Happy as a Mother

By Erica Djossa

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Happy as a Mother has evolved into Momwell, same show and mission–new name. We often enter motherhood envisioning joy, nurturing, peace, and love. But the reality can blindside us. Nobody tells us about Mom Rage, overstimulation, intrusive thoughts, or other mental health struggles. Unfortunately, when we seek help, we might face a lack of support, a system that doesn’t put moms first, and a world that turns a blind eye to the challenges of motherhood. We’re here to change that. We believe that moms deserve access to community, support, and mental health literacy. If you’re struggling with motherhood, you’re not alone–and you’re not failing. On The Momwell Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood and prioritize your mental health and wellbeing. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world and 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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158: When Doctors Medically Gaslight Moms with Dr. Sarah Fraser, Family Physician
00:42:25

If you’ve ever felt like a medical provider dismissed or minimized your concerns, you are not alone. There is a long history of doctors who medically gaslight women, failing to take them seriously and leaving them questioning their own judgment.  

Today, I’m joined by family physician Dr. Sarah Fraser to discuss the medical gaslighting of moms and what you can do to advocate for yourself.  

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Feb 01, 2023
Bonus: Happy as a Mother is now Momwell
00:05:12

We have exciting news–Happy as a Mother has evolved into The Momwell Podcast! I started Happy as a Mother to help moms everywhere realize they are not alone. But over time, we’ve grown, evolved, added new services, and expanded. 

The podcast is staying the same–same great experts, same mission, same format. But we’re now operating under a new name–Momwell. We believe that when a mom is well, a baby is well. Find out more about why we’re growing and changing in this special bonus!

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Jan 31, 2023
157: Should I Have Another Baby? with Kate McReynolds, Mental Health Counselor
00:48:17

Should I have another baby? Is my family complete? How will I know I’m done? For many of us, these questions begin soon after a baby is born. It can be hard to know if you want to add another baby to your family. While the decision is unique to every person and every family, there are some ways to make the decision easier.   

Today, I’m joined by mental health counselor Kate McReynolds, founder of The Mom Therapist, to discuss how to use both your emotions and logic to answer the burning question, “Should I have another baby?”  

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Jan 25, 2023
156: Resolving Conflict in Your Relationship After Baby with Sheina Schochet, Mental Health Counselor
00:50:05

Are you facing more conflict in your relationship after having a baby? Many couples find themselves arguing more after becoming parents. Stress, sleep deprivation, mental health, and additional responsibilities all play a role. But we can learn how to resolve conflict productively, communicate openly, repair, and work through struggles.   

Today, I’m joined by mental health counselor Sheina Schochet, founder of Love After Baby, to discuss how to keep your relationship strong after having a baby.   

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Jan 18, 2023
155: Understanding Baby Temperament with Dr. Cara Goodwin, Clinical Psychologist
00:44:25

Do you find yourself wondering if you’re doing something to make your baby “difficult”? It might just be baby temperament! Our children are born with certain inborn personality traits. When we understand them, we can better attune to their needs (and stop blaming ourselves)!  

Today, I’m joined by clinical psychologist Cara Goodwin, founder of Parenting Translator, to discuss baby temperament and how to support your child’s individual needs.   

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Jan 11, 2023
154: Reestablishing Sex After Baby with Travis Goodman, Marriage and Family Therapist
00:42:21

Are you struggling to find your footing with sex after having a baby? If so, you aren’t alone. Many couples experience barriers to sex in the postpartum period, including sleep deprivation, new relationship dynamics, and a lack of open communication.   

Today, I’m joined by marriage and family therapist Travis Goodman, founder of Therapy4Dads, to discuss how sex changes after a baby, how to build other forms of intimacy, and how to find a new normal in the postpartum period and beyond.   

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Jan 04, 2023
153: Coping During Postpartum with No Family Support with Emmalee Bierly and Jennifer Chaiken, Founders of ShrinkChicks
00:48:30

Did you think you’d have a village to help with the baby only to discover you have no family support? The postpartum period is hard for everyone, but when our expectations of how friends and family might help don’t match the reality, it can be even harder.   

Today, I’m joined by marriage and family therapists Emmalee Bierly and Jennifer Chaiken, founders of ShrinkChicks, to discuss how communication can help when you feel you have no family support.  

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Dec 28, 2022
152: Advice for Moms with ADHD with Dr. Sasha Hamdani, Psychiatrist
00:43:23

Moms with ADHD take on additional struggles and labor, along with the typical mental load of motherhood. Our mental health affects our capacity and impacts the way we deal with stress.  

Today, I’m joined by psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Hamdani, founder of The Psych Doctor MD, to discuss how moms with ADHD can overcome their challenges and take care of themselves in the process.  

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Dec 21, 2022
151: Approaching Maternity Leave with Confidence with Allison Venditti, Founder of Moms at Work
00:51:39

Navigating both career and motherhood can be hard. Depending on their location and workplace policies, moms are often not offered maternity leave or guaranteed that their job is safe. After they return to work, the struggles only continue, with the wage gap widening after every child. But with the right plans in place, you can work through the challenges and find your own path as a working mom.  

Today, I’m joined by Allison Venditti, founder of Moms at Work, to discuss how to have conversations with employers, plan for maternity leave and the return to work, and navigate your career and motherhood.  

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Dec 14, 2022
150: Support for Moms on the Breastfeeding Journey with Amey Fields, Lactation Consultant
00:50:57

Has your breastfeeding journey not gone the way you imagined? You aren’t alone. From medical issues to latching difficulties to engorgement, breastfeeding doesn’t always look like a peaceful bonding experience from the beginning.  

Today, I’m joined by Lactation Consultant Amey Fields, founder of Az Breastfed Babies, to discuss the common struggles moms face on the breastfeeding journey, the importance of flexibility, and why our support system matters.  

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Dec 07, 2022
149: Can Dads Get Postpartum Anxiety? with Dr. Pierre Azzam, Psychiatrist
00:47:37

Can dads get postpartum anxiety? The answer is yes! Just like moms, dads are at increased risk for anxiety in the postpartum period. Paternal mental health matters too.  

Today, I’m joined by psychiatrist Dr. Pierre Azzam, founder of Braver Man, to discuss the signs and risk factors for postpartum anxiety in dads, and why caring for the mental health of the whole family matters.  

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Nov 30, 2022
148: The Mental Load of Motherhood with Gemma Hartley, Author
00:48:31

Do you find yourself carrying the mental load of motherhood? Moms often serve as the default parents. The housekeepers. The caregivers. The go-to for all of the to-do lists. It’s a problem that can leave us overwhelmed, exhausted, and burnt out—and we often don’t even realize it’s happening. But we can make small changes that shift the household mental load and create buy-in from our partners.  

Today, I’m joined by Gemma Hartley, journalist and author of Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women and the Way Forward, to discuss how to rebalance the emotional and mental load of motherhood.  

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Nov 23, 2022
147: Surviving the Baby Witching Hour with Dr. Whitney Casares, Pediatrician
00:44:07

As a new mom, one of the most stressful things we can experience is not being able to soothe our babies. So when we face the “baby witching hour,” colic, or a fussy infant, we often feel like failures.  

It’s hard to cope with crying. It’s even harder to let go of the expectation that we should be able to soothe every cry. Today, I’m joined by pediatrician Dr. Whitney Casares, founder of Modern Mommy Doc, to discuss how to survive the baby witching hour, and how to be kind to ourselves in the process.  

