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This is a place for you to find the information and support you need to make the transition to motherhood an empowering one.Together your hosts Kelly Wilkes and Bree Holling will combine evidence-based information with personal insight to help you heal from past experiences, make informed and empowered decisions, grow as individuals and mothers and find solidarity in this journey that is matrescence. Whether you are a mother, a birth worker or just a woman driven to be the best version of he ...
 
When we become mothers, we experience profound change across every area of our lives, all at once. These shifts are called matrescence - the developmental process of becoming a mother. Like adolescence, matrescence is a developmental process that takes time, compassion and support. When we lean into the process intentionally, it can also lead to incredible personal growth, healing and deeper connection with ourselves. Welcome to the Dear Mama Project. I’m your host Nikki McCahon, I’m a mama, ...
 
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Welcome to ABCs of Matresence, a podcast all about the world of real motherhood hosted by two mamas, Emma and Mackenzie. The word matrescence is the contraction of maternity and adolescence; it is a term that describes the process of becoming a mother. Covering everything from infertility and conception, to pregnancy, postpartum and parenting, Emma and Mackenzie discuss the daily ins and outs of what it means to be a mama in the 2020s. Tune in as they discuss this season of matrescence with ...
 
Pregnancy with Physio Laura is a podcast to help mamas feel confident, empowered and informed in their pregnancy and birth journey. Laura, a women’s health physiotherapist, will share solo riffs on her clinical physiotherapy expertise combined with her personal experience as a mama as well as guest expert interviews from all fields of women’s health. Pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period is not just for surviving, but thriving. Enjoy!
 
The Women of Ambition Podcast is a place where we explore ambition - first, the radical act of acknowledging it within ourselves, second allowing space to explore what ambition means for each of us, and third moving forward with intention. Host Alyssa Calder Hulme navigates stories of women accepting and thriving in their ambition through guest interviews and reflections.
 
How can menstrual cycle awareness and conscious menopause enhance your health, creativity and leadership? That's the question we'll explore together in the Menstruality Podcast, brought to you by Red School, where we’re training the menstruality leaders of the future. Your host, Sophie Jane Hardy will be joined often by Red School’s founders, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, as well as pioneering thought leaders, troublemakers and culture-shifters to discover how you can unashamedly ...
 
Motherhood changes us. As the generation who were told we could do anything and be anything we want to be, accepting the changes that come with motherhood can be very difficult. Our priorities shift, our definition of success evolves, and we find ourselves questioning our addiction to busy-ness. Who are we now? And can we be the best mamas without completely losing ourselves along the way? The Happy Mama Movement is a collection of interviews and insights with real mamas around the world, re ...
 
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Becoming a mother is a profound initiatory journey. Journalist and coach, Amy Taylor Kabbaz remembers exactly the moment when she split in two. Fifteen minutes after her child was born, she went from independent, ambitious, ABC journalist, career woman, to completely surrendered mother who would do anything for her child. That moment changed everyt…
 
Ever since learning about matresence and the transformations it can bring, I really knew that this had the potential to resonate with Mamas all over the world. No matter what their experience has been. Yet, several thoughts rose alongside the potential matresence holds. What about cultural differences, language differences, religious differences? I…
 
In 2007, aged just 17, Amy Dunne was forced to go to the High Court to fight for her right to travel for an abortion, after a scan revealed that the baby she was carrying had a lethal abnormality and would not survive. From then on Amy became known as ‘Miss D’ and found herself at the centre of Ireland’s bitter abortion debate. Now in her 30s, Amy …
 
Maybe matresence is so hard to define because of the vastly different experiences a woman can have from birth to birth. My guest today, Layla O'Mara is no exception. Layla had two of her children in Germany and her third in her hometown of Ireland. That led her on the journey towards matresence activism and also deepened her understanding of the di…
 
To kick off this second episode in the Well Rested Mama series we are discussing co-sleeping. In this episode I chat with Sarah from @blossomandsnooze about: Creating a safe co-sleeping environment Easing your worries and anxieties around bed-sharing with your little one How mothers are primally wired to protect and fall in sync with their newborns…
 
Following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, life for women and girls in Afghanistan has never been the same. Under their rule, access to education is limited, women are forced to cover their faces in public and there is a ban on nearly all paid employment. In this episode, Kathy Sheridan is joined by a woman who has sat opposite the Taliban in n…
 
The hidden agenda of the menstrual cycle is to help us become more fully ourselves. As we deepen our cycle awareness practice, it plugs us into our calling, our vision, our unique way of expressing our genius. The realising of this calling requires an outer structure, which often looks like a business. The beautiful thing is that the menstrual cycl…
 
