Episode 1: 

Let's face it - the society we live in right now can be dis-empowering, but what goes on inside our communities, our families, our minds? Join TeAirra, fine-arts motherhood photographer and me, holistic chiropractor Dr. Kate Wong through the ongoing table topic conversation where we will discuss not only empowering motherhood without judgement encompassing what it takes for us to become the village where all walks of life can be through shared experiences around the good, the bad and the ugly of committing yourself to a love journey. Conversations on everything from preconception care, pregnancy, labor/delivery, postpartum, and everything in between.

In this episode, we share on why we started this podcast - Enjoy!

TeAirra Mitchell   and Dr. Kate Wong, DC

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Episode 2: 

Do you need a healer? Are you the spiritual type or are you the hard scientific method by the books type? Well, this isn't your typical "woo-woo" shaman because does she have a pre-medicine background she brings in her personal human experience in her journey of preparing and having her baby. If you've always wondered about the history of healers and how they came to be and a glimpse of the story behind the authentic African Shaman, then that's only the tip of the iceberg. Listen in on what we dived into about "truth seekers," becoming a mom with endometriosis, and the raw truth about suffering.

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • Her own fertility experience before she became a shaman and how she ended up getting the best news before her scheduled surgery operation.

  • What made her question and re-evaluate from the old medical system to having her wake-up call

  • Why surrendering is meant to be uncomfortable and how to navigate through it

  • Why forcing things to happen for the future is the wrong direction for success

  • How to utilize masculine and feminine energy on a daily basis

Here’s a little more detail about this episode……

[02:22] ​Introducing the Royal Shaman, the mom, the wife...

[02:26] Her fertility experience

[15:17] Her pregnancy experience that wasn't going as planned.

[19:18] The "wake-up" call that revealed her priorities

[22:41] Questioning the predestined calling

[25:39] Surrendering to the things we want and don't want and what it means when we do

[36:27] Growing versus dying

[46:42] Collaborative energy along the feminine energy

[1:02:16] The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

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Episode 3: 

There is a fine line between caution and fear and why it's vital to be aware of when to be where in times to make decisions in the midst of what seems to be chaos.

Whether you're preparing to have a baby, pregnant, or with your little ones - there is a time and place for fear and chronic fear and stress does something to the body that we dived deep into this episode.

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • Why you don’t need to judge yourself 

  • Having a game plan

  • How to balance all the things to make the best decisions for your health

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[00:29] ​How Normal can easily be mistaken for Common

[01:43] The physical, mental and emotional part of it

[02:46] "New Normal"

[08:07] Guilty for not feeling afraid

[09:41] Cautious enough, but not too cautious to overwhelm our life

[13:51] Questions to ask yourself to better understand your current state.

[17:22] "You don't need to judge yourself..."

 

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Episode 4: 

What is the first step to recovery? Acknowledging the current circumstances. Facing our past can be hard, scary even. Trauma is often taboo in our society, but something we should actually discuss openly with one another. Join us as we talk with Sasha, founder of Realistic Parenting, as she shares the keys to recovering from traumatic pregnancies and births. Sasha opens up about her personal experience with a traumatic labor and how it impacted her transition into motherhood, and the online Pregnancy and Birth Trauma Healing coaching program she developed because of it. Listen closely to how Sasha points out the importance of checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling and identifying where your emotions are stemming from so that you can begin taking your first steps to recovery. While we are talking specifically about pregnancy, birth and parenthood, these strategies can also be applied to other everyday experiences we may face, including recovering from the trauma of systematic racism within our nation. 

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • The importance of checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling

  • How to identify where your emotions are stemming from so that you can begin taking your first steps to recovery

  • How these strategies can be applied to everyday experiences we may face, including recovering and healing from the trauma of systematic racism within our nation

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[01:05] ​About Sasha

[02:20] Sasha's Family

[03:40] Life with a pre-teen daughter and a toddler

[05:20] How she always wanted to be a mom

[06:30] Transitioning from the "only-child" family

[09:08] Sasha's first pregnancy + birth experience.

[14:00] Sasha recalls feeling out of control during labor

[16:30] How pregnancy and birth trauma make transitioning into motherhood harder than expected

[21:00] Getting past the trauma

[25:25] Her pregnancy and what inspired her birth trauma healing program

[31:15] "The Oxygen Mask" analogy

[42:40] Sasha's Good, Bad, and Ugly of what parents should know about entering parenthood 

[50:15] Connect with Sasha 

 

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Episode 5: 

Why taking a holistic approach to your fertility journey is beneficial in a long-term lifestyle shift to not only cultivate the optimal environment for your pregnancy and labor, but to live a healthy life in motherhood as your baby grows.

