48 episodes

Motherness is a podcast dedicated to sharing mindful and empowering interviews with modern mothers and professional experts, brought to you by Skye Ross. Together, we’re shining a light on the realness of raising babies and life postpartum, from the first newborn moments to the months following and the years beyond. Motherness is an honest and empowering resource to help educate and inform parents through these diverse stories of motherhood.

Motherness Skye Ross

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Motherness is a podcast dedicated to sharing mindful and empowering interviews with modern mothers and professional experts, brought to you by Skye Ross. Together, we’re shining a light on the realness of raising babies and life postpartum, from the first newborn moments to the months following and the years beyond. Motherness is an honest and empowering resource to help educate and inform parents through these diverse stories of motherhood.

    Māmā & Milk: Clinical Nutritionist, Gina Urlich / formula vs. breastmilk, gut health, introducing solids

    Māmā & Milk: Clinical Nutritionist, Gina Urlich / formula vs. breastmilk, gut health, introducing solids

    This mini-series is proudly brought to you in partnership with Haven A2 Protein Toddler Milk Drink.

    In this episode, I speak with clinical nutritionist and mother of four, Gina Urlich about her own feeding journeys with her babies, as well as how she thinks about formula and breast milk from an expert standpoint. We discuss the differences between the two types of milk, how you can best support your baby’s gut health in their first year of life, and how we can continue to make headway on breaking down the toxicity of formula feeding culture while still promoting breastmilk as the ‘gold standard’.

    To work with Gina or her team, visit her website. You can dowload her e-book on introducing solids here too.

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    • 37 min
    Māmā & Milk: Haley Hall / cleft lip & palate baby, exclusive pumping, formula feeding, surgery

    Māmā & Milk: Haley Hall / cleft lip & palate baby, exclusive pumping, formula feeding, surgery

    This mini-series is proudly brought to you in partnership with Haven A2 Protein Toddler Milk Drink.

    Content Warning: This episode discusses anxiety. If this theme is triggering for you, please take care while you’re listening.

    In this episode, I speak with mother of one, Haley Hall about her motherhood journey with her daughter, Cerys. During her pregnancy, Haley was told that Cerys had a cleft lip and palate so today we discuss what it was like receiving that diagnosis, how their first year has been in terms of breastfeeding, pumping, formula feeding, and their surgery experience. This is a beautiful episode that Haley and I both hope will bring more awareness to cleft cuties like Cerys.

    For mental health support:
    Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa depression.org.nz or 0800 111 757Mental Health FoundationParent Help - 0800 568 856 Anxiety Phone Line - 0800 269 4389 PlunketLine - 0800 933 922 For a referral to Maternal Mental Health please contact your midwife or GP Mental Health Crisis services (for emergencies only) Follow Haley Hall on Instagram.
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    • 52 min
    Māmā & Milk: Lee-Anne Murray / breast cancer diagnosis, first year of being a mum, fed is best

    Māmā & Milk: Lee-Anne Murray / breast cancer diagnosis, first year of being a mum, fed is best

    This mini-series is proudly brought to you in partnership with Haven A2 Protein Toddler Milk Drink.

    Content Warning: This episode discusses pregnancy loss. If this theme is triggering for you, please take care while you’re listening.

    In this episode, I speak with mother of one, Lee-Anne Murray about her first year of motherhood with her son, Hugo. At 31 weeks pregnant with her rainbow baby, after multiple miscarriages, Lee-Anne was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Today, she bravely shares what impact this had on her ability to breastfeed, how she navigated treatment while adjusting to becoming a mum, how cancer has given her perspective as a parent, and what the future looks like for her health and her family.

    For pregnancy loss support:
    - Visit miscarriagesupport.org.nz
    - Visit sands.org.nz
    - Call the SANDS support line on 0508 72 63 72
    - Join the private Miscarriage Support NZ Facebook Group

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    • 40 min
    Māmā & Milk: Erena Te Paa / breastfeeding challenges, mum guilt, formula feeding

    Māmā & Milk: Erena Te Paa / breastfeeding challenges, mum guilt, formula feeding

    This Māmā & Milk mini-series is proudly brought to you in partnership with Haven A2 Protein Toddler Milk Drink.

    Content Warning: This episode discusses pregnancy loss and stillbirth. If these themes are triggering for you, please take care while you’re listening.

    In this episode, I speak with mother, stylist and writer Erena Te Paa about her motherhood journey with her three children. She lost her daughter Penny during pregnancy and went on two have her two sons, Costa and Sol. Today, we focus on her feeding experiences with her boys where she struggled with breastfeeding and went on to formula feed. We discuss mum guilt, judgement, persistence and perspective within the context of feeding and how she reflects on her journey now.

    For pregnancy loss support:
    - Visit sands.org.nz
    - Call the SANDS support line on 0508 72 63 72

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    • 52 min
    Expert: Peaceful Parenting Coach, Annaliese Erin on childhood trauma and reparenting

    Expert: Peaceful Parenting Coach, Annaliese Erin on childhood trauma and reparenting

    Content warning: This episode discusses childhood trauma and mentions sexual abuse. If any of these themes are triggering for you, please take care while you're listening.

    This is the final episode of season two and I’m so proud that it’s this one because I feel like this is the kind of conversation that sets the tone for what’s to come for Motherness. Conversations that are deeper and more evolutionary than before.
    Today’s guest is Annaliese Erin, a peaceful parenting coaching and mum to her two-year-old daughter Alaska Blue. Today she talks to her own childhood trauma and feelings of inadequacy around parenting, she never actually planned to have kids but just wait till you hear of how far she’s come. This episode is as practical as it is thoughtful. Annaleise shares strategies, tips, techniques and examples for managing behaviours and emotions - both ours and our child’s. We discuss shadow work and inner child work, self-healing, reparenting, emotional regulation, punishment vs consequences, and how to move forward from our own childhood trauma without blame.
    This episode may just be the permission slip we all need to show up for ourselves, in order to show up for our tamariki.

    To book in with Annalise for one-on-one coaching or group coaching, or to take her parenting course, visit her website.

    Resources mentioned:
    The Holistic PsychologistThe Whole Brain ChildAnnaliese's video on setting boundaries
    Help services:
    Free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor at any timeVisit the Safe to talk website (or freephone 0800 044 334) for help with sexual harmVisit the Parent Help website (or freephone 0800 568 856) for parenting advice
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Expert: Vedic Meditation teacher Georgia Vavasour / meditation for mums

    Expert: Vedic Meditation teacher Georgia Vavasour / meditation for mums

    In today's episode I'm joined by my Vedic Meditation teacher, Georgia Vavasour. We discuss how the practice works, the science behind this technique, and exactly why it’s so restorative, healing and calming for mums especially. Adaptation energy up, reactivity down. If you’re craving more calm, listening to this episode may be exactly what you need. You’re exactly where you’re meant to be.

    For a list of upcoming intro talks and Vedic Meditation courses, visit Georgia's website.

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Katiethomas05 ,

What a gift

This podcast has been like cold water on a hot day, I feel nurtured and seen throughout the discussions. I have learned so much and feel connected to a body of women who are in the same season as me - what a gift

Mama and photographer ,

Love this podcast

I just love this podcast so much. The host Skye is so gentle and full of empathy in her questions and responses . It's truly beautiful

laurenkahlia ,

Love the realness

I have really enjoyed this podcast during my pregnancy. I love hearing the honesty and different experiences of the women and Skye does a great job interviewing them and asking thoughtful questions.

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