Motherhood Sessions

By Gimlet

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 Jun 17, 2019

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Being a mom is hard. Everybody knows that. But we usually hear about sleepless nights and diaper changes, not the profound identity shift that accompanies becoming a mother. Motherhood is a psychological big bang. And yet it’s rare to find emotionally honest conversations about it. On Gimlet Media’s Motherhood Sessions, Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned reproductive psychiatrist, sits down with mothers and lets us listen in on conversations that are hard to have outside of a therapist’s office. Each episode features a woman struggling with some problem or question—from career uncertainty to sex to ambivalence about even being a mother—and she and Dr. Sacks work it through together.

Episode Date
Loneliness in Single Motherhood
1625
When Joni was 40 years old, she was financially independent, enjoying her life as a single woman, and feeling strong enough to have a baby on her own. But now that her daughter is seven months old, Joni is struggling with intense loneliness. She feels like a failure, and is surprised and embarrassed by her longing for a partner.<br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
Jun 27, 2019
Does Biology Matter?
1634
Mia and Laura had always imagined they would each carry one of their children. Laura delivered their first child, but as they approach planning for their second child, Mia—who presents as masculine-of-center—is afraid of how pregnancy will disrupt her body and her sense of self. She wonders if it even matters if she has a biological relationship to her child.<br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 20, 2019
When Being a Mom Isn’t Enough
1932
Camilla was a PhD student struggling with a feeling that she didn’t belong in academia. Then she got pregnant. Seven years and two children later, she’s never finished her dissertation. She’s feeling frustrated as a stay-at-home mom and angry at herself for abandoning her professional aspirations.<br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan and Molly Donahue. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
Jun 13, 2019
Setting Boundaries With a Toxic Grandparent
1751
Brittany has always had a troubled relationship with her father, and the two have been estranged for years. After the birth of her daughter, he reconnected and is pushing to spend time with his grandchild. Brittany’s unsure if she should continue to maintain her distance from her father, or consider a new beginning.<br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
May 30, 2019
Feeling Complete With One Child
1603
Margot and her wife always imagined having more than one child. But Margot’s first pregnancy was physically and emotionally exhausting, and she’s not sure she can go through it again. Now she’s afraid of disappointing her wife. <br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan, Molly Donahue, and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
May 23, 2019
Parenting Through Trauma
1915
Cari gave birth to twins when she was only 23 weeks pregnant—the edge of viability for newborns. Four years later, the kids are still dealing with medical complications, and Cari and her husband Jay are struggling with residual guilt and an ongoing sense of helplessness. They wonder if parenthood will ever feel “normal.”<br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan, Molly Donahue, and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
May 16, 2019
Rethinking Your Roots After Motherhood
1795
Julia was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised by a white family. Since giving birth to her own children—the first biological relatives she’s ever known—she’s become curious about where she came from, and is on a search to find her birth mother.<br><br><strong>CREDITS<br></strong>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan, Molly Donahue, and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Mixing and music by Emma Munger.<strong><br></strong><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
May 09, 2019
Can I Handle a Second Child?
1787
Weeks before the birth of her second daughter, Leigh is counting down the time she still has alone with her firstborn. She's feeling guilty about how the arrival of a new baby will impact her relationship with her older daughter. <br><br><strong>CREDITS</strong><br>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan, Molly Donahue, and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Engineering and music by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
Apr 25, 2019
Not Cut Out For Motherhood
1988
Anne never wanted to be a mom. Now that she actually has a kid, she’s worried that she made a mistake. Her guilt and perfectionism is getting in the way of having a motherhood experience that might leave more room for herself.<br><br><strong>Credits<br></strong>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Lauren Silverman, Peter Bresnan, and Molly Donahue. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Music and mixing by Emma Munger.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;
Apr 18, 2019
Coparenting With Your Ex
2700
Zoe recently separated from the father of her two-year-old son, and now she feels stuck. She’s struggling to get past the anger she feels toward her ex and her shame about being a single mom. <br><strong><br>Credits<br></strong>Motherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Peter Bresnan, Molly Donahue, and Lauren Silverman. Our editors are Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Engineering and music by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger. Special thanks to: Sarah Abdurahman, Caitlin Kenny, and Jenny Wall.<br><br><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact </em><a href="https://www.postpartum.net/"><em>Postpartum Support International</em></a><em> at (800) 944-4773. If you or a family member are worried about safety, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911.</em>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 11, 2019
A Note About Therapy from Dr. Sacks
118
A quick introduction to the show from Dr. Alexandra Sacks.
Apr 11, 2019
Trailer
208
Conversations with therapist Dr. Alexandra Sacks about the challenges and joys of motherhood. Premieres Thursday, April 11.
Mar 25, 2019