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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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May 11, 2020

In honoring Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s topic is mother burnout. It’s something a lot of us moms feel, but we often don’t recognize it until it’s too late. Let’s learn more!

Diana Spalding is Digital Education Editor at Motherly, along with being a certified nurse-midwife, pediatric nurse, and mother of three. She wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, which was just released. We’ll discuss what burnout means, why it’s important to pay attention, how to recognize the early signs, and what to do from there.

Show Highlights:

  • How Diana became interested in burnout
  • The facts: 85% of moms don’t feel supported by society
  • The “occupational phenomenon” of burnout, which is a diagnosable condition with real consequences
  • Characteristics of burnout: fatigue, exhaustion, negativism, cynicism, and not feeling like you’re doing a good job
  • Good mom, bad mom, and how we judge ourselves and each other
  • Contributing factors to mother burnout
  • How and when burnout begins
  • Why parents don’t trust themselves, and how we can empower them
  • How to recognize signs of burnout and be aware of your mental health
  • The importance of reaching out for help and finding connection
  • How certain factors related to the current pandemic contribute to burnout, like isolation, lack of support, and unreasonable demands
  • How our culture teaches us to deal with uncomfortable feelings
  • How our capacity for empathy and sympathy is stretched
  • Long-term effects of chronic stress
  • Diana’s book, a new resource with a holistic focus on mental health



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The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey by Diana Spalding, Jill Koziol, and LIz Tenety