Overcoming Postpartum Struggles – My Journey with Anxiety, Depression & Lack of Support (EP 1)

Empowering Postpartum with Jessi Sletten is an inspiring show for expecting and newly postpartum parents looking to feel prepared, supported, and empowered for their transition into parenthood – without losing themselves to it. Education, inspiration, and support for everything you need to know for your fourth trimester! Watch Live every Thursday 10am MST (Zingo TV Channel 250 & 251)

Episode Notes:

In this episode of Empowering Postpartum, host Jessi Sletten candidly shares her personal journey through the challenging postpartum experience after the birth of her first son and the healing and supported experience of her second postpartum.

She opens up about struggling with anxiety, depression, trouble breastfeeding, and more – plus how a lack of societal support and feelings of isolation and shame exacerbated her difficulties.

Jessi reveals the expectations vs. reality of entering motherhood, even for someone educated in child development and psychology. She emphasizes that the transition into parenthood is a learned process that requires preparation, guidance, and support, rather than simply intuitively ingrained knowledge.

With raw honesty and compassion, Jessi shares her empowering story to help end stigma around common new parent struggles. This Emotionally moving episode ultimately sends a message of hope – you are not alone and there is help available.

Additional topics covered include:

  • Coping tactics for postpartum mood disorders
  • Importance of securing a village of help, especially in Western culture
  • Steps Jessi took to heal and get medical + therapy support
  • Her path to eventually finding treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Ways new moms can proactively prepare for potential post-birth challenges
  • How Jessi’s difficult journey inspired her advocacy work supporting new parents

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Episode Transcript

0:24 Hello, this is Jessi Sletten, from Empowering Postpartum. And welcome to the Spanglish World Networks on Zingo TV, channel 250, and 251. Please remember to download the Zingo TV app on your respected app stores on iOS, or on your Android devices. And while you download make sure to rate and leave a comment, the app is completely free, super easy to download. And Zingo TV is also available on Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Amazon fire sticks, Roku, Roku sticks also on all the smart TVs 2016. And forward. So again, my name is Jessi Sletten. And I am here with you all today for my very first episode of this incredible program. And I am just so honored to be spending this next hour with you all, this TV show is really born out of my passion for supporting new and expecting parents through the transition into their parenthood. And this work that I’ve gotten involved in was really inspired and born through my own experience of entering into my motherhood. I am a mama to two very spirited, young little boys. My first is seven and my second is three. And when I became pregnant with my first kid, I was over the moon, I had always envisioned just being a mother that was my mission in life was to just be able to dive headfirst into motherhood, and just create this beautiful life and, you know, have these kids running around me and being able to support them. My education is in human development and family studies, as well as psychology. So I was very familiar with early childhood development, and had studied it for four years got my Bachelor of Science in that. And my my plan was to work with children, and I was a teacher for a couple of years, the pre preschool level. And I just thought I was prepared. Right. And I think that so many of us would agree that when we realize we’re pregnant, and we’re preparing for this incredible change in our life, we just picture the perfect, you know, postpartum timeframe, right, we envision this typical, you know, Instagram worthy motherhood, and we dream of just being this beautiful, natural, easy, coming home feeling right? When you finally get to hold your baby in your arms, and you smell that new baby smell and you get those Snuggles. And, you know, of course, we know it’s not going to be like, you know, rainbows and sunshine, right? We know that there’s going to be some hardships we know. And we’re