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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 & Mind Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D.

    • Mental Health

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

    167: When Your Own Thoughts and Feelings are Overwhelming

    167: When Your Own Thoughts and Feelings are Overwhelming

    Welcome to a new year! This is a monumental year for me, as it marks ten years since I was pregnant with my daughter and experienced postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD. I never dreamed back then that I would be where I am today, trying to help moms and families because of my personal mental health experience. In today’s show, I’ll reflect on those thoughts and feelings that were so overwhelming for me.
    Show Highlights:
    As I look back, it’s easier to have compassion and a lighter heart about my experiences than it was a few years ago My planned and wanted pregnancy was actually a break for me from the ups and downs of PMS How I realized with reflection that anxiety was present in my life even before my pregnancy How it felt like I had done something wrong when I experienced a bleeding episode during my pregnancy Why positive and negative experiences get woven together as you reflect on the past The shame and guilt that came with my mental health condition Because of our deepest vulnerabilities, we don’t want to feel our feelings or talk about them The shame, anger, and fear that make you feel alone How scary and intrusive thoughts become traumatizing Why good, specific therapy is crucial My favorite parts of therapy in helping moms realize they aren’t crazy Why I urge you to see a perinatal mental health specialist, join a support group, or find resources to get the help you need The year I spent in an emotional freak-out space, feeling broken and alone Finding a safe person to talk to who will understand Why I am 100% sure that you can get better, too Resources:
    Postpartum
    PSI Directory
     

    • 20 min
    166: You're the Strongest People I Know

    166: You're the Strongest People I Know

    As we close out the year, I’m reflecting on my work over the past years. I’m struck by how incredibly strong you all are, and I mean every person who’s endured a perinatal mental health condition. Perinatal mental conditions are very difficult to encounter, and many people navigate their way through these experiences without any help at all.
    Show Highlights:
    Going through pregnancy or taking care of a newborn while experiencing a mental health condition is tough, much more so when you have to take care of the other elements of life Loneliness and confusion come with the suffering Worry about other children, finances, and jobs adds to the pressure There are incredible amounts of strength and resilience from people who keep fighting Just getting the sleep you need and getting the right medications can bring amazing hope and relief When the mind relaxes into a new sense of self, then the body relaxes, too It’s worth celebrating when you realize you don’t have to suffer for the rest of your life If you’ve experienced a perinatal mental health condition or a loss, I see you and honor you and respect you Moments of sadness are normal and dehumanizing, but you deserve compassion You are not alone There are many trained professionals who know how to help, so find them and take advantage of the available resources  

    • 12 min
    165: Encore! Holiday Self-Care and Stress Reduction

    165: Encore! Holiday Self-Care and Stress Reduction

    Do you find the holidays stressful? We would all have to say YES if we’re completely honest. For a pregnant mom, a postpartum mom, or a mom experiencing loss, the holiday obligations can be overwhelming in magnified ways. In today’s solo episode, we will discuss how to survive the holidays and manage stress by setting healthy boundaries and prioritizing self-care.
    Show Highlights:
    The holidays: a mix of lovely things and difficult moments with the unseen pressure of motherhood to take care of everyone Boundaries are not easy, and sometimes confusing, but necessary Set boundaries around family, friends, spending, activities, and the time you spend with others Don’t be afraid to communicate what your needs are In spending time at someone’s house, have a set time limit or some kind of communication with your partner to signal when it’s time to go To figure out where you need boundaries, ask yourself, “What brings me stress? What do I find difficult?” Why we feel guilty for setting boundaries How anger and resentment toward others will develop when we don’t set boundaries How pushback from someone else can signal the need for boundaries It’s OK when you need a time-out from the tension of social situations Important skills include knowing when to say NO and when to say YES Why you shouldn’t feel obligated to do things that aren’t good choices for you Allow flexibility and compassion in considering your needs How saying YES and NO protects against resentment building up in relationships Ask yourself what you need when you feel anger, guilt, anxiety, and sadness If sleep and self-care are not on your holiday list, then you will feel depleted Sleep is essential for health and restoration, but especially for pregnant moms, postpartum moms, and moms with loss Give yourself permission NOT to do everything Steps to take to manage stress: Think about times in the past when you’ve ignored your own needs Figure out where you can make adjustments Find places where you can say YES and set limits Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty Why your new holiday regimen should be ways to manage stress, keep your energy level, and feel like yourself What feels restorative, whole, and good to you? Set intentions for baths, yoga, solitary walks, connection time with a friend, alone time, or time with your partner  

