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Blooming Mamahood is a podcast about empowering and celebrating mamas. Hosted by fertility, prenatal, postnatal and kids yoga teacher, birth doula, childbirth educator and mama, Laurie Lo, each episode is created to help empower and inform you on your journey through mamahood. Let yourself bloom into the unique and beautiful mama that you are.

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Blooming Mamahood is a podcast about empowering and celebrating mamas. Hosted by fertility, prenatal, postnatal and kids yoga teacher, birth doula, childbirth educator and mama, Laurie Lo, each episode is created to help empower and inform you on your journey through mamahood. Let yourself bloom into the unique and beautiful mama that you are.

    024: The Importance of Taking Things Slow and Allowing Yourself to Slow Down as a New Mama - Taking a Short Break

    024: The Importance of Taking Things Slow and Allowing Yourself to Slow Down as a New Mama - Taking a Short Break

    In today’s episode, I will discuss the important of slowing down as a new mama and the reason I will be taking a short break from the Blooming Mamahood podcast.

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    023: Unexpected Pregnancy, Having Twins & Navigating Motherhood with Multiples with Mieka Estrada from TinderToTwins

    023: Unexpected Pregnancy, Having Twins & Navigating Motherhood with Multiples with Mieka Estrada from TinderToTwins

    In today’s mamahood story episode, I interviewed my Mama Glow doula sister, Mieka Estrada, and we talk about her experience having twins.  Mieka and her husband Nathan unexpectedly got pregnant and then found out they were having twins… What a shock!  In the interview, we talk about how Mieka’s pregnancy and birth via cesarean went, and what bringing two babies home was like for her.

    In this episode, we will explore:2:09 A little bit about Mieka and her family2:34 How she found out she was pregnant and, later on, expecting twins6:32 Life with 2 babies8:57 What was it like to bring two babies home13:04 Her breastfeeding journey with twins23:11 How she felt during her pregnancy27:20 Thoughts on her pregnant and postpartum body30:10 How her birth went34:56 Having a baby in the NICU41:25 The blooming mamahood questions

    About MiekaMieka is the mama to toddler twins, Kai and Aria.  She is a new birth doula.  She also has a podcast with her husband called From Tinder to Twins where they talk about their family life and other things.

    Find MiekaMieka is taking a break from social medias right now so her personal page isn’t available but here is the page for her podcast:https://www.instagram.com/tindertotwins/

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    022: Adjusting Life with a Newborn, What to Know for the First Six Weeks with Postpartum Doula Karena Dang from Bumps Upon a Time

    022: Adjusting Life with a Newborn, What to Know for the First Six Weeks with Postpartum Doula Karena Dang from Bumps Upon a Time

    In today’s episode we will discuss the early days and weeks with a newborn with our guest birth and postpartum doula Karena Dang from BumpsUponATime.  We will talk about the role of a postpartum doula, then we will explore what life is like with a newborn and what you can do to prepare and adjust to this new reality.

    In this episode, we explore:
    2:00 Karena’s background
    3:38 How she became a doula
    5:00 What is a postpartum doula
    13:32 What a typical day with a newborn looks like
    15:05 Baby sleep and baby feeding the first few weeks
    17:16 Top tips for king are of a newborn baby
    18:43 Tips for new mamas and their postpartum recovery
    20:59 One or a couple things new parents wish they had known before baby came home, retrospectively
    24:46 What Karena wishes all new parents would know about the early days with baby
    26:00 Book recommendation

    Show Notes:
    The First Forty Day by Heng Ou


    About Karena
    Karena Dang is a Labour/Birth & Postpartum Doula, based in Edmonton, Alberta. She provides in-person support to families of all structures in Edmonton and neighbouring counties, and virtually worldwide.

    Find KarenaKarena’s Website www.bumpsuponatime.comKarena’s instagram: www.instagram.com/bumpsuponatimeKarena’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bumpsuponatimeKarena’s Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/bumpsuponatime/

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    021: 15 Things I Wish I Would’ve Know About Pregnancy, Advice For My Past Pregnant Self

    021: 15 Things I Wish I Would’ve Know About Pregnancy, Advice For My Past Pregnant Self

    In today’s episode we will discuss 15 things that I wish I had known before getting pregnant or wish I could tell my past pregnant self.  These things are just pieces of information we are not always aware before embarking on our first pregnancy journey and I hope they can help mamas-to-be out.

