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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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Oct 24, 2016

Using laughter and empowerment to heal

NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks, LCSW, LCAC, CLYL, CEC, ELI-MP

In this episode, we are talking with NaKaisha Tolbert-banks. She is sharing some of her personal story and journey through Postpartum Depression and how she got through it, as well as her professional role as a clinical social worker helping people through perinatal mood disorders and she is also a Laughter Coach utilizing laughter and humor for therapeutic purposes. 

NaKaisha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. She is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader as well as a Certified Empowerment Coach. NaKaisha serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Cincinnati, and has previously been Adjunct Faculty for Indiana University’s School of Social Work.

NaKaisha believes there is no health without mental health, and translates this belief into her private practice, D.U.O. EmpowerMEnt Services. She provides professional counseling and life coaching services, and educates the community through various speaking opportunities on various aspects of mental health and wellness. In her spare time, NaKaisha enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, cooking, baking, and traveling. NaKaisha enjoys laughing with her husband and two young daughters, as it is an important part of her everyday life, because laughter, to her, gives life meaning!

Twitter: @1stladygiggles

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