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RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT YOU CAN ACCESS IN THE CAR, GYM, OR ANYWHERE! InJoy's podcast features enlightening interviews with health educators, leaders, influencers, and advocates in maternal-child health who focus on transforming care through education. Tune in, learn, and be inspired by these empowering leaders who are passionate about making a difference—just like you. You’ll get ideas you can implement right away!
 
In this monthly series, independent media producer and storyteller Jen Lee offers in-depth interviews with artists, authors and visionaries. It is an inquiry into our experience of journey, seeking to explore the places in which we find ourselves and the stories that brought us here. For more information about this or other Jen Lee Productions, visit: jenleeproductions.com
 
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Hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) is difficult regardless of size. Yet, when you're plus size with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), you're sometimes not believed or praised for weight loss while you're suffering. Alyssa shares her story, what she wishes she would've known, and how she took a different approach with her second pregnancy.…
 
Jisela Delgado of MTV'S The Challenge All Stars opens up about body image and reality TV. She looks back on her twenty-year history with MTV, including her first appearance on The Real World/Road Rules Casting Special in 2000. Jisela holds nothing back regarding her relationship with her body and what it's like being plus size on reality TV. She al…
 
On April 6, 2011, following a healthy plus size pregnancy and positive birth experience, I launched my first blog post. I desperately wanted to change the narrative around plus size pregnancy and thought telling my story could make a difference. Ten years and nearly 6.5 million pageviews later, I'm forever thankful I decided to share my story! Hear…
 
HAES And LGBTQ inclusive midwife Ray Rachlin joins the podcast to talk about home birth when you are plus size. She covers what qualifies someone for home birth and how pregnancy and childbirth can look slightly different. Ray also discusses providing fertility support for people in the LGBTQ community and those with polycystic ovary syndrome. We a…
 
Liesel Teen, well-known as Mommy Labor Nurse on Instagram, shares her journey to starting Mommy Labor Nurse and helpful insights on supporting plus size labor and delivery. She goes in-depth with options around fetal monitoring and how to advocate for yourself. Liesel also talks about cesarean birth for plus size moms.…
 
When Jen was pregnant in 2010, she realized that she was being treated differently because she exists in a larger body. Determined to make her plan for an unmedicated birth a reality, Jen researched and found a midwife who supported and encouraged her to pursue the birth plan she wanted. After the birth of her baby, she decided to start a blog to s…
 
Meg Boggs went from creating content exploring motherhood and self-love to stepping into her authentic self as an athlete. With the highly-anticipated launch of her first book, Fitness for Every Body: Strong, Confident, and Empowered at Any Size, Meg helps people worldwide to find their inner athlete. This is her story!…
 
Lola, a short film by Ana Lydia Monaco, tells a story that’s all too familiar for many. Lola is a plus size woman of color who is not believed by her close friend, boyfriend, and care provider when having a medical crisis. Everyone only focuses on her weight. Listen as writer and director Ana Lydia Monaco and lead actor Marlene Luna share the behin…
 
What happens when all of your dreams are about to come true and overnight the world shuts down? Listen as two mom comedians, Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee of Band of Mothers, share their stories. We talk about the toll 2020 took on so many and the vulnerability it takes to face an unknown future as entrepreneurs. We go deep, get a little woo, and refl…
 
USLCA (United States Lactation Consultant Association), founded in 2006, is an organization that supports the advancement of lactation professionals of all types in the United States. Their aim is to make sure all families have support to meet their breastfeeding goals by advocating for the value of lactation care providers who contribute to the fa…
 
Courtney Stallworth is a plus sized Black American maternal-newborn nurse whose pregnancy and birth experiences forever changed her life. Courtney joins the show to share her first empowering home birth story and passion for birth work. Her mission is to decrease the growing maternal-newborn mortality rate for all, emphasizing on the BIPOC communit…
 
Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani is a Health At Every Size inclusive doctor specializing in caring for people with eating disorders. She joins the show for a compelling conversation about disordered eating when you are plus size. We address why dieting is harmful and what approach can help people of all sizes to thrive.…
 
Dr. Neel Shah, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School is committed to improving maternity care. This is a needed conversation about weight stigma in maternity care! Listen as we address weight bias and racial disparities in maternity care. Dr. Shah shares the biggest risk factor for having …
 
Farewell, 2020! As embarrassing as it is to admit, I spent most of 2020 sitting on my couch drinking wine. During this episode, I share when I hit my bottom and how I found my strength. By sharing my truth, I hope it helps others feel less alone and possibly even inspired as we head into the new year. I've got some big goals that I can't wait to sh…
 
Veronica chose to switch care providers at 26 weeks pregnant after her OB-GYN made assumptions about her body's ability to have a healthy outcome. With her wife's support, Veronica advocated for herself and found an outstanding care provider. You deserve to connect with a care provider who makes you feel heard and respected!…
 
Curiosity about why one woman labored in a straightforward manner and a woman in a similar situation struggled much more led Gail Tully to ask why. She dug in to understand not only the role of the pelvic bones in labor but also the soft tissues that can either create a good pathway or block baby’s progress through them. Listen to her story and how…
 
Now that I’m in my 40s, I thought I’d drop some middle-aged wisdom by sharing nine things I want you to know before you turn 40. If you’re a fellow member of Club 40, I hope you’ll glean some familiar insights. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, buckle up, buttercup! (This episode includes strong language and a frank conversation about sex - not for the…
 
