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.
87 | Season 2 coming soon + a little life update from me
86 | "I wanted my baby born into an Aboriginal context" - Bridget Brennan on Indigenous maternal care, grief, and birth during COVID
In this week's episode, Bridget Brennan, journalist and former Europe correspondent for the ABC, tells her story of returning from London mid-pandemic to become a first-time mother. Despite moving back in large part for family support, border closures put an end to that plan. And after the crushing realisation that her mother wouldn't be able to be with her for the birth and postpartum, her father passed away just a day after her little boy was born.
We talk about everything from the incredible Malabar midwives program for indigenous women, breastfeeding struggles, mothers group, what happened when Bridget's husband returned to work, sleep angst, asking for help and lots more.
Malabar Midwives: https://www.royalwomen.org.au/areas-of-the-royal/departments/malabar-midwifery-services
Rhea Dempsey: https://www.birthingwisdom.com.au/
85 | Siblings and babies and big feelings, oh my! With respectful parenting coach Alex Emms
Going from one child to two was without a doubt the hardest part of my fourth trimester this time around, and I know I'm not alone. Whether it's your second child or your sixth, the change of family dynamics is a big shift that is keenly felt by our older children (and us!). In this episode, respectful parenting coach Alex Emms (@kidsflourish) shares her wisdom as she goes through this shift herself, as a mum of a 3 year old and an 8 week old.
Find Alex at www.kidsflourish.net
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84 | "The body keeps the score" - Jess, on sexual trauma, PNDA and conquering her past
Jess, a mum of one with another little one on the way, shares her rollercoaster postpartum and how she conquered anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. With the help of a counsellor, she found the link between a past sexual trauma in her twenties and her birth trauma, processed it and is now expecting her second child.
If this brings up anything for you, please consider talking to a counsellor on the PANDA helpline: 1300 726 306 (Monday-Saturday 9am-7.30pm AEDT)
83 | "My postpartum transformed me" - Mel Richardson
Melanie Richardson shares how she went from a self-confessed control freak to surrender in this episode. We talk bedsharing, mother guilt, sex (or lack thereof), overactive pelvic floor and lots more.
82 | Starting solids with Boob to Food's Luka McCabe
When should you start a baby on solids? What are the best first foods? How do you time it with milk feeds? What's the deal with baby led weaning and purees?
I asked Luka McCabe--midwife, mum and nutrition consultant--to share some of her extensive wisdom on how to feed our tiny people and I learned a ton!
Order her book, Milk to Meals, at www.boobtofood.com and follow her on Instagram @boobtofood