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38 minutes | 9 months ago
137: The Power of You - The Final Episode
With the technology boom, patients and clients now have access to the same information as medical professionals. As beneficial as technology can be, the drawback is that we find conflicting messages that don’t help us when we are scared and overwhelmed with caring for our child. Join me for this final episode of the Delivering Miracles podcast as we discuss stress, the nervous system, and the necessity of rest and repair. Show Highlights: A quote on social media about stress and infertility--and why it makes my blood boil [4:50] Stress is a set of physiological chain reactions when your brain and nervous system perceive a threat [8:20] We are far more stressed out than our ancestors were, and we stay in survival mode without opportunities for the necessary rest and repair [14:05] The whole point of the body’s stress response system is to keep you alive [18:50] Stress doesn’t cause infertility, but it is a huge piece of the puzzle [28:11] Delivering Miracles, Episode 1, began with The Power of Fear [31:51] I want to end the podcast by emphasizing The Power of YOU [32:38] When we get in rest and repair mode, our body starts to work again [35:07] This is not goodbye; there is still much work to be done in spreading the message to empower and inspire women! [39:11] Final words of hope: “The very body that feels broken is the very body that holds the key to the power of your health and healing. It’s right there. Reach out and claim it.” [44:24] Resources: www.parijetdeshpande.com/deliveringmiracles Work With Me: http://bit.ly/wwmdmep136 Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb Why Nervous System Regulation is Essential for Optimal Pregnancy and Postpartum Health: http://bit.ly/dmep134 The Power of Fear: http://bit.ly/dmep001
56 minutes | 10 months ago
136: What Women Need to Know About Pregnancy Anxiety
Statistics show that approximately 6% of women experience anxiety during pregnancy, but I suspect that the percentage is actually much higher than that. This episode covers pregnancy anxiety, which is something I see a lot in my practice. Many women have questions about this topic, especially since it’s something that is frequently waved off and disregarded by healthcare providers. It’s a topic that’s close to my heart because I see a lot of outdated tools and techniques touted as the solution. The truth is that your physical body holds the key. Let’s jump into pregnancy anxiety together!
50 minutes | 10 months ago
135: Parenting After Loss
Parenting after loss is a topic that comes up frequently in the Delivering Miracles community. People ask what they should do and how they should go on loving the child they have while still feeling the previous loss. This unique kind of grief presents a conundrum in how to handle the intricacies of parenting, and societal pressure certainly plays into how we THINK we should feel. There is most definitely not just ONE right way to navigate this grief into your role as a parent, but there are principles to follow to get through the basics of grief and loss. Let’s talk about it. Show Highlights: Talking about loss brings up many issues around grief, which is a topic that our society doesn’t know how to approach [1:23] Are you STUCK in grief if you find it difficult to move on? [4:28] Your grief doesn’t disappear with another pregnancy or another baby [8:16] If you don’t release the grief, it sits in the body and freezes your nervous system [10:09] When you are parenting through grief, it is the time to call on your support group for help [20:33] Allow your body to do what it needs to do to feel the grief and then release it [25:50] Know your grief triggers and avoid them until you know you can allow the waves of grief to complete [27:54] Your grief experience is a great learning opportunity for your children to develop emotional intelligence and empathy (Don’t shield them from grief!) [30:13] There is no ONE right way to honor your lost baby, but you must address the underlying fear and do what brings you a sense of peace [33:09] Your grief can teach your children about the nuances of life; it’s YOUR choice how to let them experience grief [40:32] You don’t have to figure it all out right now, but you have to lead with what brings you peace, so just start there [43:59] When you’ve experienced a loss and have anxiety about losing your living children, this is trauma encoded in your body [45:33] The key is to thaw your nervous system and let the waves of grief come--then you’ll find peace [47:14] When we do the healing work, we heal the whole family, so make your healing a priority [50:21] You WILL heal, which means remembering those babies without pain and with choice [51:54] Resources: Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb Healing from Grief - http://bit.ly/dmep128 Coping with the loss of a child - http://bit.ly/013dm Join us in Healing Hearts http://bit.ly/healheartblog
40 minutes | a year ago
134: Why Nervous System Regulation is Essential During Fertility Treatment, a High-Risk Pregnancy and Postpartum
