Briony Goodsell is a doula, yoga teacher, intuitive bodyworker, women’s circle facilitator, photographer and mama. She is a weaver of the womens’ mysteries, gatherer of ancient feminine wisdom, holder of sacred spaces and a guide for reconnecting women with their sacred womb wisdom and power.
And if that doesn’t make you excited to learn from this wise woman, I don’t know what will!
Briony was also my postpartum doula, and remains my much-loved friend and mentor. In today’s episode, she and I talk about:
Briony’s experience of eating disorder and infertility, and how this led her on a journey to learn about her body’s wisdom and to find her calling as a yoga teacher, body worker and doula
Briony’s experience of postpartum depression in early motherhood, and how she gradually found her feet as a mama by learning to stop looking to external experts, to get out of her head, and to trust her own intuition as a mama
The link between connecting with and understanding our menstrual cycles, and trusting our bodies in birth
The concept of "matrescence", and how having an awareness of the transformation a woman goes through during the transition into motherhood before it happens can help to alleviate overwhelm and confusion
The challenges of mothering in our modern times and the pressures this places on women and on relationships
The relationship between the health of mothers and Mother Earth, and how rituals like burying our baby’s placenta can help to heal the earth and restore the balance of the Divine Feminine in all of us
I always feel so reassured just by being in Briony’s space, and I know you’re going to feel her beautiful energy through your headphones.
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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:
Grab your copy of my free guide, 'The Four Things you Actually Need to Know to Prepare for a Physiologic ("Natural") Birth'
"The Gentle Sleep Book", Sarah Ockwell Smith
CONNECT WITH BRIONY
At her website, www.thenestingplace.com.au
On Instagram here or Facebook here
Until next time - stay wild, mamas!
Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens
Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.
Cover image by Briony Goodsell.
I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.