52 minutes | Mar 22, 2022

Episode 503: “Mental Health in Motherhood” with Ceara Pertain and counselor Leighya Richard

The topic of this episode is rather specific. It’s something we haven’t addressed on the podcast until now and have only briefly explored elsewhere. It’s something that carries a heavy stigma and the weight of expectation. It’s something that impacts 20% of people who are pregnant or give birth. We’re talking about perinatal—that’s before, during, and after pregnancy—mood and anxiety disorders that include depression, irritability, and heightened anxiety. 


To help us paint a picture of what these struggles can look like, we’ll be talking to Ceara Pertain, who will not only share her own difficult journey with a traumatic birth experience and a myriad of mood disturbances that followed—but will cast a net of compassion for those entering or facing motherhood. And to guide us in understanding these challenges and how treatment can range from therapy and medicine to movement and sunshine, we’ll be joined by counselor Leighya Richard.


Ceara Pertain, is an Air Force veteran, an Intuitive Life and Soul Coach, a Master Resiliency Trainer, a Yogi, an author, a blogger, and a poet. She lives with her mystical daughter and her black cat, and is a self-confessed book-and-crystal fanatic.


Leighya Richard is a licensed mental health counselor, wife, and toddler and “pandemic baby” mom. She works to support and advocate for women’s health and to empower those facing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Show Notes (Links of ours and guests):


Download a transcript of this episode at twloha.com/podcast.


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Visit our FIND HELP page of mental health resources at twloha.com/find-help/.


Get connected for free, 24/7 to a trained crisis counselor via Crisis Text Line by texting TWLOHA to 741741.


Connect with our team by emailing podcast@twloha.com.


Learn more about the podcast and previous episodes at twloha.com/podcast.

Download TWLOHA’s daily-use self-care app, The Hopeful, at twloha.com/thehopeful/

Read Ceara’s blog by going to twloha.com/blog/author/ceara-pertain/

For perinatal mental health resources, visit anxiouslyexpecting.com/ and postpartum.net/

Purchase “Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts” by Karen Kleiman at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1641701307/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_WR0A5TDRS5AMH5NPHNC5.




This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor. 

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