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  • Poised & Powerful Parenting, hosted by Sarah Mayhan, supports new parents in the physical and mental transformation of new parenthood. A teacher of alignment, movement, and the mind-body connection, she believes everyone deserves the empowerment that comes from understanding themselves and how their body works. Tune in every other week to hear episodes that will help you be mindful in the present & open to the future. Learn more about Sarah and Poised Powerful Parenting at https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/interviews
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  • May 9 2022

    Do you feel like you have to just grit your teeth and power through to get through challenging situations? The reality is, we all need help and kindness. Our society could do a better job of supporting parents - a first step might be recognizing that we are not alone in our struggles. This week, episode 32 of Poised & Powerful Podcast is sharing the importance of supporting your mental health, through pregnancy, postpartum, and into parenting. 

    Want to support your mind and body during pregnancy? In my upcoming class, Stress Less in Pregnancy, you (and your partner!) can learn new ways to take care of yourself that will support you into parenthood. Hannah Lee is presenting an interactive component on mental health that last class’s participants found “super helpful!” Sign up: https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/pregnancy-class

    Hannah is a social worker and therapist at Center + Room To Breathe, an integrated therapy and trauma-informed yoga space. At Center Hannah loves working with people as they care for themselves, and she has a particular passion for issues such as pre and postnatal mental health, parenting, and mental health care in the Asian American community. Hannah is certified in psychologically-sensitive yoga through Room To Breathe, and takes a holistic mind-body approach to her work. 

    Hannah was born in England to Chinese and English parents, grew up in Massachusetts, and outside of Center has experience in social justice and nonprofit settings. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their two small, noisy children. 

    In this episode of Poised & Powerful Podcast, Hannah Lee and I discuss the following:

    • Different approaches to therapy, which can include options for embodiment, yoga, and mindfulness practices. 
    • The “big picture” factors that influence our mental well-being (hormones are important, but they’re not the only part.) 
    • The complex and mixed emotions that parenthood can bring, and allowing ourselves to feel those feelings. 
    • You deserve to reach out for support, even if you’re not at an “extreme” like wanting to hurt your child or yourself. How and where to begin to draw in support, especially if you’ve never done it before.
    • How to begin to give ourselves kindness and compassion (we extend so much care to our children, but can struggle to see ourselves as also worthy of care.) 

    Learn more about Poised & Powerful and Sarah at https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/interviews

    CONNECT WITH HANNAH LEE:

    Instagram

    Website

    Blog

    Upcoming: Mindful Parenting: Growing Self Compassion + Body Awareness Workshop 5/25 In Person

    Upcoming: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Baby: Exploring Pre + Postpartum Mental Health 6/22 Online

    CONNECT WITH SARAH MAYHAN:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Work with Sarah! 

    Links mentioned: 

    Instagram account @notsafeformomgroup

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    54 mins
  • Apr 25 2022

    I’ve been wanting to talk about parenting with chronic illness for some time, since it’s a big part of my everyday life. I’m sitting down with myself and my husband to talk about his experiences with fibromyalgia, and what it’s like raising the most energetic four-year-old boy. This week, episode 31 of Poised & Powerful Podcast is sharing how we handled pandemic parenting with chronic illness! 

    When getting ready for a baby, it’s so easy for YOU to get lost in the shuffle. This is why I want to share with you my parent-centered pregnancy class. Let’s support your ongoing well-being as a parent: relieve aches and pains, minimize responses to stress, unwind and sleep better. Join me for an *online* 6 week series: https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/pregnancy-class

    Do you need a weekend from the weekend? Drop into the online Sunday Scaries Support group class: https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/take-a-break

    Jeffrey Tran’s previous life included dropping out of a physics PhD program to be a ballroom dance instructor. His high-pressure career in the trading industry was interrupted by his health conditions. Now he likes to connect online with his people in the chronic illness community and to advocate for those with chronic health conditions, and parents of children under five.

    In this episode of Poised & Powerful Podcast, my husband and I discuss the following:

    • The winding roads to getting diagnosed with chronic illness. How a chronic illness can ebb and flow, but that isn’t the same as “getting better.” 
    • How having a chronic illness as a parent changes the parenting game, and how we co-parent our child with our own limited energy levels. 
    • The baggage around wanting to appear normal and do what “every other family is doing” with their children, versus the reality of having a family where chronic illness affects our decisions. 
    • The power in asking each other for what we need, and how we draw in outside support.

    Being a parent of a young child and having a chronic illness, or having a partner with a chronic illness, is life-altering. Your lifestyle isn’t going to look like everyone else’s, and that’s ok. We’ve learned to speak up and ask for help when we need it, and are learning our new normal.

    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!

    Learn more about Poised & Powerful and Sarah at https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/interviews

    CONNECT WITH Jeffrey Tran:

    Twitter

    CONNECT WITH SARAH MAYHAN:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Work with Sarah! 

    Mentioned: The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke (affiliate link)

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    50 mins
  • Apr 4 2022

    You’ve been told to create a birth plan; now what? A lot of times a birth plan can bring up a lot of your own feelings or other people’s - maybe you’ve heard that you don’t need to waste time writing it because it all goes out the window anyway. It can also be really overwhelming to decide what you need in your own plan. We decided to bring on a doula to ask about birth plans so you know what to expect and how to create your own. Episode 30 of Poised & Powerful Podcast is sharing all about the birth plan with Jarriel Campbell! 

    When getting ready for a baby, it’s so easy for YOU to get lost in the shuffle. This is why I want to share with you my parent-centered pregnancy class. Let’s support your ongoing well-being as a parent: relieve aches and pains, minimize responses to stress, unwind and sleep better. Join me for an *online* 6 week series: https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/pregnancy-class

    Jarriel is a labor and postpartum doula, girl mom, and wife. She works with millennial couples to support them in creating an enriching and positively supportive environment to connect with themselves and their new family. Jarriel supports growing families at many different phases in their maternity journeys but they all have the goal to break out of the traditional molds and have the freedom to birth their family their way.

    In this episode of Poised & Powerful Podcast, Jarriel and I discuss the following:

    • What a doula is, and how to build a birth team that supports you
    • How to create your own birth vision, what questions to ask yourself, and how to get on the same page with your partner.
    • Why it’s good to know all your pain relief options - it’s not just epidural or nothing!  
    • Why doulas are extra helpful when you’re considering induction.  
    • There are multiple points along the road to birth to practice self-advocacy, and how doulas can support you during that process. 
    • How Jarriel used her birth plan as a roadmap to her birth vision, and how her doula helped her partner be the MVP of her birth support team. 

    This episode will open your eyes to your own advocacy options as you build your birth plan - we hope it takes you from overwhelmed to empowered! 

    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!

    Learn more about Poised & Powerful and Sarah at https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/interviews

    CONNECT WITH Jarriel Campbell:

    Website

    Instagram

    CONNECT WITH SARAH MAYHAN:

    Instagram

    Un-hunch, un-scrunch, and take up space with Sarah

    Drop into the restorative Sunday Scaries Support online class: https://poisedpowerfulparenthood.com/take-a-break

    LINKS MENTIONED:

    Doulamatch.com

    https://icpa4kids.com/find-a-pediatric-chiropractor/ to find a Webster certified chiropractor

    All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast

    Evidence Based Birth



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    56 mins

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A must listen to for parents

Sarah's voice is so easy to listen to. She is inviting and helps the listener feel welcome. The information given is not the every day parenting advice. There is a new lens shown here that is refreshing. And, the way Sarah interviews is like being a part of a conversation with friends.