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Lori Beth Auldridge

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A weekly podcast covering topics related to modern motherhood including pregnancy, birth, parenting, health, self-care, community, perspective, & more! Recorded on the island of Maui with your host Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A.

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076. Simplified Meal Prep for Every Mom with Kris Dovbniak

Today’s episode is a lot of fun! Kris Dovbniak is back to share new ideas with us about how meal prepping and planning can help save us time and money as busy moms. You already knew that? From all your Pinterest searches? And the 9 million blog articles about it? Well, if you’re anything like me, you already know that meal prep and meal planning is meant to be helpful….and yet. I just don’t do it. It could be a personality type “thing” or me just not wanting to put in a bunch of work preparing freezer meals that I might not want to eat later when the calendar tells me I’m supposed to eat them. It turns out that is NOT what meal prep is all about. Kris convinced me to get out of my own way and see meal prep for what it really is: an empowering tool that can help me create more time for myself, not less. I always pictured meal prep as batch cooking only, but Kris has opened my eyes to the multiple possibilities of prepping (even for picky eaters like me). I went into this episode wanting to learn more from Kris because she’s so awesome and knowledgeable…but not necessarily wanting to meal prep based on what I thought prepping involved. But Kris taught me there are strategies and skills for everyone…including my personality type and easy ways I can meet my family’s individual needs. I’m so glad you’re here for this episode. Kris is going to help us stress less about food so we can enjoy our lives more by creating our own convenience around food to nourish ourselves and our families well without all the hassle. Kris’s Bio: Kris Dovbniak is a certified holistic health coach, intuitive eating counselor, and trained chef. Her passion is to help women uncomplicate eating, stress less about meals, and bring joy back into eating again! Her secret sauce marries intuition and intention to help women ditch dieting, and create simplified routines, practices, and mindset shifts for balanced eating. She is the host of the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast and the creator of several online courses including Uncomplicated Eating and Healthy Mama Meal Prep. She lives on an island off the coast of New England with her sailor husband and their two daughters. In this episode, Kris & I talk about: · Why people don’t meal prep & plan · Why Kris is passionate about meal planning (& why I’m so glad she is!) · Breakfast to go (my motivation to meal prep) · Bringing in intention to prepping and planning · Nourishing & joyful (the goal of meal prep) · Is there room for unique needs in meal prep? · The challenges and joys of being a “feeling cook” · Kris’s 3 Categories: Flexible Foodies, Modern Moms, Busy Babes (Which one are you? Listen to find out!) And so much more! ***Full Show Notes are available at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com*** Kris has generously offered Elevating Motherhood listeners a discount code for her newest online course! USE THE CODE: LORIBETH15 for 15% off Kris’s Meal Prep Course! Find the course here: https://healthymamalife.teachable.com/?affcode=113443_lmt4skld Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together!

75 min3 d ago
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076. Simplified Meal Prep for Every Mom with Kris Dovbniak

075. The 7-Year Change: Insights into What’s Going on with Your 7-Year-Old with Jessica Stack

If you’re listening to this, you probably have a seven-year-old or a child near that age…we all know that kids have curious minds and listening ears. If you’re listening to this episode around or near them or are in the car with them, just a heads up that in this episode around the 40- minute mark we talk about Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas and how we celebrate and present that to our children. Just mentioning it because I want to honor that every family has their own way of celebrating holidays and traditions…also, listening ears and curious minds and all that. I invite you to use your own discretion. My oldest turns 7 years old this week. In honor of this big transition, I’ve invited educator Jessica Stack onto the show to share insights about this particular age. Have you noticed that your 7-year-old is talking back more? Or expressing defiance? Skepticism? Suddenly not trying or eating foods they loved before? Sensory challenges? Unable to sit still at the dinner table? Maybe out of the blue your child needs glasses? Or you get the sense that they don’t see the world the same as they did just a short time ago. This new Independence and defiance can really catch us off guard as parents…what happened to our babies!? The changes at this age aren’t all shocking…they might also be expressing heightened curiosity and a desire to seek out more in the world like wanting to know “the facts” about what’s the biggest, fastest, tallest, etc. and how things work. You may have also noticed they have a heightened sense of competition and comparison (wanting to be better than). Or even a resistance to learning because your 7-year-old tells you they feel like they “aren’t good enough” or can’t draw or write out what it is that’s in their head. If any or all of this describes you or your child, you’re not alone! Our babies aren’t our babies anymore! We’ve got big kids! And one of the best ways we can help them through this transition is to understand more about what it is they are going through. It’s really easy to see this age shift as a big pain, but Jess and I want to encourage you to be curious about this age and all the change that it brings. Jessica’s Bio: Jess is a Hawaii mom who has worked in public, private, and Waldorf schools, giving her a unique perspective on child development. She has a passion for the theatre, visual arts, food, and helping others. Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from University of Hawaii Manoa and a Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education from Taruna College in New Zealand. She and her husband Will live on the island of Oahu with their two sons. FULL SHOW NOTE AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM Follow Jess on IG, Facebook, & Pinterest: @haystackessentials Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Blossom & Root: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Primally Pure: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

137 min1 w ago
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075. The 7-Year Change: Insights into What’s Going on with Your 7-Year-Old with Jessica Stack

