Why can motherhood be so overstimulating at times? The noise, the mess, the touching, it can all lead to sensory overload. Sometimes we respond to this overload with irritability, followed by guilt or shame for our behaviors. Can you relate? This is the topic for today's episode with psychologist Dr. Ashurina Reams. You can continue to follow Dr. Ream's work and find her offerings through instagram @psychedmommy.

Resource mentioned in the episode:

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M Ross.

This episode was brought to by Storq. Check out Storq.com for comfortable everyday clothing and products for pregnancy and postpartum. Use code HOLDINGSPACE for 10% off your first order.

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Looking for more support in preparing for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year, the two E-Courses I created with Board Certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling.

In this episode I share my conversation with Dr. Kelly Fradin, Pediatrician and author of Parenting in a Pandemic. Dr. Fradin demystifies your biggest worries when it comes to the coronavirus and children, and answers questions about steps parents can take to keep their families safe during the upcoming holidays. We explore the social emotional impact of living in a pandemic for both parents and their children, and offer tips for staying well both physically and mentally.

To continue to follow Dr. Fradin's work you can find her on instagram @adviceigivemyfriends, and you can buy her book Parenting in a Pandemic here!

Join me and my co-host Karrie Locher, RN, this Thursday November 5th for a Workshop for the Worried Mama!

This episode was brought to you by Storq, daily essentials to make postpartum life with both cozy and convenient! Get 10% off your first order with code HOLDINGSPACE. 

In this episode I share my conversation with Chasity Holcomb, Licensed Professional Counselor and founder of Momfully You. Together we explore the identity transition of becoming a mother. While we might hope and imagine that we will just <poof> connect with that new identity after our baby is born, it is very common to not feel comfortable or confident in your role as "mom" right away!

To join Chasity's Momfully You Academy (the doors close Oct 26th at midnight), click here! You can also follow her on instagram @momfully.you.

This episode was brought to you by Storq! Bringing life earth-side is a pretty big deal. I love their new mama care kit which comes with their nipple balm, soothing spray, and sitz bath soak! Use code HOLDINGSPACE for 10% off your first order.

Looking for more support in preparing for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year, the two E-Courses I created with Board Certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling.

In this episode I share my conversation with Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC-certified lactation coach and founder of Lactation Link. In this episode Lindsey shares her story of grief and loss that she experienced after having a baby and being diagnosed with cancer. Together we explore how Lindsey found joy even amidst the grief and pain. I put together a supportive worksheet with prompts to help in identifying the high and low emotions you may experience in postpartum, which you can find here!

To continue to follow Lindsey and discover her incredible resources for lactating parents, you can visit the following links:

Find Lactation Link on Instagram @lactationlink
Follow her personal journey @lindsey_shipley 
Check out what's new on lactationlink.com
 
This episode was brought to you by Storq. Storq makes amazing comfortable clothing for pregnancy and postpartum, but do you know what goes on behind the scenes at Storq? Storq donates second and gently used merchandise directly to the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, an organization that provides critical resources to families in need. So when you buy from Storq you are not only getting something SUPER cozy and stylish, you're also supporting a company that's doing good for their community too. You can get 10% off your first order with code HOLDINGSPACE when you visit storq.com.
 

In this episode I share my conversation with New York Times Best Selling Author and mom to three Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW. We discuss her most recent book Bottom Line for Baby, where she shares the science behind some of the biggest decisions new parents have to make. Tina and I explore the overwhelming feelings that come with trying to make the best decisions for you and your baby, all while navigating the parent shaming and judgment that unfortunately many of us experience. 

To continue to follow Tina's work you can find her @tinapaynebryson.

You can get your hands on Bottom Line for Baby by clicking here!

This episode was sponsored by Storq. Not only does Storq offer the most comfortable postpartum essentials you'll want to wear all day, they also have an amazing beauty line! I'm a huge fan of their nipple balm and soothing spray.

All their ingredients are organic and natural, so you can feel good about the products you're using. Podcast listeners can use the code HOLDINGSPACE for 10% off their first order!

Looking for more support in preparing for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year, the two E-Courses I created with Board Certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling.

In this episode I share my conversation with Karrie Locher, postpartum nurse and mom to 3. We discuss a common (but not often discussed) symptom of postpartum depression and anxiety, RAGE. Karrie shares her experience with postpartum rage, we discuss the stigma around women expressing anger, and explore supportive coping skills. To learn more from Karrie you can find her on social media @karrie_locher or karingforpostpartum.com (where you'll also find her courses!)

