233 episodes

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., PMH-C

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 168 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

    231: Return to You: A Postpartum Plan for New Moms with Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, FAAP

    231: Return to You: A Postpartum Plan for New Moms with Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, FAAP

    My guest today shares bits of her personal motherhood story, along with a glimpse at her new book for moms-to-be, new moms, and moms with other children. The book helps these moms make a plan for their postpartum time with evidence-based information, insights, and helpful advice from a physician-mom. Join us to learn more!
     
    Dr. Natasha Sriraman is a board-certified academic pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School/Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. She is an internationally recognized expert on breastfeeding and postpartum depression. She works with the National AAP, is on the Virginia AAP Board, and is also the Honorary Chair of Postpartum Support Virginia.
    Dr. Sriraman lives with her husband and children in Virginia Beach, VA. Her first book, recently published, is Return to You: A Postpartum Plan for New Moms, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her book offers insights as a friendly self-help guide to help new mothers prioritize themselves and make it through their “fourth trimester,” the three-month period following childbirth. 
     
    Show Highlights:
     
    How Dr. Natasha’s book came to be, both from her own experiences and from her patients’ stories Why it is very important to be discerning about where your medical advice is coming from An explanation of the fourth trimester and its needs Dr. Natasha’s personal experience of being terrified of motherhood when she went home with her firstborn baby How postpartum support for new moms varies in different cultures Why Dr. Natasha’s book has a fill-in-the-blanks actual postpartum plan How setting expectations and making a plan for postpartum can decrease anxiety Highlights of some of the book chapters which cover social media, guilt, returning to work, childcare, breastfeeding, advocacy, setting boundaries, and more Why Dr. Natasha hopes her book will empower moms in taking care of their children How a pelvic floor therapist can be very helpful in the postpartum How physical and emotional pain are signs that something is wrong and needs to be addressed How Dr. Natasha’s book brings awareness and normalization to focusing on mental health as a priority How Dr. Natasha is working to decrease the stigma around moms asking for and receiving help when they need it  
    Resources:
     
    Connect with Dr. Natasha: Instagram
     
    Return to You: A Postpartum Plan for New Moms
     
    **Dr. Natasha is offering a signed copy of her book to the first listener to comment on this episode on the Mom & Mind YouTube channel. Visit Mom & Mind - YouTube today!
     
    Visit my new website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, to get on the Interest List for the upcoming course. You’ll receive notifications when the course is live, and after you sign up, you’ll be able to watch or listen at your convenience. 

    • 47 min
    230: Teachers Deserve Better. Advocating for Bereavement and Paid Family Leave with Jackie Mancinelli

    230: Teachers Deserve Better. Advocating for Bereavement and Paid Family Leave with Jackie Mancinelli

    We all know that teachers are underpaid, but they are also undersupported emotionally in times of pregnancy loss and postpartum difficulties. The need is great for bereavement and paid family leave. Join us to learn more about how change can happen for educators in our country. 
     
    Jackie Mancinelli is a high school English and ESL teacher in New Jersey. She is the mother of two girls, ages 2 and 4, and had a son who passed away in 2016. She is the founder of Start Healing Together, a support organization for educators experiencing pregnancy loss and infertility, as well as the New Jersey ambassador for Count the Kicks. Jackie shares her personal story and the need for bereavement leave for teachers, both in instances of pregnancy loss and failed fertility treatments. 
     
    Show Highlights:
     
    An overview of Jackie’s story that began with her first pregnancy during her first year of teaching in 2014; it ended in a missed miscarriage when she was a few weeks along How her second pregnancy with her son went perfectly until about eight months along, when an emergency C-section sent her silent baby to the NICU–where he didn’t survive How Jackie found support within her immediate family and from her best friend What it was like for Jackie in the 2-3 months following the traumatic loss of her son–and how therapy helped her learn new things about herself What it was like for Jackie to go back to teaching after losing her son How Jackie was prompted to get into advocacy work to help other parents through Start Healing Together How Start Healing Together works with school districts to provide resources and support for educators and help in contract negotiations regarding pregnancy loss, bereavement leave, fertility treatment, and adoption Current initiatives being pursued by Start Healing Together How you can help the ongoing lobbying efforts Jackie’s advice to those experiencing a loss What Jackie learned through her pregnancy and loss experiences


    Resources:
     
    Connect with Jackie:  Website, Instagram, and Facebook


    Visit my new website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, to get on the Interest List for the upcoming course. You’ll receive notifications when the course is live, and after you sign up, you’ll be able to watch or listen at your convenience.

