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Join news presenter Davina Smith in a podcast that tells the silent truth of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) loudly, in raw and honest accounts from some of the one in five mothers and one and ten fathers living with it. Paired with

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Pieta’s journey through the unexpected, receiving a prenatal diagnosis, and navigating complex medical decisions – with Dr Golly

Going into her 31-week scan, Pieta was expecting the usual – a jelly-covered belly and the thrill of seeing her baby grow. But what started as a routine scan ended with Pieta facing one of the most challenging decisions of her life. One in 22 babies has a ‘major congenital anomaly’, and in this episode, Pieta shares her own experience navigating uncertain medical information, the mental toll of grappling with difficult decisions, and the importance of care beyond the diagnosis. Later, Dr. Golly, paediatrician and Gidget Ambassador, joins host Davina Smith and Gidget Clinical Psychologist Erin Seeto for a roundtable discussion on the types and purposes of pregnancy screenings available to parents, discussing strategies to protect your mental health when navigating complex medical information. Plus, Dr. Golly shares his own experience with unexpected diagnoses, sparking a conversation around the value of sharing the mental load and finding trusted sources of truth. Thanks to Peaches Pilates for making this episode possible. Discount code expires Sep 30th 24, available for new subscribers online. Head to peachespilates.com. If you would like to hear more from Pieta, head to the Through the Unexpected website here. You can find Dr Golly on instagram @drgolly, or head to his website to find his sleep programs, podcast and more.  Dr Golly has provided a special discount code for today’s listeners to use on his Sleep Programs. Use the coupon code “gidget20” upon checkout at drgolly.com and you will receive $20 off all sleep programs. Code expires 31.10.24. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram. CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

Pieta’s journey through the unexpected, receiving a prenatal diagnosis, and navigating complex medical decisions – with Dr Golly

Going into her 31-week scan, Pieta was expecting the usual – a jelly-covered belly and the thrill of seeing her baby grow. But what started as a routine scan ended with Pieta facing one of the most challenging decisions of her life. One in 22 babies has a ‘major congenital anomaly’, and in this episode, Pieta shares her own experience navigating uncertain medical information, the mental toll of grappling with difficult decisions, and the importance of care beyond the diagnosis. Later, Dr. Golly, paediatrician and Gidget Ambassador, joins host Davina Smith and Gidget Clinical Psychologist Erin Seeto for a roundtable discussion on the types and purposes of pregnancy screenings available to parents, discussing strategies to protect your mental health when navigating complex medical information. Plus, Dr. Golly shares his own experience with unexpected diagnoses, sparking a conversation around the value of sharing the mental load and finding trusted sources of truth. Thanks to Peaches Pilates for making this episode possible. Discount code expires Sep 30th 24, available for new subscribers online. Head to peachespilates.com. If you would like to hear more from Pieta, head to the Through the Unexpected website here. You can find Dr Golly on instagram @drgolly, or head to his website to find his sleep programs, podcast and more.  Dr Golly has provided a special discount code for today’s listeners to use on his Sleep Programs. Use the coupon code “gidget20” upon checkout at drgolly.com and you will receive $20 off all sleep programs. Code expires 31.10.24. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram. CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

56:22

EP06 - S2

9 Jul 24

Kylianne’s crusade of pro-lapse prejudice, finding mind-body harmony, and how to succeed as a neurodivergent parent - with Sally Rippin

After years of battling mental health struggles, Kylianne received an unexpected prescription: movement. Embracing physical activity for pure joy rather than aesthetics marked the beginning of her healing and a new career, ultimately making her business ‘Movement for Mental Health’ the largest third-party fundraiser for the Gidget Foundation. Before this incredible feat however, the onset of prolapse after the birth of her first child threatened to unravel the progress herself and her greatest mental health ally – movement – had achieved.  In this heartfelt conversation with host Davina Smith, Kylianne shares her journey of resilience and determination to change the narrative. She reveals how helping others became a pathway to her own healing and how the overwhelming chaos she felt welcoming a second child led to her ADHD diagnosis. The discussion deepens with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lisa Morgan from Gidget and Sally Rippin, author of 'Wild Things’ in a roundtable discussion later in the episode. Together, they explore the complexities of parenting as a neurodivergent individual and offer strategies to create a happy home when your child also receives a diagnosis. Find Kylianne on Instagram @kylianne_moveformentalhealth or head to her website moveformentalhealth.com to learn more about her fundraisers & workshops. You can also find Sally on Instagram @sallyrippinauthor, or head to her website sallyrippin.com to get a copy of her book ‘Wild Things’. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

