Hosted by Stephanie Trethewey.
Motherland shares real, raw and unbelievable stories of motherhood told by women on the land.
Each week a mum from somewhere in rural Australia shares her story including an honest account of what it's like raising kids in the country.
You'll hear stories of true grit, resilience, grief and pure joy. Motherhood is the most life changing and transformative journey a woman can go through, and it's not always easy.
So it's time to talk. No matter where you live or what you do, we're in this together and you're not alone.
Episode 50: Karen Brock
For Motherland's 50th episode, I catch up with Karen Brock, Tasmania's Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year.
She's known for her incredible work in the horticulture industry as a plant tissue culture specialist, but her personal story as a woman and as a mother has never been told like this. It's a deep and dark look into the domestic violence she endured in her first marriage while living on the land, plus her incredible motherhood journey, and how she turned everything around.
This is her story.
SPONSOR: This week's episode is supported by Beetanicals.
Beetanical produces award-winning beeswax balms which harness the healing properties of Mother Nature using 100% natural beeswax, Australian honey and native botanical ingredients. They're gifting Motherland listeners a free honey with every order placed in October - simply use the code 'MOTHERLAND' at the checkout. Head to www.beetanicals.com.au
Episode 49: Libby Creek
This week I catch up with Libby Creek from South Australia. This Thursday is International Rural Women's Day, and Libby's story certainly has a global flavour. From Kangaroo Island to Kazakhstan- what she's seen and achieved in the beef industry is inspiring. She's juggled the demands of work with motherhood from across the globe and suffered enormous heartache along the way including losing her daughter to leukemia earlier this year. This is her story.
SPONSOR: For many women, fertility and the road to having children can be long, emotional and lonely. Rural mum and author Benita Bensch knows it all too well, which is why she's created The Art of Trying Mindset Mentorship program - she offers personalised coaching and a supportive community for rural women struggling with fertility. Visit www.theartoftrying.com.au
Episode 48: Phoebe Neuendorf
This week, I catch up with rural mum Phoebe Neuendorf from Queensland. For this Brisbane born beauty, her love affair with the land began when she swiped right on Tinder and met her match! Her and her husband have a beautiful one year old boy Angus who has achondroplasia; the most common form of dwarfism. October is Dwarfism Awareness Month and Phoebe is very passionate about educating more people about the condition, and how it's impacted her motherhood journey. This is her story.
SPONSOR: Today's episode is supported by rural clothing brand Billie & Grace. Their Spring/Summer collection launches online next Thursday October 15. It's a beautiful nostalgic, yet contemporary range filled with beautiful fabrics. Head to https://billieandgrace.com.au to stay up to date, and keep your eyes peeled for their new collection!
Episode 47: Felicity Blore
This week I catch up with rural mum Felicity Blore from Victoria, a survivor in so many ways. The mum of two had a terrifying near death experience after a car accident during the 2011 Queensland floods. When it comes to motherhood, both her girls made a very dramatic entrance into the world, and there's been hurdle after hurdle since. Felicity has also battled crippling postnatal depression, postnatal anxiety and OCD.
She's an incredible woman. This is her story.
Episode 46: Jo Morgan-French
This week, I catch up with rural mum and dairy farmer Jo Morgan French from North West Tasmania. Jo spent 11 years in the army, with several overseas deployments including six months in Afghanistan when her first child was just nine months old. Her experience is a powerful one that smashes many female stereotypes. She's a woman who never wanted kids, or a big white wedding, and chose to leave her family and serve overseas. This is her story.
SPONSOR: This week's episode is supported by rural Queensland Mum Benita Bensch. Benita struggled with fertility for years, and it was a journey that nearly broke her. She kept an intimate journal over those years and has turned that into a compelling, bestselling book called the Art of Trying. You can grab a copy for 15% off using the code Motherland15. Head to www.theartoftrying.com.au.
Episode 45: Grace Dawn
This week, I catch up with rural mum Grace Dawn from the Northern Territory. Grace grew up just 45 minutes from Sydney, but now lives on a remote property 400km from Katherine. As a first time mum, she admits the isolation has been crippling at times, and she opens up very honestly about what it's been like navigating motherhood while battling anxiety.
This is her story.
SPONSOR: This week's episode is sponsored by A Mental Note. A Mental Note is a unique mental wellness service developed for rural women. Head to www.amentalnote.com.au to book your free 15 minute chat with Zoe Jackson. Mention Motherland when you catch up, and you'll get 15% off your first full session!
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Amazing, gripping and so engaging
I’m not a mother, yet, but listening to Stephanie’s podcast has raised some interesting points I hadn’t even thought about! Motherland podcast it full of amazing, resilient and hardworking women within the agricultural industry!
What a podcast. Every interview is compelling to listen to. Thank you for giving rural mums a place to share their stories. Every episode is a must-listen.
Thanks for the wonderful stories of Australian women. Just listened to the episode with Felicity- what a woman! 💚