    • 50 min
    229: Shades of Blue Project and Black Maternal Mental Health Week

    229: Shades of Blue Project and Black Maternal Mental Health Week

    Today’s show is another story of a spectacular someone who turned their personal grief into a mission to help others. Our focus is on the disparity of medical treatment and care in the Black community regarding maternal mental health, infant loss, and more. Join us for this inspiring story from today’s guest!
     
    Kay Matthews is here to share her long-term work through the Shades of Blue Project. She and her team are on a mission to uplift all birthing individuals with the care, respect, and dignity they deserve—no matter their social status or birth outcome. Their focus is on the birthing experience, and they bridge gaps by acknowledging that everyone’s birth story matters. Through education, advocacy, and support, they are dedicated to helping birthing individuals of color whose lives are impacted by racial disparities that amplify their birthing struggles. It is from her personal experience of infant loss and postpartum depression that Kay recognized a critical diversity gap in mental health resources and emotional support for Black and minority birthing individuals. Kay has founded Black Maternal Mental Health Week, which in 2022 falls on July 18-25 with the theme “Collective Efforts for Greater Community Impact and Change.” You can learn more by visiting their Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
     
    Show Highlights:
    How Kay came into the work she does today through a totally unexpected journey How Kay’s infant loss experience gave her a “big-picture view”  How Kay’s infant loss and postpartum depression were dismissed by healthcare professionals Why Kay decided to “go it alone” to help herself and share helpful advice with others in similar situations How Kay used her journaling practice as a springboard to begin the Shades of Blue Project to help others How the Shades of Blue Project has taken steps to influence policy in Texas and open resource centers in 23 other states Why Kay’s journal became the INSPIRE journal, an acronym for Involve others, Nourishment/exercise, Spirituality/prayer, Patience, Identify and initiate change, Rest/relaxation, and Each day is a new day How Kay has seen growth in awareness and resources for people going through similar struggles with infant loss and maternal mental health Why Kay wanted to focus more on her experience rather than her outcome How mortality and morbidity rates in the Black community require that maternal health and mental health be acknowledged together Highlights of Black Maternal Mental Health Week activities How responsibility and accountability come into play in a collective effort to help others in the Shades of Blue Project How you can help  
    Resources:

    You can connect with Kay and learn more about the Shades of Blue Project by visiting their  Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    • 49 min
    228: Waiting for a Psychotherapy Appointment

    228: Waiting for a Psychotherapy Appointment

    The podcast is six years old this month! With well over 220 episodes, I’m thrilled to know we are reaching so many people in the US and about 90 other countries in the world! What’s most important is that we are getting the message out about perinatal mental health and telling the important personal stories to raise awareness and provide resources for support and healing. I have to say a huge THANK YOU to every listener!
     
    With the COVID pandemic and the prevalence of telehealth, every therapist has had to shift in many ways. By the time people reach out for help, they need it right away, and it’s heartbreaking to make them wait. It’s great that more and more people have the opportunity to get the help that they need, but the increase in demand has strained resources and increased the wait times for appointments. Nothing feels more frightening and disheartening than being unable to get the help you need when you need it. We need to bridge the gap and do more–and I, for one, am up for the challenge! Join me to learn more in today’s episode!
     
    Show Highlights:
     
    Why we need more than online support groups when timing is crucial Why I decided to create an online course for those who are stressed out and overwhelmed in the postpartum period and waiting for a therapist How this course is built to be the bridge that you may need–to give you something to hold onto as a support  Why new parents get lost when the expectation is to feel amazingly wonderful all the time Why I’m happy to offer this course as something to help people feel heard and understand in a path forward Details: The course is available in July with multiple modules in bite-size pieces through videos, audio, and accompanying downloadable worksheets. Check out our Resources section below for more information!


    Resources:
     
    Visit my new website, www.wellmindperinatal.com, to get on the Interest List for the upcoming course. You’ll receive notifications when the course is live, and after you sign up, you’ll be able to watch or listen at your convenience. 

    • 18 min
    27: Parenting Through Collective Trauma

    27: Parenting Through Collective Trauma

    It’s a good time to acknowledge the trauma that is raging around the world, which just adds to the stress from the challenges we have come through with the COVID pandemic.
    Here in the US, we are going through a time of multiple mass shootings, baby formula shortages, wars in other countries, political issues, and controversy about women’s bodies. There is lots of tense energy, worry, and confusion, along with the normal challenges of parenthood.
    For many parents, it has become very hard to process it all and keep living life. With so many people experiencing anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and burnout, navigating the journey is a difficult challenge. In today’s episode, I’m calling this trauma what it is and admitting that life can be so difficult at times. Join me for a closer look.
     
