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Becoming a mother leaves no woman as it found her, it unravels and rebuilds her, it cracks her open, takes her to her edges, it’s both beautiful and brutal often at the same time. This transformation has a name; matrescence. The monumental shift a woman experiences through becoming and being a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a time of radical transformation; physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. However unlike adolescence, matrescence remains largely unacknowledged in mainstream culture. And it’s time for that to change. Welcome to Seasons of Matrescence - The Podcast, where we explore the changing seasons of becoming, and being a mother. I’m your guide, Nikki McCahon, mother, matrescence educator and womens life cycle guide. Let’s explore the transformative potential of matrescence and change the conversation about motherhood, together. © Copyright Dear Mama Project™ 2020 - See podcast terms and conditions on website

Seasons of Matrescence - The Podcast Nikki McCahon

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Becoming a mother leaves no woman as it found her, it unravels and rebuilds her, it cracks her open, takes her to her edges, it’s both beautiful and brutal often at the same time. This transformation has a name; matrescence. The monumental shift a woman experiences through becoming and being a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a time of radical transformation; physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. However unlike adolescence, matrescence remains largely unacknowledged in mainstream culture. And it’s time for that to change. Welcome to Seasons of Matrescence - The Podcast, where we explore the changing seasons of becoming, and being a mother. I’m your guide, Nikki McCahon, mother, matrescence educator and womens life cycle guide. Let’s explore the transformative potential of matrescence and change the conversation about motherhood, together. © Copyright Dear Mama Project™ 2020 - See podcast terms and conditions on website

    We're Back! Let's catch up on the last 18 months (and our new name!)

    We're Back! Let's catch up on the last 18 months (and our new name!)

    We're back! With a new name and look and the same powerful conversations about matrescence, motherhood and personal development you've come to know.

    In this episode I'm catching you up on:
    Why I took a break from podcasting + why I’ve come back What I’ve been doing over the last 18 months Why the change of name from 'Dear Mama Project' to 'Seasons of Matrescence - the podcast'What you can expect from the podcast going forward My intention to make this collaborative and a two way conversationI'd love to know how this episode lands with you, send me a DM on my Instagram @nikkimccahon or via email hello@nikkimccahon.com - I'd love to hear from you 

    I'd be so grateful if you could leave a written review for the podcast to help support the re-launch and ensure the podcast reaches more mothers who need to hear these conversations.


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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 33 min
    Childhood Trauma, The Nervous System and Mothering with Cath Counihan

    Childhood Trauma, The Nervous System and Mothering with Cath Counihan

    Catherine Counihan is an Integrative Psychotherapist with over 12 years of clinical experience, working in private practice in London. She specialises in complex trauma, perfectionism, nervous system healing, shifting dysfunctional patterns in our families and parenting. 

    Cath had done a lot of personal trauma therapy prior to kids and, despite this, was set back to emotional ground zero by motherhood. One of her areas of expertise is exploring and understanding how our own childhoods impact our parenting journey.

    Cath also writes, teaches and hosts  the weekly podcast 'Grow Yourself Up' focused on how we can learn to tend to ourselves in adulthood when we have not had our needs met as children and the way that parenting can challenge our ability to do this.

    In this episode I sit down with Cath and have a very gentle, compassionate and open hearted conversation about the ways in which experiences of childhood trauma can shape and impact how we experience mothering and raising children. 

    We cover a lot of ground in this episode, 
    The ways in which childhood trauma can impact and shape our experience of mothering and raising children We talk about the nervous system and our window of tolerance and how trauma can travel through families and generations Why playing with your children can be feel overwhelming or dysregulating The power of rupture and repair for our children and ourselves We talk about how we can bring in more compassion in our mothering and our  journey of healing from childhood trauma
    There is so much wisdom in this episode, and I know that it’s going to be really supportive for you. 

    Connect with Cath here:
    https://www.instagram.com/cathcounihan/
    https://www.psychotherapymum.com/


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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 58 min
    Mothering the Mother Postpartum Care and Education with Shelley Rahim

    Mothering the Mother Postpartum Care and Education with Shelley Rahim

    Today I'm speaking with Shelley Rahim. Shelley is a birth doula, Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver, Postpartum chef and educator. Shelley has over 15 years of experience supporting mothers during their child bearing years.

    Shelley feeds, massages, loves and cares for postpartum mothers during their first 40 days after birth, and her journey of offering these services has now led her to create resources for teaching families to provide this love and care to the new mothers in their lives. Shelley offers this education to ensure families and communities can provide loving care and nourishment for postpartum mothers. enabling mothers to emerge from their first 40 days feelings strong, confident, healed and in love with their babies.

