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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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How Becoming a Mother Can Transform a Career — 076

Sarah Peck was the first employee to get pregnant at the Silicon Valley startup she worked for. And while her boss affirmed things would work out, she could feel unconscious competition and misogyny in the air. Inside she was feeling lonely and wondering if she was sacrificing the career she had built.

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New Mama, Pregnancy, Working Mama

Why A Postpartum Doula Could Change Your Life — 075

A lack of support during her postpartum transition inspired today’s guest, Kate Turza, to become a certified postpartum doula. She decided to offer women the support she wished she’d had by becoming a doula and by joining the board of a non-profit that facilitates a monthly birth circle.

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Birth, New Mama, Women's Health

Empowering VBAC, Recurrent Loss & Being a Foster Family — 074

Evan Manskey, always wanted a family but doubted her body’s ability to have children. A self-proclaimed late bloomer, her monthly menstruation didn’t come until after she started driving. When she experienced excessive bleeding during her first two pregnancies, both of which ended as miscarriages, she was overcome with anxiety and fell into depression.

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Adoption, Birth, New Mama

Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Anxiety and OCD — 072

When Dr. Kat experienced postpartum depression after the birth of her first child she was unsure exactly what was happening. Like many women, she felt ashamed…And as a psychologist, she thought she should be able to figure it out on her own.

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Birth, New Mama, 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