The Postpartum Podcast

In this biweekly podcast, Kellie Edson, childbirth educator-in-training chats with both birth professionals and regular moms about all aspects of the transition to parenthood. Whether this is your first child or your tenth, I hope that you gain new knowledge, insights or just plain old comfort from this twice per month show. This podcast was born out of the belief that with each child born, a mother is born (or reborn) and that transition in all of its messy, beautiful chaos deserves to be honored, supported, and celebrated.
RSS Feed
The Postpartum Podcast




All Episodes
Now displaying: 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Just a quick "Hello" to say Happy Holidays and that I'll be back with a new full episode on January 5th!  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season, from my family to yours! 

Dec 8, 2015

Today is a special episode where I invited Kelsey Wharton from episode 4 back to both give us an update on her life with two children and to have her interview ME.  

I wanted to turn the tables and be able to share my own birth and postpartum stories with my listeners  without having me just talk at you. And Kelsey's podcast, The Girl Next Door Podcast with her neighbor Erica is one of my favorites and her and I really connected so I thought she would be a wonderful person to have on to interview me!

In this episode we talk about:

  • Kelsey's advice & experience on life with two kiddos
  • About my daughter Clare's birth story (which you can also read here) & both Kelsey and I's coping methods for labor
  • My ICEA certification and how I decided to enter birth work
  • Nipple Shields & Tailbone Pain
  • Accepting the changes in our bodies Postpartum
  • Focusing on non-comparison, and doing what's right for our babies and families
  • And so much more.

Thank you SO much Kelsey for coming on and taking over the show for an episode!  :) 

Check out Kelsey's Blog, Rising Shining.

Also the Girls Next Door Podcast and her other podcast with her husband, Matrimoney where they discuss marriage and moneyYou won't be disappointed!

As always, please consider subscribing and leaving a review on iTunes here. 


An update on The Postpartum Year Anthology: Thank you all SO much for your submissions! I have received over 50. Yay!  Due to the insanity of the holidays, I will likely not get into reading through them until the new year. (An email will go out to those who submitted shortly, so hang tight.)

And again - THANK YOU!

Nov 24, 2015

Today’s episode is with Carmen Oates.  Carmen is a DONA, Rebozo and Hypnobabies certified birth doula and mom to 3 living children and one angel baby. When Carmen was featured in this issue of Kidaround Magazine I knew I wanted to share her story with you all.  

Carmen tells the story of how she lost her first baby during labor.  Her first child had a chromosome disorder – trisomy 18.  Her perspective of this experience is so heartbreaking and beautiful and she gives some great advice about how to deal with pregnancy and infant loss and to support someone who may be going through it.  A great local organization she mentioned for support is Sharing Parents. 

We also talked about:

·      The transition of meeting the needs of two little ones when the second baby came around, including tandem nursing.

·      The benefits of having a large age gap between her two oldest and her youngest baby

·      Trusting yourself when it comes to parenting, birth and everything in between

·      The Nicaraguan tradition of “Cuarentena” or 40 days rest after a new baby is born.

·      How “shoulds” are evil.

·      How to manage our lives less and really live them more.

·      The importance of listening to all new moms, including those who have had losses.

You can find out more about Carmen at her website here


As always, please consider subscribing and leaving a review on iTunes here. 

The Postpartum Year Anthology deadline is approaching, get your story in here!

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to my listeners in the United States!

Nov 16, 2015

Hi all - today's episode is a short quick reminder episode:

First - the deadline for the postpartum year anthology is quick approaching!  Please get your stories in by December 1st.  More information and guidelines here. 

Second - don't forget you can support the show by shopping with us on Amazon. Just bookmark the link and do your shopping as usual.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate this!

Finally - in 2016 I will be introducing mini episodes called "Ask the Childbirth Educator"  so please send any and all questions you have about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum to

Thank you ALL for listening! 

