Hey mamas, tune in as Dr. Cassidy Freitas holds space for conversations with experts from around the world and parents who have been through it. With a background in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Cassidy offers education in topics ranging from pregnancy, fertility, postpartum, parenting, wellness, creative living and more! This podcast is not a substitute for therapy and if you're struggling you should seek help from a licensed provider in your area.
Healing your Pelvic Floor with the Vagina Whisperer, Sara Reardon, PT
Let's cut right to the chase, this episode is about PEE, POOP, SEX, and all things pelvic floor after baby!
I'll be honest...for my postpartum experience, I had no idea what the pelvic floor even was. That's why in today's episode I have invited on The Vagina Whisperer, Sara Reardon. Sara is a pelvic floor physical therapist and creator of the popular Instagram account @the.vagina.whisperer.
Today Sara is helping to demystify the role of the pelvic floor and it's importance in our lives, particularly with pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Sara is walking us through how to care for our pelvic floor through daily activities and exercises.
You can follow Sara on Instagram for more tips and access to her resources!
Looking for more relational and emotional support in preparing your family for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Prepared Postpartum will support you and your partner in putting in place all the strongest protective factors when it comes to your postpartum mental health through video lessons you can watch together. If you’re already in the thick of the postpartum year we’ve got you covered with our course Flourish. Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year.
Divorce, Co-Parenting, and our Blended Family with Abbey Williams, LSW
In today's episode I am joined by my friend and colleague, Abbey Williams, and we are talking all about divorce, co-parenting, and thriving as a blended family. Abbey is a Licensed Social Worker and the creator of the popular podcast and Instagram account @mimosaswithmoms.
Today Abbey is sharing both her own personal experiences with us as well as her professional wisdom on the big feelings that can come up with divorce, co-parenting, and blended families as well as how to ensure you and your partner are putting your child first. Abbey speaks to the challenges that can arise with being a single parent and how to make sure you're getting the support you and your family need.
The Atlas of Motherhood with Isobel Benesch
Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for mamas across the world are NOT created equal. We often just assume that whatever care we get in our area or country is just the norm, but no one knows better than my guest today that this couldn't be further from the truth!
Today I am joined by my longtime friend Isobel Benesch. Having experienced birth and postpartum both in the United States and New Zealand, Isobel is sharing with us today the major differences between her experiences and the interviews she has conducted with mamas and experts across the world about differences in perinatal care.
We're comparing and contrasting the experiences between countries like the United States and Sweden that have vastly different approaches when it comes to perinatal care. In our conversation we're talking everything from maternity/paternity leave, gender expectations, and how to navigate with your partner the big change of returning to work after maternity/paternity leave.
To help you and your partner navigate the going back to work stage of postpartum, we also have created a Back to Work Conversation Card Deck. This card deck features key conversation starters and tips to help smooth the process of returning to work as a family. You can click here to download the card deck: https://mailchi.mp/drcassidymft/conversation-cards
Teaching Children Consent with Psychotherapist Jessica Vanderwier
In this episode I am sharing my conversation with psychotherapist, Jessica Vanderwier, the creator of the Instagram account @ourmamavillage. Today Jess is sharing with us how we can teach our children about consent. In this episode Jess shares tangible ways and age-specific tips in which we can teach our kids from an early age about how to honor the boundaries of their bodies and to respect the boundaries of others. You can learn more from Jess in her free workshop 3 Secrets to Punishment Free Parenting here!
While what we discuss in this episode is incredibly important, I also realize that today's topic might be triggering for some of you depending on your context, comfort-level, and your own history and experiences. If after this episode you find yourself needing a little more personalized support, we have some resources listed below where you can find a therapist in your area:
Open Path Collective (if you're looking for a therapist who offers a lower fee)
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Mental Health and Treatment Options with Dr. Sarah Oreck
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to reach out to a perinatal psychiatrist? In this episode I share my conversation with Dr. Sarah Oreck, a Columbia University-trained psychiatrist focusing on women's mental health.
Join us as we chat about options for support and treatment when you’re struggling during pregnancy, after baby and beyond. Together we demystify the process of getting help and dive into both common and unexpected symptoms of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders for BOTH parents.
If you'd like to learn more from Dr. Sarah, you can follow her on Instagram at @sarahoreckmd!
Looking for more support in preparing your family for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Prepared Postpartum will support you and your partner in putting in place all the strongest protective factors when it comes to your postpartum mental health through video lessons you can watch together. If you’re already in the thick of the postpartum year we’ve got you covered with our course Flourish. Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year.
Body Positivity and Parenting with Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC
As we talk about here often on Holding Space, it's not uncommon for our "own stuff" from our past to come up in our parenting journey. Our relationship with food and our relationship with our body is no different.
In today's episode I am joined by my friend Crystal Karges. Crystal is a maternal child health specialist, food and body image coach for moms, and lactation consultant. She is passionate about helping moms ditch the diet culture, heal their relationships with food and their bodies and raise children who can trust, honor, and nourish their bodies. In this episode Crystal offers insights into how we can do our own work as parents to heal our relationships with food and our bodies through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.
You can learn more about Crystal at her Instagram, @crystalkarges.
Looking for more support in preparing your family for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby with video lessons on topics such as healing after birth, feeding baby, and emotional wellness? Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year.