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April 22, 2023

What Is The Fourth Trimester and Why Is It So Important

with podcast guest

Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo & Marcia A. Cole


Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo and Marcia A. Cole are two friends and former magazine and digital editors also known for their profound philanthropic work. Their latest venture is Fourth Phase, a company that provides beautifully curated gift boxes that deeply support the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of new mothers.

The fourth trimester of a new mother’s journey is one of the most critical phases of motherhood, yet across the world, women in the postpartum period are often neglected because everyone’s focus is on the newborn baby. These ladies thought of everything a new mother would need and they put it all into their Fourth Phase boxes. They even created separate boxes for vaginal births and belly births (the term they use for C-sections).

In this episode, we talk about why the fourth trimester is important, why many new mothers are unprepared for the fourth trimester, how we can advocate for ourselves during this time, what new mothers should expect to happen with their bodies in the fourth trimester, how Fourth Phase boxes help new mothers, and so much more!

This episode is brought to you by Agni. Visit AgniForAll.com and use my code PERIODPARTY for 15% off.

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  • What happens with our bodies in the fourth trimester
  • The full body and mind reset that happens after having a baby
  • Nana’s postpartum experience
  • Why Nana and Marcia created the Fourth Phase Box
  • The social impact aspects of Fourth Phase
  • The lack of post-partum preparation and support
  • How you can advocate for yourself in the fourth trimester
  • Building your postpartum team
  • The unique challenges faced by black women and people giving birth
  • How the issues surrounding black maternal health are being addressed
  • How internal bias of healthcare providers shows up in patient care
  • The benefit of having an advocate with you during labor and delivery
  • How the Fourth Phase Box addresses the needs of new parents


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Dr Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a hormone expert, nutrition scientist, and thought leader in women’s medicine. She is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and trained in

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