Nov 10, 2015

Today is a very special episode, I talk with one of my best mama friends, Monica Denniston.  Monica and I met when our daughters were just 5 and 8 weeks old in a mommy baby yoga class.  Our girls are nearly two now and have literally ‘grown up’ together.  Monica is due with baby number 2, a boy, in January.  We’ve been talking about having her on the podcast since I began recording them, and I’m so glad to be able to share her story.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Monica’s unique vaginal breech birth story. Monica delivered at the same hospital I did here locally. If you check out the Mama Sherpas documentary, Sutter Davis is featured and includes her OB delivering another vaginal breech birth.  (Shout out Annette Fineberg!)
  • How Monica made the decision to go from being a corporate lawyer to staying at home with her daughter and the ever-present pressure society puts on women to stay in the workforce.
  • How to deal with “helpful” advice from friends, family and even strangers
  • The importance of mom friends, hiring a doula and reaching out to a lactation consultant.
  • How being able to make the choice to stay at home was the first time she really felt like a “real” adult because she was doing something for herself and not just because society said she “should.”

I know you will love this episode and our conversation! Love you, M.

You can find Monica’s blog “Cest’ Law Vie” here.

As always, you can find the podcast on iTunes.


Don’t forget! You still have a couple weeks to submit your stories for The Postpartum Year anthology.  More information at

Thank you again for listening, supporting the show, and supporting moms!

Oct 27, 2015

Today I chat with Catharine Bramkamp.  Catharine is an author, college professor, writing coach and podcast host of The Newbie Writers Podcast. She is also mom to two grown boys.  Catharine and I met several years ago at the San Francisco Writer's Conference. She's hilarious and witty and I loved getting to chat with her about her postpartum stories - especially because she has the great benefit of perspective on those early years now that her boys are grown. We chat about:

  • The benefits of having mom friends close by, within walking distance
  • The benefits of having kids close together in age - hers are 16 months apart
  • The great benefit of building your tribe, it doesn't have to be family, it can be anyone who is supportive!
  • The real challenge but importance of staying in the moment with our babies while they are little. 
  • And finally - why we need to stay away from Dr. Google!

I know you will enjoy her interview, and be sure to check out Catharine's website here.

You can check out her new book, Future Gold on Amazon.

And give The Newbie Writer's Podcast a listen!

As always, you can find the podcast on iTunes. 


Have you reviewed us on iTunes?  You still have time to enter this giveaway by leaving us a review this week!

Don't forget to get your submissions in for The Postpartum Year anthology


Oct 13, 2015

I am so excited to share this episode with you all!  When I heard Jeanne Faulkner speak on One Bad Mother a few months ago, I knew right away that I wanted to have her on the show.  Jeanne is a writer, registered nurse and strong maternal health care improvement advocate.  She works with the Every Mother Counts non-profit which is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers around the world.  She is also the author of the book Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Birth for Mother and Baby which came out earlier this year. 

In this episode we talk about how Jeanne came to change paths from a career as a labor and delivery nurse to that of a writer. We also talk about how her "Ask the Labor Nurse" column for Fit Pregnancy led to her writing her Common Sense Pregnancy book.  

We talk about her very differing birth and postpartum stories with each of her children.  She's given birth with all kinds of practitioners and both in and out of hospitals.  She talks about pregnancy, birth and postpartum during nursing school, and as she took the nursing boards, and even during cancer treatments after her 4th child. 

I loved being able to share Jeanne's knowledge and expertise with you all. We talked about the state of maternal healthcare today and about how she hopes we are going into seeing a shift in the way things happen, and how we as women and moms, as well as practitioners can help make this happen.  

I really think it's good for us to hear moms who have been there already, perhaps have grown kids,  and are able to tell us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel getting through these hard early years of raising kids.  Thank you so much again, Jeanne for coming on and sharing with us!

You can find Jeanne's book here.

You can find her website here

Here is more about the  Every Mother Counts nonprofit.

As always, you can find the podcast on iTunes 


Have you reviewed us on iTunes?  You still have time to enter this giveaway by leaving us a review. 

Don't forget to get your submissions in for The Postpartum Year anthology

Sep 29, 2015

Today I was SO inspired by Samantha Broyles Birth and Postpartum stories.  Samantha is the blogger behind All About Baby's World and a mom of two girls.  In her episode, we talk about how she went from having a breech caesarean in the hospital to delivering her second daughter as a VBAC at home and what went into making that happen. We discuss the challenges of tandem nursing and how she's making that work with her 2 1/2 year old and 3 month old. I love what she said about breastfeeding being natural but not always easy.  This is so true and a reason to always ask for help. Seeing a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader can make all the difference.  Samantha's strength in truly advocating for herself and her maternal healthcare is inspiring. 

You can find out more about her blog and the types of baby products she reviews, check out All About Baby's World.

