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(Ep. 29) The Power of a Supportive Conversation with Georgie

My guest in this episode of Beyond Postpartum is Georgie. Georgie first came to PPPSS as a volunteer, over 23 years ago, and has been an integral part of PPPSS since! In this interview she shares her journey with postpartum anxiety and depression, and how a single conversation was the turning point for her healing. Georgie also shares about the importance of self-compassion, and how meaningful it has been in her life, and how things were different (and what was similar!) for her when her own children had children and she became a grandmother.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What brought Georgie to PPPSS as a volunteer – 23 years ago!
  • Experiencing perinatal anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum with her 3rd baby
  • The shame she experienced when she was struggling to bond with her 3rd baby
  • How her postpartum anxiety and depression affected her whole life
  • Isolating herself when she was struggling – and not wanting to be seen
  • Going back to work at 9 months postpartum, when she was still struggling
  • The interplay between thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and physical sensations
  • The harsh criticisms she was putting on herself
  • The moment where everything shifted
  • The power of being really seen
  • Self-compassion – and learning how to be self-compassionate
  • Incremental shifts towards getting better
  • Breaking down the isolation she had built
  • How all counselling isn’t created equally
  • The healing that happened when she started to volunteer at PPPSS
  • Still working on consciously being seen as an important piece of her wellness
  • The spiraling path of healing
  • Becoming a grandparent, and the similarities, and differences, to her parenting and postpartum experience
  • Staying in the present moment
  • The gift of showing others that they aren’t alone
  • The intensity that social media brings to early parenthood
  • How we can become intensely depleted as new parents – physically, emotionally, spiritually…
  • Being able to speak our truths without the fear of being judged
  • Intrusive thoughts – who gets them, what helps
  • What it has been like to support her children when they had children of their own