Episode #23: Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes

Episode #23: Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes

Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes

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“Acknowledging our fears around mothering and motherhood is empowering and courageous.”

This episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV is deep!
I speak with mum of two, Belinda Hughes, about the fears we feel around our children and parenting, and how we deal with these. And you can too.
Motherhood is an opportunity to really get to know ourselves, and our children are our greatest teachers. Belinda shares how she transitioned from a fear-based space to a loving ground, and how mothers can manage their own fears, and not project them onto their children.

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:
♥    Many of the fears mothers face come from our wounded inner child.

♥    Fear is a natural part of mothering and motherhood.

♥    It is important to feel the fear, but we should not attach ourselves to it.

♥    Learning to surrender to your fears and feelings is an important part of motherhood.
      P.S. Surrender does not mean give in, surrender means let go.

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Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes
In this episode you will learn [Podcast, TV timestamps]:

[6.54, 5.24] How not to let fear hold you and your child back.

“Trust [your] child, trust his capabilities and his awareness… I can’t put my fears onto my child.”

[8.20, 7.50] The importance of taking a step back from the fear.

“Every part of you as a mother wants to hang on, look after them and make sure they’re okay, but that is one of the worst things you can do for their development.”

[9.43, 9.13] Become aware of your fears, and learn how to manage them.

“Managing fear within ourselves is hard and very important.”

[12.08, 11.38] Dealing with your fears helps to heal your inner child.

“Is that my fear to own or is that being projected onto me?”

[13.02, 12.32] How to overpower your fears by recognising the source.

“Become conscious of the unconscious.”

[15.00, 14.30] How to make decisions from a place of love rather than fear.

“I ask myself: what would love do in this situation?”

MENTIONS, MORE INFO and SUPPORT
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MIND Claim your FREE MORNING MAMA MEDITATION A simple 5-minute guided meditation I created to help you will set your day up for calm, joy and fulfilment.

YOU CAN THRIVE IN MOTHERHOOD TOUGH MOTHERS COURSES can help. We implement a three-step framework to:
1) Help you understand how matrescence and motherhood change you, your brain and your mind
2) Explain the importance of mental space in motherhood
3) Teach simple, specific exercises you can easily modify to your unique self, and fit into your busy day, to create more mental space to permanently thrive, feel more fulfilled and be a truly happy mother.

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Episode #22: Sleep deprivation and your mind in motherhood – with Jacqui Joe

Episode #22: Sleep deprivation and your mind in motherhood – with Jacqui Joe

Sleep deprivation and your mind in motherhood - with Jacqui Joe

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“When a mother starts a conversation, that opens up the floodgate for other mothers to speak.”

How do you deal with sleep deprivation as a mother?
Are you open to having a conversation about the hardships of motherhood and sleep?

In this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV, I speak with my friend Jacqui Joe, who had two non-sleeping boys, and knows all too well the effects of severe sleep deprivation. Jacqui very openly discusses her internal thoughts and mental health during this time, how she felt she should be doing better as a mother and why it is so important to have a conversation and ask for help, even if that seems hard.

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:
♥    Take care of yourself FIRST so you can take care of others.

♥    Having the perfect motherhood journey is a MYTH. It is not your job to fulfill society’s standards of you.

♥    Becoming a mother can shake you to your core and may not be what you expected nor planned. Learning to accept that you are having a difficult time and that your struggles are valid are the first steps to recovery.

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Sleep deprivation and your mind in motherhood - with Jacqui Joe
In this episode you will learn [Timepoints for Podcast, TV]:
[5.15, 5.45] When your baby is born, you are born as a mother.

“Motherhood can rock you to your core and you end up being a different person.”

[9.54, 9.24] Don’t take every single piece of advice you are given. Put yourself first, Mama!

“Our kids are the most important thing but after us.”

[16.23, 15.53] The importance of being authentic despite fear of failure, or worrying you’re a bad mum. No mother has it all together!

“Saying ‘I don’t have this sorted’ or ‘I’m not doing so good’ is a really hard thing to say.”

