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Join us for real talk with experts from around the globe as we discuss the 'unmentionable' topics that so many of us encounter during the course of life– from postpartum to menopause, sex to endometriosis and other under-discussed health issues. No topic is too taboo!
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Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Irish journalist Lynn Enright (Vogue, The Guardian, Elle and more) about the importance of knowing the correct language for our anatomy, the changing landscape of conversation around women's sexual and reproductive health, the rise of labiaplasty, the need for more progressive sex education policies in school and much more. Lynn is also the author of one of the Nyssa team's favourite books, Vagina: A Re-Education. Vagina provides girls and women with information they need about their own bodies - about the vagina, the hymen, the clitoris, the orgasm; about conditions like endometriosis and vulvodynia. It confronts taboos, such as abortion, miscarriage, infertility and masturbation. It tackles vital social issues like period poverty, female genital mutilation and the rights of transgender women. Follow Lynn on Instagram here.
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Lauren Kornegay, founder of ENDO Black, a non-profit that advocates for African American women and women of color affected by endometriosis.  ENDO Black is a safe space for women to ask questions, to be encouraged, and to receive advice on how to manage this incredibly overlooked and misunderstood disorder. We speak to Lauren about the ins-and-outs of endometriosis, pain management techniques that have worked for her, and how we can support friend and family members who are suffering. Lauren also shares her story of racism and isolation in the endometriosis  community and what we can do to be better allies. Follow ENDO Black's excellent Instagram account here.Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? E-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com.
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to the wonderful Baltimore-based Pelvic Floor Therapist, Dr. Samantha DuFlo. Her clinical practice, Indigo Physiotherapy is an innovative, evidence-based care practice of pelvic physical therapists and bodyworkers working together to elevate healing and care for its clients. Check out her excellent Instagram here.We speak to Dr. Sam about all things related to pelvic wellness, from understanding topics such as endometriosis and pain with sex and to addressing postpartum-specific issues such as diastasis recti, incontinence and more.Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? E-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to design thought leaders and historians Michelle Fisher and Amber Winick. They are collaborating on an incredible book and exhibition launching later this year, Designing Motherhood, which features more than eighty designs—iconic, archaic, quotidian, and taboo—that have defined arc of human reproduction. In this episode, Michelle and Amber discuss the designs that have profoundly shaped the motherhood experience, from the creation of the first at-home pregnancy test (invented by a woman, Margaret Crane), to the Finnish Baby Box to clear screens for c-sections births and much more. You can read more about the Designing Motherhood project here and check out the excellent accompanying Instagram here.Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Ruth Martin-Gordon, the founder and CEO of Coddle. Ruth  founded Coddle to share her postpartum struggles and those of other moms  while building a community to empower moms-to-be as well as creating safe organic postpartum products for new mom self care. Like Nyssa, Ruth wants every mom-to-be to prepare for what is one of the most life altering experience she will have. Because every mom should have all the information, care and support they need to prepare for postpartum. You can read more about Ruth and Coddle here and visit her incredibly information Instagram page here.Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD about anxiety, our culture of relentless productivity, identity shifts in motherhood, the stigma that still surrounds prescription medication, racism within the medical community and much more. Pooja is a board-certified psychiatrist and writer specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Parenting section. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical supervisor in the Five Trimesters perinatal psychiatry clinic. She maintains a private practice in Washington DC, where she is active in maternal mental health advocacy work and community building, and applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions. Dr. Lakshmin is most passionate about empowering women and sees her clinical work as a perinatal psychiatrist as an extension of this mission. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her advice has been featured in Glamour, Marie Claire, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle and various other media outlets. She is working on a book about the tyranny of self-care.You can read more about Pooja here and here. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
Welcome to Season 2 of The Unmentionables! Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Penda N'Diaye, founder of Pro Hoe, a platform (and incredible podcast!) she created to eradicate stigmas surrounding sexual freedom and identity in Black communities. Penda is hyper-focused on using sex and taboo as a means of political change and resistance and is leading the conversation on how societal, racial, and religious constructs stifle our sexual liberties. She has curated and led several community events sponsored by Planned Parenthood, sex therapists, and social workers to create a safe place to discuss sexual experiences and trauma. Please consider rating and reviewing our podcast, as it helps others find it!
