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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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Sep 25, 2017

Bipolar disorder in pregnancy and postpartum is not often discussed. Dyane Harwood is advocating for that to change. In this episode, Dyane shares her personal journey through postpartum bipolar, what she wishes people would understand and how we can all be more supportive to mothers experiencing this difficult and often misunderstood condition.

In this rich discussion, we touch on:

-Some signs, symptoms and what it may look like to others

-Insight into what it might feel like for a mother to be going through Bipolar in postpartum.

-Supportive tips on what might help in early detection, prevention and healing.

Connect with Dyane: 

Twitter: @DyaneHarwood
Facebook Page:
Instagram: birthofanewbrain

Birth of a New Brain is available for pre-order on Amazon and Kindle. Released on October 10 2017.

Support and Resources:

International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF)
(858) 598-5967

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
(800) 826-3632

National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI)
(800) 950-6264  Helpline

Postpartum Support International
(800) 944-4773

Dr. Aluwaidan
Twitter: @MoAlsuwaidan
Dr. Alsuwaidan's article - excellent advice for mood support/stability

Dyane Harwood graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English and American Literature. In 2007, Dyane was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder (also known as bipolar, peripartum onset).  Her book "Birth of aNew Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder" will be published by
Post Hill Press on October 10th 2017.

Dyane has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written for the Huffington Post, Self Magazine, and Postpartum Support International. She founded a chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and facilitated support groups for moms with mood disorders for nine years. Dyane lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California with her husband Craig, their daughters Avonlea and Marilla, and their Scotch collie Lucy.