[20.27, 19.57] Sometimes asking for help as a mum is knowing what you’re asking for.

“As a mum, you often don’t sleep because you worry for your child. You need to ask for help and take the help.”

[23.39, 23.09] There’s so much expectation to being a mum. But the truth is all mums are struggling.

“Most of the time, the negative voices inside your head lie to you. Ignore them. Be discerning.”

MENTIONS, MORE INFO and SUPPORT
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STRUGGLE, MAMA!
Learn how you can thrive in motherhood and be a happy mother.
TOUGH MOTHERS COURSES can help.

We implement a three-step framework to:

1) Help you understand how matrescence and motherhood change you
2) Explain the importance of mental space in motherhood
3) Teach simple, specific exercises you can easily modify to your unique self, and fit into your busy day, to create more mental space to permanently thrive, feel more fulfilled and be a truly happy mother.

LEARN TO CALM YOUR MIND – FREE
Claim your FREE MORNING MAMA MEDITATION
A simple 5-minute guided meditation I created to help you will set your day up for calm, joy and fulfilment.

 

WANT TO FEEL HAPPIER IN MOTHERHOOD?
Download your FREE HOW TO BE A HAPPY MOTHER – STARTER GUIDE and receive 3 simple exercises you can do TODAY to train your brain to start feeling permanently happier.

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Episode #20: When becoming a mother doesn’t go to plan with Amelia Davatzis

Episode #20: When becoming a mother doesn’t go to plan with Amelia Davatzis

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“Alexander lived for 39 days… to make a choice between life and death is something no mother should ever have to make.”

 

Trigger warning: This episode talks about miscarriage and infant death.

 

Imagine the feeling of giving birth to your baby after several miscarriages. The joy, the elation. The anxiety of ‘will everything be ok’ finally slipping away.
Only for your baby to become critically ill in the hours and days following his birth, and eventually dying in your arms.

This was Amelia Davatzis’ experience. Her son Alexander was born with duodenal atresia – a condition where the first part of the bowel does not develop properly. It is usually repaired quickly and easily, but for Alexander this was not the case.

In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV Amelia bravely shares her story of conception, miscarriages and her first-born’s very short life and tragic death.

I am so grateful Amelia has shared her experience, even though it is very sad for her, and hard for us to hear. But we need to talk about everything in motherhood. Even the tough stuff. ESPECIALLY the tough stuff. We cannot sweep devastation in motherhood under the rug.

As you will hear, infant death is something people don’t know how to deal with, which is exactly why we need to talk about it.

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:

♥    Infant death and miscarriage are real, and we need to talk about them openly.

♥    The more we talk about baby death and miscarriage, the more normalized the conversations will become and the better we can support the mother.

♥    There is no right way to grieve. Do what works for you, and take your time.

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In this episode you will learn [Podcast, TV  time points]:

[4.20, 3.50]

The signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy you must know, and how it can affect you.

[7.50, 7.20]

It is common to experiencing challenges when trying to conceive. Amelia shares her story.

“That was a blow. Your hopes and everything [are shattered].”

[11.00, 10.30]

Falling pregnant after miscarriage. Learn the common, and very normal, fears a mother has.

“Will there be a heartbeat, or won’t there? I wouldn’t let myself get too excited.”

[15.00, 14.30]

Amelia’s first birth experience: from induction to childbirth and what happened next to Baby Alexander.

“He said: this baby is so sick. He needs to be transferred to the Children’s Hospital right now”

[37.35, 37.05]

The Davatzis’ had to make the devastating decision to choose Alexander’s quality of life over having him in their lives.
Amelia shares the beautiful, yet heart-breaking final days she had with Alexander.

“I would always choose for him not to suffer.”

 

 

[48.10, 47.40]

Alexander’s death left Amelia numb. Losing a child can make you feel like you are not a mother.

“I felt I had no purpose. I only ever wanted to be a mother. It’s something I dreamed of my entire life”

[56.08, 55.38]

You have permission to grieve in your own way. Grief is different for everyone. Amelia shares how she dealt with her grief and what might help you.

“Just do whatever it is you need to do to get through [your grief].”

