I’m overjoyed to be back “on air” as a Motherly podcast guest sponsored by Target on a project focused on the experiences of moms of color. I had the pleasure of interviewing Black and Brown moms who are experts in their fields. From clothing to wellness, to tech and building community they’re all breaking down barriers in their own ways. Here’s a recap of the first “This Is Motherhood” podcast series. Use the social share buttons above to share this everywhere and leave an honest review of the podcast series wherever you listen.
This Is Motherhood Podcast
I was thrilled to interview Sonia Smith-Kang because I respected her work online and in real life. We’d met in 2014 at a blogging conference and I was immediately impressed with her.
Here’s a gem from Sonia who’s raising multicultural, multiracial & multilingual children with her husband while running a children’s clothing line:
“Each school year I write a little letter that says, I may not look like my children, but I will be there to pick them up. If I can help you in having discussions around the multiracial experience and that parents and families come in, all different shapes, sizes, colors, tones, hair, you know, all of that. Then that’s what needs to be done. I’m here to be a resource. I’m not telling you how to do your job, but I am telling you that we need to look beyond a generalized view of what families look like in so many different ways that we can be family.”
Listen to the rest of our engaging conversation with Sonia on the Motherly Podcast including how she addressed the rise in violence against Asian Americans.
Have you ever met someone & wondered “where were you when I was pregnant?!” That’s how I felt talking to Jamie Jones, a prenatal & postpartum fitness pro, doula, and childbirth educator. I needed her in my circle when I was navigating my pregnancy and getting used to my new post-baby body.
For all things prenatal and postpartum, Jamie Jones Fit is your go-to resource. Her energy and concern were so evident in this podcast. Love how she’s working to change the health outcomes for Moms of Color.
Hear our engaging conversation on the Motherly Podcast for how insight into how Jamie had to change the way she guides new parents during the pandemic.
CONNECT: Jamie Jones Fit on Instagram
Have you ever been the only Black or Brown mom at a mom group/playdate?
Did you ever have a challenge that’s specific to raising Black children, but didn’t know where to turn?
As a Black mom did you struggle to find support from your family when you decided to stay at home with your children?
I tackled all of this & more in my conversation w/ the co-founder of Mocha Moms, Inc., a growing in-person & online community for Black moms, as well as moms raising Black children.
In this conversation on the This Is Motherhood series, I related so much to Cheli’s struggle to get family support when she decided to stay at home & work from home.
CONNECT: Mocha Moms, Inc. on Facebook
DR. KAMEELAH PHILLIPS
As a proud member of the MTV generation, I had a FULL fan girl moment when I interviewed a cast member from “The Real World: Boston.” Although I was introduced to her on reality TV, I got to know Dr. Kameelah Phillips in this interview as an OB/GYN who walks her patients through their motherhood journey with such love & care.
Off-camera she had to negotiate with her three children for privacy to record this interview & I connected/related with her even more!
In the third episode of the This Is Motherhood series, listen to all the gems Dr. Phillips drops for anyone planning & growing their family – including how important it is to bring your support system to prenatal visits.
CONNECT: Dr. Kameelah Phillips on Instagram
On Tuesday, May 10th visit Motherly This Is Motherhood page for my final interview in this mini-series featuring Kimberly Seals-Allers for an enlightening look at how she’s using the Irth app she developed to change health outcomes for moms everywhere.
Irth is a “Yelp-like app to address racism & bias in maternity & infant care.,” Patients can leave reviews for OB/GYN practices and hospitals. Download it on Google Play or the Apple app store.
CONNECT: The Irth App on Instagram
COMMENT BELOW: What are your takeaways from these interviews? How do you think motherhood is different for moms of color or moms raising children of color? How are you advocating for health equality in the way moms of color are treated?