074. Understanding Child Development: The 12 Senses with Hannah Freed

I find parenting to be easier in some ways when we as parents are working with some basic child development information. For example, it’s easier for me to understand why my baby wants to put everything in their mouth if I know they are teething and that biting down on anything provides some relief from the pain of teething. Or that if a tween is unusually moody or distant it could be because she is getting ready to get her first period. These are all basic child development facts that are easy to remember…and easy to forget in the moment. There are lots of developmental milestones that come at various ages and the more we can learn about these milestones as parents—see them in our kids now AND have some info about what is to come—the more we can show up with compassion for what is happening (or going to happen) naturally. We’ve all heard of the 5 senses (maybe you’ve even heard of a 6th sense), but in some education circles, there are 12 senses that develop in 7-year cycles over 21+ years. Our guest today, Hannah Freed, is here to share her incredibly comprehensive knowledge about the 12 senses with us as a way to empower us as parents. The more we know, the better we can show up and support our kids where they are developmentally. Hannah’s Bio: Hannah first experienced her passion for serving populations with special needs when she was 16 and an exchange student in Germany. She did an internship during her 11th grade year at a Camphill community. Camphill is an international movement of intentional communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities through a combination of community life, the arts, and work on the land. (She talks more about it in the show—it’s really interesting). Since then she has continued on a path of working with children to help make their learning experiences are positive and fun. Hannah has taught in both public and private schools for 20 years. For the past 13 years she has been the Educational Support Therapist in two different Waldorf schools, addressing foundational learning and behavioral issues. She is also a mama of two amazing boys. In her spare time, she paddles and races Hawaiian outrigger canoes and soaks up vitamin D and Sea. CREDENTIALS: · BS Special Ed. from Appalachian State University in NC · MEd. Elementary Ed. with Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University of New England in NH · Waldorf Remedial Teacher certification through Association of Healing Arts · Advanced Practitioner certification through Integrated Listening Systems · Safe and Sound Protocol Certification · Trained in HANDEL and Brain Gym Methods You are going to learn a lot today. (I know I did!) And I am so excited for you, mama! In this episode Hannah & I talk about: · What the 12 senses of child development are · The Lower Senses: (0-7yo) Touch, Life, Movement, & Balance · The Middle Senses: (7-14yo) Smell, Taste, Sight, & Warmth · The Higher Senses: (14-21yo) Hearing, Speech, Concept, & Ego · We dive into each of the senses—what they are, how to support them, healthy & unhealthy presentations of them, and more · The reality of children today · The importance of meaningful work (i.e. chores) · How we can have sensory issues as adults (and see ourselves in the 12 senses even years later) · Healthy diet and the role of food in development FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM Follow Lori Beth on Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

115 min1 w ago
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074. Understanding Child Development: The 12 Senses with Hannah Freed

073. Foster Care: A Fresh Perspective with Hillary Richards

On the first day Hillary Richards and her husband got their foster license, they got a call to take in two small children. And they did. Their foster journey ended in adoption and Hillary is here with us today to share about her journey as a way to shine a light on the foster care system & provide a fresh perspective for all of us. She also shares new terminology that I wasn’t aware of. In Hawaii, foster families are referred to as “resource families.” She talks more about that on the show and why those terms are used. I have to say, that info and that new term really got me thinking. If you have ever considered foster care or feel it is on your heart to look into it, Hillary’s firsthand account will provide a loving lens through which to hear the real, the easy, the hard, the details—all of it. Hillary shared with me that when they were thinking about fostering, she sought out firsthand accounts to help with her decision and I’m honored to be able to host her on this worldwide platform to share her firsthand account as a way to support others who are considering fostering. In this episode, Hillary & I talk about: · Her family’s story about when and how they started their foster care journey · How fostering turned into adoption · The foster care licensing process · The rollercoaster of emotions of fostering: the rub is holding opposing forces at the same time · New terminology: in Hawaii, “Foster Care Families” are called “Resource Families” · Understanding that you’re a resource for the whole family · The nitty gritty of the foster care: visitation, lawyers, the court system, etc. · Visitation—how that works and what it looks like · Birth parents · The change, uncertainty, and loss…and the bright side, too · Loss of control · Feeling “touchy” in certain seasons of fostering · Dealing with insensitive comments · Being the buffer · Fostering when you already have children · How we are already managing transitions in our life · How parents play an active role when worries and “what if” moments are present · Foster & Resource Family support that is available · Overwhelm and exhaustion · The power of talking with friends who are also fostering · The importance of “making a buddy” who is also fostering · Formal and informal support · If training really prepares you for becoming a foster care family · Our internal biases about fostering, race, religion, etc. · How family members are often the first ones to step up when there is a need · How your current parenting skills will serve you well · How intrusive (or not) home visits are · Background checks, full medical history, financial questions, proof of marriage (if applicable) · Commitment time · Vacation and foster care (I did not know you cannot travel with foster children…but it makes sense!) · How fostering is portrayed in movies and storylines · Healthy curiosity and moving away from sensationalism so we can get closer to the good · Avoiding jumping to conclusions about foster children · Seeing everyone as the whole people they are · Ideas for moms who are interested in fostering · It’s never a bad thing to have more people invested in a child’s life Connect with Hillary: Instagram: @hrichardsclay Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Homeschool Explained: www.homeschoolexplained.com Healthy Mama Meal Prep Course: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/sponsors

59 min2 w ago
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073. Foster Care: A Fresh Perspective with Hillary Richards

072. Infant Bodywork: Craniosacral Therapy (& More!) with Austin Rees, LMT, IBCLC

If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, or just want to understand what bodywork and craniosacral therapy is—is episode is for you! Austin Rees is back on the show to share her wisdom with us. She was here for Episode 026 talking from the mom perspective about education reform and self-directed education…and now she is here to share all of the info from a professional standpoint as someone who specializes in craniosacral therapy, lactation, babywearing, tummy time, and reiki. I’ll link to all her wondering offerings available through her website www.nourishandalign.com You know how it goes…we set out to talk about infant craniosacral therapy (what it is, how it helps, who it is appropriate for) and went on to talk about other types of infant bodywork, tummy time, tongue tie, fussiness while riding in the car (information I wish I would have known years ago!), finding the right practitioner, trust, community, all the things. Austin’s Bio: Austin Rees (she/her) has been engaged...

38 min2 w ago
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072. Infant Bodywork: Craniosacral Therapy (& More!) with Austin Rees, LMT, IBCLC

071. It’s Okay to Laugh: Special Needs Parenting with Hilary Harris

“Act normal and read the room.” Hilary Harris and her husband Rich are the hosts of the new podcast “It’s Okay to Laugh.” They are knocking it out of the park! As special needs parents, they felt called to talk more openly and honestly about their experience as a way to let other special needs parents know they are not alone and gently educate anyone else who is interested in supporting special needs families. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding disabilities. Being a care giver can be very isolating—Hilary understands this and is showing up in creative ways to shine a light into that space. I love that you’re here for this conversation—whether you’re a special needs parent who is looking for support or a mom who is looking for ideas on how to help friends who have special needs children or how we can lovingly teach our kids how to interact with special needs families. Hilary’s perspective, honesty, and humor are refreshing for all parents. She is honest about the realities of her situation and yet still full of hope, dreams, and a belief that there is more. Hilary’s Bio: Hilary and her husband Rich are parents to three little girls, Jane, Haven, and Millie. They pastor at The Father’s House Church in Northern CA. Together they host their podcast, “It’s Okay to Laugh”. Their lives were changed when their first daughter Jane was born. Jane lives with epilepsy, blindness, immobility and special needs. It is Hilary’s desire to share their story through writing and speaking, to bring hope, healing and laughter to others who have faced disappointment and tragedy. Hilary graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in communication and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Theology. Hilary LOVES eating great food, getting her fitness on, spending time outside with her family, and purging her kid’s toys when they aren’t looking. For the FULL SHOW NOTES visit: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Please Visit our Sponsors: Blossom & Root:www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool MUTU System: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com

60 min3 w ago
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071. It’s Okay to Laugh: Special Needs Parenting with Hilary Harris

070. Standing Strong: Overcoming Adversity & Living with Confidence with Alli Worthington

Bestselling author, speaker, and mom to 5 boys Alli Worthington is here with us today to share about her new book Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence. I loved her book. I felt so understood and genuinely empowered in every chapter. It made me really slow down and take time to reflect on things like: What happens when we show up with faith? What happens when we choose not to be held back by crippling self-doubt and adversity? Why are women drawn to these empowerment movements? What does sisterhood in motherhood look like? Alli’s message is steeped in abundance and faith. She encourages women to show up as who they are not who they’re told they should be. She confronts these messages about playing small with grace and models how to show up to the world with the gifts and talents we were given. On top of all of this, she’s just a gem. Truly. Alli’s Bio: Alli Worthington is known for her straight-talking encouragement and practical tools that help women reach their dreams in business and life. She’s a business coach and co-founder of Called Creatives, where she coaches writers and speakers. Author of The Year of Living Happy, Fierce Faith, and Breaking Busy, Alli is a well-known speaker and host of the popular podcast, The Alli Worthington Show. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance have led to appearances on TODAY and Good Morning America. (I’m so thrilled to have her here on Elevating Motherhood!) Alli lives with her husband, Mark, and their five sons outside of Nashville with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve. In this episode, Alli & I talk about: · Her story · Online opportunities for women · Propel Women · Taking responsibility for who/what we allow into our lives · Not letting self doubt hold us back · Answering God’s call · The Writing Process: what it’s like to write and publish a book · Showing up in Faith · Breaking out of the good girl narrative · The difference between playing small & humility · Abundance…morethan enough · Being called to more…and answering the call · How we can face adversity & self doubt with strength, purpose, & courage · Practical steps for us to reframe to abundance · Partnership mindset · Ezer · Women hold the world up · Women as world changers · When the enemy holds us down & how we can move forward with confidence in those moments · The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis · Distraction · Fear outside of ourselves (and not something is inside) · Sisterhood in motherhood · Finding community with other moms · Why we need “Battle Buddies” Alli’s Links: Website: www.alliworthington.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Its.Alli.Worthington/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliworthington/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/alli Please visit today's sponsors: Blossom & Root and Beautiful & Simple. Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

59 min3 w ago
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070. Standing Strong: Overcoming Adversity & Living with Confidence with Alli Worthington

069. Body Literacy: Stress & the Nervous System with Dr. Molly Stiens

“Less stress, more trust.” I’m so glad you’re here to learn more about yourself—body literacy, knowing and understanding how our body works & why + what your body is trying to tell you is so important. Self-awareness is a crucial to our overall health and wellness. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Dr. Molly Stiens who is here to share her thoughts on body literacy, managing stress, and also insights into the “whys” behind how our body works and how we can work with our bodies just as they are. We’re going to talk about neuroception, creating a sense of internal safety, ways we can understand our longest nerve, our social engagement system, fight, flight, or freeze instincts, gut feelings and the role our nervous system plays in all of this. Expand your heart and brain in this episode Dr. Molly’s Bio: Molly Stiens DC is a mediator in unleashing the healing power of the body, community building enthusiast and encourager of living a radically heart centered life. Dr. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Kinesiology from Pittsburg State University & a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University. Additional certifications include the Webster technique, training with ICPA, in craniosacral work, as a birth Doula & with BIRTHFIT pregnancy & postpartum fitness instruction. Her prayer is that this work will remind all individuals of the inherent power continually working within and around you. In This Episode Dr. Molly & I Talk About: · Her journey to becoming a chiropractor and studying what health and wellness can mean outside of “conventional medicine” · How Beyonce saved her life (listen in for the joke) · Body literacy · Teamwork in medical care – partnership with a care provider · The importance of knowing your body and · Teaching & life long learning · Her Health 101 chats · Community education · Creating internal safety · Redefining what it is to be a “teacher” and how we learn · Vagal nerve – what it is and what it does · Neuroception · Fight, flight, or freeze responses · Nature vs. nurture in relation to the vagal concept · Parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems · Cortisol in the air right now & how palpable it is · Ways you can support your unique neurological responses · How we influence our children’s reactions · How we keep each other in check · The importance of self-awareness · Generational differences · The role of art, music, & nature · Oxytocin mediated responses · Breathwork · The role of flexibility · How the pace of modern life is affecting us · If the cultural push for productivity is serving us · Balance & expectations – seeking ease & happiness · Yucky motherhood narratives and how to step out of them · The impersonal element of life-long learning · Letting go of perfection · Finding connection s—within yourself, your family, your community, with nature FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Please Visit Today's Sponsors: Blossom & Root: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Primally Pure: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

