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Motherhood Sessions


Being a mom is hard. Everybody knows that. But we usually hear about sleepless nights and diaper changes, not the profound identity shift that accompanies becoming a mother. Motherhood is a psychological big bang. And yet it’s rare to find emotionall...Show More
Loneliness in Single Motherhood

27:05 | Jun 27th

When Joni was 40 years old, she was financially independent, enjoying her life as a single woman, and feeling strong enough to have a baby on her own. But now that her daughter is seven months old, Joni is struggling with intense loneliness. She feel...Show More
Does Biology Matter?

27:14 | Jun 20th

Mia and Laura had always imagined they would each carry one of their children. Laura delivered their first child, but as they approach planning for their second child, Mia—who presents as masculine-of-center—is afraid of how pregnancy will disrupt he...Show More
When Being a Mom Isn’t Enough

32:12 | Jun 13th

Camilla was a PhD student struggling with a feeling that she didn’t belong in academia. Then she got pregnant. Seven years and two children later, she’s never finished her dissertation. She’s feeling frustrated as a stay-at-home mom and angry at hers...Show More
Setting Boundaries With a Toxic Grandparent

29:11 | May 30th

Brittany has always had a troubled relationship with her father, and the two have been estranged for years. After the birth of her daughter, he reconnected and is pushing to spend time with his grandchild. Brittany’s unsure if she should continue to ...Show More
Feeling Complete With One Child

26:43 | May 23rd

Margot and her wife always imagined having more than one child. But Margot’s first pregnancy was physically and emotionally exhausting, and she’s not sure she can go through it again. Now she’s afraid of disappointing her wife. CREDITSMotherhood Sess...Show More
Parenting Through Trauma

31:55 | May 16th

Cari gave birth to twins when she was only 23 weeks pregnant—the edge of viability for newborns. Four years later, the kids are still dealing with medical complications, and Cari and her husband Jay are struggling with residual guilt and an ongoing s...Show More
Rethinking Your Roots After Motherhood

29:55 | May 9th

Julia was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised by a white family. Since giving birth to her own children—the first biological relatives she’s ever known—she’s become curious about where she came from, and is on a search to find her birth mo...Show More
Can I Handle a Second Child?

29:47 | Apr 25th

Weeks before the birth of her second daughter, Leigh is counting down the time she still has alone with her firstborn. She's feeling guilty about how the arrival of a new baby will impact her relationship with her older daughter. CREDITSMotherhood Se...Show More
Not Cut Out For Motherhood

33:08 | Apr 18th

Anne never wanted to be a mom. Now that she actually has a kid, she’s worried that she made a mistake. Her guilt and perfectionism is getting in the way of having a motherhood experience that might leave more room for herself.CreditsMotherhood Sessio...Show More
Coparenting With Your Ex

45:00 | Apr 11th

Zoe recently separated from the father of her two-year-old son, and now she feels stuck. She’s struggling to get past the anger she feels toward her ex and her shame about being a single mom. CreditsMotherhood Sessions is a production of Gimlet Media...Show More
A Note About Therapy from Dr. Sacks

01:58 | Apr 11th

A quick introduction to the show from Dr. Alexandra Sacks.

03:28 | Mar 25th

Conversations with therapist Dr. Alexandra Sacks about the challenges and joys of motherhood. Premieres Thursday, April 11.