Podcast Themes: Women’s Health
Episode 89: Body Kindness in Postpartum Women – Body Image, Postpartum Depression, and Disordered Eating with Lindsay Stenovec, Creator of The Nurtured Mama
Women who are pregnant or postpartum should not be dieting and yet, many women do, thanks to diet culture and weight stigma. In this episode, I chat with Lindsay Stenovec, certified eating disorder dietitian about the pressures women face to “get their pre-baby body back.”
We share personal experiences with postpartum depression and weight stigma during pregnancy as well as research that shows 93% of women who engage in disordered eating and dieting behaviors are not screened for eating disorder symptoms.
Episode 86: Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes with “The Radical Doula” Miriam Zoila Pérez
Racism harms pregnant women— toxic stress harms pregnant women. What can we do about it in the short term and the long run? Continuing my women’s health series, I’m excited that my guest today is writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez. In 2016, Miriam gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women–and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times.
In our conversation, we talk about the impact of racism on health. We also talk about toxic stress – what that is, how it builds up, and the impact it can make as early as childhood. Miriam then shares the three core areas where her current research is focusing that she sees as possible solutions for safer pregnancy outcomes for women of color.
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Episode 85: Doing Harm – The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick with feminist author Maya Dusenbery
I chat to Maya Dusenbery about her new book, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. We spend our conversation talking about the book and all that she discovered about the history of ignoring and/or disbelieving women’s pain and the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system.
Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.
Episode 84: Body Image Flexibility: Insights from Self-compassion and Positive Body Image Research with Jennifer Webb, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Webb studies body image in women as part of her research at UNC Charlotte. Webb’s lab is currently investigating body image in pregnant and postpartum women with my book Body Kindness. Get insights from Dr. Webb’s current and recent work on Self-compassion and Body Image Healing in this episode.