giving yourself that space.
  • [09:06] Mother’s day is always looked at as this joyful day and I think we have to remember that for many it is not. There’s...
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Episode 4: What type of adoption is the best fit for you?

podcast Apr 30, 2020

There are several different ways you can go about adopting a child. You need to go within yourself and see what feels right for you. There are many things to consider so try to base it on what feels best for you.

 

In this episode, my goal is to get you more in touch with the best adoption type for you and how you go about figuring that out. Adoption is a lifelong commitment and you want to make sure it’s the right one.

 

 

  • [06:06] You are free to choose the kind of adoption you want to have. Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. Your decision should come from within yourself.
  • [07:01] For me, as a psychologist, I knew that I couldn’t handle a foster-to adopt situation.
  • [08:10] With adoption, we have choices. That should be looked at as a benefit since there are many risks that come with adoption.
  • [12:12] My husband and I had a lot of discussions before making our decision and thankfully, I was able to put away money so we were able to...
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Episode 3: How do you know if Adoption is Right For You?

podcast Apr 23, 2020

One of the questions I get quite often when working with women dealing with infertility is how to know if they’re ready to adopt. It’s a hard question. A very personal decision and one that no one truly should or can answer but you.

In this episode, I want to give you things to think about and hold in your heart as you make the decision of adoption. I’ll be sharing how I got to this decision and things that I’ve heard from women on how they got to that point.

For many people, it can be a hard question to figure out. You need to go deep within and ask yourself “does this feel right?” And give yourself time to allow answers to come to you. I hope this episode serves you and helps you know if adoption is right for you.

 

  • [02:49] It’s important to feel gratitude that you are going to become a mom. That helped me so much when I made the decision to pursue adoption.
  • [04:31] Most of the people I love and that are closest to me in my life,...
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Episode 2: My Adoption Journey

podcast Apr 22, 2020

In today’s podcast I want to share my personal story and journey of how I became a mama. This is my holiday miracle and the one I am always most grateful so it felt good to share it on a day that is all about giving thanks. I get asked a lot about adoption, especially when people see us with our 2 boys who are both bi-racial.

I am sensitive in sharing this story from my perspective as my kids will someday have their own adoption story. There are parts of my journey removed to protect their birthmother’s and things that I am not comfortable sharing publically.

Adoption is a whole other level of becoming a mom. It’s very different from how other women become moms in terms of trying to get pregnant and being able to conceive. I often refer to it as an emotional rollercoaster because there are so many highs and lows and unknowns that being able to conceive does not bring.

My boys were meant to be mine....I know that for sure. In this story you will see the signs and...

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Episode 1: Navigating Adoption During Covid-19

podcast Apr 22, 2020

I never thought that I would be starting the Soulful Adoption Podcast with this topic. The whole world is dealing with COVID-19 today but not everyone is dealing with it like you are. If you are a mom-to-be going through the adoption process during this pandemic, please know that you are not alone.

I want to be able to support you through this time by offering you my own personal knowledge and psychological training through this podcast. We are going to talk about dealing with adoption during COVID-19. I hope that it helps you in some way to put you on the right track during this trying time.

Everything you are going through in the adoption process can be stressful, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. So give yourself time, conserve your energy, and try to lift your spirits up under these circumstances. Here are some tips I want to leave you with:

  • [07:23] Embrace this time with your partner. Take this time to become closer, talk about your goals as becoming parents and...
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Episode 33 - Mama Shrink Signing Off

podcast Mar 12, 2020

In this episode I am going to be sharing with you some big changes that are about to happen on Mama Shrink.


I have loved doing the Mama Shrink podcast. It has been fulfilling and wonderful sharing advice with people. I’ve also gotten great feedback that it has helped them and that means the world to me. However, in the online world, it’s important to focus on a particular niche. And for the longest time I’ve wanted to serve Mamapreneurs. But, it’s also a flooded market and a very hard market to reach.

This is why I’ve decided to switch gears this 2020 and it’s what I’m going to talk about in this episode of Mama Shrink.

 

  • [02:10] I started to think about where I can niche down into a particular area where I want to help and a couple of things came up for me such as eating disorders and lyme disease but there were also some considerations I had.
  • [06:01] It dawned on me that I needed to focus on helping moms and moms-to-be go through...
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Episode 31 - Do You Have An Eating Disorder?

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020

Last week, I talked about my journey with anorexia nervosa. Today, I’m going to dive into the 3 main types of eating disorders and give you some facts, statistics and things to look out for in case you have an eating disorder or know someone who does.

Eating disorders are all really about control. It’s also about feeling anxiety, loneliness and depression. Food becomes a source of comfort and it’s always there. Once you have an eating disorder, you’ll always have it.

I am doing a 3-part series on this topic because I know that it is super important. I want people to be aware of it and be able to help themselves or people who they know who have these disorders.

 

  • [06:50] The hardest part of recovery is when the symptoms aren’t active because everyone in the outside world thinks you’re okay but inside that’s not how it feels.
  • [10:31] A lot of people who suffer with eating disorders don’t ever get help or they die before they get...
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Episode 30 - My Journey with Anorexia Nervosa

podcast Feb 20, 2020

For the longest time, I've been wanting to do a series of episodes on eating disorders. I specialize in this area and I feel that it’s a really important topic that I want to give it justice. If you’ve listened to some of my previous episodes, you already know that I’ve dealth with an eating disorder, too, when I was young. I know how it feels and I want to share it’s seriousness with you in the hopes that you or someone you know will be helped or will reach out for help.

This will be a 3 part episode where I talk about my journey, the different eating disorders and some statistics. I want to share with you things like what you need to do to help someone, what you shouldn’t say, the setbacks people with eating disorders experience, and so much more.

If you know someone who has an eating disorder, these episodes will be important to share.

 

  • [05:15] When you are malnourished you don’t have the capacity to think clearly. You won’t...
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