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • Why starting with preconception/fertility is ground zero

  • What it can look like to have a healthy baby

  • How to make it applicable to you

 

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Episode 6: 

Christina Miskinis shares about the importance of using your voice and the collaboration of your voices from the village to aid you in achieving your health, pregnancy and labor goals speaking out for what's best for you and your family. She focuses on what it looks like to use your voice to help you and your family and generations to come.

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • The importance of checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling

  • How to identify where your emotions are stemming from so that you can begin taking your first steps to recovery

  • How these strategies can be applied to everyday experiences we may face, including recovering and healing from the trauma of systematic racism within our nation

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[02:47] ​Christine reveals who she fired early in motherhood

[06:42] How life was BEFORE she recognized things needed to change

[13:15] "This is so not right for me as new parent."

[17:18] Behind-the-scenes of how her own journey started

[23:10] What she learned about our past and human experiences

[29:08] How to step into your own power, despite the fear.

[33:30] Christine's support group during labor

[40:31] The celebrity or freak, the talk of the hospital floor

[47:49] The "underground railroad" of raising babies

[50:37] The things nobody knew

 

Christine Miskinis is a Women’s Voice and Speaking Coach who focuses on teaching women how to tune-in to their inner voice to express their authentic voice in their lives.  She is the owner and founder of Rock it Out Woman.

Christine’s story began with healing her voice when she found out at age 24 that she had pre-cancerous cells growing from her stomach up into her esophagus from a lifetime of digestive issues.  She believes this was a direct result of not listening to her intuition, pushing her way through life and silencing her own voice in trying to be a successful woman. It wasn't until that moment in the doctor's office that she realized no one was going to “save” her, there was no magic “pill” to fix her, and that she was responsible for her life - Body, Mind and Spirit.  From there she went on to start her own business and follow her passion of supporting other women in speaking and giving transformational talks.
 

Today, Christine is focused on her Rock your Voice, Woman movement to ignite the Voices of empowered women to transform our world!

 

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Episode 7: 

Combating your fears while walking in your own power in ways to utilize support from your loved ones along your journey. Hear us share what created the spark to share our own personal stories (not shared anywhere else) and things we only talk about and ask within the social forums when it comes to the health of ourselves and our families. Are you making your decisions from fear or from love? 

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • The importance of checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling

  • How to identify where your emotions are stemming from so that you can begin taking your first steps to recovery

  • How these strategies can be applied to everyday experiences we may face, including recovering and healing from the trauma of systematic racism within our nation

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[02:47] ​Christine reveals who she fired early in motherhood

[06:42] How life was BEFORE she recognized things needed to change

[13:15] "This is so not right for me as new parent."

[17:18] Behind-the-scenes of how her own journey started

[23:10] What she learned about our past and human experiences

[29:08] How to step into your own power, despite the fear.

[33:30] Christine's support group during labor

[40:31] The celebrity or freak, the talk of the hospital floor

[47:49] The "underground railroad" of raising babies

[50:37] The things nobody knew

 

Christine Miskinis is a Women’s Voice and Speaking Coach who focuses on teaching women how to tune-in to their inner voice to express their authentic voice in their lives.  She is the owner and founder of Rock it Out Woman.

Christine’s story began with healing her voice when she found out at age 24 that she had pre-cancerous cells growing from her stomach up into her esophagus from a lifetime of digestive issues.  She believes this was a direct result of not listening to her intuition, pushing her way through life and silencing her own voice in trying to be a successful woman. It wasn't until that moment in the doctor's office that she realized no one was going to “save” her, there was no magic “pill” to fix her, and that she was responsible for her life - Body, Mind and Spirit.  From there she went on to start her own business and follow her passion of supporting other women in speaking and giving transformational talks.
 

Today, Christine is focused on her Rock your Voice, Woman movement to ignite the Voices of empowered women to transform our world!

 

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Episode 8: 

Pelvic floor function expands more than just pregnancy and postpartum. Listen in behind-the-scenes as we dive deep with Romy Havard, DPT into the future of how important it is in the old age and in men as well! 

