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Welcome to the Mom & Mind Podcast!

This podcast focuses on the Maternal Mental Health struggles related to becoming pregnant, being pregnant, birth and early parenthood. We talk about all of the stuff that you wish someone would have told you BEFORE you tried to be pregnant or have a baby. Postpartum depression is only part of the story.

The goal of this podcast to put all of this info out in the open. There’s no need to hide these very human experiences…so many people deal with these struggles. So, the podcast provides real life stories of moms, dads and family AND we will talk with experts, leaders and advocates in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health. You deserve to be informed!!!!

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Mar 23, 2020

The focus of our chat is on sex, but it’s also about relationships and stress and how our brains work. Our guest Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. shares her brilliant wisdom with us in this episode. Given the current state of the world, we are living in times of unprecedented stress, which absolutely affects how we relate to each other. I’m excited for you to hear this episode and learn more about your brain, sex and stress, especially postpartum. (FYI, sex related body parts, sex related words are used in our chat).

 Emily Nagoski is a sex educator and the author of Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex LIfe and Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Her job is to travel all over the world, training therapists, medical professionals, college students, and the general public about the science of women’s sexual wellbeing.

Show Highlights:

  • The dual control model of how your brain perceives and processes sex
  • Why you might feel judgment about your sexual response, which “hits the brakes”--not the accelerator
  • Why the magical six-week timeline doesn’t work for most women
  • How your brain responds to the physical changes that come with giving birth
  • The best perspective on the six-week timeline
  • Steps to take in the chaos:
    • Identify what is causing you to hit the brakes
    • Have non-sexual sharing and touching
  • Why Emily doesn’t use the term “libido”
  • Why sexual desire differential is the #1 reason people seek sex therapy
  • The secrets of sexuality in long-term relationships
  • Why desire does NOT come first
  • Why you need to identify the sex you want---and don’t want
  • Why “pleasure is the measure” of your sexual wellbeing
  • Why Emily reads her own audiobook versions
  • Creating the ultimate sex-positive context through kindness and compassion
  • The difference in confidence and joy


Emily Nagoski

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

 Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski