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Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey.
Three psychotherapists, moms, and friends share stories & interviews about pregnancy, fertility, parenting, motherhood and much more. The Honest Mama founders are Sophie Darch McEntee, LMFT, Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT and Claire R. Colaço, LMFT.

Podcast produced by Pete Bailey.

Nov 9, 2017

Welcome to episode twelve of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today we speak to Dr. Kira Bartlett about how to support post-partum women in their relationships with their partner.


Dr. Kira Bartlett is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist with over 14 years of successful clinical experience with individuals in short- and long-term psychotherapy. Her private practice is in White Plains, New York and Manhattan, New York. Dr. Bartlett also provides training and in-services for professionals and agencies interested in screening for postpartum mood disorders. She is available for consultation and clinical supervision as well.


Dr. Bartlett completed pre-doctoral trainings at New York University Counseling Services, Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center, the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and a pre-doctoral internship at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. In all of these settings, she treated a culturally and diagnostically diverse population. Dr. Bartlett is a member of the New York State Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. She is the former president of the Hudson Valley Birth Network.


Dr. Bartlett strives to create a non-judgmental environment for examining one’s issues and challenges, while aiding her clients to become more comfortable with a wide range of emotional experiences that make life interesting and enjoyable. She brings empathy and warmth to her work, but also maintains a sense of humor.


What you’ll hear in this episode


  • The common themes and feelings women feel after having a baby
  • How to deal with the challenges of having a baby
  • The importance of community and getting support
  • How women can inadvertently shut out their partners
  • The need to let your partner struggle and make mistakes as well
  • Recommendations for partners to reconnect and become emotionally and physically close
  • The need to be open and communicative with your partner
  • Being mutually respectful to each other as you go through these issues


Resources (Cuddling Is Badass)