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Pregnancy Birth & Beyond where stories, science, traditions and new ideas meet. We work and live on Bundjalung Country, Australia.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.4 • 47 Ratings

Pregnancy Birth & Beyond where stories, science, traditions and new ideas meet. We work and live on Bundjalung Country, Australia.

Visit us at www.pbbmedia.org

    The Realities of Single Motherhood with Klyne Love

    The Realities of Single Motherhood with Klyne Love

    Today's episode is with Klyne Love, who shares generously about her experience with single motherhood throughout floods, housing crises and a lot of grief. Despite being a heavy topic, Klyne has a spirit of hope and optimism and holds a beautiful vision of a more mother-centred world, reflected in the work she does with mothers. Single motherhood has taught Klyne so much about herself, about care, community, wellbeing and complex social and cultural issues relating to how we look after each other, and how we don't. Klyne's story is so important, for all of us who wish to know how to support single mother's better, and for single mothers to know they are not alone in many of the common struggles faced when mothering without support.

    Klyne is a radical advocate for Mother-centred care and feminine embodiment. She works in postpartum education and care, having completed trainings with Julia Jones from Newborn Mothers, Sophie Ward Koren from Milk & Seed and Rachelle Garcia Seliga from Innate Traditions. She is also a Qoya teacher and ultimately these two threads weave together as sacred spaces for women to connect deeply to themselves and access their intuitive Knowing and self-healing. At the core of her work is a burning passion for a collective returning to community and thriving life (not just survival).

    She runs both in-person and online workshops.
    Connect with her here.

    Instagram: @ klyne.love
    Website: www.klyne.love

    If you loved this episode, please leave us a review or get in touch with us! @pbb_media

    • 1 hr 20 min
    'Birth Time' in Retrospect With Jerusha Sutton

    'Birth Time' in Retrospect With Jerusha Sutton

    Jerusha Sutton is a doula, birth videographer, actor, and recently, one of the faces behind the documentary 'Birth Time'.

    In this episode, Oni Blecher speaks with Jerusha about life since Birth Time; what's happening in the Birth Time movement and where key researchers are at with the aligning Birth Experiences Study.

    Enjoy this conversation and find Jerusha through





    • 51 min
    Longform episode: Maternal Mental Health

    Longform episode: Maternal Mental Health

    Welcome to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond! Today we bring you a special podcast recorded in May 2020 for World Maternal Mental Health day. Birth Trauma Awareness week 2022 just concluded with a powerful theme this year on Birth Injuries. Our panel discussion raising awareness of maternal mental and other health issues with experts and mothers is as timely and relevant as ever. We hope you enjoy todays long form discussion. For questions and comments on this podcast email us at hello@pbbmedia.org

    Our live-stream event took place on Wednesday 6th May and was streamed through Facebook live via Maternal Mental Health Matters.

    The focus for the panel discussion is celebrating mothers and marking World Maternal Mental Health Day in a positive way (prevention, solutions-based approach, support etc) - a panel of experts, practitioners and mothers coming together to discuss the latest in maternal health and wellbeing.

    Maternal Mental Health Panellists:

    * Dr Oscar Serrallach - Integrative Doctor with a special interest in maternal health and postnatal wellbeing. Dr Serrallach was the first to recognise something he termed Postnatal Depletion. The Postnatal Depletion Cure is his first book.

    * Callie Brown - Mother, Coach, writer, speaker and life enthusiast.

    * Dr Sophie Brock- Sociologist, mother, and founder of The Good Enough Mother: a podcast and platform for mothering discussion and resources. Sophie is also AMIRCI President.

    * Alecia Stains - Mother, Maternity Advocate, Director of Maternity Consumer Network and Hypnobirthing Educator.

    * Mary Kirk - Midwife and maternity advocate. Mary is Vice-President of International Confederation of Midwives and founder of Safe Motherhood For All - First Baby Campaign Inc.