[60.00, 59.30]

After losing a child it might feel like you will never be able to be happy again. You will be happy again. You will experience joy again.

Amelia will be on the podcast again in 2022 to speak about motherhood after Alexander’s death, and how she found joy again.

“Motherhood is magical.
It grants you the power to fall in love with someone before ever meeting them”

Mentions in this episode:

♥ A bit about Amelia’s very successful blog and Instagram page A Glimpse of Amelia.
I started this page to share a glimpse into my life, sharing what I love. 2012 is where it all began, as when I fell pregnant, I seriously started questioning what I was using on my skin. I thought I was making good decisions by choosing organic products from the supermarket, but it wasn’t until I started turning products over and trying to decipher labels that a whole new world opened up to me. They were so hard to decipher, and I had to keep researching what each ingredient meant. It was so time consuming! This is when I started to discover marketing and labelling was so greenwashed. Reading labels was the only way to truly know what was in a product. What really bothers me the most, are products marketed for our babies and children containing harmful ingredients and also everyday cleaning products we use around our home that are incredibly toxic. I want to empower people to start reading labels, start asking questions, don’t take anything for face value and don’t believe everything you see on the front of a product.

I didn’t feel my page would fully represent me without the ability to share my journey of losing Alexander. I share snippets, quotes, poems, and his story in an effort to help anyone not feel so alone in their grief journey.

Amelia’s page encompasses all of this. “Along with my desire to leave the planet in a better way than when I found it. Buying organic, supporting biodynamic practices, Australian owned and made, composting, reducing plastic, buying bulk, making my own products, keeping a healthy low tox home and passing this information onto my children so one day they can feel empowered to make healthier choices in their lifetime.

To further empower people and support them in their choices, Amelia is working on her new website:
A Glimpse of Amelia www.agoa.com.au
Bookmark it now!

If you need support in your motherhood journey, please check out our Tough Mothers courses which implement a three-step framework to:

1) Help mothers understand how matrescence and motherhood changes them and their brain.
2) Explain to women that they can train their brain to thrive in motherhood.
3) Teach simple, specific, individualised exercises mothers can fit into their busy day to train their brain to be a happy mother.

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If the topics in this episode are triggering for you, or if you feel you need support, please contact you doctor or local mental health line.

In Australia: www.healthdirect.gov.au
In New Zealand: www.mentalhealth.org.nz
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Episode #19: The importance of sharing your truth in motherhood with Gemma Douglas

Episode #19: The importance of sharing your truth in motherhood with Gemma Douglas

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“Our sharing creates an invitation for other mothers to share their story. And that creates empowerment”

Gemma Douglas is a breathwork and meditation practitioner, and an amazing mum of three, who is not afraid to share her truth about motherhood. Her beautiful way of sharing this truth, and inviting other mums to do the same, was the catalyst for her highly successful online movement The Motherhood Project (TMP) – a New Zealand-based online support community for mothers. At the time of this podcast episode, TMP boasts 150,000 followers on social media, but this number will undoubtedly grow because TMP is fantastic!

Through TMP and her own motherhood journey, Gemma knows all too well the importance of sharing, connection and supporting ourselves and each other in motherhood.

In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV we sat down together to talk about Gemma’s journey into matrescence*, why sharing our truth in motherhood is so important, how The Motherhood Project came about, and how we can all support ourselves and each other through this rollercoaster motherhood ride.

*Matrescence is the developmental transition women go through when we become mothers. It is physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual. Motherhood transforms us!

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:

♥    Your motherhood story matters. Please share it!

♥    Mothers are powerful and resilient

♥    Competitiveness does not belong in motherhood

Hear the full episode. Simply click on your favourite podcast app below.

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In this episode you will learn [Podcast, TV  time points]:

[2.30, 2.00]

Gemma shares her journey into motherhood, how she found raising her children in a new town, and how it helped her grow as a woman.

“I’m still trying to get my head around motherhood [7 years later]”.

[5.40, 5.10]

The experience Gemma had of having a newborn baby with whooping cough (pertussis), and how the recovery was not linear.

