Introducing Season 1: The Early Years
Becoming a parent can be both the greatest and hardest thing you’ll experience. In Season One of Navigating Parenthood, join host Gretchen Miller and experts as parents share their real stories in HCF’s award-winning podcast* – the joys and stresses, the advice and insight.
Listen to the episodes below or through your phone or tablet.
Also see Season Two of Navigating Parenthood: Talking to Teens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awards for Navigating Parenthood Podcast
HCF is proud to support members with award-winning podcast content.
*Navigating Parenthood, produced by HCF and Hardie Grant Media, has received the acclaim of both the global Content Marketing Institute (CMI) (finalist for Best Podcast/Audio Series), and the Content Marketing Association of Australia (silver winner, Best Branded Podcast Series).
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