43 episodes

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.

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Dear Mama Project Nikki McCahon

    • Parenting
    • 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

    Body Image for Mums with Dr Zali Yager

    Body Image for Mums with Dr Zali Yager

    Full show notes: www.dearmamaproject.com/podcastepisodes/43
    Dear Mama website: www.dearmamaproject.com
    Cocooned postpartum guide: https://www.nikkimccahon.com/cocooned

    • 34 min
    Matrescence Tale - Steph Trethewey | Identity Change, Career Changes, Rural Living, Relationships

    Matrescence Tale - Steph Trethewey | Identity Change, Career Changes, Rural Living, Relationships

    Full show notes: www.dearmamaproject.com/podcastepisodes/42
    Find Steph here: the motherland podcast.
    Cocooned waitlist here: https://www.nikkimccahon.com/cocoonedwaitlist

    • 47 min
    Matrescence Tale - Dannii Reed | Single Motherhood, Dating, High Risk Pregnancy and Personal Growth

    Matrescence Tale - Dannii Reed | Single Motherhood, Dating, High Risk Pregnancy and Personal Growth

    For the full show notes visit the website: www.dearmamaproject.com/podcastepisodes/41
    "Cocooned" waitlist: https://www.nikkimccahon.com/cocoonedwaitlist

    • 52 min
    How Astrology can help us understand our little ones with Brooke Macqueen from Various Friends

    How Astrology can help us understand our little ones with Brooke Macqueen from Various Friends

    Full show notes: https://www.dearmamaproject.com/podcastepisodes/40

    • 25 min
    Matrescence Tales - Sarah Marie Fahd

    Matrescence Tales - Sarah Marie Fahd

    Todays episode is a matrescence tale with Sarah Marie Fahd. Sarah Marie is a make-up artist and commentator on Channel Ten's Googlebox and during the episode I chat to Sarah Marie about her own transformation and growth through becoming a mama.

    Sarah Marie and her husband welcomed her son Malik in 2019, and little Malik makes a special appearance in the episode.

    You can find Sarah Marie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahmariemakeup/?hl=en

    Dear Mama Project Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dearmamaproject/?hl=en

    Dear Mama Website: https://www.dearmamaproject.com

    • 39 min
    Scary Thoughts? You're Not Alone with Dr Caroline Boyd

    Scary Thoughts? You're Not Alone with Dr Caroline Boyd

    **Trigger warning** discussion of intrusive, unwanted and distressing harm thoughts about baby.

    In today's episode I'm interviewing Dr Caroline Boyd, a clinical psychologist and expert on intrusive harm thoughts experienced by mothers. Dr Caroline has completed research on the prevalence of unwanted, intrusive harm thoughts amongst new mothers, and found accidental harm thoughts (something happening to baby) are almost universal amongst new mothers and 1 in 2 mothers experience unwanted intentional harm thoughts.

    Dr Caroline Boyd's research showed that whilst these thoughts are incredibly common, talking about it isn't, and that can add to the distress experienced. My intention in sharing this episode is to open up a conversation about this in the hope that doing so will help break the stigma and allow you to start talking about this within your own support networks and with the mothers you know.

    In the episode I talk to Caroline about her research including:

    •What intrusive/harm thoughts are
    •Carolines research regarding the prevalence of unwanted harm thoughts amongst new mothers
    •The 'perfect mother myth' and how this contributes to our experience of unwanted harm thoughts
    •How to manage harm thoughts and intrusive thoughts
    •When and how to seek help

    You can reach Dr Caroline Boyd at https://drcarolineboyd.com/ where she offers video therapy or through Instagram @_drboyd where she writes about harm thoughts and parenting.
    Dear Mama Project website can be found here: https://www.dearmamaproject.com/podcastepisodes/38

    Caroline also wanted to mention that dads also experience intrusive thoughts, at a slightly lesser degree than mothers.

    If this episode has brought up any concerns for you, or if you are of help and support, please visit your GP or contact:
    Australia: PANDA Hotline: 1300 726 306 and website: https://www.panda.org.au
    United Kingdom: PaNDAs - 0808 1961 776 and website: https://pandasfoundation.org.uk
    United States of America: Postpartum Support International: 1800 944 4773(4PPD) and website: https://www.postpartum.net

    In case of emergency:
    Australia: 000
    United Kingdom: 999
    United States of America: 911

    • 44 min

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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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