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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, Whole30’s 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. Subscri ...
 
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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 …
 
Steph interviews Danika Brysha to help you lean into self-love and acceptance to start 2022 off on the right foot. If you’d like to develop a more loving relationship with your body, start healing your relationship with food, and prioritize yourself even with a busy schedule, Danika will show you how. Danika is a 3x Wellness Entrepreneur, Body Posi…
 
Do you find yourself being the “stuff manager” in your home? Do you struggle with keeping up with all things toys? Or have you fallen into the myth that “once I find the perfect bins, the right shelves, color code and label everything - it will solve this constant mess?!” The thing is, mess is not an organization issue, it’s a clutter issue. Declut…
 
Dr. Elana interviews Dr. Michael Goran and Dr. Emily Ventura, authors of the popular book, Sugarproof - The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do! Michael contributes over three decades of childhood nutrition research while Emily brings her experience as a public health educator to create a book th…
 
The Happy as a Mother Podcast has been live for 100 episodes now, can you believe it?!?! I polled my stories for ideas on how we should celebrate the occasion and y’all said you’d like to hear from my husband and get his perspective. Well, you asked and we delivered! Frenel Djossa aka Mr. Happy as a Mother is here to answer YOUR questions about his…
 
In this episode, Dr. Elana interviews Julie Sawaya who is the co-founder and co-CEO of Needed, one of our amazing podcast partners. Needed is a perinatal nutrition company focused on optimal nourishment before, during, and after pregnancy. Julie is also a mama to a 1-year-old girl, and she is preparing to conceive again after a recent pregnancy los…
 
Have you ever felt like a simple parenting decision was going to have a lifelong impact? Have you been paralyzed with indecision because you don’t know what is best and don’t want to make the wrong choice? Parenting this way is suffocating and erodes your trust in your own intuition. Psychologist and Stanford clinical assistant professor Dr. Jen Do…
 
Steph interviews Joe De Sena and Dr. Lara Pence to define what resilience for families means and why it’s such an important skill to build in little ones from a young age. Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan and the Death Race, the world’s leading endurance sports and wellness brand. Dr. Lara Pence is a clinical psychologist and Chief Min…
 
Conversations with our partners become very high stakes after children are born. We come from different upbringings with different ideas of what parenting looks like, yet need to learn to work as a team. This can be a recipe for tense conversations or conflict with those we love. Licensed marriage and family therapist Elizabeth Earnshaw is here to …
 
Steph and Dr. Elana kicked off Season five of the “Doctor Mom” Podcast by sharing a sneak peek of the interviews they’ll be offering throughout this season so you can get excited about what’s to come. This season they had the pleasure of interviewing their personal mentors, friends, and experts that have helped them on their own personal journeys t…
 
Do you find yourself wrestling with whether to have more children? Many moms I work with struggle with this decision for a number of reasons such as finances, the ideal family they had envisioned, their past birth or postpartum experience, and the readiness of their partner. While other parents may have come to the conclusion that they only want on…
 
When you first learned you were expecting a baby, did you have a preferred gender in mind? Some people do and for a variety of different reasons. It can be hard to admit, but you may have even experienced some sadness if you learned the baby wouldn’t be your preferred gender. This is completely okay and more common than you might think. But since i…
 
Do you worry about how your child will adjust to a sibling? Do you fear you will struggle with dividing your love and attention between children? Expanding your family comes with many mixed emotions about what this transition will mean for you and the relationship you have with your first child. Marriage and family therapist Bryana Kappadakunnel is…
 
Do you find that you are keenly aware of the shifts in the emotions of those around you? Are you wired to please others? Have you ever found yourself feeling panicked for no reason? Anxiety and trauma responses can cause our bodies to act in ways that may not make sense, and that can be scary. Clinical psychologist Dr. Quincee Gideon joins us to he…
 
Do you struggle with family showing up unannounced? Does your family buy too many gifts for your child? Does your mother or mother-in-law ignore your parenting values and do things their own way? You are not alone. In today’s episode, Dr. Ream and I answer your questions to help unpack why boundary setting feels so difficult especially when it come…
 
Steph and Dr. Elana highlight key takeaways and action steps from the interviews in season 4. They share their own parenting struggles and successes including how to stay calm, confident, and competent during challenging times, like decisions on schooling and medical emergencies. They provide honest insights into common, real life scenarios parents…
 