You can also find her on Facebook & Twitter

If you’re listening on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms! It only takes a couple minutes and it really helps out the show. Plus, if you do so between now and November 1st, you'll be entered the win this New Mama Care Package.

Ready to share YOUR story? The Postpartum Year: Tales From the Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood anthology is accepting submissions now! 

Sep 15, 2015

Today I chat with Danielle Corrales. Danielle is single mom to one 4 year old boy, Joah and works full time in mortgage banking.  Danielle found the podcast via the social media grapevine and reached out to me to be on the show (which yay - please keep doing that!) And I'm so glad she did.  Not only is her story unique, but she's local here in Sacramento where I'm based and we've even been able to meet up in person for a playdate since the recording.  

In the episode we talk about what it was like for her to go through pregnancy and postpartum as a single mom, how going to school full-time and caring for Joah actually turned out to be 'the best of both worlds, and how amazing it sometimes can be when you get to create an unconventional family for your kiddo.  Danielle shares how even though her birth didn't go to her "plan" she still felt empowered and educated.  She wants to stress to new moms that every baby is unique and every mama is unique and every story is unique.  Things we all need to remember!

We also mentioned the super helpful Happiest Baby on the Block book and DVD.


While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms! It only takes a couple minutes and it really helps out the show.

Ready to share YOUR story? The Postpartum Year: Tales From the Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood anthology is accepting submissions now! 

Sep 1, 2015

Today I got to interview Katie Clemons, creator of Gadanke and blogger at Making This Home. In this episode we talked about how Katie was inspired by her 90-year-old grandma and Story Corps to start her journaling and writing prompt business Gadanke.  She has a fantastic pregnancy journaling course and she explains how that came to be. 

We also talk about how even though storytelling is her business, she struggled with sharing her own positive birth story for fear of what others with difficult births would think.  She shares her experience of giving birth around the same time that she lost both of her grandmothers and how that affected postpartum for her, and finally how it was to give a TedX talk at 7 months pregnant.

Katie is such a wonderful soul, I am sure you will be encouraged by her stories!

You can find Katie’s TedX Talk here.  


You can learn more about Katie's journal company Gadanke here

Be sure to check out her pregnancy journaling course, also!

You can find Katie's blog Making This Home here.

You can find here on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, you can download the episode on iTunes here and subscribe to the podcast as well.

While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms! It only takes a couple minutes and it really helps out the show.

Ready to share YOUR story? The Postpartum Year: Tales From the Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood anthology is accepting submissions now! 

Aug 18, 2015

This week I chat with Lindsey Taylor, the owner of the doula agency Taylor Made Doulas. Lindsey is a full spectrum birth and postpartum doula and mom of 4.  In this episode we talk about the mom/life balance, how she started a business during her 4th child's postpartum year and how that experience compared to that of her first child when she was just 18 years old.

We also talk about the importance of prenatal childbirth education and postpartum support and how we need to be real with one another about the whole picture when it comes to breastfeeding, not just the social media worthy moments. 

You can find out more about Lindsey and her doula agency here. 

The postpartum depression documentary we mentioned is Dark Side of the Full Moon

As always, you can download the episode on iTunes here and stream it directly here.

While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Don't forget - The Postpartum Year: Tales From the Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood anthology is accepting submissions now! More info at

Aug 11, 2015

Listen to today's episode for a special announcement!  The Postpartum Podcast is being turned into a book!  More info at! 

The Postpartum Year: Tales from the Trenches in the First Year of Motherhood.


Thank you SO much for listening!

Aug 4, 2015

Today I chat with the lovely, jack of many trades Rachel Rambach. She is a board certified music therapist, singer, songwriter, educator, blogger, podcaster and now – a mom of TWO!  Her daughter, Mia, was born at the end of May after we recorded this podcast.

We chat about:

·      The unique challenges of maternity leave when you work for yourself and own a business, and working as a music therapist in the afternoons.

·      Sleep Deprivation

·      Dealing with an incredibly quick first labor and how that shaped her view and expectations for her second labor

·      What a music therapist does. (So cool!)

·      How pregnancy is different the second time around with a toddler running around

·      And a whole lot more!

It was so wonderful talking with Rachel – if you want to learn more about her, check out her podcast, Guitars & Granola Barsher Blog, and her private music therapy practice.  You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter

As always, you can download the episode on iTunes here.

While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Look for a SPECIAL Mini-Episode next week with an exciting announcement! 

