Growing is a podcast brought to you by Beth Ryan - midwife, business owner and Mum. Beth chats all things pregnancy, birth, baby-life and the realities of modern motherhood. Want to learn the in’s and out’s of pregnancy? Keen to feel prepared for birth? Wondering how on earth you are going to care for your baby AND maintain a sense of self? Join Beth every Monday and Wednesday for bite-sized episodes designed to help you feel seen and excited during this season of profound growth.
E64: Overseas travel with a toddler - Here’s what I’ve learnt
In this episode host Beth shares her key learnings from a recent overseas trip with her 2.5 year old. If you are planning to travel with young kids or babies, this is a must listen. Beth shares what worked on the plane, what didn’t and how you can manage your expectations to set you up for an enjoyable trip. In this episode Beth mentioned a couple of key pieces of equipment including the BabyZen YoYo Travel Pram, the Kooshy Kids inflatable foot stool,and the Tula Toddler Carrier.
A huge thank you to this week's podcast sponsor, Gro-To Skincare. If your little one is experiencing dry or flaky skin, I highly recommend giving Skin Wizard a go. You can get your hands on Skin-Wizard and the entire adorable Gro-To range in-store at Coles or online. When shopping online, get 15% off using the code GROWING15. For all of you Go-To lovers, this code is applicable site-wide so go forth and stock up!
E63: Being a Twin Mama with Kate Bloom
In this episode, host Beth sits down with Kate - mum of three and postpartum doula to talk about all things twins.
Kate shares generously about her experience becoming a twin mama including what it was like to find out, how this changed her plans for a home birth, how she prepared her home to welcome two newborns and the ways in which her and her medical team collaborated to ensure her birth experience was a positive one.
There is so much wisdom in this episode, specifically about the power of letting go in motherhood. If you’re pregnant with twins or otherwise, you will love this episode.
Kate also shares some of her ‘must-have’ resources for twin life including the My Breast Friend Feeding Pillow , Baby Bjorn Bouncers and The Holistic Guide to Twin Pregnancy by BreAnn Blenhm. Make sure you follow Kate on IG @katebloomdoula
Pregnant and looking to get educated and prepared? Beth and her team offer a range of incredible classes both online and face-to-face. Head to www.powerbirthcourse.com.au to book yours.
E62: What’s it like to give birth in the US? How does the maternity system differ from here in Australia? A chat with Labour & Delivery Nurse, Liesel
In this episode, host Beth is joined by the incredible Liesel, who you may know by her Instagram handle, @mommy.labornurse
Liesel is not only an experienced labour and delivery nurse from the US, she has been educating in the online space for years and has supported thousands of families to prepare for birth with her incredible resources.
Liesel joins Beth today for a candid chat about what you can expect within the American maternity system and both Beth and Liesel answer questions submitted by Liesel’s online community, which explore some of the differences and similarities for mama’s on opposite sides of the world.
This chat is super informative no matter where you are based and a must listen if you are pregnant and curious about birthing in the hospital system.
We also want to say a HUGE thank you to our episode sponsor Gro-To.
As a Growing listener you can enjoy 15% off site wide (yep! that means you can get a discount on your favourite Go-To products too!) using our exclusive discount code GROWING15.
This code is valid from November 1 to midnight 29th November when you spend $60 or more.
If you prefer shopping in-store, Gro-To is also available at coles, which makes it easy to grab as part of your regular shop.
We are absolutely loving Sud-Bud, Skin-Wizard and my personal favourite, the ‘Two-in-Fun’ detangling shampoo. Thank you so much Gro-To for supporting this episode of Growing.
E61: Single Motherhood By Choice With Alexandra Collier
In this episode of Growing, host Beth sits down with Alexandra Collier, an award-winning Melbourne writer who alongside an amazing career is a solo mum by choice.
Ally’s memoir Inconceivable details her journey into motherhood after waking up one day with a strong urge to start a family, a goal that her partner didn’t share.
In this chat, Ally shares what it was like to return to her parents home, age 37, heartbroken and yearning to be a mum, the joys and challenges of eventually realising that dream and provides insight into how we can better support people in non-traditional family structures to thrive.
Beth absolutely loved this chat. Ally is warm, funny and incredibly clever. A must listen!
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E60: Birthing with confidence: shifting mindsets to be the best birth partner
Well hey! On the agenda for today’s episode of Growing, host Beth steps you through what birth partners and support people can and should be doing to shift their mindset and step up as the BEST possible support person.
Beth explains the importance of supporting from a place of confidence and trust rather than fear and lets you in on a powerful mindset shift that will change the way you look at birth support.
This episode is a must listen for anyone preparing to give birth AND anyone preparing to support a loved one in labour.
These strategies and techniques are just some of the tools Beth teaches in her childbirth education course PowerBirth®, an incredible resource for expectant parents and available both online and face-to-face. You can learn more at www.powerbirthcourse.com.au
A HUGE thank you to one of Beth’s all-time favourite baby brands and sponsor of today’s episode ergoPouch. ErgoPouch have just launched their gorgeous holiday sleepwear collection just in time for school holidays… and a much-needed vacay! Inspired by the warmth of the sunny rays and our underwater friends, they’re perfect for a good night’s sleep after a day at the beach!
If you’re a long-time listener, you’ll know that Pops and I are big fans of ergoPouch – their certified organic tog-rated sleepwear keeps our girl comfy overnight all year long, ensuring she’s neither over-heating nor cold. With the weather warming up, you can simply use their handy ‘What to Wear’ guide to quickly work out how to dress your baby for bed according to the temperature.
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E59: Navigating conflicting advice in the newborn period
As a new parent, have you ever wondered…why am I receiving SO much conflicting advice. When it comes to newborn care and early parenting it can feel like everyone has a different opinion.
In this episode Beth breaks down the ‘why’ and provides some insight into how you can cut through the noise and make decisions that feel right for you.
Within this chat, Beth mentions some of her favourite, reliable resources that can help with decision-making in parenthood. These are listed below:
Eat Pray Sleep by Dr. Preeya Alexander (GP and Mum!)
The Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Raising Children Network
La Leche League (Breastfeeding support)
Unicef Infant Formula and Responsive Feeding Guideline (Formula support)
Sick Happens (Navigating Inevitable Childhood Illness)
Lactation and Infant Feeding Resource with Susie Prout
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