I’m asked frequently why I like to focus on bodywork and nervous system regulation. The simple answer is that I want to know (and I want you to know) not just how to cope, but how to not be affected by the anxiety that comes with life. When you’re affected by trauma, the truth is that not everything gets better with time. Many people misunderstand nervous system regulation, so let’s talk about how this works and how this information can help you in the long run. Show Highlights: The truth is that time does NOT heal all wounds [3:57] My goal is to counter the false beliefs that women are made to believe [6:24] How the nervous system is the connection between all other systems in the body [6:55] Why nervous system regulation is necessary in addition to all the other things you’re trying [16:40] Body-based work is based on recent research and the understanding of neurobiology regarding stress [18:55] How the things that are possible when you regulate your nervous system feel “like magic” [21:28[ Don’t stop at just coping, but learn to harness the power of your body to relieve the symptoms you have [23:59] Nervous system regulation: what it is and what it isn’t [24:23] Being able to regulate your nervous system is especially important in going through infertility, high-risk pregnancy, and preterm delivery [28:22] Getting started with nervous system regulation means having an awareness of being in your body [33:10] Biologically, when we have nervous system dysregulation, we cut off what we’re feeling inside [36:40] We can teach our nervous system to handle stress by being aware of our sensations, being present with them, and allowing them to dissipate [38:35] Resources: Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb How the Mind-Body Connection Can Help You Stay Pregnant (a client story) - http://bit.ly/rimahrp Join us in Healing Hearts http://bit.ly/healheartblog Work with Me: http://bit.ly/wwmbloghrp
53 minutes | a year ago
133: This is Trauma Live Event
The topic of trauma has hit home for me and our DM community. Stress, anxiety, and maternal mental health issues all have their roots in unresolved trauma. Trauma is simply a nervous system frozen in a state of danger, and it’s not tied to a specific event, but in how that event is encoded in your body. Let’s dive deeper! Show Highlights: Why it’s easy to minimize trauma, which has nothing to do with what you went through; it’s a nervous system frozen in a state of danger (1:12) The crux of the trauma problem: When the nervous system is stuck, we cannot make conscious choices until it’s unfrozen (7:50) Three stages of how we function when an event has been encoded as trauma: (12:15) Survival Coping Thriving Your body can’t heal if it doesn’t feel safe, which is the key to reclaiming life and health (19:10) We have to make changes in order to unfreeze our nervous system (25:54) You deserve healing! ((30:50) Questions from event participants about therapist training, Healing Hearts membership, coping and trying again, and more (32:14) Resources: 5 Myths About Trauma http://bit.ly/5traumamyths Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb Join us in Healing Hearts http://bit.ly/healheartblog
39 minutes | a year ago
132: The Biggest Problem of Prenatal & Postpartum Care
This is the episode I didn’t want to do. I tried to avoid it, but I can’t. My feelings are prompted by what I’ve seen on social media posts and articles--and those have left an awful taste in my mouth. We have an epidemic in the US of healthcare providers not listening to women when they complain about their pain and what’s going on in their lives. People don’t listen, and they don’t trust what women say, but then they wonder why all these women’s health issues keep cropping up in spite of our advanced technology. I’m angry--and you should be, too. Let’s talk about it. In this episode: 99% of my clients have experienced being silenced, being ignored, or medical errors being made because they were not believed. In advocating for evidence-based solutions to women’s health issues, we can’t ignore the fact that every person’s body and experiences are different. We are only able to trust our instincts when we’re able to regulate our nervous system in scary situations. Regardless of your age, career, education, social status, or finances, YOU are the only expert on your body. Statistics are just big-picture guidelines, so you need to lead with your body and what it is telling you. In women’s health, providers understand the clinical side of data but ignore the lived-in experiences of women. We need more research, but your lived-in experiences matter way more than any study. Find a provider who respects your experiences and will let YOU lead. Resources: What Should I Ask My Doctor (free guide)--http://bit.ly/whattoaskdr How to Get a Reliable Second Opinion--http://bit.ly/003dmep 5 Signs You Need a New OB--http://bit.ly/neednewOB How to Be an Empowered Patient--http://bit.ly/dm022ep 5 Myths About Trauma--http://bit.ly/5traumamyths Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release (free webinar)--http://bit.ly/modappweb Schedule a Strategy Session--http://bit.ly/healthstratsess
33 minutes | a year ago
131: Comparing and Justifying Prevent Healing