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[02:35] ​Little bit about Romy

[11:06] How long do people usually suffer from pelvic issues

[16:45] The Dark side of "Everyone is uncomfortable after giving birth" spectrum

[19:55] Taboo about pelvic floor issue

[22:53] Statistics on pelvic floor that is rarely spoken about

 

Romy completed her bachelors degree at UC Berkeley and MS and DPT degrees from the UCSF/SFSU Joint Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. She is a Board Certified in the Orthopedic Section (OCS).

 

While she uses a broad variety of skills, she's most influenced by functional manual therapy from the Institute of Physical Art and incorporate concepts from Herman Wallace in pelvic health. She completed Pilates Mat training through Balanced Body and use this with pelvic floor rehabilitation. 

 

Her business, Peregrine Physical Therapy has offices in Oakland and Orinda but I am currently doing telehealth sessions through SIP. I also provide real-time pilates based Pelvic Floor and Core exercises online.

 

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Episode 9: 

You ever go to the doctor and have questions or even when you're researching for yourself. In this episode we briefly explain "episiotomy" and how it relates to birth, along with the 3 top reasons for dystocia that can effect labor and delivery.

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[00:54] ​What is an episiotomy?

[03:08] Recovering from scar tissue after birthing process

[03:33] Webster Technique for pregnancy

[04:25] The 3 common causes of dystocia

[05:48] Connecting to your baby and your birthing journey

[07:39] TeAirra's "Ring of Fire"

[08:10] Does stress and disconnect with your baby happen?

[09:25] Capturing the panic before the fight/flight response sets in

[11:01] The holistic conversation of being "de-estronized" - Natural approach

[13:41] Is there a way to repair your estrogen levels without chemicals/hormones?

[14:56] The hormones no one really talks to you about for preconception/fertility

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Episode 10: 

Every hour, every minute and every second of everyday is an opportunity to choose a way we desire to live our lives. While it may not always be easy and definitely requires some discipline, Itzel (founder of Attuned Living) dives deep on the practical things we can do when we have the choice to live a happy and stress-free life by being fully present.

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[00:54] ​What is an episiotomy?

[03:08] Recovering from scar tissue after birthing process

[03:33] Webster Technique for pregnancy

[04:25] The 3 common causes of dystocia

[05:48] Connecting to your baby and your birthing journey

[07:39] TeAirra's "Ring of Fire"

[08:10] Does stress and disconnect with your baby happen?

[09:25] Capturing the panic before the fight/flight response sets in

[11:01] The holistic conversation of being "de-estronized" - Natural approach

[13:41] Is there a way to repair your estrogen levels without chemicals/hormones?

[14:56] The hormones no one really talks to you about for preconception/fertility

For as long as she can remember, Itzel felt sad and confused by how some people could perpetuate suffering upon other people for what seemed to her to be inexplicable and arbitrary reasons. She dreamed of a world that was just and kind. It was this dream that inspired her, at five years old, to become a lawyer. And she did.

For 13 years, she practiced law full time, passionate about protecting the public—particularly those people whose voices weren’t heard, whose lives weren’t valued, whose power was subjugated, who weren’t given equal access to resources.

She found the work meaningful and rewarding in many ways… but a string of personal challenges and significant losses drew her to follow a different path.

She went on an intensive spiritual quest to try to understand her own suffering, what motivates others to cause suffering, and how to end suffering for herself and others.

She finally came to realize that all suffering is rooted in a mistaken belief of separateness—the idea that you are separate from anyone or anything else—and that the most direct way to end suffering is to heal that sense of separation.

 

Today, Itzel holds meetings, retreats, classes, trainings, and private one-on-one sessions online, over the phone, and in person with people from all over the world.

From working with professionals dealing with challenges in the workplace, to couples in struggling relationships, to individuals looking outside of themselves for love or happiness, Itzel works with groups and individuals gently reminding you of your individual wholeness and your interconnectedness with each other and all of life.

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Episode 11: 

In Episode 11 of the Holistic Hope Podcast, we speak with Viji Natragen an Ayurvedic Doctor and Ayurvedic Practitioner who specializes in women’s reproductive health helping women to get pregnant, stay pregnant, deliver their babies and support them throughout their motherhood journey. In our conversation with Viji, she gives us a crash course in Ayurvedic care and how women can use Ayurveda to support their holistic wellness through reclaiming their personal power while improving and maintaining their own health.