56 min3 w ago
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069. Body Literacy: Stress & the Nervous System with Dr. Molly Stiens

068. 31 Days to Great Sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire

I almost called this show: “The Truth About Sex: Libido Differences, Mindset, & Confidence” because there is so much to author Sheila Wray Gregoire’s messages in her new book 31 Days to Great Sex. You’ll hear in this conversation just how understanding and compassionate she is while also encouraging us to take small steps forward toward a better sex life. The work she is doing is incredible. Sheila really flings open the door when it comes to sex—how we view it, how we talk about it—she brings honest perspective to the table for us to consider. In her newest book she points out that our primary sex organ is…our brain. Mind. Blown. When I read that I couldn’t help but think how freeing that thought was—what a conversation starter for any couple! (or moms group!) We talk about lots of mom specific things in this episode…exhaustion and how to overcome it, connection, rebuilding trust, and confidence (in the bedroom, within our marriage, and in our own skin). Sheila’s Bio: Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, marriage blogger, and the author of eight books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. She loves encouraging women in their relationships, both with God and with their husbands, children, and friends. Her passion is for marriage, and she and her husband Keith speak together at marriage outreaches and at FamilyLife Canada marriage conferences. Sheila believes in authenticity, and gives real solutions to the very real and messy problems women, and couples, can face. You can usually find her in Belleville, Ontario, where she’s constantly texting her two young adult daughters and knitting. Preferably simultaneously. In This Episode Sheila & I Talk About: · Her two books on sex and how they differ · The importance of being · How sex is so much more than a physical act · How to put the · Mindset & beliefs we have around sex · Looking at sex through the female lens · Differences between men & women · How we’re not broken if we don’t want to have sex on demand · The toxic Hollywood views & messages of our culture that portrays sex all wrong · Libido differences—they are normal and fluctuate · Orgasm & foreplay · Transitioning out of an “in control, clean, and organized” mindset · Vulnerability · Rebuilding trust · Exhaustion and sex · Not making sex a “to do” list item · Survey results: the best years for sex in a marriage are between years 16 to 24 · Closeness that can come with raising kids together · Identifying roadblocks to sex · How porn effects marriages and warps our view of sex · Confidence in the bedroom · Dropping the pass/fail mindset when it comes to sex · The power of flirting! · Not making sex such a “heavy” · Becoming brave when we talk about sex · Finding ways to get to know ourselves, meet our needs, and just open up and talk about sex, be honest about it, and enjoy it You can connect with all things Sheila at: www.tolovehonorandvacuum.com Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

31 minSEP 24
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068. 31 Days to Great Sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire

067. Why We Hired a Doula: A Dad’s Perspective with Chris & Lori Beth Auldridge

Are you thinking about hiring a doula but aren’t 100% sure it’s the right choice for you? How does your partner feel about having a doula? Are they on the fence? Aren’t sure it’s necessary? It’s a big decision. Everything surrounding babies and birth can feel like a big decision. That’s why my husband Chris is with me today to help you on your quest to gather more information, stories, and resources to find out if hiring a doula is right for you. This episode is 2 parents who had 3 babies with 3 doulas sitting down together and casually talking about how our 3 different doulas all helped us before, during, and after the births of our children and why we absolutely recommend bringing a doula into your birth team. This show doesn’t contain medical advice, just parts of our 3 birth stories in the hope it helps you and your husband or partner by shining a light on how our doulas served BOTH of us during the pregnancy, birth, and newborn seasons of parenting. What is a Doula? I’ll start by telling you what they are not: they are not doctors, midwives, or lawyers. What they are: kind, compassionate, steady birth support Our Bio: Chris & Lori Beth have been together for 10 years, married for 7.5, with 3 kids together. We own a family renovation business, homeschool our kids, and live on a small farm on the island of Maui. We’re both BIG fans of doulas. We were able to see in hindsight (and in the moment!) just how pivotal their presence was at each of our births. This episode is also a shout out to my 3 doulas—Jill, Kristina, and Kiana!—who helped me not only educate myself (soooooo much!) but also supported me during my labors and helped me process my birth stories after. Mamas, this is a good one to share with your birthing partner if they need more information. I think you’ll both appreciate Chris’s directness, examples, and stories. Sometimes it just helps to hear the dad’s perspective from someone else. We both hope it helps. In This Episode, We Talk About: · How our doulas provided physical, emotional, and informational support during my pregnancies, hospital births, and postpartum · How our doulas acted as buffers between the two of us as parents · How our doulas acted as buffers between me and the hospital staff · Evidence based birth says that a 2012 study showed that only 6% of birthing women used doulas (here’s hoping that number has increased over the years!) · The incredible steady support they offered during labor and delivery · How they helped me process my birth story after · Common hang-ups people have about hiring doulas and our personal responses to those · Why we believe doulas are key birth workers & should be more common Online Doula Resources: · www.evidencebasedbith.com · www.pacificbirthcollective.org · www.dona.org Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Ojai Energetics & MUTU System Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

