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Episode Info: cornerstone of evil characters in myth and popular culture. The idea of the “Good Enough Mother” as permission and guiding light for mother’s overwhelmed by messages of perfection; that we should aim for not superhuman perfection but providing a safe, stable, loving childhood. How being a “perfect” mother can actually harm our children in the long term, leading to decreased resiliency, slowing the learning process, and interfering with children’s ability to grow and achieve independence. How the power of behind the #MeToo movement of naming the unnamed inspired her to start the Motherhood Unfiltered project to showcase all aspects of motherhood on Social Media, not just those of perfection. How the concept of identity related to motherhood is a global rather than national phenomenon. FULL SHOW NOTES Get the complete show notes with episode quotes, photos, and time stamps at LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. ALEXANDRA SACKS    Alexandra Sacks, MD is the leading expert on “matrescence,” the transition to motherhood that is as demanding and transformative as adolescence. She is known for popularizing the concept in her TED talk with over 1.4 million views, and in her article “The Birth of a Mother,” the number one most read piece of 2017 for the New York Times  “Well Family” section, where she is a regular contributor. Her work has been featured in TIME, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. She is the host of Motherhood Sessions, a podcast released in April 2019 by Gimlet Media, and coauthor of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood published by Simon and Schuster and available now. EPISODE SPONSOR & SPECIAL OFFER This episode is sponsored by Splendid Spoon, a meal delivery service that creates whole, healthy, plant-based soups and smoothies that can be a great fit for busy parents and new moms. Get $50 off your first order with the link THE STARTUP PREGNANT PODCAST & HOST Sign up for the Weekly Startup Pregnant Newsletter with insights, strategies, and new ideas for working parents. Email us at and tell us what you think! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Want to sponsor the podcast? We’ve got great sponsors and only one shout-out per episode. We don’t shove tons of ads into our podcast. We only work with awesome. Still here? Definitely leave us a review on iTunes. It’s really helpful for the show! ...
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