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We are here to love, support, and dignify the women and families who have suffered early pregnancy loss. Through story-telling and educational interviews the Hope Blooms podcast helps us build a community so that no one suffers miscarriage alone. Hope Blooms is a production of the Early Pregnancy Loss Association.
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Moms Actually

Morgan Taylor and Blair Gyamfi

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Moms Actually is a motherhood community that aims to redefine motherhood and break away from the unhealthy expectations society has placed on women. Our community provides spaces for women to authentically relate to each other in a society that often prioritizes appearances over genuine experiences. We host a visual podcast that addresses the experiences of womanhood, sisterhood and motherhood through candid and transparent discussions We have discussed a range of topics, including marriage, ...
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Ten years ago our co-host, Emily, discovered that her first child, affectionately known as Baby, no longer had a heartbeat. It was the end of April and she and her husband were looking forward to a new house, new job, and new baby, only to be told Baby had died. While Emily has told her story before this episode specifically remembers that first mi…
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In this podcast episode, we have a candid conversation with our special guest, Monica Style Muse, about the ups and downs of motherhood and self-image. In this episode, we have a candid conversation with our special guest, beauty influencer, Monica Style Muse. We talk about grief and loss, relationships and confrontation as well as motherhood and s…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Sensuality and Love Coach Maya Kova. Maya's journey began as young woman fascinated by love, propelling her on a path to conquer her own relationship anxiety. Her journey and expertise offer a treasure trove of enlightenment that has the potential to revolutionize your experience with love and …
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Hey Ma! This week Ashley West, you may know her as @SouthernWestSunshine, joins us on the couch sharing her journey from 9-5 working mom to how she built a new career from being a viral sensation. In this episode we talk about: the realities of motherhood the adjustments we make to keep our marriages thriving amidst motherhood and careers the daily…
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Emily and Steph talk about a world where no one suffers miscarriage alone. What does that look like? How do we help women and families? What can we do to make this world a reality? Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypregnancylossassociation Twitter: @miscarriagecare Email: Miscarriagecare@gmail.com P.O. Box 179 Hillsdale, …
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with pioneering erotic bodywork educator Joseph Kramer, PhD. Joseph shares his transformative journey from academia to becoming a leading teacher of erotic massage and sexual embodiment. In this conversation, we delve into how pornography– which is often seen as ‘bad’-- can be used as a tool to lear…
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In this episode, we explore motherhood and its challenges with our guest is Lizzy Mathis, host of The Cool Mom Podcast and host of the TV show Honest Renovations with Jessica Alba. We discuss: How motherhood shows us how to value ourselves How we become like our parents Ups and downs of motherhood Miscarriage experiences Changing the societal norms…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Tantric Lawyer, Kim Mukti Nirjhara. Kim blends the worlds of deep spiritual practice and the legal field, using tantric principles to navigate personal evolution through conflict resolution. Kim shares her transformative journey to discovering tantric therapy, the revitalization of her yoni, an…
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After suffering and recovering from miscarriage many women and families experience an urge to help others. In this episode Emily and Steph talk about ways to help your community, ways to help EPLA, and ways to meet the needs of other women and families suffering miscarriage around you. Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypr…
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Every mom knows the juggling act of work-life balance is not easy, it's our daily reality. Our guest, Liane V Benjamin joined us to share her honest take on following your dreams, relationships and motherhood. In this episode, we discuss: Her journey over the past decade How she worked hard to get to a life she visualized Her Christianity Her advic…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with PhD, Sex and Relationship Coach, Sexuality Educator, and Sexological Bodyworker Charlie Glickman. Charlie shares his extensive experience and wisdom from over three decades of working in the field of sexuality education. We talk about his book, "The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure" providin…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with NeoTantra Educator and Pleasure and Intimacy Expert Caroline Carrington. Caroline shares her transformative journey from the corporate world to the rich and empowering realm of NeoTantra. During our conversation, we explore the differences between NeoTantra and traditional Tantra, discussing ho…
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Grieving is hard and when our friends are grieving we often want to fix it. But does that really work? So if we can't fix grief, how do we help women as they walk through miscarriage? We personally loved this little video about grief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2zLCCRT-nE Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypregnancyl…