told many, many times by everybody around us that sleep is going to be difficult, right? That there’s going to be these things that we’re going to have to work through. But overall, I feel like we have this vision that our intuition, this natural thing that’s within us is just going to kick in and lead, right. And it’s just going to be this thing that we just kind of fall into. And it’s just going to start unfolding for us and it’s just going to be this natural process. But the truth is that even though birth and you know, postpartum are these natural processes, for many, many birth givers, it is not this ingrained. Just intuitive thing that happens naturally, right? It’s not something that we are just completely programmed to do automatically on autopilot. It is a learned process. And so this is something that was very difficult in my own journey to kind of come to terms with because this is exactly what happened is I had this expectation that I am going to be able to just, you know, be able to fall into this and I’m going to figure out what I’m going to do I prepare for everything. I knew everything there was to know about you know, the birthing process and I took all the classes at the hospital. I prepare For everything when it came to really understanding everything about birth, right, and I will figure it out once baby comes here, because I know what I’m doing. I’ve worked with children for many years, this is like my background, right, it’ll be fine, everything will come, just naturally, I’ll figure it out. And that’s not what happened for me. You know, we have also have this difficult time right now in our society. And, you know, this is more for the Western culture, right? Where, you know, I’m a part of, where we just have lost this village of support around us. You know, through the generations, we’ve just lost this in our culture, where we have these examples of, you know, a supportive village of people around us helping us prepare for not only the birthing process, but everything that comes after becoming a parent, becoming a mother, learning how to feed our baby, learning how to care for our baby, understanding our own physiological, physical, emotional, you know, changes that can happen, and how to navigate through that, while caring for this little tiny baby, that means 100% of our attention and cannot do anything for themselves, right? They they rely on us 100%. And so because I didn’t prepare for any of that, I ended up really, really struggling. And I had a lot of shame that came along with that as well. And so part of my story is a lot to do with this shame. And this feeling of what is wrong with me, what what did I do wrong? Or what am I doing wrong as a mother, where I am not feeling as connected to my baby, as I should wear, I am kind of going into this overdrive of caring for my baby, almost to an extreme right. And so little did I know as this is all happening, and now that I’m out of this, and I I’ve done a lot of work with healing, and I’ve done more education around this and everything I realized now that I had been struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, so I had postpartum depression as well as postpartum anxiety. And I, like, didn’t know how to not only deal with that on a day to day basis. But because of that shame and guilt that I was saddled with, I did not know how to ask for help. And so that was one of the biggest things is that I felt so alone, and so isolated and ashamed that I didn’t know what I was doing, that I struggled with my breastfeeding, journey with my oldest, I thought that that was another natural process that would just come naturally, and it did not, we really, really struggled. And that added to the anxiety and the depression and the connection or the disconnection with my baby. And so through all of this, I had finally, you know, reached out to my health care team, and after a good year of really struggling with this and just said, you know, I need to get some help i My marriage is suffering, my relationship with my baby is suffering my work at the time was really difficult. Because I just was so riddled with anxiety and guilt around leaving my baby and all of these things, it was just so challenging. So finally, I did get the help that I needed. And through that, after getting what I needed, medically, and seeing the therapist and doing all these things, and all this work.

8:59 And learning more about the physiological and the hormonal and the physical and mental changes that happened during pregnancy and the shift that happens once we transition into our postpartum timeframe, I realized that this is a huge gap that’s left unserved in our community and in our culture. And I knew that I never wanted to experience this transition in that way ever again. And I wanted to have more children, but I was scared to go through the same process. And so through that, it’s just it made me realize that birth is truly just the beginning, right? And we can’t spend all our time and energy and effort in planning for just the birth when that’s just a piece of the puzzle. It’s just that beginning. Because postpartum is really what is, you know, after that it’s postpartum is forever whereas birth is just the beginning and it’s it temporary thing. And I truly believe that postpartum is forever because once we birth our baby, not only have we changed the structure of our family, we have this little one that we’re caring for our body as a whole has changed on a cellular level. And so if we are approaching preparing for this timeframe, in the same way that we do our birth and creating these beautiful birth plans, and taking all these classes and understanding our options when it comes to pain management, and the different ways we can birth our babies into this world, and, you know, the support that is actually available more and more for the birthing process, as far as birthing doulas go, you know, understanding that our partners are becoming more and more involved in the birthing process. And being there and supporting us through that, we need to take that same energy, that same prioritization and apply that to the postpartum timeframe as well. So that’s really how I came into this work is, from my own experience, and then learning more about the body as it changes in pregnancy and understanding some of the foundational pieces of postpartum wellness is a holistic picture. And it’s not just about one little piece, right? It’s not just about learning how to heal heal your physical body. Afterwards, it’s not just about learning what you know, foods are going to support your body after birth, and not just focusing on how to lose the baby weight, right, or what kind of exercises are the best thing to do after six weeks postpartum, right? I’m we’re gonna dive into a lot more of these myths around postpartum healing and the timeframe it takes for us to actually truly recover physically and the process that we undergo mentally transitioning into this new identity. And this becoming an unbecoming process of who we are after birth. But it’s just like this. I went through this aha moment, right like this, this deep dark hole that I was in, that I fought so hard to the nail to get out of, after the birth of my first son was really what I wanted to learn from, and to be able to not only escape, or just completely avoid any, you know, pregnancies after that, but also to be able to come up with a way to support other birth givers. So that they didn’t have to walk that same path that I did, whether it’s their first time experience, or it’s their, you know, subsequent pregnancies where maybe they also had a very difficult, you know, first go of motherhood or parenthood. And they are also looking for that change, and how can I do this different. So really, that’s kind of wire this whole program, and this whole approach to a holistic solution for postpartum recovery really came in for myself and this business that I run. And it’s not again, just about one piece, it truly is a holistic approach to postpartum wellness. And it has a lot to do with preparing ahead of time for that transition. Because the last thing we need, when we are in the trenches, right, we just have delivered our baby, whether that’s at home in a birthing center, at a hospital, we are exhausted, birth is trauma. And this is a very important thing that we understand that our body views birth, even if it was a simple, simple, I should say a, you know, problem free birth. It still is a trauma to our bodies, right? And so if we think about it in that way, it helps us understand that we need to prepare for this recovery ahead of time and really understand how we can do that in the best way how we can support ourselves. So there’s the physical recovery, but there’s also you know, understanding this new identity, how our relationships are shifting and changing how we can support our relationship with our partners, or you know, and figuring out how that will change our dynamic and how we want to parent together and really approach it as a team. Right? And then if this is a subsequent pregnancy, and you have older children? How are your relationships going to shift and change with your other children? And how are they going to have their own version of postpartum that they’re experiencing? Just like your partner is experiencing their own version of postpartum. So how can you prepare for that ahead of time, so that you are ensuring everybody is supported and on the same page and communicating about this experience together, so that we don’t have these, you know, resentments building up between you and your partner. And we can support your older children through this transition of having another baby join the family and what they may need to still feel connected to you and to be able to feel connected to this new baby. And then, of course, there’s understanding the physiological changes that our body undergoes and how we can support that foundationally with our nutrition that we need to be focusing on when it comes to healing and recovery and not just losing the baby weight, right? This toxic bounce back culture, which we’ll dive into, in some later episodes, around why that is so toxic and unrealistic. And what we should be focusing on instead when it comes to our nutrition. So as you can see, this is a very complicated kind of holistic, wellness approach. And in order for us to truly make the shifts and changes we need to see, and caring for postpartum women and birth givers, we have to start with understanding that we deserve to have our wellness as a priority, we get lost so much. And this is what happened with my experience with caring for the baby, right. And we can see this almost happen instantaneously after birth, everything shifts from the birth giver, and caring for that birth giver and ensuring that they’re taken care of during the birthing process to the baby, right. And it’s almost like the birth giver just kind of goes into the background and everything becomes about the baby. While baby’s care is super, super important. We can’t just all of a sudden, shift everything to the baby, right, we still need to be able to have this prioritization of the birth, the birth giver and making sure that they are still taken care of, and that their experiences are validated and that they are feeling seen heard and in control about their birthing experience, as well as their postpartum experience. So it’s super important that you know, as mothers as birth givers, we are prioritizing ourselves and saying, We deserve better than this, we deserve better than feeling like we are, you know, kind of just an extension to our baby. We are individual people who deserve the same care and support and honoring and nurturing as our babies do. So really, that’s kind of what led me to doing the work that I do and my passion for it. And after doing all of these, you know, healing and these, furthering my education, I became a lactation counselor, you know, inspired from struggling with my own breastfeeding journey. I became a certified