Kylianne’s crusade of pro-lapse prejudice, finding mind-body harmony, and how to succeed as a neurodivergent parent - with Sally Rippin

After years of battling mental health struggles, Kylianne received an unexpected prescription: movement. Embracing physical activity for pure joy rather than aesthetics marked the beginning of her healing and a new career, ultimately making her business ‘Movement for Mental Health’ the largest third-party fundraiser for the Gidget Foundation. Before this incredible feat however, the onset of prolapse after the birth of her first child threatened to unravel the progress herself and her greatest mental health ally – movement – had achieved.  In this heartfelt conversation with host Davina Smith, Kylianne shares her journey of resilience and determination to change the narrative. She reveals how helping others became a pathway to her own healing and how the overwhelming chaos she felt welcoming a second child led to her ADHD diagnosis. The discussion deepens with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lisa Morgan from Gidget and Sally Rippin, author of 'Wild Things’ in a roundtable discussion later in the episode. Together, they explore the complexities of parenting as a neurodivergent individual and offer strategies to create a happy home when your child also receives a diagnosis. Find Kylianne on Instagram @kylianne_moveformentalhealth or head to her website moveformentalhealth.com to learn more about her fundraisers & workshops. You can also find Sally on Instagram @sallyrippinauthor, or head to her website sallyrippin.com to get a copy of her book ‘Wild Things’. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

52:57

EP05 - S2

25 Jun 24

Cathy Ngo’s healing of generational wounds, trauma informed care, and when PNDA takes you to your limits - with Amani Haydar

When Cathy Ngo – the daughter of Vietnamese refugee’s - became a mother, the wounds of her past tore open. In a deeply moving conversation with host Davina Smith, Cathy reveals her struggle to balance her heritage with the desire to forge her own path. She bravely shares her experiences with racism, family violence, and how the birth of her son triggered a wave of depression and anxiety that with an extraordinary amount of courage would start her on a path to breaking the cycle of trauma she endured. Later, a roundtable discussion with artist-turned-author Amani Haydar and Gidget psychologist Roshini Varghese delves into the necessity of culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care. Amani also shares powerful insights from her book, "The Mother Wound," making this episode a must-listen for any parent seeking understanding and healing. Keep up with Cathy’s journey on her Instagram @cathyngospeaks or head to her website cathyngo.com. To hear more from Amani, head to her Instagram @amanihaydar. To get a copy of Amani’s book,  ‘The Mother Wound’ head to the Pan Macmillan website here. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram. 

Cathy Ngo’s healing of generational wounds, trauma informed care, and when PNDA takes you to your limits - with Amani Haydar

When Cathy Ngo – the daughter of Vietnamese refugee’s - became a mother, the wounds of her past tore open. In a deeply moving conversation with host Davina Smith, Cathy reveals her struggle to balance her heritage with the desire to forge her own path. She bravely shares her experiences with racism, family violence, and how the birth of her son triggered a wave of depression and anxiety that with an extraordinary amount of courage would start her on a path to breaking the cycle of trauma she endured. Later, a roundtable discussion with artist-turned-author Amani Haydar and Gidget psychologist Roshini Varghese delves into the necessity of culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care. Amani also shares powerful insights from her book, "The Mother Wound," making this episode a must-listen for any parent seeking understanding and healing. Keep up with Cathy’s journey on her Instagram @cathyngospeaks or head to her website cathyngo.com. To hear more from Amani, head to her Instagram @amanihaydar. To get a copy of Amani’s book,  ‘The Mother Wound’ head to the Pan Macmillan website here. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram. 

