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Mommy Brain Revisited: the neuroscience of parenting - A podcast for parents, health care providers, scientists and anyone interested in current research on ‘mommy brain’ and brain changes with parenting.

Interviewing leading researchers in the field.

Brain art: www.maayanillustrations.com from Pawluski et al, 2017 Neurobiology of Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. Trends in Neurosciences.


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Mommy Brain Revisited Dr. Jodi Pawluski

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Mommy Brain Revisited: the neuroscience of parenting - A podcast for parents, health care providers, scientists and anyone interested in current research on ‘mommy brain’ and brain changes with parenting.

Interviewing leading researchers in the field.

Brain art: www.maayanillustrations.com from Pawluski et al, 2017 Neurobiology of Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. Trends in Neurosciences.


Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommybrainrevisited/support

    Immune Changes in the Maternal Brain

    Immune Changes in the Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr Benedetta Leuner who is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University in the USA.  We talk about her research investigating the neuroimmune changes in the maternal brain. So important! We talk about microglia changes during pregnancy and the postpartum, their role in neuroplasticity, mechanisms behind their changes, and the potential role of neuroimmune changes in maternal mental illnesses such as Postpartum Depression.  We also talk about our experiences with ‘Mommy Brain’ – 😊 .

    For more information about Dr. Leuner's research click here.  

    Here is a direct link to her publications.  


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    • 39 min
    Enduring Effects of Parenting on the Brain

    Enduring Effects of Parenting on the Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Winnie Orchard, a PhD candidate at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her recent research focuses on parenthood and the aging brain in humans and she works under the supervision of Dr Sharna Jamadar. In this episode we talk about how parenting affects your brain and memory when you’re 70+ years old! We also talk about how these changes affect mothers and fathers differently and how the number of children you have may be related to these effects. So interesting!

    Check out her Facebook page @maternalbrain

    For more information on the team she is part of see link

    Here is a direct link to her publications. 


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    • 46 min
    Opioid Use and the Maternal Brain

    Opioid Use and the Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr James Swain, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York State, USA. We talk about his nearly 20 years of research on the human maternal brain and his current research on how opioid use disorder can alter the maternal brain and potentially behavior. [When we talk about opioid use disorder we’re often talking about prescription medications.]

    We also talk about the Mom Power intervention and how interventions like this can change our maternal brains for the better.

    If you’re struggling with opioid use please reach out for support. You are not alone. Treatment can help. Talk to you health care provider today.

    Click here for more information on the research of Dr. Swain.   

    Click here for his current publications.


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    • 57 min
    Pregnancy and the Brain

    Pregnancy and the Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr Elseline Hoekzema, a senior neuroscientist at the Brain & Development Research Center, Leiden University, the Netherlands. We talk about her research investigating the effects of pregnancy on the human brain. Fascinating! We also talk about how amazing the maternal brain is, despite experiences with ‘mommy brain’ – and yes we both experienced it -, and to trust biology as it takes us through this transition into parenthood.

    For more information on her research see link.

    Here is a direct link to her publications.


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    • 37 min
    Partner Loss and the Maternal Brain

    Partner Loss and the Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr. Oliver Bosch, Professor in the Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine at the University of Regensburg, Germany. We talk about his recent research on partner loss and the maternal brain in relation to corticotropin releasing factor (CRF). We also talk about so much more – how fascinating the maternal brain is as well as single parenthood, social support, pregnancy loss and how much we need to know about how stressful events can impact the parental brain.

    For more information on his research see link. 

    Here is a direct link to his publications.



    Have questions or comments - let me know: www.jodipawluski.com


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    • 45 min
    Maternal Experience and the Ageing Maternal Brain

    Maternal Experience and the Ageing Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr. Liisa Galea, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Brain Health at The University of British Columbia, Canada. We talk about her recent research on maternal experience and its effect on the aging hippocampus. We also talk about other effects of motherhood on ageing, menopause, and the lack of funding for women’s health research. Let’s support maternal health research!

    For more information on her research see here. 

    Here is a direct link to her publications.


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    • 45 min

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Tori1205 ,

First Review!

Thank you for making an excellent podcast highlighting new parental brain research. It’s a great way to keep up with new studies would working away in the lab on my own parental care dissertation!

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