Happy as a Mother

By Erica Djossa

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How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood? On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

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068: Understanding Secure Attachment with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tanya Cotler

Regulating our own emotions can be difficult enough. Adding a wonderful little bundle of joy who also wakes up at 3 a.m. and may scream loud enough to alert the whole neighborhood can really complicate matters. And there seems to be anxiety around how our triggered moments might affect our children and what they think of us. Clinical psychologist Dr. Tanya Cotler specializes in infant mental health and attachment is here to help us understand parent/child attachment. And the good news is we’re more than our worst moments, and our children know it.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/33BPW7K

May 12, 2021
067: Effects of COVID Vaccine on Pregnancy and Nursing with OB-GYN Dr. Marta Perez

Parenting during a pandemic has been so hard! And now a swiftly developed vaccine has been rolled out, and members of my community have expressed a lot of anxiety about how safe these new vaccines might be during pregnancy and nursing. Dr. Marta Perez is an OB-GYN and she’s agreed to explain to us the risks of the vaccine versus not being vaccinated for pregnant or nursing people.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3ejUjdH

May 05, 2021
066: A Deeper Look Into the Mother Wound with Author Bethany Webster

Has your relationship with your mother changed since becoming a mother? Author, international speaker, and transformation coach Bethany Webster has been here with us before to talk about the mother wound, and it really resonated with my community. So many people had questions about Bethany’s work, so she’s back today to answer audience-submitted questions. And as a special surprise, we’ll end with how to get a free offering if you feel you need additional resources.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3dYzrbW

Apr 28, 2021
065: Making—And Keeping—Mommy Friends with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Miriam Kirmayer

We enter into motherhood with the promise of a village of support, and when we get here it can feel surprisingly lonely. The isolation felt in motherhood is a topic that has come up a lot in sessions with my clients and with the pandemic forcing even more isolation, a season of life that could already be lonely to navigate has become even tougher for some of us. So, I asked Dr. Miriam Kirmayer here to help us navigate maintaining friendships and how to form new ones. 

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3v6HokP

Apr 21, 2021
064: Breaking Cycles And Interdependence with Psychotherapist Sian Crossley

Codependent habits and behaviours can prevent us from having meaningful relationships with our children and partners. We all want our children to grow up to be independent, but should that really be the goal? And is there ever a point in childhood when codependency is an acceptable norm? Psychotherapist Sian Crossley is here today to help us understand the complexities of codependency and codependent relationships and why we should all be striving for interdependence.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2PTyhVW

Apr 14, 2021
063: Melissa Bernstein's Journey with Depression and Anxiety with with Melissa & Doug Co-Founder & Author Melissa Bernstein

From the outside, everyone saw her as a successful woman and mother. Melissa met her partner when she was 19, had six children, and co-founded a well-known global toy company. But her happiness was far from the truth as she battled depression and kept it hidden for many years. Melissa was feeling smothered and resentment was building as she was sacrificing her own dreams to serve others. Join Melissa and I as we talk about her personal journey with depression, how she was able to become the woman and mother her kids needed, and why finding and accepting her true self was so important.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3mpfbTj

Apr 07, 2021
062: Bedwetting and Constipation with Pediatric Urologist Dr. Steve Hodges

Nothing tests us more than being a parent. One of those stages is dealing with potty training, bedwetting, and accidents. As parents, we become overwhelmed from information overload and are anxious as we navigate this time with our child. Today, we will look at all things potty training, bedwetting, and accidents from a medical perspective. Join Steve and I as we discuss the time to start potty training, why you need to pay attention to your child’s poop, the impact constipation can have, and when to seek help from a professional.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/31BcZ1p

Mar 31, 2021
061: Managing Screen Time Without Guilt with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams

Screens have become such an integrated part of our lives and are so accessible. We can feel torn between using screens as a tool and feeling like we shouldn't use them because we've been told they're bad for our kids. Then to top it off, we have the pressure and worries of the pandemic as we navigate working from home and distance learning. Instead of approaching screen time as all-or-nothing, it’s best to look at the value and purpose of screen time in different situations. Ultimately, screen time is just another tool for us to use confidently in our parenting toolbox. Join Elizabeth and I on this episode as we break down what research is telling us about screen time and then how to use screen time as a tool, so you can feel equipped to make a decision with little guilt.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/31fB39M

Mar 24, 2021
060: Replay of Navigating Intimacy After Children with Psychologist Dr. Tracy Dalgleish

It’s time for a replay episode on a topic that raises so many questions for parents. Have you and your partner struggled to find your groove postpartum? Do you find it hard to prioritize each other and sex while juggling all. of. the. roles and responsibilities of being parents? Join the club! So many women I speak with wonder why they have no sex drive or why they struggle with arousal. Sex is a hot topic! Tune in today as Dr. Tracy Dalgleish and I explore the reasons why and help you to better understand your own arousal system!

