59 episodes

Talking all things early parenthood. Postpartum like a boss is brought to you by Gemma Smith, in unfiltered conversation with parents about the inevitable highs, lows and genuine WTFs of the transition to parenthood.

Postpartum like a boss Gemma Smith

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Talking all things early parenthood. Postpartum like a boss is brought to you by Gemma Smith, in unfiltered conversation with parents about the inevitable highs, lows and genuine WTFs of the transition to parenthood.

    58 | Chat series - On prep for daycare, kindy and school parenting - With Kathryn @_motherup

    58 | Chat series - On prep for daycare, kindy and school parenting - With Kathryn @_motherup

    In the very first episode of my new 'Chat series' on the podcast - I team up with guest co-host Kathryn @_motherup to chat through a big end of year topic for many early years parents - preparing for daycare, kindy (pre-school) or primary school parenthood. 
    Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    - Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    Connect with Kathryn 
    - @_motherup on Instagram 
    Trigger warnings
    This episode discusses chronic illness, fertility complications, pregnancy loss, significant perinatal mental health challenges and infant hospitalisation/ illness. 
    Disclaimer
    Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    57 | Exploring isolation in motherhood - With Gemma Smith

    57 | Exploring isolation in motherhood - With Gemma Smith

    In this episode I explore the many ways new and expectant parents might feel isolated in the perinatal period. This includes discussion around isolation: 
    Physically/ geographically From experiences/ hobbies Within relationships Regarding purpose I also share several top mental health and connectivity tips/ things to try when feeling isolated during this time. 
    Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    – Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    As discussed in the episode:
    Insight Timer App
    COPE groups and resources
    PANDA helpline and resources
    Gidget virtual village
    Online mother's group for rural mothers
    Disclaimer
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    • 44 min
    56 | Motherhood on the land - With Steph Trethewy @motherlandaustralia

    56 | Motherhood on the land - With Steph Trethewy @motherlandaustralia

    In this episode we are lucky to hear from Steph Trethewey. Steph is a mother of two, journalist, author, podcast host and the founder of @motherlandaustralia, a national charity supporting and connecting rural mothers. In this episode Steph and I chat about her: 
    Journalism career pre-children   Very challenging first postpartum experience   Feelings of isolation that deepened upon moving to rural Tasmania as a new mother  Creation of the Motherland podcast and online mother's groups for her own mental health and to help others Journey as Motherland has grown, writing her first book and soon to be hosting the first Motherland national conference in March 2024.  Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    – Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    Connect with Steph 
    - Website: https://motherlandaustralia.com.au/
    - Instagram: @motherlandaustralia
    Disclaimer

    Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening.

    • 59 min
    55 | Practical parenting support - With Sarah Bolitho @securefoundations

    55 | Practical parenting support - With Sarah Bolitho @securefoundations

    In this episode we are lucky to be joined by Sarah Bolitho, a Master's qualified Child & Family Play Therapist, mother of three and founder of @securefoundations. In this episode we chat about: 
    Sarah's work in child protection prior to parenthood and how this interacted with her early parenting experiences  Sarah's birth experiences, in particular her difficult first birth and subsequent challenging transition to infant parenthood  How Sarah's study of play therapy transformed the way she interacted with parenting challenges Examples of parenting challenges and solutions (with things such as: intergenerational parenting behaviours, reparenting, triggers from/ how to help difficult behaviours displayed by children) Sarah provides through her @securefoundations courses and community.  Why support for parents is key for thriving parent-child relationships, families and communities.  A big thanks to Sarah for her time and willingness to share her personal and professional experiences of successfully navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of early parenthood. 
    Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    – Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    Connect with Sarah: 
    - Website: https://www.securefoundations.com.au/
    - Instagram: @securefoundations
    Trigger warnings
    This episode discusses parental death, birth trauma and a raft of child protection issues such as child sexual abuse, neglect and removal. 
    Disclaimer

    Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    54| Strength, fertility challenges and motherhood - With Sally @fitphilosophyau

    54| Strength, fertility challenges and motherhood - With Sally @fitphilosophyau

    In this episode we are lucky to be joined by Sally, personal trainer of 17 years, mother of two and the owner of perinatal specific fitness providers @fitphilosophyau. In this episode I chat with Sally all about her:
    Life as a PT in Europe pre-motherhood  Several year fertility journey Pregnancy losses Experience of motherhood after loss  Feelings of strength and connection gained from perinatal exercise.  Thank you Sally for your willingness to share so openly about a lot of challenging experiences. 
    Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    – Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    Connect with Sally: 
    - Website: https://fitphilosophy.com.au/
    - Instagram: @fitphilosophyau
    Also discussed: 
    Dr Sophie Brock
    Trigger warnings
    This episode discusses multiple pregnancy losses, cervical cancer, postpartum depression and stillbirth. 

    Disclaimer

    Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    53 | Feeling comfortable in your skin - With @jodiplumbleyphotography

    53 | Feeling comfortable in your skin - With @jodiplumbleyphotography

    In this episode we are lucky enough to be joined by boudoir and branding photographer @jodiplumbleyphotography. In this ep Jodi and I chat all things: 
    - How Jodi's experience of becoming a mother influenced her choice to pursue her passion in photography
    - How that passion evolved naturally into empowering women through boudoir work 
    - Common reservations about booking a boudoir shoot 
    - What a boudoir shoot is actually like before, during and after (including my experience of working with Jodi)
    - Tips for feeling more comfortable in your skin
    Thanks Jodi for being on the podcast, being a top notch human and for my beautiful photos! 
    Resources:

    1:1 Counselling support

    – Book a 1:1 counselling session with Gemma today

    Connect with Jodi: 
    - Website: www.jodiplumbley.com 
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jodiplumbleyphotography/
    - List of Recommended Books + Inspiring People to Follow: https://www.jodiplumbley.com/resources
    - "Embrace Documentary" by Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt can be viewed on Netflix and Seven Plus.  
    - Jodi didn't mention this in the pod, but Taryn has also written a book about helping foster positive body image for kids which is a great resource for parents. Also, here is some information on the Embrace Kids documentary currently in production - https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/embrace-kids/
    - Gemma is currently listening to the 'Reclaiming the feminine' program by Kimberley Ann Johnson.

    Disclaimer

    Please read my full disclaimer prior to listening.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Interesting listening

Gemma covers a wide range of perinatal topics with interesting guests. The frequency of the podcasts is great also.

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