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Feeling lost in motherhood? Ever wish you could rewind or compare experiences on equal footing? Join us as we discuss these relatable struggles with Raye Boyce (@itsmyrayeraye), beauty and lifestyle influencer who shares her insights on: Navigating the identity shift: How motherhood changes us and the emotions we rarely discuss. Body image and soci…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Bloom Community CEO, Noa Elan. Noa brings an innovative and refreshing approach to finding experiences and creating connections in the dating and social world bridging online access with live, in-person events. During this conversation we dive into how a digital event & community site like Bloo…
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Ready to be read for filth?? But in a good way… 👀 This conversation with Massy Arias, a health and fitness coach, is as real as it gets. If you want to figure out how to make positive changes in your life.. this will change your life.. We talk about: Massy’s experiences with pregnancy, fitness, and body image, and how they've shaped her personal gr…
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The holiday season is over and 2024 is now on a roll. Christmas trees have been cleaned up and the family rooms reset to their "normal" arrangement. But what if life doesn't feel normal yet? What if you aren't ready for it to feel normal. While we often look to a new year with hope and anticipation, this can be particularly difficult for women and …
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Ever wondered how influencers balance the perfect image with the actual realities of life? Brooke Ashley Hall opens up about the balancing act of authenticity versus picture-perfect moments in life. Brooke shares her personal experiences, from motherhood to the connections that ground her. We discuss: blended families the pressures of maintaining a…
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The emotional, spiritual, and physical burden of miscarriage are painful enough. Then, often as women are starting to feel a little better the bills start coming. Medical expenses can start to add up quickly. Depending on the her physical needs a bereaved mother might face bills for ultrasounds, emergency room visits, surgery, ambulance rides, doct…
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Raise your hand if you love Megan Ashley! (We have 4 hands raised over here). Season 4 of Moms Actually is kicking off with Megan Ashley. We got to sit down with Megan a few weeks before she launched her podcast, “In Totality”, and we were able to talk about: Motherhood, Judgement and Expectations The Impact of Identity on Women The Importance of S…
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Steph Gordon joins us to share her story of loss. From the moments she started bleeding, to taking misoprostal, and the days and weeks afterwards, the memories remain clear for Steph even though her loss happened over a decade ago. Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypregnancylossassociation Twitter: @miscarriagecare Email:…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Are you ready to redefine fatherhood? That’s the question we tackle …
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- What happens to a mother's world when tragedy strikes and she loses …
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Family, Divorce and Relationship Coach Veronica Nabizade. Veronica brings her wide range of experience from legal mediation to deep spiritual practice, and immense work on inner growth to support women in difficult marriages. Her feeling is that “if it’s worth fighting about, it’s worth fixing.…
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Grief can sneak up on us during what we might have always known as the happiest time of the year. Emily and Maria remember their first Christmases after loss. Emily felt deep sadness missing her baby, Maria suffered missing her baby bump. Whatever it is something is missing and something is not right. If you are grieving this year we encourage you …
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- When the spotlight fades and the applause dies down, grappling with …
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- We take a nostalgic trip back in time, reminiscing about our first e…
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Anne Bradstreet weathered the harsh New England Winters and the hard life of starting a society in the new world. America's first poet, Bradstreet chronicles the joy and pain of her life experience. While she never lost any of her own children - she suffered the grief of infant death losing several of her grandchildren. Her poetry points to the pai…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Physician Healthcare Consultant, Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Dr. Erkeda. Dr. Erkeda brings us their wisdom related to sexual health and wellness, particularly women’s health issues and how to advocate for oneself with healthcare providers. We touch on the struggles women have in th…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Imagine having your first child as a teen and then, decades later, p…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- We are unraveling the complexities of social media and its ever-grow…
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Emily and Maria take time to give thanks for all of the blessings we have at the Early Pregnancy Loss Association this year. We are especially thankful for our listeners and we wish you a gentle holiday season full of healing and hope. Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypregnancylossassociation Twitter: @miscarriagecare Em…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Join us for a candid conversation that promises to reveal the true l…