    Show Highlights:
     
    How these traumas bring emotional impacts on parents and kids Why it’s difficult to talk to our kids about the worry, anxiety, and trauma The importance of remaining present with our feelings over tragedies like school shootings How we have been collectively traumatized by many recent events Suggestions for coping by pulling back from social media and the news Why being fully present in your own life is a good option for dealing with stressful times  
    My takeaways and advice:
    Limit your exposure to social media and news outlets. Find things and people to connect with that make you feel safe and secure. Engage in healthy and restorative activities. Realize that we all bear the mark of collective trauma. Know that you are not alone in the world and your feelings. Remember that things aren’t always going to stay this way. 

    • 22 min
    226: Healing Intergenerational Wounds While Navigating HG, Feeding Aversion, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety with Jocelyn Lam

    226: Healing Intergenerational Wounds While Navigating HG, Feeding Aversion, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety with Jocelyn Lam

    During pregnancy and parenthood, we listen to SO many voices telling us what we should look like, feel like, and do. The stereotypes can be frustrating and demeaning to the point that we feel very unheard and unseen. Today’s conversation brings to the forefront the importance of finding self-worth and fulfillment in yourself and who you are, instead of what other people say. Join us to learn more!
    Jocelyn Lam is the mother of an energetic, kind, and silly toddler. Jocelyn is a second-generation immigrant who grew up in Calgary, Canada, and currently resides in the Bay Area of CA. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps folks with intersecting identities break intergenerational trauma cycles, particularly in the areas of parenting, re-parenting, and body image. Jocelyn has training through Postpartum Support International and is working toward her certified eating disorder specialization. In today’s conversation, she shares her personal experience in parenting as a second-generation Chinese and Canadian immigrant, along with a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum, which forced her to quit work during her pregnancy to focus on her health. Because of that diagnosis, she became extremely depressed during her pregnancy, which did not set her up for a good postpartum experience. Shortly after her daughter’s birth, her daughter was diagnosed with feeding aversion, which made breastfeeding very difficult and affected Jocelyn’s attachment to her baby. Even with all the resources and the best clinicians, she struggled and experienced intense postpartum depression and anxiety. Jocelyn shares a lot of insight into her story and why things were so difficult for her. 
    Show Highlights:
    Highlights of Jocelyn’s background and story How her work has been informed by her family background and personal experiences How Jocelyn dealt with Asian stereotypes, racism, and microaggressions as she grew up in white, conservative Calgary How immigrant-related trauma impacted her value and self-worth as she was compared to others in every aspect of life How Jocelyn had to work to undo the mindset that a child’s worth is tied to what they produce and achieve How her daughter’s feeding problems as an infant seemed much like a trauma response How Jocelyn’s diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy had her questioning her worth as a mother and left her feeling invalidated How she had to learn that she deserves self-care How fries from In-N-Out Burger became part of her re-learning process How her hyperemesis gravidarum carried through her baby’s birth and postpartum period with constant comments from others about her baby’s size How Jocelyn’s entire world became about baby weight, calories, and comparing her baby to others What it meant to Jocelyn to learn to trust her own body and why she is teaching her daughter to trust her own body and empower herself Why we really need to unpack what society and our family have taught us about food How Jocelyn’s survival instincts came from her parents’ survival instincts until she learned to find space for herself Why Jocelyn had to overcome the hyper-independence in her background and find community and support Why Asian people typically reach out for mental health MUCH less often than the general population because they are taught to “Be strong and self-sufficient” Jocelyn’s key takeaways about our focus on body image, generational trauma, pregnancy, and postpartum, along with the importance of finding community Resources:
    Postpartum Support International

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

TovaEast ,

Genuine and Real!

So many moms who I work with struggle with postpartum depression, anxiety, and overall lowered quality of life after becoming a mom. This podcast is SO helpful in bringing this to light, normalizing it, and bringing inspiration that improving the overall quality of life for mothers is possible!

LizBar31 ,

Postpartum anxiety

I’m a first time listener and I couldn’t explain to my husband the way I feel. The first episode I heard I felt understood I felt that I wasn’t alone that there’s other mom’s like me. I was able to share the podcast with my husband he understands the way I feel now. Thank you for this space you give to moms that are going thru a difficult time. We are trying we are warriors ♥️

DrPotterPDX ,

Amazing podcast!

Dr. Kat and her guests give amazing information to help moms through the ups and downs of pregnancy and postpartum. If you are looking for a community and resource while you raise young babies, this is it! I highly recommend subscribing and listening to these fantastic episodes.

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