Ep 62: Hey Smart Mamas – Balancing Motherhood with a CRNA Career

The three women behind the Scrub Caps & Sippy Cups podcast joins us to talk about the personal side of the profession. Being a mother is such a difficult job on its own but then you add in a CRNA career and it can be a struggle at times. You’re not alone! Let’s speak candidly about the challenges and how we can lean on each other for support.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

We spend most of our time with this podcast on the CRNA profession and the many aspects to the job and the career. Today we’re turning our attention to the personal side and look at the challenges many of us face away from work. 

Specifically, we’re talking about motherhood and that’s where we’re taking this episode of Beyond the Mask. 

To help us with an important discussion of work-life-family balance, we reached out to the three women behind the Scrub Caps & Sippy Cups podcast. Crystal, Ellen, and Laci are the smart and funny minds behind this podcast that’s evolved into a moms club and they tackle all types of topics. The best part about it is they are all CRNAs so they understand the energy it takes to perform this job at a high level. 

So how do you expend all that energy during the day and then go home to raise a child and maintain a strong relationship? The truth is it isn’t easy but leaning on other moms has really helped these three women and the group they’ve built on Facebook, which you can check out here if you’re interested. 

Some of the topics we cover during the podcast are breastfeeding (and we have to teach Jeremy a few things), the misconceptions of parenting, maintaining a relationship with your partner, and how to take care of yourself.

Every CRNA mom can relate to the things we talk about and hopefully hearing it from other people will help you see that you aren’t alone. Motherhood is a wonderful journey but it isn’t easy. We appreciate every one of you and those of you that support the mothers in your life. It takes a village, right? 

We hope you enjoy the show. Check it out at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

1:33 – Jeremy and Sharon use Facebook Live today. 

1:55 – Sharon is excited about this topic. She’s been talking about this for months.

2:38 – Welcome CRNAs Crystal, Ellen, and Laci from the Scrub Caps & Sippy Cups podcast.

2:49 – Laci shares her background as a CRNA.   

3:50 – Ellen tells us about growing up in the Ukraine, her career, and family. 

4:54 – Crystal shares her background.  

7:28 – Why is this subject so important and what made you start this podcast? 

8:23 – Social media has allowed moms from all over the country to connect with each and support one another. 

9:52 – All three ladies live in different states and time zones. Have they been able to meet face to face yet?

12:56 – What was your biggest misconception about parenting? 

13:52 – What was Crystal most unprepared for when becoming a parent?

14:33 – The difficulty of breastfeeding explained to Jeremy. 

16:52 – Jeremy stirs it up with another question about breastfeeding.  

18:34 – There’s so much external guilt placed upon moms to breastfeed. 

20:13 – Mom-judging goes both ways, too. 

21:26 – Let’s talk about the difficulty of making a marriage work on top of everything else. 

24:38 – Crystal talks about the issues and challenges of marriage with kids and a career.

25:20 – The subject of love language comes up and some of us share ours. 

27:19 – The discussion of laundry and husbands takes over. 

29:40 – What do you make time for to take care of yourself?

33:06 – It’s important to maintain your own identity. 

35:28 – Here’s where you can find the ladies and connect with them. 

36:10 – Final thoughts from the ladies. 


“I really want to encourage everybody that listens to this and our podcast and out there in general, don’t be like the people tearing down J-Lo and Shakira. Build people up, fix their crown, and don’t mention anything about it.”

-Ellen Lauletta, CRNA, co-host of Scrub Caps & Sippy Cups





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J. Cross CRNA
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This podcast is very well put together. I love the hosts Sharon & Jeremy, they do a fantastic job at presenting topics as well as getting great speakers on the show! This is my morning commute podcast everyday! Thank you for all that you do!
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If you’re a CRNA or any medical professional, I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen. Hosts have a great rapport.