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[00:54] ​Ayurveda 101

[03:08] Ayurveda Constitutions

[03:33] Why We Have Imbalances

[04:25] Understanding what is optimal for your health based on your constitutions

[05:48] How to figure out your constitution

[07:39] Creating a healthy baby from mind, body, and spirit

[08:10] How Ayurveda practice can help with healing pregnancy and postpartum complications

[09:25] How Ayurvedic wellness plans are designed and implemented

[11:01] Allopathic vs Ayurvedic medicine

[13:41] Where to start in your Ayurvedic journey

[39:25] Reclaiming your power through Ayurvedic medicine

[46:50] Viji's the 'Good, Bad, and the Ugly

As an Ayurvedic Doctor / Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Certified Yoga Teacher and Certified Massage Therapist, Viji is committed to helping my clients understand themselves on a deeper level by using these ancient, time honored traditions that help us to live healthier, happier and more balanced lives.

When she help moms, she says she try to connect the dots that go unnoticed. The ones that tell a story of what could happen if not recognized and corrected.

Her job is to help prevent anything negative from happening and to increase the chances of a positive and healthy pregnancy. By keeping an eagle eye on and staying on track with, simple and important practices during pregnancy, you can avoid many of the big problems that could come your way. The best part is that by creating health now, you will never know whether you would have suffered from any serious ailments.

Viji's work focuses on supporting you and your child through your pregnancy journey by helping you to create a very specific and supportive environment in your body. This environment helps your baby grow healthy, thrive and flourish. Her aim is to give you and your baby the best possible foundation for life and health.

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Episode 12: 

Lorraine Giordano of Inspired to Health is an intuitive healer who works to help people keep their energies clear of negativity in order to promote healthy living in their day to day. In our conversation with Lorraine, she shares her amazing healing discoveries found in her journey through Operation: Save Uterus where she was able to naturally heal herself to completely avoid a hysterectomy, leading to her becoming a healer to others. She was not willing to give up her uterus, and Operation Save Uterus was born. Lorraine Giordano's story will shock you and inspire you to consider what and how you can save your body before it's too late.

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[00:54] ​About Lorraine Giordano

[03:08] Start of energy journey

[03:33] Beginning of "Operation: Save Uterus"

[04:25] Chakras 101

[05:48] Why the sacral and root chakras

[07:39] Being open to exploring solutions

[08:10] How self-healing leads to healing others 

[09:25] Trusting yourself to heal and receive healing

[11:01] C-sections: "I do" vs "I am"

[13:41] Using your breath to connect with life force energy

[39:25] Lorraine's Good, Bad, and Ugly

Lorraine is an Usui Reiki Master and certified in Quantum Energy Transformation, Integrated Energy Therapy and Quantum Touch.

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Episode 13: 

Being a hypnotherapist, Erin shares with us the benefits of being present in the moment to feel the emotions we are experiencing. It explains how to take a breath so that you can respond appropriately rather than react to any given situation, especially when motions are high. Erin also describes how curiosity opens the door to possibility when we give ourselves permission to explore what it feels like to a version of ourselves to be most desired to be.

Here’s a little more detail about this episode…

[00:54] ​Introduction to Erin

[03:08] How your triggers can be a powerful teaching moment

[03:33] Identifying the feelings and emotions and expressing it

[04:25] Baseline and understanding your emotions before stressors snowball

[05:48] Space that you can buy to respond one way or the other

[07:39] Fertility stressors that are NOT helpful and how that feels and may sound like

[08:10] Breaking out of the fertility stressors with more than words

[09:25] Meditation made simple

[11:01] EFT/TFT: emotional tools that let yourself vent

After the birth of her twins, Erin quit her job as an administrator and pursued her dream of Birth Evolved, which involved years of more education and training, becoming a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in advanced hypnotherapy techniques, and a NLP & HNLP practitioner as well as a Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. An education that will always be ongoing.

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Episode 14: 

We reflect on the conversation we had with Erin and Lorraine as TeAirra shares her intimate story on her postpartum thoughts and journey, where she speaks about the root of how and why she felt what she felt. We also break down the reasoning behind postpartum hormones; the importance of honoring our past and the healing properties of tears.

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Episode 15: 

"Truth doesn't get offended" We discuss how standing strong in your truth even when times are rough. One change can create can have an enormous impact even simply starting at as young as 2 or 3 years old, during pregnancy, and even before preconception. We discuss the mistakes many make when not considering the scientific time frame and the reasoning behind taking and not taking progesterone. For this summer season, we wrap up with one of the ultimate truth in healing for each of us to grow.

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