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Conscious Parenting and Healing Ourselves — 081

Conscious Parenting, Healing, New Mama

Host Mellisa Reeves and guest Tamara Iglesias of Welly Nest, a conscious parenting coach, explore how motherhood brings up all of the unresolved issues in our lives and how conscious parenting serves as an invitation to heal our own selves.

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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

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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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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