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This is a place for you to find the information and support you need to make the transition to motherhood an empowering one.Together your hosts Kelly Wilkes and Bree Holling will combine evidence-based information with personal insight to help you heal from past experiences, make informed and empowered decisions, grow as individuals and mothers and find solidarity in this journey that is matrescence. Whether you are a mother, a birth worker or just a woman driven to be the best version of he ...
 
Welcome to the SMFM Podcast Series! The SMFM podcast will include an array of topics that touch the MFM world including Congenital Heart Disease, Mental Illness, 3D Ultrasound, preventing Burnout and more. New episodes are released monthly. If you would like to submit a discussion topic, leave a comment, or are interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact Gabbie Taylor at gtaylor@smfm.org.
 
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Welcome! Hosted by Dr Edwin Kruys, Dr Ashlea Broomfield and Dr Jaspreet Saini, the theme of the Australian BridgeBuilders podcast is collaboration in healthcare. A wide variety of guests, including healthcare and thought leaders, give us their view on teamwork, trust, integrated care, quality care, leadership and what needs to happen to make Australian healthcare an even better-connected place. Enjoy the podcast - we'd love to hear from you on https://bridgebuilders.vision/podcast!
 
Birth mindset is everything when it comes to your pregnancy and birthing journey, however it's not something that is being explored enough. Join Carmen, birth mindset expert, and Mum of 2, soon to be 3, weekly, as she is joined by some amazing birth experts, as well as shares her own journey with birth mindset work. "Your birthing journey can be the most magical experience, but you may not realise this yet, and that is why I am making it my soul purpose to get you feeling confident, empowere ...
 
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In October 2021, SMFM’s Patient Safety and Quality published a special statement detailing a new quality metric that healthcare facilities may use to track their rates of timely treatment of severe hypertension during pregnancy. On this podcast, Dr. Nick Burns interviews special guest Dr. Andy Combs (Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committe…
 
In this week’s episode we chat to Rachael Rose. Rachael is a women's circle facilitator, teacher, doula and business woman. While her business is multifaceted, it is connected by a common thread of wanting to build communities, connect women and offer spaces where mothers feel less alone and more loved. As her business has evolved, she has moved in…
 
Hello beauties. Welcome back! In this week’s episode Bree and Kel get you up to speed on what has been going on behind the scenes. What Bree is doing for work and how she is feeling about it, how Kel is navigating this new stage of parenting teens, some updates on the kids, the podcast, and so much more. This is a vulnerable and imperfect conversat…
 
In April 2022, Dr. Catherine Albright interviews Dr. Sarahn Wheeler Wheeler about the SMFM Special Statement, “Race in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research - Dispelling Myths and Taking an Accurate, Antiracist Approach,” of which Dr. Wheeler is the lead author. The statement was published in the April 2022 issue of AJOG and provides specific suggestion…
 
For many couples, the return to sex after having a baby is slow, bumpy and sometimes even a little bit awkward. Between hormones, fatigue, contraception, changing bodies, unpredictable schedules and feeling touched out, there is a lot to contend with. So whether you are 12 weeks or 12 months postpartum, if you're not having much sex, you're certain…
 
Recorded: March 2022 On this podcast, Bekah Bischoff interviews special guests Dr. Kate Menard and Emily Greenwood about the history of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, the program’s current activities and objectives, and how MFMs can become involved in AIM at the institutional and state level. This is the first episode…
 
Slowly but surely, we are seeing an increased awareness of the need to prepare for birth. More and more couples are investing their time and money into hiring doulas, reading books, writing a birth plan and accessing independent birth education. We love to see it. But the truth is, that birth is just one (very very) important day in your motherhood…
 
In this week's episode, we chat to Keely. Keely is a New Zealand, born Australian raised expert, currently living in the U S as you will, hear, Keely is a bit of a Jack of all trades. She's a military wife, a mother of two, a yoga instructor health coach, and is currently working towards both her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counselling…
 
While progress is slow, more and more we are seeing a growing awareness of the term matrescence - What it means, why it matters and how it shapes our experience of motherhood. We now have a handful of experts, books, blogs, podcasts and social media accounts dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of this powerful rite of passage. As th…
 
After traveling the world for 8 years straight, Megan returned to Australia single, homeless, unemployed and pregnant. Despite her circumstances, Megan felt calm, confident and optimistic about the journey that lay ahead. After the birth of her son, Megan returned to TAFE to complete her senior years of high school. This allowed her to gain entry i…
 
MP3 Audio Version of Green-top Guideline No. 75, Cervical Cerclage, published February 2022The purpose of this guideline is to review the literature and provide evidence-based guidance on the use of cerclage in women at risk of preterm birth and second trimester loss.1. Key recommendations (0:35)2. Background and scope (03:03)3. Identification and …
 
