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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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Feb 6, 2017

Melissa Bangs tells us parts of her personal story of postpartum mania and psychosis, a hospitalization, how her husband and supports helped her through and how her experience transformed into a powerful stage performance.

She is a writer, director, storyteller and comedian who is currently on a year-long West Coast tour with her husband, Eric, four year-old daughter, Adelaide and 130 pound Bernese Mountain Dog, Etta James.

They are touring Melissa's nonfiction storytelling performance PLAYING MONOPOLY WITH GOD & OTHER TRUE STORIES, a tragicomedy unlike anything you have ever experienced.

In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter Adelaide.  A month later, dramatically hormone depleted and sleep deprived, Melissa is admitted to the an in-patient psych unit in a complete manic state.  After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium.  What comes next is an extraordinary journey.

Find Melissa Here:

You can watch the trailer, read reviews, purchase tickets, check tour dates (upcoming dates and locations listed below)!


Facebook: Playing Monopoly With God & Other True Stories

Twitter: @melissabangs1

Follow the tour and connect others with the show up and down the West Coast and far beyond by LIKE-ing Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories on Facebook or Melissa Bangs on Twitter and then sharing posts and tagging friends.

Upcoming Shows!!!!

Pasadena, March 17th & 18th

Santa Cruz, April 26th

Santa Barbara, June 3rd

Portland, August 4th, 5th & 6th

Dates to be set soon in San Diego and the Bay Area!!!