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Nov 16, 2022
146: Overcoming Formula Feeding Guilt with Mallory Whitmore, Founder of The Formula Mom
00:44:27

Are you experiencing formula feeding guilt? Moms whose breastfeeding journey doesn’t match their expectations, or moms who choose to formula feed their babies, often face pressure, shame, and a sense of failure. But there are many factors that go into a feeding journey, and staying flexible can protect our mental health.  

Today, I’m joined by infant feeding technician Mallory Whitmore, founder of The Formula Mom, to discuss how to overcome the expectations, pressures, and guilt about formula feeding.  

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Nov 09, 2022
145: How To Deal With Toxic Positivity As a Mom with Whitney Goodman, Marriage and Family Therapist
00:39:19

Enjoy every moment. Be grateful you have a healthy baby. Everything happens for a reason. Moms often get bombarded with these messages, being told they should be happy and positive all the time. But how do you deal with this toxic positivity?  

Today, I’m joined by marriage and family therapist Whitney Goodman, author of Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real In a World Obsessed With Being Happy. We’re discussing what toxic positivity is, how to deal with toxic positivity as a mom, and better ways to offer support than emphasizing artificial happiness.  

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Nov 02, 2022
144: Adjusting to Becoming a Dad with Travis Goodman, Marriage and Family Therapist
00:49:47

Moms aren’t the only ones with a big adjustment when a baby comes. Becoming a dad brings its own adjustments, changes, and difficulties.  

Today, I’m joined by marriage and family therapist Travis Goodman, founder of Therapy 4 Dads, to discuss the transition into becoming a dad, ways dads can bond with babies, and signs of paternal postpartum depression.  

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3Tyd53g  

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Oct 26, 2022
143: Returning to Work After Maternity Leave with Dr. Cassidy Freitas, Marriage and Family Therapist
00:51:10

Returning to work after maternity leave, or having your partner return after their leave, can be tough. These situations often come with feelings of anger, guilt, and resentment. But if we can learn to listen to our emotions, guide ourselves through the transition, and work with our partner, we can overcome mom guilt and ease the transition.  

Today, I’m joined by marriage and family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas to talk about coping with our emotions while returning to work after having a baby.  

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3D5hYeh  

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Oct 19, 2022
142: How to Know if You Have Postpartum Anxiety with Dr. Sarah Oreck, Reproductive Psychiatrist
00:45:32

Are you confused about how to know if you have postpartum anxiety? For many moms, this is a difficult question. Postpartum anxiety symptoms are often dismissed as normal worries or first-time mom jitters. Many moms also feel a sense of fear about acknowledging their struggles. To top it off, postpartum anxiety is often misunderstood and understudied.  

But undiagnosed and untreated anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period can leave many moms overwhelmed and lost. Today, I’m joined by reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Oreck to discuss why perinatal mental health is overlooked, how to know if you have postpartum anxiety, and what treatment methods might be right for you.  

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Oct 12, 2022
141: Protecting Maternal Sleep with Dr. Nicole Leistikow, Reproductive Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
00:59:20

Moms often feel like sacrificing sleep is just a part of motherhood. But there is a relationship between sleep deprivation and postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and other mental health concerns. If we want to support moms, protecting maternal sleep is important.  

Today, I’m joined by reproductive psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Nicole Leistikow  to discuss the role of protected sleep in maternal mental health and how families can work together to support moms.   

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Oct 05, 2022
140: Establishing Age-Appropriate Boundaries With Kids with Tia Slightham, @parentingcoach on TikTok and Founder of Parenting Solutions
00:50:28

Establishing age-appropriate boundaries can be tough. But without boundaries, we often find ourselves in a cycle of misbehaviour and punishment, leading to frustration for us and our children. 

Today, I’m joined by parenting coach Tia Slightham to discuss the importance of boundaries and how to set limits that are age-appropriate and effective.   

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Sep 28, 2022
139: Encouraging Independent Play with Susie Allison, Founder of Busy Toddler
00:42:05

What if I told you that you didn’t have to play with your child all day? Moms put a lot of pressure on themselves to entertain their kids. They believe that “good moms” play with their kids as much as possible. But when we learn how to encourage independent play, we not only remove that pressure—we also give our children room to create, grow, and blossom. 

Today, I’m joined by Susie Allison, founder of Busy Toddler, to discuss what play is, why it matters, and how to encourage your children to play independently.  

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Sep 21, 2022
138: Dividing Labour Fairly in the Home with Dr. Darcy Lockman, Author and Psychologist
00:43:50

Do you feel like you’re drowning in the mental load of motherhood? Many moms struggle with this. They find themselves falling into gender roles in the home without realizing it, and they don’t know how to break out of the pattern.

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Darcy Lockman, psychologist and author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership, to discuss why the gender imbalance in household labour happens and how to shift the dynamics in the home.  

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Sep 14, 2022
137: How To Help a Child Regulate Their Emotions with Dr. Becky Kennedy, Founder of Good Inside
00:43:11

When our children misbehave, it can be very triggering. We feel frustrated, disrespected, and uncertain of how to handle it. As a result, we often end up unsuccessfully trying to control their behaviour, instead of guiding them through their feelings. 

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Becky Kennedy, founder of Good Inside, to discuss how to help a child regulate their emotions and navigate their big feelings.  

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Sep 07, 2022
136: Why Does a Messy House Give Me Anxiety? with KC Davis, @domesticblisters on TikTok and Founder of Struggle Care
00:52:42

Why does a messy house give me anxiety? Why can’t I motivate myself to clean since I had kids? Am I just a lazy mom? Moms often worry about these things, feeling immense pressure to keep a clean house and experiencing shame when they fall short of those expectations. 

As moms, we can’t always buy ourselves more time to clean. But we can approach the concept of cleaning differently, learn to overcome our anxiety around cleaning, and develop simple tips for keeping the house functioning without getting overwhelmed. 

Today, I’m joined by KC Davis, author of How to Keep House While Drowning, known as Domestic Blisters on TikTok and founder of Struggle Care, to discuss reframing our thinking about “the mess” and tips for cleaning with kids.  

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Aug 31, 2022
135: How to Support a Child Going Through Transitions with Jess VanderWier, Founder of Our Mama Village
00:56:07

Transitions can be overwhelming for our children and for us. As moms, we want to know how to support a child going through transitions. We might experience our own anxiety, deal with mom guilt, or question whether they are capable of navigating big changes. 

But with the right strategies in place, we can guide our children, and ourselves, through times of change. Today, I’m joined by Jess VanderWier, founder of Our Mama Village to discuss how to support a child through the transition into school and separation anxiety. 

(This is the final episode of our 3-part back-to-school series. Don’t miss Episode 133 on kindergarten readiness with Susie Allison of Busy Toddler and Episode 134 on helping children cope with school anxiety with Dr. Becky Kennedy of Good Inside.)   

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Aug 24, 2022
134: How to Help a Child With School Anxiety with Dr. Becky Kennedy, Founder of Good Inside
00:41:31

Starting school can be very exciting for many kids—but it can also be scary. We want to protect our kids, so when we see them worrying or anxious, we want to support them. But how do you help your child with school anxiety? 

Today, I’m joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy, founder of Good Inside, to discuss anxiety about starting school, our role in it, and how to support our children if they’re feeling apprehensive. 

