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Welcome To Fatherhood

Kelly Jean-Philippe

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Welcome To Fatherhood is a podcast celebrating the journey of fatherhood. I invite my guests to talk about all aspects of what it means to be a father, contributing to the expanding global discourse on ways to elevate each other as men and the portrait of fathers.
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 23! Navigating Father’s Day after experiencing a miscarriage is a journey fraught with complex emotions. Imagine the heartache of balancing the joy of being a present father with the sorrow of losing a child, or the agony of wishing someone a "Happy Father's Day" as you're struggling to become a father. Ch…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to this mid-week episode! As we're inching closer to Father's Day (Sunday, June 16, 2024), I thought it would be helpful to address the elephant in the room when it comes to our experience as loss dads. Here are some tips to implement: 1. Keep an open mind. The story you're creating in your head about how the day wil…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 21! In the labyrinth of infertility, you'll discover that life often reserves its most unexpected turns when the map seems most clear. Tom Kreffer continues to share his personal narrative of facing a natural pregnancy's delicate dance of hope and trepidation after IVF's trials. It's a tale that mirrors th…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 20! When hope seems a distant memory and the journey to parenthood is shadowed by infertility, the story of one man's unexpected path to fatherhood emanates like a beacon of resilience. Tom Kreffer, a UK author and father, joins me to relay his deeply personal experience—from penning letters to an unborn c…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 19! In our latest episode, we open the doors to the silent grief that men endure. The conversation moves beyond the physical absence of a child never held to explore the emotional chasm left behind, and how the lack of traditional mourning markers can render the pain invisible. The dialogue stretches into …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 18! We welcome back Sophie from Miscarriage Mumma Support to talk about ... grief. Our conversations take on a reflective quality, encouraging listeners to peer into the corners of their own hearts that may harbor unprocessed grief. We underscore the necessity of sitting with our sadness and allow ourselve…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 17! Our latest episode welcomes Liz, a courageous mother, who recounts the heartrending story of her daughter Aaliyah's stillbirth. Through her raw vulnerability, we tackle the complex layers of grief and the importance of nurturing conversations about pregnancy loss, particularly for fathers. Liz's poigna…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 16! When we find ourselves grappling with loss, the journey can be isolating and profound. Mary Matt, a school psychologist and mother who has endured the heartache of losing her son Maverick, joins me to share her intimate experience with miscarriage, a chemical pregnancy, and stillbirth. Her poignant nar…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 15! As we sit down to share our journey through the heartache of miscarriage, my co-host Chris and I understand the profound spiritual crisis such a loss can ignite. Struggling with doubts and grief, we explore the turbulence in our faith, the questions that haunt us, and the stories that bind us together …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 14! The raw, unfiltered echoes of our journey through the heartaches of miscarriage and the subsequent emotional odyssey of trying to conceive again are what you'll find in today's podcast. Our guest is Sophie from Miscarriage Momma Support, and she openly shares the scars left by multiple losses, reshapin…
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Send us a Text Message. Holding your breath as you step onto the emotional tightrope of trying for a baby after a miscarriage, you're not alone in oscillating between hope and heartache. Our latest episode unfolds the poignant narrative of a father's perspective on the complex journey toward parenthood post-loss. We share the raw, sometimes unspoke…
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Welcome to episode 2 of season 5! In this episode I share a helpful perspective a fellow dad shared that's helped me become less anxious about the uncertainty of the future my children will inhabit. I know this perspective will also be helpful for you! Let's connect to let me know what you think: wtfatherhoodpodcast@gmail.com OR DM me @welcometofat…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 12! Have you ever stood at life's crossroads, the weight of loss in one hand and the possibility of new beginnings in the other? In this episode I share how I navigated the tumultuous journey of deciding whether to expand our family after the heartache of miscarriage. This episode isn't just about recounti…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 11! In this episode, Chris and I brave the tender subject of trying for another child post-loss in our latest heart-to-heart series. Revealing our personal journeys, we explore the intricate dance of hope and hesitation. We navigate this delicate terrain, not with all the answers, but with open hearts, inv…
