The Confused Mother - I am an Indian mother living in Germany and talk to international experts and mothers to debunk and demystify everything related to motherhood, share experiences, talk about the realities of parenting and share their advice for all the issues that we discuss.
Indian mother in Germany: culture and homesickness
Being a mother in a foreign country, in Germany, means that you are probably homesick a lot because you miss the festivals, culture and familiarity of it all. I'm from India and miss it all the time, especially at this time of the year.
Listen to the episode on how I deal with it and also make sure to pass on the good stuff to my daughter.
Gitanjali More: Indian mom in Berlin
Here is my birthday episode and the final one for season 1!
In this episode of The Confused Mother podcast, I tried something new. I didn’t invite a guest, but decided to share some things about myself and my work. Being an Indian mother in Germany presents a lot of challenges and opportunities. I share some of them here. So do give it a listen!
The Confused Mother podcast will come back for season 2 in September. Stay tuned!
Anna Mendel: Down syndrome, autism and POC
Anna Mendel has three children, two of them with special needs. In this episode, we talked about Down syndrome, autism, racism and so much more. She also talks about her experiences as a woman of colour and an adopted child.
She felt like she had so much to say, so she put down her experiences in the form of autobiographical essays.
You can find out more about her work and her book here: https://www.annamendel.de/
Postpartum depression: A father's perspective
Postpartum depression is often ignored, goes undiagnosed and still has a lot of stigma around it. It goes on much longer than baby blues, which typically last about two weeks after the baby is born. In this episode, I got a father's perspective on recognising and dealing with his wife's PPD. My guest in this episode asked for it to be kept anonymous but shared a lot of personal details and his perspective and tips on postpartum depression.
He mentioned the book Crib sheet by Emily Oster.
If you or your partner or someone you know might be suffering from postpartum depression, please seek professional medical help immediately and do not ignore the signs. You are not alone.
If you are looking to connect with other mothers, join The Confused Mother Facebook group or join our meetups to connect with other mothers for support. The next meeting in person is on July 8. Write to me to get more details.
B Wie Berlin: Alissa's entrepreneurship journey
B Wie Berlin is a set of beautifully illustrated learning cards, customised for kids learn their ABCs about places in Berlin. Listen to this funny, exciting and heartwarming episode with the creator, Alissa. She and I talked about her entrepreneurship journey during the Covid lockdown and how it’s evolved since then, her international upbringing, life as a mother of (now) three wonderful children in Berlin and so much more.
See her other work and buy your cards here: https://www.bwieberlin.com/
Get your idea to business guide here: https://elopage.com/s/theconfusedmother/from-idea-to-dream-create-your-business-today
Nicole Longmire: My baby in the stars
TW: Mention of infant loss
Nicole Longmire is a US military wife and has 4 children—2 from the heart, one in her arms, and one in the stars; and has been dealing with traumatic grief since the death of her infant son in 2021 while she and her family were living in Germany. We talked about what happened, how she and her family are dealing with it and she shares her suggestions on how you can deal with a similar loss.
Nicole mentioned a few resources available for parents in Germany, who are suffering the loss of a pregnancy or child.
Postpartum support international
You can learn more about Nicole's work here:
If you are facing a similar loss, please know that you are not alone. There is a lot of support available for you. Please reach out to me with any questions you have and I am happy to help you find the help you need.