“We just had to move into survival mode; I don’t think I realised the depth of the fight or flight mode I was in ”

[7.35, 7.05]

It’s important to learn how mothers deal with their challenging situations. We can all learn from others’ experiences. Gemma found a real strength within herself through mindfulness and meditation.

[8.00, 7.30]

It was through her own journey and realising mothers need a place to share their stories and recognise their own and each other’s resilience that The Motherhood Project was formed (more on TMP and where to find them in Mentions in this Episode, below).

“Everybody has their journey and their story. If we open up to each other, we allow other people to do the same.”

[11.30, 11.00]

There’s a lot of power in sharing our story and hearing other people’s stories. However, we need to be really careful not to take on other people’s stories as our own, and especially to not let them frighten us.

“Our sharing creates an invitation for other mothers to share their story.”

[15.25, 14.55]

Let’s scrap competitiveness in motherhood.

[19.00, 18.30]

How to encourage mothers to share if they feel too shy face-to-face.

“We feel ourselves holding back [because we worry about how our story will be received.]”

Mentions in this episode:

♥    The Motherhood Project is an empowering online support system for mothers, which is passionate about helping women find more joy, calm and community in the beautiful challenges of motherhood. Check out TMP HERE

♥   Follow them on Facebook or Instagram

♥   Gemma is kindly giving us FREE access to her fabulous Yoda Nidra meditation. Download it HERE now.

♥   Tough Mothers courses implement a three-step framework to:

1) Help mothers understand how matrescence and motherhood changes them and their brain
2) Explain to women that they can train their brain to thrive in motherhood.
3) Teach simple, specific, individualised exercises mothers can fit into their busy day to train their brain to be a happy mother.

♥   I Wish Someone Had Told Me… – unspoken truths about what really happens to women during labour childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood.
Get your FREE E-book with the top 7 truths from I Wish Someone Had Told Me… HERE

 

A little more about my guest Gemma Douglas:

Gemma is a certified Breathwork and Meditation Practitioner, NLP Practitioner, and has a diploma in both teaching and coaching. She is also a mother of three with qualifications as a Reiki Practitioner, and a music degree from Otago University. Gemma’s passions have led her down many paths, including playing for the successful Southern Sting netball team, in the pursuit of growth, meaning, and fulfilment.

After Gemma’s third child was born, she created The Motherhood Project as a way of bringing all the mothers she knew in her life together. She could see there was a need for mutual support and connection, and the community grew to empower mothers in New Zealand, and then around the world with a community across social media channels over 150k.

Gemma has recently launched The Conscious Project a ‘sister’ to The Motherhood Project.  The Conscious Project was born out of a deep desire to make these achievable self-care techniques available to all mothers, giving them back their power.

Want to learn more about breathwork?

Check out Gemma’s The Conscious Project and work with Gemma.

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If the topics in this episode are triggering for you, or if you feel you need support, please contact you doctor or local mental health line.

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Episode #17: How to Find Your Light in Motherhood with Life Coach Dasha Okonji

Episode #17: How to Find Your Light in Motherhood with Life Coach Dasha Okonji

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“The [motherhood] shift was nothing like I thought of, dreamed of or prepared myself for”

Dasha Okonji is a mum of 3 gorgeous boys and a life coach. Like many mums, during matrescence* Dasha felt she lost herself in motherhood. She went on a journey to rediscover herself, find herself again and find the light in motherhood.

It was through her struggles in motherhood that Dasha turned to her life coaching tools and knowledge to pave her way out of the overwhelm and darkness that motherhood brought her.

In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV, Dasha shares with us her powerful story and explicit steps of how she found her way, and how you can too. From getting to know ourselves again properly as we navigate through matrescence, to seeing what is important and how we can give more time to the things that are important to us, without sacrificing ourselves.

*Matrescence is the developmental transition women go through when we become mothers. It is all encompassing – physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. Matrescence transforms us, that is why we feel different when we become mothers.
Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:
♥    Motherhood can be so different to what you expect – you must prepare yourself for all aspects of matrescence.

