Ep 73: Why We Need Better Preparation for the Postpartum Period with Dr. Christine Sterling OB-GYN – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #73: Why We Need Better Preparation for the Postpartum Period with Dr. Christine Sterling OB-GYN

I am so excited to have a fellow OB-GYN on the podcast today, especially one who shares my approach to helping mamas and new parents. 

Dr. Christine Sterling is an OB-GYN who teaches parents about the postpartum period through online courses and social media. After experiencing her own postpartum struggles after the birth of her first baby, she realized that we need to do so much more to prepare parents for the unique challenges that arise after baby arrives.

Christine and I talk about how she got into this work and why she is so passionate about what happens after birth. We discuss the need to give yourself grace as a new parent, why our children don't need us to be perfect, and why we should normalize the strain a new baby can often put on our intimate relationships. 

Christine also shares her top tips for preparing for the postpartum period and why you should start thinking about this at the beginning of your pregnancy, not the end. We also chat about mental health and why you need to be your own strongest advocate, and at the end of our conversation she shares one of the best tips for new parents I have ever heard. I think you will get so much out of this conversation - I'd love to hear what you think!

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why Christine decided to make it her mission to prepare parents for the postpartum period
  • Why we should start preparing for postpartum at the beginning of pregnancy
  • How our healthcare system under-prepares parents for the transition into parenthood
  • Why we need to be more open about the fact that having a baby often puts a strain on a relationship, especially in the short-term
  • How to get the most out of your 6-week postpartum visit to your care provider
  • Why you absolutely must advocate for yourself if you think you are suffering with postpartum depression or anxiety
  • What to ask your provider about intercourse, incontinence, and other common postpartum issues that should be treated, not swept under the rug

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Pregnancy, birth, childbirth education, postpartum, depression, anxiety, 6-week visit, parenting, parenthood, motherhood

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