41 minSEP 19
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067. Why We Hired a Doula: A Dad’s Perspective with Chris & Lori Beth Auldridge

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076. Simplified Meal Prep for Every Mom with Kris Dovbniak

Today’s episode is a lot of fun! Kris Dovbniak is back to share new ideas with us about how meal prepping and planning can help save us time and money as busy moms. You already knew that? From all your Pinterest searches? And the 9 million blog articles about it? Well, if you’re anything like me, you already know that meal prep and meal planning is meant to be helpful….and yet. I just don’t do it. It could be a personality type “thing” or me just not wanting to put in a bunch of work preparing freezer meals that I might not want to eat later when the calendar tells me I’m supposed to eat them. It turns out that is NOT what meal prep is all about. Kris convinced me to get out of my own way and see meal prep for what it really is: an empowering tool that can help me create more time for myself, not less. I always pictured meal prep as batch cooking only, but Kris has opened my eyes to the multiple possibilities of prepping (even for picky eaters like me). I went into this episode wanting to learn more from Kris because she’s so awesome and knowledgeable…but not necessarily wanting to meal prep based on what I thought prepping involved. But Kris taught me there are strategies and skills for everyone…including my personality type and easy ways I can meet my family’s individual needs. I’m so glad you’re here for this episode. Kris is going to help us stress less about food so we can enjoy our lives more by creating our own convenience around food to nourish ourselves and our families well without all the hassle. Kris’s Bio: Kris Dovbniak is a certified holistic health coach, intuitive eating counselor, and trained chef. Her passion is to help women uncomplicate eating, stress less about meals, and bring joy back into eating again! Her secret sauce marries intuition and intention to help women ditch dieting, and create simplified routines, practices, and mindset shifts for balanced eating. She is the host of the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast and the creator of several online courses including Uncomplicated Eating and Healthy Mama Meal Prep. She lives on an island off the coast of New England with her sailor husband and their two daughters. In this episode, Kris & I talk about: · Why people don’t meal prep & plan · Why Kris is passionate about meal planning (& why I’m so glad she is!) · Breakfast to go (my motivation to meal prep) · Bringing in intention to prepping and planning · Nourishing & joyful (the goal of meal prep) · Is there room for unique needs in meal prep? · The challenges and joys of being a “feeling cook” · Kris’s 3 Categories: Flexible Foodies, Modern Moms, Busy Babes (Which one are you? Listen to find out!) And so much more! ***Full Show Notes are available at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com*** Kris has generously offered Elevating Motherhood listeners a discount code for her newest online course! USE THE CODE: LORIBETH15 for 15% off Kris’s Meal Prep Course! Find the course here: https://healthymamalife.teachable.com/?affcode=113443_lmt4skld Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together!

75 min3 d ago
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076. Simplified Meal Prep for Every Mom with Kris Dovbniak

075. The 7-Year Change: Insights into What’s Going on with Your 7-Year-Old with Jessica Stack

If you’re listening to this, you probably have a seven-year-old or a child near that age…we all know that kids have curious minds and listening ears. If you’re listening to this episode around or near them or are in the car with them, just a heads up that in this episode around the 40- minute mark we talk about Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas and how we celebrate and present that to our children. Just mentioning it because I want to honor that every family has their own way of celebrating holidays and traditions…also, listening ears and curious minds and all that. I invite you to use your own discretion. My oldest turns 7 years old this week. In honor of this big transition, I’ve invited educator Jessica Stack onto the show to share insights about this particular age. Have you noticed that your 7-year-old is talking back more? Or expressing defiance? Skepticism? Suddenly not trying or eating foods they loved before? Sensory challenges? Unable to sit still at the dinner table? Maybe out of the blue your child needs glasses? Or you get the sense that they don’t see the world the same as they did just a short time ago. This new Independence and defiance can really catch us off guard as parents…what happened to our babies!? The changes at this age aren’t all shocking…they might also be expressing heightened curiosity and a desire to seek out more in the world like wanting to know “the facts” about what’s the biggest, fastest, tallest, etc. and how things work. You may have also noticed they have a heightened sense of competition and comparison (wanting to be better than). Or even a resistance to learning because your 7-year-old tells you they feel like they “aren’t good enough” or can’t draw or write out what it is that’s in their head. If any or all of this describes you or your child, you’re not alone! Our babies aren’t our babies anymore! We’ve got big kids! And one of the best ways we can help them through this transition is to understand more about what it is they are going through. It’s really easy to see this age shift as a big pain, but Jess and I want to encourage you to be curious about this age and all the change that it brings. Jessica’s Bio: Jess is a Hawaii mom who has worked in public, private, and Waldorf schools, giving her a unique perspective on child development. She has a passion for the theatre, visual arts, food, and helping others. Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from University of Hawaii Manoa and a Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education from Taruna College in New Zealand. She and her husband Will live on the island of Oahu with their two sons. FULL SHOW NOTE AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM Follow Jess on IG, Facebook, & Pinterest: @haystackessentials Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Blossom & Root: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Primally Pure: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

137 min1 w ago
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075. The 7-Year Change: Insights into What’s Going on with Your 7-Year-Old with Jessica Stack

074. Understanding Child Development: The 12 Senses with Hannah Freed

I find parenting to be easier in some ways when we as parents are working with some basic child development information. For example, it’s easier for me to understand why my baby wants to put everything in their mouth if I know they are teething and that biting down on anything provides some relief from the pain of teething. Or that if a tween is unusually moody or distant it could be because she is getting ready to get her first period. These are all basic child development facts that are easy to remember…and easy to forget in the moment. There are lots of developmental milestones that come at various ages and the more we can learn about these milestones as parents—see them in our kids now AND have some info about what is to come—the more we can show up with compassion for what is happening (or going to happen) naturally. We’ve all heard of the 5 senses (maybe you’ve even heard of a 6th sense), but in some education circles, there are 12 senses that develop in 7-year cycles over 21+ years. Our guest today, Hannah Freed, is here to share her incredibly comprehensive knowledge about the 12 senses with us as a way to empower us as parents. The more we know, the better we can show up and support our kids where they are developmentally. Hannah’s Bio: Hannah first experienced her passion for serving populations with special needs when she was 16 and an exchange student in Germany. She did an internship during her 11th grade year at a Camphill community. Camphill is an international movement of intentional communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities through a combination of community life, the arts, and work on the land. (She talks more about it in the show—it’s really interesting). Since then she has continued on a path of working with children to help make their learning experiences are positive and fun. Hannah has taught in both public and private schools for 20 years. For the past 13 years she has been the Educational Support Therapist in two different Waldorf schools, addressing foundational learning and behavioral issues. She is also a mama of two amazing boys. In her spare time, she paddles and races Hawaiian outrigger canoes and soaks up vitamin D and Sea. CREDENTIALS: · BS Special Ed. from Appalachian State University in NC · MEd. Elementary Ed. with Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University of New England in NH · Waldorf Remedial Teacher certification through Association of Healing Arts · Advanced Practitioner certification through Integrated Listening Systems · Safe and Sound Protocol Certification · Trained in HANDEL and Brain Gym Methods You are going to learn a lot today. (I know I did!) And I am so excited for you, mama! In this episode Hannah & I talk about: · What the 12 senses of child development are · The Lower Senses: (0-7yo) Touch, Life, Movement, & Balance · The Middle Senses: (7-14yo) Smell, Taste, Sight, & Warmth · The Higher Senses: (14-21yo) Hearing, Speech, Concept, & Ego · We dive into each of the senses—what they are, how to support them, healthy & unhealthy presentations of them, and more · The reality of children today · The importance of meaningful work (i.e. chores) · How we can have sensory issues as adults (and see ourselves in the 12 senses even years later) · Healthy diet and the role of food in development FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM Follow Lori Beth on Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

115 min1 w ago
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074. Understanding Child Development: The 12 Senses with Hannah Freed

073. Foster Care: A Fresh Perspective with Hillary Richards

On the first day Hillary Richards and her husband got their foster license, they got a call to take in two small children. And they did. Their foster journey ended in adoption and Hillary is here with us today to share about her journey as a way to shine a light on the foster care system & provide a fresh perspective for all of us. She also shares new terminology that I wasn’t aware of. In Hawaii, foster families are referred to as “resource families.” She talks more about that on the show and why those terms are used. I have to say, that info and that new term really got me thinking. If you have ever considered foster care or feel it is on your heart to look into it, Hillary’s firsthand account will provide a loving lens through which to hear the real, the easy, the hard, the details—all of it. Hillary shared with me that when they were thinking about fostering, she sought out firsthand accounts to help with her decision and I’m honored to be able to host her on this worldwide platform to share her firsthand account as a way to support others who are considering fostering. In this episode, Hillary & I talk about: · Her family’s story about when and how they started their foster care journey · How fostering turned into adoption · The foster care licensing process · The rollercoaster of emotions of fostering: the rub is holding opposing forces at the same time · New terminology: in Hawaii, “Foster Care Families” are called “Resource Families” · Understanding that you’re a resource for the whole family · The nitty gritty of the foster care: visitation, lawyers, the court system, etc. · Visitation—how that works and what it looks like · Birth parents · The change, uncertainty, and loss…and the bright side, too · Loss of control · Feeling “touchy” in certain seasons of fostering · Dealing with insensitive comments · Being the buffer · Fostering when you already have children · How we are already managing transitions in our life · How parents play an active role when worries and “what if” moments are present · Foster & Resource Family support that is available · Overwhelm and exhaustion · The power of talking with friends who are also fostering · The importance of “making a buddy” who is also fostering · Formal and informal support · If training really prepares you for becoming a foster care family · Our internal biases about fostering, race, religion, etc. · How family members are often the first ones to step up when there is a need · How your current parenting skills will serve you well · How intrusive (or not) home visits are · Background checks, full medical history, financial questions, proof of marriage (if applicable) · Commitment time · Vacation and foster care (I did not know you cannot travel with foster children…but it makes sense!) · How fostering is portrayed in movies and storylines · Healthy curiosity and moving away from sensationalism so we can get closer to the good · Avoiding jumping to conclusions about foster children · Seeing everyone as the whole people they are · Ideas for moms who are interested in fostering · It’s never a bad thing to have more people invested in a child’s life Connect with Hillary: Instagram: @hrichardsclay Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Homeschool Explained: www.homeschoolexplained.com Healthy Mama Meal Prep Course: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/sponsors

59 min2 w ago
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073. Foster Care: A Fresh Perspective with Hillary Richards

072. Infant Bodywork: Craniosacral Therapy (& More!) with Austin Rees, LMT, IBCLC

If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, or just want to understand what bodywork and craniosacral therapy is—is episode is for you! Austin Rees is back on the show to share her wisdom with us. She was here for Episode 026 talking from the mom perspective about education reform and self-directed education…and now she is here to share all of the info from a professional standpoint as someone who specializes in craniosacral therapy, lactation, babywearing, tummy time, and reiki. I’ll link to all her wondering offerings available through her website www.nourishandalign.com You know how it goes…we set out to talk about infant craniosacral therapy (what it is, how it helps, who it is appropriate for) and went on to talk about other types of infant bodywork, tummy time, tongue tie, fussiness while riding in the car (information I wish I would have known years ago!), finding the right practitioner, trust, community, all the things. Austin’s Bio: Austin Rees (she/her) has been engaged...