(This is the second episode of our 3-part back-to-school series. Catch Episode 133 on kindergarten readiness with Susie Allison of Busy Toddler and Episode 135 on supporting your child through transitions with Jess VanderWier of Our Mama Village.)  

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Aug 17, 2022
133: Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? with Susie Allison, Founder of Busy Toddler
00:36:55

Is my child ready for kindergarten? What should I do to prepare? What skills do they need? More than ever, parents are scrambling to make sure their children have “kindergarten readiness.” 

But the skills our children really need for kindergarten are far different than we might think they are. Today, I’m joined by Susie Allison, founder of Busy Toddler, to break down how to really prepare your child for kindergarten. 

(This is the first episode of our 3-part back-to-school series. Catch Episode 134 on managing anxiety about school with Dr. Becky Kennedy and Episode 135 on supporting your child through transitions with Our Mama Village.)  

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Aug 10, 2022
132: Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety with Executive Director Dr. Wendy Davis
00:53:55

Overcoming postpartum depression and anxiety isn’t easy. When we’re suffering from postpartum mood disorders, the symptoms make us believe that we are the problem—that we are failing as mothers. 

But with awareness and the right support, we can find resources and overcome mood disorders during the postpartum period. Today, I’m joined by Dr. Wendy Davis, executive director of Postpartum Support International to discuss how to overcome postpartum depression and anxiety.  

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Aug 03, 2022
131: Overcoming Working Mom Guilt with Law Professor and Author Lara Bazelon
00:51:13

Overcoming working mom guilt isn’t easy. Intensive mothering ideals, the perfect mother myth, and social expectations tell us that we should put ourselves on the backburner and always put our children first. 

But moms can embrace fulfillment outside of motherhood, thriving in their careers and showing their children that it’s okay to prioritize themselves.   

Lara Bazelon, law professor and author of Ambitious Like a Mother, joins us to discuss mom life balance and overcoming working mom guilt.   

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Jul 27, 2022
130: How to Heal From Religious Trauma with Psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon
00:57:09

Research has shown that religion and spirituality can be a fundamental pillar of resilience. But not all religious environments are healthy. Many of us had negative spiritual experiences and are searching for how to heal from religious trauma. 

Today I’m joined by Dr. Quincee Gideon, clinical psychologist and specialist in religious trauma and cult recovery, to discuss religion, trauma, and the role spirituality plays in our identities.   

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Jul 20, 2022
129: Recovering From Motherhood Burnout with Licensed Therapist Erin Spahr
00:49:07

Moms everywhere are finding themselves exhausted, buckling under the invisible load, and struggling with unrealistic expectations. All of that pressure can lead to motherhood burnout—chronic exhaustion due to the demands of being a mom. 

Today, I’m joined by maternal mental health therapist Erin Spahr to discuss motherhood burnout—from what causes it to how to recover from it.  

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Jul 13, 2022
128: Unpacking Gender Norms Part 2: How to Share the Mental Load with Gender Expert Kate Mangino, Ph.D.
00:43:36

Modern moms carry an unfair share of the invisible load—the mental and emotional labour of taking care of the house and raising the kids. The problem is widespread—and breaking out of the pattern can be tough. But with the right approach, we can learn how to share the mental load at home in a fair and intentional way. 

I sat down with Kate Mangino, gender expert and author of Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home for a two-part discussion on the way gender norms shape the distribution of labour in the home. In part 1, we discussed the impact of that imbalance. Today, we dive into ways we unintentionally reinforce gender norms and how to break away from them.   

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Jul 06, 2022
127: Unpacking Gender Norms Part 1: Understanding the Connection to the Invisible Load with Gender Expert Kate Mangino, Ph.D.
00:45:38

The vast majority of my clients who are in different-sex relationships share a common concern. “My husband doesn’t help around the house.” The invisible load in the home is real—and gender is the number one predictor of who carries it.  

Kate Mangino, gender expert and author of Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home, joins me to discuss the role gender plays in the distribution of invisible labour. In part 1, we focus on where gender norms in our relationship come from and how they impact all partners. 

(For the second part of our conversation, how to break out of gender norms and improve equality, catch Episode 128!)  

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Jun 29, 2022
126: Understanding Empowered Parenting with Parenting Coach Destini Ann
00:51:05

The world of gentle, respectful, empowered parenting can be difficult to walk. What does empowered parenting look like? Does gentle parenting always mean giving into your child? What does “respect” mean when it comes to your children? 

Today, parenting coach and author of the upcoming book Very Intentional Parenting, Destini Ann, joins me to discuss what gentle parenting really does (and doesn’t) look like.   

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Jun 22, 2022
125: An Insider’s Look at Surrogacy with Fertility Therapist Ariel Taylor
00:53:59

The topic of surrogacy can come with plenty of stigma and misconceptions. Some of us might only know what we’ve seen on The Kardashians or heard about in movies. But as science becomes more advanced, surrogacy has created a pathway to parenthood for many families.

Today, Ariel Taylor—experienced surrogate, fertility therapist, and founder of Carried With Love—joins me to demystify surrogacy and clear up some common questions and misconceptions surrounding it.   

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Jun 15, 2022
124: The Relationship Between Sex and Motherhood with Curator and Author Sarah Forbes
00:47:22

Modern moms often have a difficult time navigating sex and motherhood. Sleep deprivation, body changes, the mental load, and even our own internal beliefs and expectations impact the way we experience sexual desire and arousal. 

Sarah Forbes, sexual culturalist, author, and former curator of New York’s Museum of Sex, joins us to discuss how sex and motherhood interweave and how we can reignite and embrace sexuality as mothers.   

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Jun 08, 2022
123: Battling Sensory Overload as a Mom with Occupational Therapist Larissa Geleris
00:49:07

Sensory overload as a mom is difficult to manage. In a house full of chaos and noise, it’s easy to become overstimulated. But why does this happen? What causes it in our bodies? And what can we do to keep calm and drown out the noise?   

To answer these questions, I welcomed occupational therapist Larissa Geleris, WarriorOT, back to the podcast. In episode 73 Larissa shared tips for coping with overstimulation in motherhood. Today she’s back to talk specifically about how noise triggers us and what we can do about it.  

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Jun 01, 2022
122: Navigating Tantrums and Meltdowns with Pediatric Occupational Therapist Laura Petix
01:01:40

How do I tell the difference between a tantrum versus a meltdown? Do neurotypical children have meltdowns? How do I support my neurodivergent child through sensory struggles? Can I prevent meltdowns? Parenting young children—especially neurodivergent littles—brings up these questions and more. 

Today, Laura Petix—The OT Butterfly—joins me to chat about all things meltdown-related: how to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum, how to help children through the four phases of meltdowns, and how to manage expectations when parenting neurodivergent children.  

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May 25, 2022
121: Managing Maternal Sleep Deprivation with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris
00:36:17

Maternal sleep deprivation is very common for new moms. Night feedings, frequent baby wakeups, stress, and perinatal mental health concerns can all cause sleep disturbances that leave moms feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and fatigued. 

I chatted with Dr. Shelby Harris, clinical psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, about maternal sleep. In a recent episode, Dr. Shelby discussed insomnia and why moms struggle to sleep. Today, she’s back to share tips to help break out of maternal sleep deprivation.  