For the final episode of the season, Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Miyhosi Benton, senior associate with New York City's Women & Justice Project, a non-profit organization that advances the leadership and narrative power of women directly impacted by incarceration to transform the criminal justice system. Miyhosi experienced pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum during her period of incarceration and was illegally shackled despite a 2009 law designed to protect women from this barbaric practice. Miyhosi was a leader in the successful campaign to pass the 2015 Anti-Shackling law banning the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women in New York State, the most progressive law of its kind in the nation.  You can read more about Miyhosi and the Women & Justice Project here and here. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to the London-based nutritional therapist, mother, author and wellness blogger, Madeleine Shaw. We chat about the best snacks to have on hand during your postpartum recovery, the importance of giving space for partners to parent alongside you, and general tips for feeling healthy, strong, and calm during the Fourth Trimester. You can read more about Madeleine's work here and follow her on Instagram here. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or on www.nyssacare.com or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please consider leaving us a review, it really does help!Please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to professors and researchers Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan, authors of the You’re Doing It Wrong: Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise. Their book offers a deep-dive into the storied history of mothering advice in media— from the newspapers, magazines, doctors’ records and personal papers of the 19th century to today’s websites, Facebook groups and Instagram feeds. We talk about gatekeepers of information in the age of social media, the dynamics between lay and technical expertise in the digital space, and how to handle those ubiquitous 3am Facebook group posts about random rashes :)Bethany and Margaret are Kindly offering listeners of The Unmentionables a discount off their book using the code 02AAAA17, which works out to be $10 less than the Amazon price. The check-out site is here. You can read more about Bethany and Maggie's work here and follow them on Instagram here. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or on www.nyssacare.com or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please consider leaving us a review, it really does help!Please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to psychologist, professor and mother Dr. Molly Millwood, author of the book 'To Have and to Hold: Motherhood, Marriage and the Modern Dilemma'.  We talk about retaining one's autonomy in motherhood, the difference between motherhood and mothering, relationship dynamics with one's partner, the strain of monotony in parenthood, the experience of grieving one's pre-baby identity and more. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do leave us a review, it really does help!You can read more about Molly's work here and follow her on Instagram here. Please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to pelvic floor expert Sara Reardon about why physical therapy should be part of every birthing parent's recovery plan: what we don't know, what we should educate ourselves about, and why paying attention to our pelvic floor after birth matters so much. Sara's well known for sharing her work on Instagram as The Vagina Whisperer and happily digs right in to everything from postpartum peeing, pooping, sex and more. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do leave us a review, it really does help. You can read more about Sara's work here and follow her on Instagram here. Please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Integrative Pediatrician Dr. Rupa Mahadevan about the higher standard of care she wants to see regarding postpartum depression screenings, how parents' mental health can affect their infant, and what parents can do to take care of themselves alongside baby. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do leave us a review, it really does help. You can read more about Rupa's family-friendly Kidchen Doc recipes on her Instagram and her website. Please visit Nyssa's website and our Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Trystan Angel Reese about his pregnancy and postpartum recovery experience, the dynamics of allyship, and how best to support transgender families through pregnancy and the Fourth Trimester.Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do leave us a review, it really does help. You can read more about Trystan's work here and follow him on Instagram here. Please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to author and founder of the Fifth Trimester movement, Lauren Smith Brody, about preparing to return to work after giving birth, the 'Motherhood Penalty' (the measurable impact of motherhood on earnings and professional status), how to advocate for yourself in the workplace and much more. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do review us on Apple podcasts, it really helps!You can read more about Lauren's work here and follow her on Instagram here. And please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
Brown economist Emily Oster's new book, Cribsheet, is a thinking parent's guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years. A trained expert—and mom of two—Emily uses the science of decision-making to empower parents to make better, less fraught decisions—and stay sane in the years before preschool. She talks to Nyssa about debunking myths and unpacking research around breastfeeding, postpartum depression, vaginal tearing...and the real reason new mothers are advised to have a six-week postpartum check-up. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Fourth Trimester stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or email us at hello@nyssacare.com. And please do review us on Apple podcasts, it really helps!You can read more about Emily Oster's work here and follow her on Twitter here.And please visit Nyssa's website and Instagram for more information about our company and community. 
In the fog of postpartum depression, Chicago-based musician Angela James began humming melodies while trying to get her infant daughter to sleep. These melodies guided Angela back to her creative practice as a songwriter after a difficult and exhausting period as a new parent. She speaks to Nyssa about how she was finally able to create meaning beautiful out of those dark times and how she continues to maintain her creative practice with a toddler. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message!(336) HI - NYSSAYou can find out more about Angela's music here and here. And please visit Nyssa's Website and Nyssa's Instagram for more information about our company and community._________________________________Recorded at Strange Magic in Chicago, ILProduced by Robby Haynes & Tony Lazzara'Enter Laughing' used with permission from Electrelane
Most mothers-to-be spend their time and resources preparing for the birth of their baby—  but new mothers are so often unaware of the potential realities awaiting during the Fourth Trimester.Postpartum Doula Katy Collins of Birthways speaks with Nyssa's Mia Clarke regarding her work in the postpartum sphere, including current momentum surrounding the cultural awareness of the postpartum reality, postpartum parties during Colonial times, loss, and art in the context of transformation and transition. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message!(336) HI - NYSSAAnd please visit Nyssa's Website for fun events and happenings in our community._________________________________Recorded at Strange Magic in Chicago ILProduced by Robby Haynes & Tony Lazzara'Enter Laughing' used with permission from Electrelane_________________________________References and links include:Birthways, INC: https://birthwaysinc.com/The Doula Is In: http://www.thedoulaisin.com/The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily OsterBeyond the Baby Blues by Rebecca Fox Star Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen HugginsSafe Sleep by La Leche League ----
Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Alessandra Henderson, CEO and co-founder of Elektra Health.Elektra  is a new platform for women navigating hormonal health, starting with perimenopause and menopause. Alessandra and her team are building an integrative healthcare solution that is breaking the menopause taboo by providing women with access to leading specialists, evidence-based programs, and a community of women facing similar questions.Alessandra is an operator, (occasional) angel investor, and educator who is passionate about taboos, women's health and the intersection of art and science. She was formerly at Human Ventures, MIT NYC Startup Studio and Artsy.You can read more about Alessandra and Elektra here and here. Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 
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