There are many roads that lead to motherhood, and some moms even start their journey solo. But what happens when you’ve chosen a partner to start a family, and it doesn’t work out? What does ending the partnership mean for your parenting situation, and your child’s situation? When we’re thrust into single parenting unexpectedly, the custody agreeme…
 
Dr. Elana interviews pediatric nurse practitioner, Brooke Weiss, creator of the Instagram page @simplywellbaby with over 100K followers. Her mission is to empower mothers with what to expect with the first year of their baby’s lives. Understanding your baby’s developmental milestones and knowing how to support them to optimally thrive is right in l…
 
In the wake of George Floyd, many parents’ eyes have been opened to the injustices that BIPOC communities face on a day-to-day basis. This has also left many parents questioning how to "do the work" and raise inclusive children. Figuring out where to start when it comes to anti-racism and social justice work can feel quite daunting. Dr. Traci Baxle…
 
Steph interviews Kaitlin McGreyes, mom of 3, doula, and founder of Be Her Village. Be Her Village is an online “baby registry” focused on supporting moms in the postpartum period. Imagine a baby registry where you can sign up for house cleaning services, doulas, lactation specialists, and even Steph’s Postpartum Reset nutrition program! In the epis…
 
Do you ever feel more disorganized and frazzled compared to other moms? Do you regularly forget things you know are important because of how much you hold in your mind? While these might sound typical of most mothers, major factors of ADHD that often go undiagnosed in women include forgetfulness, inattentiveness, distractibility, and disorganizatio…
 
Dr. Elana interviews Dr. Leah Gordon, Naturopathic Doctor and Founding Medical Advisor for Needed. In this episode, Dr. Leah shared her 7-year infertility journey and how male infertility quickly became her passion as she was navigating her own fertility journey. Recently pregnant, Dr. Leah has many success stories to share including the nutrients …
 
Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are hard enough. But having a baby in NICU is terrifying and can be traumatic. Kristin Reinhart is a social worker and perinatal mental health specialist with 15 years of experience. More importantly, she’s a mom who survived 2 NICU experiences. She’s here to share her experience, how to know when you need help, and h…
 
Steph interviews guest Jessica Murnane, author of the cookbook One Part Plant and book Know Your Endo: An Empowering Guide To Health + Hope With Endometriosis. She is an advocate and thought leader when it comes to the awareness, education, and empowerment for navigating endometriosis, a condition that affects over 176 million people across the glo…
 
Pregnancy is a time with lots of new restrictions, and it can feel like we’re losing our freedom. A lot of those new rules stick around during nursing too. With so many “Don’ts,” how do we know what’s okay? Can everything really be that bad for the baby? OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is going to help us unpack the effects of alcohol, CBD, and cannabi…
 
Dr. Elana interviews Michaeleen Doucleff - author of New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent and global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk. They discussed Michaeleen’s vulnerable power struggles with her own child and how she overcame the conflict in her home by modeling parenting ways she observed while on assignment in areas like …
 
Do you work as a mother or spend time on a hobby? Motherhood is hard enough without losing those other pieces of ourselves that are so important. But society has a clear idea of what a mom should be, and it’s not always juggling corporate calls and leaving daycare pick up to your partner. Dr. Courtney Tracy the Truth Doctor is going to help us unpa…
 
Steph interviews Ana Lorena Fabrega, teacher and Chief evangelist at Synthesis, an online enrichment program where kids learn through games and simulations. Ana left teaching in Summer 2019 to become an EDUpreneur—a passionate educator outside the classroom building learning alternatives to break the mold. In this episode they discuss some of the c…
 
New babies are snuggly and adorable, but they’re also a lot of work. Everyone tells us we need to babyproof our house, but no one tells us we need to babyproof our relationship. Or where do we even start to do that? Happy as a Mother Wellness Therapist Kameela Osman is a social worker and psychotherapist with over ten years of experience, and she’s…
 
Steph interviews Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW about how partners can navigate common relationship challenges postpartum. Karen Kleiman is the founder and director of The Postpartum Stress Center. She is the author of several books on postpartum depression and just released a new book called What About Us? A New Parents Guide to Safeguarding Your Relati…
 
Are you well rested today? I’m not! Moms don’t get a lot of sleep, and new moms get almost none. This can be hard on our brain. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is here to explain how we can best care for our brains during seasons of life when getting a full night’s sleep is all but impossible. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2X4SGKW…
 
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