18:48 postpartum nutrition professional. So understanding what the postpartum body needs as far as nourishment and how that is so interconnected to many other things when it comes to our postpartum health, and how that can affect your hormone regulation, how it can affect your sleep, how it can affect your milk supply, if you’re choosing to Chester, breastfeed, all of these things are connected. And so if we aren’t preparing for that in a holistic way, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. We’re doing our babies a disservice. And we aren’t going to be able to connect and parent and be present the way we want to be during this fleeting time, right? And I’m not here to say it’s gonna be rainbows and sunshine, right? Postpartum is a very vulnerable, challenging and unique timeframe in our lives and how we heal in postpartum and the early timeframe affects how you know our overall health is down the road. And some studies have even shown that how we heal or lack of healing and postpartum early on can actually affect how we transition into our menopause. So these are our long term roads that we are setting the stage for now. And we need to prepare for them with an understanding of how important this is, and that we’re not just doing planning the short game, we’re not just talking about birth, this one event that happens at the very beginning of our parenting journey, right? It’s a very important piece. But we also need to be focusing on the long game, and how this can affect our health, it can affect our mental health, there’s a reason we’re seeing skyrocketing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. All across the western world. It’s even one in five people, some of the latest research has uncovered. We’re struggling with these payments, whether it’s postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, we’re seeing an influx and postpartum psychosis. And it is a very serious health problem that we are seeing. And it’s all connected. So if we are educating ourselves before baby gets here, and we are preparing our support systems, we are preparing our our understanding of how to support our bodies and what we need, we are getting the education we need on how to care for our little ones, and share that parental load with our partners ahead of time, and understanding and being on the same page with our partners on that. So that we can have that support. And move through this together is so important. So when we lay this groundwork for parenthood ahead of time, and the shift that happens in our life, and who are we who we are becoming and who, what pieces of ourselves, we’re letting go. And all of these different things are bonding with our baby, our relationship with our older children, our relationship with our spouses or partners. It is it’s given this opportunity to grow and to become something that we had envisioned at the beginning, right. And it won’t be this perfect path of everything’s going to be great, you know, like Instagram worthy, like, we’re gonna have some pitfalls, we’re gonna have some challenges, we’re going to have to go through this learning process of understanding how to care for our letter one, understanding how to breast or test feed, or even bottle feed, if we’re choosing to do that, it’s a whole nother process of learning how to prepare formula, how to prepare pumped milk, if you’re learning to, to breast pump, you have to figure out all of that too, right? And how to use the breast pump, it’s a medical device, you have to figure out proper fitting and understanding the different settings and you know, how to properly store the breast milk. All of these things are a learned process. No one, especially ourselves should expect to know this out of out of the gate. Just because baby’s now here in your arms does not mean that all of a sudden we get this like download, like everything you need to know to parent, right? Like, wouldn’t that be wonderful, but that’s just not how it works, right. So this is a learning process. But what better way to do that, then to have the support system set up around you ahead of time to have a plan for your nutrition. So you’re not having to figure out how to cook a meal and what should be, you know, the things that you’re focusing on to help your milk supply, like when you’re like changing dirty diapers 24/7. And, you know, trying to care for this baby, like no one wants to have the meal plan during that time, right. So having something set up ahead of time, having the proper place and location to recover all of these things. If we set that up for ourselves ahead of time, we’re truly giving ourselves the best chance to be able to navigate through this transition into parenthood smoothly, while also being able to have that help when we stumble. Or when we’re struggling because we have all of these things identified, we know who to reach out to, we know what they can help us with. We know who’s going to help us with certain aspects around child care or whatever that might look like, or to help with learning the feeding process, right? So all of these things are things we should be setting up ahead of time so that we can have this I don’t want to say this Picture Perfect postpartum because that’s not what it is. It’s this ideal experience for you and your baby in the best possible way. And having that support when things do get hard. And that’s really what I do when I work with my clients through the different program. rounds that I have established. It’s it’s just one of those things that are so needed. And there’s such a gap right now in our, in our society, where we have these resources available. We’re all becoming more and more aware of the challenges and social media has really helped in that regard where it’s becoming more raw and more real when it comes to these experiences of postpartum and birth. And I think that that’s so powerful sharing our stories, being honest about our experiences. But then what’s missing? Is the solution, right? Is we see all these things, we either see that everything is beautiful rainbows and sunshine, or it’s all depression and despair and despair and difficulty, right? And there’s really no way of, okay, well, how do I navigate through that? Or how do I find this middle ground of really just being able to feel the highs and the joys of motherhood and postpartum and these early days of newborn life, while also understanding expecting that it’s not going to be, you know, just smooth sailing, there’s going to be this learning curve? And then how do I figure that out, and my own personal journey, and my own unique family setup and my own unique health and and, you know, body needs and all of these things, right? So that’s really where this came in with this business of mine was to say, okay, the awareness is there, we’re starting to build that momentum. We’re having these, you know, heart to heart discussions, women and birth givers are sharing their stories. But there just doesn’t seem to be enough resources out there, where we can start to make a difference. And we can start shifting the story. Where, okay, we don’t just have to accept that postpartum is all about barely surviving it, once we’re through it, it’ll get better, you know? And are there going to be days where you have to tell yourself that, yeah,