Do you feel that you deserve to heal and feel better on your fertility journey? Do you feel like you deserve to be a mother and experience a healthier pregnancy? Do you feel like you deserve to grieve your losses and bring a baby home from the hospital? Of course, we say that we deserve these things, but the problem is that we battle an underlying feeling of unworthiness. In this episode: The qualifications we use to call ourselves “infertile” [3:20] How we, as women, allow everyone else’s needs to be more important than our own [12:20] When we don’t feel validated in our experience, we tend to look for validation from other people [17:00] Why we feel like we deserve the “bad things,” but don’t deserve healing and support [24:16] You don’t need to try to “figure out” if your pain is justified as compared with someone else’s [27:29] You shouldn’t have to fight for the ability to grieve, honor your story, and heal. You ARE worth it, and you deserve to heal from grief and trauma. When was the last time you told yourself that? Resources: Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release (Free Webinar)- http://bit.ly/modappweb Schedule a consultation - http://bit.ly/healthstratsess Join us in Healing Hearts - http://bit.ly/healheartdirect
42 minutes | a year ago
130: How to Prepare for a Pre-Term Delivery
November is Prematurity Awareness Month, so it’s a good time for us to discuss the basics. In today’s show, we’re talking about risk factors for preterm delivery and other information you need to know about this frightening experience. In this episode: Prematurity is the leading cause of death for children under five across the world---and the rate in the US keeps rising. [1:47] A history of preterm delivery is the #1 risk factor for another preterm delivery. [6:51] Many medical conditions and lifestyle habits can increase the chances of preterm delivery. [21:27] Conditions associated with stress can contribute to risk factors. [23:09] What you need to know about the four levels of the NICU--and what to expect with each one. [33:14] You need to be well-informed about the risk factors for preterm delivery, red flags to look for, who you need on your team, and how to prepare yourself. Resources: What Should I Ask My Doctor (free guide) - bit.ly/whattoaskdr What Every Woman Needs to Know About Pelvic Floor Health with Catherine Middlebrooks - http://bit.ly/dmep117 5 Myths About Trauma http://bit.ly/5traumamyths Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb Schedule a consultation - http://bit.ly/healthstratsess
59 minutes | a year ago
129: Listener Q and A
I love to hear from you! I love to address your questions and concerns with Listener Q & A episodes, like today’s show. Join us as we cover several topics that are relevant to birth trauma, preemie development, postpartum depression, and the work of healing. In this episode: Dealing with the uncertainty of the development of a preemie when you aren’t sure what to expect [2:24] Experiencing postpartum depression with stillbirth, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy [15:48] Getting over the fear of a medical termination when you’ve gone through this before [25:33] How (and to what degree) diet can help with postpartum depression [40:08] The reality of full healing from birth trauma vs. “learning to cope” [51:00] Healing work is lifelong work that requires an ongoing commitment [55:26] *You CAN let go of birth trauma without knowing the outcome. Peace is not elusive for you. You can find peace NOW, even when the future is uncertain. Nervous system regulation is the missing piece that you need! Resources: 5 Myths About Trauma http://bit.ly/5traumamyths The Truth About Fertility Trauma http://bit.ly/dmep125 Relieving Trauma-Induced Health Complications Workshop http://bit.ly/traumahealthcomp When It's Not a Diet Issue but Unresolved Trauma https://www.instagram.com/p/B37gSK2BDH_/ Modern Approach to Grief & Trauma Release Free Webinar http://bit.ly/modappweb What Should I Ask My Doctor? a free guide bit.ly/whattoaskdr Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols https://amzn.to/2JoCz0X
47 minutes | a year ago
128: Healing After Pregnancy & Infant Loss
There are many nuances to grief. The loss of a child is extremely painful grief, but you have to trust that your body knows how to heal itself. It’s important that you reach out for support when you need professional guidance. Let’s jump into this difficult topic together. In this episode: We don’t speak accurately enough about the experience of pregnancy loss and saying goodbye to a life lost too soon. [9:28] Grief hurts and feels awful. [11:00] Our body has a built-in system that knows how to heal from grief. [19:55] There are no stages of grief. [25:07] Your job is to keep your body tension-free and tightness-free. [34:15] Grief is not a pathological condition. There is no treatment for it. You’re not broken for mourning the loss of your baby, so take all the time you need. Resources: www.parijatdeshpande.com/healinghearts http://bit.ly/healheartdirect
31 minutes | a year ago
127: When You Feel Lost After Having a Baby in the NICU
One of the most interesting aspects of my work in working with a wide variety of people is that every experience is so different, even if they share the same starting point. Having a baby in the NICU is a different type of trauma that shifts what you understand to be normal. It shifts everything you know to be normal and everything you expect to encounter in the way you enter parenthood. The good news is that you CAN find yourself again and return to “normal”! Let’s talk about how to do it.