If you or someone you love is struggling with postpartum rage, you can find support and resources at Postpartum Support International.
 
This episode was brought to you in part by the support of Storq. Storq makes daily essentials for pregnancy, nursing and parenthood that look and feel good. One thing I love about the brand is that they only photograph actual expecting and nursing mamas of different sizes, body types, heights, and stages of pregnancy and postpartum. They don’t retouch their images, so you can see how everything actually looks on real people in real life. You can use code HOLDINGSPACE for 10% off your first order!
 

In this episode I share my conversation with registered therapist, maternal mental health specialist, and Happy as a Mother founder Erica Djossa. Together we explore the invisible mental load of motherhood in that first year with baby. You know all those tabs you have open in your brain that no one else sees? That's what we are talking about today! Tune in to learn more about the not so visible jobs that postpartum mothers carry and what you can do to lighten the load.

This episode is brought to by Storq. Storq makes daily essentials for pregnancy, nursing and parenthood that look and feel good without compromising your personal style. As promised in the episode, I've linked below two of my favorite nursing friendly products they carry! Use code HOLDINGSPACE for 10% off your first order.

The Everyday Nursing Bra

(I have it in blush)

The Nursing Tank

(I'm a fan of the lilac color)

If you want to learn more about my guest Erica you can find her at the links below!

Website:

www.happyasamother.co

Podcast:

www.happyasamother.co/itunes

Mother Up Membership Program: 

www.happyasamother.co/motherup

Follow her on Instagram @_happyasamother

 

Looking for more support in preparing for postpartum or thriving in that first year with baby? Click here to learn more about Prepared Postpartum and Flourish in the First Year, the two E-Courses I created with Board Certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling.

 

In this episode I'm sharing my conversation with Psychologist Dr. Angel Montfort. Together we explore the impact of racism on mental health, physical health, and relationships. We discuss ways we can begin to talk to our children about race, why raising "color blind" children is not the answer, and navigating difficult conversations about privilege. Dr. Montfort shares the disparities that continue to exist in the peripartum wellness world for people of color. We identify resources and Dr. Montfort shares ways that we can begin to take steps TODAY to address the racial disparities experienced in our communities. You can continue to follow Dr. Angel's work on social media @drangelmontfort and at www.cfmmh.com.

Here are some of the resources shared in the episode:

Mental health care resources:
Therapy for Black Girls @therapyforblackgirls
The Loveland Foundation @thelovelandfoundation
The Great Unlearn @thegreatunlearn
The Next Question @tnqshow
Dr. Jazmine @themompsychologist
Dr. Annlouise Lockhart @dr.annlouise.lockhart
The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid
 
Opportunities for advocacy:
Until Freedom @untilfreedom
Color of Change @colorofchange

If you're pregnant or postpartum or hoping to have a baby in 2020, I am SO glad you're here listening to this episode! My guest today is the queen of newborn sleep, Cara Dumaplin of Taking Cara Babies, but in this episode we talk about SO much more than sleep. We explore the relationship between sleep, mental health, the common experience of scary/anxious thoughts in postpartum, schedules, and honoring the needs of the WHOLE family (including yourself) when you're postpartum. You can follow Cara on instagram at @takingcarababies or at https://takingcarababies.com/. To find the article written by Dr. Cassidy for Cara's blog about scary thoughts mentioned in the episode, click here.

Are you expecting in 2020? I've teamed up with board certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling to create a free masterclass that we will be offering starting next week, January 15th! In this masterclass, we bring the expertise from both our fields to offer The 4 to a Restful and Supported Postpartum. Click here to reserve your seat for the free live event, we have a few day/time options to fit your schedule!

In this episode of Holding Space Podcast I invited Dr. Christine Sterling, board certified OBGYN, back on the podcast! In this episode we flip the script. Dr. Sterling is pregnant and in this episode she asks me questions about how she can prepare her daughter Celeste for their new baby. I share our family's personal story and the challenges we faced in the transition to adding a new baby to our family system. I offer tangible ways you can be preparing your older children for becoming a big brother or sister.

Our comprehensive digital course, Prepared Postpartum is launching January 15th! This is your step-by-step to a restful, loving, and supported postpartum for the whole family created by two doctors, a licensed family therapist (me!) and a board certified OBGYN (Dr. Sterling!) To take the postpartum preparation quiz and to receivce a custom response based on your answers on what steps to take next, click here! Want to join our Prepared Postpartum waitlist? Click here to be the first to know when the course enrollment opens! To follow Dr. Sterling on instagram, you can find her @drsterlingobgyn.

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