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May 18, 2022
120: Understanding Insomnia with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris
00:39:44

Maternal sleep deprivation is very common. Even if baby sleeps, moms often find themselves battling insomnia–struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get good quality sleep. When you’re a new mom, it’s easy to become obsessed with sleep. Watching the clock, obsessing over wake windows, and worrying about when your baby will sleep through the night seem to be common mom pastimes. 

But the baby isn’t the only one who needs to sleep—moms do too. And we often have an uphill battle to face when it comes to sleep issues. Dr. Shelby Harris, clinical psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, joins me to discuss sleep difficulties for moms.

(For the second part of our conversation, on tips to manage maternal sleep deprivation, catch Episode 121!)  

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May 11, 2022
119: Under Pressure-A Recipe for Mom Rage with Author Minna Dubin
00:48:16

Being a mom is hard—harder than anybody bothers to tell you. We believe in an image of the perfect mother: nurturing, patient, and joyful. So why are so many modern moms battling inner rage? 

Minna Dubin, author of New York Times pieces “The Rage Mothers Don’t Talk About” and “‘I Am Going to Physically Explode’: Mom Rage in a Pandemic,” joins me to discuss the cultural and societal context of mom rage.  

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May 04, 2022
118: Reshaping Mom Myths with Life Coach Dr. Gertrude Lyons
00:49:54

Do you ever feel like you’re losing your identity in motherhood? If so, you aren’t alone. Motherhood can feel all-consuming—especially when you’re carrying beliefs around it that have been prescribed to you. 

Life coach Dr. Gertrude Lyons calls those beliefs The Mother Code—the wiring given to us from family, culture, and society. She joins me to share how to see the myths of the mother code, write our own code, define motherhood for ourselves, and use it as a vehicle for transformation.   

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Apr 27, 2022
117: How Can Partners Help With Breastfeeding? with Psychologist Eric Taylor
00:54:59

We talk a lot about the invisible load of motherhood—the way that so much of the labour in the home falls to moms, even before a baby is born. But that load has an impact on our partners too—leaving them without a role, unsure how to bond with the new baby. 

It’s easy to think that nursing moms have to take on the role of feeding. In reality, non-nursing partners can help with breastfeeding too (beyond just bringing snacks and water)! “The Breastfeeding Father,” psychologist Eric Taylor, explains why all partners need to be empowered in the nursing process.  

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Apr 20, 2022
116: The Invisible Load of Black Birth with Psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu
00:52:33

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, I am happy to welcome women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry specialist Dr. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu

Black moms face health struggles and discrimination in the medical system, and they also carry an additional invisible load specific to women of color. Dr. Jennifer shares valuable insight into the world of Black maternal health.  

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Apr 13, 2022
115: How to Get Kids to Stop Whining with Authors Joanna Faber and Julie King
00:39:51

Whining is potentially one of the worst sounds we hear as parents. For most of us, it almost feels painful—like fingernails on a chalkboard. In those moments, we don’t always navigate the situation the best way. So, how do we get kids to stop whining? 

To find the answer, I chatted with Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors of the bestselling book, How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen. In a recent episode, Joanna and Julie discussed navigating defiance. Today, they’re back to discuss how to talk when children start whining.  

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Apr 06, 2022
114: Informed Co-sleeping with Paediatric Nurse Lyndsey Hookway
00:40:08

Is co-sleeping right for your family? Is bedsharing the same as co-sleeping? What are the risk factors? Can you bedshare safely? Many families have questions about co-sleeping but aren’t sure where to find answers. In our previous episode with holistic sleep expert Lyndsey Hookway, we learned that infant sleep is nuanced. Today, Lyndsey is back for part 2, to talk about co-sleeping, bedsharing, and making an informed decision for your family.  

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Mar 30, 2022
113: How to Get Your Kids to Listen with Authors Joanna Faber and Julie King
00:48:36

Little kids can be masters of defiance. We ask them to put on their shoes or brush their teeth and chaos erupts. The more we try to force them to listen, the more they defy and rebel. So how do we get our kids to listen, especially in moments of defiance? I sat down with Julie King and Joanna Faber, authors of How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, to find out more about their simple, but effective strategies for getting kids to comply. (For the second part of our conversation, how to navigate whining, catch Episode 115!)  

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Mar 23, 2022
112: Understanding the Holistic Approach to Baby Sleep with Paediatric Nurse Lyndsey Hookway
00:42:29

If there’s one hot topic in motherhood that can get everyone riled up in an instant, it’s sleep. We often try to measure our worth as moms in terms of baby sleep, feeling like failures when we simply can’t get it to work. Unfortunately, conversations about a holistic approach to baby sleep can easily devolve into extreme feelings on both sides.   

Paediatric Nurse and Holistic Sleep Coach Lyndsey Hookway brings a balanced viewpoint to this hot topic, offering a judgment-free look at infant sleep.   

(For the second part of my conversation with Lyndsey on sleep, be sure to catch Episode 114 on co-sleeping!)  

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Mar 16, 2022
111: Overfunctioning Part 2: How to Stop Overfunctioning in Relationships with Licensed Therapist Dr. Kathleen Smith
00:31:05

In last week’s episode, we took a look at how to recognize overfunctioning—when one partner tries to control situations and do everything themselves because of their own anxiety. Today, Dr. Kathleen Smith returns for part 2—how to stop overfunctioning in relationships. 

With the right strategies, you can understand where overfunctioning comes from and how to evaluate when to stop. You can also develop the tools you need to step back and manage it, breaking the cycle and letting your partner and children become more capable.  

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Mar 09, 2022
110: Overfunctioning Part 1: Do You Overfunction in Your Relationship? with Licensed Therapist Dr. Kathleen Smith
00:40:58

Do you find yourself being the overfunctioner in your relationship? Overfunctioning happens when you take on more than your fair share of the parenting tasks in an attempt to control or fix a situation that triggers your anxiety. It often leads to unhealthy relationship and parenting patterns, and ends up increasing the invisible load moms are carrying. 

I sat down with Dr. Kathleen Smith, therapist and author of Everything Isn't Terrible, to talk about the relationship between anxiety and overfunctioning, and how to overcome it. In part 1, we focus on how to recognize over and underfunctioning and why breaking the pattern is important. 

(For the second part of our conversation, how to manage your overfunctioning, catch Episode 111!)  

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Mar 02, 2022
109: Navigating After School Restraint Collapse with Dr. Kristyn Sommer, PhD
00:50:48

Whether you have heard the phrase “after school restraint collapse” or not, if you’ve experienced it, you know exactly what it is—when your child starts melting down as soon as you pick them up from school. If your child behaves wonderfully at school but falls apart when they see you, it can be frustrating for everyone.  So what causes those after school meltdowns? Dr. Kristyn Sommer leverages her PhD in Early Cognitive Development and shares her insights on why after school restraint collapse happens, and what you can do to minimize it.  

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Feb 23, 2022
108: What is Matrescence? The Transition into Motherhood with Perinatal Psychologist Dr. Katayune Kaeni
00:54:11

Becoming a first-time mom is a huge change. Most of us have romanticized expectations of what being a mom will be like. We think that it will be a time of love, cuddles, and joy. The reality of sleep deprivation, struggle, and difficulty stepping into the role can leave us sinking deep into mom guilt mode. This transition into motherhood has a name—matrescence. Perinatal Psychologist Dr. Katayune Kaeni (Dr. Kat) walks us through what matrescence is and how we can help ourselves through the process.  

