In today’s conversation, Kate and I chat about all things Motherhood, as you would expect, with a focus on the difficulties of early Motherhood, PND, Sundowning, finding space and time to work creatively and Kate’s complete career shift after she became a mother. We also talk about how the narrative of Motherhood still isn’t considered important or interesting, and all of the books that we each have loved that delve into the realities of the motherload. 

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Show Notes:

Kate's Website

Kate's Instagram

 

Books:

Motherhood & Creativity: The Divided Heart  by Rachel Powers

On Motherhood by Jamila Rizvi

Making Babies by Anne Enright 

A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk 

 

Podcasts:

The First Time Podcast 

The Slow Home Podcast 

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Today’s incredibly belated episode features Ashe Davenport, Mum to two girls, Franny & Dee Dee. Ashe is the author of Sad Mum Lady, an incredibly frank and funny MUMoir (her words, not mine) about her experience throughout pregnancy and the first few years of her kids' lives. 

Content warning: PPD, drug use and suicide. If you’re sensitive to those topics, just be aware that this ep may be triggering.

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Show Notes:

Ashe on Instagram

Ashe's Website

Sad Mum Lady

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Today’s guest is fellow photographer and mother of two, Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd. Ilsa’s work is literally breathtaking, she has this way with a camera that fully outweighs the strengths of many people in our field – it’s a true encapsulation of Motherhood and completely unique.

 

Isla is a Mother to Wolfgang and Thea, and in this episode she talks about craving a big chaotic family dynamic that she didn't quite have, with only one sibling, growing up. Ilsa and I also talk about how having kids doesn’t necessarily need to prevent you from living life, whether that be travelling (though COVID-19 may have thrown a spanner in the works there), or simply doing things that you’ve always wanted to do. Motherhood enhanced life for Ilsa, and led her down the path of photography, capturing motherhood in all its beauty. 

 

Ilsa is truly generous with her responses, so it’s a juicy one. Enjoy!

 

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Show Notes:

Find Ilsa's website Here & Instagram here

 

Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

 

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Today on the show we have Sophie Black – a life-long journalist & writer currently in the role of the Head of Publishing at The Wheeler Centre, and Mum to two kids named Walter & Maggie.

Sophie has had a brimming career, including working on the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, the ABC Radio National program, Talkfest, and heading up titles such as Crikey, Daily Review... I could go on. 

In today's conversation, Sophie talks about how deeply life and parenthood bleed into work, managing to continue her incredibly successful career whilst growing and raising two humans, being cured of her lifelong affliction of FOMO, and the painfully solitary experience of secondary infertility & the IVF process.

TW: This is an episode that may be sensitive to people who are experiencing fertility issues, and or miscarriage. I think the story and experiences that Sophie shares are incredibly valuable for those supporting friends and/or family through these issues and perhaps even for some people experiencing similar things to feel validated for their emotions and pain. So it is a worthwhile listen if you are feeling up to it.

 

Show Notes

Men at Work: Australia's Parenthood Trap – Annabel Crabb

The Wife Drought: Why Women Need Wives, and Men Need Lives – Annabel Crabb

Broadside – Monika Lewinsky & Sophie Black: Sexism & Feminsm

Lean In: Women, Work, & the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

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Today's guest is Laura Brading, Mum to Magnolia & Sydney. Laura is also one half of WellRead – the curated book subscription service celebrating the immeasurable power of reading. Laura has spent most of her adult life in the literary world, including working in the publishing industry for some time before becoming a Mother.

In today’s conversation, Laura and I delve deep into what it means to be a Mother, and our attempts, as women, to prove ourselves to be more than that undervalued label. I’d like to put a trigger warning in here, as Laura talks pretty openly about her struggles through endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, infertility, miscarriage, and how isolating these experiences can be. The conversation is heavily weighted towards our mutual love of reading, so if you’re into books, this is the episode for you!

 

SHOW NOTES:

Books mentioned ~

A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother – Rachel Cusk
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Jenny Odell
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World – Cal Newport
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
Fleishman is in Trouble – Taffy Brodesser
The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Dare

Rachel Cusk's response piece for 'A Life's Work'.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner's disregard for routine.

Wellread on Instagram.

Subscribe to Wellread.

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For all of your custom branding & website building needs, get in touch with Nikki at Seedling Digital.

In today's episode I’m talking with Beci Orpin, Mother of two boys, Tyke, & Ari. Beci also is a Melbourne based, but but internationally recognised, Designer and Illustrator known for her bold, bright work that is uniquely her own. You only need to look at her website to see how incredibly fascinating her brain is. I remember admiring Beci in my teenage years, reading Frankie magazine and fawning over her work, so having the chance to chat with Beci about our mutual experience of Motherhood was a really joyous experience. 

Beci went back to work 4 days after her first baby, so she talks about how difficult it can be during that baby fog, but how it felt natural to her, because work is where she finds a huge amount of her identity. We chat about the influence that a strong, powerful mother figure can have on our desire for children ourselves, and how much the respect for our Mums can grow after we have that experience; The flexibility that comes from sharing the parenting load with your partner and how it allows us, as women, to continue to work and create; and lots more. Enjoy!

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SHOW NOTES:

beciorpin.com/
instagram.com/beciorpin

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

Special thanks to our episode sponsor: seedlingdigital.com.au
For all of your custom branding & website building needs, get in touch with Nikki at Seedling Digital.

