Podcast: Getting real about postpartum health and healing

Kelli Foulkrod is a psychotherapist and yogi specializing in perinatal mental health. She stopped by our recording studio to share her recipe for maternal empowerment and holistic wellbeing with our podcast subscribers. For the full interview, stream our podcast episode. And for those short on time, read on for a sampling of our fave quotes:

On grieving the loss that comes with motherhood:

There is grief and there is sadness that we have to honor. There’s a part of you that’s died and she ain’t comin’ back.

On how to fix our common isolation:

There’s a contagion effect of vulnerability. If you are vulnerable, you give other women permission to be vulnerable.

On perinatal mood and anxiety disorders:

I view the body as a physical, literal representation of the unconscious mind. But most Americans are living in their head only, and they’re not aware of what’s happening from the head down.

On maternal anger *gasp*:

Anger is a mask for another emotion that’s more painful, like fear or despair. It is a chemical consequence of the fight or flight response.

On choosing not to have a second child:

I think there is no perfect recipe for a traditional family.

Want more? Listen to the full interview with Kelli.

Alex founded Hello My Tribe not because she was an expert on motherhood, but because she was a mom who desperately needed support and community. During those tough first months of motherhood, Alex spent day after day reading and learning about motherhood. She learned: 1. She wasn’t alone in her feelings about motherhood. 2. Everything we could have ever dreamt of existed for the baby, but there was a lack of resources for the woman/mother 3. There are many maternal health issues in our country that need attention and need to be addressed. Hello My Tribe was built upon these needs. Previous to launching Hello My Tribe in 2016, Alex was a professional and volunteer fundraiser, raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations. Alex lives in Austin, TX with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs.