Mother Mother

Mother Mother

Join writer Emily Farris and her mom friends every Tuesday as they get real about motherhood. From diversifying our social circles and managing our mental health to bra shopping after breastfeeding and peeing in private, no topic is off limits. Guests include writers, doctors, and other experts, as well as a handful of mothers who may not have a huge platform but whose voices are equally important as we all try to navigate this "new normal" — whatever the hell that means. Support this show Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


February 15, 2022 2 min

Hi! Just a quick note from Emily this week. And then I play the whole theme song because I know you love it.

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Is it okay to take mental health meds when pregnant? What about breastfeeding? Where’s the line between normal new-mom anxiety and full-blown postpartum anxiety? Or is it all just a big murky swamp? Perinatal psychiatrist Aparna Iyer, MD joins writer Emily Farris to answer these questions and so many more in this week’s episode. 


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For this week’s episode, Emily was thrilled to chat with Ask Polly and Ask Molly columnist Heather Havrilesky, whose new book, "Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage" is out February 8. Emily and Heather talk parenting in a pandemic, anxiety, exercise, ambition, what it takes to make a marriage work, and how being a good-enough mom is enough. 


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January 25, 2022 28 min

This podcast just reached a huge milestone! To celebrate (but mostly to take a breather after a rough week and before next week's big episode), Emily recorded from her living room floor and responded to listener voicemails about the things they said they’d never do as a parent, but totally ended up doing once they had kids. 


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This week’s guest is Natasha Bailey, a chef, podcaster, cheese expert, and mom of five whose lockdown made Emily appreciate her own a little more. Emily and Natasha talk about medical marijuana, bloody nipples, leaning into formula, balancing compassion and charity with their own mental health, and SO much more.


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This week, Emily is joined by Mandy Major, Founder and CEO of Major Care (a virtual postpartum care company) and creator of the MyFourth App. Emily and Mandy talk doulas, postpartum poops, the best ways to support new parents, and what moms can let go of in 2022. Also, Emily got another voicemail! 


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January 4, 2022 31 min

Emily is back from break with her first solo episode! After opening up about some of the growing pains and challenges that come with producing a podcast while doing a million other things (IN A NEVER-ENDING PANDEMIC!), she takes questions from the Mother Mother Podcast Facebook group. 


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This week, Emily is joined by one of her oldest friends, Tanei Atagi Henry — a writer, non-profit director, mom, and wife in Provo, Utah. Emily and Tanei talk about their not-so-picturesque hometown, Tanei’s life in the Mormon church, and the Christmas Emily spent with Tanei’s family. And yes, they talk about the undergarments. 

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This week Emily is joined by Forever35 co-host Doree Shafrir. Emily and Doree talk about the self-care (and basic hygiene) rituals they had to let go during lockdown, virtual bra fittings, and the baby products they love to use on themselves. Doree also opens up about the backlash she received from a handful of Forever35 listeners shortly after her son was born. 

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Can moms avoid getting every virus their kids bring home? Which is more important: sleep or exercise? Are pregnant women the most annoying patients? Why doesn’t anyone talk about their hemorrhoids? In this week’s episode, Emily’s GP, Dr. Jennifer Sturich-Cummins, answers all these questions and more.

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November 30, 2021 50 min

This week Emily is joined by Kelly Glass, Executive Editor of Black Parenting at Kelly admits that her never-ending divorce made some parts of lockdown easier and shares how she survived the summer of 2020 with two Black sons. Then Emily and Kelly talk skincare, sleeping bras, and why the media needs to do a better job of centering non-white families — something Kelly is tackling with her soon-to-launch vertical at Par...

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This week, Emily talks with her old friend, The Rev. Ann Kansfield, whose book, "Be the Brave One: Living Your Spiritual Values Out Loud" is out December 14. Ann is a self-described "hyper extrovert" and is the first female and first openly gay FDNY chaplain. She was also the very first New York Times New Yorker of the year. Emily and Ann discuss parenting with ADHD, apologizing after a fight, and the surprising pla...

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Meet Sascha Guinn Anderson, a communications consultant and Indigenous mother of three in Santa Fe, NM. Emily and Sascha talk about the division of labor now that their husbands have experienced being stay-at-home dads, Sascha’s successful run for school board, and how difficult it is to find bras for their post-breastfeeding boobs. Sascha shares her thoughts on Thanksgiving (which happens to be Emily’s all-time favorite holiday) a...

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November 9, 2021 50 min

For the second installment of a two-part series on momfluencers, Emily is joined by her friend, Brittany Null — a single mom of three who makes a living posting lifestyle and family content, but doesn’t consider herself a momfluencer. Emily and Britt talk about Britt’s very public divorce, the pressure to present as okay during lockdown, and paying her kids for sponsored posts. After the break, they get into boob jobs and how being...

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For Part 1 of a two-part series on momfluencers, Emily is joined by Sara Petersen, author of the Harper’s Bazaar article, "Momfluencer Content Enrages Me. Why Can't I Look Away?" Emily and Sara talk about the unattainable "authenticity" of the most elite momfluencers, reveal which ones really got in their heads, and discuss the term "hate follow."

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October 26, 2021 43 min

It’s publication day for Michelle Woo’s "Horizontal Parenting: How to Entertain Your Kid While Lying Down" so Emily and Michelle talk about the book and the intense expectations for millennial moms to play with their children. Emily reminds Michelle how they know each other (it involves a baby fart catheter) and comes clean about the dirtiest place in her house. Also: Emily hosted a playdate and it wasn’t so bad! 

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For the second episode, host Emily Farris interviews New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. Emily and Emily consider each other friends from the Internet — but this is their first time interacting in real life (well, as IRL as you can be when you’re halfway across the country from each other). They discuss the challenges of trying to be creative when your brain feels like it won’t work anymore, they bond over their shared fantasy of sn...

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This is Mother Mother bonus content: An excerpt from the original Mother Mother podcast pilot that Emily Farris recorded with Andrea Mallory back in the fall of 2020. 

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October 19, 2021 34 min

It's the very first episode of the long-awaited Mother Mother podcast! Host Emily Farris introduces the show and welcomes her friend Andrea Mallory — a tech executive and mother of two who quit her job at a certain video conferencing software company days before the Covid lockdown… to spend more time with her kids! Andrea admits to finding alone time in an unconventional place and Emily talks about the mom groups that helped he...

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September 25, 2021 1 min

A new parenting podcast from the mom friends you need right now. Every week, writer Emily Farris and a special guest get real about motherhood — and no topic is off limits. Coming Tuesdays in October. 

Our theme song, "Mother Mother" by Tracy Bonham, is performed by Jocelyn Mackenzie with Harry Bolles (and is very legally used by Mother Mother).

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