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Quick Tips & Tricks - How to Build Your A-Team

Quick Tips & Tricks - How to Build Your A-Team

October 21, 2021

Your healing journey with pelvic organ prolapse - POP

When you've just been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse you can feel so alone. The journey to heal, to move forward and be the best you can takes some time. The first thing you need to do is surround yourself with the right people who can support you, known as your A-Team. 

Find out who needs to be on your team and how to find them. 

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How to Start Your Healing Journey with Prolapse - Nicola Brown

How to Start Your Healing Journey with Prolapse - Nicola Brown

October 20, 2021

DESCRIPTION

As a clinical psychologist, executive coach, wife, mum and stand up comedian - Nicola Brown was working through her own lived experience with pregnancy loss, while supporting other women as a fertility counsellor. 

Nicola shares her heroic journey about how her and her wife lived through 7 years of trying to become mums and when that special day arrived - it was nothing like they imagined...and more so what was to come next. 

Warning: This episode talks about birth trauma, miscarriage and suicide. 

This episode is for you if you want to know about;

  • IVF 
  • pelvic organ prolapse 
  • birth trauma 
  • multiple miscarriage 
  • episiotomy and forceps delivery 
  • mums and bubs separated at birth 
  • C-section birth and vaginal birth 
  • complicated births and the impact on midwives 
  • childbirth education and information overload 
  • Women’s pelvic health physiotherapy 
  • family history of breast and ovarian cancer 
  • prolapse surgery, risk factors, relapse 
  • misdiagnosis of prolapse through multiple medical professionals 
  • prolapse and pain 
  • physical exercise with prolapse 
  • men and non-binary gender diverse people with pelvic floor issues 
  • different stages of prolapse and bilateral avulsions 
  • suicide and chronic pain caused by POP  
  • colostomy bag 
  • emotionally isolating 
  • pessaries 
  • reformer pilates 
  • time and healing

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Where to find Nicola Brown: 

Website: https://nicolabrown.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsnicolabrown/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsnicolabrown

Helpful links mentioned in the show:

FemFusion: https://www.femfusionfitness.com/

Head Space: https://www.headspace.com/

Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/

https://www.curablehealth.com/

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

What are the signs you have might have endometriosis? And what to do next…

What are the signs you have might have endometriosis? And what to do next…

October 13, 2021

DESCRIPTION

When your surgeon says, ‘your pelvic pain is due to a sexually transmitted infection’ (STI), but your gut knows differently - what do you do? 

Isabelle Gosling and her mum had to self-advocate for better diagnostic surgery and answers. Isabelle was finally listened to, only to discover she was living with endometriosis and adenomyosis. 

This episode is for you if you want to know about;

  • painful periods 
  • endometriosis 
  • adenomyosis 
  • chronic illness
  • how to have open conversations with your daughter 
  • advocating for better pelvic health support
  • pelvic surgery and Laparoscopy 
  • infertility and IVF 
  • how to get specialised help
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) for hormone management and conception
  • breakthrough bleeding 
  • Pouch of Douglas 
  • how to manage symptoms of Endo like fatigue, pain
  • build your A Team to support you
  • vaginismus 
  • sexual health 
  • invisible illness and disability 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Let's. Talk. Period. Podcast 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

 
World Mental Health Day - LIVE Hour of Power & Women‘s Health

World Mental Health Day - LIVE Hour of Power & Women‘s Health

October 10, 2021

The Lowdown with Bravemumma are trialing a LIVE format with the idea of having conversations about women's health that are unscripted, because as we know sometimes the best things come from those unplanned experiences. 

This conversation is for you if you want to know more about: 

  • perinatal and postnatal anxiety 
  • adjustment to motherhood and parenthood 
  • perfectionism, OCD and control in parenthood
  • SIDS 
  • how to work through information overload
  • some signs to look out for when caring for someone with mental health needs 
  • sleep deprivation 
  • Mum's and Bubs mental health support unit 
  • how becoming a village can help you and others
  • how COVID impacts mental health for new parents 
  • common does not mean it's 'normal' 
  • fears and miscarriage 
  • medications

Links for you:

World Mental Health Day 2021

Bravemumma

Co-host Tammy from: Mumma Life Is Now 

The Gidget Foundation

Lifeline 13 11 14 for 24/7 Crisis Support 

Thank you to Tammy for sharing her story LIVE and helping other mumma's living with anxiety and/or depression. 

 

Hypopressives with Hayley Wildsmith

Hypopressives with Hayley Wildsmith

October 6, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

What do childbirth, prolapse, Hypopressives and motherhood all have in common? This amazing woman - Hayley Wildsmith. 

This episode is so impactful. After recording I was left feeling surprised by what I learned and inspired to do further research on Hypopressives. Women living with POP and Levator Ani Avulsions are often told there is nothing they can do to ‘fix’ their prolapse. This chat with Hayley may just flip this common opinion on its head? 

There was so much to cover in this important conversation. It’s both thought provoking and in depth. With it being so extensive, it’s well worth grabbing a BIG cuppa and listening until the end. 

