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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 ...
 
When we become mothers, we experience profound change across every area of our lives, all at once. These shifts are called matrescence - the developmental process of becoming a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a developmental process that takes time, compassion and support. When we lean into the process intentionally, it can also lead to incredible personal growth, healing and deeper connection with ourselves. Welcome to the Dear Mama Project. I’m your host Nikki McCahon, I’m a mama, ...
 
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ABCs of Matrescence

Motherhood from A to Z with Emma & Mackenzie

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Welcome to ABCs of Matresence, a podcast all about the world of real motherhood hosted by two mamas, Emma and Mackenzie. The word matrescence is the contraction of maternity and adolescence; it is a term that describes the process of becoming a mother. Covering everything from infertility and conception, to pregnancy, postpartum and parenting, Emma and Mackenzie discuss the daily ins and outs of what it means to be a mama in the 2020s. Tune in as they discuss this season of matrescence with ...
 
Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of ‘Mastering Your Mean Girl’, ‘Open Wide’, ‘PurposeFULL’ and ‘Comparisonitis’. Named a 'self-help guru' by Elle Magazine, her mission is to inspire women to create the most exciting and meaningful life possible. Each episode, Melissa brings you inspiring interviews with thought leaders from around the world to shift your mindset, propel you into action, and fuel your soul. Find out more at MelissaAmbrosini.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and ...
 
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Motherhood can be hard for EVERY single one of us, and if you feel like you’re silently struggling in this area you are not alone. I’m so excited to be introducing you to Laura and Megan from The Matrescence, and if you’re not sure what this word means, don’t worry because we talk all about the meaning behind the name and the very personal mission …
 
Do you long to create a wildly abundant, inspiring, fulfilling life… but you’re not quite sure where to start? Want powerful tools and techniques that you can add to your daily routine to unlock new levels of joy, beauty and peace in your life? And would you love to know a proven process for overcoming negative beliefs so that you can see yourself …
 
You asked, and here it is — a deep-dive episode on COVID-19, vaccines, immunity, and more. To assist us in this deep-dive, we’re joined by Donnie Yance, an internationally known master herbalist and nutritionist who’s been writing on the topic of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Donnie has answers for all those burning questions that have been ru…
 
Ask and you shall receive! Molly joins the podcast as a “real mom” from our community with her compelling story. She gives details on advocating for herself in the delivery room (with the help of her doula Amy :)), tips for protecting her peace on social media while struggling with PCOS and infertility, where she sets boundaries and allows for spac…
 
Now more than ever, we’re seeking answers. We’re hungry for truth. Our souls and spirits are craving more — more meaning, more connection, more awakening… So in this podcast, we’re doing something radical: we’re rewinding the clock. Because today’s guests, Gregory Martin and Jihii Jolly, have a powerful message. They say that the knowledge, answers…
 
“Come on, we never hang out anymore. What would one drink hurt?” The pressure around drinking is still relevant for many women in our community. For some it’s not an issue where others feel the heaviness of saying ‘yes’ out of obligation even though their gut is saying “no”. In this episode with Michelle Smith from @recoveryisthenewblack, we dive i…
 
“We live in troubled times.” “We’re more divided than ever.” “There’s only one right answer.” … We’ve all heard these things said over the past two years (maybe you’ve even said them yourself) — but are they actually true? What lies beneath the surface of these blanket statements? And what divine opportunities are we missing when we opt for certain…
 
Happy New Year HERself listeners! We start this year with some inspiration and prompts to help you reframe your thoughts around some of life’s biggest stressors. Whether it’s a last minute change of plans, the demands from everyone everywhere, the tiny tasks that add up to big overwhelm, or feeling the monotony of life… this episode will help you p…
 
Prepare yourself for truthbombs and ‘aha’ moments galore — Q&A is back! Once again, Nick and I are joining forces behind the mic — this time, to discuss all things RELATIONSHIPS and SELF LOVE. If you’ve listened to any of our Q&A sessions before, you’ll know that we deliver maximum truth, depth and transparency in all our conversations, and this ep…
 
We brought back Molly Millwood’s episode this week! Molly was our first author to join the podcast and our first book club author for HERself. Her message is an important one for any stage of motherhood and is one of our most listened to episodes to date. If you have read her incredible book To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern…
 
At first glance, it might seem that being a Hollywood actress would make living a life of spirituality, consciousness and body acceptance quite challenging… but then, Torrey DeVitto has always been up for a challenge. In an industry not known for fostering self worth or healthy body image, actress and activist Torrey (best known for her roles on Va…
 
Mental health therapist Kate Borsato joins us on the podcast as we bring back her episode from late 2020. Different year, same struggles for many as we dive into pandemic stress, postpartum anxiety and the identity shift that motherhood brings. These conversations need to happen and this podcast is the perfect platform for them. So in today's episo…
 
Why are we so addicted to stuff? How come our hunger for possessions is causing us to be sick and unhappy, yet we still want more? And how might our lives be better with less? To help answer these soul-striking questions, I’m bringing out the big guns — yep, I’m chatting with none other than The Minimalists themselves — a.k.a Joshua Fields Millburn…
 
