November was Native American Heritage Month and, in case you missed our Native American Initiative Series on the Mother Love Podcast, we wanted to let you know all about it so you can check out some of the amazing conversations we captured.
Dr. Amy Stiffarm joined Claire Larson (our usual host) to help lead these conversations as she is an expert on the topic of Indigenous maternal health and had pre-existing relationships and friendships with our guests. She is also HMHB’s Native American Initiatives Program Manager and an incredible leader in her field. Plus, she’s super fun and engaging which makes her a great co-host on the show!
To listen, please visit our Mother Love webpage at: https://hmhb-mt.org/podcast/ or search ‘Mother Love’ on Apple, Audacy, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to follow us so you never miss an episode.
The 5 part series consists of these episodes:
Season 3: Episode 5 – Native American Heritage Month: An intro to our Native American Initiatives Series with Dr. Amy Stiffarm
Season 3: Episode 6 – Native American Initiatives Series: The Current State of Indigenous Maternal Health with Dr. Janelle Palacios (Amy guest-hosts!)
Season 3: Episode 7 – NAI Series: “Life’s Blessings”: A Culturally Immersive Event for Nurses w/Margaret Anne Adams & Mary Ellen Lafromboise + *Bonus* Episode Intro: Decolonizing Thanksgiving w/Amy & Claire!
Season 3: Episode 8 – NAI Series: Cultural Inheritance and Toddler Mayhem w/Indigenous Artist Rachel Twoteeth-Pichardo
Season 3: Episode 9 – NAI Series: Sweetgrass in the Psych Unit w/Chelsea Bellon
*A note on this final episode in the series with Chelsea Bellon- the list of resources and show notes we compiled is such a hearty one that we had to list it here on our blog instead of below the description of the show. Please do check it out!
Show notes/Resources from “Sweetgrass in the Psych Unit”
- Safety Plan worksheet: https://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/JournalPages/SafetyPlan_v5.pdf
- Chelsea’s biggest tip for a safety plan is to have all of your safety/supportive people share contact information. Create a group chat, provide numbers of others. Tell them who you are most likely to contact first, second, third. Your people WILL support this inclusive and full network of safety.
- Podcasts to consider: The Bipolar Battle Podcast & Cleaning Up the Mental Mess
- If you suspect you have a mood disorder, please contact a psychiatrist.
- In the psych ward, they provided a deep look into the medication side of mood disorders based on a bipolar diagnosis. I didn’t know that a normal antidepressant would not help and actually make my symptoms worse. I needed a mood stabilizer and possible antipsychotic. This site was what they referenced in the classes (handouts) and that I dove into after I was released. https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/mood-stabilizing-medication
- “An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison
- “Touched by Fire” also by Kay Redfield Jamison
- Follow The Motherhood Center on IG and FB:
- Tedx Talk on Bipolar II Disorder “Laura Bain Living with Bipolar Type II“
- Mental Health Advocate Hannah Blum –
- One of the most accurate portrayals I’ve ever seen in regards to bi-polar disorder is Season 1, Episode 3 of Modern Love “Take Me as I am, Whoever I am”. I recommend watching the whole episode but here is a really powerful clip.
And, if you’re just now hearing about our Mother Love podcast, here’s a little more info:
On Mother Love, you’ll meet a new guest (or sometimes guests) each week. They are here to speak honestly about what they know now that they wish they’d known before. They want to give voice to their experiences in ways they just couldn’t when they were right smack dab in the middle of them. We talk about the pressures we put on ourselves and how real parent life looks very different from fantasy parenting life. And, most of all, we share these stories because they prove that resilience is real, that joy exists right alongside anguish and that if our guests can move through the hardest parts of all, you can too.
If you have any questions about our Storytelling Program or would like to share your own story, please contact Claire Larson via email: email@example.com.