It’s easy for us to think that everyone else is doing better than us, adjusting to being a parent better than us, having more sex than us, and the list goes on. Are people really having as much sex as we think they are? Are other couples struggling to find their sex groove as new parents? I created a short poll to collect the details on what's really going on behind closed doors and would love it if you would take a couple of minutes to fill it out. You can find it at happyasamother.co/sex.

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/3eSRCjV

Mar 17, 2021
059: Respectful Parenting as a Team with Author Janet Lansbury

Our children are looking for and needing a connection with us, and our main job as parents is to foster a secure attachment with our children. Does disciplining our child and "making them unhappy" interfere with our bond? Is there a difference between respectful boundaries and being permissive? How do we handle discipline and still build that relationship positively? This can be done with respectful parenting where the goal is to see the real need behind the behavior and that the behavior is the communication of their need. In this episode, Janet and I discuss what respectful parenting is, the role it plays in discipline, why partners need to work together as a team, and how to respect your partner’s parenting style.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3t9rmWe

Mar 10, 2021
058: Overcoming Resentment in Our Relationships with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream

As you welcome your new child into your family, your identity and relationship with your partner instantly change. While navigating your new roles, it takes time to adjust our expectations of parenthood with the reality of our new roles. This can give birth to resentment, especially in new parents. A lot of this resentment comes from our needs being unmet and then how these feelings are communicated. In this episode, Aushurina and I unpack what exactly resentment is, how it shows up, and the importance of healthy communication with a willingness to hear and understand.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3866Ldp

Mar 03, 2021
057: Understanding the Mother Wound with Author Bethany Webster

As women, the connection with our mother is typically the foundation of our relationship with ourselves. To form our own sense of self, as a young child we internalize deeply, even into our brain chemistry, so much about who our mother is as a person. A lot of this is unconsciously inherited from one generation to the next including pain which is referred to as the Mother Wound. This wound can become particularly noticeable when you become a mother and are constantly reflecting on your own experience while also mothering. It typically shows up as shame, comparison, guilt, and feeling like you must remain small and not rock the boat to be loved. We first have to understand where these feelings come from before we can begin to heal. In this episode, Bethany and I discuss what the mother wound is, ways the mother wound shows up, and how we can find our inner mother.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3qKkzlf

Feb 24, 2021
056: How Hormones Affect Our Mental Health with Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Lasseter

As women, our bodies are constantly experiencing hormonal changes whether it’s during our menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, and so on. Did you realize there is a correlation between our hormones and how our brain functions? These shifts affect how our neurons work, the actions of our neurotransmitters, and the levels of our hormones which can result in fluctuations in mood for some women. In this episode, Kristin and I discuss the connection between our hormones and brain chemicals from a biological perspective, how hormones play a role in the pregnancy and postpartum periods, and considerations to think about when choosing options for treating anxiety and mood disorders.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/37oFSRH

Feb 17, 2021
055: Imposter Syndrome in Motherhood with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Kelly Vincent

Do you experience these thoughts?....I should be a better Mom.  I’m a fraud. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be a Mom. What am I going to do when others find out I have no idea what I’m doing? Why can’t I be a perfect Mom like everyone else? Then this episode on Imposter Syndrome is for you! Imposter syndrome loves to creep in when you are trying something new, different, and challenging. It can be especially prevalent in motherhood because motherhood doesn't come with clear guidelines or a manual. When these thoughts creep in, we begin to doubt what we are capable of. In this episode, Kelly and I talk about what imposter syndrome is, the 5 different personas it can take, how we can manage our imposter syndrome, and how this is a common part of many people's human experience.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3q6OYK5

Feb 10, 2021
054: Normal Mom Worry VS. Postpartum Anxiety with Therapist Kate Borsato

We know that becoming a parent will bring worry and anxiety. It comes with the territory.  You’ve never been responsible for something more important than this tiny human you are now caring for. But where is the line between normal amounts of worry and paralyzing amounts of anxiety? Do you worry and wonder whether it takes up to much of your focus? Do you get very stuck in over researching what is "right"? The thing is, anxiety shows up in many different ways. The key is to be aware that something isn’t right and seeking help when it’s disrupting your ability to enjoy motherhood. In this episode, Kate and I discuss the differences between normal parenting worry and postpartum anxiety, how anxiety shows up in our lives, and when you should seek help.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/39JmRew

