Episode 13: Ana on Postpartum Identity & Balance

“Once he started getting older and the novelty wore off I really started having a hard time. From about months 3-11 the lack of sleep really started to get to me, and the tedium of being at home…From the moment I saw him I cried and always loved him, but I just had a hard time figuring out the right balance between what he needed and what I needed. There’s never been a lack of love, it’s just figuring out how to fit him into my life and what my life looks like now.”

In this episode, my guest Ana speaks out about the challenges she faced during pregnancy and delivery, and how she struggled to balance her own needs for stimulation outside the home with the demands of new motherhood. She also talks about hiring a sleep trainer, and the impact that this first year of new parenthood has had on her marriage. I’m sure this episode will resonate with a lot of you! Thanks for listening.


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Connect with Ana: http://www.anareisdorf.com/about

Episode 12: Elizabeth on HELLP, PPD, and Good Fights

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“It feels like my marriage is really strong now, and anything that happens to us it’s like, ‘Well, we got through [the NICU], so we can get through anything else.’ But it has also made our fights a lot more intense because we really love our kids, and we’re fighting about something that really matters, where as before when we were newlyweds we were fighting about who put the toilet paper on backwards.”

In this episode, Elizabeth tells us about how her plans for an unmedicated birth were derailed when she developed high blood pressure and eventually HELLP syndrome, and how this impacted her fourth trimester and beyond. She shares about the stress that PPD put on her marriage, and the silver lining that came out of it.

Episode 11: Megan Hale Talks Positivity and Grace

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“’Grace’ to me is treating myself with a whole lot of compassion, and really sinking into that loving kind voice that we all have access to. And I focused on that the whole time I was going through the pregnancy; when things would be out of control, when I felt hormonal, when I felt crazy— I’d be high and low within a couple of hours— and that was so out not like me, and I felt so out of control of my emotions. Having to practice grace with myself was really having to walk my talk.”


In this episode, my guest Megan Hale tells us about the difficult conversations she had with her husband in the lead up to growing their family, and how her traumatic birth impacted both of them and their plans for future children. She also speaks beautifully on the topic of grace, and how she kept a compassionate inner narrative, even when things weren’t going how she hoped they would. Lastly, Megan explains how her and her husband were able to reconnect after the birth of their baby, and how they are prioritizing sex in this new season of life.


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Megan Hale, MA, BCC
Relationship Coach | Speaker | Podcast Host
p: The Enoughness Revolution on iTunes
w: Megan-Hale.com   e: livetrue@megan-hale.com

Blog: Beyond The Birth Story


Welcome to the New Parent Podcast, I am so excited that you’ve found your way here. This podcast is a place for parents from all walks of life to share their candid stories about the transition into parenthood.

As i’ve reached out to my friends and family about my own postpartum issues and the ups and downs of new parenthood, i’ve often gotten a response along the lines of “Oh yeah, no one talks about that, but…”

If so many of us are struggling with the same issues, why does it seem like the (nonjudgemental) support for new parents is so lacking? There are tons of websites about baby’s milestones and when to expect them, but where are the sites that talk about all the other stuff? Feeding issues, lack of family leave, bizarre marital tensions, contradictory emotions, returning to work or staying home, changing relationships with your parents and in-laws, the loss of friends, and sorting through all the baffling advice that is heaped upon us? Oy! It’s enough to make your head spin!

So that’s where the New Parent Podcast comes in. No topic is off limits as we explore this beautiful, stressful, confusing, and often bewildering time of transformation. On the New Parent Podcast you’ll hear stories from families from all walks of life who are in the trenches and willing to talk about what’s actually going on in there. We’re not offering advice, we’re offering a window.

I am currently taking submissions, so if you think you’d like to be featured on the show please reach out to me at contact@newparentpodcast.com.

Episodes will begin airing in early 2017 so stay tuned!

Love and solidarity,
Katie GH.