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Becoming Mum

Author: Nicole Joy

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Helping first-time mums, mums-to-be and mums-who-want-to-be feel supported with real, honest and vulnerable information throughout their conception, pregnancy + motherhood journeys. From IVF and morning sickness to sleep habits and hypno-birthing, this is a resource for women (and their partners!)Find out more at
33 Episodes
On today's episode I chat with Alison Hanrahan, the Principal Physiotherapist of Chevron Island Physio here on the Gold Coast. Alison isn't your normal run-of-the-mill physio that just deals with musculoskeletal issues in her patients. She has undergone extensive postgraduate training in the areas of pelvic floor rehabilitation for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, exercise during pregnancy and the post-natal period, and management of pregnancy-related pelvic pain and pelvic floor pain - all the things very relevant to pregnant mamas and new mamas out there listening to this podcast!If you have pelvic floor issues, then you're definitely going to want to listen to this and if you've yet to have your bub I think it's really important to be across what can potentially happen and things you can do to minimize your risk. This is not to scare anyone out of having a vaginal birth, it's to give you all the information so you can be the most informed you can be.30% off you initial consult If you are on the Gold Coast, simply mention that you are a listener of the Becoming Mum podcast for 30% off your initial consultation.Chevron Island Physio - 07 5504 7000
Today's guest is Georgia Nike, a qualified nutritionist and Pilates instructor from the Sunshine Coast in QLD. She is known as @The_Gut_Fix_Mummy on Instagram and this amazing lady reached out to me when I started sharing my breastfeeding struggles. Her message to me was exactly what I needed to hear at a time where I felt like I was failing my daughter. Today's episode talks about Georgia's breastfeeding experience (which includes breastmilk, donor milk and formula) and what to do if your baby does need extra supplementation due to missing out on vital probiotics (hint: it's super easy!) We also chat about some of the best ways to introduce healthy foods to your babies when it's time for them to start on solids.Georgia's book recommendations are below:Nourishing Beginnings by Renee KohleyBaby it's only natural by Talita SheedyBubba yum yum - The paleo way for babies and toddlers by Charlotte Gregg, Helen Padarin, and Pete EvansSPECIAL OFFERGeorgia is offering a short 30 minute Zoom consultation (just $60!) for any new mums wanting to dive a little deeper in their health and bub's health after birth. Let her know you are a listener of this podcast!
Woah! To be ever-so-cliche, what a freaking journey the last few months have been! We welcomed our little princess, Lucia Skye to the world on June 15th and let me say, nothing happened the way that I thought it would! This episodes dives deep into how it all happened and the lessons that I have learnt along the way. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did recounting it for you! Below are some of the resources/people I have mentioned that you might find helpful:Eggplant BabiesBelly 2 Birth HypnobirthingPlacenta EncapsulationMichelle Jackson from Parents2bJen Butler Early ParentingGeorgia Nike aka The Gut Fix MummyFollow me over on Instagram here:
Dr. Michelle Peris has over 10 years experience as a naturopathic doctor, and is the Founder of The Poppy Clinic in Oakville Ontario, where, through teaching women of all ages and life stages how to listen to their bodies and tune into the wisdom inside, Dr Michelle helps them create a life that feels good to live, with energy and passion that had been long forgotten. She is also the host of the Rebel Talk Podcast and lady behind the #rebeltribe where she inspires women to lean in and trust the potential of their feminine power. She also believes birth is a powerful experience that transforms a woman into a confident, deeply intuitive, powerful being and wants to change the way we speak about labour and birth.Find out more about Dr Michelle here: on Instagram here: here: books mentioned in this episode were Women Who Run with the Wolves and Wild Power
Melonie Wells is a 35 year old single mum, who is also a Gestational Surrogate living in Tasmania, Australia. Together with an egg donor in Victoria, two intended parents in NSW and the fertility clinic in QLD her first adventure as a surrogate was a nationwide effort! Today we'll chat about surrogacy in Australia, the process, the legalities and considerations future parents to be might need to make on their path to becoming parents.For more information on Surrogacy in Australia, see the below links:Australian Surrogacy Community Jefford - www.sarahjefford.comFertility Connections - Through Surrogacy - https://www.familiesthrusurrogacy.comSurrogacy Australia -
Anna Victoria is a fitness professional based in California. She is the creator of Fit Body with Anna Victoria App and has a community of over 1 million strong on social media. She is one of 7 children, has always wanted a family of her own and like many struggling to conceive, never expected it to be so hard - particularly when she leads such a quote, unquote "healthy" lifestyle. This is her story of trying to conceive for the last year and a half with husband Luca, and how they came to accept that they were enough, and that their lives were enough, with or without a baby.
Shannele Newberry, a former professional Hair Stylist, is now a certified Health Coach specialising in Women and Pregnancy. After a dramatic health scare in South America, Shannele began to make health and wellbeing her number one priority and made a choice to remove chemicals and toxins from her home and live a conscious, healthy, and intentional life. She is deeply intuitive and very passionate and today we're going to hear about this remarkable women went from a teenager in excruciating pain with endometriosis and PCOS, to falling pregnant naturally with her two boys after being told she would never have children at all.Find out more about Shannele here: www.shannelenewbery.comThis is the Dalai Lama Quote that was mentioned:Man surprises me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
Liesel Teen has been a Labor and Delivery Nurse for over 4 years and runs a very successful blog and instagram account, mommy.labornurse that openly shares her nursing knowledge to help mamas-to-be learn more about pregnancy and birth for a happier, healthier and safer delivery. She talks about all the things you want to know about but don't ask about - so today I'm going to do that for you from sex sounds in labour to caring about your pubic hair - we've got you covered!Find out more about Liesel and her birth course here: www.mommylabornurse.comLiesel's Must-have new mumma postpartum essentials:
Kellie Harriden, author of Long-awaited Child is an incredible Australian woman who travelled across continents to beat the odds in order to fulfill her quest to have children. Her journey to becoming mum started when she was 31 years old and 8 long years later she got the thing she wanted most - her twins Bane and Daya. Her and her partner Ian battled one obstacle after another, and this story spans across IVF, foster care, adoption, donor eggs and international surrogacy. It's truly remarkable and I hope if nothing else, it inspires you to never let go of hope.Purchase Kellie's book here -
Moran Liviani is a certified Doula, Stillbirth Doula, Hypnobirthing practitioner, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Lamaze certified childbirth educator and mother of three beautiful girls. Located in Brisbane, Australia, Moran is an advocate for a well known Marie Mongan quote - 'when you change the way you think about birth, the way you birth will change'. In today's episode we chat about what role a doula plays in your birth and how childbirth education and removing fear is key to a positive birth experience - however you decide to birth your baby. Moran aims to give her clients the trust to believe in their bodies and their abilities to handle anything and to let them gain the knowledge to the array of choices that are available so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to their birth.Recommended Reading: Birth with Confidence by Rhea DempseyGentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Dr Sarah BuckleySpiritual Midwifery by Ina May GaskinRecommended Documentaries:The Business of Being BornThe Face of BirthFind out more about Moran and her services here:
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