Enough is enough! It’s time to talk about Maternal Mental Health. Too many of us keep silent because of guilt and shame. Or, they don't recognize why they aren't feeling themselves. Maternal Mental Health looks different for everyone. Honestly, if one mom out there feels peace from these stories... our purpose here has been met. You are NOT alone in this! If you have a story to tell, please email us.
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Mama Bear Your Mental Health
In this episode, Leslee talks with us about the importance of self love and healing on your journey through and after a perinatal mood disorder. She emphasizes the importance of treating your mental health like a mama bear treats her children. Protect it, and remember how important and worthy you are!
Episode 53 - Brielle The Calming Doula
Brielle is a passionate doula with a goal to create a safe space for moms to process their birth, prepare for the unexpected and have someone by their side to create a healing experience. No matter what challenges come up. Having experienced an unhealthy relationship in college that lead to sexual abuse - Brielle has learned that even a doctors exam can trigger emotions for her. She wanted to become a doula after always being fascinated by childbirth, but also to create a safe space for moms who have experienced trauma and want to feel heard. She has such a passion for holding space for moms, and partners. You can find out more at www.thecalmingdoula.com or visit her on Instagram at @thecalmingdoula.
Episode 52 - Lizzie Langston - The Postpartum Coach - Put Yourself First
Lizzie Langston is a mom to three kids, wife to a bearded hunk, and an AZ native living in Denver. After struggling twice with postpartum anxiety and depression, and after trying antidepressants, therapy and postpartum support groups, Lizzie found healing through the cognitive-based tools of Life Coaching. In 2018 she became a Certified Life Coach and now offers remote, flexible coaching for moms in postpartum struggle. She’s absolutely passionate about helping moms stay afloat mentally and emotionally postpartum. She shares with us her story of finding strength to get out of the depths. Lizzie begs of moms to put themselves first, even though it seems impossible.
You can follow her on Instagram @lizzielangston
Episode 50 - Denise Wiesner - Fertility Expert on Putting Intimacy Back into Baby Making
Denise Wiesner, fertility and intimacy expert, gets real with us about how struggles with fertility can cause shame and dissolve intimacy. Sex can become associated with failure or loss after infertility. Making a baby can take center stage and we can lose the intimacy behind it all. She shares with us what to do when you feel like your body isn't yours anymore. Let's be honest, we all want to learn more about how to keep things alive in the bedroom with your partner. Especially after we start having children. I am usually a bit shy about this topic - but I felt so comfortable with Denise and was fascinated with the information she shared!
Denise offers fertility and intimacy coaching - please visit her website for more information. https://www.denisewiesner.com
Denise Wiesner L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles (1985) and a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College, in Santa Monica, California (1994).
Denise has been in practice since 1994 with an emphasis on women’s issues and pain control. She treats women’s conditions in various stages of life – from menstrual disorders, infertility, pregnancy to menopause. She has experience treating women going through the process of using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) including assisting embryo transfers at many fertility clinics. She is board certified by American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She has interned with Randine Lewis Ph.D, author of The Infertility Cure, and is a charter member of the Fertile Soul™ Clinic Excellence in Fertility program. She is also certified in the Hunyuan fertility Method. She is the author of the upcoming book, Conceiving With Love , a whole body approach to creating intimacy, reigniting passion and increasing fertility.
Please visit her website to book a consultation, mention Rising Phoenix Podcast for a free consult!
**Sexually explicit content is mentioned, nothing too harsh. But, beware of little ears.**
Episode 49 - Yasmin's Story - A Mother's Advocate
Yasmin has no history of mental illness when she got pregnant. When she had to adjust from having one child, to two... it hit her. She experienced postpartum anxiety, OCD and rage. She felt like there was something wrong with her, she sought help from medical professionals. However, Yasmin fell through the cracks. Despite that, she fought hard and kept pushing for help. Yasmin is a fearless advocate for maternal mental health on social media. She is a voice of strength, vulnerability and isn't afraid to speak the truth about the darkness that is called postpartum.
Episode 48 - Madi's Story - Sexual Abuse Survivor & Advocate
Madi sheds light on how being a survivor of sexual abuse can change the process of becoming a mom, and surface trauma. Madi was sexually abused in high school. It wasn't until she got pregnant and had to go get cervical exams that she was to triggered, she began to hate being pregnant. Madi talks about her experience, and the process she is taking to heal and grieve her father's passing as well. Her brave story sheds light on how sexual abuse creates a void in motherhood, and the inability to enjoy simple things. If you are experiencing any kind of sexual abuse, or have ever experienced it - you are not alone. Please use the link below for resources, the process of healing is out there for you. Madi references the Younique Foundation's healing resources - see below for more. https://youniquefoundation.org/healing-resources/
I feel you were so inspired to start this podcast. Telling our stories helps women know they are not alone in this journey. It helps us heal as we see ourselves in others stories. I love the wisdom women and couples share for others as they tell their experiences. Thank you!!
Yes, this is the real stuff!
Thank you for being vulnerable and talking about something so heavy and difficult for moms. We need more conversations like this on a daily basis.
These conversations need to happen more often! I'm so glad you both are doing this work