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Feb 16, 2022
107: How to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby with Certified Dog Trainer Dominika Knossalla
00:56:07

Preparing your dog for a baby is important and intimidating. What steps can you take to get your dog ready? How do you handle the introduction? Will your baby be safe? Will your dog become stressed? Certified Dog Trainer Dominika Knossalla provides safety tips for how to prepare your dog for a baby—creating a plan, introducing your dog to the baby, and minimizing the stress (for you and your pet)!  

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Feb 09, 2022
106: Discover Your Personal Core Values with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas
01:02:13

Your personal core values are an important part of who you are—as a person, as a parent, and as a partner. But discovering, prioritizing, and applying your personal core values is easier said than done—especially when we don’t even know how to define “values!” I sat down with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas to talk about defining your personal core values, why they’re important, and how to live in alignment with them.  

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Feb 02, 2022
105: When Mommy Rage Strikes with @psychedmommy Dr. Ashurina Ream
01:00:53

Managing mommy rage can be tough. We expect motherhood to look nurturing, peaceful, and loving. So when we end up feeling rage or losing our cool, we start to wonder if there’s something wrong with us. Guilt, shame, and regret weigh on our shoulders. But without the right coping tools and skills, we end up falling right back into the mommy rage pattern.  Dr. Ashurina Ream of Psyched Mommy and I answer all your questions and discuss where the rage comes from, why we aren’t prepared for it, and how we can build the right skills for managing mommy rage before it happens (and when we inevitably slip up)!  

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Jan 26, 2022
104: Carrying the Mental Load with New York Times Bestselling Author Eve Rodsky
00:59:39

The invisible load of motherhood is a common vicious cycle for families. One parent (often the mom) becomes the default parent. That default parent takes on a disproportionate amount of labor in the home. They find themselves drowning in unpaid and unappreciated labor. 

The resentment and overwhelming load lead to mom rage, resentment, and even marital problems. New York Times Bestselling Author Eve Rodsky sheds light on why this happens and the system she’s created to put an end to the cycle and redistribute the invisible work of moms.  

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Jan 19, 2022
103: Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression with Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Kristina Deligiannidis
00:48:58

Postpartum blues are a normal part of having a baby. Between sleep deprivation, hormone changes, and the overwhelming responsibility of caring for a newborn, “normal” life can seem impossible. Many moms experience weepiness, irritability, and mood changes as they adjust to life as a new parent. 

But these symptoms aren’t always typical baby blues—they’re also signs of postpartum depression. So how can new moms tell the difference? When should they seek care? And can they ever expect to feel “normal” again? Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Kristina Deligiannidis explains the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression and shares tips for knowing when to seek care.  

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Jan 12, 2022
102: Sleep Training Doesn't Have To Be Scary with @babysleepdr Dr. Aubrie DeBear
00:52:46

Can you remember the last time you slept for five hours in a row? If an infant lives with you, there’s a good chance you can’t. Sleep is essential for us to function and makes us better parents, but sometimes when we talk about sleep training our kiddos, moms can be consumed with guilt. Are we putting our own needs above the babies? And does sleep training automatically mean allowing babies to cry it out? Dr. Aubrie is a psychologist who specializes in sleep, and she’s going to help us unpack what sleep training is and isn’t.  

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Jan 05, 2022
101: Decluttering The Secret of an Easy to Tidy Home with Declutter Expert Katy Wells
00:51:08

Do you find yourself being the “stuff manager” in your home? Do you struggle with keeping up with all things toys? Or have you fallen into the myth that “once I find the perfect bins, the right shelves, color code and label everything - it will solve this constant mess?!”  

The thing is, mess is not an organization issue, it’s a clutter issue. Declutter expert Katy Wells is here with practical advice and sustainable tips to FINALLY put clutter in its place and regain control of your home.  

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Dec 29, 2021
100: 100th Episode: Erica’s Husband Tells All with Frenel Djossa
01:01:19

The Happy as a Mother Podcast has been live for 100 episodes now, can you believe it?!?!  I polled my stories for ideas on how we should celebrate the occasion and y’all said you’d like to hear from my husband and get his perspective. Well, you asked and we delivered! Frenel Djossa aka Mr. Happy as a Mother is here to answer YOUR questions about his transition to Fatherhood, what it's like being married to a therapist, and his experience as we navigated my journey through postpartum depression.  

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Dec 22, 2021
099: The Pressure to Get It Right with Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas
00:53:07

Have you ever felt like a simple parenting decision was going to have a lifelong impact? Have you been paralyzed with indecision because you don’t know what is best and don’t want to make the wrong choice? Parenting this way is suffocating and erodes your trust in your own intuition.  Psychologist and Stanford clinical assistant professor Dr. Jen Douglas is back to help us break free from this pressure of perfectionism and learn to trust ourselves more.  

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Dec 15, 2021
098: Learning to Fight Fair with Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Elizabeth Earnshaw
00:55:48

Conversations with our partners become very high stakes after children are born. We come from different upbringings with different ideas of what parenting looks like, yet need to learn to work as a team. This can be a recipe for tense conversations or conflict with those we love. Licensed marriage and family therapist Elizabeth Earnshaw is here to introduce key skills that strong and thriving couples use so we can learn to disagree in a way that strengthens our relationships rather than weakens them.  

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Dec 08, 2021
097: The One and Done Family with Renee Reina, PhD
00:46:54

Do you find yourself wrestling with whether to have more children? Many moms I work with struggle with this decision for a number of reasons such as finances, the ideal family they had envisioned, their past birth or postpartum experience, and the readiness of their partner.

While other parents may have come to the conclusion that they only want one child but feel pushed towards having more by the opinions and expectations of others. The choice to be one and done can come with a lot of guilt, shame, and pressure from others—but what matters is what YOU actually want for your family. Renee Reina, PhD is going to help us unpack how to know when you’re one and done and then feel confident in that decision.  

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Dec 01, 2021
096: Overcoming Gender Disappointment with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Renée Miller
00:56:09

When you first learned you were expecting a baby, did you have a preferred gender in mind? Some people do and for a variety of different reasons. It can be hard to admit, but you may have even experienced some sadness if you learned the baby wouldn’t be your preferred gender. This is completely okay and more common than you might think. But since it can be hard to admit, it can also be hard to work through. Dr. Renée Miller has spent her career helping parents overcome gender disappointment, and she’s here today to help us unpack this concept.  

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Nov 24, 2021
095: Adding a Sibling to Your Family with Family Therapist Bryana Kappadakunnel
00:55:44

Do you worry about how your child will adjust to a sibling? Do you fear you will struggle with dividing your love and attention between children? Expanding your family comes with many mixed emotions about what this transition will mean for you and the relationship you have with your first child. Marriage and family therapist Bryana Kappadakunnel is here to help us ditch the worry and guilt about adding a sibling and embrace being imperfectly perfect for our children.   

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Nov 17, 2021
094: Regulating Your Nervous System with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon
01:01:57

Do you find that you are keenly aware of the shifts in the emotions of those around you? Are you wired to please others? Have you ever found yourself feeling panicked for no reason? Anxiety and trauma responses can cause our bodies to act in ways that may not make sense, and that can be scary. Clinical psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon joins us to help us better understand our nervous system and how to more effectively manage its responses.  