This episode is for you if you want to know more about:

  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • pelvic organ prolapse    
  • Levator ani avulsions 
  • POP surgery 
  • Top tips for women thinking about surgery and/or recovering from surgery 
  • Postnatal depression and anxiety for women living with POP 
  • pelvic floor exercises and anatomy  
  • Hypopressives
  • pain with sex
  • Hypotonic  

*professional advice from your medical care provider should be sought prior to commencing any programs or exercises to see if it suitable to you and your body. 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Auckland Hypopressives is offering our first 50 listeners a special for the General Online Hypopressives course.

Use the code: NZD50 (in capital letters)

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

How to Restore Your Pelvic Floor with Bernadette Lack

How to Restore Your Pelvic Floor with Bernadette Lack

September 29, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

Bernadette is a trained midwife and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with women's health particularly in the area of women’s pelvic health. Bernadette spent many years working as a midwife around the world with different cultures and in regional remote areas of Australia.  

This episode is for you if you want to know more about:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse and avulsion
  • Women's Health
  • Holistic approach to pelvic health
  • Pregnancy programs
  • Epic health and birthing
  • Caesarean birth
  • Vaginal birth
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor functions during daily activities and during childbirth
  • Importance of exercise 
  • Your vulva is not your vagina 
  • Incontinence from an early age
  • Birthing politics - birth wars 

*Language warning: a couple of 'f-bombs' trickled throughout our stories 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Bernadette is gifting 15% off her online courses for our listeners:
Use this code: brave15
 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

Why YOUR Birth Story matters, with Sophie Walker from Australian Birth Stories Podcast

Why YOUR Birth Story matters, with Sophie Walker from Australian Birth Stories Podcast

September 22, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

When you’ve interviewed over 250 women and had three very different births of your own, you are more than qualified to talk to us about birth stories. 

Sophie Walker is the creator of the Australian Birth Stories Podcast. She has created a platform for women and their partners to listen and become informed about all birthing methods through the lived experiences of others. 

In this episode we talk about how Sophie’s passion for helping others began when her first birth did not go to plan and her subsequent pelvic organ prolapse. She knew she wanted this to change for her next birth - and she did. Find out about Sophie’s next exciting project. 

This episode is for you if you want to know more about:

  • Various methods of childbirth
  • Pelvic organ prolapse during childbirth 
  • Birth trauma for mums and their partners 
  • Episiotomy and forceps in childbirth 
  • Postpartum haemorrhage
  • How we lose confidence in the birthing process
  • How to support pregnant women and new mums during COVID-19
  • Childbirth education 

*Sophie shares her first birthing experience which was traumatic. It could be triggering for some listeners, you can skip past beyond 6:50mins, or choose to tune in later. 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Sophie Walker is gifting $20 off her online courses for our listeners:
$20 off online childbirth education course The Birth Class or 
$20 off postpartum course Discovering Motherhood
Use this code: Bravemamma
 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

What…? Your Vulva Is Not Your Vagina!

What…? Your Vulva Is Not Your Vagina!

September 20, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

September 20th marks World Gynecologic Oncology Day.

Our guest is Kath Mazzella, advocate for change in gynaecological and sexual health asks the question: Why is it that our society still refers to the vulva as the vagina?

Kath is a cervical cancer survivor and following her own difficult journey into the unknown realm of women's  gynaecological health and subsequent surgery is passionate about ensuring women and all sectors of society are educated and comfortable with conversations relating to this very important subject. 

There is little information relating to cancer or health related issues with the vulva. Shame and embarrassment relating to gynaecological cancers...to this day there are no vulva diagrams.

There is still so much we have to learn about women's health. 

This episode is for you if you want to know about;

  • Female genitalia
  • Societal shame and lack of information
  • Recognising symptoms of genitalia health issues
  • Sexual health
  • Taking action when something 'doesn't feel right'
  • Gynaecological cancer risk factors
  • Pain during sex and urination  
  • Pudendum
  • Your vulva is NOT your vagina

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Websites: World Gynecologic Oncology Day

We would like to give a special thanks to Kath. She kindly agreed to let us share her story today on World GO Day, even though she has been pioneering for change and created 10 September as International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD). www.kathmazzella.com

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

Beauty, Bumps & Babes

Beauty, Bumps & Babes

September 15, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

Have you been told you’ll need to have IVF to become a mumma? Has endometriosis affected you and your ability to fall pregnant? 

In this episode we have a delightful and enlightening chat with Amy Maree, who’s been through it all when it comes to becoming a mumma. When it takes 8 - IVF transfers and numerous procedures to fall pregnant, Amy thought her birth was going to be the ‘easy’ part...her birth had a different plan. 

It doesn’t get any more real than hearing her harrowing journey with this Mummy Blogger, who shares her all in the hope it can help others. 

