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Pandemic Mama

29 EpisodesProduced by Irina GonzalezWebsite

There’s no manual on what to expect when you’re expecting in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Every week, journalist and new mom Irina Gonzalez talks with a special guest about having a baby during COVID-19 times. If you're feeling anxious, scared, or lonely in your parenting journey, Pandemic Ma… read more

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27. The Grief of Postpartum in the Pandemic with Kelly Fitzgerald Junco

March 26th, 2021

1:14:28

Our first return guest! Irina talks with Kelly Fitzgerald Junco, a writer and blogger behind The Sober Señorita, and a new mom who first appeared in Episode 4 of Pandemic Mama. They talked about her birth story, …

26. The Birth of a Pandemic Papa with Adam

March 19th, 2021

56:46

Irina talks with Adam, an engineer, amateur podcast editor, new dad, and her husband! They talked about the stress he felt in the last weeks of pregnancy, what happened during the birth from his perspective, and how …

25. How We Parent in the Pandemic One Year Later

March 12th, 2021

56:09

In this very special episode of the Pandemic Mama podcast, Irina asked some of the past guests to share what they have been up to since their episodes aired and reflect on the last year of parenting as we recognize and …

24. Finding Normal in the Chaos of a Pandemic with a 5th Baby with Nancy Sanchez

March 5th, 2021

51:57

Irina talks with Nancy Sanchez. She is a stay-at-home mom of five girls. They talked about her induction on the day after the pandemic was announced last year, how up and down the fourth trimester was, and how it’s been …

23. Dealing with an Unexpected Pregnancy Abroad During the Pandemic with Jenn Chowdhury

February 26th, 2021

1:13:52

Irina talks with Jenn Chowdhury. She is a journalist, writer, and new mom They discussed the crazy story of how she moved in with her boyfriend, celebrated her birthday, went into lockdown, and found out about her …

BONUS: What Will Happen to Pandemic Mama When the Pandemic is Over?

February 24th, 2021

5:56

The Pandemic Mama herself Irina Gonzalez joins for a very special bonus episode to make some quick announcements about the future of the podcast, a change in episode timing, and a VERY special new segment! You won't …

22. Getting Through Pandemic Parenting Thanks to Therapy with Shamiko Reid

February 17th, 2021

1:06:17

Irina talks with Shamiko Reid. She is a first-time mom, blogger, and podcaster. They discussed her history of depression and why it was difficult to …

21. Why We All Should Get Pre-Conception Counseling with Blaire Briody

February 11th, 2021

56:21

Irina talks with Blaire Briody, a freelance writer, author, and soon-to-be new mom. They discussed her multiple miscarriages, getting a …

20. Meditating for Better Sleep and Stress Relief with Nathalie Walton

February 3rd, 2021

56:54

Irina talks with Nathalie Walton, a new mom and the CEO of Expectful, the leading meditation app for hopeful, expecting, and new parents. They …

19. The Importance of Size Inclusion in Birth and Postpartum with Emily Goodstein

January 27th, 2021

1:09:20

Irina talks with Emily Goodstein, a new mom and the owner of the digital marketing agency Greater Good Strategy. They discussed how having a baby in a pandemic forced her to slow down, her postpartum preeclampsia, and …

18. The Freak-Out Moments Happened Postpartum with Amanda McCracken

January 20th, 2021

55:12

Irina talks with Amanda McCracken, a freelance writer and new mom. They discussed her induction at 39 weeks, how new parents can feel anxiety over simple things like leaving the house or the baby’s breathing, and trying …

17. Setting a Family Routine for Survival with Maria Piedrabuena

January 13th, 2021

1:07:16

Irina talks with Maria Piedrabuena, a full-time mom, journalist, and the editor and publisher at Tu Prensa Local (a Spanish-language publication in …

16. A Long, Complicated Fertility Journey with Kristin Diversi

January 6th, 2021

56:23

Irina talks with Kristin Diversi, a freelance writer, new mom, and host of the Macabre Traveler podcast. They discuss her long fertility journey that …

15. 'Having It All is Actually Terrible' with Whit Taylor

December 23rd, 2020

55:17

Irina talks with Whit Taylor, a cartoonist, comics editor, and new mom. They discuss feeding issues, the work/life balance, and cultivating gratitude …