Feb 03, 2021
053: Coping With Miscarriage and Loss with Psychologist Dr. Jessica Zucker

Isolation, loneliness, self-blame, shame, and guilt. These are all things that, unfortunately, a lot of women report feeling in the aftermath of a miscarriage and loss. One in four pregnancies will experience a miscarriage. There is nothing that anyone did to cause this. However, our culture needs to recognize that grief and loss are real, so women will not feel intimidated to share their feelings.  In this episode, Jessica and I discuss the stigma around miscarriage, why our society needs to talk about them, and how to support someone experiencing a loss.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2Yvt8nH

Jan 27, 2021
052: Mindfulness for Mommy Rage with Psychiatrist Dr. Diana Korevaar

As a parent, we are stretched and transformed in ways that we never expected. Think about all the ways we are pushed beyond our capacity in ways that we never could have imagined. It’s important for us, as parents, to gain new skills to help us during this demanding time. If we learn the right skills, we can make changes to our life and change patterns of behavior that will impact our children also. In this episode, Diana and I talk about mindfulness, how our brain affects our emotions, and how to use mindfulness to coregulate yourself and your child.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3qBDaiP

Jan 20, 2021
051: Supporting Hormone Health with Nutrition with Dietitian Amanda Montalvo

When we hear the word hormone, we tend to think of estrogen and progesterone. Actually, there are many other hormones that each have a unique role to play. Stress, medication, supplements, the food we eat, and how our body reacts all have an effect on our hormones. In this episode, Amanda and I talk about the role hormones play in our body, how hormones are affected postpartum, and some basic ways to implement a good foundation for hormone balance.

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/39rhteC

Jan 13, 2021
050: Understanding Infertility with OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Natalie Crawford

Your whole life you look forward to becoming a mom. You’re excited to start a family! But then unexpectedly, you struggle to get pregnant. You start to wonder why this is happening as the unknown starts to set in. Thoughts of worry, anxiety, and feeling behind as others are having babies start to creep in. Infertility is a roller coaster and more common than you might think. In today’s episode, Dr. Natalie Crawford and I discuss all things infertility including how common it is, the causes of infertility, when to reach out for assistance, and how to take the reins on your own health.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3rXR0gW

Jan 06, 2021
049: Reducing Worry and Navigating the Health of Baby in 4th Trimester With Pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin

While pregnant, you read all the books in anticipation for the day your baby is born. Then you head home with your baby without a guide and you’re left wondering how do I navigate this fourth trimester? On top of figuring out the health of your baby, worry sets in. You start to wonder how am I qualified to take care of this baby? Are they eating enough? How is their sleep schedule? In this episode, Dr. Mona Amin and I talk about the important fourth trimester and how to lessen worry and anxiety, the importance of Mom’s mental health, and the overall health of your baby during this time.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/34FqIpX

Dec 23, 2020
048: The Secret to a Secure Bond With New York Times Best Seller, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

As a parent, you may feel overwhelmed with all of the decisions you need to make about your child, their care, and ultimately how you are going to handle parenting decisions. In the end, there are many ways to be a great parent. If we look to science, it has shown us that secure attachment is one decision that will aid in brain development and build a connection with your child. In this episode, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson and I talk through the four pillars of secure attachment, the importance of secure attachment for children and adults, and how science can help guide your parenting decisions.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/382fLjd

Dec 09, 2020
047: Conscious Boundary Setting With Family Psychologist Ashleigh Warner

We can all agree that children need boundaries, but it’s HOW we go about setting the boundary that makes ALL the difference.  We can learn to set boundaries in a gentle and mindful way, while also preserving our connection and relationship with our children. In this episode, Family Psychologist Ashleigh Warner and I discuss conscious discipline, the importance of boundaries, tangible ways to maintain boundaries, and how to make sure your kids have a clear idea of your family’s boundaries.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/37m1hKH

Nov 25, 2020
046: Learning to Love Your Postpartum Body With Cofounder of Beauty Redefined Lexie Kite, PhD