♥    Make it a priority to find yourself new self in motherhood

♥    Learn to shift your mindset in motherhood to thrive

♥    Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support

Hear the full episode. Simply click on your favourite podcast app below.

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In this episode you will learn [podcast, TV]:

[3.30, 3.00]
It is so important to prepare yourself for becoming a mother. Not just preparation for labour and childbirth but preparing yourself for motherhood as well.

“The challenges I didn’t expect in motherhood threw me off for a good 9 months”

Check out my book I Wish Someone Had Told Me…to find out the things 1000 mums want you to know as you prepare yourself for labour, childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood.

[5.10, 4.40]
Motherhood is a big shift for most women. Dasha had never heard of motherhood being like she experienced it. She felt overwhelmed and says she was always thinking this is not right; this is not me.

“This is really not motherhood as I pictured it”.

[9.00, 8.30]
Every mother worries about their baby, and whether she is doing a good job. Motherhood guilt is very real, but you mustn’t let it rule you.

“My main worry was: I can’t be a good mum for him”

[11.40, 11.10]
The importance of catching yourself before you fall into the dark hole of motherhood – Dasha talks us through her steps of catching herself, and leading herself out of the darkness. She gives us step-by-step strategies starting with The Wheel of Life – check it out HERE.
Dasha says: it’s like a reality check.

[17.30, 17.00]
In motherhood you have to find out who you are and what it is you need to do for you. We are all so different in motherhood (learn more about this and how it affects you, from a presentation I did early 2021). You need to find what it is that is affecting YOU in motherhood and apply the tools to your personal circumstances.

“What about me now. What do I want and what do I need? I am a mother, but I am also still me”

[20.05, 21.35]
Taking control of your matrescence life and nurturing yourself is incredibly empowering – Dasha talks us through how you can make your motherhood life be what you want it to be, rather than letting life happen to you.

“I had to redefine who I was a mum. And who I want to be as a mum”.

[23.02, 22.32]
The mental load of motherhood is extreme – Hear Dasha’s expert tips on how to take some load off your mind, and how to care for yourself in the process.

[33.10), 32.40]
Don’t just focus on labour, delivery, decorating the nursey and choosing baby names. The hard work starts after labour. Not just with our children but we need to work on ourselves as mothers.

“Doing courses and asking for advice is not about expecting bad things to happen during motherhood. It is about equipping ourselves for the job of motherhood and the person we are as mom”

Mentions in this episode:

♥   Tough Mothers courses implement a three-step framework to:

1) help mothers understand how motherhood changes their brain
2) how to strengthen their brain by training it to thrive in motherhood.
3) Teach simple, specific exercises mothers can fit into their busy day to train their brain to thrive in motherhood

A little more about my guest Dasha Okonji:

Dasha is a Mum of three very active boys under 4 years of age. She is a work-from-home Mum and runs a Life Coaching practice. Her passion is to see people live in fulfilment. Dasha turned this passion into her profession, leaving a successful career in Management Consulting to see others enjoy the lives they want. Since becoming a Mum, Dasha has developed a programme called Mum-on-a-Mission which aims to help women truly be Mums they have dreamed of. Dasha uses a range of coaching tools in areas such as confidence, patience and calm; finding balance for work, family and self-care; achieving more without added pressure; and even improving connection with your partner.

If this interests you, check out Dasha’s website www.dashaokonji.com where you can get a Daily Purposeful Planner which helps busy Mums plan their days in a way that keeps them connected to their Life Vision.

HERE is a video about the Purposeful Daily Planner and how you can get access to it.

Dasha has also kindly given us access to:

A short video on self compassion and grace

An article identifying priorities

An article on managing your to-do list

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If the topics in this episode are triggering for you, or if you feel you need support, please contact you doctor or local mental health line.

In Australia: www.healthdirect.gov.au
In New Zealand: www.mentalhealth.org.nz
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In South Africa: www.safmh.org.za

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Episode #16: The Power of Positive Births with Alana Swain

Episode #16: The Power of Positive Births with Alana Swain

For information, tips and support in your journey into and through motherhood follow Tough Mothers on Facebook and Instagram

“Motherhood ripped me apart and put me together with light”.

