This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had a chance to chat with my friend, Dr. Sarah Allen all about working mom guilt! This is definitely a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and I knew would resonate with many of you too. Dr. Sarah Allen is a pediatric neuropsychologist […]

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had a chance to chat with my friend, Dr. Sarah Allen all about working mom guilt!

This is definitely a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and I knew would resonate with many of you too. Dr. Sarah Allen is a pediatric neuropsychologist who helps parents with the tools and support they need to mindfully raise successful, happy, and connected kids. 

For today’s episode, we spoke specifically about flipping the narrative on working mom guilt and Sarah weighed in with her brain expertise to share why being a working mom benefits children and their development!

You’ll hear us discuss what working mom guilt typically looks like, research-backed reasons why being a working mom can benefit your children, discuss the pros and cons of daycare vs. nanny care in the first year from a neuro-development perspective, and maternity/parental leave here in the US.

This episode is info-packed! And so, so interesting!

Here’s a peek at what we talked about

  1. About Dr. Sarah Allen, her platform, and the raising brains movement
  2. What is mom brain (and pregnancy brain!), and how does it impact us as moms?
  3. What is “mom guilt” especially as it relates to working moms?
  4. How can moms flip the narrative in their minds and focus on all the benefits a full-time working mom brings to their children? 
  5. We know that many moms go back to work when their little ones are just 12 weeks old. Can you talk about the pros and cons of daycare vs. a nanny from a neuro-development perspective to help expecting mamas listening weigh their options?
  6. Maternity leave in the US is always a hot topic around here. Do you have any thoughts on how policy change related to parental leave might relieve mom guilt/support the neurological development of infants in the early months?

About Dr. Sarah Allen

Dr. Sarah Allen Headshot

Dr. Sarah Allen is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and mom of 2 with 2 bonus kids.  With humor and good sense, Dr. Sarah will support you with an understanding of the brain science so moms learn to look at their kids as little brains. This results in raising happy, connected, successful humans, building kids brains without losing mom’s mind! 

Dr. Sarah has spent over 15 years studying neuroscience and is the author of the internationally best-selling and award-winning book Raising Brains. Her work has been featured in Forbes, PopSugar, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, and Lifehacker. She has been featured on 6ABC, ABC15, NBC10, Good Day Rochester, Good Day Philadelphia, 957BENFM Her Story, WHYY, The Pulse, NPR, and more! 

Connect with Dr. Sarah Allen on Instagram: @dr.sarahallen

Mom Brain Box: https://www.brainbehaviorbridge.com/mom-brain-box

Liesel Teen, BSN-RN
Founder, Mommy Labor Nurse

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