During pregnancy, your body is changing so much! It goes through so much in the span of 9 months and grows an entire human being in the process! It is truly mind-blowing to think about! After our baby is born, we are met with so much pressure to snap back and look like we never gave birth. Our body is more than an ornament. It is an instrument that as moms, we need to embrace. It’s important for us to realize that how our body looks does not define who we are as a mom. In this episode, Beauty Redefined Cofounder Lexie Kite and I discuss body image, share examples of our own journey with body image, and how we can love our body just the way it is.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3phxWsN

Nov 11, 2020
045: Maintaining Your Identity in Motherhood With Therapist Chasity Holcomb

Did you always daydream about the day you would hopefully become a Mom? Or envision yourself holding a new baby with all the magical feels? Then the day arrives and you have to shift into the reality of motherhood, an all consuming role we've had no training for. How do we make the shift into motherhood without losing who we are? How do we retain our pre-Mom identity? Motherhood has a way of shaping each of us. Every Mom evolves over time. We are challenged to explore depths of ourselves we've often avoided and learn the true meaning of unconditional love. In this episode, Therapist Chasity Holcomb and I talk about how we can maintain our identity in motherhood through exploration, rediscovery, and prioritizing that time spent on ourselves.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3e0yk9W

Oct 28, 2020
044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas

Do you find you get stuck trying so hard to do things “the right way”? Do you have incredibly high expectations of yourself, both as an individual and now as a mother?. If so, you aren’t alone and are likely to be rewarded by society for this mentality. When you become a parent, suddenly you can’t do everything perfectly. You want so badly to give 100% in all areas, all the time….but then it happens, a sense of burnout and not knowing what to prioritize. How will others accept you if you are not perfect all the time? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas and I discuss perfectionism, ways to recognize it in our lives, and ideas on how to find ways to be purposely imperfect.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/375apo7

Oct 14, 2020
043: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

Having to handle our child’s behaviour and big emotions is to be expected, it comes with being a parent. But goodness, it is exhausting. The true work of parenting is being able to regulate ourselves in the face of their big reactions. To better understand what causes our children to react this way, we’ll learn about what’s actually happening in their brains. In this episode, we are joined by Cindy Hovington to help understand this perspective, discuss tantrums, big emotions, and how to make a connection with your child during this key time.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/36Go19s

Sep 30, 2020
042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes

Cue the confetti, it’s time to celebrate! The Happy as a Mother podcast is celebrating 1 year! A year ago, I had a mission and a clear vision to provide a space for Moms to learn and grow. It needed to be non-judgmental and acknowledge both the amazing blessings of Motherhood but also the taboo hardships that very few Moms speak openly about. I have loved every single moment together this past year! 

To celebrate today, we are going to take a look back at the five most downloaded episodes of the year. The topics include Mommy Rage, Boundaries, Independent Play, The Mental Load, and Intrusive Thoughts. As parents, we deal with so much along this journey and I’m so happy to share these top topics with you today!

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2RvEq7M

Sep 16, 2020
041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy

Ever wonder why your child behaves the way they do? It’s more than just each child has a different temperament and personality. As parents, we play a part in this situation. Did you know that our own childhood and how our own behaviours were addressed back then actually play a role in the present moment as to how we will react as parents? If we first take a moment to regulate ourselves before we react, this will help us to understand our child’s feelings and behaviors.  In this episode, we are joined by psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy, as she helps us understand our child’s trigger behaviour and practical ways to address them as parents.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/32QFgB5

Sep 02, 2020
040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey

As Moms, we feel like we are constantly cleaning. Picking up a mess that you didn’t make is so hard and triggering. The trick is to find ways that make these times easier. Doing a few simple things to create an organizational system and part of our Mom routine is key. Once these are in place, you will experience more calmness, ease, and disconnect from the mess. Join professional organizer Holly Blakey today for some organization hacks to help you conquer all the mess in your home.

Show notes: https://bit.ly/34eeAfW

Aug 19, 2020
039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez


Have you found that Covid is triggering stress and anxiety from a previous traumatic experience? Has it been reminiscent of the early motherhood stages? For many Coivd has resurfaced stressful experience of health-related traumas or other significantly impactful life events. Learn more about why this is happening and ways to cope with these feelings in this week’s episode with marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez.

