During my years in Clinical Psychology, I was unable to find good explanatory models for the psychological transition to motherhood. I set out to find out everything I could from every field. With the help of my students, we conducted an extensive literature review of all of the scientific studies in the past 25 years, in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing and others. This revealed a strange neglect of focus on mothers themselves without the impact on their children, and the vast majority spoke about their risk for illness with few other perspectives. I was encouraged by the few maternal developmental theorists that existed, but it was in the writing of another Columbia University trained scholar that I found my answer and ultimately the conceptual basis of my own theoretical work as a burgeoning reproductive psychologist. Dana Raphael had coined the term matrescence (and "doula") and I immediately applied it to mental health to expand the conversation. It deserved a revival and "matrescence like adolescence" became my new mantra to educate others both in and out of the classroom. Now I could include the whole spectrum of experience from stress to wellness---the possibility of resilience and even flourishing. I spread the word through my teaching, talks, and writing as I called for a developmental model of motherhood to normalize the psychological transition women were experiencing. These efforts culminated in others finding their way to matrescence as well. On Mother's Day of 2017, my work reached the public and was popularized in the New York Times article: The Birth of a Mother and later TED talk. For all who walk this path, we owe first and foremost a debt to our Mother of Matrescence, Dana Louise Raphael (1926–2016).