27:05 there’s going to be super hard days, there’s still hard days for me and I have a three year old is my youngest, right. And so it’s like, toddler stage, that’s a whole nother topic. But it’s just all about, you know, being able to feel like there is a solution out there. And that we can find that and have the guidance and support, to be able to walk a path that somebody else has laid out already, so that you’re not having to navigate through some of these really difficult things alone. And having that support identified ahead of time and creating a unique customized plan for you and your family and your baby, and how to then have the support. Once we’re on the other side, and baby has made her Earth dried, and you’re home and you’re recovering. And things need to be tweaked a little bit. And having that guidance, and that support is so important. Because, you know, we can create a beautiful plan, and it’s going to work out wonderfully. And the way that we work together is you know, really making sure that we have a lot of these things that can go wrong, or things that might not be the ideal postpartum, how we can approach okay, if this doesn’t work out this way, how are we going to make sure you have the support you need. But once babies are actually here, right, babies come the way they are gonna come and they’re gonna, they’re their own person, like from day one, right? And so really, their own temperament and their own way of navigating the world is going to shift some of these things. And so having me by your side and having that guidance of saying, okay, what can we do to make that make this go a little bit smoother now that we have to make some of these changes. And so, you know, that’s really why I think that my program is so unique. It’s really this holistic approach to not only planning your postpartum but actually navigating the fourth trimester and beyond. And it’s, it’s truly something that I’m very passionate about, you know, taking the time that I have to heal from my own experiences, learn and become educated in you know, not only the nutrition realm and the lactation, and infant feeding realm, but also when it comes to postpartum mental health. I went through, you know, a birth trauma and trauma support course around, you know, supporting survivors of trauma in the postpartum timeframe, as well as through pregnancy. And you know, really becoming educated on perinatal mood and anxiety. disorders, I received a certification impairing the middle of mental health, through Postpartum Support International, just really trying to further my education on all of these things because it is a holistic, interconnected wellness approach to support. And I’ve really tried to infuse that in throughout these programs that I’ve created. Um, yeah, so that’s kind of my story that I wanted to share today, it’s been a journey. Um, I had my first son, and some of the things that were really hard looking back is that the first six months of his life because I had felt so you know, just completely blindsided by this whole experience. And my mental health was in such a bad, you know, state and my, my physical health was terrible, because I didn’t know how to, to nourish my body, and I didn’t understand the severity of the physical healing, I would have to go through. But that whole six months, I look back and I don’t have very many memories of my child’s for six months. And that is heartbreaking, I’ve done a lot of work to heal that and to kind of accept that. But that was really one of the hardest things, I think, for me was that I was not present, like I wanted to be during those really special first few months, because I just was in such a difficult state. And, you know, I look back, and I’m so thankful for some of the videos and photos that I had taken, because, you know, I could actually look back at them and see some of those experiences that I just have no recollection of. But I’m happy to say that, you know, through that experience, through everything that I just shared, I you know, with my second son, applied all of these things, and I created my own plan, I hired my own postpartum coach, I had a nutrition, you know, plan that I was I was using to help fuel my body and heal my body. I, you know, understood how important the support system was, and having some things lined up ahead of time and understanding my own mental health, you know, history, and, you know, ensuring that I had everything planned out ahead of time, created a completely different experience with my second birth and postpartum. And it was really just this beautiful healing experience with my second birth, because not only was I able to kind of heal some of those traumas, and you know, really just kind of accept and let go of some of the shame and guilt of that experience and understand that I was not alone with that experience. But also to then say, Okay, this allows me to embrace the second experience, and to really prioritize my own healing, prioritize my own mental health and self care, understanding what I needed to be able to be present and connect and wind deeply with my baby, well, was my first son, I had a beautiful experience of really connecting with him, and you know, kind of growing closer with my first through this process of, you know, incorporating him into the pregnancy and just allowing him to feel a part of this process in a way that also made him feel secure in our attachment. And that, you know, he was still going to be my little buddy, right, and that we were going to have this special time and these things that we had set up ahead of time for our connection and building that into my plan. And that so that he felt like he was also a priority and not just the new baby too. So it was really just this beautiful healing, re entry into my motherhood. And it truly did make such a difference for me when I was able to finally have that experience that I wanted so badly with my first son and you know, as well as to create this mentorship, this, this, you know, guide for other birth givers and expecting parents to be able to follow along as well so that they didn’t have to go through those difficult, you know, hardships, or experience them to the same depth or or Difficulty as you know, I did or as other people have who felt so blindsided by, you know, this experience of postpartum and new parenthood. So that’s really my story and my journey, I’d love to kind of just go a little bit deeper into

