Episode 53: Mental Health, New Motherhood & Managing Chaotic Times with Jackie Schoemaker Holmes, PhD

Why We Love Jackie:

Jackie Schoemaker Holmes, PhD is a University of British Columbia-trained Sociologist who specializes in the study and practice of empowerment at both the individual and the community level. Jackie’s work has been published in a variety of venues including peer-reviewed academic publications, edited collections, and leading Canadian newspapers and magazines. 

You can now find her writing online via Eating Her Young – a blog and social media platform that seeks to disrupt motherhood, tell motherhood truths, and make space for the diversity of motherhood experiences. She is an ongoing contributor to Filter Free Parents and her work has been featured on the popular parenting sites, Pregnant Chicken and Scary Mommy. Jackie is tremendously passionate about sharing her truths of motherhood so that no mother feels alone. Find the supportive, non-judgmental, and compassionate in-person and online services she provides women and mothers in the community and beyond on her website www.empowermentforresilience.com

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • Why Jackie began writing about her experience with postpartum depression
  • How she felt after giving birth and why it was so startling compared to past anxiety and depressive episodes
  • Why we need to address existing assumptions and treat new mothers a lot more mindfully
  • How conversations around things like pharmaceutical drugs and breastfeeding, and a lack of honesty about what’s to come can contribute to problematic beliefs
  • How impossible expectations for new mothers are internalized and perpetuated
  • The discourses that still constrain women and their choices 
  • The ah-ha moment that led Jackie to start working with other women
  • Why healing is incremental and why that’s okay
  • What to say to a pregnant woman (and what not to say)
  • Practical tips for navigating this chaotic time at home with full lives, work, and kids 
  • And much more

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