NAVIGATING PARENTHOOD PODCAST

A PODCAST FOR PARENTS NOT BABIES

Becoming a parent can be both the greatest and hardest thing you’ll experience. In our Navigating Parenthood podcast, parents share their real stories – the joys and stress, the advice and insight. In conversation with host Gretchen Miller and an expert, join them on the ride.

In this series we cover topics like parenting a child with special needs, having twin babies in intensive care, plus so much more.

Listen to the episodes below or through your phone or tablet. They can be listened to in any order, one at a time, or settle in and enjoy all at once.

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TRAILER

Get a taste of the Navigating Parenthood series in this teaser.

EPISODE 1: Embracing special needs parenthood

Even though Melanie's son was born with brain damage, she wanted so badly to believe he’d be fine. But when he was diagnosed with a lifelong disability, everything changed. Melanie talks about the unexpected joys and the day-to-day experience of parenting a child with special needs. Joan Bratel from Cerebral Palsy Alliance gives advice on coming to terms with a diagnosis like this and the support available.

For more information on cerebral palsy, visit cerebralpalsy.org.au and for disability support groups visit Better Health Channel

EPISODE 2: A SINGLE MOTHER’S PATH

Julia Hasche never thought she’d be a single mum, but her relationship broke down just months after having her baby. She shares her journey of single parenthood, from the vast emotional reward, to combating loneliness and the work-family juggling act. Julia now runs the website and podcast Single Mother Survival Guide to help and empower other single mums. Elisabeth Shaw from Relationships Australia talks about protecting your child from conflict and finding time to look after yourself.

If you need help with your relationship or after a relationship has ended, visit Relationships Australia or call 1300 364 277.

EPISODE 3: RESHAPING YOUR IDENTITY

Before having a baby Stephanie was a busy news reporter who loved her job. After giving birth she changed so much as a person she couldn’t look at work, or herself, the same. With psychologist Lisa Williams from the University of New South Wales we talk about how becoming a parent can fundamentally change your identity and your perspective on life and work.

Need help? If you feel depressed or anxious, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

EPISODE 4: STARTING LIFE IN THE NICU

What does it feel like to go home, after giving birth, without your babies? Mum Lee had her twins at 28 weeks and they were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 102 days. We hear from Lee and NICU nurse Maddie O’Connor about the challenges of becoming a parent in this environment, the impact it has and what help you might need.

For more information and support for parents of premature babies visit Miracle Babies at miraclebabies.org.au

EPISODE 5: MANAGING MENTAL CHALLENGES

Blogger Leah Williams from The Dearest Days and her partner had both experienced mental health problems before having their baby. When their daughter turned out to be a “textbook difficult baby”, Leah struggled and knew she had to seek help. Social worker and therapist Ray Medhora talks about how couples and families can support each other through postnatal depression and the major life changes of early parenthood.

If you feel depressed or anxious, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

EPISODE 6: PARENTING ACROSS CULTURES

Saman is from Pakistan, her husband is from Scotland and they’ve had children in 3 different countries. Now living in Australia, they try and bring different elements of their cultures to parenting and family life. Anthropologist Dr Geir Presterudstuen from the University of Western Sydney puts this in context of our constantly changing ideas of culture.

HOW TO LISTEN ON YOUR DEVICE

You can also listen to the podcast on your phone or tablet. 

Listening on your iPhone or iPad is easy through your device's Apple Podcast app. Updated Android phones and tablets may already have the Google Podcasts app. If not, download one of the many Android podcast apps via the Google Play Store. We recommend using Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts or Overcast. 

Once you've found your app:

  1. Open the app and locate the search button at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Search for Navigating Parenthood.
  3. You should see the logo come up in the search results.
  4. Click on the icon and choose an episode to listen to.

If you subscribe, you’ll see each new episode appear in the Listen Now and Library tabs down the bottom of the screen.

Some steps may be slightly different depending on which podcast app you download.

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