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It's the season finale, and I hope you enjoy this conversation with Dr Sophie Brock as much as I did. Sophie is a mother and a sociologist, and she believes that the ‘social’ lens of understanding Motherhood is a critical part of the revolution in Motherhood. Her vision is for a Motherhood liberated from patriarchal structural constraints, and a pr…
 
Pthalates, BPAs, triclosan, oh my! When we get pregnant and have a baby, we want to avoid anything that could be harmful - which is why it's so devastating to realise that toxins linked to everything from developing alleriges and asthma to the damage of sex organs in fetuses are found in so many everyday items. When Alexx Stuart started learning ab…
 
Lyndi Cohen is a dietician, nutritionist and mum to an 8 month old, who used to struggle with food and her weight - and she's open about how pregnancy and postpartum have challenged her all over again. I love Lyndi's BS-free approach to wellbeing, both mental and physical, and her commitment to calling out diet culture. In this episode, we talk abo…
 
I'm joined by Lael Stone (https://laelstone.com.au/) on this episode to talk all things Aware Parenting and how it can help us find a happy middle ground between authoritarian and permissive parenting, through holding space, setting loving limits, meeting our own needs, and working through our own baggage. I love Lael! "We want to send them a messa…
 
In this episode, mum of two Bec Mackey shares how her second birth and immediate postpartum made her and her baby "square pegs in round holes" in the hospital system. Complications during the birth, her determination to establish breastfeeding and Covid restrictions eventuated in Bec being forced to navigate the system in a way that left her, liter…
 
Pinky McKay is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected babycare experts. In this episode, we talk about Pinky's own experience mothering four children and shutting out the "shoulds", what to expect from breastfeeding and baby sleep, and "lazy" parenting. She’s an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and best-selling …
 
Megan van Genderen is a mother of two, stepmother of two and full time carer of her mother in law, who has dementia and Alzheimer's. Her fourth trimester with her second child was, let's say, a little different given her family makeup - they all live under one roof. In this episode, we talk about the challenges she's faced, and how she--as a nutrit…
 
Julie Tenner is a mother of four, an experienced facilitator of deep women’s work, a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, counsellor, doula, intimacy and relationships coach and co-host of the Nourishing the Mother podcast. Julie’s wisdom has been such an influence on my parenting journey, and I’m so honoured to have her on the podcast. In this epi…
 
Today I'm chatting to Kate Thomson about how her professional experience as a midwife and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor informed her postpartum, and how she helps other women. ~ Traditional Chinese medicine protocol for postpartum ~ food prep ~ home birth ~ breast feeding supply issues ~ donor milk ~ matrescence And heaps more. Find Kate here…
 
Ninety two per cent of parents report increased disagreements with their partner in their first year of family. Sixty seven per cent are less happy in their relationship. And relationship concerns are a leading cause of anxiety or depression in pregnancy and early parenthood – affecting as many as 1 in 3 mothers and 1 in 5 dads. Enter Elly Taylor, …
 
In this week's episode, Bridget Brennan, journalist and former Europe correspondent for the ABC, tells her story of returning from London mid-pandemic to become a first-time mother. Despite moving back in large part for family support, border closures put an end to that plan. And after the crushing realisation that her mother wouldn't be able to be…
 
Going from one child to two was without a doubt the hardest part of my fourth trimester this time around, and I know I'm not alone. Whether it's your second child or your sixth, the change of family dynamics is a big shift that is keenly felt by our older children (and us!). In this episode, respectful parenting coach Alex Emms (@kidsflourish) shar…
 
Jess, a mum of one with another little one on the way, shares her rollercoaster postpartum and how she conquered anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. With the help of a counsellor, she found the link between a past sexual trauma in her twenties and her birth trauma, processed it and is now expecting her second child. If this brings up anythin…
 
When should you start a baby on solids? What are the best first foods? How do you time it with milk feeds? What's the deal with baby led weaning and purees? I asked Luka McCabe--midwife, mum and nutrition consultant--to share some of her extensive wisdom on how to feed our tiny people and I learned a ton! Order her book, Milk to Meals, at www.boobt…
 
I'm thrilled to have renowned neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton join me for this episode. He's a wealth of knowledge, so I asked for his take on two questions that occupy new parents' minds: what's going on with my babies sleep? And do they have reflux? I found his take on both these issues both reassuring and revolutionary when I first came…
 