Alana Swain contacted me a couple of months ago and said: “I really want to share my birth stories with you. I had two incredibly empowering births, and I feel that people don’t talk about birth being a positive experience.”

I was so pleased for her email, because Alana is right! We don’t talk about positive birth experiences enough. Maybe this is in part due to the fact that most women don’t have positive birth experiences. Or also, as Alana mentions, because people think a positive birth is something to be ashamed of. Whatever it is, I believe that we need to share ALL the experiences. So, today I am honoured to share Alana’s story of her two births with you.

Alana’s conversation with me is so timely, as the amazing documentary Birth Time has just been released. If you get a chance, please watch it. Let’s all work together to give every woman an empowered birth experience. Not only because she deserves it, but because childbirth is the gateway into matrescence. And what better way to start our journey into motherhood than by feeling truly empowered.

In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV, Alana reveals how she prepared herself mentally for childbirth and how hypnobirthing played a big part in her birth experiences. She also tells us about how her motherhood struggle transformed her, and we delve into how every mother needs to consciously prepare herself for matrescence.

Matrescence is the developmental transition women go through when we become mothers.
It is all encompassing – physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
Matrescence transforms us, that is why we feel different when we become mothers.

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:

♥    Every woman must have the opportunity to have an empowered birth. This will set mothers up better to thrive in motherhood.

♥    We actively must prepare ourselves for the transition into motherhood.

♥    Give your preparation for postpartum at least as much time and energy as your preparation for birth.

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In this episode you will learn [podcast, TV]:

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If you can get your brain out of the way your body knows what to do. Do you agree?

“Preparing yourself for anything to happen is important in childbirth”.

Check out my book I Wish Someone Had Told Me… to find out the things 1000 mums want you to know before you have your baby. More info below in Mentions in This Episode.

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The importance of mindset when giving birth – Alana talks us through her series of positive mindset exercises she used to train her brain and mind to be ready for a positive birth.

“At the end of the day the baby will be delivered. So that should be your primary plan to get the baby out safely, while caring for yourself at the same time.”

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Should I have a doula at my homebirth? – Know your boundaries and be clear with your caregiver what situations will lead to what outcome. For example, what situation will lead to a trip to the hospital.

“Having a home birth was the most empowering experience of my life!”

[22.59, 22.29]
Transitioning into motherhood is a time of great change – matrescence transforms women. Alana shares how becoming a mum of two came with challenges and resulted in “the 2 baby wobbles”.

“I don’t think we grieve the pre-mum us enough”

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There is so much information and talk leading up to the birth of our baby, but we really need to talk about motherhood more, and the transition that comes with it. Alana shares her tips for managing the matrescence transition.

“Childbirth is a blip in our lives compared to motherhood. Let’s talk more about motherhood.”

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The importance of finding your people/ your tribe / your village. Not just the ones going through it with you, but the ones that have already been through it.

“We need to talk about all of postpartum, not just postpartum depression.”

Mentions in this episode:

♥    I Wish Someone Had Told Me… – unspoken truths about what really happens to women during labour childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood.
Get your FREE E-book with the top 7 truths from the book HERE

♥   Tough Mothers courses implement a three-step framework to:

1) help mothers understand how motherhood changes their brain
2) how to strengthen their brain by training it to thrive in motherhood.
3) Teach simple, specific exercises mothers can fit into their busy day to train their brain to thrive in motherhood

Alana’s business Me-Moir was inspired by Alana’s grandmother who created beautiful photo albums for each of her nine grandchildren. Me-moir creates gorgeous albums where you can clip in photos at any stage – even later in case you missed anything! This system was designed to remove mum guilt and get photos off devices into a top-quality album that will last for years. It is an heirloom piece you can add to, so it grows with your kids.

You can find out more about Alana’s amazing albums at www.me-moir.com or on Facebook, or Instagram

Alana offers a free Facebook group for photo-keen mums which you are welcome to join HERE.

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