Have you ever noticed the inner mantra that plays in circles after a tough day in motherhood? The feeling of there is always something more. The feeling that you can’t stay on top of things. The feeling that it is always up to you. We are not meant to be doing this all alone. It is not mean to be that we look around and see one thing after another.…
 
To kick off this first episode in the Well Rested Mama series we are discussing the importance of changing our perceptions of sleep and understanding biologically normal sleep patterns. In this episode I chat with Sarah from @blossomandsnooze about: Realistic and normal biological sleep patterns for newborns Versus what is socially and culturally e…
 
Lessons in Chemistry by American author Bonnie Garmus was our latest pick for the podcast book club. In a rare turn of events, our book clubbers found themselves in agreement, collectively singing the praises of this debut novel. That’s why we’re delighted to be joined by the author today, as she tells Róisín Ingle about her long road to writing su…
 
Why do we need to adapt the way we move and exercise throughout the cycle? In today’s conversation we explore the physical and mental health benefits of cycle-aware movement, and how to adjust the way we exercise throughout the cycle month. Our guest, Le’Nise Brothers shares her own experience of using diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to improv…
 
When Jessica's now ex-husband came out to her years ago, she had no idea what life would bring. Fast forward a decade or so and today she does something most would think is impossible: she sees her ex daily and maintains a deep, intimate connection with him while being remarried to a new man. The three of them host their own podcast and document th…
 
Our guest today is quite the Podcast veteran. Sophie Walker is the host of the Australian Birth Stories Podcast, which has just released its 300th episodes. The journey of pregnancy and birth is an important part of the Matresence picture, and it is vital that we are not telling women that birth looks the same for everybody. Listen as Amy and Sophi…
 
I’m kicking off a new segment sharing my thoughts, musings, park-side mama chats. Things that are on my mind, that maybe you will resonate with too! These chats are not necessarily physio-related, pregnancy-related or birth-related, but a lot of the time they will be. They are just Laura ponderings! Informal chit-chats, like I would with my favouri…
 
In 2018, while at home in her London apartment, journalist Sally Hayden received a Facebook message from a young African refugee, pleading for her help. He was one of thousands of migrants who had tried to reach Europe, only to end up trapped in a Libyan detention camp, with no way out. In her new book, My Fourth Time, We Drowned, Hayden pieces tog…
 
To kick off this fourth and final episode in the Empowered Birth series we are discussing optimal maternal and baby positioning for birth. In this episode I chat with @midwifelauretta about: Pelvic movements during pregnancy to help with optimal positioning The importance of keeping your pelvic ligaments supple What the “ideal” baby position is for…
 
In her brilliant debut novel, None of This is Serious, Catherine Prasifka writes about life in the era of social media. She talks to Róisín about the consequences of living online and in the real world. They also discuss her love of fantasy writing, the inevitable comparisons to her sister in-law Sally Rooney and her plans for her next book. Plus: …
 
Our first period is a big event. Today we’re exploring why it’s so important to support girls and young menstruators through this transition, as well as how we can resource ourselves as parents, aunties and carers so we can meet our kids where they are at and celebrate them . I’m talking with Emily Stewart, the founder of The Real Period Project. S…
 
How is it possible after so much change and unpredictability, we can still hold deep trust that we’ll be ok? I’m not sure I have the answer to that… other than: it just comes. Daily practice. Deep commitment to riding the waves of it all. Not denying any of the steps - even the awful messy ones. And then coming back to - look how much I’ve already …
 
To kick off this third episode in the Empowered Birth series we are discussing perineal preparation and perineal tearing. In this episode I chat with @midwifelauretta about: The importance of trusting that your perineum is made to stretch However there are mental and physical practices that may help you reduce your risk of tearing The practices you…
 
Set in the early 1960’s, Lessons in Chemistry follows the life of Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a TV cooking show. In this episode, our book clubbers Bernice Harrison, Niamh Towey, Róisín and Ann Ingle share their thoughts on this vibrant and original story from debut author Bonnie Gar…
 
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition which affects millions of people around the world. It is often associated with hyperactive or disruptive children and as a result ADHD in women often goes undiagnosed. In today’s episode, Róisín Ingle speaks to two women who received a diagnosis of ADHD in their late twenties, b…
 
When author, Chloé Caldwell turned 31, her experience of her menstrual cycle changed. Her monthly outbursts of pre-menstrual rage and anxiety began to dominate her life and compromise her relationship. Compelled to understand the truth of what was happening to her, Chloé researched menstruation throughout history, read everything she could about PM…
 
What does it mean to truly remember yourself? Especially in the process of motherhood? Sarah Poet believes in transparency and integrity to build authentic relationships. And she is doing exactly that through raising her son after several awaking experiences throughout her motherhood. Listen to this inspiration interview as Amy and Sarah discuss: T…
 
