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How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood? On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your to ...
 
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"Doctor Mom" Podcast

Stephanie Greunke, RD and Dr. Elana Roumell, ND

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Join Stephanie Greunke, registered dietitian, and Dr. Elana Roumell, a naturopathic doctor, both trained in functional medicine and passionate about pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatrics. They invite experts on the show and share personal stories so you leave each episode with practical tips to be a proactive parent! Past guests have included Dr. Ben Lynch, Dr. Aviva Romm, Dr. Elisa Song, Dr. Alexandra Sacks, Lily Nichols, Ali Miller, Melissa Urban, and Chris Kresser, L.Ac. Subscribe and joi ...
 
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Maternal sleep deprivation is very common for new moms. Night feedings, frequent baby wakeups, stress, and perinatal mental health concerns can all cause sleep disturbances that leave moms feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and fatigued. I chatted with Dr. Shelby Harris, clinical psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, abou…
 
Dr. Elana interviews guest Erin Rocchio, a Partner at Evolution and the Founder of Wholeness at Work. Erin works with CEO’s and leads teams of billion-dollar companies to help workers improve their interpersonal relationships so they can ultimately perform better. She uses many tools with her clients and teams one of which is the Enneagram. This to…
 
Maternal sleep deprivation is very common. Even if baby sleeps, moms often find themselves battling insomnia–struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get good quality sleep. When you’re a new mom, it’s easy to become obsessed with sleep. Watching the clock, obsessing over wake windows, and worrying about when your baby will sleep through the nigh…
 
Steph interviews Erin Claire Jones about human design, a blueprint that helps you live in a way that’s aligned with your energetic makeup and live at your happiest, healthiest, and highest potential. They discuss what human design is and how to use the tools to better understand what lights you up. They also share how human design helps you better …
 
Being a mom is hard—harder than anybody bothers to tell you. We believe in an image of the perfect mother: nurturing, patient, and joyful. So why are so many modern moms battling inner rage? Minna Dubin, author of New York Times pieces “The Rage Mothers Don’t Talk About” and “‘I Am Going to Physically Explode’: Mom Rage in a Pandemic,” joins me to …
 
Steph interviews Shanna Mota about ways we can help our little ones embrace healthy eating and honor their body from a nourishing place. Shanna Mota is a Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Holistic Nutritionist and conscious mama. She believes wholeheartedly in the power we have as humans to create the life of our dreams, and that it all starts…
 
Do you ever feel like you’re losing your identity in motherhood? If so, you aren’t alone. Motherhood can feel all-consuming—especially when you’re carrying beliefs around it that have been prescribed to you. Life coach Dr. Gertrude Lyons calls those beliefs The Mother Code—the wiring given to us from family, culture, and society. She joins me to sh…
 
Dr. Elana interviews guest Kim West also known as the Sleep Lady! We know how big of a pain point sleep can be for parents - whether you have an infant waking every 2 hours to eat or a 5-year-old that won’t stay in her room all night and finds her way into your bed - WE GET IT! We’ve been there, done that, and still doing it!!! Sleep training is no…
 
We talk a lot about the invisible load of motherhood—the way that so much of the labour in the home falls to moms, even before a baby is born. But that load has an impact on our partners too—leaving them without a role, unsure how to bond with the new baby. It’s easy to think that nursing moms have to take on the role of feeding. In reality, non-nu…
 
Steph interviews Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH, about what parents need to know when planning for maternity leave and returning back to work. Arianna is the founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur®, a consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs design parental leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs. They talked about maternity leave …
 
In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, I am happy to welcome women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry specialist Dr. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu. Black moms face health struggles and discrimination in the medical system, and they also carry an additional invisible load specific to women of color. Dr. Jennifer shares valuable insight into th…
 
In this week’s episode, we did something a little unique …. Dr. Elana did this fantastic interview with naturopathic doctor, Dr. Caitlin O’Connor as part of her Doctor Mom Membership and it was SO GOOD we couldn’t resist sharing it on our podcast! Dr. Caitlin and Dr. Elana chatted about constipation in kids and HOW common this condition is. They re…
 
Whining is potentially one of the worst sounds we hear as parents. For most of us, it almost feels painful—like fingernails on a chalkboard. In those moments, we don’t always navigate the situation the best way. So, how do we get kids to stop whining? To find the answer, I chatted with Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors of the bestselling book, H…
 
We are excited to kick off season six of the “Doctor Mom” podcast! Normally, Dr. Elana and I focus on sharing guests we have on during the season and things you can look forward to learning from them, but to be honest… we haven’t interviewed them all yet! However…we KNOW they’ll be fire and today we will share WHO we’re having on and what topics yo…
 
Is co-sleeping right for your family? Is bedsharing the same as co-sleeping? What are the risk factors? Can you bedshare safely? Many families have questions about co-sleeping but aren’t sure where to find answers. In our previous episode with holistic sleep expert Lyndsey Hookway, we learned that infant sleep is nuanced. Today, Lyndsey is back for…
 
Little kids can be masters of defiance. We ask them to put on their shoes or brush their teeth and chaos erupts. The more we try to force them to listen, the more they defy and rebel. So how do we get our kids to listen, especially in moments of defiance? I sat down with Julie King and Joanna Faber, authors of How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen…
 
