13 episodes

Being a mom is hard. Everybody knows that. But we usually hear about sleepless nights and diaper changes, not the profound identity shift that accompanies becoming a mother. Motherhood is a psychological big bang. And yet it’s rare to find emotionally honest conversations about it.

On Gimlet Media’s Motherhood Sessions, Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned reproductive psychiatrist, sits down with mothers and lets us listen in on conversations that are hard to have outside of a therapist’s office. Each episode features a woman struggling with some problem or question—from career uncertainty to sex to ambivalence about even being a mother—and she and Dr. Sacks work it through together.

Motherhood Sessions Gimlet Media

    • Parenting
    • 4.6, 30 Ratings

Being a mom is hard. Everybody knows that. But we usually hear about sleepless nights and diaper changes, not the profound identity shift that accompanies becoming a mother. Motherhood is a psychological big bang. And yet it’s rare to find emotionally honest conversations about it.

On Gimlet Media’s Motherhood Sessions, Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned reproductive psychiatrist, sits down with mothers and lets us listen in on conversations that are hard to have outside of a therapist’s office. Each episode features a woman struggling with some problem or question—from career uncertainty to sex to ambivalence about even being a mother—and she and Dr. Sacks work it through together.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Dimity A ,

Honest and raw conversations about motherhood

Wow! This podcast is a breath of fresh (and honest) air in the somewhat crowded theme of ‘parenthood’ podcasts. Whilst you may not relate to the concerns raised by each mother in every session, it is a heartwarming experience to hear about the struggles and joys of motherhood from a range of perspectives. It’s like the mother’s group with a therapist you wish you had!

Catiepie ,

Not What I expected

This makes for uncomfortable listening. I thought this podcast might offer some insight I could relate to and extrapolate to my own experience as a mother. Maybe its a cultural difference in parenting approach, but I also didn't particularly like the way the therapist interacted with her client...I don't know. I was close to the end of the session waiting for the "aha" moment but I found it was excruciatingly personal. I think it could work better with edited excerpts drawn out by the podcaster to offer more general insights on the topic being explored. Counselling is very intimate and I wonder about the ethics of sharing sessions, regardless of whether or not a person has consented. Can a vulnerable person really give informed consent?

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