Season 2 Episode 13: Making Mother Care a Priority with Dayna Kurtz

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I am so excited for you to hear today’s episode because we are talking about a vitally important topic: Mother Care. In order to be the best mother, wife, or friend you could possibly be, you have to take care of yourself. It’s imperative. Your journey to motherhood might have been a struggle, or it might have been a dream. Whether you have three kids or whether your babies are all in heaven, it is important that you are being cared for. This is why I am so thrilled to have Dayna Kurtz on the show today. Dayna’s new book, Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom came out April 1st, and it is bursting with beautiful ideas for practicing mother care. 

Today, Dayna and I are here to remind you that you matter. Dayna is going to share tips and tricks directly from her Mother Matters book that will change the way you think about self-care. Each of Dayna’s suggestions is backed by research, super practical, and easy for any mom to accomplish on her own. Let me make this clear: you do not have to be a mom yet to enjoy this book. Dayna will be the first to say that, no matter where you are on the spectrum of motherhood, you deserve the space to take care of yourself. From acupressure to meditation, movement, and art therapy, there is a small step you can take right away towards taking care of yourself. You’ve got this, Mama! 

All mothers need to be taking care of themselves all along, and we are seldom given the supports to do that.
— Dayna Kurtz

Show Highlights:

  • Dayna shares all about the various ways she loves to support and encourage women. 
  • How Dayna turned a clinical practice into a safe space for women transitioning into motherhood. 
  • Hear all about Dayna’s overwhelming experiences in motherhood. 
  • Nursing is often a difficult journey for mothers. 
  • Moms need support in order to take care of themselves! 
  • Dayna’s book focuses on self-employed techniques to help you heal and grow! 
  • Learn some secrets of acupressure that can support lactation. 
  • Why motherhood is such a unique experience. 
  • What needs to change in our society to take better care of mothers. 
  • Dayna’s favorite chapters and tools from her new book. 
  • How moms can use movement to heal. 
  • Tips for starting up a meditation practice. 
  • Why talk therapy can be helpful, and what to expect. 

Dayna's Favorites: 

  • Going for runs. 
  • Going out to eat. 
  • Powering down the electronics and exploring her neighborhood. 

Dayna's Recommended Resources:

  • Finding a new mom’s group. 

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More About Dayna:

Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. She is a licensed social worker, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom which was released on April 1, 2018 (Familius Press.)


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