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Welcome to episode 1 of this new season (my fifth!) In this episode, I invite you to ask yourself this question, "Are you satisfied with the version of life you're currently living today, right now?" This is the question that's occupied my mind in recent weeks, and it's led me down a disorienting rabbit hole in the best possible way. How have you a…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 10! This latest episode of The Miscarriage Dads podcast addresses my reasons for the extended period without the release of an episode and the tumultuous period I've been navigating. However, the purpose of this episode is to highlight the extraordinary stories we've received cementing the value of this sp…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 9! Who said tears don't suit men? Imagine the joy of expecting not one, but two bundles of joy, only to have that joy abruptly replaced with unspeakable grief. Join me, Kelly, as I sit with my guest, Brandon Byrnes, to shatter the societal stigma and navigate the emotional labyrinth of pregnancy loss from …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 8! Grief--it's a universal emotion, yet we rarely discuss how it deeply affects men, particularly in the context of miscarriage. As your hosts, Kelly and Chris, we've invited Notorious True for a raw, emotional conversation about the silent struggle of men dealing with miscarriage. Remembering his own expe…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 7! Can we redefine what it means to be a man, particularly in times of grief? That's the big question we tackle in our latest episode, joined by the insightful Scott Jensen. In a culture that too often equates masculinity with stoicism, we explore the deep, hidden emotions that men grapple with, specifical…
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Send us a Text Message. Have you ever pondered the impact miscarriage has on fathers, or the complex emotions that are often untapped within these men? Today, we embark on a heartfelt journey, unraveling these unspoken experiences and exploring the vital role of empathy and mutual support in loss. We highlight the importance of shared understanding…
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Send us a Text Message. Remember that hushed silence that follows a heartbreaking revelation? Those moments of helplessness when there's an intrusion of an unexpected crisis into your safe space? We do. As we peel back the layers of our personal experiences with miscarriages and dealing with the following struggles, we take you on an emotional expe…
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Send us a Text Message. In honor of Baby and Infant Loss Awareness Week and Month, we push for the same level of attention given to causes like Breast Cancer. There's a lot to discuss from the physical and emotional toll, to the journey of naming our unborn children and the profound emotional connection that creates. As the world commemorates other…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 3 of The Miscarriage Dads! In this conversation, I unpack the deep impact multiple miscarriages has had on my relationship, and the guilt I felt for not being able to fully comprehend my wife's experience. I talk about the emotional roller coaster ride of keeping hope alive amidst despair and grief, sharin…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 2 of The Miscarriage Dads! Have you ever felt the joy of anticipation and expectation that comes with a growing life, only to be met with the devastating stillness and silence when it's lost prematurely? That’s what we're addressing in this profound conversation, as we journey through experiences of early …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to episode 1 of The Miscarriage Dads! Together with Chris, we dive into the very personal stories of our early pregnancy losses and the profound effect they had on us as fathers. Our conversation takes an emotional turn as we reminisce about the heart-wrenching moments of our miscarriages, the isolation that fatherho…
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Experiencing a miscarriage as a man is a difficult journey. It's a path I've walked and it led to the creation of "The Miscarriage Dad" platform—aimed at educating, raising awareness, and supporting men and fathers who find themselves in this heart-wrenching terrain. It's an unfortunate reality that compelled me to reinvent my Instagram presence, f…
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Have you ever wondered how deep the rabbit hole of systemic failures and biases in the family court system can go? I invite you to join me in my riveting conversation with Gary Ivory, a resilient father who battled the beast for 16 agonizing years, and learn about his journey of survival, justice, and relentless fight for his child. Gary, a nonprof…
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When you think about the journey of becoming a parent, the excitement and joy of expecting a child often come to mind. But what happens when that journey is abruptly halted by the heartbreak of pregnancy loss? I recently had the privilege of speaking with Brandon Byrnes, a brave father who opened up about his own experience with miscarriage and the…
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This episode concludes my conversation with Scott Mair. How can dads be more involved in the pregnancy journey and the early stages of their child's life? This is a question we explore. We discuss the importance of engaging both parents from the beginning of the pregnancy, creating a level playing field for open communication, and understanding eac…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Scott Mair, a husband and father of 7 boys ranging from 20-4 years old. Privately, Scott enjoys spending time home educating his children with his wife Sarah and traveling with them while trying to remain outdoors as much as possible. Are we truly supporting fathers in their journey through parent…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Allan Shedlin. Allan Shedlin has devoted his life's work to improving the odds for children and families. He has three daughters, and five grandchildren, as well as numerous "bonus" sons/daughters and grandchildren. Trained as an educator, Allan has alternated between classroom service, school lea…
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This is The Miscarriage Doula's takeover of the Welcome To Fatherhood podcast! Arden Cartrette is the founder of The Miscarriage Doula, a service for anyone who is going through loss, struggling with pregnancy after loss, or is looking for more information on how to get through miscarriage in general. This service was birthed out of Arden's own his…
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This is The Miscarriage Doula's takeover of the Welcome To Fatherhood podcast! Arden Cartrette is the founder of The Miscarriage Doula, a service for anyone who is going through loss, struggling with pregnancy after loss, or is looking for more information on how to get through miscarriage in general. This service was birthed out of Arden's own his…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Jessica Torres. Jessica has worked in healthcare for the past 16 years in the area of women’s health, specifically high risk pregnancies and advocating for the wellbeing of both mom and baby. Her expertise is in Diabetes in Pregnancy. Jessica is also passionate about supporting the mental and emot…
