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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 10, 2016

Latina Maternal Mental Health

Emilia Ortega-Jara, LCSW discusses cultural considerations for Latina Moms who are dealing with maternal mental health issues. We will cover some of the relevant issues about Latina moms during pregnancy and postpartum, some cultural specific practices, some of the barriers to treatment and access to care for these moms and families and taking a strengths based approach to care.

Emilia is a psychotherapist in private practice. Emilia has been a longtime advocate for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for the Latino Community. She has worked and collaborated with social justice organizations as a community organizer and trainer on issues highlighting women and girls. In addition, she has worked with various community based mental health agencies as a counselor facilitating the healing process of youth, women, and families who have experienced trauma. Emilia has extensive experience developing and facilitating both therapeutic support groups and leadership advocacy groups for women.

Emilia took special interest in developing her clinical expertise in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders, after the birth of her son. Emilia is certified by Postpartum Support International and has been the Postpartum Support International Coordinator for Riverside County warm line for the past 5 years. She is also an active member of the Inland Empire Perinatal Mental health Collaborative and the San Bernardino County Maternal Mental Health Working Group. She facilitates trainings and workshops on Maternal Mental Health issues throughout the Inland Empire. She is the founder of Corazón Counseling Service which provides culturally appropriate and affordable psychotherapy to Spanish speaking mothers, couples and families in the Inland Empire.

Emilia Ortega-Jara, LCSW


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