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Nov 10, 2021
093: Setting Boundaries With Moms & Mothers-In-Law with @psychedmommy Dr. Ashurina Ream
00:55:33

Do you struggle with family showing up unannounced? Does your family buy too many gifts for your child? Does your mother or mother-in-law ignore your parenting values and do things their own way? You are not alone. In today’s episode, Dr. Ream and I answer your questions to help unpack why boundary setting feels so difficult especially when it comes to dealing with our moms and mothers-in-law, and provide some advice for how to set those boundaries.  

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Nov 03, 2021
092: Co-Parenting and Blending Families with Therapist Abbey Williams
00:47:01

There are many roads that lead to motherhood, and some moms even start their journey solo. But what happens when you’ve chosen a partner to start a family, and it doesn’t work out? What does ending the partnership mean for your parenting situation, and your child’s situation? When we’re thrust into single parenting unexpectedly, the custody agreements that mean time away from our child can be devastating, and co-parenting is its own can of worms. Therapist and founder of Mimosas with Moms Abbey Williams is here to unpack the challenges of co-parenting for us.  

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Oct 27, 2021
091: Social Justice Parenting with Author Dr. Traci Baxley
00:47:39

In the wake of George Floyd, many parents’ eyes have been opened to the injustices that BIPOC communities face on a day-to-day basis. This has also left many parents questioning how to "do the work" and raise inclusive children. Figuring out where to start when it comes to anti-racism and social justice work can feel quite daunting. Dr. Traci Baxley is here to teach us about ways we can use our parenting as a form of activism, teaching our children to show up and intervene on behalf of others.  

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Oct 20, 2021
090: Momming With ADHD with Licensed Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Dr. Melissa Shepard
01:00:19

Do you ever feel more disorganized and frazzled compared to other moms? Do you regularly forget things you know are important because of how much you hold in your mind? While these might sound typical of most mothers, major factors of ADHD that often go undiagnosed in women include forgetfulness, inattentiveness, distractibility, and disorganization. Dr. Melissa Shepard is going to help us understand what ADHD is and the impact it can have on our parenting.  

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Oct 13, 2021
089: Supporting NICU Moms with Registered Social Worker Kristin Reinhart
00:52:58

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are hard enough. But having a baby in NICU is terrifying and can be traumatic. Kristin Reinhart is a social worker and perinatal mental health specialist with 15 years of experience. More importantly, she’s a mom who survived 2 NICU experiences. She’s here to share her experience, how to know when you need help, and how to help a NICU mom.  

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Oct 06, 2021
088: Alcohol, CBD, and Cannabis While Pregnant and Nursing with OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lincoln
00:42:29

Pregnancy is a time with lots of new restrictions, and it can feel like we’re losing our freedom. A lot of those new rules stick around during nursing too. With so many “Don’ts,” how do we know what’s okay? Can everything really be that bad for the baby? OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is going to help us unpack the effects of alcohol, CBD, and cannabis during pregnancy and nursing.  

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Sep 29, 2021
087: Working As A Mother with @the.truth.doctor, Dr. Courtney Tracy
00:53:02

Do you work as a mother or spend time on a hobby? Motherhood is hard enough without losing those other pieces of ourselves that are so important. But society has a clear idea of what a mom should be, and it’s not always juggling corporate calls and leaving daycare pick up to your partner.

Dr. Courtney Tracy the Truth Doctor is going to help us unpack unspoken messages to moms and why we should ignore them.  

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Sep 22, 2021
086: Babyproofing Our Relationships with Social Worker and Psychotherapist Kameela Osman
00:59:00

New babies are snuggly and adorable, but they’re also a lot of work. Everyone tells us we need to babyproof our house, but no one tells us we need to babyproof our relationship. Or where do we even start to do that? Happy as a Mother Wellness Therapist Kameela Osman is a social worker and psychotherapist with over ten years of experience, and she’s here to help us babyproof our relationship.  

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Sep 15, 2021
085: Caring for the Postpartum Brain with Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
00:59:21

Are you well rested today? I’m not! Moms don’t get a lot of sleep, and new moms get almost none. This can be hard on our brain. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is here to explain how we can best care for our brains during seasons of life when getting a full night’s sleep is all but impossible.  

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Sep 08, 2021
084: The Data Driven Mommy with Economist and Author Emily Oster
00:52:53

Growing a whole human and keeping it alive can feel daunting! What are you not allowed to eat while you’re pregnant? More importantly, what can you actually eat? How do you know? And the decisions don’t get easier once the baby comes. Am I damaging my child for life if I sleep train because sleep deprivation is getting to us all? 

What if there was an easy way to make these decisions? And what if every new study didn’t contradict the one before? Emily Oster is a professor at Brown University and the author of The Parent Data series is here to help us out with a framework for these decisions!  

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Sep 01, 2021
083: Helping Our Kids Cope With Change with Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart
01:01:35

Have you ever been on your way out the door, and then one of your kids flopped on the ground like a fish, because they wanted a different color backpack? Or put a well-fed and properly hydrated preschooler to bed only to have them come out of their room 5 minutes later and ask for a drink? These moments can be frustrating, but a lot of times, it’s the moving from one thing to another that actually drives the child’s behaviour.

Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a pediatric psychologist specializing in helping people with medical issues find alternative treatments. She is going to help us unpack why change can be so hard to deal with and how we can make it easier.  

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Aug 25, 2021
082: Is Breastfeeding Worth Our Mental Health? with Maternal Mental Health Specialist Johanna Phillips
00:56:51

If you’re an expecting mother, are you set on breastfeeding? If you already have a child, did your feeding journey go as expected? As moms, we often feel a lot of pressure to get everything right, and feeding is often our first introduction to this. Pressure comes from both ourselves and others to make our feeding experience go according to plan. Johanna Phillips, a registered social worker and one of our Wellness Center Therapists, is here to talk with us about breastfeeding and mental health.  

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Aug 18, 2021
081: Exploring Mommy Wine Culture with Addictions Counselor Michelle Smith
00:59:48

Do you find yourself constantly thinking about the glass of wine you’re going to have at the end of the day? Do you feel a pull to have a drink throughout the day when things get hard? Are the majority of your social events with other moms centered around drinking? Mommy wine culture has been made into a lighthearted merchandisable topic that can have serious consequences for those who find themselves trapped in it. While it may be fun and lighthearted for some, for others it can quickly grow into a hidden problem with lasting impacts. Michelle Smith is an author, counselor, TEDx speaker, and founder of Recovery Is The New Black. She’s here to share her relationship with alcohol and help us unpack mommy wine culture.  

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Aug 11, 2021
080: Kindergarten Readiness with Learning Specialist and Behaviour Analyst Cori Stern
01:01:59

Do you have a child starting kindergarten this year? That’s always a huge transition, but this year is even more of a transition than usual. Many of our kids haven’t been out of the house in a year and a half, and we haven’t been away from them in that amount of time either. Preparing for this transition and making sure your child is ready has always been a source of parent stress, and this year kinder prep is more important than ever. Learning Specialist and Behavior Analyst Cori Stern is here to help us prepare for starting kindergarten this year.  