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072. Infant Bodywork: Craniosacral Therapy (& More!) with Austin Rees, LMT, IBCLC

071. It’s Okay to Laugh: Special Needs Parenting with Hilary Harris

“Act normal and read the room.” Hilary Harris and her husband Rich are the hosts of the new podcast “It’s Okay to Laugh.” They are knocking it out of the park! As special needs parents, they felt called to talk more openly and honestly about their experience as a way to let other special needs parents know they are not alone and gently educate anyone else who is interested in supporting special needs families. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding disabilities. Being a care giver can be very isolating—Hilary understands this and is showing up in creative ways to shine a light into that space. I love that you’re here for this conversation—whether you’re a special needs parent who is looking for support or a mom who is looking for ideas on how to help friends who have special needs children or how we can lovingly teach our kids how to interact with special needs families. Hilary’s perspective, honesty, and humor are refreshing for all parents. She is honest about the realities of her situation and yet still full of hope, dreams, and a belief that there is more. Hilary’s Bio: Hilary and her husband Rich are parents to three little girls, Jane, Haven, and Millie. They pastor at The Father’s House Church in Northern CA. Together they host their podcast, “It’s Okay to Laugh”. Their lives were changed when their first daughter Jane was born. Jane lives with epilepsy, blindness, immobility and special needs. It is Hilary’s desire to share their story through writing and speaking, to bring hope, healing and laughter to others who have faced disappointment and tragedy. Hilary graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in communication and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Theology. Hilary LOVES eating great food, getting her fitness on, spending time outside with her family, and purging her kid’s toys when they aren’t looking. For the FULL SHOW NOTES visit: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Please Visit our Sponsors: Blossom & Root:www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool MUTU System: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com

60 min3 w ago
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071. It’s Okay to Laugh: Special Needs Parenting with Hilary Harris

070. Standing Strong: Overcoming Adversity & Living with Confidence with Alli Worthington

Bestselling author, speaker, and mom to 5 boys Alli Worthington is here with us today to share about her new book Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence. I loved her book. I felt so understood and genuinely empowered in every chapter. It made me really slow down and take time to reflect on things like: What happens when we show up with faith? What happens when we choose not to be held back by crippling self-doubt and adversity? Why are women drawn to these empowerment movements? What does sisterhood in motherhood look like? Alli’s message is steeped in abundance and faith. She encourages women to show up as who they are not who they’re told they should be. She confronts these messages about playing small with grace and models how to show up to the world with the gifts and talents we were given. On top of all of this, she’s just a gem. Truly. Alli’s Bio: Alli Worthington is known for her straight-talking encouragement and practical tools that help women reach their dreams in business and life. She’s a business coach and co-founder of Called Creatives, where she coaches writers and speakers. Author of The Year of Living Happy, Fierce Faith, and Breaking Busy, Alli is a well-known speaker and host of the popular podcast, The Alli Worthington Show. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance have led to appearances on TODAY and Good Morning America. (I’m so thrilled to have her here on Elevating Motherhood!) Alli lives with her husband, Mark, and their five sons outside of Nashville with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve. In this episode, Alli & I talk about: · Her story · Online opportunities for women · Propel Women · Taking responsibility for who/what we allow into our lives · Not letting self doubt hold us back · Answering God’s call · The Writing Process: what it’s like to write and publish a book · Showing up in Faith · Breaking out of the good girl narrative · The difference between playing small & humility · Abundance…morethan enough · Being called to more…and answering the call · How we can face adversity & self doubt with strength, purpose, & courage · Practical steps for us to reframe to abundance · Partnership mindset · Ezer · Women hold the world up · Women as world changers · When the enemy holds us down & how we can move forward with confidence in those moments · The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis · Distraction · Fear outside of ourselves (and not something is inside) · Sisterhood in motherhood · Finding community with other moms · Why we need “Battle Buddies” Alli’s Links: Website: www.alliworthington.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Its.Alli.Worthington/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliworthington/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/alli Please visit today's sponsors: Blossom & Root and Beautiful & Simple. Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

59 min3 w ago
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070. Standing Strong: Overcoming Adversity & Living with Confidence with Alli Worthington

069. Body Literacy: Stress & the Nervous System with Dr. Molly Stiens

“Less stress, more trust.” I’m so glad you’re here to learn more about yourself—body literacy, knowing and understanding how our body works & why + what your body is trying to tell you is so important. Self-awareness is a crucial to our overall health and wellness. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Dr. Molly Stiens who is here to share her thoughts on body literacy, managing stress, and also insights into the “whys” behind how our body works and how we can work with our bodies just as they are. We’re going to talk about neuroception, creating a sense of internal safety, ways we can understand our longest nerve, our social engagement system, fight, flight, or freeze instincts, gut feelings and the role our nervous system plays in all of this. Expand your heart and brain in this episode Dr. Molly’s Bio: Molly Stiens DC is a mediator in unleashing the healing power of the body, community building enthusiast and encourager of living a radically heart centered life. Dr. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Kinesiology from Pittsburg State University & a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University. Additional certifications include the Webster technique, training with ICPA, in craniosacral work, as a birth Doula & with BIRTHFIT pregnancy & postpartum fitness instruction. Her prayer is that this work will remind all individuals of the inherent power continually working within and around you. In This Episode Dr. Molly & I Talk About: · Her journey to becoming a chiropractor and studying what health and wellness can mean outside of “conventional medicine” · How Beyonce saved her life (listen in for the joke) · Body literacy · Teamwork in medical care – partnership with a care provider · The importance of knowing your body and · Teaching & life long learning · Her Health 101 chats · Community education · Creating internal safety · Redefining what it is to be a “teacher” and how we learn · Vagal nerve – what it is and what it does · Neuroception · Fight, flight, or freeze responses · Nature vs. nurture in relation to the vagal concept · Parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems · Cortisol in the air right now & how palpable it is · Ways you can support your unique neurological responses · How we influence our children’s reactions · How we keep each other in check · The importance of self-awareness · Generational differences · The role of art, music, & nature · Oxytocin mediated responses · Breathwork · The role of flexibility · How the pace of modern life is affecting us · If the cultural push for productivity is serving us · Balance & expectations – seeking ease & happiness · Yucky motherhood narratives and how to step out of them · The impersonal element of life-long learning · Letting go of perfection · Finding connection s—within yourself, your family, your community, with nature FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Please Visit Today's Sponsors: Blossom & Root: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Primally Pure: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

