Hi all! I was super thrilled to be invited on to speak with Shelley McClure of Pollination Mamas (definitely check out her other work).
We had a really great chat about the state of postpartum culture, my story and my work within the community (and world) to revolutionise postpartum mental health and care.
I really loved this interview - for so many reasons. And I'd love for you to give this a listen!
We’re going to be doing things differently around here.
I have expressed my frustration most recently that I don’t have enough space in an Instagram caption to fully articulate my thoughts and processes.
Image: Melissa Askew
I talk about this a lot and I'm nearly always met with a bit of resistance. And that's totally okay.
Becoming a parent CAN be traumatic.
The thing about trauma is that it is SO personal and so individual.
Did anyone see this poem by Annie Ridout?!
"I've just had a baby -
I was standing in front of Parliament House in Canberra in February of this year.
It was early in the morning and my teeth were chattering from the nerves and the cold. My alarm went off at 5am but I hadn’t slept. I’d breastfed and soothed a 12 month old through the night. I was due to be on live TV any moment. I was in Canberra after being selected as a Trailblazer as part of the ABC Heywire program. It was already an epic adventure - and to have this opportunity to talk about The Postnatal Project on primetime TV was massive.
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Feeling overwhelmed… I don’t think there would be one parent on earth who hasn’t felt this way from time to time.
Why is this such a common and shared experience?
It’s actually so simple.
We were never designed to do this alone. And by “this” I mean conceive (obviously), birth, nourish, parent, sleep with and emotionally support a child.
Ahhh, beliefs and expectations. They make us who we are. They are so important. But did you know that you have the power to explore and shift these expectations and beliefs when they no longer serve you?
The Postnatal Project is 3 years old!
My first daughter was born in June of 2015. The Postnatal Project was born in January 2016.
When I think about the beginning of The Postnatal Project, it surprises me that I wasted no time in creating this space when I was in the midst of being so, so unwell. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually... I was the lowest I'd ever felt.