How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?
On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.
072: Mom Brain with Neuroscientist and Psychotherapist Dr. Jodi Pawluski
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. 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.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3gnP
071: OCD in Postpartum and Motherhood with Licensed Professional Counselor Jenna Overbaugh
Did you know that the majority of mothers experience scary and intrusive thoughts in the postpartum period? Even worse, these intrusive thoughts can become debilitating and take control of a mother's life leading to postpartum Obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD). Because postpartum OCD requires evidence-based techniques and is 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.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/34BwNDr
070: Whole Brain Mommying with Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Understanding how your brain works is incredibly empowering. Maybe your go-to emotion is rage when your brain gets stuck in anxious overdrive. Or perhaps your child's brain gets flooded with big emotions that appear as frequent tantrums. 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.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3wzZpZu
069: The Perfect Mother Myth with with Sociologist Dr. Sophie Brock
Motherhood can be an all encompassing journey. It’s hard to know when we’re not doing enough or 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 everything to your children? Our guest Dr. Sophie Brock specializes in motherhood studies and she’s here to help us unpack the myth of the perfect mom.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3wmisGR
068: Understanding Secure Attachment with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tanya Cotler
Regulating our own emotions can be difficult enough. Adding a 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 our triggered moments. Clinical psychologist Dr. Tanya Cotler specializes in infant mental health and attachment is here to help us understand parent/child attachment. Remember, we’re more than our worst moments, and our children know it.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/33BPW
067: Effects of COVID Vaccine on Pregnancy and Nursing with with OB-GYN Dr. Marta Perez
Parenting during a pandemic has been so hard! And now a swiftly developed vaccine has been rolled out, and members of my community have expressed a lot of anxiety about how safe these new vaccines might be during pregnancy and nursing. Dr. Marta Perez is an OB-GYN and she’s agreed to explain to us the risks of the vaccine versus not being vaccinated for pregnant or nursing people.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3ejUjdH
I was previously viewing the postpartum period and life with toddlers as a stage to endure. When expressing my frustrations with motherhood, it seemed that all I would hear were comments like, “it only gets harder”, or “I’m so glad I’m done with that”. Listening to this podcast makes me hopeful that I can learn to embrace and enjoy this time of my life. I’m so grateful.
Every mom needs to listen!
I love this podcast. It covers a great range of topics and makes me feel so much better. I love the balanced information and the inclusive language. So good. Thank you.
Breath of Fresh Air
This podcast has helped me in those lonely days of motherhood where you feel like you just aren’t measuring up. I listen to these episodes yelling yes! That’s me!!! I prefer the episodes geared specifically to moms. I’ve done all the research when it comes to my kids, but it’s my own mental health that I’m so happy to be finally working on, and this podcast has help me start doing just that. Thank you Erica!