A podcast dedicated to the beauty and brutality of new parenthood - because giving birth is just the beginning. Created by postpartum doula and cook Naomi Chrisoulakis, each week she chats to women about their postpartum experiences and asks experts to share their wisdom.
08 | Body image, bounce-back culture and the sane way to get fit and healthy, with Lyndi Cohen
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 about her experience of postpartum, as well as her thoughts on the bounce-back culture we're held hostage to after we have a baby, and how we can raise a generation of kids who have positive relationships with food and their bodies.
You can find Lyndi at www.lyndicohen.com and on instagram @nude_nutritionist
07 | Big feelings, boundaries, siblings and mother rage - the Aware Parenting approach, with Lael Stone
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 message that says we deeply love and accept all of you. For a lot of us, we received the message as children that we were loved when we were behaving well, and achieving, but when we were angry or upset or sad, love and connection was withdrawn. And then we become adults who need therapy because we have stories around not being enough."
06 | How one woman found her voice while navigating NICU and special care, with Bec Mackey
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, literally, on the floor. Her story is both illuminating in how easily women can fall through the cracks and a testament to Bec's strength in forging her own path despite serious obstacles and a lack of support.
05 | Breastfeeding, sleep, and why "lazy" parenting works, with Pinky McKay
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 author of 4 titles including Parenting By Heart and Sleeping Like a Baby. Pinky specializes in gentle parenting styles that honour mothers’ natural instincts to respond to their babies.
04 | Multigenerational, blended households and postpartum nutrition without the pressure, with Megan van Genderen
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 nutritionist--nourished herself during her postpartum.
Find Megan on insta @mvg_nutritionist and Oma @omasapplesauce
03 | Birth as a rite of passage, parenting as a spiritual practice, with Julie Tenner
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 episode, we have a juicy chat about birth and motherhood as a rite of passage, parenting as a spiritual practice and so much in between.
To connect with Julie, head to www.julietenner.love
A must listen for all expecting parents, and those navigating postpartum
Naomi’s Tales from the Fourth Trimester was such a transformative discovery for me during my pregnancy in 2019. She opened my eyes to the world of postpartum and helped me to prepare emotionally for the major transitions that were to come. In those early weeks, listening back to stories (and particularly the covid stories as I myself navigated becoming a new mum in those crazy times) was so validating. It is a must listen for all pregnant, early, and later postpartum parents (noting that postpartum is forever)! I have now moved into postpartum work myself and I am sure this led me onto that track. Love your work Naomi, and thank you x
Must listen for mums and mums to be
Love this podcast. I recommend it to all the pregnant women I know.
I love this podcast. I just wish that it was always focused on the fourth trimester (or following birth) as sometimes I feel like it’s perhaps Australian birth stories instead and the fourth trimester is such a gap and so interesting.