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When we become mothers, we experience profound change across every area of our lives, all at once. These shifts are called matrescence - the developmental process of becoming a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a developmental process that takes time, compassion and support. When we lean into the process intentionally, it can also lead to incredible personal growth, healing and deeper connection with ourselves. Welcome to the Dear Mama Project. I’m your host Nikki McCahon, I’m a mama, Matrescence Educator and Women’s Life Cycle Guide. Join me for a weekly podcast where I explore how you can embrace mothering as a catalyst for personal and spiritual transformation. © Copyright Dear Mama Project™ 2020 - See terms and conditions on website

Dear Mama Project Nikki McCahon

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    • 4.3 • 3 Ratings

When we become mothers, we experience profound change across every area of our lives, all at once. These shifts are called matrescence - the developmental process of becoming a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a developmental process that takes time, compassion and support. When we lean into the process intentionally, it can also lead to incredible personal growth, healing and deeper connection with ourselves. Welcome to the Dear Mama Project. I’m your host Nikki McCahon, I’m a mama, Matrescence Educator and Women’s Life Cycle Guide. Join me for a weekly podcast where I explore how you can embrace mothering as a catalyst for personal and spiritual transformation. © Copyright Dear Mama Project™ 2020 - See terms and conditions on website

    A life update for Dear Mama...

    A life update for Dear Mama...

    **Trigger warning this episode talks about pregnancy loss**
    In this episode I update you on everything that has been happening both professionally and personally, as 2020 was really a year for me to navigate personal challenges. I vulnerably share about my grief after losing a pregnancy and how this triggered a domino effect of grief, change and ultimate healing of my relationships.
    I open up about why I decided to take a step back over the last 12 months to focus on doing my own inner work so as to be in integrity with leading Alignment and how moving through this process has really shaped a more potent and transformative program for women. 
    Coming out of the fog of such a deeply personal shift gifts immense clarity around what is fulfilling + lights up my soul, this is what I will be carrying forward into Dear Mama Project.. announcing a teacher training to come in 2022 as well as other exciting programs also, let's do this! 
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignmentwaitlist
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/som

    • 20 min
    Healing Trauma, The Fourth Trimester and Sex with Kimberly Johnson

    Healing Trauma, The Fourth Trimester and Sex with Kimberly Johnson

    In this episode I chat to Kimberly Johnson about how women truly need to be supported in the fourth trimester, sex and intimacy after having children as well as her forthcoming  book Call of The Wild.

    Kimberly Johnson is a Sexological body worker, somatic body practitioner, yoga teacher, post partum advocate and solo Mama, author of The Fourth Trimester, she works hands on in women's integrative health helping women heal from sexual trauma and birth injuries. 

    Hear her passion for spreading awareness of Mothers putting their own needs first as well as opening up the conversation about sex and intimacy after children, Kimberly flips the paradigm to ask us what it actually looks like being able to receive sex that fuels and gives us more energy?

    A truly inspiring and expansive dicussion!

    Kimberly:
    Website: https://kimberlyannjohnson.com
    Inner Jaguar course: https://kimberlyannjohnson.com/activate-your-inner-jaguar/
    Call of the wild book: https://www.booktopia.com.au/call-of-the-wild-kimberly-ann-johnson/book/9780062970909.html
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberly.ann.johnson/

    Nikki
    Website: https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    Alignment waitlist: https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignmentwaitlist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkimccahon/ 

    • 1 hr
    The importance of processing birth trauma & grief with Dr Erin Bowe

    The importance of processing birth trauma & grief with Dr Erin Bowe

    Dr Erin is a clinical psychologist and mother, who specialises in birth grief and trauma. Bowe speaks from her own experience of having two births that did not go according to plan and how this shifted her work and focus to help women and their families in this under-supported area.  In this episode Dr Bowe cleans up the confusion of what trauma actually means and even though she didn't want to be the poster girl for birth trauma she shares her unique perspectives on the importance of processing the grief. 
    With alarming rates of up to one in three Australian women having experienced birth trauma and one in 10 women who emerge from childbirth with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I delve into the impact experienced by our partners and support people, with Dr Bowe giving some key takeaways on how to hold yourself with compassion + love.  We also talk about Erin's new book 'More Than A Healthy Baby'. 
    Dr Erin Bowe
    Website: https://doctorerin.com.au/
    Book: More Than A Healthy Baby - Birth Trauma Book

    Nikki
    Website: https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    Alignment waitlist: https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignmentwaitlist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkimccahon

    • 49 min
    Re-release: Tips for managing tough days

    Re-release: Tips for managing tough days

    In this episode I share my favourite tips for managing tough days. We all have tough days, but it's much easier when we have strategies and practices we can call on to help us through.

    Register for the FREE Matrescence & Self Compassion Masterclass here: https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/freemasterclass

    Share your insights & takeaways from the episode here:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkimccahon/

    Website: https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    Alignment waitlist: https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignmentwaitlist

    • 31 min
    'Mum Brain' - how your brain changes through pregnancy and parenting with Dr Jodi Pawluski

    'Mum Brain' - how your brain changes through pregnancy and parenting with Dr Jodi Pawluski

    In this episode I speak with Jodi Pawluski, a neuroscientist, psychotherapist and mother of 2. 
    For more than 15 years, her research has focused on the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of maternal mental illness and antidepressant medications on mother and offspring. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about her research findings as well as the fascinating effects of motherhood on the brain. 
    Dr Pawluski is passionate about increasing our understanding of the amazing things our brains do when we parent. You can find her talking more about this with other leading researchers in the field on her podcast Mommy Brain Revisited. 
    In this episode we explore the way our brains are changed and shaped through pregnancy and parenting. I find this topic incredibly fascinating, and I hope that you enjoy it too! 
    Jodi website  www.jodipawluski.com
    Jodi Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mommybrain.revisited/
    Nikki instagram https://www.instagram.com/nikkimccahon/
    Alignment https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignment
    Morning ritual e-book https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/morning-ritual
    Website https://www.nikkimccahon.com

    • 48 min
    Matrescence Tale - Jen Butler | three children, identity, achievement in motherhood

    Matrescence Tale - Jen Butler | three children, identity, achievement in motherhood

    In this episode of the Dear Mama Project I chat with Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and  all round Early Parenting Support Wonder-Woman Jen Butler.

    At the time of recording Jen was 31 weeks pregnant with her third child so we dived into the reflections of becoming a first time Mum and how moving into it for a third time, hindsight has gifted her more love and compassion for the shifts that are about to happen. 

    Jen shares with us the validation she felt upon hearing about the word Matrescence for the first time and how it perfectly described her journey into Motherhood,  unpacking the issue of identity as a Mother and reflecting on how it impacted Jen's  sense of self, questioning her feelings of who she was as a woman, mother and wife.

    We also talk about the fact that the work of Mothers can feel utterly invalidating because the completion loop never reaches accomplishment... from this Jen shares the most liberating thing a Mum can come to realise.

    Jen Butler  https://www.jenniferbutler.com.au/home-page
    Jen Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jenbutlerearlyparenting/

    Nikki instagram https://www.instagram.com/nikkimccahon/
    Discover Matrescence https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence
    Alignment https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/alignment
    Website https://www.nikkimccahon.com

    • 50 min

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Lindsay K-Madsen ,

Love this show !

I have been binging these honest , soulful episodes. I love the messaging , inspiring guests , and so many more things that my tired mama brain can’t think to write . Listening to these is like having a a really insightful , caring friend in the car with me. Thank you Nikki for creating this podcast !! @the.madsen.littles

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