Welcome to The MotherPod, a podcast from the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, designed by moms, for moms, to create conversations focused on staying healthy through the journey of motherhood.
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*The intent of our podcast is to share information and stories from the perspective of the guests being interviewed. We encourage listeners to refer to their healthcare providers for any medical advice or recommendations on the health topics.
Protecting our Kids in the Digital Age ft. Special Agent Heather
Heather Ryan is a mom of 2 and former NCIS agent. During that time she served in five different duty stations and traveled the world investigating felonies ranging from sexual assault and narcotics to homicide and espionage. As an interrogator and hostage negotiator Heather learned first hand how the criminal mind operates and how the bad guys choose their victims. After years as a field agent, Heather became a Supervisory Special Agent managing a team of agents covering a ten state area of responsibility.
After turning in her badge & gun, Heather founded Safe in the City. Now, instead of only reacting to crime, she has the opportunity to help prevent her audience members from becoming the next statistic. Her message is one of empowerment rather than of fear.
Pre-order your copy of Heather’s new book, Special Agent Mom:
If you would like easy-to-follow advice and parenting know-how from a completely different perspective, then you’ll love Heather Ryan’s fascinating and educational read.
Alzheimer's: Coping as a Caregiver ft. Martin Schreiber
In Episode 8 of the Motherpod, we sat down with the former Governor of Wisconsin, Martin Schreiber. Martin served the state of Wisconsin over sixteen years as a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor. Today, he continues to serve as Wisconsin’s leading crusader for Alzheimer’s caregivers and advocates. In this episode, Governor Schreiber shares how he has grown and learned in his role as a caregiver of his wife Elaine, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Former Governor Martin J. Schreiber is Wisconsin’s leading crusader for Alzheimer’s caregivers, working to help improve support services in health care settings and in the workplace.
His significant commitment of resources, both financial and personal, helped the Alzheimer’s Association launch Operation Stronger Together in 2015.
The former governor also is credited by current Gov. Scott Walker with planting the seed for the development of the online Dementia Friendly Employers Toolkit, which has become an important statewide resource for human resources and employee assistance program professionals.
The Alzheimer’s Association has recognized Marty with regional and state awards, including the 2015 Friend of the Year and the 2016 Special Service Award. While appreciative of such honors, Marty remains focused on his message, namely the critical importance of enhancing the lives of both those with dementia and their caregivers.
Marty and his wife Elaine are the parents of four children, have thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Marty founded Martin Schreiber and Associates, Inc., a government affairs firm located in Milwaukee, WI, where he resides.
My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver is the first book by Marty, a personal account of Marty’s struggles in caring for his wife, Elaine.
Health Tips for #MomBrain ft. Dr. Elizabeth Chapman
Have you ever felt the forgetfulness, fatigue and brain-fog that is “Mom Brain”? This month we sat down with a local specialist to discuss important steps to promote brain health and functioning.
Dr. Elizabeth Chapman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UW Division of Geriatrics. She currently serves as both medical director of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) service at the UW Hospital and of the UW Geriatric Transitional Care program. Her primary interests are improving the medical care of older adults both in the hospital and as they transition back into the community. Additionally, she works with current geriatrics fellows as an associated program director for the fellowship program.
Dr. Chapman also assisted with the creation of WWHF’s GrapeVine Program’s ‘Healthy Aging Brain’ unit which she will be presenting and will be launched at the 2017 GrapeVine Conference.
From Millenials to Baby Boomers, 4 Moms Talk Motherhood ft. Sue Ann Thompson, Tommi Thompson and Julie Whitehorse
Parenting can change throughout the years but what unites us as moms? Hear from four WWHF moms as we discuss parenting through health scares, generations and life in general.
Sue Ann Thompson was the First Lady of Wisconsin from 1987-2001. After recovering from breast cancer, Sue Ann traveled throughout the state as Wisconsin’s First Lady. On these travels, she learned about many of the challenges that faced Wisconsin women in accessing quality healthcare information and services, particularly in the rural communities of our state. She founded, and still serves as the President of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation with a goal of helping Wisconsin women reach their healthiest potential.
Tommi has been with WWHF since the first year of operation and has served as the Executive Director since 2013. As the Executive Director at the WWHF, her focus has been to help identify and implement innovative ways to inform and connect with Wisconsin women, and to help them make lifestyle changes.
Julie Whitehorse was the first employee and has been with the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation since it was founded in 1997. She currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director. In her current role, she works to develop relationships and partnerships throughout the state as well as assisting in the strategic planning and overall management of the Foundation.
1 in 10 Pregnant Women are Doing What? ft. Chelsea Tibbetts
April is Alcohol Awareness month; in this episode of The MotherPod we sat down to talk with one of our own, Chelsea Tibbitts. Chelsea is a Program Coordinator with the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation’s My Baby & Me program. My Baby & Me is a program that provides information and support to pregnant women about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
As the Perinatal Programs Coordinator at the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Chelsea works with hundreds of prenatal providers statewide to implement evidence-based perinatal tobacco cessation and alcohol education programs.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health Education and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trainer, and also holds a Certificate in Substance Abuse from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chelsea has been working with WWHF’s two perinatal programs, My Baby and Me and First Breath for over 5 years. She is passionate about tackling the stigmas surrounding women who need support to quit alcohol and smoking addiction during pregnancy.
