Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Anxiety and OCD — 072

Aug 27

In today’s episode, we discuss the spiritual, mental, and emotional transitions women go through on their motherhood journey. Dr. Katayune Kaeni – aka Dr. Kat – joins us to share the traumatic personal experience that led her to specialize in maternal mental health and how she helps women to prepare for and heal from the under-discussed challenges mothers face.

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, embarrassed and didn’t open up about what she was experiencing. And as a psychologist, she thought she should be able to figure it out on her own.

During our conversation, we learn about how Dr. Kat started her healing process with energy work and whole body healing, how she empowers women to answer the ‘what if’ questions, and the many different ways our motherhood journeys change us.

In This Episode:

  • Why many women are silent about their postpartum anxiety

  • How women can ask for support from a partner or their community

  • The limited support mothers receive through social structures

  • Depression assessments

  • The relationship between the motherhood journey and the mental health journey

  • Energy work and whole body healing

  • The unexpected ways healing occurs

  • How to separate what is happening to you from who you are

  • Creating an adjustable set of expectations for friends and family

  • How to get a free one-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful

Show Notes:

The Mom & Mind Podcast

Mom & Mind Podcast on Facebook

Mom & Mind on Instagram

Dr. Kaeni on Twitter

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About Our Guest:

Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., is a psychologist specializing perinatal mental health and the creator and host of the Mom & Mind Podcast. Dr. Kat supports mothers and families in her private practice in Southern California. She is a board member of Postpartum Support International and also volunteers for PSI as the area co-coordinator for San Bernardino County, CA. Dr. Kat was a subject matter expert for PSI certification exam development. She offers training in perinatal mental health to healthcare providers in her community.

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