Motherhood Sessions

13 EpisodesProduced by GimletWebsite

Being a mom is hard. Everybody knows that. But we usually hear about sleepless nights and diaper changes, not the profound identity shift that accompanies becoming a mother. Motherhood is a psychological big bang. And yet it’s rare to find emotionally honest conversations about it.On Gimlet Media’s … read more

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Loneliness in Single Motherhood

June 27th, 2019

When Joni was 40 years old, she was financially independent, enjoying her life as a single woman, and feeling strong enough to have a baby on her …

Does Biology Matter?

June 20th, 2019

Mia and Laura had always imagined they would each carry one of their children. Laura delivered their first child, but as they approach planning for …

When Being a Mom Isn’t Enough

June 13th, 2019

Camilla was a PhD student struggling with a feeling that she didn’t belong in academia. Then she got pregnant. Seven years and two children later, she’s never finished her dissertation. She’s feeling frustrated as a …

Setting Boundaries With a Toxic Grandparent

May 30th, 2019

Brittany has always had a troubled relationship with her father, and the two have been estranged for years. After the birth of her daughter, he reconnected and is pushing to spend time with his grandchild. Brittany’s …

Feeling Complete With One Child

May 23rd, 2019

Margot and her wife always imagined having more than one child. But Margot’s first pregnancy was physically and emotionally exhausting, and she’s not sure she can go through it again. Now she’s afraid of disappointing …

Parenting Through Trauma

May 16th, 2019

Cari gave birth to twins when she was only 23 weeks pregnant—the edge of viability for newborns. Four years later, the kids are still dealing with medical complications, and Cari and her husband Jay are struggling with …

Rethinking Your Roots After Motherhood

May 9th, 2019

Julia was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised by a white family. Since giving birth to her own children—the first biological relatives …

Can I Handle a Second Child?

April 25th, 2019

Weeks before the birth of her second daughter, Leigh is counting down the time she still has alone with her firstborn. She's feeling guilty about how …

Not Cut Out For Motherhood

April 18th, 2019

Anne never wanted to be a mom. Now that she actually has a kid, she’s worried that she made a mistake. Her guilt and perfectionism is getting in the way of having a motherhood experience that might leave more room for …

Coparenting With Your Ex

April 11th, 2019

Zoe recently separated from the father of her two-year-old son, and now she feels stuck. She’s struggling to get past the anger she feels toward her …

A Note About Therapy from Dr. Sacks

April 11th, 2019


A quick introduction to the show from Dr. Alexandra Sacks.


March 25th, 2019


Conversations with therapist Dr. Alexandra Sacks about the challenges and joys of motherhood. Premieres Thursday, April 11.

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