This episode is for you if you want to know about;

  • Endometriosis, symptoms and signs (and ‘silent’ endo)
  • Heavy, painful periods 
  • Invisible illness 
  • Laparoscopy / Cone biopsy / Hysteroscopy 
  • IVF
  • Abnormal pap smear 
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic organ prolapse 
  • Childbirth 
  • Birth story / traumatic birth *trigger warning 
  • Rainbow baby 
  • Lost identity Motherhood 
  • Beauty and self-care
  • Fertility acupuncture / Chinese medicine 
  • Holistic approach to fertility 
  • Sex and pregnancy
  • The financial costs of infertility and IVF 
  • Women’s Health Physio to prepare for birth 
  • Epi-no / forceps, epidural and uncontrollable shaking in childbirth 

 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Website: www.amymaree.com.au

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

Busting The ‘Muffs‘ About Your Vagina with the worlds first Vagina Museum.

Busting The ‘Muffs‘ About Your Vagina with the worlds first Vagina Museum.

September 8, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

The Vagina Museum...have we got your attention?

Florence Schechter - is the Director of the Vagina Museum located in the United Kingdom and is a space dedicated to everything vagina in an attempt to break down stigmas and raise awareness about everything relating to women's health. The museum is a great source of information provided in a safe environment and encourages open conversation and learning.

This episode is for you if you want to learn more about:

  • vagina and vulva
  • ways we can shift societal norms and barriers to female sexuality and women's health
  • LBGT community 
  • breaking taboos and stigmas about vaginas
  • the stigma of vagina  
  • reliable information for everyone 
  • feminism and women's liberation 
  • periods 
  • vagina merchandise 
  • shadow ban from social media 

 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Website: www.vaginamuseum.co.uk

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

It‘s Not All Bleak…Modibodi Helps You, When You Leak.

It‘s Not All Bleak…Modibodi Helps You, When You Leak.

September 8, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

Many women living with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can no longer wear a tampon. They just don’t stay in. So what are we meant to do, tampons and pads are just not working? 

When Kristy Chong was training for a marathon after the birth of her second child, she noticed urinary incontinence. Not satisfied with the limited options available to manage incontinence, she decided to take matters into her own hands. 

This episode is more like a chat from one mum to another. Even though Kristy is a CEO, she’s also a wife and mumma with four children. Find out the inside story of the woman who developed the first Period and Incontinence Underwear in Australia.

This episode is for you if you want to know about;

  • periods and mensuration 
  • motherhood   
  • incontinence 
  • period poverty 
  • how to make a difference in the ‘women’s health space' 
  • what women can be doing now to help make change  
  • how to have the conversations about periods
  • smashing taboos about women's health in general 
  • FemTech
  • supporting women and their health 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use: BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

A special gift from Modibodi. Use BRAVE15 to receive 15% off your purchase. 

Modibodi T&C’s: 15% off products excluding Give a Pair, Maxis, Bundles and Gift Vouchers. Min spend $100.00 Expiry date: 30/9/21

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

How To Find Your Village with Pink McKay

How To Find Your Village with Pink McKay

September 8, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

We know Pinky McKay as a best selling author, Australia’s most recognised and respected breastfeeding experts - but there is so much more about this amazing woman’s journey.  

Today we talk about the fearless nurse who was a natural born leader from a very young age. We learn about how her mischievous nature led her to become an icon for mothers everywhere.

You’ll need a big cuppa for this episode as we dive deep into many aspects of pre and postnatal topics for mumma’s. 

This episode is for you if you want to know more about:

  • becoming a mother and having a baby in newborn intensive care unit (NICU)
  • breast pumps throughout the years 
  • breast feeding, blocked ducts and breastfeeding culture  
  • finding your own ‘village’ 
  • La Leche League   
  • working mums in a corporate world
  • parenting books & literature 
  • how women prepare for birth throughout the generations 
  • birthing your placenta 
  • postpartum haemorrhage
  • trusting your motherhood instincts - how do you know when they aren't saying anything? 
  • ‘surrender’ - what if you just can’t? 
  • postpartum doula 
  • caring for mums during COVID-19 
  • birth trauma 
  • ‘baby blues’, anxiety, postnatal depression and birth trauma 
  • how we make birth better for our girls
  • pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal tears, episiotomy 
  • Mums and Bubs Unit for mental health

 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

FREE  first Chapter of Sleeping Like a Baby

https://www.pinkymckay.com/sleeping-like-a-baby/ 

FREE ebook, Making More Mummy Milk, Naturally

https://www.boobiefoods.com.au

 

HELP & SUPPORT

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

Open 3pm to midnight, 7 days a week

 

PANDA National Helpline: 1300 726 306

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 7.30pm

 

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Open 24/7

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

Trailer

Trailer

August 27, 2021

DESCRIPTION 

Hello & Welcome! 

The Lowdown with Bravemumma Podcast is here to inspire, educate and talk about all things; periods to pregnancy and motherhood to menopause. 

 

LINKS FOR YOU

Grab yourself a cuppa from Madame Flavour and use code BRAVE20 to receive 20% off your first order. 

Website: Bravemumma

 

CREDITS

Host - Stephanie Thompson

Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes

Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk

Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose

Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson 

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