Jul 22, 2020
038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in the mind. They usually cause distress, as the nature of the thought may be upsetting. Up to as many of 50% of pregnant and postpartum women experience these thoughts, but due to their nature, many are too ashamed to talk about them. Join Marriage and Family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas and I as we dive deep into these thoughts and how to help improve them.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2VBFf1a


Jul 01, 2020
038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in the mind. They usually cause distress, as the nature of the thought may be upsetting. Up to as many of 50% of pregnant and postpartum women experience these thoughts, but due to their nature, many are too ashamed to talk about them. Join Marriage and Family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas and I as we dive deep into these thoughts and how to help improve them.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2VBFf1a


Jul 01, 2020
Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

Surprise! It is a bonus episode! Welcome to day 6 of the mom guilt mini-series. Today we highlight the importance of practice and having realistic expectations. We unpack how this marks the beginning of a journey not the end of one! You have the skills and now it’s time to unlearn the things that hold you back! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WAQlED


May 16, 2020
Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

Welcome to Day 5 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! In today’s final mini-episode we focus on how to reframe your shame beliefs and how to create a cheat sheet for hard days. You can learn to do things differently. You can unlearn behaviours and patterns adopted from your parents. You can unload the baggage that you don’t want to carry. You can break the cycle and you can heal! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2zDaAse


May 15, 2020
Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

Welcome to day 4 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! In today’s mini-episode we focus on shame manifests in the body and how to access your logical brain in the heat of the moment. You are not a helpless bystander of your emotions; you are the conductor and can learn to change the pace, tempo and feeling. Tune into today's episode to learn how. If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WZNNiy

May 14, 2020
Day 3: Calming the Shame Storm

Welcome to day 3 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! In today’s mini-episode we focus on how to identify what a shame storm looks like. If shame goes unchecked, what starts as a seed grows into deeply rooted self-loathing weed. Recognizing shame when it is trying to sink its teeth in is essential to uproot it! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

Show notes: https://bit.ly/2Ln2U03 

May 13, 2020
Day 2: Identifying Your Shame Triggers

Welcome to day 2 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! In today’s mini-episode we focus on identifying the most commons shame triggers women experience, where these shame triggers come from and how you can uncover your personal shame triggers. Naming it is the first step to taming it! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the downloads, click here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2YVt8i2


May 12, 2020
Day 1: The Difference Between Mom Guilt and Shame

Your 5 Days to Feeling Less Mom Guilt and Shame start TODAY!! Welcome to the mini-course that over the next 5 days will teach you the practical skills to quiet the voice of mom shame and guilt! Day 1 focuses on helping you understand the difference between shame and guilt so that can work on naming and taming the shame! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the downloads, click here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2YR60RW

May 11, 2020
031: Unpacking Mindfulness with Psychologist Terra LaRock

I’m sure you’ve heard the buzzword mindfulness floating around these days, but what is mindfulness really? And how can we practically incorporate mindfulness in our lives as busy exhausted moms? Psychologist Terra LaRock of Founder and CEO of the Mindful Mamas App is here to unpack mindfulness for us mombies. Our discussion covers what mindfulness is, why it’s important and how to practically build a mindfulness practice when taking care of tiny humans


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2ya2J55

Apr 29, 2020
030: Prioritizing the Mental Load

Managing the mental load is a struggle on the best of days. During covid we are being pulled in a million different directions, all of which feel equally important. The reality is that we are not humanly capable of doing all. of. the. things. so it is essential for us to learn how to prioritize what is truly important/ urgent that needs to be done. This solo show is jammed packed full of practical advice to help ease your overwhelm and equip you with a plan to tackle the essential things!


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2xPN8aK

Apr 22, 2020
029: Fostering Independent Baby Sleep with Rosalee Lahaie Hera

Who came up with the saying sleep like a baby? If your baby is anything like mine, they are not good sleepers. I get several questions about how to improve baby sleep and help everyone in the home get more rest. Given that sleep is so fundamental to mom and baby’s wellbeing I have invited Sleep Consultant Rosealee of @babysleeplove to teach some of the fundamentals of fostering independent sleep. 


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/34DqIFN

Apr 15, 2020
028: Coping with the Mental Load With Dr. Morgan Cutlip

Do you carry the emotional and psychological load of your family? Do you feel burnt out by the never-ending list of things to do in motherhood? Carrying the mental load of managing the house, researching parenting strategies, caring for the family’s emotional wellbeing, and so on is a significant weight and responsibility to bear. Join today's episode where Dr. Morgan Cutlip of @mylovethinks and discuss how to manage and communicate the mental load.


Show notes: https://bit.ly/39O9Woc

Apr 08, 2020
027: Parenting through Covid With Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams

You’re not failing: Working from home full time, parenting full time and educating your child full time is impossible-- The math simply does not add up. That being said, there are some strategies that you can implement to help you cope and manage this wild west of parenting. Covid has required parents to stretch and adapt in ways they haven’t before and Dr. Elizabeth Adams of Trustle is here to share some essential skills for juggling the load.


