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Changing the way you think about birth, with Hypnodoula Melissa

May 05, 2021

Hypnodoula Melissa from Hypno Birthing 


When you’re pregnant there are a whole lot of emotions (thanks hormones) and you have a lot of questions floating around your head. Is your baby growing at a good rate, are they in the right position, is their head the right size...the list of questions and concerns can be quite endless.

As the due date creeps up, it’s common for women to start to feel some fear around how the birth is going to happen. No one can really predict how a birth is going to play out, and the fear of the unknown can be quite hard to come to terms with for some.

But fear in childbirth is definitely not your friend, and this episode is here to explain why.

Today on the podcast I’m speaking with the amazing hypno doula Melissa Kate about why we need to ditch the fear around childbirth and more importantly some strategies for how to do this.


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8 Recovery Tips for a Caesarean Birth with Kath

Apr 28, 2021

Kath from Fitnest Mama 


I believe postnatal recovery isn’t given the time and care it needs in our society. New mothers tend to have a short period of rest and then rush to get back to being active without undertaking the proper recovery care. There’s just a lot to consider about your recovery after giving birth, and cesarean delivery can often add another level of complexity.

That’s why in today’s episode I want to dive into postnatal care after a Caesarean birth, from abdominal support, to constipation, all the way to caesarean scar massage. I’ll give you actionable tips to help your recovery and explore ways you can prepare yourself as well as where to seek help.

So, sit back, unwind, and slow down as you listen to this episode.


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Abdominal Muscle Separation – Can I fix it? with Kath

Apr 21, 2021

Kath from Fitnest Mama 


In today’s episode I answer a question I get asked really often. How do I fix my abdominal muscle separation? This is a common issue for new mums but with the right knowledge it’s one anyone can deal with.

I’m going to explain what exactly an abdominal muscles separation is, and the other terms frequently used. I will explain how you can help yourself recover and when you might need to seek help. I also dive into common misconceptions and the harm they can cause.

If you’re pregnant, or you’re struggling to recover physically after birth, this episode is for you!


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Hypnobirthing for a Caesarean Birth with Vanessa Bernard

Apr 14, 2021

Vanessa from Illoura Birth


We all know that sometimes childbirth doesn’t go according to birth. Whether or not you have a caesarean birth, planned or emergency, it is really empowering for all pregnant women to understand techniques to create a positive experience in any situation you might find yourself it. Today I am joined by Vanessa Bernard, mother of two, business owner, pediatric nurse, and certified hypnobirthing practitioner.

We dive into the key ways hypnobirthing techniques can be helpful if you are having a caesarean birth. She shares my belief that knowledge is power, and we discuss the different ways a pregnant mama can educate herself and the people around her about the possibility of a caesarean birth. Most of all she wants all mums to understand that if you have a change in circumstances, you can still have a really beautiful, positive caesarean birth experience. Her tips are practical, helpful, and easy to implement so make sure you...

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Sex for Conception for Lovers with Dr Raelia Lew

Apr 07, 2021

Dr Raelia Lew from Knocked-Up Podcast


Today’s episode is a fun one!

I have two guests with me Dr Raelia Lew and Jordi Morrison. They are the hosts of the Knocked-Up podcast. Dr Raelia Lew is a fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist. Her passion is giving women as many options as possible for having children in their life. She works at Women’s Health Melbourne and Melbourne Fertility.

Dr Raelia and Jordi have released a line of lubricants called Lovers. They offer seven unique lubricants designed for increased pleasure, dryness, breast-feeding mums, menopausal women, for use with sex toys, or for their moisturizing properties. There’s something for everyone.

We dive into their top tips on sex for conception discussing timing, common troubles, lubricants, and lots more.

These ladies are incredibly passionate and know what they’re talking about so I hope you can all take something away from this episode.


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What Every Woman Needs to Know About her Pelvic Floor with Kath

Mar 31, 2021

Kath from Fitnest Mama 


In an ideal world, we’d all learn about pelvic floor health in Highschool and be fully equipped to care for our pelvic floor muscles. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, so in today’s episode we delve into pelvic floor health, answering questions I believe all women should know.

What are the pelvic floor muscles? 

Why do I need to know about them?

What do pelvic floor problems look like? 

When should I get help with my pelvic floor muscles?

How do I best look after my pelvic floor muscles?

This is generalized information and can’t replace personalized professional care, but I do hope it empowers you to take control of your pelvic floor health. In addition, I will run through a few exercises you can perform to begin strengthening your pelvic floor muscles.


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Newborth life & the 4th Trimester with Jen Butler

Mar 26, 2021

Jen Butler from The Early Parenting


There is a wealth of information available to prepare mums-to-be for their pregnancy and birthing experience. Unfortunately, many mums find themselves unprepared and uncertain in the time that follows.

My Special Guest today is the lovely Jen Butler host of The Early Parenting Podcast. She is a midwife, maternal child health nurse, sleep consultant, lactation consultant, and soon to be mum of three. I ask Jen to share her top tips for life with a newborn. Jen talks about preparing for new motherhood, setting up support structures with your tribe, and knowing when to ask for help. We talk about the uncertainty of this time and the mindsets that might lead you astray.

Sit back, unwind, and slow down as you listen to this episode.


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Pregnancy, Motherhood, Periods and Moons with Ilana Kosakiewicz

Mar 17, 2021

Ilana from The Energy Shift


I have a super interesting discussion for you today as I talk about all things energy with Ilana Kosakiewicz, one of Australia's leading kinesiologists, energy coaches and yoga and meditation teachers. I’ll be bold enough to say that it’s an episode that every woman should listen to.

We barely scratch the surface in this episode as Ilana shares about what kinesiology is and how, through muscle testing, it shifts energy in the body, restoring it back to balance. Ilana talks about the connection between the moon and a woman’s cycle and how we need to listen to our biological clocks instead of trying to keep up with the 24 hour clock we’re accustomed to. Ilana shares some great practical tips for how to get the best out of your day, depending on where you’re at in your cycle. 

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Four Common Mistakes When Exercising During Pregnancy & After Birth

Mar 10, 2021

Kath from Fitnest Mama


As a physio working in women’s health, I’m certainly an advocate for staying fit and healthy before, during and after pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy and during those first few months after birth, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to approach exercise and can be overwhelming to face in the midst of morning sickness, fatigue and sleep deprivation.

In this episode, I talk about some important things to consider when thinking about exercise and 4 common areas that can impede your after birth recovery. I discuss why some women stop exercising altogether and the impact this has on their physical and mental health. I talk about making sure your body is ready before you get back into running, understanding how to look after your pelvic floor muscles and seeking help where you need to.

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Perineal Preparation for Childbirth With Kath

Mar 03, 2021

Kath from Fitnest Mama 


I’ve got a really practical episode for you today about a subject which some women may never have heard about. Today I’m diving into the big topic of perineal preparation for childbirth, what it is and why you need to know about it.

In this episode, I start out with a brief anatomy lesson to help you discover the important part of your body that connects your pelvic floor. I talk you through a massage technique that you can do at home to help with the physical and mental preparation for birth. This will get your body ready for the sensation of stretch during crowning, often referred to as the ‘ring of fire’.

I discuss mindset and how doing this exercise will help you relax into the sensation of stretch instead of tensing up with fear. Perineal massage has been statistically proven to prevent tares and reduce the risk of episiotomies so it’s certainly something I think is worth doing to prepare for...

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