About this podcast

Momma B & Rebecca giving the looks. 

Momma B & Rebecca giving the looks. 

This podcast is founded on the belief that we need our mothers like we never have before. Not just our own mothers, but the mothers of the world.

Once upon a time, advice from elders was easy to come by. Large families lived in one place and you knew all your neighbors. Now generations are divided by physical distance and an ever-widening technological gap. New ways of communicating leave older generations behind and divert our attention away from them.  Why ask your parents when you can Google it? Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, so we’re digitizing good old-fashioned Advice from Mom. Anyone can submit a question for the show with our request form.

about The monthly gist

Advice from Mom is a cross-generational effort to answer life's big questions. The podcast is anchored by the advice of Momma B, a therapist based in Pittsburgh "on a one-woman mission to mother a mentally healthy world" and hosted by her daughter Rebecca. Each month, Momma B tackles a new subject with a variety of expert guests, while Rebecca simultaneously supports and prods her mother like only a daughter can. 



For more than thirty years, Dr. Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman has worked with individuals, families and corporate clients as a therapist, teacher and public speaker. Dr. Elizabeth, licensed psychologist and family therapist, approaches listeners’ concerns in the broader context of family, work and social environments. Guiding them through an assessment of their circumstance, she helps people understand the important roles that others play in their emotional lives and encourages them to explore their options so they can take action, change and grow.

Dr. Elizabeth has a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Learning & Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her externship in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. She now lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where she has her own private practice. In her free time, she enjoys playing Scrabble, Zumba, and a miniaturized tennis-like sport called Pickleball.


Rebecca Garza-Bortman is a designer, musician, and host of Advice from Mom. She has spent the past ten years working in San Francisco’s tech and music scenes. She led YouTube’s first visual redesign initiative before joining MasterClass as their first employee and designer. She helped the co-founders design a product & the brand, and build the team to 30 employees before starting her own company, Wise Ones. Wise Ones collects diverse life advice and distributes it in personalized podcasts. Advice from Mom is the company’s first public podcast.

As a singer, Rebecca has fronted the indie bands My First Earthquake and Happy Fangs. She now makes music with her husband, Bryan Garza as Love, Jerks. In September 2015, Rebecca and Bryan performed their own rock opera wedding, featured in Entertainment Tonight, The New York Times, and GQ. She's a proud Pittsburgher and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design with a minor in creative writing.

ABOUT THis Production

Every month, making this podcast is a bootstrappin' labor of love (look, Mom, no ads!). Since Episode 4, it's been made in creative partnership with editor and audio producer, Juliet Hinely. Juliet has produced podcasts for Audible and immersive audio tours for Detour. She is also an artist, creating experiential site-specific narratives through sound, performance, and installation. She has an MFA in Art and Design from Stamps School of Art and Design and a BFA in Fiber from he Maryland Institute College of Art.  Elaborating on the vestiges of forgotten historic places, she shuffles layers of time and perceptions of place. Rad, huh?

about timing, people. 

Rebecca is at just the right place in life to create this podcast: young enough to relate to twenty-somethings, but old enough to see herself in her mother’s shoes. As a woman contemplating motherhood herself, she can’t help but examine more closely society’s relationship to mothers. As a young person in a youth-obsessed culture, she has the power now to set a precedent and treat her elders as she hopes to be treated one day.

Momma B on the cover of this podcast

About the Artwork

The artwork for Advice from Mom uses a photo of Momma B, taken at her brother's wedding in March of 1967. If you look very closely at the bottom of the photo, you can see the date. That's frikkin' real, archivists!! Momma B is 20 years old here and allegedly this is the only known photo of her with bangs, therefore she dislikes this photo very much. But would you look at that Mona Lisa smile?

The funny thing about this photo is that it also looks just like her daughter, host Rebecca. So in some ways, it's a graphic representation of both ladies in one image. Really makes you think about genes, huh?