56 min3 w ago
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069. Body Literacy: Stress & the Nervous System with Dr. Molly Stiens

068. 31 Days to Great Sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire

I almost called this show: “The Truth About Sex: Libido Differences, Mindset, & Confidence” because there is so much to author Sheila Wray Gregoire’s messages in her new book 31 Days to Great Sex. You’ll hear in this conversation just how understanding and compassionate she is while also encouraging us to take small steps forward toward a better sex life. The work she is doing is incredible. Sheila really flings open the door when it comes to sex—how we view it, how we talk about it—she brings honest perspective to the table for us to consider. In her newest book she points out that our primary sex organ is…our brain. Mind. Blown. When I read that I couldn’t help but think how freeing that thought was—what a conversation starter for any couple! (or moms group!) We talk about lots of mom specific things in this episode…exhaustion and how to overcome it, connection, rebuilding trust, and confidence (in the bedroom, within our marriage, and in our own skin). Sheila’s Bio: Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, marriage blogger, and the author of eight books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. She loves encouraging women in their relationships, both with God and with their husbands, children, and friends. Her passion is for marriage, and she and her husband Keith speak together at marriage outreaches and at FamilyLife Canada marriage conferences. Sheila believes in authenticity, and gives real solutions to the very real and messy problems women, and couples, can face. You can usually find her in Belleville, Ontario, where she’s constantly texting her two young adult daughters and knitting. Preferably simultaneously. In This Episode Sheila & I Talk About: · Her two books on sex and how they differ · The importance of being · How sex is so much more than a physical act · How to put the · Mindset & beliefs we have around sex · Looking at sex through the female lens · Differences between men & women · How we’re not broken if we don’t want to have sex on demand · The toxic Hollywood views & messages of our culture that portrays sex all wrong · Libido differences—they are normal and fluctuate · Orgasm & foreplay · Transitioning out of an “in control, clean, and organized” mindset · Vulnerability · Rebuilding trust · Exhaustion and sex · Not making sex a “to do” list item · Survey results: the best years for sex in a marriage are between years 16 to 24 · Closeness that can come with raising kids together · Identifying roadblocks to sex · How porn effects marriages and warps our view of sex · Confidence in the bedroom · Dropping the pass/fail mindset when it comes to sex · The power of flirting! · Not making sex such a “heavy” · Becoming brave when we talk about sex · Finding ways to get to know ourselves, meet our needs, and just open up and talk about sex, be honest about it, and enjoy it You can connect with all things Sheila at: www.tolovehonorandvacuum.com Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

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068. 31 Days to Great Sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire

067. Why We Hired a Doula: A Dad’s Perspective with Chris & Lori Beth Auldridge

Are you thinking about hiring a doula but aren’t 100% sure it’s the right choice for you? How does your partner feel about having a doula? Are they on the fence? Aren’t sure it’s necessary? It’s a big decision. Everything surrounding babies and birth can feel like a big decision. That’s why my husband Chris is with me today to help you on your quest to gather more information, stories, and resources to find out if hiring a doula is right for you. This episode is 2 parents who had 3 babies with 3 doulas sitting down together and casually talking about how our 3 different doulas all helped us before, during, and after the births of our children and why we absolutely recommend bringing a doula into your birth team. This show doesn’t contain medical advice, just parts of our 3 birth stories in the hope it helps you and your husband or partner by shining a light on how our doulas served BOTH of us during the pregnancy, birth, and newborn seasons of parenting. What is a Doula? I’ll start by telling you what they are not: they are not doctors, midwives, or lawyers. What they are: kind, compassionate, steady birth support Our Bio: Chris & Lori Beth have been together for 10 years, married for 7.5, with 3 kids together. We own a family renovation business, homeschool our kids, and live on a small farm on the island of Maui. We’re both BIG fans of doulas. We were able to see in hindsight (and in the moment!) just how pivotal their presence was at each of our births. This episode is also a shout out to my 3 doulas—Jill, Kristina, and Kiana!—who helped me not only educate myself (soooooo much!) but also supported me during my labors and helped me process my birth stories after. Mamas, this is a good one to share with your birthing partner if they need more information. I think you’ll both appreciate Chris’s directness, examples, and stories. Sometimes it just helps to hear the dad’s perspective from someone else. We both hope it helps. In This Episode, We Talk About: · How our doulas provided physical, emotional, and informational support during my pregnancies, hospital births, and postpartum · How our doulas acted as buffers between the two of us as parents · How our doulas acted as buffers between me and the hospital staff · Evidence based birth says that a 2012 study showed that only 6% of birthing women used doulas (here’s hoping that number has increased over the years!) · The incredible steady support they offered during labor and delivery · How they helped me process my birth story after · Common hang-ups people have about hiring doulas and our personal responses to those · Why we believe doulas are key birth workers & should be more common Online Doula Resources: · www.evidencebasedbith.com · www.pacificbirthcollective.org · www.dona.org Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Ojai Energetics & MUTU System Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge

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067. Why We Hired a Doula: A Dad’s Perspective with Chris & Lori Beth Auldridge
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