48:48

EP04 - S2

11 Jun 24

Alexandra Collier’s embrace of solo-motherhood by choice, and discovering your strength after separation - with Julia Hasche

Throughout Alexandra (Ali) Collier’s life, the ticking of her biological clock was almost silent… until it wasn’t. By the time she heard the hands moving, her work, life, and relationship status did not align with her now deafening desire. Still, she decided to upheave her life in New York and return to Australia to pursue life as a solo parent by choice. Ali, author of the book 'Inconceivable', tells host Davina Smith about the stigma she battled and the anxieties she faced when the reality of raising a child solo dawned. Later, Davina is joined by the mind and mum behind the Single Mothers Survival Guide podcast, Julia Hasche, and Gidget Clinical Team Lead Katie Peterson for a roundtable discussion about the impact of separation or divorce on parents during the perinatal period. Together, they discuss how to survive the adjustment period and steps to protect your mental health when love is back on the cards. Keep up with Ali’s journey on her Instagram @alexandracollierwrites, or head to her website alexandracollier.com. To get your hands on her book ‘Inconceivable’ head to Booktopia.  If it’s Julia Hasche you want to hear more from, head to her Instagram, or listen to the Single Mothers Survival Guidewherever you get your podcasts. She also had a website, singlemotherssurvivalguide.com. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

Alexandra Collier’s embrace of solo-motherhood by choice, and discovering your strength after separation - with Julia Hasche

Throughout Alexandra (Ali) Collier’s life, the ticking of her biological clock was almost silent… until it wasn’t. By the time she heard the hands moving, her work, life, and relationship status did not align with her now deafening desire. Still, she decided to upheave her life in New York and return to Australia to pursue life as a solo parent by choice. Ali, author of the book 'Inconceivable', tells host Davina Smith about the stigma she battled and the anxieties she faced when the reality of raising a child solo dawned. Later, Davina is joined by the mind and mum behind the Single Mothers Survival Guide podcast, Julia Hasche, and Gidget Clinical Team Lead Katie Peterson for a roundtable discussion about the impact of separation or divorce on parents during the perinatal period. Together, they discuss how to survive the adjustment period and steps to protect your mental health when love is back on the cards. Keep up with Ali’s journey on her Instagram @alexandracollierwrites, or head to her website alexandracollier.com. To get your hands on her book ‘Inconceivable’ head to Booktopia.  If it’s Julia Hasche you want to hear more from, head to her Instagram, or listen to the Single Mothers Survival Guidewherever you get your podcasts. She also had a website, singlemotherssurvivalguide.com. Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

47:06

EP03 - S2

28 May 24

Silje Andersen-Cooke’s triplet trials, finding joy in the unexpected, and preparing for the cost of parenthood - with Kate Browne

Silje Andersen-Cooke's jaw dropped when her OBGYN uttered the word ‘triplets’. Shock, joy, and a flood of anxieties ensued. From grappling with financial worries to fears about her body and the babies' health, Silje shares her rollercoaster journey with host Davina Smith in this raw and honest conversation. Discover how she went from shock to advocacy as Director of the Multiple Births Association, where she campaigns for better health outcomes and support for parents of multiples. Later, hear from Head of Research at Compare Club Kate Browne plus Gidget Clinical Psychologist Erin Seeto in a roundtable discussion on managing financial stressors in early parenthood. Together, they discuss budgeting, handling unforeseen expenses, and finding the sweet spot between quality and cost in parenting, all without letting your wallet define your worth. Thanks to Nourishing Bubs for making this episode possible. Discover more of their range at nourishingbubs.com or folow them on instagram @nourishingbubs. Keep up with Silje’s journey on her instagram @silje.ac or learn more about the Multiple Births association on their website amba.org.au. If it’s Kate Browne you’re after, head to compareclub.com.au to learn more.  Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

Silje Andersen-Cooke’s triplet trials, finding joy in the unexpected, and preparing for the cost of parenthood - with Kate Browne