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Aug 04, 2021
079: When Treatment Becomes Trauma with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon
00:58:39

Have you ever been in a medical situation where you felt completely powerless? Have you ever had decisions made about yours or your child's care and felt like your voice was not heard?? There are so many situations that can cause medical post traumatic stress syndrome, and these are just a couple. Since so many mothers experience medical PTSD, I thought it would be a good idea to unpack what medical post traumatic stress syndrome really is and what we can do about it. Clinical psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon is going to help us tease this out today. Trauma care is her speciality.  

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Jul 28, 2021
078: PMS or Something More? with Perinatal Psychiatrist Dr. Nichelle Haynes
00:52:09

Do you find that you get irritable the week before your cycle? Do you find that your mood or anxiety fluctuate depending on where you are in your cycle? You are not the only one, it is not a secret that our hormones play an important role in our overall mental health. Dr. Nichelle Haynes, a Perinatal Psychiatrist who focuses on mental health during infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting will help us understand when those mood swings might be premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  

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Jul 21, 2021
077: Modeling Consent in Parenthood with Psychotherapist Jessica VanderWier
00:54:34

How old were you the first time you heard the word consent used in connection with your body? For a lot of us, it was the tail end of some really bad high school video. But teaching kids consent—both that they own their body and are in charge of who touches and respecting others boundaries—can start a lot earlier than that. Psychotherapist Jessica VanderWier will help us understand what consent looks like for kids and how to teach it early on.   

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Jul 14, 2021
076: Preparing for Labor and Delivery with Mommy Labor Nurse Liesel Teen
00:56:43

I remember when I was getting ready to have my first baby and researching all the options out there—it can be so overwhelming! When it’s your first child, it’s hard to know what your birth plan should include, and as useful as the internet is, not all information is created equally. Mommy Labor Nurse and Registered Nurse Liesel Teen is here to help us understand what actually needs to go into a birth plan, how to advocate for yourself, and what to do when labor doesn’t go as planned or your experience is particularly traumatic.   

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Jul 07, 2021
075: Sex As a Mother with Physical Therapist Dr. Sara Reardon
00:56:09

It’s six weeks postpartum. Your OB/GYN visit went well. Exciting things are happening. If you had a c-section, you can likely drive again, and you’re probably cleared for sex too. But are you really ready? You may still be bleeding six weeks after a baby. Even if your body has completely healed, are you really ready? Are you prepared mentally after the trauma of giving birth and the mental toll of being responsible for a new human? Board-certified women’s health physical therapist Dr. Sarah Reardon will help us unpack some of the vaginal issues and issues related to postpartum intimacy that may come up.  

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Jun 30, 2021
074: The Self-Compassionate Mother with Associate Professor and Author Dr. Kristin Neff
00:51:13

If your best friend called you upset because her baby has a horrible diaper rash that she blamed herself for, would you hop on the bandwagon and agree that it was her fault? Or would you offer suggestions to get rid of the rash and remind her that it happens? If she lost her cool on her toddler, would you scold her? Or would you respond with care?  

Now imagine your own child has a bumpy red bottom or you are the one who lost their cool, would you respond the same way? Probably not. Most of us can comfort and support our friends when they make a mistake but not ourselves. Dr. Kristin Neff is here today to talk to us about the importance of self-compassion and how we can learn it.  

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Jun 23, 2021
073: The Overstimulated Mommy with Occupational Therapist Larissa Geleris
00:55:13

Do you ever feel yourself snapping at your kids or partner when you’re not even angry, you’re just overwhelmed. That’s called overstimulation and it happens when your brain has 50 tabs open and trying to move back and forth is both frustrating and overwhelming. I find myself wanting to wear ear plugs around the house just so that I can hear myself think. Noise is one of the many sensory factors that contribute to the sensory overload that many parents experience. Larissa Geleris, an occupational therapist and mother of two with extensive experience and training in Sensory Processing Disorder in children, uses that experience to support parents in understanding their own sensory triggers. And today, she’s going to help us understand our own sensory issues and how to cope with them in parenting.  

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Jun 16, 2021
072: Mom Brain with Neuroscientist and Psychotherapist Dr. Jodi Pawluski
00:53:26

Did you know that most moms will report experiencing some amount of memory loss during the postpartum period? If you can’t remember what you ate for breakfast, it’s okay! No other mom can either. As a mom of three boys I can totally relate to the forgetfulness and brain fog that sets in during those early postpartum days. Mom brain can be annoying—who wants to forget why they walked into a room—but it doesn’t have to be bad. Dr. Jodi Pawluski is here today to help us understand the physical and chemical changes in our brains and how to better care for our changing brains.  

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Jun 09, 2021
071: OCD in Postpartum and Motherhood with Licensed Professional Counselor Jenna Overbaugh
01:02:17

Did you know that the majority of mothers experience scary and intrusive thoughts in the postpartum period, but feel so much shame they hardly talk about it? Even worse, these intrusive thoughts can become debilitating and take control of a mother's life leading to postpartum Obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD).” For a lot of people, a thought like that might trigger extreme shame and guilt, causing PPOCD to be one of the most commonly misdiagnosed perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Because OCD requires evidence-based techniques and postpartum OCD is so unique, licensed counselor Jenna Overbaugh is here to help us unpack what obsessive compulsion is and how to know when we might be experiencing it.  

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Jun 02, 2021
070: Whole Brain Mommying with Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
01:00:42

Understanding how your brain works is incredibly empowering. Maybe your go-to emotion is rage when your brain is at capacity or perhaps your brain gets stuck in anxious overdrive. Or perhaps your child's brain gets flooded with big emotions that appear as frequent tantrums, which leaves you feeling like they are intentionally disobeying. If we understand how the brain influences our emotions, we can discover our best coping skills. Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor joins us to talk about the differences in the left and right hemispheres of our brain, how they work together, and how we can use this awareness to help regulate our emotions in motherhood.  

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May 26, 2021
069: The Perfect Mother Myth with Sociologist Dr. Sophie Brock
00:57:08

Motherhood can be an all encompassing journey. It’s hard to know when we’re not doing enough, and when we’re doing too much. The stakes have never been higher—you are protecting and raising a human being. The weight of the responsibility is real. But should motherhood have to cost your identity? Do you truly need to devote every cell of your being to your children? Our guest Dr. Sophie Brock is a sociologist specializing in motherhood studies—her work is so interesting I’ve become a student of hers—and she’s here to help us unpack the myth of the perfect mom.  

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May 19, 2021
068: Understanding Secure Attachment with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tanya Cotler
01:00:16

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.  

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May 12, 2021
067: Effects of COVID Vaccine on Pregnancy and Nursing with OB-GYN Dr. Marta Perez
00:54:35

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.  

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May 05, 2021
066: A Deeper Look Into the Mother Wound with Author Bethany Webster
01:03:06

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.  

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Apr 28, 2021
065: Making—And Keeping—Mommy Friends with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Miriam Kirmayer
00:58:26

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.   

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Apr 21, 2021
064: Breaking Cycles And Interdependence with Psychotherapist Sian Crossley
00:55:18

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.  

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Apr 14, 2021
063: Melissa Bernstein's Journey with Depression and Anxiety with Melissa & Doug Co-Founder & Author Melissa Bernstein
00:56:21

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.  

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Apr 07, 2021
062: Bedwetting and Constipation with Pediatric Urologist Dr. Steve Hodges
00:44:38

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.  

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Mar 31, 2021
061: Managing Screen Time Without Guilt with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams
00:55:59

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.  

