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Posptartum Depression is real. And it's only part of the story. We dig in to ALL of the stuff that no tells you about, but you NEED to know. Dr. Kat, Psychologist and specialist in perinatal mental health, interviews moms, dads, experts and advocates about how to cope, manage and recover from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. We talk about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and SO MUCH MORE! We get real. We get honest. We put on our stigma crushing boots and address the realities of the transition to motherhood and parenthood. Learn about it before you find out about it the hard way! You don't have to suffer! www.momandmind.com

Mom and Mind Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., PMH-C

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 195 Ratings

Posptartum Depression is real. And it's only part of the story. We dig in to ALL of the stuff that no tells you about, but you NEED to know. Dr. Kat, Psychologist and specialist in perinatal mental health, interviews moms, dads, experts and advocates about how to cope, manage and recover from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. We talk about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and SO MUCH MORE! We get real. We get honest. We put on our stigma crushing boots and address the realities of the transition to motherhood and parenthood. Learn about it before you find out about it the hard way! You don't have to suffer! www.momandmind.com

    303: Perinatal Mental Health through In Utero Diagnosis with Kate Stacom, MSW, LICSW

    303: Perinatal Mental Health through In Utero Diagnosis with Kate Stacom, MSW, LICSW

    Today’s guest shares the personal story of her unborn baby’s traumatic diagnosis in utero. She hopes her story assures others that they are not alone in facing this type of diagnosis, and she explains coping skills and how to remain hopeful through a bleak and terrifying time. Join us to learn more!
    Kate Stacom is a licensed clinical social worker and mother of two who has lived experience of perinatal trauma, depression, and anxiety. Her perinatal mental health journey began when her daughter, Clare, was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at 36 weeks gestation, leading to a traumatic birth and several chaotic weeks before and after delivery. Kate has become a passionate advocate for more mental health support and the role of intuition and spirituality for caregivers after hearing the news of in-utero diagnoses of congenital anomalies. Kate has a private practice where she utilizes her clinical skills coupled with her intuition to help others live meaningful, joy-filled lives where they feel most connected to their soul purpose. 
    Show Highlights:

    Kate’s pregnancy story: gestational diabetes, a mother’s instinct that something wasn’t right, and an in-utero CDH diagnosis at 36 weeks

    How Kate felt the range of emotions from anxiety, fear, grief, anger, and guilt

    What it was like to get MRI scans on her unborn baby, be induced at 39 weeks, and go through a traumatic birth with massive medical interventions

    How Kate and her husband navigated a long NICU stay where they constantly worried that their daughter would not survive

    How Kate and her husband handled their daughter’s surgery as a newborn and the isolation they endured at the hospital

    How Kate went into survival mode during her daughter’s six-week NICU stay

    Why the anxiety didn’t stop when they brought Claire home

    A happy update of how Claire is thriving today as an energetic four-year-old

    Kate’s biggest takeaways about what helped her the most through her experience

    Kate’s advice to other parents in similar situations

    Resources:
    Connect with Kate Stacom: Website, Instagram, and Facebook
    Mentioned by Kate for more information about congenital diaphragmatic hernias and help for families: Tiny Hero
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    You can now watch the Mom & Mind Podcast on YouTube! Check it out!
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!



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    • 56 min
    302: Behind The Sessions: When You Don't Know How You Feel

    302: Behind The Sessions: When You Don't Know How You Feel

    Have you ever found yourself in situations where trying to figure out your emotions feels like trying to untangle a knot? Or perhaps you have experienced an overwhelming whirlwind of conflicting feelings, which happens often. Life is anything but linear. It is messy and full of ups and downs that challenge us emotionally. 
    Over the last 70 years, there has been more emphasis on psychology, and we understand so much more about getting in touch with our feelings. But even so, some of us are still learning as we go. 
    In today's Behind the Sessions episode, we look into what it is like not to know how you feel. Join us as we unravel the complexities of tuning into our feelings while navigating the emotional rollercoaster of life and the reproductive experience.

    Show Highlights:



    How disorientating the experience of pregnancy and parenthood can be



    How the pressure to appear fine can feel uncomfortable when we do not know what we are feeling 



    Why we need to acknowledge and accept our feelings, even when they are uncomfortable or hard to confront



    What happens when we deny or avoid our feelings?



    Why being confused about your inner life, emotions, and mental health during the perinatal transition is normal



    The benefits of therapy for exploring and understanding feelings and becoming empowered to make positive changes in life 



    The value of healing and growth through self-awareness 



    How building a better relationship with ourselves benefits our overall well-being



    Why should we prioritize our mental health?




