A podcast for women with an honest voice about the realities of living without children. It is our mission to provide a platform for this tribe, to create a supportive environment & community for Childless and Childfree women in Australia and New Zealand to share their stories and experiences. (un)Ripe is a vibrant, supportive community created for and by childless and childfree women who are anything but unRipe. A community where we can tell our stories, speak our truths, build advocacy, and find our purpose and meaning when it is not defined by for us through the role of motherhood. We’re on a mission!
(un)Ripe Episode 8 - Periods. What are they good for, anyway?
What is the point of having a period when you don’t have children? We spoke to members of our community to find out what Periods mean to them. From our over 60 year old guest Heather on who told us about “rag suspender belts” to Skye and Pen on periods that finished too early and the worst of what periods can serve up. Watch out, Penny drops the F bomb.
(un)Ripe Episode 7 - What's your Plan B? How do we find our life purpose now?
When your Plan A doesn't go as planned, what's your Plan B? What does our future hold without children? Can we Google the answer? What about Jeeves? We speak to Anne Barratt from Empowering Health about her story after IVF and a hysterectomy. Anne is a healer who employs kinesiology, EFT, counselling, hypnotherapy and a host of different modalities to help reset our minds and bodies to focus clearly on what we want for our future.
(un)Ripe Episode 6 - When did we know we were never going to be mums?
When did you know you weren’t going to have children. Did you decide or were you a fence sitter? Or maybe you didn't decide, but there was a point when you just knew. Our special guests are Dr Bronwyn Harman who is currently finalising her phD about childfree women. We also speak to friend of the podcast, Lovisa, who talks about her journey as a childfree woman, both in Sweden and in Australia.
(un)Ripe Episode 5 - What happens when all your friends have kids and you don't?
What happens to friendships when you don't have kids but they do? In this episode we share our experience of all the friendships that have been lost to motherhood over the years. If you are a mum and you’re listening we’d love to hear your thoughts on your friendships with childless women and if they fell to the wayside or how you maintained them.
(un)Ripe Episode 4 - On family events when you don't have kids
Let's talk about our families. We’re going to talk about families and the relationships we have with them as childless adults. What are those family occasions that hurt because we're childless at events that focus on families and children?
(un)Ripe Episode 3 - On our roots. An origin story.
How did our family influence our childlessness? This week's special guest, Maree, is one of four adopted siblings. We chat about her family, her mother's trauma over her own infertility, and how that influenced Maree's choices around family, relationships and children.