Listen as Christen Sadler, Immediate Past President of Lamaze, tells us more about Lamaze’s beginnings, how they have grown, and where the future may be taking them. Christen shares ways the organization advances their mission: “Advancing Safe & Healthy Birth for Everyone, Everywhere.” Learn more about Lamaze’s current projects, including research …
 
Rixa Freeze has a PhD from the University of Iowa and is a researcher, professor, and mother of four children. Her current research specialization is vaginal breech birth. She is the president of Breech Without Borders, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and teaches at a private liberal arts college. She blogs at Stand and Deliver. Listen and Learn: A lack of res…
 
In Life After Loss Part 1, Katherine tells her story of loss and how it impacted her personal growth and her family. Be sure to give it a listen. (Click here for part 1) Listen to Part 2 as we continue to follow Katherine’s journey to becoming a Perinatal Bereavement Psychotherapist and having her Rainbow Baby Alice. She always desired to have a bi…
 
It’s common knowledge these days that dieting does not work. Yet, if you’re someone who has dieted their entire life, it can feel unclear how to approach nutrition. Registered Dietician Jenn Bryant joins the show to discuss why dieting does not work, how to practice mindful eating, setting up healthy habits, and fun tips for feeding our kids.…
 
Champion powerlifter Becci Holcomb deadlifted almost 600 lb when she was pregnant during a competition in Dubai. This unstoppable woman joins the Plus Mommy Podcast to share her pregnancy and birth story. Becci wants everyone to know that you can do awesome things when you are pregnant!By Jen McLellan
 
Loss is always difficult.  Losing someone you’re supposed to be meeting for the first time and spending the rest of your life with is even tougher.  Katherine and her family planned for a joyful event, the birth of their daughter Helen, but that turned to sorrow when Helen was stillborn.    Listen in as we follow Katherine’s journey of becoming a p…
 
Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins joins the show for an insightful conversation about plus size pregnancy with an OB-GYN. We dive deep into some tough topics surrounding the mistreatment of people of size during pregnancy. As well as answer questions, like should plus size people be automatically classified as high risk during pregnancy? It was a real ho…
 
Host Jen McLellan answers questions submitted by the Plus Mommy Instagram community about pregnancy when you are plus size. During this episode, we’re also joined by family nurse practitioner Flynn O'Neill to discuss the Myriad Prequel Prenatal Screen. This noninvasive prenatal screen produces highly accurate results for all patient types, regardle…
 
Listen as Bonita (Boni) Katz BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC talks about the impact that ICEA has had on the field of maternal-child health and her own journey. Promoting family-centered care and freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of options and alternatives are the key tenants of ICEA. Boni’s own birth helped spark her interest in becoming …
 
When the “Back to Sleep” campaign to reduce infant deaths started in 1994, the rate of SIDS went from 10,000 to 3,500 per year very quickly.  Judy Bannon, founder of Cribs for Kids, realized that was a great thing but also found that some neighborhoods in her area had not reduced the number of SIDS deaths. She wanted to help.  Listen in today with …
 
Dr. Alisa Baer is a pediatrician, co-founder of The Car Seat Lady, and a National Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor. She joins the show to share what parents need to know about booster safety. We go well beyond the basics - even addressing how a child and parent's weight can impact the passenger safety choices families need to make. This …
 
At the age of 35, Corryn had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and a blocked fallopian tube. She knew her journey to becoming a mother was going to look different. Listen as she shares how she advocated for herself as a plus size woman in need of fertility support. You'll not only hear her experience with IVF but her full birth story!…
 
Thinking of starting or revamping your Fatherhood class? Ginny Robinson joins us to share tips and tricks to creating a successful fatherhood class. She offers ideas on formatting, marketing, teaching dads during social distancing & insights into what dads want to know. Ginny Robinson has been a nurse for over 50 years and spent the last 32 years a…
 
Listen as Nikia Sankofa, Executive Director, and Amelia Psmythe Seger, Deputy Director, unfold the richness of USBC. They will tell us about when, why, and how USBC was created, and what the organization's goals are for today and for the future to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in the United States. The strategy and structure of the US…
 
At the age of 17, Kasey experienced an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured. She lost one fallopian tube and an ovary. She was a high school student at the time and decided to keep her loss a secret. Listen, as Kasey shares her story of pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy and the pain of holding onto secrets, we shouldn't have to keep.…
 
Tennielle shares her experience of what it’s like to be pregnant when you are Black and plus size, along with her compelling birth story. “Nearing the end of my pregnancy, I had a very intimate and pointed conversation with my OB; I told her to fight for me. I read too many articles for my own good about the maternal death rate for Black women. Not…
 
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Jen McLellan shares the detours she experienced along her breastfeeding journey, and what she wishes she would’ve done differently. The reality is breastfeeding when you are plus size looks different! There are unique obstacles plus size people face while breastfeeding. From the lack of plus size nursing appare…
 
With over 1.4 million followers, Sarah Nicole Landry of The Birds Papaya takes storytelling and vulnerability to a whole new level. Sarah openly shares what drove her to lose a significant amount of weight, the realization she had an eating disorder, and the path she walks daily to self-love and acceptance. Sarah tells the story of her body – a bod…
 
Have you ever wanted to eavesdrop on two moms having a passionate conversation? That’s precisely what you’ll experience during this episode of the Plus Mommy Podcast with special guest Sara Ahmed of Sugar Land Sara. We have an open and honest discussion about our bodies, mental health, and inclusion.…
 
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