To kick off this second episode in the Empowered Birth series we are discussing the ins and outs of birth plans and preferences. In this episode I chat with @midwifelauretta about: The importance of communicating your birth preferences How planning for your “best case scenario” helps to rewire the brain towards that outcome How there is no “failure…
 
In today’s episode, we’re delighted to reveal that Women’s Aid has been chosen as Twitter’s main charity partner for 2022. To speak about the initiative and how it will help women across the country, Róisín Ingle is joined by Managing Director of Twitter Ireland Sinead McSweeney and CEO of Women’s Aid, Sarah Benson join Róisín Ingle. Also, Eloise H…
 
Ruby May, the founder of Know Your Flow is an earth-lover, a truth-seeker, an edge-dweller and a mischief-maker passionate about how we can each midwife a culture of deeper connection – to our bodies, each other and our planet through menstrual cycle awareness. She writes: "We’re tired of living in a culture in which our worth is measured around ho…
 
There still seems like there is so much work to do for mothers and their return to work after giving birth. My guest today deeply understands the challenges that still rise. Andrea Bombino is by anybody's definition and incredibly ambitious and successful woman. She set her sights on creating a career at a young age that would really change the tra…
 
For many couples, the return to sex after having a baby is slow, bumpy and sometimes even a little bit awkward. Between hormones, fatigue, contraception, changing bodies, unpredictable schedules and feeling touched out, there is a lot to contend with. So whether you are 12 weeks or 12 months postpartum, if you're not having much sex, you're certain…
 
To kick off this first episode in the Empowered Birth series we are discussing the most important ingredients for a positive birth experience. In this episode I chat with @midwifelauretta about: The importance of being private, safe and unobserved in labour and birth How the “4 L’s” can pull you out of your birth bubble and why it’s important to be…
 
What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again. Lucy Cooke says a revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology in the past few decades, demonstrating how the female of the species has been marginalised and misunderstood by the scientific patriarchy. In this episode, the zoologist and broadcaster joins …
 
Period poverty has a huge impact on women, girls and people who menstruate all over the world. Too many people don’t have access to menstrual products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them. This isn’t just a potential health risk - it can also affect their education, well-being, and sometimes their entire lives. One in 10 girls in Africa miss…
 
Motherhood can be completely consuming. You can loose parts of yourself, with dreams and hopes swept up into the everyday. In this solo episode Amy explores and remembers the exact moment that she remembers feeling that core part of herself abandoned. Listen to this shorter bite sized episode as Amy talks about: The logistics of spontaneously going…
 
In this week's episode, we're talking about matrescence. That's the word used to describe the physical, emotional, hormonal and social transition to becoming a mother. Everyone understands that adolescence is an awkward phase, but during matrescence mothers are expected to be deliriously happy, while simultaneously losing control over the way they …
 
At the start of 2022, we invited you all to join us for a Year of Menstrual Cycle Awareness to enhance your vitality, creativity and leadership. To inspire you on your journey, today we're sharing this story from Fertility Awareness Coach and Menstruality Leadership Programme graduate, Louise Ryder about how a year of menstrual cycle awareness tran…
 
There is still a stigma attached to discussions of intimacy, especially within Motherhood, within public spaces. For years we have been taught that intimacy is wrong, shamed and shut behind closed doors. This conversation bursts open the intertwine of masculine and feminine and how they can revolutionise our relationships. Julie Tenner is one of th…
 
To kick off this third episode in the Women’s Seasons & Cycles series we are discussing the Seasons of Matrescence™. In this episode I chat with @nikkimccahon, a matrescence educator, about: The different seasons of matrescence and motherhood How winter is often the quiet, dark, restful “in-between” season Autumn is about when things are changing a…
 
Slowly but surely, we are seeing an increased awareness of the need to prepare for birth. More and more couples are investing their time and money into hiring doulas, reading books, writing a birth plan and accessing independent birth education. We love to see it. But the truth is, that birth is just one (very very) important day in your motherhood…
 
Marian Keyes talks to Róisín about her latest ‘selling-like-hotcakes’ book, ‘Again, Rachel’, the sequel to her much-loved novel 'Rachel’s Holiday', which was published 25 years ago. For the day that’s in it, they also talk about what it means to be an Irish woman in 2022 and Marian tells us why she’s inspired by younger Irish women and their determ…
 
It’s incredible to witness the stigma around menstruation shifting in our world, with period policies in workplaces and more and more people practising menstrual cycle awareness. This de-shaming of the cycle, and especially our bleed, is opening up a gateway for an appreciation of the power of menstruation. In this episode, Alexandra and Sjanie sha…
 
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