A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

published 8 months ago by TED Conferences LLC

When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother -- and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence.

Do you remember a time when you felt the hormonal and moody your skin was breaking out your body was growing in strange places and very fast. And at the same time people were expecting you to be grown up in this new what. Teenagers right. Well the same changes happen to a woman when she's having a baby and we know that it's normal for teenagers to feel all over the place so why don't we talk about pregnancy in the same way. There are entire text books written about the developmental arc of adolescence and we don't even have a word to describe the transition to motherhood. We need one. I'm a psychiatrist who works with ...

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