Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 14 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
On today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Pooja. Dr. Pooja and I discuss women’s mental health issues during postpartum, weaning off breastfeeding, how society lacks the support women need and so much more. Whether or not you believe that women need critical help during this time after birth, it is important to recognize their needs as a mother and a person to give themselves and their families everything they can.
Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD is the Founder and CEO of Gemma, the first digital education platform dedicated exclusively to women’s mental health, centering impact + equity. She is a board-certified psychiatrist and author specializing in women’s mental health with a focus on how broken social systems impact women’s emotional lives. Dr. Lakshmin is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, a medical advisor to Peloton, and the author of the forthcoming book from Penguin Life, in which she discusses the tyranny of self-care and offers a 4-part novel framework for women to build authentic and sustainable well-being in the face of systemic stressors.
Dr. Lakshmin is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical supervisor in the Five Trimesters perinatal psychiatry clinic. She maintains a private practice where she applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions. She is active in advocacy and community building through online platforms, including her Instagram page @womensmentalhealthdoc.
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