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Motherhood changes us. As the generation who were told we could do anything and be anything we want to be, accepting the changes that come with motherhood can be very difficult. Our priorities shift, our definition of success evolves, and we find ourselves questioning our addiction to busy-ness. Who are we now? And can we be the best mamas without completely losing ourselves along the way? The Happy Mama Movement is a collection of interviews and insights with real mamas around the world, reflecting on mindfulness, real connection, and the realities of being a modern day mama.

Happy Mama Movement with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Motherhood changes us. As the generation who were told we could do anything and be anything we want to be, accepting the changes that come with motherhood can be very difficult. Our priorities shift, our definition of success evolves, and we find ourselves questioning our addiction to busy-ness. Who are we now? And can we be the best mamas without completely losing ourselves along the way? The Happy Mama Movement is a collection of interviews and insights with real mamas around the world, reflecting on mindfulness, real connection, and the realities of being a modern day mama.

    Ep #147 - Radical body acceptance with Dr Rebecca Ray

    Ep #147 - Radical body acceptance with Dr Rebecca Ray

    Our bodies are the source and creator of motherhood.
    They are the vessel for the gifts of our children.
    But what happens when our body doesn't follow the 'plan' of pregnancy and birth?
    What happens when you feel your body let you down,
    or is now changed forever?

    Dr Rebecca Ray is one of the most beautiful and insightful writers on instagram at the moment - and is known for her radical self-acceptance work.

    But in this interview on her journey into and through motherhood, she opens up like never before - sharing her struggles with her body during fertility treatment, then pregnancy and then post-birth.

    And in the process, breaks down the expectation that we should 'love' our bodies, and instead invites us to radically reimagine our relationship with the body that made us mothers.

    For the complete list of instagram accounts Dr Ray suggests to follow for body confidence and acceptance, go to the podcast notes at amytaylorkabbaz.com

    And follow Dr Ray's beautiful words on instagram, and her books and programs here.

    • 29 min
    Ep #146 - The Inner Split

    Ep #146 - The Inner Split

    For many years after my first child was born, I struggled with trying to find the balance between who I was before my children arrived, and being a mama.
    It was as if I was a mass of contradiction -
    on the one hand, I wanted nothing more than to give myself to my children, dedicated to their wellbeing and happiness.
    But on the other, I craved my space, my independence, the dreams I had worked so hard to achieve.

    It wasn't until years later, in my research into matrescence, that I discovered what this was -
    and how normal it really is.

    I call it The Inner Split.
    And it explains how you can both love being a mama, and struggle with it at the same time.

    If you'd like to know more about your own Inner Split, take a look at The Birth of You online program.

    And if you're feeling called to share matrescence and the Inner Split with the world, register for the Mama Rising training coming up in September 2020.

    • 13 min
    Ep #145 - The liminal space in motherhood with Jessie Harrold

    Ep #145 - The liminal space in motherhood with Jessie Harrold

    It's the space in between.
    It's the not who you used to be, and not quite who you will be yet.
    It's the darkness and the opportunity.
    And as my guest in this episode describes it: it's the liminal space in motherhood.

    Jessie Harrold is a couch, doula and author. She has been working with women for more than a decade, supporting them through the rites of passage of womanhood - especially motherhood.

    As she outlines in this interview, there is a sacred space for a woman when she becomes a mother that must be deeply respected and honoured - and if we don't hold that for her, she will feel lonely, unsure, and lost.

    So how do we safely move through this time?
    How can you honour your own uncertain moments in motherhood?
    This is a beautiful insight into the rituals and support we all need in matrescence.

    You can read more about Jessie's work here. And if you'd like to learn more about how to support women through matrescence, register here for the Mama Rising training coming up early September.

    • 30 min
    Ep #144 - Loving your way back with Allison Hillery

    Ep #144 - Loving your way back with Allison Hillery

    Sometimes, the most profound changes in our life come from the most simple ideas. This week's podcast is a living example of that.

    Allison Hillery is a mama of two girls. When she found herself pregnant with her second baby while still trying to understand the realities of the physical challenges her first baby was born with, Allison says she entered a time of deep darkness.

    Without her usual support and guides around her, and unable to heal from the first baby before diving back into pregnancy again, she was diagnosed with post-natal depression.

    Something she now describes as 'the beginning of my awakening.'

    Her way back from the darkness?
    Loving kindness - for herself and everyone else.

    It's a simple idea, but practiced daily, can completely transform a life. As I have seen it do with Allison.

    This episode will inspire you to see your own challenges as classrooms, and your heart as the most powerful anchor there is.

    You can find out more about Allison on instagram and Facebook.

    • 31 min
    Ep #143 - What about the Dads? with Julie Borninkhof

    Ep #143 - What about the Dads? with Julie Borninkhof

    If matrescence is the transformation of a woman as she becomes a mother - is there something called 'patrescence' for the dads?
    Do men go through a similar identity shift?
    This is something I am constantly asked.

    Of course, the transition a woman goes through is unique - her transformation is physical, emotional, economic, social and spiritual. There is nothing it does not touch.
    But if we are to revolutionise the way we support and honour the transition into motherhood, do we also need to consider the changes a father goes through that might also have been overlooked and missed?

    If you've ever wanted to better understand how a man feels about fatherhood, felt resentment or anger towards your partner as you figure out parenting, or tried to support a man in early parenthood, this interview is for you.

    PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia - have been gathering the data and stories of fathers, and have found that one in ten fathers will experience postnatal anxiety or depression. They have also discovered that the level of overwhelm has increased in fathers since COVID-19, just as it has in mothers.

    In this interview, I speak with Julie Borninkhof, the CEO of PANDA, as she highlights that it's not just the system around mothers that needs to change - it's for the Dads too.

    You can find out more about the support for dads, and complete a mental health checklist, at PANDA.org.au or How is Dad Going.

    • 33 min
    Ep #142 - Newborn Mothers and the Rising Feminine with Julia Jones

    Ep #142 - Newborn Mothers and the Rising Feminine with Julia Jones

    Many years ago, I began to explore postpartum support, the fourth trimester and motherhood with Julia Jones. At the time, she was running a pilot training of her postpartum doula training, and I was all in.

    Years later, this work still influences me in so many ways.

    Julia is a pioneer in the way we honour the transition into motherhood. But more than that, she reminds us that the way we honour motherhood is a reflection on our society.
    If we allow this period to be nurturing and nourishing, and change the way we transition and support mamas, then we will change our world.

    This podcast is both a call to action and a gentle reminder that, no matter what stage of mamahood you're at, you can honour yourself differently. And by doing that - change the world.

    You can learn more about Julia Jones' work at Newborn Mothers.
    And you can register your interest for my world-first training on teaching and sharing matrescence here.

    • 35 min

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