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Mar 24, 2021
060: Replay of Navigating Intimacy After Children with Psychologist Dr. Tracy Dalgleish
01:03:01

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.  

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Mar 17, 2021
059: Respectful Parenting as a Team with Author Janet Lansbury
00:54:04

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.  

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Mar 10, 2021
058: Overcoming Resentment in Our Relationships with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream
00:48:41

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.  

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Mar 03, 2021
057: Understanding the Mother Wound with Author Bethany Webster
01:03:29

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.  

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Feb 24, 2021
056: How Hormones Affect Our Mental Health with Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Lasseter
00:49:33

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.  

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Feb 17, 2021
055: Imposter Syndrome in Motherhood with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Kelly Vincent
00:53:40

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.  

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Feb 10, 2021
054: Normal Mom Worry VS. Postpartum Anxiety with Therapist Kate Borsato
01:01:36

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.  

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Feb 03, 2021
053: Coping With Miscarriage and Loss with Psychologist Dr. Jessica Zucker
00:45:46

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.  

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Jan 27, 2021
052: Mindfulness for Mommy Rage with Psychiatrist Dr. Diana Korevaar
01:02:20

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.  

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Jan 20, 2021
051: Supporting Hormone Health with Nutrition with Dietitian Amanda Montalvo
00:51:23

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.  

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Jan 13, 2021
050: Understanding Infertility with OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Natalie Crawford
00:55:11

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.  

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Jan 06, 2021
049: Reducing Worry and Navigating the Health of Baby in 4th Trimester With Pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin
01:02:35

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.  

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Dec 23, 2020
048: The Secret to a Secure Bond With New York Times Best Seller, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
01:00:21

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.  

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Dec 09, 2020
047: Conscious Boundary Setting With Family Psychologist Ashleigh Warner
00:53:46

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.  

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Nov 25, 2020
046: Learning to Love Your Postpartum Body With Cofounder of Beauty Redefined Lexie Kite, PhD
01:08:12

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.  

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Nov 11, 2020
045: Maintaining Your Identity in Motherhood With Therapist Chasity Holcomb
00:55:25

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.  

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Oct 28, 2020
044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas
00:51:26

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.  

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Oct 14, 2020
043: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.
00:57:27

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.  

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Sep 30, 2020
042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes
01:12:20

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!  

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Sep 16, 2020
041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy
00:54:11

We’ve all experienced parenting moments where our children just get under our skin. All the scripts and best practices go out the window, and we find ourselves struggling to parent the way we want to.   

What most of us don’t realize is that our own childhood plays a role, both in how we show up as parents and in how our children learn to behave. But reparenting and diving into our memories and experiences can help us shift our reactions, regulate ourselves, and help our children navigate their emotions and behaviours.   

Today, I’m joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy to discuss reparenting and how to address triggering behaviour.   

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Sep 02, 2020
040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey
01:02:33

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.  

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Aug 19, 2020
039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez
01:00:20

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 Covid 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.  

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Jul 22, 2020
038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas
00:58:28

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.  

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Jul 01, 2020
Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey
00:15:41

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  

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May 16, 2020
Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts
00:16:11

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  

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May 15, 2020
Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body
00:16:22

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  

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May 14, 2020
Day 3: Calming the Shame Storm
00:20:03

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  

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May 13, 2020
Day 2: Identifying Your Shame Triggers
00:19:07

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  

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May 12, 2020
Day 1: The Difference Between Mom Guilt and Shame
00:18:36

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  

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May 11, 2020
031: Unpacking Mindfulness with Psychologist Terra LaRock
01:09:00

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.  

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Apr 29, 2020
030: Prioritizing the Mental Load
00:31:56

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!  

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Apr 22, 2020
029: Fostering Independent Baby Sleep with Rosalee Lahaie Hera
00:55:43

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.  

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Apr 15, 2020
028: Coping with the Mental Load With Dr. Morgan Cutlip
00:53:39

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.  

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Apr 08, 2020
027: Parenting through Covid With Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams
01:04:06

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.  

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Apr 01, 2020
026: Coping with Covid feat. Therapist Bryana Kappa
00:59:39

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.  

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Mar 25, 2020
025: Fostering Early Language Development with SLP Carly Tulloch
00:53:13

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.  

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Mar 11, 2020
024: What is the purpose of discipline? With psychotherapist Jessica Vanderwier
00:55:27

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.  

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Mar 04, 2020
023: Mommy Burnout with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream
00:47:53

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.  

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Feb 26, 2020
022: The Power of Sensory Play with Occupational Therapists Dr. Allie Ticktin
01:02:56

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.  

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Feb 19, 2020
021: Making Informed Decisions About Baby Sleep With Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams
01:06:13

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.  

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Feb 12, 2020
020: Can Postpartum Depression Be Prevented? With Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Pooja Lakshmin
00:58:04

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.  

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Feb 05, 2020
019: Racism and Privilege in Birth Work With Doula Sabia Wade
01:09:39

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!  

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Jan 29, 2020
018: Do Dad's experience postpartum depression? With Psychologist Dr. Dan Singley
00:56:30

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.  

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Jan 22, 2020
017: Understanding Birth Trauma with Psychologist Dr. Heidi Green
01:01:43

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.  

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Jan 15, 2020
016: Fostering Independent Play With Therapist Bryana Kappa
01:06:34

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.   

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Dec 04, 2019
015: Isolation and Loneliness in Motherhood with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream
00:59:43

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.  

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Nov 27, 2019
014: Navigating Intimacy After Children with Psychologist Dr. Tracy Dalgleish
01:00:26

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!  

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Nov 20, 2019
013: Understanding Your Hormones With Naturopathic Dr. Rishma Walji
00:51:47

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.  

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Nov 13, 2019
012: Rejecting Diet Culture Mentality with Psychologist Dr. Colleen Reichmann
00:55:51

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.  

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Nov 06, 2019
011: Navigating Boundaries in Motherhood With Therapist Nedra Tawwab
00:55:04

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.  

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Oct 30, 2019
010: The Secret to Mindful Mothering with Therapist Bryana Kappa
01:04:59

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.  

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Oct 23, 2019
009: Understanding Postpartum Stress Syndrome with Psychologist Dr. Alice Pickering
00:50:43

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!  

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Oct 16, 2019
008: Tuning Out the Noise and Tuning into Your Child with Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Adams
01:05:21

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!  

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Oct 09, 2019
007: Taking the Stress, Guilt, and Chaos Out of Mealtimes With Toddler Dietitian Kacie Barnes
00:53:16

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!  

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Oct 02, 2019
006: The Happy Postpartum Vagina With OB/GYN Dr. Staci Tanouye
00:52:21

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.  

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Sep 22, 2019
005: Urine Incontinence in Pregnancy and Postpartum With Pelvic Floor PT Jeanice Mitchell
00:52:25

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!  

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Sep 21, 2019
004: Embracing Your Postpartum Body With Dr. Morgan Francis
01:01:37

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.  

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Sep 20, 2019
003: Are Psychiatric Medications an Option While Pregnant or Nursing? With Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Lesseter
00:45:57

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.  

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Sep 20, 2019
002: Understanding Mommy Rage with Psychologist Dr. Ashurina Ream
00:47:07

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!  

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Sep 20, 2019
001: Welcome to the Happy as a Mother Podcast With Erica Djossa
00:26:02

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.  

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Sep 20, 2019