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Entre Madres y Doctoras: The Mental Health of Moms

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  • «Among Mothers and Doctors» discusses the importance of mental health for moms.
  • As mothers, it’s common to feel like we need to do everything, but it’s important to know our limits.
  • We must accept that mental health is essential for self-care and that you are important.

Hello everyone! Today we will talk about a relevant topic for many mothers, especially those experiencing motherhood for the first time.

Today, Dr. Edith Bracho Sánchez and Dr. Evelyn Bracho Sánchez took listeners on an honest and deep journey about the emotional and psychological challenges that accompany the transition to motherhood.

Dr. Edith shared her personal experience of how the arrival of her baby William Thomas plunged her into anxiety and changed the dynamics of her relationship with her partner.

As a mother and doctor, she realized how important it is to address these emotional changes and how they affect women in their roles as mothers and entrepreneurs.

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Dr. Bárbara Robles Rama Murthy, an experienced Latina mother and psychiatrist, was invited to delve deeper into this topic.

Dr. Robles shared her own experience of having a traumatic birth and the lack of preparation and support she experienced despite her knowledge in the mental health field.

One of the main conclusions they reached is that it is crucial to create time and space for reflection. Mothers need to take a moment to assess their needs and recognize that it’s okay to ask for help.

The transition to motherhood is a major change in a person’s life and it’s natural for difficulties to arise.

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Often, cultures and traditions offer support to new mothers, but sometimes we move away from these beneficial practices.

They also discussed the importance of challenging the «supermom» mindset that often pressures women to do everything.

It’s essential to resist the idea that they must be able to do everything without help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a display of self-care and wisdom.

Dr. Robles shared warning signs that indicate when professional help is needed.

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These include feeling overwhelmed, not taking care of basic needs, constant crying, and most worryingly, having suicidal or violent thoughts. In such cases, it’s crucial to seek help immediately.

They highlighted the importance of learning to let children experience natural consequences and how sometimes it’s necessary to relax and let them learn on their own.

Finally, the hosts remind that sometimes moms feel that their faults define them as mothers, when in reality they forget all the good they do for their children.

It’s important to remember that occasionally situations happen or something slips by moms, but that shouldn’t overshadow all the good they do and it’s important to recognize this.

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In summary, motherhood is an emotional and challenging journey. It’s normal to feel anxiety and face significant life changes.

The important thing is to reflect on needs, ask for help when necessary, and not feel pressured by the idea of being a «supermom».

Mental health is essential, and seeking professional help when necessary is an act of self-love and responsibility.

If you want to listen to the complete episode and get more tips and experiences about motherhood, we invite you to visit the podcast Entre Madres y Doctoras by Dr. Edith and Dr. Evelyn Bracho Sánchez.

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