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This week's episode features a conversation with Sandra Trew, who is the CEO and founder of Get Real Parental Coaching. Sandra has been featured in the Daily Express, commenting on the Royal Family's children. She runs a Childcare Business for working parents, using her 30 years of experience and expertise to help parents build stronger relationshi…
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This week's episode features a conversation with my guest, JK McLeod. JK is a married father of two children, a 17 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. JK learned from an early age about the pivotal and impactful role that fathers can play in the family. He is the host of a weekly podcast called 'Help Me Understand', which focuses on learning m…
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This episode features a conversation with my guests, Antonio Rodriguez and Sergio Martinez. We refer to our trident as the Big 3. Antonio (or Tony) is 32 years old and a father of three, two boys and a baby gurl on the way. Tony is a family man who loves to nurture and spend quality time with his family and play sports with his sons. Sergio (or Ser…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Alex Egeler. Alex Egeler is a former rocket scientist, aircraft designer, and aerospace executive. When his company went out of business during the pandemic, he knew that he needed to take a step back and focus on his family. Now he is a husband, father of 4 wonderful sons, and aspiring coach and …
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This week’s episode features a conversation with Robert Rooks. Robert Rooks is one of the nation’s premier public safety solutions experts with more than two decades of experience as a grassroots organizer, strategist, and movement leader. Robert is the CEO of REFORM Alliance, a national advocacy organization focused on transforming probation and p…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Piotr Jan Pietrzak. Piotr is the Director of International Development at BLIK, a leading European mobile payment system and scheme that is rapidly expanding in other geographies. Piotr earned his executive education certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2022. As a lifelong lear…
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Hi there! As a faithful follower/subscriber of this podcast I'm sure you had been wondering why there wasn't an episode for this week and last. So I thought it was a good idea to help you not wonder any longer. And if you listen to this brief episode, all of your wondering will be addressed once and for all! Remember to visit the Welcome To Fatherh…
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This episode features a conversation with my guest, Daryl Johnson Jr., Ed.D. Dr. Johnson is an Education Administrator with a passion for advancing educational policies and procedures as it pertains to engagement, equity, discipline, diversity, and core values. He has over ten years of experience working hands-on with students, parents, and staff i…
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This is part three in a series of conversations on miscarriage. This episode features my guest, Sean Johnson, who opens up about multiple miscarriage experiences. As always, thank you for spending part of your week with us. Please visit the Welcome To Fatherhood blog by going to my website or through the link tree on my IG account. Your feedback is…
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This is a conversation about how four dads experienced and coped with losing a child by miscarriage. This week, I finally share my full personal story. Parts of the episode are graphic and may be triggering; please listen with caution. As always, thank you for spending part of your week with us. Please visit the Welcome To Fatherhood blog by going …
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This is a conversation about how four dads experienced and coped with losing a child by miscarriage. Part 2 will follow next week. As always, thank you for spending part of your week with us. Please visit the Welcome To Fatherhood blog by going to my website or through the link tree on my IG account. Your feedback is always welcomed! Write a commen…
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This episode features a conversation with my mate from down under, Nate Newman, host of the (Not So) Secret Dads Business podcast. Nate is currently taking a break from podcasting on his own platform, but reached out to me for us to talk about what we're both currently experiencing with our respective sons: not being able to keep up with how fast t…
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Welcome to 2023 and a new season of the podcast! In this episode I share brief updates about things that have been happening on my end, as well as new features being added to the Welcome To Fatherhood platform. Welcome To Fatherhood now has a BLOG! You can read this weekly blog by going to my website or through the link tree on my IG account. Your …
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This episode features a conversation with my guest and host of The Dad Edge Podcast, Larry Hagner. Larry is the proud father of 4 energetic boys and husband of his soul mate, Jessica, for the past 18 years. He understands that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows every day. However, Larry's learned skills to optimize his life as a man, husband, and…
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This episode features a conversation with my distinguished guest, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, PhD. Dr. Neal is no stranger to the Welcome To Fatherhood podcast and audience, making his first appearance in season 3 episode 25 They Never Saw Black Men As Fathers. Dr. Neal is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies a…
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