Happy August!

Jul 21, 2015

Today's episode was an incredibly informative and helpful episode! I chat with Anne Dimond who is a co-creator of Bella Materna. Whoever said there was no such thing as a pretty nursing bra never has bought from Bella Materna. Their maternity wear and bras are beautiful and very well made. (I think I need to buy several more of their anytime tanks - they are SO comfy.)  

We chat about so many different things, her experience with pre-term bedrest, MRSA on her breasts, the importance of wearing comfortable clothes during labor and negotiating parenting roles with your partner ahead of time. 

And especially important since it's Anne's expertise, we talk about nursing bras, bra sizing during your pregnancy, postpartum and later breastfeeding periods. Important stuff! 

I learned so much during this episode and I know you will too. Anne has also graciously offered podcast listeners 20% your purchase at Bella Materna now until September 1st with the code PostpartumPodcast.

You can find Bella Materna online here.

You can also find and follow them on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast, download the episode on iTunes hereWhile you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Thank you!

Jul 7, 2015

This week I talk with Sara Hery. Sara is an internationally certified childbirth educator and has been a practicing birth doula since 2005. She is also working towards becoming a certified nurse midwife and is a mom of 2. Sara's story is such a wonderful example of pushing through the adversity that often new moms face.  We talk about her experience with a home birth transfer and tongue tie with her first, and a torn iliacus muscle that led to postpartum depression with her second and how Bowen therapy helped her recover. Her experience is inspiring and I hope it helps other moms realize that you can come out on the other side of these experiences, or similar ones, stronger.  Enjoy!

You can find out more about Sara, her classes and the BBB Cafe here.

Some other resources for postpartum support that we also mentioned include La Leche LeaguePostpartum Support InternationalDoula MatchDONA and CAPPA

If you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Thank you!

Jun 23, 2015

Today I chat with Heather Ash of the blog Happiness Mama.  Heather is mom to two little girls and step mom to one boy.  In this episode we chat about the importance of remembering to think about postpartum while you are pregnant, postpartum depression and anxiety awareness, and the beauty of lactation consultant home visits. 

Heather was also generous enough to offer podcast listeners her postpartum bliss list - which is 10 conversations to have before (or after) baby comes and her favorite baby and toddler sleep tools and resources. Make sure you go here to get yours! 

You can find Heather at her blog Happiness Mama

And on Twitter here. 

As always, you can download the episode on iTunes here.

While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Thanks for listening!

Jun 9, 2015

This week I’m so excited to be chatting with Lisa Druxman!  Lisa is the creator of the incredibly popular Fit4Mom exercise program, which includes Fit 4 Baby, Stroller Strides and their newer Body Back program.  Lisa also created the Motivating Mom Podcast, which I love, to give moms ‘the strength for motherhood.”  In this episode we talk a lot about fitness and health because that’s her specialty, and we also talk about taking time for ourselves as moms.  She has so many wise words and practical advice, and I love what she says about thinking about ‘How do we want this chapter of our stories to read?” New motherhood is such a short flicker in the span of a life, so I think that’s a perfect way to think about it! Enjoy!

To learn more about Lisa’s podcast, check out the Motivating Mom Podcast.

To learn more about Fit4Mom and to find a class in your area, go here.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

While you’re on iTunes, I hope you consider rating and reviewing the show so that we can reach more moms!

Thanks for listening!

May 26, 2015

Today I talk with the wonderful Kari Shipman. Kari is a mom to one baby girl, and the owner and creative director of Juniper James whose tagline is “Fashion Moving People Forward.” Kari is also the official and exclusive stylist for Kidaround Magazine. In this episode we talk about how she had to slow down her crazy work schedule before becoming a mom, her passion for helping people and especially new moms and about realizing how much the little stuff ceases to matter after becoming a parent. She also gives some neat ideas for memory keeping during pregnancy and throughout baby’s first year. Enjoy! 

You can find Kari’s work with Juniper James here. I love her concept of “Maternal Maven Makeovers”

Check out her styling work at Kidaround Magazine. 

She’s on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

If you want to support the show, please use this amazon link to do your regular shopping, check out audible for audiobooks, and please rate and review us on iTunes. This helps more moms find the show!

Thanks for listening!