14. The Long-Term Trauma of Giving Birth Without Your Partner with Elaine

December 16th, 2020

1:09:00

Irina talks with Elaine, a civil engineer and first-time mom in New York City. Her story is an important one as Elaine gave birth just a few hours after the partner ban went into effect back in March, and she's still …

13. Escaping New York City During the Partner Ban with Hannah Howard

December 9th, 2020

58:16

Irina talks with Hannah Howard, a new mom, food writer, and author of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen. In this episode, they discuss how Hannah and her husband left New York City when the partner ban was …

12. How to Advocate for Yourself in Pregnancy with Carmen Perez

December 2nd, 2020

1:00:23

Irina talks with Carmen Perez, a mom of two, social justice activist, and co-founder of the Women's March. They get into the sadness of not having any baby bump photos with her 2nd pregnancy, the loneliness of spending …

11. The Grief of Having a Baby During a Pandemic with Kaitlyn

November 25th, 2020

1:04:57

Irina talks with Kaitlyn, a new mom and reading specialist in Northern Illinois. They talk about how a third trimester scare forced her to slow down …

10. A Doctor's Guide to Being a Pandemic Mama with Dr. Erin Watson

November 18th, 2020

1:02:45

Irina talks with Dr. Erin Watson — aka Dr. Pandemic Mom! She is a family medicine and emergency medicine physician currently working in the ER. She is also a fellow new mom and the author of Pregnancy During A Pandemic, …

9. Setting Boundaries as a New Mom with Jacqui Hathaway Levin

November 11th, 2020

54:32

Irina talks with Jacqui Hathaway Levin, a stay-at-home mom and writer based in Orlando, about setting boundaries as a new mom. They discuss how she found comfort with fellow sober moms, all of that new mom and pandemic …

8. Dealing with the Fourth Trimester in the Pandemic with Jenny

November 4th, 2020

48:44

Irina talks with Jenny, a teacher in NYC and a mom to a brand new baby girl, about dealing with the fourth trimester during the pandemic. They discuss what it was like to be pregnant during the lockdown, how she ended …

7. Preparing for Postpartum Anxiety with Twins with Conz Preti

October 28th, 2020

1:06:34

Irina talks with Conz Preti, author of Too Pregnant To Move: A Pregnancy Journal, editor at Motherly, and a mom of 3 under 3. They discuss how Conz prepared for possible postpartum anxiety, what it was like to leave New …

6. Being a Stay-at-Home Mom with a New Baby with Casey

October 21st, 2020

1:04:20

Irina talks with Casey, a former professor and stay-at-home mom-of-3, about what it's like to be welcome a new baby during the pandemic when you've already got two little ones running around. We discuss how giving birth …

5. Embracing the Vulnerability of Black Motherhood with Bre Scullark

October 14th, 2020

51:08

Irina talks with mother, yogi, entrepreneur, and model Bre Scullark about what it was like to be exiting the fourth trimester just as the entire …

4. Pregnancy Anxiety During the Pandemic with Kelly Fitzgerald Junco

October 7th, 2020

1:10:53

Irina talks with writer and head of marketing at This Naked Mind, Kelly Fitzgerald Junco, about what it's like to experience her first pregnancy during the pandemic. They talk all about her pregnancy anxiety after …

3. How the Pandemic Changed this Adoption Story with Jesus Triviño

September 30th, 2020

57:35

Irina talks with Latinx pop culture expert and dad Jesus Triviño about what it was like to adopt his daughter just weeks before the COVID-19 …

2. Welcoming a Third Baby During the Pandemic with Lauren Wellbank

September 30th, 2020

49:03

Irina talks with freelance writer and mom of three Lauren Wellbank about what it is like to welcome her third baby in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the positives of her high-risk pregnancy, how this …

1. The Birth of a Pandemic Mama with Irina Gonzalez

September 30th, 2020

37:25

Journalist and new mom Irina Gonzalez shares her own pandemic birth and parenting story. She talks about her first-trimester miscarriage, the anxiety of her second pregnancy, and what it was like to suddenly find …

Coming on September 30th!

August 30th, 2020

1:03

Welcome to Pandemic Mama — the podcast that brings you real conversations about having a baby during COVID-19 times. In this trailer episode, host Irina Gonzalez introduces the new podcast, who it's for, and why all …

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