Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Kaplan.
Ann, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a birth worker and parent coach, and I am the mother of four kids (ages 5-14). After a traumatic first birth and subsequent healing (and very enlightening) 2nd birth, I became passionate about birth and left my job as an engineer to start my practice. I started out as a doula and then gradually added childbirth education, Love and Logic facilitating, and parent coaching to my practice as my clients’ needs and my passions grew. A few years into my practice, I realized that I was really good at my job, but I didn’t know my ass from my elbow about running a business and I decided to work with a business coach. That changed everything and turned out to be a huge journey of personal growth, even though it started out as just the pursuit of career success. My experience running my business led me to incorporate business coaching for moms as well! I now run an online business supporting moms and moms-to-be in birthing and raising great kids on their own terms. My practice focuses on three elements in all things: Mama Mindset, Skill Building, and Family Systems.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If anyone tells you their life has been a smooth road, run for your life! :). The obstacles I faced as a mom, wife, woman, and entrepreneur are the reason I have the business I do, because I learned that I am not special; pretty much everyone struggles and needs the support, skills and mindset shift that I did and my experiences struggling to get those things are why I’m so passionate about making it easier for other moms and mompreneurs than it was for me. My biggest personal challenges: postpartum depression, marital challenges, getting married and having children far younger than my peers, extended family interference and drama, etc. Professional challenges: marketing, but this is really to say that my biggest challenge was the way that I valued myself and felt about proudly standing in my skills with confidence. Entrepreneurship reveals SO MUCH about how we see ourselves. My biggest advice for young women is to recognize that they are not alone, no one is meant to parent or run a business in isolation, and that we’re not done growing as individuals when our kids are born or even after we achieve success in our careers. Motherhood and your career can be catalysts that push you to a whole new level of yourself, and I’m not just talking about your capacity to love your child or go without sleep!
What should we know about Mom-Me Experience? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What sets me apart from others (I am told) is my tell-it-like-it-is style and cynical sense of humor. There are many parent coaches, but few who have comprehensive training in all areas of motherhood, including pregnancy and birth, and even fewer who also can help moms in both parenting and business success. As far as my specialty, I would say that the people who really connect with me are the ones who want tools, skills and knowledge to achieve their goals (whether it’s an empowered birth or well-behaved kids, or business success, or all 3!), but are also ready to go deeper, face their fears, understand what’s really challenging them about their circumstances and start to change their fundamental limiting beliefs that hold them back from happiness and satisfaction with their lives. It’s not just about getting our kids to behave like civilized humans in the grocery store, or getting more clients and reach (although that is still a big part of what we work on); that’s just the tip of the iceberg,
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Whatever is tripping you up at home with your kids/family is also showing up in your work and visa versa.
- Plenty of FREE content (Guide to Getting Kids to Listen, Training, coaching videos in FB group, etc.)
- Group coaching programming starting as low as $175/month
- Premium 1:1 coaching programming as low as $450/month
- Website: MomMeExperience.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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