    * Ella Noah Bnacroft, proud bundjalung woman, artist, published author, mentor, consultant and founder of “The Returning Indigenous Corporation”. The Returning is an Indigenous charity that brings health and wellness through a nature based approach and connection back to country led by Indigenous facilitators

    * Kirilly Dawn, Barkindji woman, doula and embodiment practitioner. Kirily is also a Development Director at PBB Media Incorporated. 

    The panel is hosted by Sally Cusack from our acclaimed Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond podcast

    Produced and directed by Annalee Atia, co-founder and Development Director at PBB Media Incorporated.

    This panel discussion was recorded on Gadigal lands on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 

    This event is brought to you by four major Australian nonprofits: Maternity Choices Australia, Safe Motherhood for All, Maternity Consumer Network and PBB Media Incorporated.

    #maternalmhmatters #birthtraumaawarenessweek

    • 2 hrs 8 min
    'Parturescence' and the birth of a parent with midwife Ella Kurz

    'Parturescence' and the birth of a parent with midwife Ella Kurz

    Dr Ella Kurz is a midwife from Ngunnawal Country in the ACT.

    Today we chat through her work in maternal and child health research at the University of Canberra, as well the term 'parturescence' she coined in her PhD to refer to the opportunities for transformation made possible through childbirth. Ella was awarded the Stephen Parker medal for outstanding thesis for this work.
    She recently co-edited the anthology What We Carry: Poetry on Childbearing (Recent Work Press, 2021) and authored My Mother is a Midwife.

    What We Carry:

    • 52 min
    Maternal eco-psychology with Allison Davis

    Maternal eco-psychology with Allison Davis

    Allison Davis joins us today from New Mexico, USA.
    Allison is a counsellor, educator and researcher of maternal mental health.
    Today we discuss the ecological domain of matrescence - learning to approach the challenges and struggles with a viewpoint of growth and transformation. We look at how our evolution can mirror the evolutionary processes of nature and how we can align ourselves with nature's desire for growth.
    Allison's work focuses on the development of mothers' psycho-ecological growth in matrescence, aiming to reframe eco-related distress as resilience, and offering a path through the mental health dangers of idealised 'green motherhood' towards lifestyles that are psychologically healthy, and ecologically sustainable.
    Through articulation and application of an ecofeminist-informed developmental approach, she fosters ecological thinking and contact with nature for psychotherapeutic healing and growth.

    She works in private practice at Mother Nature Therapy, teaches in the Master of Counseling program at Alliant International University, and researches in the Maternal Psychology Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University.


    • 1 hr 3 min
    Down to Birth Midwifery with Sarah Smits

    Down to Birth Midwifery with Sarah Smits

    Today's guest is Sarah Smits, who joins us from Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where she is learning traditional Mayan practices. Sarah is a home birth midwife, lactation consultant and body worker who incorporates her experience of travelling the world and learning about traditional midwifery practices, to provide holistic care to women and families, whilst supporting other birth workers on the path of reclaiming birthing wisdom as women’s wisdom.

    Today we discuss home birth midwifery practice, traditional approaches to maternal care, self-responsibility, community care, postpartum wellbeing and more.

    W: www.downtobirthmidwifery.com
    Instagram @down_to_birth_midwifery
    Details for The Midwife Project Guatemaya
    Website: www.midwifeproject.net
    Go fund me: www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-midwife-project-guatemaya

    To our wonderful listeners.
    We love hearing from you and receiving your notes, questions and ideas.. how do you feel about this episode?
    If you have any questions/comments at any time about this, other interviews or our work at PBB Media, get in touch. You can email us through hello@pbbmedia.org or catch us on socials @pbb_media.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

WellingtonReview ,


Thank you for the diversity! Love how comprehensive this podcast is, very insightful.

Linsxan ,


Important (and painful) for us midwives to hear these stories so that we can collectively help to make sure that the situations described NEVER happen again. Also appreciate your profound statement “Our nervous systems find it very difficult to differentiate between trauma that is being currently lived to trauma that is being relived and as social beings we have very relatable nervous systems so we relate to others when they’re in pain especially women towards others and women towards women and women who’ve experienced childbirth as well”

az2019az ,

Highly recommend this

Very insightful content!

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