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WYdTDV

Apr 01, 2020
026: Coping with Covid feat. Therapist Bryana Kappa

Covid 19 has presented parents with some of the most challenging circumstances to navigate. Many are feeling the weight of trying to work from home, while also trying to homeschool and do all of the other adulting tasks in between. Join Bryana Kappa of @southbaymommyandme as we discuss ways to set realistic expectations, cope with anxiety and find hope during this challenging time.


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2JdI6XG

Mar 25, 2020
025: Fostering Early Language Development with SLP Carly Tulloch

After you unsure if your child is meeting their speech milestones? Do you wonder what red flags to monitor regarding your child’s speech? Are you curious about how you can help support your child’s early language development? Carly Tulloch, speech and language pathologist and founder of Weetalkers joins the podcast today to break down speech milestones and when to seek support.


Show notes: https://bit.ly/3aMODnX

Mar 11, 2020
024: What is the purpose of discipline? With psychotherapist Jessica Vanderwier

Do you struggle with your child’s behaviour? Do you question when to consequence or how to respond appropriately? Do you feel like you are lacking the tools you need to regulate yourself and/or your child during power struggles or meltdowns? In today’s episode registered psychotherapist Jessica Vanderwier is here to discuss how to parenting little kids with big feelings. Tune in to learn about the purpose of discipline, how we need to shift our perspective of our children’s behaviour and if veering away from traditional models of discipline means being a permissive parent


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2vBqEsW

Mar 04, 2020
023: Mommy Burnout with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream

Do you feel like you are running on empty? Are you in need of rest but don’t know where to start? Motherhood is a day in, day out commitment that easily lends itself to burnout. Join this week's episode where @psychedmommy Dr. Ashurain Ream and I discuss how to recognize (and prevent) burnout in motherhood and ways to manage it.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2PrepFZ

Feb 26, 2020
022: The Power of Sensory Play with Occupational Therapists Dr. Allie Ticktin

Do you ever wonder if your child has sensory sensitivities? Do you feel like your child gets overstimulated?  Are you curious about how to foster your child’s independence in play and problem-solving? In this episode occupational therapist, Dr. Allie Tickin teaches us about the eight senses (yes, I said EIGHT), and how to help develop these senses through play. Dr. Allie also helps us to understand what overstimulation of the senses looks like and how to best support our child when this happens.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2woMLCQ

Feb 19, 2020
021: Making Informed Decisions About Baby Sleep With Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams

Are you overwhelmed by the polarizing opinions about baby sleep? Have you been shamed for your choice to co-sleep or your choice to sleep train your baby? Dr. Elizabeth Adams joins the podcast today to help us understand the research around these sleep approaches to help you make informed decisions that work for your family. Spoiler alert: You are allowed to choose a sleep plan for your family, based on your values, despite the strong opinions of others around you.


Show notes: https://bit.ly/37iHZ6E

Feb 12, 2020
020: Can Postpartum Depression Be Prevented? With Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Pooja Lakshmin

I often get asked, “What causes postpartum depression and is there a way to prevent it?” Reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Pooja Lakshmin and I dive deep into these questions and explore the idea of prevention. In this episode, you will learn about what situations, life experience or clinical conditions that make a woman more prone to PPD/PPA and some practical takeaways you can do to better prepare yourself for the transition to motherhood.

Show notes: https://bit.ly/2v6b3AO

Feb 05, 2020
019: Racism and Privilege in Birth Work With Doula Sabia Wade

Did you know that women of colour are at 3-4 times greater risk of dying in childbirth in North America than white women? And it has nothing to do with their socioeconomic status, education and so on. This is a major problem, one that white people -- especially white providers-- need to be paying attention to. Doula Sabia Wade (@thebalckdoula on IG) Joins us today to talk about why this is happening and what we can do TODAY to help make a difference!


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2RxleaA

Jan 29, 2020
018: Do Dad's experience postpartum depression? With Psychologist Dr. Dan Singley

Do you wonder whether fathers can experience postpartum depression or anxiety? Women often feel like their postpartum support misses the mark, but dad’s are often left out of the conversation entirely. Dad’s go through a profound identity shift alongside mothers and Dr. Dan Singley is here to help unpack the postpartum experience from a father’s perspective. 