    In this episode, we explore:
    1:53 Morning sickness
    2:47 When you meet your provider
    3:54 The first ultrasound
    5:03 Feeling kicks
    6:15 Vaginal discharge
    7:08 Getting a midwife
    8:43 Learning to speak mommy language
    10:37 Switching providers mid-pregnancy
    11:06 Childbirth education
    12:27 Decision fatigue and information overload
    14:59 Staying healthy during pregnancy & pregnancy pains
    17:35 Contingency plans for birth
    18:54 Newborn clothes
    19:33 Sleep
    20:14 Being a good mom

    Show Note:
    BloomingBirthEducation post on Midwives https://www.instagram.com/p/CE495BYA4JH/
    BloomingBirthEducation post on Birth Doulas https://www.instagram.com/p/CEBJdc4g2-y/
    My TTC Journey https://bloomingmamahood.com/podcast-episodes/018
    My Pregnancy Story https://bloomingmamahood.com/podcast-episodes/009
    My Birth Story https://bloomingmamahood.com/podcast-episodes/012
    Birth plan video https://youtu.be/qI2mIYi6Gz4 
    FREE Pregnancy Lingo Guide
    Evidence Based Birth www.evidencebasedbirth.com 
    Expecting Better by Emily Oster
    Cribsheet by Emily Oster
    Like a Mother by Angela Garbes
    Babies are Not Pizzas by Rebecca Dekker

    Find Blooming Mamahoodwww.bloomingmamahood.comwww.instagram.com/bloomingmamahoodwww.instagram.com/bloomingbirtheducation

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    020: VBAC Turned Cesarean, Birthing During Covid, a Doula Giving Birth with Asha Thomas

    020: VBAC Turned Cesarean, Birthing During Covid, a Doula Giving Birth with Asha Thomas

    In today’s episode, I have an amazing mama named Asha, coming on to share her truth as part of our weekly Mamahood Stories series.

    In our interview, we talk about her two pregnancies and birth stories.  She shares how she handled her grief after having a cesarean birth and dealing with birth trauma with her first, and shares the story of her second pregnancy and attempted VBAC with her daughter, this year.  We talk about the differences between her care with an OB the first time around and the care she received with her midwife the second time, and how her second cesarean birth was completely different experience and so much more empowering.

    In this episode, we explore:
    4:29 Get to know Asha
    8:36 Asha’s first pregnancy and birth experience with her son, Fox
    15:56 Her first postpartum experience 
    18:45 The insurance plan and the importance of listening to good and bad birth stories
    22:14 How has this pregnancy and birth with Hazel been different from the first time around?  Trying for VBAC
    34:51 The difference between the two cesareans
    41:31 Her postpartum experiences  and being postpartum during COVID
    53:13 Her favorite thing about being a mama?

    Show Notes:
    Jennifer Summerfeldt https://www.jennifersummerfeldt.com/
    Healing After Birth by Jennifer Summerfeldt 

    About Asha
    Asha Thomas is a mama of two. She is a family doula and yoga teacher in Edmonton, Canada and she just gave birth to her baby girl Hazel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Find AshaAsha’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/grow.gentlekind/Asha’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/grow.gentlekindAsha’s Website https://www.atyoga.ca/


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    019: Postpartum Mental Health & Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) with Sam Copithorne

    019: Postpartum Mental Health & Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) with Sam Copithorne

    In this episode, we will discuss PMADs or Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders with Registered Provisional Psychologist Sam Copithorne.  We will explore the different PMADs which include postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar and psychosis, the warning signs, the prevalence of PMADs, some Therapeutic techniques and methodologies that can be used to treat PMADs, and tips on supporting someone struggling with a PMAD.

    In this episode we explore:
    2:25 Get to know Sam and how she got interested in maternal mental health
    6:25 What are PMADs (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)
    7:38 warning signs of PMADs
    9:17 PMADs in subsequent pregnancies
    10:34 Postpartum Depression vs baby blues
    12:42 Post-breastfeeding depression and blues
    13:18 How Prevalent are PMADs and who is most susceptible 
    16:45 PMADs and COVID
    17:25 Therapeutic techniques and methods for treating PMADs
    22:15 Tips for partners supporting someone struggling with a PMAD
    24:31 Book recommendations 

    Show Notes:
    Pine Integrated Health Edmonton https://pinehealth.ca/
    Evolution Psychology Sherwood Park https://www.evolutionpsychology.ca/
    Dr. Gina Wong https://ginawongsite.wixsite.com/ginawong
    PsychologyToday https://www.psychologytoday.com/
    Good Mother Have Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleiman 
    Tokens of Affection by Karen Kleiman
    Gottman Books https://www.gottman.com/product-category/couples-products/books-couples-products/
    Postpartum Support International https://www.postpartum.net/
    Postpartum Support International Book Resources https://www.postpartum.net/resources/psi-store/
    Momentum Walk-In Counselling in Edmonton https://www.momentumcounselling.org/
    Life with a Baby https://www.lifewithababy.com/AlbertaEvents?EventViewMode=1&EventListViewMode=1
    Alberta Health Services https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/default.aspx

    About Samatha
    Sam is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with specialized perinatal training.  Her therapeutic approach is being genuine, non-judgmental and empathetic. She works collaboratively with clients to help and support them through their challenges. She has sought out specialized training in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International and completed the basic and advanced psychotherapy training in perinatal mental health. She has experience supporting parents struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD), which includes postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. She has also published a paper on postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder in the Journal of Mother Studies

    Find SamanthaPsychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/samantha-copithorne-edmonton-ab/786295Postpartum Support International https://psidirectory.com/listing/samantha-copithorne.html

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