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Elevating Motherhood

142 EpisodesProduced by Lori Beth AuldridgeWebsite

All things honest motherhood with host Lori Beth Auldridge. Helping moms find their confidence with resources & fresh perspectives.


098. Postpartum Depression: Empowerment & Transformation with Dr. Walker Ladd

Nothing in this episode is medical advice, but it is an honest conversation that is needed in the postpartum and birth space.
What would happen if we found our brains as fascinating as our bodies during the transformation that is pregnancy and birth? Today’s guest, Dr. Walker Ladd poses that question and so many other thoughtful observations and perspectives about Postpartum Depression—thoughts that empower and resource women, providers, and anyone who supports mothers.
Walker’s book Transformed by Postpartum Depression took me over a month to read. Not because I didn’t want to, not because it’s a stigmatized topic, or too taboo, but because it IS such an important subject—to me personally, to friends and family, to every birthing mother, and every birth support person out there. Right now it’s considered a heavy topic—but one that needs to be brought into the light.
We can handle this information. We are strong and capable.  Learning about postpartum depression is important, even if it makes us uncomfortable. Walker encourages us in this conversation and reminds us that we can handle it.
Dr. Walker Ladd’s Bio: Dr. Walker Ladd has been a recognized thought leader in the field of maternal mental health for nearly two decades. Her writing and research challenge current paradigms of motherhood and mental illness, using women's stories to reveal the hidden truths and extraordinary dimensions of the lived experience of motherhood. Her personal experiences with traumatic childbirth, breast cancer, postpartum depression, and major depressive disorder drive her passion for her bold, transformative and soulful work.
In this episode, Walker & I talk about:
· Being brave and talking about postpartum depression
· Her book: Transformed by postpartum depression
· How this book broke something open in me
· Reading about hard topics as an empath
· How generations influence postpartum depression
· Empowering ourselves
· Well intended interventions
· Stigmas around postpartum depression...and SO MUCH MORE!


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