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In this episode of The Better Sex Podcast, I talk with Bodyworker, Sexual Pioneer, Sound Healer, Dominatrix, and Visionary Craniosacral Practitioner, Emily Oren. Emily reflects on patterns of being absorbed into relationships and how that led to learning important insights on boundaries, self-intimacy and vulnerability. She deep dives into what bou…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Ever wondered how motherhood impacts your friendships? Join us as we…
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Women suffering early pregnancy loss are often unable to bury their babies, especially in cemeteries. This can be for many reasons sometimes they are unable to collect the body, the body was needed for testing, or they do not have the resources available bury their little one. Many women aren't even given the information necessary to move forward w…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Join us for a heartfelt conversation as we welcome celebrity multi-h…
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In this episode I talk with Happiness Empowerment and Couples Intimacy Coach, Shay Sun. Shay tells us about their journey with understanding the changing nature of relationships over time. He shares about his exploration into Chinese Philosophy and its wisdom for the constant change of relationship as well the secrets it reveals about feminine plea…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Do you feel like intimacy is a distant memory after having kids? Joi…
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For Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month we are resharing the special story of Kathryn Wales and her sweet daughter Theodora. This episode originally ran September 20, 2022. ------- Kathryn joins us to share her story of the death of her dear Theodora at 16 weeks gestation. While miscarriages most commonly occur during the first trimester of p…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Have you ever questioned the fine balance between marriage, parentin…
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In this episode I talk with mentor, breathwork teacher, storyteller and creator of the Yoniverse Monologues, Sirena Andrea. Sirena tells us about her work with women telling their stories to release shame around their experiences and desires. She shares her journey as a breathwork practitioner and the transformative power breathwork has for healing…
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For a long time myths and misconceptions have haunted women suffering miscarriage. In this episode Emily and Maria tackle some these frustrating lies that pollute the miscarriage conversation. People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt Miscarriage Resource Packet Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypreg…
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Hey Ma! We’re hitting rewind and spotlighting our "MA Top 12" — the standout episodes from our first three seasons of Moms Actually. From October 12 to December 28, don’t miss the moments that defined us. Join us as a we take a trip down memory lane as we prepare for Season 4. --- Join us on this raw and unfiltered exploration of the identity crisi…
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For Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month we encourage you to think about gentleness as you care for your heart and remember your little one. Wherever you are in your grief journey, this episode serves as a good reminder to care for yourself where you are. We are republishing this episode from December 20, 2022 to help us through Pregnancy and …
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In this episode I talk with autistic polymath, maverick leader, business & life strategist and Tantra lineage holder Tanja Diamond. Tanja opens up about her own experiences as an introvert and offers valuable advice on embracing awkwardness during the dating process. She shares her insights on autism, relationships, and the journey to better sex. H…
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Emily and Maria talk abou how Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness (PAIL) Month has grown over the years. They also offer ways to remember our children and care for our hearts and bodies during this time. Find us any time: Hope Blooms Blog Facebook Instagram: @earlypregnancylossassociation Twitter: @miscarriagecare Email: Miscarriagecare@gmail.com P…
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In this episode I talk with Love, Sex & Relationship Coach Iryna Sulim who specializes in men’s empowerment and sexual mastery. Hear Iryna’s journey into Tantra and sacred sexuality and how that has informed her relationships as she becomes a mother. During this conversation, we talk about the dance of the polarities within everyday life of kids, p…
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Emily miscarried 9 years ago. Her mother, Linda, thought her daughter's experience and care might be different than her own loss nearly 30 years earlier. But it wasn't. Emily was stuck with the same hushed culture and confusion surrounding miscarriage. There was a lack of educational resources and limited community support not much different than h…
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In this episode I talk with Sex Coach, Will Tantra about the practice of Tantra and its impact on enhancing pleasure and intimacy in relationships. Hear about Will’s personal journey in the field of sex coaching and the benefits of practicing edging and energywork during masturbation. We also talk about how to create a masturbation practice to prep…
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