Sep 10, 2022
Ep 8: Conversations with Sophie Martin: Becoming a Mother
This time Laura and Maana are joined by the person behind @the.infertile.midwife, Sophie Martin, an NHS midwife and a mum to Cecil and Wilfred, who never made it home, and to Percy, who did.
The three talk about the painful experience of second trimester loss and infertility, which for Sophie finally ended in a positive pregnancy test and baby in late Summer 2021. Talking through the experience with her twin boys reminds Laura of her own late miscarriage and the experience and conversation around stillbirth. Through her work as a midwife Sophie has seen everything possible, but in the end, going through loss of that magnitude can only ever be felt inside. Through heartbreak and sorrow to the literal pain of IVF, Sophie, Laura, and Maana talk about what changes when a positive pregnancy test becomes the ultimate goal. They observe how harmful existing preconditions of how motherhood is supposed to look like can be for those that struggle and explore the extent to which women are willing to go to fulfil the dream of motherhood. Furthermore, Sophie has helpful insights to offer to everyone seeking professional help for infertility in the UK.
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Ep 11: Conversations with Ruth Maguire from Boobingit: Challenges of Breastfeeding
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Ep 10: Conversations with Eva Wahlström: from Women´s Boxing World Champion to Designing Maternity Products
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Ep 9: Conversations with Elliott Rae: Music, Football, and Fatherhood
This time, Laura and Maana are joined by Elliott, a dad of one, a newly published author, and the founder of MusicFootballFatherhood, “The dads’ version of Mumsnet.” (BBC)
The three launch into a conversation through how MFF became to be, and how a hobby turned into a fulltime job. Talking...
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Ep 7: Conversations with Margaret Zablocka: on Entrepreneurship and Motherhood
This time Laura and Maana sat down with Margaret Zablocka, the CEO and founder of Onoco, and a mum of two.
The three women talk about the challenges mums face today juggling career and motherhood. Through experience, Margaret saw a gap in the market for routine building with a new...
Aug 1, 2021
Ep 6: Conversations with Eeva Hiila: The Midwife Perspective
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Ep 5: Conversations with Ann Bacon: On Being a Working Mother
This time Laura and Maana are joined by Ann Bacon, a mum and baby nurse from California, and a mum of two.
The three talk about Ann’s incredible journey from psychiatric nursing to paediatrics care with HIV positive children and being a mum and baby nurse, to having children of...
Jun 1, 2021
Ep 4: Conversations with Lähiöfaijat: The Opportunities of Modern Fatherhood
This time Laura and Maana are joined by Emppu and Tomppa, two dads from East-Helsinki who host the Lähiöfaijat- podcast.
Traditionally maternity spaces have been signposted to be women-only areas. Modern fathers have challenged this discourse, and the conversation flows accordingly: Tomppa and Emppu share the origins of how the...
May 30, 2021
Ep 3: Conversations with Stiliyana Minkovska: Bridging design and maternity care
This time Laura and Maana are joined by Stiliyana Minkovska, a London-based architect, designer, and mum of two.
The conversation flows from birth experiences to the lack of mother-centred design in the equipment and surroundings at hospital birth. The women talk in-depth about Ultima Thule, an alternative birthing experience designed...
May 15, 2021
Ep 2: Conversations with the Modern Midwife: Mental health and Motherhood
This time Laura and Maana are joined by Marie Louise, a UK based Modern Midwife and a new mum herself.
The three discuss pregnancy, motherhood, and the challenges women face during their pregnancy journey through personal experiences and professional knowledge, and bond over shared desire to have a positive impact...
May 1, 2021
Ep 1: Conversations about Birth Experiences: Healing Trauma and Gaining Control
In the first episode of the Female Changemakers Podcast, Laura and Sanna talk through the effects of birth trauma, miscarriage and gaining control that led Laura to create Lola&Lykke, a support platform for mums.
When Laura´s first baby was born, she experienced severe complications that were nearly fatal due to...