Regardless of how you enter into motherhood, the experience of matrescence is universal. Matrescence is powerful, irreversible and will change you to your core. So the fact that your friendships might also change, should come as no surprise. And yet, it often does. The fact is, that the vast majority of women, becoming a mother changes their friend…
 
The aim of this guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations on the use of antenatal corticosteroids in women at risk of preterm birth or undergoing caesarean birth at term.1: Key Recommendations (00:50)2: Background and Scope (03:46 )3: Identification and Assessment of Evidence (06:27)4: The Benefits of Antenatal Corticosteroids (07:30)4…
 
Podcast Summary: In October 2021, SMFM’s Patient Safety and Quality published a special statement detailing a new quality metric that healthcare facilities may use to track their rates of timely treatment of severe hypertension during pregnancy. On this podcast, Dr. Nick Burns interviews special guest Dr. Andy Combs (Chair of the Patient Safety and…
 
Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Or is it? Every year it feels like Christmas costs more. This year, Australians are set to fork out $23.9 billion on everything from presents to pina coladas. But there is another cost that is rarely talked about. The cost of women’s time, energy and sanity. As Christmas draws near, women are busy wor…
 
This gorgeous meditation will help to calm an anxious mind, and help restore energetic levels during pregnancy, labour and birth. For best results listen to this meditation daily, and indulge in a some much needed "Me Time" that we all deserve during pregnancy! If you enjoyed this meditation, please do leave us a review! We also have a gorgeous bun…
 
In this episode Laura shares her knowledge and experience about physiological birth, we have the blueprint to grow our baby, and trust the process. However, Laura explains that we are moving further away from the physiological blueprint that our body holds, due to birth being managed as a medical event, when in actual fact birth is primal, wild and…
 
In this week’s episode Kel and Bree sit down together to check in, and chat about some big life changes; Building a house, moving, supporting a child with chronic unexplained illness, updates on both Kel’s doula studies and Bree’s midwifery studies, a career change.. or not, how Bree is adapting to life as a mum of two and so much more. As they wra…
 
A gorgeous episode where Sallyann shares her experience as a Doula, and how in her observations she noticed that the content in traditional antenatal classes didn't really cater much for birth partners. Following all her learnings, Sallyann decided to create a course where she would enhance the role of the birth partner, and she noticed a serious s…
 
In this episode, we talk to Brad and Tabitha Fennel. Brad and Tabitha are acupuncturists with a thriving clinic on the Gold Coast in QLD, but as you will hear, their work extends far beyond this. In their day to day work, Brad and Tabitha work with couples and individuals, helping them to reconnect with themselves and reconnect with their life. One…
 
This episode shares my healing journey with birth, fear was still very present, but I did feel more in control with the decisions that I made. Our minds are just so incredibly powerful, and it's amazing that when a seed is planted, your brain has the capacity to believe it, and will very well achieve it. If you would like to work with me, please vi…
 
In this episode, I share details about my very first pregnancy, and birthing experience to give you all a bit of context on how my journey began, and where my very own mindset was at when I became pregnant for the very first time. If you would like to work with me, please visit my website thebirthcoachcompany.com you can also follow me on Instagram…
 
In this week’s episode we chat to Sam Foster. Sam is a Midwife and Lactation Consultant experienced in all areas of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period including lactation and infant feeding. She qualified as a Midwife in the UK in 1997 and worked in the community and the hospital until she emigrated to Brisbane in 2011. Throughout the episod…
 
In today’s episode we chat to Laura, an unschooling mama to 3 beautifully wild children. Throughout the episode we talk about homeschooling and unschooling, including the logistics, the legalities and what the day to day looks like when children are in charge of their own learning. From here we dive into, what the average parent can learn from the …
 
All throughout pregnancy, midwives, GP’s, friends and strangers alike, remind us of the importance of breastfeeding. By the time women give birth, they have well and truly internalized the message that “breast is best.” However, while our society promotes breastfeeding, it does not protect it. Medical interventions, mother-baby separation, inadequa…
 
This guideline sets a series of evidence-based standards to ensure a high level and consistency of practice in the provision and performance of amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).1. Key recommendations (00:34)2. Aim (02:17)3. Background (02:52)4. Identification and assessment of evidence (05:36)5. How should care be organised in prov…
 
In this week's episode we chat to Steven Kennedy who is the founder of Birthing Dad's and the PREPARE Foundation. In his past life, Steven was a sparky, an engineer and an actor. In 2017 Steven welcomed his little boy into the world. Despite having invested heavily in birth preparation, Steven recalls this experience as being traumatic for both par…
 
When you are pregnant, it feels as though the whole world wants to weigh in on what you can eat. Or more specifically, what you can’t eat. No coffee, no alcohol, no sushi, no fun. However, once a woman gives birth there is a not so subtle shift from focusing on the mother's wellbeing, to focusing on the baby. New mother's are sleep deprived, healin…
 
