If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have heard here and there that I’m starting a podcast! I apologize ahead of time if I use too many exclamation points in this post, but starting a podcast has been on my mind for a over a year.
It’s actually pretty perfect. As a stay-at-home mom, this is the perfect outlet because I can give so much information to you all in the comfort of my pajamas and messy bun. (Because I seriously do this. Unless I have a guest on, then I wear a nice top with pajamas pants on the bottom.)
In all seriousness, podcasts are where it’s at, and as a mom, I find myself constantly listening to them. You can find earphones in my ear while I’m working out, washing dishes, taking a walk. I even bought waterproof speakers for my shower to listen in. Needless to say, I love a good podcast, and I know I’m not the only mom.
Podcasts were especially helpful to me during the peak of my postpartum depression. It gave me comfort knowing I wasn’t the only one dealing with maternal mental health disorders. You can find me talking about my postpartum journey on the Mom and Mind Podcast, Adventures in Postpartum Depression, Always With Me, and the Not Your Typical Mom Podcast.
And yet, I still felt like there was a huge void in the topic of postpartum depression where podcasts were concerned. The fact that 1 in 7 moms are struggling made me feel like there should be WAY MORE information out there about it.
When I started out looking for healing answers, I personally didn’t want to take medication. Let me be clear, this is no judgment on you. Everyone’s journey is different. In fact, not everyone is capable of trying a natural approach off the bat. There’s a huge spectrum of depression and if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, then a natural approach would be great alongside medicine. Either way, I couldn’t find any answers out there for something more holistic.
I went in search for natural approaches to my postpartum depression and I always fell short. I would dabble in self-care, stress management techniques, emotional release, doing less, and still felt something was off. Intuitively I knew there was a root cause to each illness, and I felt this was a huge missing piece in the maternal mental health community.
Often times, when we go for treatment for our postpartum depression, we’re given 2 things: therapy & medication. Although I think therapy is absolutely necessary, it can sometimes be only part of the equation. Medication is necessary for some in order to stabilize, but it will not make you happy. There is so much inner work to be done. But the biggest key and what my job as a certified integrative nutrition coach is to do, is to get to the root cause of the problem.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear people who are afraid to take meds because:
- they’re breastfeeding
- they’re afraid of the side effects
- they don’t want to take meds for the rest of their life
- they’re scared of the withdrawal process
And then there have been stories of people taking medication, trying different dosages, and even different medication and still suffering with anxiety and/or depression. They’re left feeling frustrated among so many things.
Enter the Natural Postpartum Support podcast. Throughout the podcast, I’ll help by chatting on topics of prevention, natural and medical management, and nutrition that you won’t get anywhere else.
In my journey as a mom, I went almost 2 years without knowing I had an issue with my mental health, and I know I’m not the only one. I’d recommend this podcast to any new mom to understand the ins and outs of what you’re going through.
To start it all off, I brought on my friend, Dr. Danielle Jenkins, PsyD to come on the show and really help you to understand what it means to have a maternal mental health disorder.
Danielle is a psychologist living in Washington where she has her own private practice. She has a specialized expertise in Maternal Mental Health Treatment (focusing on dealing with issues related to infertility, pregnancy and newborn loss, and prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression). She borrows from her experience working in parent-child interactive preschools, as a postpartum doula, and as a nanny.
Through the first 4 episodes we talk about resources, symptoms, healing techniques, and & root causes so you can really get the bottom of your diagnosis. Postpartum depression is used as an umbrella term and even medical professionals have a hard time identifying the problem. You should most definitely see a health professional if you think something is wrong, but these episodes are here to empower you.
What Will Be Covered:
- Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression
- Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Anxiety
- Everything You Need To Know About PTSD
- Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum OCD, Postpartum Psychosis, & Panic Disorder
And to top it all off, our first guest interview is with one of the producers from When The Bough Breaks, Lindsay Gerszt.
I cannot want for Monday, February 5th when it all goes LIVE!
In the meantime, if you just. can’t. wait. I’ve got you covered 😉 Join my Natural Postpartum Support Facebook Group for tons of goodies related to the show!
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