Welcome to Safe Space Radio. We are a nationally broadcast public radio show dedicated to fostering empathy, reducing stigma and inspiring the courage to have difficult conversations that improve our health. Below is a playlist of episodes that we hope will be of interest while you wait.
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Navigating Postpartum Depression
Doula and birth educator Leah Deragon talks about her struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety, and how society’s unrealistic expectations can silence and isolate new mothers.
The Aftermath of Sexual Violence
Susan Brison survived a sexual assault and attempted murder. She talks about how telling the story has changed over time, and how group therapy, self-defense classes, and jazz singing all supported her recovery.
Psychologist Diane Ehrensaft talks about the challenges parents can face conceiving with the help of a donor, including genetic asymmetry between the parents, and how to support a child establishing their own sense of identity.
Gina Rourke is the owner of Nomia, a sensuality boutique and resource center. She talks about the origins of shame about pleasure and the body, and how understanding our own pleasure can help us establish fulfilling sexual relationships with others.
Sex therapist Gina Ogden talks about how desire for sexual connection can occur on both physical and emotional levels, how desire goes beyond intercourse, and how to nurture desire in long-term relationships.
Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Strength
Susan Ramsey is a pelvic floor therapist who specializes in working with patients to develop pelvic floor health. She talks about incontinence and teaches how to do a kegel exercise.
Choosing Not to Have Children
Dr. Jeanne Safer discusses her decision not to have children despite cultural and familial pressures. She also names the ambivalence many women feel after having children.
Childbirth and Self-Judgement
Doula Martha Tole discusses how bad mother anxiety can begin even before childbirth, and how the urge to compare ourselves to others can be especially painful for new parents.
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