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…
 
Eve Rodsky joins the podcast to talk on the unfair division of household labor. As women, we are doing ⅔ of the work at home… even for those who have working roles outside the home. And it’s up to us to change the script within our own homes to help our next generation see a new way of playing fair. Learn and unlearn with us on this important conve…
 
What happens to a woman when she becomes a mother? Amy Taylor-Kabbaz spent more than a decade trying to find an answer to this question. Finally, she heard a word that summed it up perfectly: ‘matrescence’. We’ve all heard of ‘adolescence’, and we know how transformative (and even tumultuous) this transitional time can be. But not many people have …
 
Brooke from @nuitrition.for.mamas gives our audience the information we wish we had years ago in regards to nutrition, food freedom, and body image. As a registered dietitian who has struggles with insecurities in the past, Brooke speaks in a way that is warm, inviting, but also has the facts. If you are looking at where to start with intuitive eat…
 
You asked, and we’re answering — yep, it’s time for another round of Q&A. Nick is joining me behind the mic for an epic conversation that’s guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and give you a whole heap of powerful ideas, strategies, tips, hacks and techniques to try out across all areas of your life. Press play to hear Nick’s latest diet…
 
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…
 
If you have been around here for a while, you know we are always learning and growing. Through taking courses, listening to podcasts, and reading books, we are able to infuse new information into our lives every day. And this week we learned something new from @estherperelofficial and it sparked the idea for this podcast. It’s easy to fall into see…
 
You don’t get to choose your DNA. But you CAN choose to live your life in a way that’s best for your unique genetic makeup. In this episode, I’m chatting with Kashif Khan about the tremendous amount of valuable information that can be gleaned from our DNA, along with how these insights can be used to create a kind of “personalised instruction manua…
 
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…
 
We read Nedra Glover Tawwab’s book “Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself” as a group in our Patreon Book Club a few months ago. Together we learned where we can improve on our “no” responses to give more power to the “YES!”. And today, we dive into the details of her book and boundaries in general. We have answers to the famil…
 
Hormones are at the root of so many health issues that women face in today’s world. And yet most of us feel completely clueless as to how our hormones function, how to get them working for us (rather than against us), and how to overcome the vast array of symptoms that they can cause — from adrenal fatigue and brain fog, to irregular periods and pe…
 
Jess from @ourmamavillage joins the podcast this week to inspire our listeners. As a registered psychotherapist and mother, she teaches parents how to respond to children with gentleness and respect. If you’re feeling the pressure to have the perfect script and the correct answer right when the tough discussions come up, this episode welcomes you w…
 
Do you LOVE a good biohack? If so, you — and your pineal gland — are going to be blown away by this hugely inspiring episode with Dr John Lieurance, a chiropractor, naturopath, and author of the new book ‘Melatonin: Miracle Molecule’. In this hugely inspiring episode, John is putting the spotlight on melatonin and it’s vast range of health benefits…
 
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…
 
Communication, compromise and financial transparency are keys to a healthy marriage. But it’s not always easy. Today we meet with Jackie Combs who details out the conversations and financial measures to take in marriage and partnership. These are discussions to have proactively as well as ongoing to help create success. If you are considering a div…
 
In today’s episode I’m chatting to Monique Harding - who is also known as the relatable therapist on instagram - about self esteem and self worth. Monique is the owner of Ritual Counselling & Family Therapy - a relationship focussed psychological counselling practice based in Burleigh Heads. She is passionate about taking a family of origin and ear…
 
We are back this week with another special episode. Instead of focusing exclusively on motherhood, I, Mackenzie, am presenting Part II of an incredible interview that I had the opportunity to do with my father. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Part I, be sure to tune into the previous episode, Episode 41. They say that becoming a parent all…
 
Want to learn the exact steps to manifest your heart’s desires and turn your dreams into reality? Cassandra Bodzak joins me on the show today to talk about all aspects of manifesting — including how to open yourself up to the energy of the universe, how to overcome common blocks, and how to create the change you want to see. Even though I’ve been a…
 
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 …
 
We are celebrating today! 100 episodes in and loving where these episodes have taken us. This week we have Kat Herro, our third partner at @pursuingherpurpose, interviewing us about this journey. We dive into lessons learned, some of our favorite episodes, how they have impacted our family and what’s to come ahead. Whether this is your first episod…
 
This episode is a special one. Instead of focusing exclusively on motherhood, I, Mackenzie, am presenting Part I of an incredible interview that I had the opportunity to do with my father. They say that becoming a parent allows you to see your own parents in a whole new light. In my case, that light shines and shimmers with the admiration that I ha…
 
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…
 
Want to ensure that your home is a space that promotes health and wellbeing — and isn’t secretly harming your family’s health? In this episode, I’m chatting with intuitive building biologist Gerard Bini to discover the simple, practical steps we can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the hidden sources of radiation that could otherwi…
 
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