Show notes: https://bit.ly/37csKwS

Jan 22, 2020
017: Understanding Birth Trauma with Psychologist Dr. Heidi Green

Have you ever debated whether or not you experienced trauma? Have you wondered if the birth of your child was traumatic? Or maybe it was out right distressing and you are unsure how to deal with it. Most people I speak with don’t relate how they are feeling postpartum to the delivery of the baby.  Many feel that this must be what birth is and “suck it up.” It is important to acknowledge and validate your feelings in order to get the right treatment. In this episode with Psychologist and trauma specialist Dr. Heidi Green we explore what trauma is and how to move through its often paralyzing symptoms. 


Show notes: https://bit.ly/3850LPO

Jan 15, 2020
016: Fostering Independent Play With Therapist Bryana Kappa

Does your child get bored easily? Do they have little tolerance for frustration? Does your child struggle to play independently without your constant reassurance? If so, tune into this week's episode focused on how to foster independent play. Therapist Bryana Kappa helps us to understand practical ways to support independent play and realistic expectations for how much time moms should be engaged in play. We also discuss the importance of open ended toys and which toys promote create and imaginative play. 

Find show notes here: https://bit.ly/385WR9Y

Dec 04, 2019
015: Isolation and Loneliness in Motherhood with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream

Have you ever felt alone in motherhood? Have you ever struggled to make new friends or even struggled just to get out of the house on maternity leave? You are not alone. Being a mom can be incredibly isolating and lonely.  Join this week's episode where @psychedmommy Dr. Ashurina Ream and I discuss ways to overcome comparison and disconnection in motherhood.


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2qRXmnk

Nov 27, 2019
014: Navigating Intimacy After Children with Psychologist Dr. Tracy Dalgleish

Have you and your partner struggled to find your groove postpartum? Do you find it hard to prioritize each other and sex while juggle all. of. the. roles and responsibilities of being parents? Join the club! So many women I speak with wonder why they have no sex drive or why they struggle with arousal. Sex is a hot topic! Tune in today as Dr. Tracy Dalgleish and I explore the reasons why and help you to better understand your own arousal system!

Show notes: https://bit.ly/2O4Ygpi

Nov 20, 2019
013: Understanding Your Hormones With Naturopathic Dr. Rishma Walji

Have you ever had emotional days and chalked it up to hormones?  I know I have! I’ve been growing increasingly curious about hormones and how they intersect with mood and mental health. In today’s episode Naturopathic Dr. Rishma Walji is here to explain how our hormones change month to month with menstruation and also how they change during pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding. We also explore signs of hormone imbalance, tune in to learn more.

Find show notes here: https://bit.ly/370sWzD

Nov 13, 2019
012: Rejecting Diet Culture Mentality with Psychologist Dr. Colleen Reichmann

Do you struggle with your relationship with food or movement? Do you struggle to accept your body the way it is in this moment? Are you constantly striving to reach a certain weight or body shape? Then this episode is for you! Tune in as Psychologist Dr. Colleen Reichmann and I discuss intuitive eating and ways to break free from diet culture.


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2rcXIEY

Nov 06, 2019
011: Navigating Boundaries in Motherhood With Therapist Nedra Tawwab

Do you struggle to set boundaries with family members giving unsolicited advice? Do you feel burnt out? Are you constantly trying to make other people happy, including your partner and your children, and find you have nothing left for you at the end of the day? Then this episode is a must listen! Boundaries are an essential form of self care! Operating without them leads to burnout and overwhelm. Tune in today as Nedra Tawwab shares about practical ways to set boundaries in motherhood. 


Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2MUmYID

Oct 30, 2019
010: The Secret to Mindful Mothering with Therapist Bryana Kappa

Have you ever struggled to regulate your own reactions while parenting? Has becoming a parent caused experiences from your past to resurface? Do you wonder how to decide who’s needs to prioritize or how to set healthy boundaries in your home? If any of this resonates, this episode is for you! Join Marriage and Family Therapist Bryana Kappa and your Host Erica Djossa as they discuss consciously navigating motherhood.  


You can find the show notes here: https://bit.ly/2ByIs7n

Oct 23, 2019
009: Understanding Postpartum Stress Syndrome with Psychologist Dr. Alice Pickering

Do you ever question whether your adjustment to motherhood is normal? Do you not feel like yourself, but also aren’t clinically depressed or anxious? Do you feel like you have mommy brain or like you are constantly in a fog? Perhaps you are experiencing something called Postpartum Stress Syndrome. Psychologist Dr. Alice Pickering joins us this episode to discuss PPSS and how to distinguish it from other postpartum disorders. This is a topic that is rarely talked about, and you won’t want to miss!


