Scientist and writer Lauren Tanabe takes us through her anxiety-ridden world of early motherhood. Concerns that her child will be injured or fall ill push Lauren to isolate herself further, hoping to keep her daughter clear of germs and accidents. With clear self-analysis, she admits that her anxiety is not something she wants to pass on. Listeners will identify with the writer’s worries. Written pre-pandemic, the essay is almost prescient in its discussion of germs and phobias.
“Motherhood Can Be Isolating. My Anxiety Made It Worse.” was first published in The Washington Post
The essay is read by Mandy Davis
music by Polkavant