Silje Andersen-Cooke's jaw dropped when her OBGYN uttered the word ‘triplets’. Shock, joy, and a flood of anxieties ensued. From grappling with financial worries to fears about her body and the babies' health, Silje shares her rollercoaster journey with host Davina Smith in this raw and honest conversation. Discover how she went from shock to advocacy as Director of the Multiple Births Association, where she campaigns for better health outcomes and support for parents of multiples. Later, hear from Head of Research at Compare Club Kate Browne plus Gidget Clinical Psychologist Erin Seeto in a roundtable discussion on managing financial stressors in early parenthood. Together, they discuss budgeting, handling unforeseen expenses, and finding the sweet spot between quality and cost in parenting, all without letting your wallet define your worth. Thanks to Nourishing Bubs for making this episode possible. Discover more of their range at nourishingbubs.com or folow them on instagram @nourishingbubs. Keep up with Silje’s journey on her instagram @silje.ac or learn more about the Multiple Births association on their website amba.org.au. If it’s Kate Browne you’re after, head to compareclub.com.au to learn more.  Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

49:47

EP02 - S2

14 May 24

Ellidy Pullin’s legacies of love, navigating IVF, and when motherhood doesn’t stop for grief – with Dr Kath Whitton

Ellidy Pullin’s most courageous act was becoming a mother, but that doesn’t make it easy. On sleepless nights, through the baby-blues, and even in moments of pure bliss, grief doesn’t stop. Speaking to host Davina Smith, Ellidy reveals the bittersweet moments of Minnie’s first couple of months at home, and how she learnt to balance both joy and sorrow in one hand; a task she’s still practicing today. Later, Dr Kath Whitton, Fertility Specialist, and clinical team lead at Gidget, Amelia Walker, join Davina for a roundtable discussion on protecting your mental health through the notoriously challenging process of IVF, whether you’re embarking on that journey posthumously like Ellidy did, or not. They delve into the medical intricacies of the process, explore the strains it can place on relationships, and offer strategies to safeguard oneself when the outcome falls short of expectations. Thanks to Peaches Pilates for making this episode possible. Discount code expires Sep 30th 24, available for new subscribers online. Head to peachespilates.com.  You can hear more from Ellidy on her podcast Darling, Shine! Or follow her instagram.  Dr Kath Whitton can be found on her website drkathwhitton.com.au, or follow her on instagram.  Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

Ellidy Pullin’s legacies of love, navigating IVF, and when motherhood doesn’t stop for grief – with Dr Kath Whitton

Ellidy Pullin’s most courageous act was becoming a mother, but that doesn’t make it easy. On sleepless nights, through the baby-blues, and even in moments of pure bliss, grief doesn’t stop. Speaking to host Davina Smith, Ellidy reveals the bittersweet moments of Minnie’s first couple of months at home, and how she learnt to balance both joy and sorrow in one hand; a task she’s still practicing today. Later, Dr Kath Whitton, Fertility Specialist, and clinical team lead at Gidget, Amelia Walker, join Davina for a roundtable discussion on protecting your mental health through the notoriously challenging process of IVF, whether you’re embarking on that journey posthumously like Ellidy did, or not. They delve into the medical intricacies of the process, explore the strains it can place on relationships, and offer strategies to safeguard oneself when the outcome falls short of expectations. Thanks to Peaches Pilates for making this episode possible. Discount code expires Sep 30th 24, available for new subscribers online. Head to peachespilates.com.  You can hear more from Ellidy on her podcast Darling, Shine! Or follow her instagram.  Dr Kath Whitton can be found on her website drkathwhitton.com.au, or follow her on instagram.  Find support, read real stories, or become part of the Gidget collective by visiting our website, gidgetfoundation.org.au. You can also find us on instagram.  CREDITS Hosts: Davina Smith Producer: Kelsey Menzies  Audio Imager: Kelli Foulstone Managing Producer: Todd Stevens 

50:58

EP01 - S2

30 Apr 24


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