11 episodes

Dr. Pip Houghton talks to real mamas, pregnant and parenting people about maternal mental health and the "normal hard stuff" that all newly parenting families experience. Through real patient stories, Dr. Pip will address common maternal mental health questions. Making Mama Well exists to make sure no mama feels alone in her experience. You are still a good mom. With help, you will be well. TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the episodes in the show will dive into hard topics including but not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, suicidal thoughts and birth trauma. This podcast series is part of a perinatal mental health project and is an initiative ofthe Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice, supported with funding from the Shared Care Committee – a partnership of Doctors of BC and the BC government. Musical stylings and sound editing for this series were provided by Nick Houghton and Hootin’ Music.The stories in this podcast are intended for education purposes only and not to be viewed as a substitute for personal medical advice.

The Making Mama Well Podcast with Dr. Pip Houghton Phillippa

    • Health & Fitness

Dr. Pip Houghton talks to real mamas, pregnant and parenting people about maternal mental health and the "normal hard stuff" that all newly parenting families experience. Through real patient stories, Dr. Pip will address common maternal mental health questions. Making Mama Well exists to make sure no mama feels alone in her experience. You are still a good mom. With help, you will be well. TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the episodes in the show will dive into hard topics including but not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, suicidal thoughts and birth trauma. This podcast series is part of a perinatal mental health project and is an initiative ofthe Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice, supported with funding from the Shared Care Committee – a partnership of Doctors of BC and the BC government. Musical stylings and sound editing for this series were provided by Nick Houghton and Hootin’ Music.The stories in this podcast are intended for education purposes only and not to be viewed as a substitute for personal medical advice.

    Don't F*ck It Up - Dr Pip and Chris discuss the importance of partners in the postpartum period

    Don't F*ck It Up - Dr Pip and Chris discuss the importance of partners in the postpartum period

    So much is going on in the postpartum period, it can feel like a huge adjustment for everyone. Dads, partners and support people may struggle to find their place in these early days especially when mama and baby seem so tightly connected.

    Join us in the last episode of this limited series as Chris and I discuss all things partners. From night support to bonding to intimacy, we talk about where partners can step in and thrive in their new role.

    Have you enjoyed this series? Could you spare a minute to leave some feedback at this survey link? Your thoughts can help make it possible for us to run another series.

    https://surveys.reichertandassociates.ca/f/l/CRSharedCareMaternity_PodcastFeedback

    • 57 min
    I Hated Him - Dr. Pip talks to Amanda about Relationship Challenges Postpartum

    I Hated Him - Dr. Pip talks to Amanda about Relationship Challenges Postpartum

    Adding a new baby to your family, whether it be the first or the third, is both joyful and uniquely stressful. In fact, some of the biggest stressors we go through in our lives are ones traditionally viewed as positive – marriage, moving, starting a new career, welcoming a new baby are all positive changes but still a change, and change causes stress.

    The stress of a newborn arriving will put strain on even the strongest relationships, this is COMMON. Challenges during this season can feel very shocking and might leave you worried about what the future holds for your union. There is hope, you will get through this challenging phase but it does require intention.

    In this episode Amanda and I talk about the common challenges that new families face and strategies to put in place to protect your union.

    Resources Mentioned In This Episode

    www.makingmamawell.ca/blog/when-you-hate-your-partner-after-baby-arrives
    https://www.fairplaylife.com/
    https://sheltersafe.ca/
    http://www.bcwomens.ca/health-info/violence/violence-against-women

    • 51 min
    Counting Blessings, Not Chromosomes - Dr Pip chats to Abby about navigating unexpected news in pregnancy

    Counting Blessings, Not Chromosomes - Dr Pip chats to Abby about navigating unexpected news in pregnancy

    In this episode I speak to Abby, entrepreneur and founder of Pursuing Her Purpose and podcast host on the HERself Podcast. Abby is a mama to three and inclusion advocate. In this episode she shares her journey through a prenatal diagnosis of Downs Syndrome, the emotions and processing that came alongside that unexpected news and how she learned the power of the AND. You can love your baby AND grieve the image you had for them. You can be grateful that your baby arrived safely AND wish they had a simpler life ahead of them.

