25 | Exploring WTF is up with friendship in postpartum – with Gemma Smith


 In our third snapshot episode, Gemma chats the good, the bad and the ugly of navigating friendships in the postpartum period. You’ll hear about: 

  • Common elements of friendship
  • Why your perception of friendship matters
  • Turning points in friendships
  • When/ how to call it quits on a friendship and
  • What you can do for better friendships in postpartum.

Gemma also shares a personal story of a friendship breakup she had with a friend of six years in 2021, whilst on maternity leave during her second postpartum.

Please read my full disclaimer before listening. 



Book your 1:1 session with me here: https://www.halaxy.com/profile/together-pregnancy-and-postpartum/location/703391

Find out more about how my sessions work here: https://postpartumlikeaboss.com.au/perinatal-counselling/ 

Esther Perel:

– Letters from Esther #27 Friendship: https://www.estherperel.com/blog/letters-from-esther-27-friendship

– Podcast – Where should we begin? “Friendship, my reliable gift” https://www.estherperel.com/podcasts/wswb-s5-episode1

– Letters from Esther #1 – Connection https://www.estherperel.com/blog/july-2019-letters-from-esther-connection 

Journal articles: 

Anne M. Cronin (2015) “Domestic friends’: women’s friendships,
motherhood and inclusive intimacy” The Sociological Review, Vol. 63, 662–679 DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12255 

Eileen F. Doherty (2021) “It’s just like a break-up”: A qualitative analysis of
turning points in female friendships in early to middle adulthood, Communication Quarterly, 69:1,
43-66, DOI: 10.1080/01463373.2021.1877163