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The Postpartum University

Maranda Bower, Postpartum Nutrition Specialist

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A podcast where holistic, traditional medicine meets evidence-based science to support whole-body healing at its very core. Postpartum University® has been recognized as the “leading postpartum resource” for Professionals and Experts in the field. Hosted by Maranda Bower, Postpartum Nutrition Specialist, international speaker, 4-time best-selling author, creator of the Postpartum Nutrition Plan and Certification Program, and so much more. Join us as we dive into important topics surrounding ...
 
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The first signs of postpartum depression can often be traced back to pregnancy, and we do NOT talk about it enough. Pregnancy is joyful, scary, beautiful, and hard work. As is postpartum. As is motherhood. Whenever hormonal imbalances and a lack of support are present, depression and anxiety will be the natural result. In today’s episode, we’re tal…
 
Recently, I had a popular post deleted in a large maternal mental health group. The basis for this was because my post on postpartum nutrition felt like it was "anti western medicine". If you are a provider and you're not supporting your clients with at least sharing the significance of nutrient repletion (and therefore emotional and mental support…
 
We are shifting the conversation back towards you, the professional who is showing up to serve every single day. You are where the biggest impact in postpartum health will take place. If you burnout, if you quit, if you show up as less than your best self... You are doing the world an injustice. In today’s episode, we’re talking to Jodi Cognan abou…
 
This needs to be addressed. Mothers often don’t make the time or space to care for their health until it is failing them. I couldn’t begin to count the amount of moms who have reached out to me desperate for better answers and a better way. If you, a client, or someone you love is facing a postpartum health crisis, this episode is here to offer you…
 
It’s clear that balanced and thriving birth and postpartum professionals are lacking in our communities right now. Burnout is more common than ever, and many continue to struggle to make a full time living. These are your signs that something needs to change. To help mothers and families, it begins with showing up for yourself. In today’s episode, …
 
Herbal knowledge is built into your DNA. It is an undeniable truth that herbs have been woven throughout women’s history across every culture. To truly support whole body healing for women in the years after birth, there has to be a blend of eastern and western approaches to care. My intention with this postpartum herbs training is to empower you t…
 
The world needs more creativity. We need new solutions and new approaches. We need the big thinkers and the big innovators. And we need creative, joyful mothers. Today, we’re talking with artist and mentor Fiona Valentine about the threads of creativity and how they weave into motherhood, business, and the core essence of ourselves. All humans are …
 
The transformational nature of postpartum is not limited to the experience of the mother. Even though it is especially unique to her, the entire family feels its aftershocks - including dads and partners. The potential for them to experience similar mood disorders and depression is extremely high. For professionals to ignore or make light of this w…
 
Supporting women through the postpartum period is an undeniable act of love and service. What if there was a way to easily customize this care so that the women you support feel deeply held, valued, supported, and loved? Today, we’re sharing a beautiful conversation on how this is possible with Jojo Hogan; founder of the Slow Postpartum movement an…
 
Your trauma gets carried with you, physically and energetically, until the work is done to allow it to move on. Our childhood experiences, family struggle, and limiting societal beliefs are interwoven pieces that shape our experience in motherhood. What are you carrying that does not serve your highest good? Are you ready to let it go? Today, we’re…
 
I want to have a serious conversation with you. You’re here because you are radically different. What I preach is not the status quo. Motherhood has become a trauma, and all over the world we can see the dire consequences. In this community, we go against the grain. We support women by honoring the holistic and traditional practices of healing alon…
 
You can regain control of your health and experience radical healing, even in the face of chronic illness. This is part of the story Hannah Scott shares with us in today’s episode. She tells us how she was able to heal a chronic nervous system disorder, against massive odds and misdiagnosis. The postpartum period changes our bodies completely, and …
 
The misconceptions around postpartum nutrition run deep. The sad reality is that research has failed to consider the unique needs of the postpartum woman. As a result, you are given information that has failed you. In today’s episode, I’m covering 5 of the top misconceptions around postpartum nutrition, and how you can get on a better path to whole…
 
A mother really can do it all... but should you have to? Today we’re talking with Melissa Reilly, a clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to helping moms bond with their baby while living their most fulfilled life. This episode explores the layered and universal experience of mom guilt, why these emotions are wired into us all, and how…
 
There is SO much pressure, both externally and internally, to return back to our pre-baby life and routine. When it comes to any strenuous exercise routine, rushing back to this can have uncomfortable and extreme consequences. Today we’re talking with Dr. Jackie Kickish, who is both a doctor of Physical Therapy and a Pre & Postpartum Exercise Speci…
 
Our bodies are begging us to do better. Depression, anxiety, rage, and illness require us to address ALL of the body’s interrelated components. This includes addressing stored trauma (from birth, postpartum, and beyond) as well as the massively dysregulated nervous system that follows. In today’s episode, I’m going deep into my steps towards a whol…
 