If there’s one hot topic in motherhood that can get everyone riled up in an instant, it’s sleep. We often try to measure our worth as moms in terms of baby sleep, feeling like failures when we simply can’t get it to work. Unfortunately, conversations about a holistic approach to baby sleep can easily devolve into extreme feelings on both sides. Pae…
 
In last week’s episode, we took a look at how to recognize overfunctioning—when one partner tries to control situations and do everything themselves because of their own anxiety. Today, Dr. Kathleen Smith returns for part 2—how to stop overfunctioning in relationships. With the right strategies, you can understand where overfunctioning comes from a…
 
Do you find yourself being the overfunctioner in your relationship? Overfunctioning happens when you take on more than your fair share of the parenting tasks in an attempt to control or fix a situation that triggers your anxiety. It often leads to unhealthy relationship and parenting patterns, and ends up increasing the invisible load moms are carr…
 
Steph and Elana answer a broad range of questions, submitted by listeners just like you! They cover nutrition questions related to emotional eating, plant-based milk, collagen supplementation, and offer easy breakfast ideas for the whole family. They also answer questions related to labor and delivery, such as Elana’s plans for birth, if she’s cons…
 
Whether you have heard the phrase “after school restraint collapse” or not, if you’ve experienced it, you know exactly what it is—when your child starts melting down as soon as you pick them up from school. If your child behaves wonderfully at school but falls apart when they see you, it can be frustrating for everyone. So what causes those after s…
 
*Trigger alert, for some this may be a triggering topic and I invite you to be patient with yourself and take a break from listening if it is. But please consider returning back as this episode is full of insights to help empower YOU and your kids to prevent or overcome uncomfortable situations. In this episode, Dr. Elana welcomes Korah Hoffman, a …
 
Becoming a first-time mom is a huge change. Most of us have romanticized expectations of what being a mom will be like. We think that it will be a time of love, cuddles, and joy. The reality of sleep deprivation, struggle, and difficulty stepping into the role can leave us sinking deep into mom guilt mode. This transition into motherhood has a name…
 
Steph interviews Jenna Helwig to help parents feel more comfortable navigating baby-led feeding. Baby-led feeding (sometimes called weaning) can be an incredibly rewarding experience for parents, but it often comes with some fear, uncertainty, and many questions. Learn how to navigate this style of infant feeding with the expert guidance of Jenna H…
 
Preparing your dog for a baby is important and intimidating. What steps can you take to get your dog ready? How do you handle the introduction? Will your baby be safe? Will your dog become stressed? Certified Dog Trainer Dominika Knossalla provides safety tips for how to prepare your dog for a baby—creating a plan, introducing your dog to the baby,…
 
In this week’s episode, Dr. Elana interviews Shawna Holman, creator of the popular brand, A Little Less Toxic. Shawna is a wife, mom, and credentialed teacher. She uses her teaching skills to homeschool her two little ones along with teaching them and anyone interested in how to live a little less toxic. Her motto is “one day, one product, one meal…
 
Your personal core values are an important part of who you are—as a person, as a parent, and as a partner. But discovering, prioritizing, and applying your personal core values is easier said than done—especially when we don’t even know how to define “values!” I sat down with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas to talk about …
 
Steph interviews Ciara Burton to help moms learn how to mother themselves during seasons when it’s easy to put your needs last. Ciara is known as the “The Life Coach for Moms” @thelifecoachformoms. She has created a unique brand that’s freeing mothers of anxiety and uncertainty. Ciara shares her unconventional approach that has helped hundreds of w…
 
Managing mommy rage can be tough. We expect motherhood to look nurturing, peaceful, and loving. So when we end up feeling rage or losing our cool, we start to wonder if there’s something wrong with us. Guilt, shame, and regret weigh on our shoulders. But without the right coping tools and skills, we end up falling right back into the mommy rage pat…
 
Dr. Elana interviews Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times bestselling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit. Cassy is a holistic nutrition consultant and on a mission to help moms overcome the challenges of getting dinner on the table! After realiz…
 
The invisible load of motherhood is a common vicious cycle for families. One parent (often the mom) becomes the default parent. That default parent takes on a disproportionate amount of labor in the home. They find themselves drowning in unpaid and unappreciated labor. The resentment and overwhelming load lead to mom rage, resentment, and even mari…
 
Steph interviews Alysa Seeland, mom of five energetic boys, founder and CEO of FOND, and a Lyme disease warrior. Alysa’s passion in life is helping others and her medium is food. She affectionately refers to FOND Bone Broth as “little jars of healing” because she experienced that firsthand and now wants to share that healing with others. In this ep…
 
Postpartum blues are a normal part of having a baby. Between sleep deprivation, hormone changes, and the overwhelming responsibility of caring for a newborn, “normal” life can seem impossible. Many moms experience weepiness, irritability, and mood changes as they adjust to life as a new parent. But these symptoms aren’t always typical baby blues—th…
 
Dr. Elana interviews Aida Garcia-Toledo, a low-toxic living and sustainability expert based in Los Angeles, CA. Aida’s work started over a decade ago in order to share her expertise and help her community transition to a healthier, safer, more organic life...without the added stress. As a mom of 2 (almost 3) herself, Aida is passionate about resear…
 
Can you remember the last time you slept for five hours in a row? If an infant lives with you, there’s a good chance you can’t. Sleep is essential for us to function and makes us better parents, but sometimes when we talk about sleep training our kiddos, moms can be consumed with guilt. Are we putting our own needs above the babies? And does sleep …
 
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