In this ep, Gabby - an old friend and yoga teacher - discusses her two really different first and second births (one hospital and one home birth) and postpartums (one that she didn't feel ready for and the next that she was very supported through). We chat about everything from placenta previa to breastfeeding and mum guilt, birth trauma and the st…
 
Rosie Ricketson is an artist and mother from Braidwood, New South Wales, and she offers women holistic pregnancy and postpartum support, education and coaching. In this episode, she shares the work she did and the support she set up to have a positive postpartum period with her daughter. To find out more about Rosie and how you can work with her: w…
 
Okay, you're past the first few months of motherhood, and you're just feeling... a bit crap. Listen in to hear the signs of postnatal depletion, what the physiological markers are and what exactly to do about it with naturopath, postpartum doula and mum of two, Kate Harrison. Because, as Kate says, you don't want feeling like crap to be your new no…
 
Amber Giles is a journalist and mum of one, and in this episode she shares her experience of discovering pre-eclampsia during labour, successful breastfeeding, postpartum anxiety - and what happened when she didn't feel that in-love buzz she'd expected. Amber chats about how she got through a tricky start with the help of her partner, family, frien…
 
Kyra Lee is a social worker who specialises in working with pregnant women and new parents in difficult circumstances - and when she fell pregnant herself, she had to work hard to let go of all the trauma and worst-case-scenarios that she'd seen and heard. In this episode, we talk about hypnobirthing, her labour (induction, postpartum haemorrhage, …
 
Rhiann McGarry describes her fourth trimester as "treacherous". An older first time mum, she endured multiple losses before having an ultimately successful and smooth IVF pregnancy... only to be faced with a lonely and shocking fourth trimester - shocking, she says, because her expectations were way off, her baby was unsettled and not fond of sleep…
 
How does a nurse, midwife and Calmbirth educator do birth and beyond? In this week's episode, Jen Troy of Seasons of Mama joins me to share it all - and her top tips. If you're pregnant, this ones a must listen! Find Jenna (and her beautiful products, including affirmation cards) at @seasons_of_mama She's kindly shared a 15% off code for listeners,…
 
ICU nurse and mum of one, Elle Blanks, had an "amazing" first three months of motherhood, thanks to investing in her postpartum period, both by nurturing herself and allowing others to nurture her. In this episode, Elle chats to me about her experience with IVF, the birth of her little boy, and how despite breastfeeding issues, sleep deprivation an…
 
It's home birth awareness week, so I wanted to share this story - one of the many positive home birth stories i soaked up as I prepared to birth my son. Zoe's two postpartums were quite different, and she attributes a lot of that to the way she birthed. Enjoy!By Naomi Chrisoulakis
 
Bernadette Lack is a midwife, personal trainer, mum and pelvic floor expert--she has helped hundreds of women sort out their post-baby pelvic floors with her Core and Floor Restore programs. Here, she shares her own experience with incontinence, pregnancy, home birth, and restoring her pelvic floor health... and gives plenty of tips on how you can …
 
Fellow postpartum doula and mother of one Emmeline Tyler shares her experience of what it's been like for her to go through pregnancy, birth and postpartum as an autistic woman. Tune in to hear about her surprise pregnancy, living and working in Arnhem Land, and her positive birth experience. Emmeline has a background in anthropology and linguistic…
 
Robin McLeavy is a doula, hypnobirthing educator and actor who is able to articulate the experience of becoming a mother like no one else. Our conversation spans birth and postpartum, of course, but then we went into home birth, feminism, matrilineage, the mother wound, raising boys, parenting styles, gender politics, relationships and oh so much m…
 
So often we think of postpartum as a six week period that ends with a GP check. Why aren't we talking more about the massive shift that occurs for women way beyond those early weeks? Whatever you want to call it: psychological, spiritual, psychic... the identity shake up is real, and so is the change of pace. This week Anne-Marie joins me for a cha…
 
Dietician Renee Jennings joins me on the podcast to chat about all things nutrition - she specialises in maternal health and is a mum herself. When she was pregnant with her first baby, she thought she knew all the right things to eat, but she's since discovered some surprising menu items that she's now incorporating into her second pregnancy, and …
 
It's taken me a few weeks to get my head around Cormac's birth: after a long, slow wait for his arrival at 42 weeks (on top of the pregnancy that took me through the horror bushfire season and the start of the pandemic) and a measured start to labour, at the end it was all fast and furious. Amazing but also confusing: what just happened? How did I …
 
Tara Ali is a writer and mother of two, and in this episode she shares her two very different postpartums: her first baby was born after eight years of trying to conceive, and five rounds of IVF. When she fell pregnant with her second child, she found herself facing serious relationship challenges. Listen in to hear how she navigated complex issues…
 
Arianna Taboada is a Maternal Health Consultant for entrepreneurs: she helps make their maternity leave and transition to motherhood smoother – while keeping their business thriving. Whether you work for yourself or someone else, what we're focusing on in today's episode could totally change the way you think about planning for your postpartum... i…
 
How do you prepare for postpartum when you know your baby will be born with health challenges? In this episode, I chat to Emma Emmanuel, who's a mum to a one year old little boy and has had a bumpy ride to parenthood. She went through IVF, followed by severe ovarian hyperstimulation... and then found out that her little one was going to be born wit…
 
Rachael Hollinger is a postpartum doula and chef who lives and looks after women in Pennsylvania - and she's one of the loudest advocates for the nourishment and nurturing of new mamas. In this episode, we chat about the state of postpartum care, what we'd love to see happening for women at this sacred time, what new mums can do to look after thems…
 
Nadine Richardson is Australia's leading birth educator and the founder of She Births, the only scientifically proven antenatal course that demonstrates significantly reduced need for pain medication, ceasarean section and tears. In this episode, I'm chatting to Nadine about her own birth preparation and postpartum, as why she believes the principl…
 
Arabella Hampshire is a health coach, Pilates teacher and mum of two--and in this episode, we chat about how she unexpectedly fell pregnant just five months into a new relationship, her two very different births and postpartums and how anxiety and disordered eating have impacted her motherhood experiences. Plus! Don't miss her advice on exercising …
 
My third trimester has been a ride! In this ep, recorded at 38 weeks pregnant, I'm talking (to myself) about what's been going down over the last three months or so, and how I've been preparing for birth and postpartum on a practical, emotional and psychological level. From what I've bought and what birth education I'm doing to who I've enlisted fo…
 
I've never met Ashe in person, but I'm quite convinced she's the funniest woman I know. Because I am sure I know her, in a weird way - the way she writes about mothering, and her kids and her partner and her mother and her life is just so uncomfortably familiar that I'm quite sure we're destined to be best friends, if only she'd realise Sydney is b…
 
Lily Nichols is an influential prenatal/postpartum dietician and nutritionist who has made a name for herself by diving deep into the research and rethinking evidence-based ideas for eating in pregnancy and beyond. What she's discovered is that much of the advice given to pregnant women and new mums is outdated, not tailored for the needs of mother…
 
Career-focused but keen to start a family, Sarah Grant found herself having a whirlwind romance, engagement and pregnancy within a year. She found first-time motherhood a little tricky to adjust to - but it was nothing compared to when she subsequently welcomed her second daughter into the world. In this episode, she shares how she dealt with havin…
 
In this episode, Kate shares just how worried she was about getting pregnant, giving birth and becoming a mother - and how it all turned out better than she could have hoped. While she hadn't put much thought into her postpartum, circumstances put her into a position where she was able to ease into early parenthood with a quiet and peaceful fourth …
 
There are many ways to feed a baby, and while many of us hope to breastfeed, it's not always the easiest thing. Alana Adye had breastfeeding issues from the beginning--nevertheless, she persisted. She sought help, eventually deciding to exclusively pump her milk for her little one... and then, by the time we had our chat, her baby finally learned h…
 
Babies cost money - but how much exactly, and whether it will stress you out or you'll sail through, depends on your choices and planning. In this ep, I chat to financial advisor Rebecca Pritchard, a mum of one who takes us through what she did and offers advice on where to save and what conversations to have that will help avoid common relationshi…
 
Fiona MacDonald is a journalist and CEO of ScienceAlert - a job she was offered when she was 10 weeks pregnant with her first baby. It meant she would need to return to work, slowly, before her baby turned three months, but Fiona embraced the opportunity... and thrived. She shares her experience with an elective caesarian, avoiding visitors, choosi…
 
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