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Mommy Brain Revisited

Mommy Brain Revisited

Dr. Jodi Pawluski

Mommy Brain Revisited: the neuroscience of parenting - A podcast for parents, health care providers, scientists and anyone interested in current research on ‘mommy brain’ and brain changes with parenting. Interviewing leading researchers in the field. Brain art: www.maayanillustrations.com from Pawluski et al, 2017 Neurobiology of Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. Trends in Neurosciences. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mommybrainrevisited/support

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  • 15 - Opioid Use and the Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr James Swain, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York State, USA. We talk about his nearly 20 years of research on the human maternal brain and his current research on how opioid use disorder can alter the maternal brain and potentially behavior. [When we talk about opioid use disorder we’re often talking about prescription medications.]

    We also talk about the Mom Power intervention and how interventions like this can change our maternal brains for the better.

    If you’re struggling with opioid use please reach out for support. You are not alone. Treatment can help. Talk to you health care provider today.

    Click here for more information on the research of Dr. Swain.   

    Click here for his current publications.

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    Thu, 24 Sep 2020
  • 14 - Pregnancy and the Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr Elseline Hoekzema, a senior neuroscientist at the Brain & Development Research Center, Leiden University, the Netherlands. We talk about her research investigating the effects of pregnancy on the human brain. Fascinating! We also talk about how amazing the maternal brain is, despite experiences with ‘mommy brain’ – and yes we both experienced it -, and to trust biology as it takes us through this transition into parenthood.

    For more information on her research see link.

    Here is a direct link to her publications.

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    Thu, 10 Sep 2020
  • 13 - Partner Loss and the Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr. Oliver Bosch, Professor in the Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine at the University of Regensburg, Germany. We talk about his recent research on partner loss and the maternal brain in relation to corticotropin releasing factor (CRF). We also talk about so much more – how fascinating the maternal brain is as well as single parenthood, social support, pregnancy loss and how much we need to know about how stressful events can impact the parental brain.

    For more information on his research see link

    Here is a direct link to his publications.


    Have questions or comments - let me know: www.jodipawluski.com

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    Thu, 27 Aug 2020
  • 12 - Maternal Experience and the Ageing Maternal Brain

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr. Liisa Galea, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Brain Health at The University of British Columbia, Canada. We talk about her recent research on maternal experience and its effect on the aging hippocampus. We also talk about other effects of motherhood on ageing, menopause, and the lack of funding for women’s health research. Let’s support maternal health research!

    For more information on her research see here

    Here is a direct linkto her publications.

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    Thu, 13 Aug 2020
  • 11 - TIDA Neurons and Lactation: A focus on network activity

    In this episode of Mommy Brain Revisited I talk with Dr. Christian Broberger, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Stockholm University, Sweden. We talk about his recent research on electrical activity of TIDA neurons and their role in lactation. We talk dopamine, prolactin and a bit about oxytocin. Very interesting!

    For more information on his research see link

    Here is a direct link to the publication we talk about. 

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    Thu, 30 Jul 2020
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