Find show notes here: https://bit.ly/32vBATW

Oct 16, 2019
008: Tuning Out the Noise and Tuning into Your Child with Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of parenting advice out there? Do you find that different sources offer contradictory information? Are you wanting parenting support but don’t even know where to look or start? Then you are going to love this episode where Dr. Elizabeth Adams helps us to tune out all of the noise and overwhelm of information and talks about tuning into your child's temperament and needs. Parenting is not a one size fits all approach and YOU are the expert of your child!

Find show notes here: https://bit.ly/321rWbM

Oct 09, 2019
007: Taking the Stress, Guilt, and Chaos Out of Mealtimes With Toddler Dietitian Kacie Barnes

Do you have a picky eater? Do you have a child who won’t sit to the table? Do you have a toddler who throws food? Then boy oh boy this episode is for you! Toddler dietitian Kacie Barnes share numerous insights in this episode. Her approach to helping moms feel less stressed and guilty about meals times is extremely reassuring and approachable!

Oct 02, 2019
006: The Happy Postpartum Vagina With OB/GYN Dr. Staci Tanouye

Raise your hand if you have a vagina?! Now raise your hand if you have ever talked about how it looks, the procedures it’s had or when things just don’t feel quite right down there?! Vagina health is not something that many women talk about, but it is incredibly important! Especially in the postpartum period! OB/GYN Dr.Staci Tanouye joins us to discuss ways to have a happy postpartum vagina, which includes knowing when you’re ready for sex postpartum.

Get the show notes here: https://bit.ly/2m6A9em

Sep 22, 2019
005: Urine Incontinence in Pregnancy and Postpartum With Pelvic Floor PT Jeanice Mitchell

Is it normal to pee a little when you laugh, cough or run? Is urine incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum normal? And if so, how long should it last? Pelvic floor physiotherapist Jeanice Mitchell of My Pelvic Floor Muscles is on the show today to answer all of these questions and so much more!

Find the show notes here: https://bit.ly/2m3cCuX

Sep 21, 2019
004: Embracing Your Postpartum Body With Dr. Morgan Francis

Do you struggle with postpartum body acceptance? I know I have. Many women struggle with comparing their postpartum bodies to their pre baby bods. After three boys in three and a half years, a tummy full of stretch marks and a pelvis that doesn’t quite function the way it used to, I’ve had to relearn how to love parts of my body that seem foreign.  Today, body image expert Dr. Morgan Francis joins this episode to help us better understand body image and how we can learn to embrace our bodies.

Find the show notes here: https://bit.ly/2lZGpVw

Sep 20, 2019
003: Are Psychiatric Medications an Option While Pregnant or Nursing? With Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Lesseter

There is so much miscommunication around taking medications during pregnancy and while nursing. The reality is that few doctors are thoroughly trained in reproductive psychiatry and many moms gets misinformed when it comes to medication to their mood and anxiety medication. Listen in to today’s episode where Reproductive Psychiatrist  Dr. Kristin Lesseter gives research based information about medication during this precious time and shares resources where you can confidently fact check your medications prescribed by your doctor.


Find show notes here: https://bit.ly/2krftNO

Sep 20, 2019
002: Understanding Mommy Rage with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream

Do you experience mommy rage? Do you ever lose it on the kids or your spouse and wonder when/how your fuse has become so short? Listen in as Dr. Ashurina Ream of Psyched Mommy shares why mothers experience mommy rage and ways that it can be managed. Together we explore whether rage is common, whether it is a symptom of something deeper and whether it is something that can be overcome. Let's learn how to say good bye to mommy rage!

Show notes can be found here: https://bit.ly/2m7dP4h



Sep 20, 2019
001: Welcome to the Happy as a Mother Podcast With Erica Djossa

Perhaps you are here because you struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety. Perhaps you are here because the adjustment to motherhood wasn’t what you expected. Maybe you have lost yourself in motherhood and miss your old life. Perhaps you are struggling to cope with the load that motherhood brings or you are drowning in mommy guilt or rage. It could be that you have a passion for knowledge and want to be empowered through the expertise of some badass professional women. Whatever the reason, there is a place for you here. The Happy as a Mother Podcast has something valuable to offer each of you.

Get your show notes here: https://bit.ly/2moVvnu

Sep 20, 2019