Naomi is 35 and newly married. She is constantly asked when she's having a baby. But does she even want one?
In this series she travels the country speaking to people about their experiences in having and not having children to help her decide whether To Baby or Not To Baby.
The Baby Daddy
Naomi chats with her husband, Dan, to discuss their experience of being new parents.
They discuss: the different experiences men and women have of parenting, how tough the first months are, thinking about a second child, the impact it’s had on their relationship, taking on too much work too soon, working from home due to the pandemic.
The Egg-Freezing Future Mum
Naomi talks to Rhian, who is 36 and single and has frozen her eggs to preserve her fertility.
They discuss: how she’s always known that she wants to be a mum, making the initial call to the fertility clinic, the worry that harvesting eggs will affect her ability to get pregnant naturally, having to inject herself on a daily basis, the procedure to have the eggs harvested, the surprisingly reasonable cost of the process, telling dates about what’s she’s done, the peace of mind that comes with having done it.
The Postpartum Psychosis Mum
Naomi speaks to Cat, who experienced extreme postnatal depression and was sectioned after the birth of her second child.
They discuss: the thoughts that started to invade her mind, admitting that something wasn’t right, having suicidal thoughts, being admitted to hospital and eventually sectioned, hitting rock bottom, the road to recovery, returning home, managing her condition going forward.
TRIGGER WARNING: this conversation includes in-depth discussion of suicidal thoughts and a suicide attempt. Please think carefully if this is something you’re comfortable listening to.
The Lockdown Dad
Naomi chats with Rob Howard, who is the host of the Locked Down, Knocked Up Podcast, which was launched because his wife, Gemma, got pregnant in lockdown!
They discuss: procrastinating about having kids then having the choice made for you, being supportive while your wife is pregnant, being unprepared for an early arrival, having to leave mother and baby in hospital due to the Covid restrictions, bringing the family home.
The Science-Defying Mum
Naomi chats with Gemma, who suffered a molar pregnancy and was given little chance of getting pregnant through natural means.
They discuss: what a molar pregnancy is, the lottery of your IVF opportunities, being prescribed Clomid, the struggle to find out she’s even had a molar pregnancy, the grieving process, her very positive experience with hypnobirthing, deciding to do it again.
The Trans Dad
Naomi chats with Freddy, who is a single dad by choice and transgender man who carried and gave birth to his son.
They discuss: discovering that transitioning wasn’t the end of his fertility, how the NHS is behind the trans community, having to come off testosterone, going through IUI, feeling isolated as a trans man going through pregnancy.