The reality of life postpartum tends to hit most of us hard, fast, and in completely unexpected ways. In today’s episode, the incredible Doula Darcy shares her own difficult and traumatic experience with back to back pregnancies. After making it to the other side, she was led to build a new career around offering women the genuine support that she …
 
To put my own experience with postpartum depression into words, I would say it felt like I was drowning. I did not understand how NO ONE seemed to notice that I was gasping for air. This episode is for you if you’ve experienced, are currently facing, or work alongside women with postpartum depression and anxiety. The data shows us that we’ve reache…
 
Motherhood has a special way of bringing us face to face with the darkest pieces of ourselves. Today, I’m talking with Jessie Kazner about the joy, peace, and healing that can be found when we face these seasons with acceptance and presence over ego and control. Jessie is a writer, former reporter, actress, and author of Don't Just Sit There, Do No…
 
Are you struggling with keeping up with your everyday tasks within your home? Are you constantly overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have within your home and the ever-growing to-do list? If this sounds like you, stop what you’re doing and listen in to this episode where Krista Lockwood is joining us to talk about decluttering and the overall be…
 
Join me as I chat with Allie Duzzett all about birth trauma, and energetic healing. Allie is a teacher, speaker, author, and practitioner, especially in the realm of the healing arts and the science of medical intuition. Allie shares her knowledge with us and how we can begin the process of releasing these traumas that are stored within our bodies.…
 
Let’s talk about postpartum nutrition as professionals. This is not a topic that we as professionals are trained on, but we are starting to see a change in this. There are those out there that are standing up and making waves trying to get people to realize the importance of nutrition, especially in the postpartum years. We as professionals carry a…
 
Let’s get personal! What better way to celebrate the 50th episode than by answering some questions that we collected from listeners?! Ready to hear everything from how I navigate researching information, to my beliefs, my relationship that didn’t work out after having my first baby, and so much more? Come join us over in my Facebook group The Postp…
 
Ready to know how to heal your body in postpartum? In this episode, I’m going to share my framework, in a very short amount of time. I’m going to share everything you need to heal your body in the years after having a baby. Whether you are a mother, provider, or healer supporting women in the years after having a baby, this episode is for you. List…
 
Our guest Christa Bevan is joining us and sharing about a technique that is used called TRE Therapy. It is a tension and trauma release exercise that was developed to help release stress and tension, it also helps create stress resilience for moms, and people in general. This is a technique that I use myself, I teach my clients, and one that even m…
 
As high functioning boss moms, it can be extremely frustrating to be struggling with these different postpartum mood disorders, especially when we are typically successful in everything that we do. From running companies, being the boss, having your own job and business, and typically doing all the things, being faced with these mental struggles ca…
 
So, what happens when you’re a birth professional struggling with PPD/PPA? The simple fact of the matter is, postpartum depression and anxiety can happen to anyone, regardless of the tools and knowledge you have around to prevent it. However, being a birth professional, you may experience even more guilt and shame when you are the one struggling. Y…
 
Let’s address placenta encapsulation and consumption. I get questions regarding this topic VERY frequently. Questions I tend to get in regards to this topic are: “Is this something that's beneficial to us? Does it reduce the signs and risks of postpartum depression and anxiety? Does this have any effect on my breast milk? Is this safe?”…the list go…
 
Jessie Ereddia is joining us and sharing the realities of what rage and anger in postpartum means, and what we can do to support ourselves through it. In this episode, we are going to break down what postpartum rage is, what it isn’t, and some advice from not only two professionals, but two Mom’s who have been there themselves and can help guide yo…
 
What do I mean by reclaiming postpartum wellness? The simple fact is that the understanding of how significant postpartum is and how directly it affects our overall health and wellness has been lost over so many generations. We are seeing this ever-growing need to reclaim and take back what is ours. This need to really become more of who we are in …
 
Our brains change drastically during pregnancy, postpartum, and while breastfeeding. Pregnancy brain..... Mom brain..... Baby brain….. In this episode, Julia and I discuss the many changes that our brain goes through during these transitions, and challenge you to view it in a different manner. Mom brain has been referred to with disdain and frustra…
 
Struggling in postpartum? You’re not alone, Mama. I have created an assessment tool for postpartum recovery, that will give you the information you need now. Here's the kicker, after taking this assessment and getting your results, you can print it out and take it to your provider, and this opens up a whole other avenue here for your health and wel…
 
Are you ready to learn about the mind-body connection and how that interrelates to mental health, pelvic floor health, and even more in postpartum? We are moving beyond postpartum maternal mental health awareness and more into prevention. This prevention lies far outside the Western medical scope of practice. So many of these issues that arise in p…
 
