Postpartum With and Without Depression, with Julia Sabourin

After her first birth Julia experienced undiagnosed postpartum depression along with major breastfeeding struggles. Second time around, she was dreading her baby’s arrival rather than excitedly awaiting it, so she did something about it. Julia shares how proactively preparing for all possibilities allowed her to be fully present during those first weeks, and enjoy the time with her newborn. Check it out.

 

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What we talked about:

  • Her first two seamless postpartum experiences
  • Enduring weeks of prodromal labor for her third
  • Where’s my “just-had-a-baby high”?
  • Panic attacks are no joke!
  • Dealing with Postpartum Panic Disorder
  • The impact of intense tragic losses before birth #2 and birth #3
  • “I didn’t feel like myself”
  • Getting help
  • Coping mechanisms that helped
  • Taking ownership of her body and the process
  • The humbling awakening of postpartum mood disorders
  • The need for preparing anew for each birth
  • Her postpartum preparation plan for #4
  • Finding comfort in knowledge
  • You are not alone!

Julia at one month postpartum

 

Resources and links to info mentioned on the show:

 

Julia at nine months postpartum

 

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Julia with her two daughters

 

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Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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