    Connect with Shelley
    https://newmothercaregiving.com
    https://www.instagram.com/newmothercaregiving/
    Birth story exercise: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1As2DPxiO6blHJS8Jgis-Y91N6WcA9rGfh30MwH9D5bI/edit


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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 52 min
    Matrescence - A pathway to creative expression with Sarah Graham, Matrescent Muse

    Matrescence - A pathway to creative expression with Sarah Graham, Matrescent Muse

    Today's episode is with Sarah Graham, founder of Matrescent Muse. Before welcoming her baby girl in May 2021, Sarah was a high school English teacher. During her maternity leave, Sarah found herself wanting to express the complex emotions she was feeling during her transition into motherhood.  With pandemic-related border closures separating her from family and friends, she turned to writing. On one of her slow afternoon pram walks, an attempt to get her baby to sleep, she started mentally forming a poem about her experience which became her first postpartum poem entitled ‘Two Hearts’.
    Sharing her poetry online has connected Sarah with a wonderful community of mothers with whom she has been able to explore the emotions, challenges and triumphs of motherhood. Now working in publishing, Sarah’s writing gives voice to the complexities of motherhood and connects mothers through the shared experiences of matrescence and parenting. 
    In this discussion with Sarah, we talk about her own journey of matrescence, her experience of isolation during the pandemic, the themes she explores in her writing and using creativity as a medium for self-expression, community and connection. 

    Connect with Sarah here:
    https://www.instagram.com/matrescentmuse/
    https://www.facebook.com/matrescentmuse
    https://www.matrescentmuse.com/
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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Feel Overwhelmed? Understand Your Sensory System with Sarah Ashton

    Feel Overwhelmed? Understand Your Sensory System with Sarah Ashton

    Today's episode is with Sarah Ashton, Perinatal Occupational Therapist and graduate of the Seasons of Matrescence program.  Sarah focuses on supporting mothers both pre- and postnatally with the preparation, transition, adaptation, and transformation occurring with Matrescence. 

    Sarah's particular interest is in perinatal mental health and nervous system regulation - helping new mums manage overwhelm in motherhood. As a mother of two children aged 3 and 5 years old herself, Sarah takes her knowledge from both personal experience as well as her training as an occupational therapist to give women the guidance they need on this journey. 

    My discussion with Sarah centers around overwhelm in motherhood
    We unpack the sensory system and how our sensory system interacts with our nervous system We talk about identifying our sensory preferences and triggers Using what we know about our preferences and triggers to create practical strategies that support our wellbeingYou can connect with Sarah here:
    www.sarahashtonot.com.au
    https://www.instagram.com/matrescencematters/
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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 46 min
    Healing through Mothering With Yara Heary

    Healing through Mothering With Yara Heary

    Today I'm speaking with Yara Heary from Life after Birth Psychology. Yara is a Perth Psychologist who works exclusively with women throughout conception, pregnancy & motherhood. Yara started Life After Birth Psychology following the birth of her first son, which started her on yet another journey of self-discovery. Her experiences throughout early motherhood sparked her passion to support other women as they navigate their own family-of-origin dynamics - the social programming of the good mother, relationship changes with those around them, identity shifts and role changes to find their place of balance and authenticity as mothers.

    Yara offers 1:1 and group coaching programs for mothers, including her group program 'The Re-Birth', alongside e-courses and workshops and her own podcast 'Life After Birth with Yara'.

    In today's episode, I speak with Yara about how mothering can be a time of re-experiencing and, in many ways, grieving our own experiences of childhood and how this can be both painful and an opportunity for growth and healing. We talk about exploring our triggers, reparenting ourselves and nurturing our own inner child.

    Connect with Yara
    https://www.lifeafterbirth.com.au/
    https://www.instagram.com/lifeafterbirthpsychology/
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    You can connect with me on Instagram @nikkimccahon and the Seasons of Matrescence Instagram account @seasonsofmatrescence.

    Website:
    https://www.nikkimccahon.com
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com

    Free Discover Matrescence e-book
    https://courses.nikkimccahon.com/discovermatrescence

    Free Seasons of Matrescence quiz
    https://www.seasonsofmatrescence.com/quiz

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

@Mihifilife ,

Amazing content

This podcast is exactly what I need and want to be hearing. Thank you for shedding light on a very important and beautiful stage of life.

Heather Goodwin ,

amazing

This podcast is everything. So relatable. So refreshing. So necessary. Thank you for making this.

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Excellent, refreshing, changing views on mamahood

I found this pod cast on a whim and it is truly wonderful! This bright and enlightened woman is changing views on what it means to truly become and be a mother. She states “becoming a mother is like walking through fire and coming out a warrior”. This could not ring more true for me and many of my friends, i love listening to her 💕

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