Releasing the Mother Load: How to Carry Less and Enjoy Motherhood More


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6.33 X 9.06 X 1.14 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Erica Djossa is the CEO and founder of Momwell, and a registered psychotherapist specializing in maternal mental health with over a decade of experience. She founded Momwell to set a standard of care for providers and ensure mom-centered, specialized mental health support at any stage of motherhood. She's been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, the Toronto Star, Cityline, Scary Mommy, PopSugar, and Romper. Her graphics have been shared by celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Ashley Graham, Hilaria Baldwin, and Christy Turlington. For more, visit


"If you've ever felt like you're the only one struggling with motherhood, this book is for you. Erica Djossa approaches the weight that modem moms feel with compassion, understanding, and a proactive method to breaking out from under it. You're not alone. You're not failing. And you don't have to carry the weight by yourself!" --Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play

"Releasing the Mother Load highlights the way that parenting, and specifically mothering, has changed in recent decades and, even more drastically, since the pandemic. Erica Djossa shines the light on the invisible load and how big of an impact it has on maternal mental health. She also provides practical strategies for how to release that load and protect our self-esteem and well-being." --Becky Kennedy, PhD, clinical psychologist, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Good Inside, and CEO and founder of Good Inside

"Erica Djossa does an incredible job unveiling hard truths about mental labor in Releasing the Mother Load. Her ability to share impactful research, meaningful stories, and practical tools will leave the reader feeling validated and equipped to take off the backpack that gets handed to us when we become mothers, as she puts it. This book is for the mother who is trying to conceive, the pregnant mom, the first-time mom, veteran mom, or anyone impacted by the mental tasks fighting for space where there is no more to spare." --Ashurina Ream, PsyD, CEO and founder of Psyched Mommy

"Motherhood can be exhausting and overwhelming--but it doesn't have to be that way. Releasing the Mother Load is a practical tool that helps moms identify why they're struggling and let go of the things that hold them back." --Libby Ward, digital creator and maternal wellness advocate at @diaryofanhonestmom

"Erica Djossa offers a refreshing and much-needed take in Releasing the Mother Load, helping women and mothers understand the deep cultural origins of their burnout, how change starts inside, and what actionable steps they can take to nurture, not lose, themselves in motherhood." --Jill Koziol, cofounder and CEO of Motherly

"So much of motherhood self-help relies on check lists of self-care items that end up just being one more thing we as mothers feel guilty for not getting to. With Releasing the Mother Load, Erica Djossa does a masterful job at making mothers from all walks of life feel seen and paints a practical path forward that is compassionate and reachable. I recommend it for any mother or mother-to-be." --KC Davis, LPC, USA Today bestselling author of How to Keep House While Drowning

"Erica Djossa's new book is a thoughtful and straightforward guide to helping moms everywhere find their inner GPS--because Releasing the Mother Load is as much about letting go of unrealistic external expectations as it is about learning who you are and where your values come from." --Catherine Birndorf, MD, cofounder and CEO, The Motherhood Center of New York