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There’s no manual on what to expect when you’re expecting in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Every week, journalist and new mom Irina Gonzalez talks with a special guest about having a baby during COVID-19 times. If you're feeling anxious, scared, or lonely in your parenting journey, Pandemic Mama is the podcast that reminds you that we're not alone. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pandemicmamapod/support

There’s no manual on what to expect when you’re expecting in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Every week, journalist and new mom Irina Gonzalez talks with a special guest about having a baby during COVID-19 times. If you're feeling anxious, scared, or lonely in your parenting journey, Pandemic Mama is the podcast that reminds you that we're not alone. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pandemicmamapod/support

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United States

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There’s no manual on what to expect when you’re expecting in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Every week, journalist and new mom Irina Gonzalez talks with a special guest about having a baby during COVID-19 times. If you're feeling anxious, scared, or lonely in your parenting journey, Pandemic Mama is the podcast that reminds you that we're not alone. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pandemicmamapod/support

Language:

English

Contact:

3472196297


Episodes

27. The Grief of Postpartum in the Pandemic with Kelly Fitzgerald Junco

3/26/2021
Our first return guest! Irina talks with Kelly Fitzgerald Junco, a writer and blogger behind The Sober Señorita, and a new mom who first appeared in Episode 4 of Pandemic Mama. They talked about her birth story, figuring out breastfeeding, and the many forms of grief she is dealing with today. Plus, how she is getting used to her postpartum body after being an athlete for the past several years. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in...

Duration:01:14:28

26. The Birth of a Pandemic Papa with Adam

3/19/2021
Irina talks with Adam, an engineer, amateur podcast editor, new dad, and her husband! They talked about the stress he felt in the last weeks of pregnancy, what happened during the birth from his perspective, and how this last year has been with their baby Rio. Plus, all of the decision fatigue and how they have conquered baby sleep issues. Sort of. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at...

Duration:00:56:46

25. How We Parent in the Pandemic One Year Later

3/12/2021
In this very special episode of the Pandemic Mama podcast, Irina asked some of the past guests to share what they have been up to since their episodes aired and reflect on the last year of parenting as we recognize and mourn a full year of living in the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all the stories are sad! There are stories full of grief, longing, some happiness, renewed hope, and even a silver lining or two. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having...

Duration:00:56:09

24. Finding Normal in the Chaos of a Pandemic with a 5th Baby with Nancy Sanchez

3/5/2021
Irina talks with Nancy Sanchez. She is a stay-at-home mom of five girls. They talked about her induction on the day after the pandemic was announced last year, how up and down the fourth trimester was, and how it’s been difficult to enjoy this past year. Plus, why homeschooling was the right choice for her and her girls this year. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for...

Duration:00:51:57

23. Dealing with an Unexpected Pregnancy Abroad During the Pandemic with Jenn Chowdhury

2/26/2021
Irina talks with Jenn Chowdhury. She is a journalist, writer, and new mom They discussed the crazy story of how she moved in with her boyfriend, celebrated her birthday, went into lockdown, and found out about her unexpected pregnancy — all within a few weeks! Plus, the difficulty of balancing being a working mom with spending time with your baby and your own self-care needs. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow...

Duration:01:13:52

BONUS: What Will Happen to Pandemic Mama When the Pandemic is Over?

2/24/2021
The Pandemic Mama herself Irina Gonzalez joins for a very special bonus episode to make some quick announcements about the future of the podcast, a change in episode timing, and a VERY special new segment! You won't want to miss this. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for updates, and email your questions to pandemicmamapod@gmail.com. --- Support this podcast:...

Duration:00:05:56

22. Getting Through Pandemic Parenting Thanks to Therapy with Shamiko Reid

2/17/2021
Irina talks with Shamiko Reid. She is a first-time mom, blogger, and podcaster. They discussed her history of depression and why it was difficult to feel happy about her pregnancy at first, missing out on a baby shower and seeing family, and how much therapy has helped her during this difficult time. Plus, the coping skills she has learned to deal with her perinatal depression. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow...

Duration:01:06:17

21. Why We All Should Get Pre-Conception Counseling with Blaire Briody

2/11/2021
Irina talks with Blaire Briody, a freelance writer, author, and soon-to-be new mom. They discussed her multiple miscarriages, getting a hypothyroidism diagnosis, and why she thinks everyone should get preconception counseling. Plus, how her pandemic worries have taken over all other pregnancy anxieties. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for updates, and email your questions...

Duration:00:56:21

20. Meditating for Better Sleep and Stress Relief with Nathalie Walton

2/3/2021
Irina talks with Nathalie Walton, a new mom and the CEO of Expectful, the leading meditation app for hopeful, expecting, and new parents. They discussed the struggle to get into a routine with a new baby, how common breastfeeding challenges are in the first week of a baby’s life, and how Nathalie found better rest and more sleep through meditating. Plus, how she developed a warrior mentality when she became a mom! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents...

Duration:00:56:54

19. The Importance of Size Inclusion in Birth and Postpartum with Emily Goodstein

1/27/2021
Irina talks with Emily Goodstein, a new mom and the owner of the digital marketing agency Greater Good Strategy. They discussed how having a baby in a pandemic forced her to slow down, her postpartum preeclampsia, and what it is like to live in a larger body and, more importantly, advocate for yourself when society and the medical establishment tells you that your body is wrong. Plus, her very committed breastfeeding story. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other...

Duration:01:09:20

18. The Freak-Out Moments Happened Postpartum with Amanda McCracken

1/20/2021
Irina talks with Amanda McCracken, a freelance writer and new mom. They discussed her induction at 39 weeks, how new parents can feel anxiety over simple things like leaving the house or the baby’s breathing, and trying to be as present as possible in this moment. Plus, how "anything can be a first worth celebrating". Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for updates, and email...

Duration:00:55:12

17. Setting a Family Routine for Survival with Maria Piedrabuena

1/13/2021
Irina talks with Maria Piedrabuena, a full-time mom, journalist, and the editor and publisher at Tu Prensa Local (a Spanish-language publication in Long Island). They discuss feeling like they are failing all the time, how setting a routine for her family is helping her survive the pandemic, and why all moms need to find their thing. Plus, a fun self-care tip! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram...

Duration:01:07:16

16. A Long, Complicated Fertility Journey with Kristin Diversi

1/6/2021
Irina talks with Kristin Diversi, a freelance writer, new mom, and host of the Macabre Traveler podcast. They discuss her long fertility journey that ultimately included IVF, an embryo adoption, and selective reduction. They also talked about struggling with the identity shift of motherhood and how to define motherhood for yourself. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for...

Duration:00:56:23

15. 'Having It All is Actually Terrible' with Whit Taylor

12/23/2020
Irina talks with Whit Taylor, a cartoonist, comics editor, and new mom. They discuss feeding issues, the work/life balance, and cultivating gratitude during a difficult year. It's something that we could all use a little more of as we wrap up 2020. They also get into Whit's work, including the "Having a Baby in Quarantine" comic she created for The New Yorker and the must-read comic that she created for The Nib: Black Mothers Face Far Worse Health Outcomes. How Do We Fix It? Join the...

Duration:00:55:17

14. The Long-Term Trauma of Giving Birth Without Your Partner with Elaine

12/16/2020
Irina talks with Elaine, a civil engineer and first-time mom in New York City. Her story is an important one as Elaine gave birth just a few hours after the partner ban went into effect back in March, and she's still dealing with the long-term trauma associated with that. They also talk about loneliness, guilty, and impostor syndrome... You do NOT want to miss this one! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on...

Duration:01:09:00

13. Escaping New York City During the Partner Ban with Hannah Howard

12/9/2020
Irina talks with Hannah Howard, a new mom, food writer, and author of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen. In this episode, they discuss how Hannah and her husband left New York City when the partner ban was enacted, her emergency C-section, and dealing with breastfeeding issues after breast reduction surgery. Plus, experiencing FOMO! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod...

Duration:00:58:16

12. How to Advocate for Yourself in Pregnancy with Carmen Perez

12/2/2020
Irina talks with Carmen Perez, a mom of two, social justice activist, and co-founder of the Women's March. They get into the sadness of not having any baby bump photos with her 2nd pregnancy, the loneliness of spending this pregnancy in a pandemic, and how she learned to advocate for herself during these difficult times. Plus, how getting to spend more time with her baby in the postpartum period has been a silver lining. Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other...

Duration:01:00:23

11. The Grief of Having a Baby During a Pandemic with Kaitlyn

11/25/2020
Irina talks with Kaitlyn, a new mom and reading specialist in Northern Illinois. They talk about how a third trimester scare forced her to slow down at work, how difficult it is when things don't work out as you planned, and the grief of having a baby during a pandemic. Plus, how fun it was to not know the sex of the baby before they were born! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at...

Duration:01:04:57

10. A Doctor's Guide to Being a Pandemic Mama with Dr. Erin Watson

11/18/2020
Irina talks with Dr. Erin Watson — aka Dr. Pandemic Mom! She is a family medicine and emergency medicine physician currently working in the ER. She is also a fellow new mom and the author of Pregnancy During A Pandemic, We Can Survive This Together: A Pregnant Doctor’s COVID-19 Survival Guide. They discuss the inspiration behind her book, how she has managed to get exercise outside during the pandemic, and finding joy in the new normal. Plus, the good doctor has some great tips for all of us...

Duration:01:02:45

9. Setting Boundaries as a New Mom with Jacqui Hathaway Levin

11/11/2020
Irina talks with Jacqui Hathaway Levin, a stay-at-home mom and writer based in Orlando, about setting boundaries as a new mom. They discuss how she found comfort with fellow sober moms, all of that new mom and pandemic guilt, and how this time has brought her and her husband closer together. Plus, why crying is the best self-care! Join the Pandemic Mama Podcast Facebook group to connect with other parents having babies in 2020 and 2021, follow us on Instagram at @pandemicmamapod for...

Duration:00:54:32