    • 24 min
    164: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Reproductive Health

    164: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Reproductive Health

    We’re diving deep into acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. We’re talking specifically about how these treatments can be used in support of people dealing with reproductive health issues and mental health conditions.
    Abigail Morgan is a mother of two, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a writer. She is board certified by the state of CA in traditional Chinese medicine and has an additional board certification from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She is the owner of FLOAT Chinese Medical Arts in Glendale, CA, an integrative private practice that focuses on reproductive health for all genders and all aspects of the childbearing cycle. Abigail is a passionate advocate for choices in childbirth, and she’s been helping families get pregnant, stay pregnant, and thrive as parents since 2006. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience with postpartum anxiety and her remarkable recovery from it. She’s partnered with a nutritionist to create a new podcast. In today’s episode, we discuss how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine help with stress during pregnancy and the postpartum. There is a lot of information here for us to learn about these ways to promote healing.
    Show Highlights:
    Abigail’s work with clients in the childbearing cycle and all aspects of reproductive health How Abigail works in conjunction with many therapists about perinatal mental health Why stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia are common issues with Abigail’s clients What acupuncture is and how it works Common misperceptions about acupuncture and the needles used Benefits of acupuncture: regulates the nervous system, increases blood flow, and reduces blood pressure An interesting study from Georgetown in 2013 about how acupuncture works on a molecular level How we give and receive energy (qi) in our bodies How acupuncture specifically helps with nausea during pregnancy Why the common contributors to anxiety are exhaustion, poor nutrition, headaches, insomnia, and pain The importance of self-care How traditional Chinese medicine helps integrate the mind-body connection How Abigail does empathetic listening with her clients The supports that Abigail offers her clients for the early postpartum period Emotional and physical changes that happen in the early postpartum period How Abigail refers clients out to others who can help them Herbal medicines that nourish the blood and body Why isolation is the #1 risk factor for postpartum anxiety and depression How to find a licensed acupuncturist (visit A.B.O.R.M.) The podcast that Abigail co-hosts with nutritionist Gloria Williamson, “A Nutritionist and Acupuncturist Walk Into a Bar” Resources:
    Float Chinese Medical Arts
    Instagram: Mama Float
    Facebook: Float Chinese Medical Arts
    Podcast: Instagram: Nutrition Acu Podcast
    A.B.O.R.M.

    • 38 min
    163: "Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression"

    163: "Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression"

    Today’s show is a personal story of the darkness of postpartum depression and the healing that comes through professional help, self-awareness, and gentleness. The best part of my guest’s experience is the passion she’s gained for helping other moms reach through the darkness to the other side of hope and healing.
    Teresa Wong is a Canadian writer who has written the graphic memoir, Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression, which was released last Spring. The book has already had a positive impact on the world and has been featured on NPR and Buzzfeed, as well as in the Paris Review and the NY Times. If you have experienced a perinatal mood and anxiety disorders or any complications related to pregnancy or postpartum, there is something in this graphic memoir that relates to your story. It also shows how culture plays a part in our experience. Through Teresa’s pain, there are beautiful parts interwoven into this story and her healing journey.
    Show Highlights:
    How the idea came to Teresa for writing Dear Scarlet when she was pregnant with her third child and needed closure for her postpartum depression experience Why Teresa decided to make it a graphic memoir with pictures Why it was important to Teresa to keep the book short and readable for moms who need to read it How Teresa handled the sketches and drawings for her book How Teresa sought help for postpartum depression when she knew things weren’t right The feelings of guilt, shame, and regret that Teresa experienced The major hemorrhage at Scarlet’s complicated Why Teresa didn’t know what was normal with the birth of Scarlet, her first baby How Teresa’s mom came to help when she got home after Scarlet’s birth, which is part of the Chinese culture How Teresa was diagnosed with postpartum depression at about six weeks and sought additional help from a psychiatrist for about nine months How Teresa hoped and prepared for a better experience with her second pregnancy by having a doula After her second child was born, Teresa went through postpartum depression again at about eight months Why Teresa was disappointed in herself because she had taken preventative measures, but she knows how to get help when she needed it Why Teresa did cognitive behavioral therapy instead of medication for the second time and then had no postpartum issues with her third pregnancy How Teresa’s healing journey has helped her in other ways, like being aware of her feelings and knowing how to handle them The positive reactions from readers of Teresa’s book Teresa’s hopeful messages: “Be gentle with yourself and talk to yourself like you would to a good friend whom you love. These feelings are normal, but you need to get help. You don’t have to live with postpartum depression and muddle through. Ask for help. Resources:
    By Teresa Wong
    Instagram: By Teresa Wong

    • 36 min
    162: Pregnancy After Loss Support

    162: Pregnancy After Loss Support

    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we are trying to honor each and every one of those losses. Each one has brought significant pain to many people, including grief that is most difficult to acknowledge and navigate. Today’s show focuses on one such loss that has led to the creation of a specific kind of support for thousands.
    Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support. She is a clinical social worker specializing as a reproductive mental health therapist with a focus on the grief and trauma that happens after a perinatal loss and the pregnancy that follows. She is also a writer, wife, and, most importantly, a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora, was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December 2012. Lindsey’s second daughter, Zoe, was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss has been featured in Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, and The New York Times. Lindsey has had the honor of speaking all over the world on the topic of pregnancy after a previous perinatal loss, including at the 2020 Moms’ Maternal Mental Health Forum 2015, Pregnancy and Infant Death Alliance 2016 Conference, Postpartum Support International 2019 Conference, The 2019 Stillbirth Summit, and at The International Women’s Maternal Mental Health 2019 Conference in Paris. She is currently working on her first book.
    Show Highlights:
    How and why Lindsey started Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), an online support organization for the birth person who is experiencing pregnancy after loss How Lindsey had a stillborn daughter in 2012 after a full-term pregnancy---a devastating and heartbreaking experience How she relied on writing and psychotherapy to help her heal Lindsey’s second pregnancy with her daughter, Zoe, and how she made weekly posts as a blogger Lindsey found that there wasn’t a support space for those experiencing pregnancy after loss How the PALS group was formed and then blossomed into 15 groups for thousands of members How Lindsey digests the research in the field of pregnancy loss to meet the specific needs and wants of the community What’s unique about the experience of pregnancy after loss The insensitive comments that people make during a pregnancy after loss experience The amount of fear and anxiety that occur in pregnancy after loss The balance of grief, fear, and stress, along with joy and hope Knowing when the “expected anxiety” crosses over into the need to seek professional help Invalidating messages that may come from healthcare providers and family members The dance between choosing hope and holding onto fear The circles of grief and how we need to seek support The prevalence of postpartum depression and anxiety in subsequent pregnancies How friends and family can be supportive in validating the experience of the mother Why you should think about what you say and how you say it to someone who has had a pregnancy loss Other steps that family, friends, and healthcare providers can do to give additional support to moms with pregnancy after loss Resources:
    Pregnancy After Loss Support
    Facebook: Pregnancy After Loss Support
    Instagram
    Facebook: LindseyMHenke

    • 38 min

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