So many of our businesses are created from a place of trauma. Oftentimes, we create our business around an experience we went through in an attempt to help prevent others from having the same experiences that we did. However, we have to come to an understanding and realization that it does yourself, and those you’re serving no good when you are ser…
 
Are you connecting yourself to your truest desires or just the avoidance of your fears? This is a phenomenal question for both providers, Mamas. Regardless of what phase you’re in. Monique Cowan is joining us in this episode, and she is a birth and postpartum doula and lactation educator. Monique's mission is to help mothers understand and connect …
 
The first step to nourishing our mind and soul is through food. In this interview with Alyssa Callahan, we are going to talk about re-learning to listen to our body and trust our intuition in order to really move forward and nourish our bodies. We also discuss food trauma and disordered eating in postpartum. Big, heavy topics that can feel hard to …
 
Tami Kent joins us to discuss the deep disconnect that occurs within the motherhood space. There has been this forgotten work of energy and healing, and it is time we learn how to invite that back into our life. Get ready to learn how to embrace your feminine power and invite it back into your body. You can find Tami Kent here: Website: http://www.…
 
Food is very emotional, in fact, it is one of our very first emotional attachments as infants. Food is also something that is a huge part of community and connection to others, especially around the holidays. If you want to learn how to use food as a tool to support you both emotionally and physically, even during the Holidays when you’re surrounde…
 
In the path to motherhood, so much of who we are is challenged and changed when we are, quite literally, cracked wide open and left raw. Whether you are a provider or a new mother, this episode will challenge you and help you look deeper into the psycho-spiritual changes and the identity shifts that occur in postpartum. It will help show you how to…
 
When you're alone and feeling isolated, especially in postpartum and motherhood, you are more susceptible to falling prey to bigger narratives that influence how you think about yourself as a new parent. Being alone with your negative thoughts is not beneficial to anyone, and it's simply not the way things were meant to be. Kerry Ingram is the foun…
 
Getting your period back in postpartum is yet another area that has a huge lack of readily available information, and simply isn’t being talked about enough. Just because these menstrual symptoms are very common, does NOT mean they are normal. It’s time to get down to the root cause of these symptoms and get it fixed. I’m going to share with you wh…
 
Herbs and natural remedies were the only form of medicine for 1000’s of years. They are incredibly amazing, and many are very powerful. The use of herbs and natural medicine is on the rise again, and you may have wondered to yourself if you could heal your postpartum issues with these more natural options. I’m going to address this question and giv…
 
The formula currently available for those that are unable to, or choose not to breastfeed is not up to the standard that it should be. It has become something pushed more and more, instead of giving mothers the support they desperately need to have a successful nursing journey with their new baby. Fionnuala is sharing her story of how she got start…
 
You’ve likely heard me talk about how raw vegetables and salads are not an ideal food for you in postpartum, and if you’re a vegan or vegetarian you may be wondering how on earth you’re supposed to get what you need in postpartum if those foods aren’t suitable for your body during that time. I’m going to break all of this down for you in this episo…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/guilt-and-overwhelm-a-counselors-healing-journey-with-rose-elbert-ep28/ Overwhelm and mental health issues don’t have to be a part of your postpartum, but it can be so hard to find the help and information you need in postpartum to make that a reality. I am working daily to change this narrative. H…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/the-truth-about-postpartum-hair-loss-ep27/ Postpartum hair loss has been deemed as a “normal” thing to expect after having a baby. Typically chalked up to hormonal changes, but the question remains, is hair loss during postpartum normal? With so many women experiencing hair loss during postpartum, …
 
For full shownotes go to: https://marandabower.com/motherhood-myths-and-mom-guilt-with-sarah-bilger-ep26/ Sarah Bilger shares with us about her journey to healing postpartum and why she became so passionate about it. Sarah spent much of her postpartum googling how to heal herself and feel better. She had been on a nutritional journey, starting befo…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/gallbladder-dysfunction-in-postpartum-ep25/ Did you know the gallbladder is a top reason for hospitalization in the first years after having a baby? With so many women experiencing gallbladder issues, which then leads to many other issues during the postpartum years, we want AND need to know why th…
 
For full show notes go here: https://marandabower.com/healing-myself-to-heal-others-with-lauren-tucker-ep24/ Join me as I talk with Lauren Tucker about her journey to healing in postpartum. Lauren spent much of her postpartum feeling very tired and unable to do daily tasks and dealing with symptoms that took quite some time to recognize as anxiety.…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/postpartum-and-homebirth-with-sarah-and-matthew-bivens-ep23/ Sarah and Matthew are taking us through their journey of the birth of their daughter and the preparations they made ahead of time for her arrival. They have such great information on the preparations they made and tips on how you can prep…
 
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