Focus on What Matters-Being a Mom with MS ft. Nicole Fulton
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. MS is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and damages tissue within the central nervous system. The exact cause of MS is currently unknown, and there is also no cure at this time. Today we will be talking with Nicole Fulton, a long time friend of the foundation, as she tells her story of diagnosis and managing this chronic disease while juggling the needs of being a working mom.
For more information and resources on MS, visit their website: www.nationalmssociety.org.
Nicole is a single mother of two amazing kids, age 14 and 17. She is self-employed as the owner of Nest Interior Design and provides interior design services for clients out of her store on Main Street in Sun Prairie, WI.
In addition, Nicole graciously volunteers her services pro bono to design and implement the look and feel of WWHF’s annual fundraiser, the Spring Gala at the Capitol.
Nicole was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991. Through young adulthood, motherhood and beyond, she has found ways to manage symptoms and deal with persistent fatigue, and seasonal symptomatic recurrences.
As a business owner in a customer-service driven industry, she feels tremendous pressure to be present mentally and physically, even when symptoms have her down and out.
Listen and learn how she juggles her MS with the demands of being a working mom.
Healthy Heart Habits for Moms ft. Dr. Heather Johnson (UW School of Medicine and Public Health, MyHEART)
February is heart health awareness month; we dive into discussion with Dr. Heather Johnson, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and co-director of UW Health’s Advance Hypertension Program, about healthy habits we can create to love our hearts more.
Listen to Episode Three for heart health tips for moms, young adults, and all ages in between.
Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as well as co-director of UW Health’s Advanced Hypertension Program. As an NIH-funded health services investigator, preventive cardiologist, and Clinical Hypertension Specialist, her research parallels her clinical interests in improving the quality as well as timeliness of hypertension care. Dr. Johnson was also instrumental in creating MyHEART, a digital information tool utilizing social media platforms and an interactive website aimed to help young adults live a healthier life, lower their blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
"Why Can't Stressed Moms Relax?" (2 Part Series)
Why can’t I relax? Do you find yourself asking this question at the end of the day? You try to relax but your to do list is building and you are STRESSED OUT. Join us in this series as we discuss “Why Can’t Stressed Moms Relax?”. Hear from real moms juggling real life and listen as we dive into this topic.
Relax: Yoga for Your Mind ft. Meg Sirchio (Perennial Yoga)
Nicole's Story: Perennial Profiles
Meg discovered yoga in 2004 and began a very regular, almost fanatical practice. It reshaped her body and eventually her entire life because it illuminated a worldview she already knew and understood at a deeper level.
Meg started teaching yoga after just 4 years of practice and became the space holder of Perennial six months after that. She feels honored to extend the beauty and power of yoga to others, knowing ﬁrsthand how transformational and healing the practice is. She leads a ﬂowing and reverential style of vinyasa yoga that is sprinkled with spiritual teachings and believes anyone can practice in her class if they are willing to co-create their experience on their mat by listening to what their body, mind and heart is calling for and then answering that call. Her hope is that you’ll leave her class grounded in your body, ﬂowing to your natural rhythm, and inspired to live wholeheartedly.
Meg previously taught Social Work at the university level for many years and began teaching yoga when she was still understanding it. As a lead teacher of a teacher training program she’s learned that the beauty of Yoga is that it is a lifelong course on learning how to live life well.
She feels the practice of yoga gave her the tools to comprehend and follow through with her Dharma, or purpose, which is reﬂected in a large way at her studio. At Perennial, Meg encourages you to not shy away from your dharma…..because the world needs you to live it! Meg believes when you live your purpose, you’ll live with more joy, love and peace in your heart!
Real Moms, Real Stress, Real Talk ft. Pam Tauscher (MomsEveryday)
Mom's Minutes on Stress w/WWHF
Pam Tauscher is a familiar face to Madison TV viewers, having worked as a reporter and broadcaster for 12 years on NBC15.
Pam has been a journalist for almost 35 years working in radio, TV and print media in Kansas, Texas and Louisiana before moving to Madison in 1990. She started work at NBC15 on the same day as sports broadcaster Craig Coshun. The two married 3 years later and together they have two boys and live in the Madison area. After having her family, Pam left the business for several years. She returned home to NBC15 as host of MomsEveryday in 2011.
In her career Pam won numerous awards for reporting excellence. But she says her most challenging and rewarding work comes in her current role as CEO of her family. Pam also wrote a popular parenting column for the Wisconsin State Journal, worked in Public Health, for the Humane Society and has been active in community programs like Little League and the Henry Vilas Zoo, and is an advocate for adopting homeless animals.
Annual Dialogue: Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer
YOU'RE INVITED!: WWHF invites you to attend our 11th Annual Dialogue at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI on Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 2017. The event is FREE and open to the public, advanced registration required: wwhf.org/dialogue
October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
October 31 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Contact The MotherPod
Kayla Thomas, Host, The MotherPod
Hi! I’m Kayla Thomas, the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. I live in Madison with my husband and 5 year old son and am passionate about creating a supportive community for moms. We invite you to listen to new episodes and hope that we present topics that allow us to grow together.