    Resources:
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!
    Mom and Mind on Instagram and Facebook


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    • 21 min
    301: Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Project with Elliot Berlin, DC

    301: Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Project with Elliot Berlin, DC

    We are delighted to have Dr. Elliot Berlin back on the podcast for the first time since he was with us last in 2018. He joins us today to share the latest from his Informed Pregnancy Plus world and discuss his incredible work in perinatal chiropractic care for pregnancy and labor. Our bodies go through so much to support pregnancy and make birth happen, and Dr. Berlin truly knows how to help!  
    Dr. Berlin is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health- especially women navigating pregnancy and postpartum experiences. With his wealth of experience, he has dedicated his life to supporting new and expectant mothers in finding comfort and well-being during pregnancy and birth. He is committed to giving his patients top-quality care, using unique techniques and specialized equipment. Despite being based in Los Angeles, his platform, the Informed Pregnancy Project, reaches people everywhere. 
    The Informed Pregnancy Project includes the well-loved Informed Pregnancy Podcast, the Informed Pregnancy Blog, and the recently added streaming service, Informed Pregnancy Plus. Dr. Berlin joins us today to offer valuable insights and highlight the importance of informed decision-making throughout the pregnancy and birth journey. So, let's dive in and meet Dr. Berlin!
    Show highlights:

    Dr. Berlin explains how the pandemic affected the birth world and shares his Covid-19 experience

    How chiropractors help to restore normal motion and function to the musculoskeletal system

    How Dr. Berlin combines chiropractic and massage to create a more functional system

    How pregnancy-related issues like headaches and jaw problems can be released through manual therapy

    How addressing musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy prevents discomfort and ensures a smooth delivery

    How chiropractic treatments help to position the baby and prepare women for breech births

    The benefits of chiropractic treatments for an optimally-functioning body during vaginal births

    The importance of chiropractic care for babies and children, especially for excessive crying and digestive issues 

    Dr. Berlin explains how gently newborn infant chiropractic gets done

    How Dr. Berlin’s presence and skills as a doula help women feel more calm and relaxed during the birthing process

    How his platform empowers women and helps them make informed decisions for their pregnancy and birth experiences 

    Resources:
    Visit the Informed Pregnancy Plus platform
    Find out what Dr. Berlin is doing on his website, Instagram, and Twitter 
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!

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    • 42 min
    300: ADHD and Perinatal Mental Health with Jacqueline V. Cohen, NCC, LPC, ADHD-CCSP, NBCCH-D

    300: ADHD and Perinatal Mental Health with Jacqueline V. Cohen, NCC, LPC, ADHD-CCSP, NBCCH-D

    Welcome to a very special episode! It’s our 300th episode, which is mind-boggling to think about. Not only that, we also address ADHD in the perinatal period, a very important topic. We all can benefit from a deeper understanding of ADHD and how it impacts perinatal mental health. Join us to learn more!
    Jacqueline Cohen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, ADHD-Certified Clinical Specialist Provider, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, coach, consultant, writer, and speaker. She has been in private practice for over 15 years, specializing in perinatal mental health and adult ADHD. Her practice, Therapy Mama, is in Marietta, Georgia, although she is also licensed in Colorado and Florida. She experienced postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her son in 2001 and was diagnosed with ADHD ten years later as her son was also diagnosed. Along her journey of discovering how her brain works, she realized that her postpartum depression and anxiety were largely a result of living with undiagnosed ADHD. This experience was the impetus for her work in helping others in similar situations in the journey to parenthood. In this episode, we discuss what ADHD is, what it looks like, and how it might be experienced in the perinatal period. I’m excited to explore this topic with Jacqueline!
    Show Highlights:

    How Jacqueline became interested in how perinatal mental health and ADHD intersect

    How she discovered that her postpartum depression and anxiety were due to undiagnosed ADHD

    Why “being bored” can cause depression and anxiety in someone with ADHD–because of the way the brain works

    The basics of what ADHD is

    How ADHD impacts working memory, impulsivity, organization, time management, planning, and prioritizing

    Types and descriptions of ADHD variations

    How ADHD relates to being a highly sensitive person

    Why someone with ADHD is likely to procrastinate

    Why many people are diagnosed with ADHD later in life and don’t realize they have suffered

    How a new mom might realize she has undiagnosed ADHD

    What masking is, why lower estrogen levels exacerbate ADHD symptoms, and the connection to rejection sensitivity dysphoria