In this episode, we sit down with Yara Heary, to talk about the identity shift that accompanies matrescence. Yara is a Perth Based psychologist who works exclusively with women throughout conception, pregnancy, and motherhood. Yara started Life After Birth Psychology following the birth of her first son which started her on yet another journey of s…
 
This week we discuss Antepartum haemorrhage (APH), defined as PV bleeding from or within the genital tract after 20 weeks of pregnancy until the delivery of baby. We discuss the two main causes of APH, including placenta previa and placental abruption. We outline their risk factors, as well as their management and consequences of the condition.…
 
In this week’s episode we talk to Rebecca Cefai from Growing Gently Psychology about all things parenting. As a registered psychologist with many years of experience working in the childhood development and parenting space, Rebecca was perfectly positioned for a smooth transition to motherhood. However, like everyone else, motherhood turned her wor…
 
In July 2021, SMFM's Patient Safety and Quality Committee published a new series of surgical safety checklists for cesarean delivery in AJOG. On this podcast, Dr. Nick Burns interviews Dr. Andy Combs, Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee and an author of the checklists, to learn why they were developed and how they can be used in the c…
 
In this weeks episode we chat to Caitlin Dunsford who is a women’s health physio working across both the public and private sectors in Sydney. Throughout this episode we chat to Caitlin about some of the normal changes that your core and pelvic floor undergo in order to grow and bring a baby into this world, how to take care of your pelvic floor in…
 
As a new mum, your baby's sleep habits can easily dominate conversations. Is she sleeping through the night? How often does she wake over night? Does she self soothe? Does she sleep in the cot, my baby will only sleep on me. You will ask each other overe coffee. We search the internet, books, social media and chat to other mum's in order to gage wh…
 
In this week’s episode we speak to Andrea. Andrea is a doula and birth educator who works with couples all over the globe to prepare them for birth. Andrea’s birth courses are unique in that they pay particular attention to the role of the partner- both in birth and in the months that follow. Throughout the episode we explore the role of the birth …
 
In this weeks episode we talk to a beloved member of our Brisbane birth community, Kirby Hood. @olivejuicelifestyle Kirby is a birth photographer, videographer, Doula and more and was responsible for capturing Emmy’s birth. While Kirby is well known in the birth community, few know her story. Kirby’s introduction to motherhood began when she became…
 
00:00:28 Executive Summary00:16:11 1. Purpose and Scope00:17:02 2. Introduction and background epidemiology00:21:57 3. Identification and assessment of evidence00:23:44 4. Clinical issues00:23:47 4.1. Can women at risk of collapse be identified early?00:29:15 4.2. What are the causes of maternal collapse?00:31:13 4.2.1. Haemorrhage00:32:40 4.4.2. T…
 
In this episode, we once again talk to you, our listeners. Jaimie is a student midwife from Queensland. During this episode we discuss what it is like to study as a mature age student, but also as a mother of young children. We talk about the challenges she faces as a student and a mother, and how her experiences as a mother inspired her to pursue …
 
In this episode, we catch up with Bree at 1 week post partum to talk about how she prepared for her postpartum journey and reflect on how it's going so far one week in. She talks in detail about what she did to prepare for postpartum and how it has played out. She reflects on the impact on her mental health and the things we put in place. What work…
 
In today’s episode Kel and I sit down to chat to Emily about birthing outside of the system. Emily is a mother of 2 who lives in Melbourne and works as an authentic birth keeper. Like so many birth workers, Emily had given very little thought to pregnancy and childbirth until she embarked on her own journey to fall pregnant. Following 14 months of …
 
This episode is an absolute spine tingler. Tanya is a 47 year old middle class professional and single parent. Mum of two boys, Tanya knows first hand how intense the experience of matrescence can be. Last year Tanya’s matrescence journey took a unique turn when she found out her son, a child himself at just 15, was expecting a baby with his girlfr…
 
In this episode, we discuss contraception that is currently offered to both women and men. We outline the positives and negatives of the current contraceptives and emergency contraceptive options offered, as well as outline important additional information including the success and failure rate of each. For any information regarding your contracept…
 
In this episode Bree sits down with Kel to discuss her experience sustaining a third degree (3B) tear during the homebirth of her second child, Emmy. Bree's homebirth was positive, empowering and everything she had hoped for. However despite having had an undisturbed physiological birth, Bree was surprised to realize that she wasn't experiencing th…
 
In this episode Bree sits down with her husband Matt to recount her birth story with their second child Emmy. After the positive but disempowering birth of her first child (See Episode 10), Bree knew that should they have more children she would want to have a homebirth. Long before she fell pregnant, Bree began assembling her team and planning her…
 
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