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The Eating Instinct – Motherhood and Diet Culture — 080

Love After Babies, New Mama, Women's Health

Virginia Sole-Smith frequently wrote diet articles for women’s magazines but much of what she wrote never rang true for her. Then, when her first child was born with a rare congenital heart condition and wouldn’t eat on her own, she began to connect the dots of how outside influences can alter our bodies’ natural instincts to nourish and satiate ourselves.

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Unexpected Down Syndrome Diagnosis at Birth — 073

During her first pregnancy, Amanda was euphoric and felt a profound spiritual connection to her son but after he was born, the separation triggered a severe postpartum loneliness which lasted for eighteen months. And after struggling with the decision of her readiness to have another child, her daughter was born with an undetected, random form of Down Syndrome.

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Birth, Love After Babies, Women's Health

Motherhood, Body Image and Diet Culture — 071

Ellen has spent most of her career working with women through the deep-rooted confusion that can lead to eating disorders and body image issues. She helps women sort through the culturally handed-down and media-driven information that has created unrealistic ideals of what it means to be a woman.

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Love After Babies, New Mama, Women's Health

Becoming Us: Your Relationship After Birth — 036

Elly shares the dark and challenging times of her own transition to motherhood in this honest conversation – and also shares the hope and potential she sees for families after years of working with her own partner and with other couples.  

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Listener Faves, Love After Babies, New Mama

Navigating Family Expectations – 009

A mother learns to navigate family expectations during the postpartum period with her first son, and finds more freedom to go with the flow the second time around.

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Birth, Love After Babies, New Mama