    Shortfalls in the ADHD assessment process


    Connect with Jacqueline Cohen
    Therapy Mama Website
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Resources:
    ADDA
    CHADD
    ADDitude Magazine
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!
    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    Journeys Through ADDulthood by Sari Solden
    Women with ADD by Sari Solden
    Gender Issues and AD/HD by P. Quinn and K. Nadeau
    ADHD 2.0 by John Ratey and Ed Hallowell
    A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults by Tom Brown
    The Queen of Distraction by Terry Matlen
    The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov
    The Couples' Guide to Thriving with ADHD by Melissa Orlov
    A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD Workbook by Sari Solden and Michelle Frank
    Understanding Girls with ADHD by K. Nadeau, E. Littman, and P. Quinn

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    • 59 min
    299: Behind the Sessions: “I’m a Failure” with Dr. Kat

    299: Behind the Sessions: “I’m a Failure” with Dr. Kat

    The idea of feeling like a failure comes up often in therapy; I hear it multiple times each week. People who are struggling often feel like they are a failure, and this is heartbreaking to hear. Let’s go behind the scenes and talk about what’s happening underneath the feelings of failure. 

    Show Highlights:

    Why being perfect and being a failure are NOT the only two options

    Failure and perfection—defined and explained

    Why failure and perfection cannot be the measure of parenting success

    Why a defense against shame is often underneath the unreasonable goal of perfection

    Examples of how perfectionism can show up in the parenting journey

    Examples of what could really be happening to cause you to yell at your child

    How to have a more compassionate view of your journey

    How to gain perspective on your negative self-judgmental thoughts

    Why we need to have more self-compassion—and model it for our kids


    Resources:
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!
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    • 24 min
    298: A South Asian Mom's Mental Health Journey: Missed Diagnosis with Jigyna Patel

    298: A South Asian Mom's Mental Health Journey: Missed Diagnosis with Jigyna Patel

    Today you’ll hear Jigyna Patel’s story. She and I met recently at the PSI Conference, and I knew her perspective as a South Asian mom of Indian heritage would be valuable for listeners to hear. She’s a Houston-area mother of three, and she is a passionate perinatal mental health advocate who loves her volunteer work with PSI. Join us to learn more!
    Show Highlights:

    Jigyna’s story of her first pregnancy, nine years ago, which involved PCOS, infertility, emergency C-section, and a traumatic birth

    How Jigyna felt depression and disinterest in her new baby after taking her baby home to much help from family members, but felt much stigma and shame to get out of her “funk”

    How her symptoms progressed to anxiety, panic attacks, severe sleep deprivation, hallucinations, delusions, intrusive thoughts, and suicidal thoughts

    How she started the journey with a therapist, but eventually had to move with her baby into her parents’ home for six weeks

    How medication, better sleep, journaling, and frequent walks helped Jigyna feel better and better over the next few months

    How Jigyna and her husband had conflicting opinions about having another baby

    How a second pregnancy (via another IUI) with twins (!) launched Jigyna into deep depression—until she decided to take charge and make a plan

    How the twins’ birth was an amazing delivery, via C-section, and led to Jigyna’s struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety–but none of the other symptoms from before

    Why Jigyna became active with PSI after researching and realizing that she had experienced postpartum psychosis with her first baby

    How Jigyna’s Indian culture impacted her journey with pressure and stigma

    How she learned the value of sleep and took steps to prioritize her sleep and self-care as a mom of three 

    Why she felt guilty for not “wanting” her pregnancy with her twins at first–and how her group support has shown that this is a common feeling for moms of multiples

    How Jigyna handled bonding and connecting issues with her babies

    Highlights of her current work with PSI


    Resources:
    Connect with Jigyna: Email
    Visit www.postpartum.net for resources and support! 
    Visit www.postpartum.net/professionals/certificate-trainings/ for information on the grief course.  
    Visit my website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, for more information, resources, and courses you can take today!

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

Juliette Kurth ,

LET’S ALL HELP EACH OTHER OUT!

I have found this particular podcast to be one of the best and most accessible ones out there for new or second time around moms and parents. Why? Because the speakers that Dr. Kat chooses come from a multitood of backgrounds and experiences in this concentration. You will inevitably come across yourself in one of these speakers OR hear some sound advice or experience from a professional in the field. I have played this podcast for my clients as well as some of my pre and postnatal students and they always comment of how authentic the subject matters and people are. You are NOT alone, and you certainly donlt need to feel like you are after listening to one of these.

SAHMomma ,

thought-provoking

Hearing Dr. Kat dig into the details of perinatal mental health with her guests always generates deeper thinking and greater understanding. ❤️

reylucsshoes ,

Thanks

This podcast got me through a lot of bad times and also times where I just needed someone to relate to. It is an amazing podcast and I am so thankful for it!

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