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Alyssa Messick is a two time cleft mom to her little boys, Jack (5), Jett (3) and is an advocate for the emotional health of every cleft mom. Starting off with cleft awareness in the social media world, Alyssa made it her mission to shine light on the wide array of emotions and events a cleft mom goes through. This inspired the launch of her brand : Smile Strong. In addition to Alyssa’s reels on IG, you can find her hosting The Smile Strong Podcast, as well as Smile Strong’s online video course for brand new cleft moms called “Diagnosis Through Year One”. Her biggest hope for you, as a cleft mom, is to know that YOU are such a special part of your child’s cleft journey.

July 9, 2023

In today’s episode of #coffeewithcathyandcourtney we are joined by @alyssammessick to raise awareness for Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Month!

Laura Fletcher, CD (DONA) is the mother of two, founder and  CEO of Selah Fertility and author of The Grace of Grief: Healing and Hope After Miscarriage (GreenLeaf 10.4.22). 

May 15, 2023

In today’s episode of #coffeewithcathyandcourtney we are joined by Laura Fletcher of @selahfertility to raise awareness on Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Tune into hear some tips of how Laura, after having HG for 5 pregnancies, did not have it for her last pregnancy! 

Dr. Amy Engelhoven, Former Director of the Aphasia House at the University of Central Florida.

June 24, 2022

Carolyn & Lauren are the co-founders and creators of Mental Push Plan. They teach mental tools to empower women and birthing people through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Carolyn is a doula & prenatal yoga instructor and Lauren is a mental training coach. They are both parents to toddlers and live in Boise, Idaho. Their mission is to help folks wherever they are on their journey to parenthood, including through pregnancy and infant loss. 

Cara Strange is a licensed mental health clinician & postpartum anxiety/OCD warrior whose passion is supporting fellow first time moms through the real & raw truths of birth & motherhood.

January 23, 2023 

123 for Moms with Courtney Johnson & Heather Martin

May 22, 2022 

Mental Health Awareness Month with Courtney Johnson

March 27, 2022 

AFE Awareness Day with Courtney Johnson