Good Enough Mothering is actually The Best Mothering
Most women in the USA do not have a community coming to support them and their new family during the first 90 days after having a baby.
Listen to this episode to learn about the advantages of building up a community of friends, family, trusted neighbors, and professional supporters (e.g. a postpartum doula, a night doula).
On Episode 56 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast we speak with Lynn Benson, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul Life Lessons for Busy Moms.”
Listen to hear more about:
Signs you’re suffering from burnout as a result of caregiving
The physical, emotional stress and financial toll of caregiving
Tools and resources available to help family members with the challenges of caregiving
As it turns out one in three women experience urinary incontinence after having a baby. The good news is that urinary control is something that can be regained. In other words, if you wee yourself a little bit (like Kate Winslet), this isn’t something you have to live with forever.
Women can regain confidence that they aren’t going to accidentally pee during exercise (think running, jumping jacks, CrossFit, etc.), when they sneeze, laugh out loud, or simply when they have to go to the bathroom. Here’s how.
The episode about MIND + MOVEMENT. We speak with Evelyn Freebury who is a movement therapist and who has decades of experience working with parents and newborns. She shares ways in which movement therapy benefits both parent and newborn.
At the end of the episode, Evelyn leads us through a live, guided somatic experience. Enjoy!
No one parenting experience is the same as another, but one thing we can continually agree upon for all new parents is that support for the new family during their first few months with a newborn is paramount. Moms and Dads are better equipped to take care of their babies when they themselves are getting their needs met. And when it comes to twins, there is perhaps double the reason (or triple if you’re having three babies!) to make sure you’ll be well-supported during the first six weeks at home.
We are excited to call this episode of the Fourth Trimester Podcast the TWINS episode. Here’s what we cover:
Having twin babies prematurely and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience
Why it isn’t just a simple formula of twice the work
Identifying and getting help for postpartum anxiety
Feeding two babies at the same time
Taking shifts between parents, and additionally with the help of a doula or someone else and how that can benefit everyone
Preparing for the specific differences between preparing for having multiple babies compared to a single baby
It makes intuitive sense that communication and play during the first 0-12 months of a baby’s life help set the tone for the child’s relationship with the world around them. But how do we proactively and thoughtfully communicate with a baby in a way that encourages learning, emotional security and confidence?
Here’s what you’ll learn on episode 51 of Fourth Trimester Podcast:
+ How to support early communication – from birth and beyond!
+ How to be musical with your baby (even if you don’t consider yourself “musical”)
+ Tips for raising a bilingual/multilingual baby
+ Why the tools to support your baby’s development are already in your home
If you are even remotely considering hiring a doula to help you out after you’ve had a baby, we highly recommend listening to Monique Cowan (a.k.a. Monique The Doula) share her first-hand experiences in a typical day in her job. She talks through the practical offerings of helping families prepare for a birth and thrive after baby has arrived.
Monique was inspired to become a postpartum doula after her own birth experience. She saw the potential to help women in her Southern California locale, particularly women of color and inner city areas. She works with all people who need postpartum doula services and her website is https://moniquethedoula.wordpress.com/