    When it comes to unexpected news in pregnancy or after the arrival of a baby, all feelings are valid. It's ok to feel conflicted, confused, lost, sad or disappointed. It doesn't mean you love your baby less. It means you are human.

    Resources mentioned in this episode include:
    https://www.mother.ly/life/raising-child-with-down-syndrome/
     https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/mama-is-our-baby-sick-they-stuck-a-foot-long-needle-in-my-stomach-i-just-wanted-it-to-be-over-down-syndrome-all-we-see-is-light-a/
     https://theluckyfewfoundation.org/
     https://www.jacksbasket.org/
     https://gigisplayhouse.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw_viWBhD8ARIsAH1mCd7VM_veFe6qbjyxBcpxDiJs40DQ9gQHJu-rrb7T_8j7cRXLAlykDwoaAoRaEALw_wcB
     https://cdss.ca/

    Abby can be found at:
    https://www.pursuingherpurpose.com/
    https://www.herselfpodcast.com/

    • 31 min
    It's Not Supposed to Hurt Like This - Dr. Pip talks to Katie and IBCLC Jamie on breastfeeding challenges and mental health

    It's Not Supposed to Hurt Like This - Dr. Pip talks to Katie and IBCLC Jamie on breastfeeding challenges and mental health

    In this episode I talk to Katie, mama to two and Jamie, mama to four, IBCLC, RN and MA in Counselling Psychology candidate.  Katie shares her journey in breastfeeding including challenges with mastitis, oversupply and latch all of which contributed to mental health distress in the postpartum period. We talk how to prepare for infant feeding in pregnancy, what to expect in the first 24-48 hours postpartum and what to do if breastfeeding is not working well for you. 

    Know that while breastfeeding is natural; it is not always easy. Know that while breastfeeding does offer health benefits to your baby; nothing benefits your baby more than a healthy mama. If breastfeeding is not working for you, know that there are other infant feeding options out there and that you are still a good mom, no matter HOW you choose to feed your baby. 

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    https://www.makingmamawell.ca/blog/when-breastfeeding-isnt-working-for-you
    https://www.lllc.ca/
    https://kellymom.com/
    https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/pregnancy-parenting/babys-best-chance
    https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-services/pregnancy-birth-services/right-start

    • 51 min
    I Don't Think I Ever Felt Confident In The Pregnancy - Dr. Pip Talks to Cora about Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

    I Don't Think I Ever Felt Confident In The Pregnancy - Dr. Pip Talks to Cora about Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

    A pregnant person starts to experience changes in their body, heart and identity as early as four weeks of pregnancy. As soon as that test turns positive, the transition to motherhood begins, which is a whole person process. From physical changes such as weight gain, breast tenderness and fatigue to identity shifts and dreams for the future, becoming a mother starts early.

    In this episode we discuss infertility, miscarriage and the emotions that are carried forward into subsequent pregnancies. 

    https://www.makingmamawell.ca/blog/pregnancy-loss-your-emotions-and-how-to-heal

    • 32 min
    I Was Terrified - Dr. Pip Discusses Medical Complications and PPA

    I Was Terrified - Dr. Pip Discusses Medical Complications and PPA

    Trigger Warning: In this episode we talk about a newborn with breathing problems. Some of the specifics of this story may be triggering to some listeners. 

    In this episode I talk to Krista about her postpartum journey with her second baby, Logan, who as a newborn had numerous unexplained episodes in which he briefly stopped breathing. Krista walks us through the experience of being post c-section, with a toddler at home, during COVID while also trying to get answers for her newborn. 

    Understandably, Krista ended up developing an anxiety disorder after carrying all of this trauma and stress. Anxiety disorders are much more common in pregnant and postpartum people who have experienced medical complications and this episode we discuss why and how to get help.

    • 34 min

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