In today’s episode I’m talking with a Mother who’s story is a little different to our previous episodes so far. She’s a writer, Author, Mother of two kids, her first of which, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Melanie Dimmitt is the author of 'Special: Antidotes to the obsessions that come with a child’s disabilityreleased in 2019. Not having envisioned herself as a Mother, it wasn’t until she was with her partner for a few years that Mel thought about becoming one. Mel and I dive into her Motherhood journey, her experience discovering Arlo’s diagnosis and parenting a child with a disability, we talk about learning boundaries as people pleasers, Mel's career and work as a writer, how she wrangles it all with the kids & much, much more.

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SHOW NOTES:

http://melaniedimmitt.com.au/
https://www.instagram.com/the_special_book/

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

Special thanks to our episode sponsor: seedlingdigital.com.au
For all of your custom branding & website building needs, get in touch with Nikki at Seedling Digital.

Loretta Bolotin is a Melbourne based Entrepreneur & Mother to babes Koan & sol. Loretta is the Co-founder and CEO of Free to Feed, a not-for-profit social enterprise championing the unique skills of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. In today's episode, recorded on the precipice of what became a world-wide lockdown, Amy & Loretta delve into the all-consuming haze of Motherhood, alongside finding her vocation in the realm of social justice.

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SHOW NOTES:

freetofeed.org.au/

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

Special thanks to our episode sponsor: seedlingdigital.com.au
For all of your custom branding & website building needs, get in touch with Nikki at Seedling Digital.

Today's guest is the multi-talented Kate Berry. You may know Kate from her (former) wonderful blog turned Magazine called Lunch Lady, or her beautiful Instagram. Kate is a photographer, designer, blogger along with many other things. Kate and I discuss sleep deprivation induced anxiety, the struggle that comes with being the first of your circle of friends to have a baby, having your identity ripped from successful designer to gross mum life, the creative hustle and how we need to allow ourselves time to rest and relax for our creativity to really flow.

https://hellokateberry.com/

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Sunni Hart is a doula, DJ & Mother, among many other things. Sunni and Amy discuss lots of juicy topics such as the home-births of her beautiful boys, her journey to becoming a doula and being cracked open to find her magic, the paradigm changing abilities and connectivity that social media can give us, how to marry our sexual selves with our motherhood and much, much more.

https://www.sunnihart.com/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson

In this episode, Amy chats with Alice Robinson, Australian Author and Mother of two. Alice and Amy discuss the writing life as a mother, how women are treated in the workplace after becoming a mum, making friends as a mother, experiencing mothers groups, identity crises and much more.

https://www.alicerobinson.com.au/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson

Emma Peel is a Melbourne radio personality, DJ and MC, A copywriter, co-curator of the Reservoir Stomp & a Mum. In this episode we discuss being creative Mums, people’s opinions on DJ-ing while pregnant and after having babies, the way the music industry deals with Motherhood (spoiler: not so well), life out in Reservoir, the joys of coming home to your family after a big night of working, and the creation of Reservoir stomp. 

https://www.reservoirstomp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/djemmapeel/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson

Naomi Chrisoulakis is a postpartum Doula delivering nourishing food to new Mums and offering in-home support that helps women ease into Motherhood. She also runs her own excellent podcast called ‘Tales from the Fourth Trimester’. In this episode, we discuss Naomi’s shift from glossy magazine journalist to Mother & postpartum Doula, the importance of rest and recovery during the elusive fourth trimester, creating rhythms and rituals as a family, the difficulty of maintaining catch-ups with friends whilst running a business AND being a Mother, and learning to surrender. A really insightful conversation for any pregnant Mothers out there, or people who are close to somebody about to birth a baby sometime soon.

https://cocoonbynaomi.com/

https://www.instagram.com/cocoonbynaomi/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson

In this episode, folk singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys graces us with her grounding presence. We discuss adding more children to your life, the power of maternal love, gigging with a new baby, pursuing music & art over a ‘normal’ job, how to catch a song idea amidst the mess of motherhood, the difficulties of gestational diabetes during her current pregnancy. All this on the precipice of the arrival of third new baby co-inciding with the launch of her new album: Strange Beauty.

https://sarahhumphreys.com/

https://www.instagram.com/sarahhumphreys/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson

Hannah Jones is the Mother of 2.5 year old Atlas, whilst running TWO of her own businesses - HANAMI cosmetics and The Vegan Box. In this episode we discuss the difficulties faced as a new mother, working from home, without the ability to take proper parental leave, having it all and how that doesn’t necessarily make life easy, her experience with Nanny’s, the Mushy Brain that postpartum brings, and how she didn’t necessarily envision having children of her own. 

https://hanami.com.au/

https://theveganbox.com/

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson.

Arabella is the Mother of two boys, a Modern Pilates Instructor and Wellness Coach – with a particular focus on helping Mothers. In this episode we discuss the importance of filling our own cup, the unspoken mundanity of staying at home with a baby all day everyday and the rise of passionate businesses run by Mothers – including her own. 

www.arabellahampshirehealth.com/

 

MENTIONED:

https://cocoonbynaomi.com/

www.goodreads.com/book/show/3386101-baby-led-weaning

 

Intro music by J. Dale Pearson.

Rachel is a Contemporary Dancer, Yogi, and Mama to little 18 month old Mara Zen. After a long break from dance & losing herself somewhat during the midst of Motherhood, she's back in her body and ready to launch a new business venture - teaching adults Contemporary Dance and Yoga. 

https://www.thegroovespot.com.au/

Intro music by J Dale Pearson.

Nikki is the owner/operator of the marketing venture, Seedling Digital, and a new mother to little 6 month old Zepher. 

https://seedlingdigital.com.au/

Intro music by J Dale Pearson.

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