Katie's Crib

Katie's Crib

With empathy and a sense of humor about it all, Katie’s Crib keeps it real while providing an indispensable guide for parents trying to find their way. Hosted by actress and mother Katie Lowes, each week the show welcomes guests for open and honest conversations about everything parenting from fertility and postpartum life to the trials and tribulations of raising tiny humans.

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August 11, 2022 65 min

“The Handmaid's Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski joins Katie Lowes to chat about the pregnancies and labors of her two boys, work-life balance, and her thoughts on Roe v. Wade. 

 

Yvonne describes the moments when she found out she was pregnant, and how her first labor was different from her first. She also went into detail about how the transition was for her to go from having one child to two, and how she was able to juggle respo...

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Happy National Breastfeeding Month! To celebrate, Katie invites Alison Eakle (Shondaland’s Chief Content Officer of TV and Film) and Emily Rodgers (former corporate attorney turned stay-at-home mom) to chat about their experiences of surviving post-weaning depression.

 

The mothers discuss when they noticed that they weren't feeling like their usual selves, and some ways they tried to minimize depression around weaning. They al...

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This week, Katie's Crib is back - with another two-part episode! Tune in as we talk about nannies for older children: infants, toddlers, and up.

 

In the first half of the episode, Katie talks with a nanny agency expert. Ryan Jordan is the founder and CEO of Educated Nannies. Educated Nannies is an agency that uses a personalized process to place elite nannies in homes within the Los Angeles area. Ryan discusses how to find and...

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“How to Get Away with Murder” actress Aja Naomi King shares what it was like to experience a full-term pregnancy after two miscarriages, and how the journey of raising her son has been so far.

The L'Oreal Paris spokesperson speaks about two miscarriages of her own before welcoming her first child. She also described in detail her home-turned-hospital birth, and how she and her husband today are raising their biracial child.

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Licensed psychologist Dr. Zack Blumkin provides Katie an in-depth walk through of validation for children, and how we can teach kids to acknowledge their self-worth.

The Clinical Director addresses how to express validation, both verbally and through body language. He also outlines when it is a good time to validate children versus be stern, and when it is time for a child to be in therapy to further help develop such validation.

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Money money money, monnnnn-aye! This week, Katie's Crib is devoting an episode to helping parents teach children all about financial literacy. 

In the first half of the episode, Katie talks to Ron Lieber, New York Times’ "Your Money" columnist. The two go into detail about how not to raise a spoiled child, what kids should get an allowance for, and how parents can have realistic conversations with children about the kin...

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Sleep expert Dr. Shelby Harris shares with Katie what momsomnia is, and advice on how to get a better night’s sleep.

 

The licensed clinical psychologist and mother outlines tips for couples who have to get up at different times of the day (and who share the same bed). She also outlines specific activities individuals can engage in before bed to get more sleep, and how parents can work together to prepare their own sleep plans befo...

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June 23, 2022 43 min

NeighborSchools is a Boston-based tech startup that helps professional child care workers start in-home daycare centers. Tune in as NeighborSchools’ co-founder Bridget Garsh talks with Katie about how her organization is helping rebrand child care for children, parents and providers.

 

The COO shares her personal experience of first trying to find childcare for her own two children, and why she started NeighborSchools. She also out...

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Happy early Father’s Day, and Pride Month! To celebrate, we’re re-releasing one of Katie’s early interviews back from 2018. Katie talks to Dan Bucatinsky, her Scandal co-star, author of the book, "Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?" and father of two adopted children. Then, Katie speaks with adoption attorney, David Baum, about the legal process and what those considering adoption need to know.

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Katie welcomes Susie Menkes, PhD, a certified infant and toddler sleep training consultant (Founder, Healthy Little Sleepers) to talk about the ins and outs of sleep training. Then Abigail Morgan, MTOM, L.Ac., FABORM, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (Clinic Director & Owner, FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts​​) shares her experiences with co-sleeping and attachment parenting with her two kids.

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Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation’s Founder Scarlett Lewis remembers her son’s memory, and takes us through the day she lost him to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

The mother and advocate describes the last time that she saw her son before he headed off to school, the tragic experience that happened soon after, and how she survived through the loss and stayed strong for both herself and her older son JT.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Kelly McCreary takes Katie Lowes and listeners inside her pregnancy, labor, and recovery experience after welcoming daughter Indigo Wren weeks early. From suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum to her bag of waters breaking at 23 ½ weeks to Indi’s extended stay in the NICU – almost nothing went according to Kelly’s birth plan. The first-time mama stresses the importance of normalizing and lifting the shame and ...

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Sarah Drew joins Katie to reflect on the pregnancies of her two children, and both the sorrow and joy experienced during some of life’s greatest moments. 

 

The “Grey’s Anatomy” alum opens up about what it was really like being back on set just two weeks after giving birth, and the Dr. April Kepner storyline that triggered her own severe mom guilt. 

 

Sarah also shares how her 10-year-old and 7-year-old have wrestled with God and p...

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40-year old virgin and childbirth educator Lynette Weaver shares with Katie her experience of having an embryo adoption.

 

 The former birth doula outlines the step-by-step process of the implantation. She also discusses why she chose this route instead of IVF, the pregnancy and postpartum struggles along the way, and how she is explaining to her son how he was born.

 

Plus, how is the labor experience for a virgin different from t...

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Erica Chidi, Co-founder and CEO of LOOM, shares how she is using her digital platform to help people get out of the glib and into the details of women’s sexual and reproductive health.

 

In a patriarchal society steeped in shadow language around women’s bodies and experiences, Erica understands that words and specificity matters. In this episode, the author and former doula discusses everything from postpartum versus postpartum moo...

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Peaceful parenting expert and TikTok influencer Destini Ann talks with Katie about raising children with strategic, calm and positive techniques.

 

Destini outlines what peaceful and intentional parenting is, and how therapy and self help guided her toward using the kind but firm approach. She also outlines tips and personal examples of how families can communicate with their own children when it comes to enforcing boundaries, powe...

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Katie chats with “This Is Us” actress Caitlin Thompson to hear about her pandemic pregnancy.

 

Caitlin describes how her pregnancy during the early days of the pandemic helped the development of her character on the popular NBC show. She also outlined how motherhood shifted her thoughts on her own self-identity. The two finally discussed postpartum, and how it’s looked at differently in different parts of the world compared to the ...

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Kelsey Porter, wife of “Friday Night Lights” actor Scott Porter, discusses with Katie her personal experience of having Huntington's disease, and how she was able to birth and raise children without passing down the condition.

 

The mother of two outlined the details of how she and her husband met, and how they made it through the PGD-IVF process. Kelsey also described the differences between her and her husband’s parenting sty...

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Katie speaks with Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, about the current and future state of mothers in the workforce, paid leave, and policy.

 

Fatima describes why she got into law and policy, and what a national paid leave program could do for families in the U.S. She also details other laws that we as citizens should be supporting.

 

Plus, did you know that your state might actually provide addition...

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Katie revisits the topic of egg freezing (from season 4), but this time she invites on an expert: Fertility physician Dr. Natalie Crawford!

 

The board certified OBGYN breaks down the medical process (with examples) of how families go from the egg retrieval process  to holding a baby. She also outlines some of the most affordable ways to undergo such a process.


Plus, why is it important to be cautious when you're  trying to fin...

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