35:25 kind of what these programs that I offer have what they look like, as well, as you know, just kind of what you can expect from the show moving forward, I am super excited to kind of do a combination of education and just inspiration. So over the next few episodes, I’m going to be sharing some of the foundational pieces to postpartum wellness, that I think is super important, I want the show to be chock full of just really good information that you can take and apply to your own postpartum planning to your own fourth trimester navigation. If you’ve already had your baby, it’s never too late to start getting the support and the prioritization of your wellness and your health. You know, in the postpartum timeframe, postpartum is forever, right. And so I think that there’s always opportunities for us to improve the way we are navigating our parenthood, you know, but I’m also a very strong advocate for preparing ahead of time as well. But we are going to be covering a lot of those different types of pieces and content, and what you can do for your own postpartum experience and for planning for your birth. And we are going to have guests coming on the show as well, who are perinatal professionals. So I’m going to have a wide range of just amazing experts coming in to share their knowledge. And it’ll be a wide range of things, from sleep experts for your infants, as well as you to you know, other aspects of your postpartum health, when it comes to like post, pelvic floor health, things like that, that are very much kind of swept under the rug, I feel like these are going to be really important topics that we are going to tackle, and you are going to walk away feeling like you are you have a better understanding of your own needs your own physical and mental, you know, journey through pregnancy and birth. So I’m really, really excited to start just moving forward and getting all this great content to you guys. And you know, really helping you navigate this journey together so that you feel like you have this village around you, even though our culture isn’t set up that way anymore. And we don’t have to accept that as the way it is anymore. You know, we can start feeling empowered, there’s a reason I call my business and the show empowering postpartum is because I want you to feel like you are in control, you are in the driver’s seat, you are the one who can say I am a priority, my health and recovery is a priority, my bonding with my child is a priority. And here’s how I am going to make sure this happens. And who can support me to make sure that this happens. That’s what you can look forward to to some of our other episodes that will be coming down the line, I’m going to be talking about creating your postpartum recovery sanctuary. And why that is so important and what you should have within those spaces ahead of time. So I will be sharing information on that. And then upcoming episodes, I’m also going to be talking about more of this identity shift when it comes to motherhood and how that is so um, impactful in how we connect with our babies and how we connect with ourselves. And so that will be another future episode, we’re going to be talking about this emotional resiliency of postpartum and how when we can understand that there’s this shift and this becoming an unbecoming, we can prepare for that a little bit better, and how we can also normalize some of these feelings that I don’t think many of us feel comfortable voicing because of that shame and guilt that sometimes can sneak in when it comes to holding ourselves to this expectation of being supermom right. And so we’re going to be kind of diving into some of that and future episodes. But I wanted to quickly just touch base on the postpartum planning program that I have created. So when you enroll, you’ll really become prepared for everything we’ve talked about everything postpartum life can bring from your own healing and recovery, after birth, to caring for and bonding with your baby, during this really vulnerable and fleeting time, it feels like it can drag on, right, but it also feels like it goes by like this. And so how we can really prepare for that time so that you can feel presence, you know, preparing for your postpartum through these powerful programs that I have, will help you feel that empowerment, you will feel holistically supported and just really ready to transition confidently into your parenthood on your terms, which I think is so so important. Because we are saying screw this idea of this ideal motherhood, this ideal newborn phase and postpartum. And also no thank you to only depression and struggle and barely surviving, we want to find a middle ground where we are recognizing and honoring the heart, but also