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

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts

Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? If you haven’t, you definitely need to! I don’t want you to miss a thing and I have so much amazing content for you, mama to be! You can subscribe in Apple Podcasts by clicking here or in SpotifyStitcherGoogle Play, or wherever you get podcasts.

And if you loved this episode, I would absolutely love it if you’d take a few moments to leave me an honest review on Apple Podcasts. The reviews help other pregnant mamas to find my podcast and I just really love to check them out. Click here to head over to the reviews, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast was, or what you found most helpful!

All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook

I want this podcast to be more than a one sided conversation. The All About Pregnancy & Birth Community is a closed group where we can discuss episodes and you can get even more helpful tips and connect with other pregnant mamas. I have a community manager who's an experienced doula, and of course I'm active in the group as well. So come join us! Click here to request to join.  

Download A Transcript

Click here to download a transcript.

Keywords

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

Share with your friends on:
Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Leave a Comment:

Scroll Up

Get The Birth Prperation Course for 50% Off (sale ends Oct 1st)