How Becoming a Mother Can Transform a Career — 076

New Mama, Pregnancy, Working Mama

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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Why A Postpartum Doula Could Change Your Life — 075

Birth, New Mama, Women's Health

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

Adoption, Birth, New Mama

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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Unexpected Down Syndrome Diagnosis at Birth — 073

Birth, Love After Babies, Women's Health

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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Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Anxiety and OCD — 072

Birth, New Mama, Women's Health

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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Motherhood, Body Image and Diet Culture — 071

Love After Babies, New Mama, Women's Health

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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