By Lizzie Heiselt & Valerie Best
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Cocoon is not a pregnancy podcast. Not really. It’s not about babies. It's about you. It's about what you didn’t expect when you were expecting. It's about the messy complexities of growing a family, from the unforeseen challenges to the surprising joys. It's about how you, and your life, has changed through the process. It's about what you have become.
||Clean#15: Who Am I Without This?||Liz has known since she was a child that she would be a mother. It was the fact she based many of her life decisions around and the thing that made her a crazy person.||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: “In The End, Wasn’t It Worth It?”||Nicole had a severe case of pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum—which is definitely NOT morning sickness—that left her feeling like a shell of a person for virtually her entire pregnancy.||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode #1: Love the One You’re With||Today’s episode is an essay written and read by Lizzie Heiselt. It takes on the “all that matters is that you have a healthy baby” idea. For anyone who’s been told this, you know there’s not really a response to that. On some level, it’s true.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: The Full Human Experience||The full human experience includes this: pregnancy, birth, life, death. And if all goes well and normally, the pregnancy is 9 months, the birth takes a day or so, the life is decades long, and the death neither sneaks up nor hovers for too long. But the||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: “But Honestly, How Are You Feeling?”||There is an expectation with pregnancy that growing a life leads to glowing. The question, How are you feeling? is supposed to elicit maybe some talk about morning sickness, followed quickly by, But were so excited. The words prenatal depression are rare||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: On the Brink of Something Big||We talked to some soon-to-be-moms about this, their first pregnancy, to find out how they are feeling, what they are thinking, and what their story is as they are on the brink of becoming someone new. Someones mom.||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: What Does “Healthy Birth” Even Mean?||Among her 5 children, Alanna Smith has had just about every type of childbirth experience you can have, and each one has left an impression and shaped her perspective. In episode 10 she shares the ups and downs of childbirth—and how, by the time she had||3/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: “My Joy Is Always Tainted” (part 2 of 2)||In episode 8, Misty told us about how when she was 18, she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that made it a really bad idea for her to have biological children, and about the first few disappointments she and her husband went through as they purs||1/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: “I Don’t Want You To Bear Children” (part 1 of 2)||At 18, Misty was a college freshman enjoying the freedom of life away from home for the first time. Then she got sick, and her life changed dramatically. One result: she could no longer safely bear children. Instead she and her husband have adopted 3 chi||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: I Never Stopped Building My Life||I never stopped building my life, Gloria says. At 17, she found herself pregnant and abandoned. At 18 she gave birth to her baby in a new country where she hardly spoke the language. Since then she has continued to work and to make something beautiful fr||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: The Ups and Downs of Breastfeeding||Best things about breastfeeding: bonding, still moments, connection, losing the baby weight. Worst things: lack of sleep, hallucinations, insanity, depression.||11/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Not My Mother’s Story||Many women experience fear during pregnancy: fear of pain, fear that something is wrong with the baby, even fear of death—their own or the baby’s. But not many women have actual first-hand experience with the realities of maternal mortality. Suvi does||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Jodie’s Journal||Lots of us turn to writing when life gets tough. It’s a proven form of therapy and it let’s us understand and experience our emotions so that we can untangle them and—sometimes—make something beautiful with them. As Jodie was pregnant with An||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Incompatible With Life||You’re 20 weeks pregnant and it looks like something is wrong with the baby. How do you spend the rest of the pregnancy? Jodie and Adrian tell us how they handled a worst case scenario and came out of it feeling strengthened, loved, and grateful.||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: The Birth of a Podcast||There is always hope that out of every difficult, painful experience, there is something good to be gained. Lizzie tells about her own losses and struggles and her hope that Cocoon Stories will help her—and others—find a silver lining. Listen in iTune||9/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Cancer Has No Place in this Family||Annie and Ben Howington share their experience of helping their daughter fight childhood cancer—and what it did to their family.||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: It’s About Being Passionate About Two Things||Our first episode features Mary Jane Callister telling us how she’s handled two things that are both so common and yet so personal to so many women: the challenge of getting pregnant and starting a family, and the challenge of balancing your variou||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCocoon Trailer is Live!||A sneak peek at whats coming. Full episodes begin August 26th.||8/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m not a parent, but the stories of Cocoon appeal to me. The focus is less on baby mechanics and more on the foray into parenthood itself—a kind of hero’s journey, which I enjoy. It’s also very emotional, which, duh: pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing are intensely intimate experiences, ones that this podcast makes me feel close to for the first time. The hosts and guests are thoughtful, energetic, and genuine. A lovely podcast!
Great podcast. Honest yet very sensible and respectful!
So many people have wonderful, yet terrifying experiences to share. Thanks Valerie and Lizzie for providing the space to share and hear these stories! I love how open, yet sensible you approach each one of the stories told. This is really a unique and valuable podcast!
I love this podcast! The stories shared are heartwarming, uplifting, interesting, funny, sad, and heartbreaking. As a mother, I can definitely relate! I can't wait to hear each new episode.
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