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Steph interviews Karen Kleiman, MSW about her #speakthesecret campaign which helps new moms validate their feelings, share their fears, and start feeling better. Over 90% of new mothers will have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves, but many are afraid to tell anyone. Moms are left feeling confused, frustrated, or scared about what these thoughts mean. On this show we reduce the shame and stigma and encourage moms to find a safe place to express themselves. This interview is a must listen for all new mamas and we hope you share this with all the new mamas in your life.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How common “scary thoughts” are for new moms
  • How shame and stigma prevents new moms from getting help
  • How to determine normal postpartum experiences from postpartum mental health concerns
  • Support for postpartum partners  
  • How to support a friend or loved one postpartum

This episode's guest

Karen Kleiman, MSW is well known as an international expert on postpartum depression. Her work has been featured on the Internet and within the mental health community for decades. In 1988, Karen founded The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC, a treatment and training facility for prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety disorders where she treats individuals and couples experiencing perinatal mood & anxiety disorders.  

Kleiman is also the author of several books on postpartum depression, including This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (1994), The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression (2001), What Am I Thinking? Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression (2005), Therapy and the Postpartum Woman (2009), Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts (2010), and Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts (2019).