53 minutes | a year ago
126: How to Prepare for Pregnancy after Preemie
September is NICU Awareness Month. If you aren’t familiar with what NICU stands for, it’s where sick or pre-term babies go for specialized care until they are well enough to (hopefully) go home. One of the most common questions I get from parents is about facing another pregnancy after going through a NICU experience. Just the thought of a repeat situation is terrifying for a parent. Today’s show dives into four important steps to take before trying to conceive again after a NICU experience. Episode Highlights: Talk to your partner Sometimes partners don’t feel included in the NICU experience Get your partner’s perspective and understand their feelings Make sure your partner isn’t stuck in the trauma response Realize that social support is essential for healthy pregnancy outcomes Work with a trauma-trained therapist if you need to Make a preconception appointment with a high-risk specialist Get a second opinion on what happened before and how to prevent it Get your questions answered before you try again Realize that this isn’t a one-time appointment, but may need to be repeated Think of this as selecting your team Deactivate your arousal system (turn off your stress response) Understand that none of this is your fault Know that a heightened stress response increases the chance of many pregnancy complications Look out for unresolved grief and trauma Know that mantras, affirmations, and positive thinking will NOT help Figure out when the time is right for you Don’t allow a medical professional to push you when you aren’t ready What can you make better right now? Realize that there is no right or wrong answer Trust your body; it won’t lie to you Resources: How to Get a Reliable /Second Opinion - http://bit.ly/003dmep What Should I Ask My Doctor Free Guide - bit.ly/whattoaskdr Get More Answers 30-Day Health Advocacy Program - bit.ly/getmoreanswers Path to Baby: a 1:1 Mind-Body Program to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy - http://bit.ly/pathtobabydm Find me on Instagram: @healthy.highriskpregnancy
40 minutes | a year ago
125: The Truth About Fertility Trauma When You're Trying to Conceive
Fertility trauma is happening all around us. It’s a huge part of the journey when you’re trying to conceive. Today’s show discusses why we have to address this issue and why trauma resolution should be part of fertility treatment for everyone. Episode Highlights: What is fertility trauma? Why trauma is NOT always based on a single event Examples of when and how fertility trauma may occur Why fertility trauma is not a mental health issue, but a physiological problem Health issues and inflammation that come when we don’t “come back down” from our body’s stress response Why you need to understand the physiology of what your body does---and how you can help it How trauma resolution can “stack the deck in your favor” Why stress is NOT the cause of infertility Why my clients are having fertility success when they put the puzzle pieces together Retraining your body with breath work, progressive relaxation, stretching, and dropping your shoulders The resulting changes that happen to the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems---all of which play a vital part in getting pregnant Resources: Optimize Your Fertility: http://bit.ly/optfertdm Path to Baby: http://bit.ly/pathtobabydm Instagram: healthy.highriskpregnancy
47 minutes | a year ago
124: 5 Myths About Fertility, Pregnancy or Trauma Healing
I’ve talked to many women from many backgrounds with many complications. These women are all tied together by experiencing trauma on their family-building journey. The fact that unresolved trauma is a stress trigger fascinates me, and it led to my pursuit of training as a trauma specialist. Today’s show explores the question: What if the issues we see in maternal mental health are just results of unresolved trauma? We’re talking about common myths we hear regarding trauma healing and refuting them with truth. Episode Highlights: 5 Myths of Trauma Healing: You can only experience trauma after a life-threatening event Trauma occurs when the stress response is turned on and amped up without the opportunity to “come back down” Trauma is a life sentence, and it will be this way forever When we believe this myth, we forget the healing power of the human body Time heals all wounds The truth is that healing takes active participation PTSD is a disorder Post-traumatic stress is an injury and a wound You have to tell your story in order to heal Telling your story before you’re healed will lead to retraumatization The key to healing: You have to create the release, however that looks for you; relax your body and turn off the stress response Resources: www.parijatdeshpande.com/healinghearts Find me on Instagram: healthy@highriskpregnancy
52 minutes | a year ago
123: Caring for a Newborn with Dr. Robert Hamilton
Some time ago, I came across a video on Facebook in which a pediatrician was showing a hold that soothes a crying newborn. One time when my daughter was crying, and nothing seemed to help, I remembered the instructional video and gave it a try. I was amazed at the results and became an instant believer in “The Hamilton Hold.” I wondered how I could spread this message that I believe every parent needs to hear, so I’m thrilled to introduce you to today’s guest! Dr. Robert Hamilton has written 7 Secrets of the Newborn: Secrets and (Happy) Surprises of the First Year, and has over three decades’ experience as a pediatrician. He’s the owner and founder of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, established in 1996 in Santa Monica, CA. He is the creator of The Hamilton Hold, a method for soothing crying babies that has been seen over 30 million times on YouTube. In addition, Dr. Bob runs the LA marathon annually to support his medical mission organization which has been making annual trips to Africa and Central America for over 20 years. He’s also the proud father of six and grandpa to eight little ones. Dr. Bob lives in Santa Monica with his high school sweetheart, Leslie, to whom he has been married for 45 years.
