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Stephanie chats with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry, about maternal mental health and martyrdom. They discuss the real reason many moms are feeling resentful and burnt out. She shares why the common prescription to just “do more self-care” isn’t working and how it can make moms feel even worse. You’ll learn how Dr. Pooja is helping the moms she works with set boundaries and reclaim their schedules to put themselves first.
- Why the “faux self-care” we’re being offered isn’t helping
- The real reason moms are feeling so resentful
- Realistic strategies to reduce burnout
- How to get comfortable setting boundaries
- How to reconnect with yourself and your needs
- Dr. Pooja Lakshmin’s free guide to Mental Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum During COVID-19
- Dr. Pooja Lakshmin’s Pregnancy & Mental Health Small Group Course
- Dr. Pooja Lakshmin’s website
- Find Dr. Pooja on Instagram
- Pooja’s NY Times Article: Mothers Don’t Have to be Martyrs
- Pooja’s NY Times Article: Saying ‘No’ Is Self-Care for Parents
- Pooja’s Op-Med Article: We Don’t Need Self-Care; We Need Boundaries
- Take the free mini course at Dr. Elana’s Med School for Moms
- Learn more about Whole Mamas Pregnancy Program
- Subscribe to Whole Mamas Weekly Pregnancy Email Series
- Follow Steph and Elana on Instagram
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This episode's guest
Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and writer specializing in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She maintains a private practice in Washington DC where she applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions. Dr. Lakshmin is most passionate about empowering women and sees her clinical work as a perinatal psychiatrist as an extension of this mission. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her advice has been featured in Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle and various other media outlets. Dr. Lakshmin is active in advocacy work and community building through online platforms. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to further maternal mental health policy, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Clinical Psychiatry News. She is working on a book about the tyranny of self-care.