May 12, 2015

cover170x170 (1)   cover170x170


Today I chat with the amazingly talented Elizabeth Laime of the Totally Married and Totally Mommy podcasts and formerly of the now defunct Totally Laime podcast.  I was so excited to have her on, as her podcasts are two of my absolute favorites that I look forward to every week. She is mom to one baby girl who just over a year old, a comedy writer and wife to Andy who is a record producer. She and Andy host their weekly Totally Married Podcast while she co-hosts Totally Mommy with a different mom friend each week.

In this episode we discuss her experience having her first birth at the Del Mar Birth Center in Pasadena, what led her to switch from an OB/GYN to a Midwife and all of the extreme feelings that come along with the first year of motherhood. We also talk about the benefits of prenatal couples counseling and that although the identity shift that takes place during the first year is a massive one, you WILL get your identity mojo back, in time.  Elizabeth is wonderful and hilarious and I think you will really enjoy this episode!

You can find out more about her and about her podcasts at

You can also follow her on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Apr 27, 2015

Today I chat with Kristen Tenini. Kristen is a mom of TWIN one-year-old girls. She is formerly a hospice social worker, but once they found out they were expecting twins, her and her husband decided to have her stay at home and she loves being home with her daughters. In this episode we discuss the challenges she faced as a first time mom of twins, and her experience in the NICU. We also talk about the benefits of telling your loved ones about your pregnancy early on and the freedom that can be found when you learn the confidence to do things by yourself while caring for young children. Kristen was a delight to talk with and I really think her insights resonate, whether you are a mom of a singleton, twins or more! Enjoy!

Apr 13, 2015


Today I talk with the lovely and passionate Tashina Benning. Tashina is a birth doula and childbirth educator. She is mom to an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old. We talked about her transition from marketing work to birth work and about her very different birth stories with her two kids. She reminds us of the importance of childbirth education, choosing your birth facility and the power of a village of friends to support you during postpartum and beyond. One of my favorite things she says is when it comes to guests during postpartum, we should follow this rule: “If you come over, bring something. If you stay, do something.” Enjoy!

You can find more information about Tashina at her website:

The International Caesarean Awareness Group can be found here.

The Business of Being Born and Orgasmic Birth  documentaries were also referenced.

Finally, here is the link for the Sacramento Birth Community Group

PS – Don’t forget, you can also support the podcast by checking out at or do your Amazon shopping with us. 

Mar 30, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 12.42.04 PM

Today I talk with Marriage and Family Therapist, Catherine O’Brien. Catherine is a mom of a 6 year old and almost 2 year old. She is incredibly passionate about helping new parents and helping couples strengthen their relationships when adding a new baby to the family. She helps clarify the difference between all the different postpartum mood disorders as well as the risk factors. We also talk about how she got into working with the postpartum demographic and she shares advice for couples to help with this transition, including making time for each other and information about the Gottman relationship institute. Her information is so helpful and her passion and support is contagious! Enjoy!

  • If you are interested in Catherine’s Sacramento New Mom Connections Meetup Group, you can check it out here.
  • Catherine also has classes locally including “Mine, Yours, Ours: A relationship survival guide for baby’s first year.” This takes place at Herself Moms. 
Mar 16, 2015

Today I talk with my dear friend Pam Hart. Pam is a register dental assistant and has one son, Benjamin who is my daughter Clare’s birthday twin. She also has two French Bulldogs and a kitty. I really enjoyed chatting with her about her postpartum story. She is incredibly encouraging about how calm and wonderful birth can be. We talk about how important other mom friends can be during the postpartum year and also about how all of your friendships change and shift as your life goes through the huge change of becoming a parent.

We also talked about these two songs: “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” that pretty much sums up our combined feelings on this postpartum year.

**This podcast is now sponsored by Audible. To get a free audiobook while supporting the show, please visit **

Thank you SO much for your support!!

Mar 2, 2015


Today I interview the doula I had for my birth with Clare, Nataly Bates. Nataly is a Birth Arts International trained birth doula. She is also a Hypnobabies certified hypnodoula and is rebozo certified. Nataly is also mom to two wonderful children. In this episode, Nataly and I talk about the importance of support, both during childbirth and after. Nataly talks about why she decided to become a birth doula and how different her postpartum stories were with each child. We also discuss chiropractic care and postpartum depression and the importance of finding and asking for help when you need it. Enjoy!

You can find out more about Nataly on her website here.

You can also find her on Facebook here.

1 2 Next »