being able to cherish and be present for the beautiful, right. And that’s really what we’re looking for is to create this ideal for you and for your baby and for your family experience. So if you are pregnant and expecting your little one, and you want to be strategic in planning for your postpartum experience, right and not just winging it, or being like, well, I did all my birth planning, I’m good. Hopefully, through this episode, you’ve learned that Yeah, I think that there’s a really big piece here that’s missing, and that there is a solution for you to figure that out. But I want to encourage you to check out my work with me page on my website. And you can find my website at empowering postpartum.com. And you can learn all about my preparing for parenthood program, or my empowering postpartum coaching program, which includes everything from the Planning Program, which is an online DIY kind of self paced ecourse. Um, but the you get everything in that plus the one on one support. So that if you are looking for more of that hands on guidance, that can help you create your own custom postpartum plan in pregnancy so that you feel prepared for your postpartum you also will get postpartum specific meals an entire nutrition plan designed specifically for postpartum bodies, and recovery. So you would get that as well. It’s a six week postpartum, postpartum meal plan, as well as the coaching and guidance through working through those six weeks and beyond and transitioning back into a more you know, non postpartum specific approach to nourishment. And then you also would get with that one on one package or the actual coaching program, you would also get, just you know that that troubleshooting phase, right, you’d have my support with you side by side, during your fourth trimester when babies actually here, we’d be able to say, Okay, what’s working with our plan? Where do we need to shift? Where do we need to tweak as well as just the safe space to be able to come and talk about your experience, and just this non judgement, judgmental, just protective, safe space to be able to talk about the good, the bad, the ugly, whether or not you want, you know, some guidance on how to navigate the heart, or you just need to vent about it sometimes, right, we all need that place to be able to come and speak from the heart without the sphere of judgment. That’s another really great benefit to having a one on one coaching package as well. So you also will have me as a lactation professional. So if you are having struggles with your infant feeding journey, I can be right by your side to help you navigate that we can do virtual, you know, observed feeds, we can talk about pumping plans or going back to work, we can talk about all of the things that have to do with feeding baby and feeding you and prioritizing your wellness and your support. And then of course, we just create this overall, just this approach to how we can make sure you’re getting the postpartum experience that you deserve. And that your family as a whole deserves. So again, if you are interested in checking out those two different programs, head on over to my website, check out the work with me page. The ecourse is

45:15 called the Preparing for parenthood program. And the one on one coaching is impairing postpartum coaching. So those are those two separate programs you can find on my work with me page. And of course, if you have any questions, I love just chatting and seeing how you are navigating through your parenthood where you’re struggling questions you might have and so I always would love to connect with you feel free to email me with any questions you have about the programs or just anything in general, if you want to connect, you can email me at jessi@empoweringpostpartum.com And of course, you can check me out on all the social media platforms, I’m on Instagram where you can find me at Instagram on empowering_postpartum, you can find me on Facebook all the places so connect with me there and be sure to follow me and I also am pretty active over on Pinterest as well. I have a blog that I try to post so all the places we can connect and you can get more education and value when it comes to preparing for your fourth trimester and beyond. So thank you so much for tuning in for the first ever episode of empowering postpartum with Jessi Sletten. I am super excited and honored that you spent this hour with me and I look forward to seeing you next week. This will be a weekly program. This show can also be heard on the Spanglish radio network. So please check out Spanglish world.ca for all the news and programming Spanglish world. Watch it, hear it, read it, download it, and live it. And I am looking forward to seeing you guys next week.