Meet Adelle - Adelle Purdham is a writer, speaker and parent disability advocate. She holds an honours degree in French literature and is a certified teacher. She earned a graduate certificate from Humber College’s Creative Writing by Correspondence program where she wrote her memoir Here We Are, Happy. Her essay, “The Giving Tree” will appear in the anthology, Good Mom on Paper (Book*hug Press, spring 2022). Adelle’s work has also appeared in The Toronto Star, The Mighty, Broadview Magazine, and she’s a regular contributor to 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine. Adelle is the founder of The Write Retreat, facilitating wellness, workshops, time and space for women writers to create. She is currently completing her MFA in creative nonfiction writing at the University of King’s College and writing her next book, I Don’t Do Disability and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself, an ensemble of first-person essays through memoir. Visit her online adellepurdham.ca.
Meet Ana @bluebirdkisses - Ana is a blogger, Mama, & no nonsense tells it
like it is all around beautiful human being.
We talk about being a SickKids parent, #boymom, life in the city, & so.
If you don't already, go give her a follow & live vicariously through her
PEI posts! We can't wait to drop this episode!
Rachel Sobel of "Whine & Cheez Its", winner of Romper's 2020 Peoples' Choice Award, is living the new normal: Marriage, Baby, Divorce, Remarriage, another baby. She is a published author, writer and speaker and a contributor for Pop Sugar, MommyNearest, The Today Show Parenting Team and more.
Rachel brings next level realness and authenticity to all of her content. She creates humorous blogs, Instagram posts and stories, does an engaging weekly Instagram Live Show from her closet every week, and loves to inspire women from the trenches of motherhood. She's been featured on NPR. The Kelly Clarkson Show. The Tamron Hall Show , Today Show Parenting, PopSugar, Huffington Post, Romper and Scary Mommy to name a few, where she creates engaging, relatable, and viral content for all moms.
This is a juicy one with all the feels. We share our good, bad, ugly & hilarious experiences about pumping while living at the hospital. We talk about the lack of support & resources available to help moms learn to breastfeed/pump. To us, pumping is breast feeding. We are damn proud of our efforts but believe more options and support are needed for all moms, especially when living at the bedside.
Dr. Natasha Collia (aka to her patients as “Dr. Tash”) is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor and Simulation Educator at the Hospital for Sick children. When Dr. Collia isn’t working shifts in the ER, she can be found improving Pediatric Trauma management training, Pediatric procedural skills workshops, improving the educational experience of trainees rotating through the ER and being a member of the hospital Peer Support Group.
Dr. Collia, believes in a transparent and humanistic approach to medicine. Despite the time and pressures of the ER, she will find an opportunity to turn a visit into an educational experience for all. As ease of accessibility to information has increased the amount of misinformation has grown. Finding a reliable resource about pediatric health has become more difficult.
In the last year she has expanded her passion for Public Education from the institutional level to Social Media, becoming a Public Figure for information on common pediatric illnesses and addressing common parental concerns and being on the forefront of breaking down misinformation during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She currently has her own IG LIVE Series called: Physicians in Living Rooms and co-hosts Reflections from the ER with CityTV’s Stella Acquisto. Both series provide live, transparent, and open collaborative discussions on hot topics in Pediatric Health and the ER with the goal of educating and ultimately coaching parents on how to be the best advocate for their children. Dr. Collia can also be found advocating for: equity in healthcare, women’s health and mental health.
She was recognized as a Sick Kids Ambassador while actively being involved in the hospital's Sick Kids VS campaign with a feature commercial bringing awareness to the everyday physician struggle.
Beyond the academic and hospital setting, Dr. Collia lives an active lifestyle, with an adventurous spirit that demands consistent exploration of the world. During time off, she can be found pampering her fur-baby Nikko or spending time with Family and friends. Her guilty pleasure? Catching the latest superhero film, never passing on the popcorn!
For more information on Dr. Collia’s content
Follow: IG: dr.tash.official, Twitter: @drtashofficial
Meet Hannah, Mama to her wildflower: Henley! Hannah is currently a Graduate student, about to receive her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also teaches ESL online and loves working with kids. Hannah gave birth to her daughter in January 2020, and this is where she began her journey of medical parenting. She loves connecting with other medical families and advocating for our amazing little heroes.
Meet Sarah- a 31 year old stay at home mom & wife- obsessed with my son, Warner who was born with Gastroschisis. She enjoys making sourdough, reading, baking/cooking, punch needling, reality TV, & cozy nights with wine & friends. In this episode we compare Gastroschisis treatment, trauma experienced in the NICU and discuss the different approaches between Canada and the United States of America.
Hi! We’re Kayla and Jessica - two SickKids Mamas, Advocates and Educators. Together we created the Beyond the Beads website and blog in the fall of 2020. We met each other in April 2018 in the NICU where our boys were roommates. After our experience, we connected again on social media and made it our mission to provide support, resources, and education to those of hospitalized and/ or medically complex babies and children. We both felt very alone in the process of becoming a parent of a medically complex child, and therefore are determined to make sure other caregivers feel that their emotions and struggles are valid and also heard. In the Beyond the Beads Podcast, we share raw stories of our experiences in the hopes of helping parents, families, and friends of medically complex children cope with similar struggles. We are not medical experts, and even though our experiences were/ are primary with Mount Sinai’s High Risk Pregnancy Clinic and The Hospital for Sick Children, we do not represent either hospital. We laugh, we cry and we always say it like it is! And sometimes we swear....a lot!
eposide 1 - Intro
Kayla: Adam’s mama. Adam was born in 2018 with a condition called Esophageal Atresia (the esophagus is not connected to the stomach). Kayla spent 8 months in the hospital with her son Adam, while living at the Ronald McDonald House.
Jessica: Theo and Christian’s mama. Theo was born in 2016 and Christain was born in 2018 with a condition called Gastroschisis (baby is born with the stomach outside of their body). Jessica spent 4 months in the hospital with Theo (Theo has had 3 stays in the hospital post discharge) and then spent 3 months in the hospital
with Christian. Jessica also stayed at the Ronald McDonald House.