One woman’s mission to end the stigma around leaks and lumps after childbirth. Honest chat about incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Not a trampoline in sight. Hosted by Helen Ledwick.
Vaginal Pessaries: A Deep Dive
Ring, Gellhorn, Donut, Cube, Shaatz, Gehrung: they might sound like Trolls' characters, but they are, in fact, types of vaginal pessaries. Helen speaks to the pessary expert and 'Pelvic Angel', Gaynor Morgan for an overview of what's available, how to try one and the incredible story of how she came to invent her own.
Pop Club 2
Pop Club is back! Helen catches up with 'Skye' and 'Jess' -- friends with pelvic organ prolapse who keep each other smiling. There's a new baby, talk of surgery and reflections on birth trauma and mental health...and a ban on mirrors.
Pelvic Floor Gadgets (Vadgets)
Wands. Cones. Probes. Biofeedback. Stimulators. Shorts. Apps. Weights. Chairs. Video Games?! Helen speaks to the pelvic health physiotherapist and self-confessed gadget nerd, Amanda Savage, for an overview of pelvic floor tech.
Helen chats to Dr Jan Russell, a listener with a prolapse, a coach, a grandmother, an author and, in her own words, 'a feisty old crone'. Jan talks about pelvic organ prolapse after menopause, the shock of finding out the day before her 60th birthday and learning how to manage it all with good humour.
Having Another Baby After Prolapse
Having another baby when you have pelvic organ prolapse. There are just so many unknowns. Will pregnancy make your prolapse worse? Would it be better to have a caesarian? Helen speaks to the pelvic health physio, Clare Bourne, who has a prolapse and has gone on to have a second child.
Helen is joined by Peace Bailey, a mother of two who lives in Spain and blogs about moving there from the UK. She shares posts on Instagram about motherhood, race and faith. But she's also chosen to speak out about nighttime urinary incontinence, or bed wetting, which she experienced after childbirth. They discuss the stigma around pelvic floor dysfunction, how hard it is to access good information, and how mums owe it to themselves to get help.
Amazing. Thank you!
SO glad I found this podcast. Only 2 episodes in (thanks 8m old riot) & it’s amazing to hear these issues spoken about so openly & honestly. Everyone preps for the birth itself, and the caring for a newborn bit, but why, at no point in my pregnancy, was the word prolapse ever mentioned!!!? Glad you’re opening up these conversations (particularly in a northern accent!)
Why Mums Don’t Jump
This is brilliant.... taboo busting & done so honestly. Made me laugh & brought me to tears. Makes you question yet again why women’s ‘problems’ get such low medical & social priority. Helen Ledwick is a great journalist & broadcaster. And what a voice!
Wonderful and a breath fresh air!
As a Women’s Health Physiotherapist and a mum with a prolapse I can honestly say this podcast is fantastic! Thank you