39 minutes | a year ago
122: How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty with Brigid Dineen
Why does saying NO feel so hard to do sometimes? The reason is that we want to be people-pleasers, well-liked, and the one who says YES to everything, but that’s just not possible in every situation. When I was on bed rest, I had to learn to say NO to many events and activities, and I felt like a terrible person. Maybe this is a lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way, too. Let’s dive into the subject with today’s guest! Brigid Dineen is here to teach us about her superpower: how to say NO without feeling like a jerk. Known for her deep empathy and grounded approach to personal growth, she is a resilience coach for strong women. Brigid teaches women how to say NO without feeling guilty, so they can reclaim their time, energy, and peace of mind. As the creator of Breathing Room and Mindfulness for Busy People, she provides practical tools and strategies for self-care. Brigid also hosts the podcast, Guts and Grace, which teaches how to create space for yourself in a world that would rather you stay small.
49 minutes | a year ago
121: Body Kindness and Healing Body Image Postpartum with Rebecca Scritchfield
Body image issues are common for girls during the adolescent and teen years, but do things improve at all for women in the postpartum? It’s exhausting and demoralizing to compare yourself to what you see on TV and in magazines--and know that your body does NOT look like what you see. It’s time for us to have real conversations about what our bodies look like after giving birth. Rebecca Scritchfield is an award-winning “health at every size” dietitian and exercise physiologist. She’s the author of Body Kindness: Never Say Diet Again and host of The Body Kindness podcast. Rebecca has a free anti-diet, get started course, and she provides one-on-one counseling, virtual support groups, workshops, e-courses, and more.
31 minutes | a year ago
120: Preparing Your Marriage for Baby
The journey to becoming a parent may bring fertility challenges, stress, and fear of the unknown. One aspect of parenthood that we don’t give much thought and attention to is the fact that bringing a baby into your family puts stress on your relationship. Many changes take place, but your marriage can survive and thrive. Today’s show is about how to strengthen your relationship so you can get through the transition together.
37 minutes | 2 years ago
119: Parenting with Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain with Jen Hardy
It’s another one of “those things” that no one tells you. After a high-risk pregnancy, difficult delivery, or lengthy NICU stay, the stress on your body creates the perfect environment for health problems and chronic illnesses. With everything else a new mom has to deal with after these difficulties, now she’s dealing with a mysterious illness! Many women have had this experience, which is insane, but probably more common than you think. Today’s guest shares her message of empowerment over the guilt, grief, and anger. Jen Hardy is an avid collector of eclectic diseases and mystifier of physicians! She’s an author, podcast host, and speaker who is married to her “Knight in Shining Armor” and is the mom to 7 children. Jen spent over two decades perfecting the art of managing a home while dealing with chronic illnesses, and she’s here to share what she’s learned.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
118: Stress and Digestion with Jess Cording
Stress and anxiety can cause digestive issues for many of us, including pregnant women and women going through infertility. Let’s look at the nuts and bolts of nutrition and digestion with today’s guest. Jess Cording is an expert on stress, digestion, nutrition, and how what goes on in your belly can affect your ability to conceive. Jess is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable.
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