DiscoverOn Health[Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum
[Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

[Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

Update: 2024-05-08
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In recognition of Maternal Mental Health Month I am re-sharing this 2023 conversation with the founders of The Motherhood Center in NYC. With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) being the #1 complication associated with birth in the US and the #2 cause of maternal mortality, this remains a critical conversation.

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It’s not just you. You're not crazy. You're not a bad mom. You're not alone. These are words and deep beliefs that resonate through and form the backbone of today’s guests, Catherine Birndorf, MD, and Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW. Catherine and Paige are dedicated to changing the perinatal mental health terrain, and they do it through The Motherhood Center, a place of radical acceptance, nurturance, and individual and group support. On today’s episode, we pull back the curtain on motherhood and redefine what is considered "normal" and "typical". With PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) being the #1 complication associated with birth and the #2 cause of maternal mortality, this is a critical conversation. On today’s episode, we unpack why it’s so important that we talk more about these conditions, how to do your best to prevent PMADs, and what to do if you or someone you love has symptoms. 

Aviva, Paige, and Catherine discuss: 

  • The definition of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) and the different diagnoses that fall under the PMAD umbrella 
  • What PMAD taboos still exist today, why this needs to change, and how Roe v. Wade affects these taboos 
  • Paige and Catherine’s personal stories with perinatal mood disorders and what brought them to the point of specializing in PMADS and opening the motherhood center 
  • The kinds of physical and psychological feelings and symptoms associated with PMADs and signs birthing people and their providers should watch out for 
  • Why we need to move in the direction of making it mandatory for OB-GYNs, midwives, pediatricians, and any providers who come in contact with newer expecting mothers to begin educating their patients about PMADS and screening for symptoms  
  • The effects of the pandemic, social isolation, and potential cultural contributors on PMADS  
  • The role of medication and psychotherapy in treating conditions 

For more information or to reach out visit themotherhoodcenter.com or call (212) 335-0034. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

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[Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

[Replay] The Hidden Motherhood Struggle with Catherine Birndorf and Paige Bellenbaum

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