Welcome to the Postpartum like a boss podcast
Welcome to Postpartum like a boss where we talk all things early parenthood. Postpartum like a boss is brought to you by Gemma Smith, in unfiltered conversation with parents about the inevitable highs, lows and genuine WTFs of the transition to parenthood.
I’m your host, Gemma Smith and some of the hats I wear (but actually don’t because..mum bun…) include:
- Principal of Together Pregnancy and Postpartum Pty Ltd
- Accredited Social Worker
- Mother of two under six
- Partner of one over 35
- Former HR professional
Qualifications I have, (which, ironically, I mainly did for the hats) include:
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Bachelor of Creative Arts
- Diploma of Business Management
- Diploma of Yoga Teaching
- Newborn Mothers postpartum professional course
My long story short is: I lived a fast life, constantly pushing myself well beyond my limits while striving for success (and adrenal fatigue apparently!). Then, I had my first baby and the rest is complicated, messy, profound and joyful history, which has led me to this work, and to create this podcast.
43 | Postpartum and motherhood after abortion - With Kelsey and Cassidy @australianabortionstories RELEASED FEB 16, 2023 In this episode we are joined by two wonderful women, Kelsey and Cassidy – hosts of the Australian Abortion Stories podcast. With three abortion...
42 | Work. Mama. Life - With @dr.aliyoung RELEASED FEB 3, 2023 In this episode we are joined by the talented @dr.aliyoung. Ali is a mother of two who has been a practicing Chiropractor for 20 years and is the author of the book 'Work. Mama. Life'. Dr Ali's passion is...
41 | Natural fertility in motherhood - With Maddy @natural.fertility.collective RELEASED JAN 18, 2022 In our first episode of 2023 we are lucky enough to speak about our fertility and women's health journey as mothers with Maddy - registered nurse, trained natural...
40 | Exploring boundary setting - with Gemma Smith RELEASED DEC 21, 2022 In our final snapshot episode of 2022, I take some time to explore the concept of boundary setting. Boundaries are particularly relevant during the perinatal period and, very often, during the...
39 | Binge drinking, motherhood & sobriety - with Vic @drinkmummysobermummy RELEASED DEC 6, 2022 In this episode we are joined by Victoria Vanstone: Host of @soberawkward – A comedy podcast about two ex-party animals navigating parenting and socialising without...
38 | The mood of maternal health - With Jess @wethemoode RELEASED NOV 23, 2022 In this episode we are lucky enough to be joined by Jess Rosenberg - mother, social worker, maternal health advocate and founder of moode. Noticing fertility was feeling very...
37 | Motherhood in the media - With @samanthaheathwood RELEASED NOV 9, 2022 In this episode we are joined by Seven Network Journalist, newsreader, event speaker/MC, ambassador for @beyonddv and mother of two Samanatha Heathwood. Samantha openly shares about her...
36 | Exploring gender disappointment - with Gemma Smith RELEASED OCT 19, 2022 In our sixth snapshot episode, I take some time to unpack the concept of 'gender disappointment'. Not widely/ publicly spoken about until more recent years, gender disappointment is fast...
35 | Motherhood and sexual liberation - with @theorgasmicmama RELEASED OCT 5, 2022 In this power-packed episode I chat with Somatic Sexologist Tamica Wilder aka @theorgasmicmama about sexuality, intimacy, eroticism, sensuality and identity in motherhood. Far from your...
34 | Postpartum mental health and infertility - with @soph__skipper RELEASED SEPT 21, 2022 In this episode we are joined by the lovely @soph__skipper. Soph is an event planner and motherhood blogger passionate about sharing her personal struggles with postpartum...
33 | The Care/Career conundrum - with @drsophiebrock RELEASED SEPT 6, 2022 In this episode we are joined by one of my favourite professionals in the motherhood realm, Motherhood Studies Sociologist Dr Sophie Brock. Dr Sophie and I explore and unpack what Dr Sophie has...
32 | Exploring why "ideal" parenting feels so hard - With Gemma Smith RELEASED AUG 24, 2022 In my fifth snapshot episode, I share some answers to the big question on parenting, which is - why does it feel so hard when we try and do it "right"?! To answer this, I...
I created Postpartum like a boss because a vital element of achieving a positive postpartum is a connection to others – and what better way to connect than through sharing our stories?
Postpartum like a boss is for you if you:
- are thinking about, or actively trying for a baby
- are pregnant and or/ a partner support person
- have recently given birth or become a parent
- are returning to work or have young children
- are a birth-worker, friend or family member supporting others from pregnancy to postpartum
- are someone who doesn’t mind a good laugh and a good cry at the same time
Postpartum like a boss episodes cover topics associated with pregnancy, birth and postpartum. It is therefore likely that episodes will cover topics that may trigger some listeners such as, but not limited to; fertility issues, IVF, pregnancy loss, late term or infant loss, traumatic birth experiences, gender disappointment, relationship breakdowns and postpartum depression/ anxiety/ psychosis. Every effort will be made to have appropriate trigger warnings in the show notes of each episode.
Our aim is to deliver an engaging and entertaining Podcast. Any opinion expressed or information provided never replaces qualified medical care and advice. We are not general medical practitioners. Do not act on any information without first seeking professional medical advice. Please review my full disclaimer* prior to listening to Postpartum like a boss episodes.
I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country on which they never ceded sovereignty. I recognise their deep and continuing connection to the land and waters, particularly in relation to birthing practices, which have existed here since time immemorial. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.