Throughout my journey of pregnancy, labour and parenting, I’ve chosen the less travelled path of doing things more naturally. We have all fallen into patterns from societies conditioning and expectations, but I realised there was often another way of doing things. Tune in to hear me share what I’ve learnt on being guided by intuition and living more in alignment with nature.
Changing the culture around postpartum
For this episode I sit down with one of my best friends, Lucy Brooking, who is about to have her first baby. We dive deep into the lack of tradition, ritual and knowledge that our society holds around the importance of the postpartum period, especially the first forty days. Our conversation stems from two main books - Golden Month by Jenny Allison & The First Forty Days by Heng Ou. Learning more about this is helpful whether you’re pregnant yourself or someone close to you is and you want to know how best to support them. We share about the importance of rest, warmth, support, nourishment and massage, as well as how to ask for and accept this sort of help. You should be treated like a queen during this vulnerable time and come out the other side feeling strong and healthy, physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
How to end a beautiful breastfeeding journey
Fern has been eating food for a long time but we have continued to breastfeed as well. When I was ready for this to end I found it really hard to find information that aligned with my parenting style, so I hope what I share in this episode is helpful. There were a few tricks I found along the way that I share, as well as how the journey looked for us and things I would have done differently in hindsight. We started with night time weaning, then day and finally stopping the bed time/going to sleep feeds.
Natural Health (Part 3)
In this final episode of the natural health series I delve into the natural medicines that I’ve found helpful to support myself and my family when sick - high dosage vitamin C, elderberry, homeopathy, rongoā, traditional chinese medicine, breast milk, skin on skin etc. I also discuss fever and why it’s best to let it run rather than suppress it, along with a basic step by step guide of how to best nurse a sick child. To finish I share our experience of when Fern had the common childhood illness pertussis (whooping cough) and how we got through it.
Natural Health (Part 2)
In part two I share about the importance of prevention when it comes to health. This episode contains a lot of information on how the diet you feed your kid/s for the first few years of their lives has a MASSIVE impact on their health, both now and as adults. I also touch on the after effects of giving your child synthetic medicines, including vaccines. I end with sharing my own personal reasons for not vaccinating my daughter from the research I’ve done.
Natural Health (Part 1)
I wanted to share my knowledge on what I’ve learnt about helping to maintain your baby or child’s health in a natural way. I believe that modern medicine should be a last resort or just for use in emergencies. But the rest of the time, our extraordinary bodies are very much capable of healing themselves, if we simply allow them to.
In part one I share how I came to view health in this way, and talk about why mindset is so important when it comes to natural health.
Lessons from Nature
Life has changed significantly since my last episode, with Covid19 having a huge effect worldwide. Here in Aotearoa we’ve been in full lockdown for almost a month now. So I wanted to share an update on what that’s been like for us, and also finish by telling an unexpected story.
Great podcast about natural pregnancy & parenting
24 weeks prego and binge listening...love it!!
This is a great podcast for soon to be or new moms interested in natural child rearing!
I absolutely love listening to this her voice and these topics. I’m a fellow crunchy mama and I adore her outlook on life.