Flourishing Families

Pelvic floor health with Core Restore Co

Heather Foord is passionate about educating women about the health of their pelvic floor.   There is an important dynamic relationship between the abdominal muscles, our breath and the pelvic floor. She shares with us some valuable pointers on how we can strengthen these at home.  Heather also explains the science behind some amazing equipment she has in her studio which…


Doula support for the complicated birth with Jess Hastings

Jess Hastings is an actuary risk analyst, and has been juggling and assessing risks for a living for many years. Since experiencing a challenging pregnancy and birth with her first child she has been passionate about helping other pregnant couples. Jess's strength is helping make sense of the information provided at this time, asking the right questions and making the best decisions…


Pregnancy and post partum massage with Joanne Macintosh

Joanne is a pregnancy and post-partum massage therapist, a doula and a yoga instructor.  She combines these incredible skills into a wonderfully intuitive massage that help promote healing at both the physical and emotional level.  In our conversation today Joanne shares how mums-to-be can heal old trauma through massage and self awareness, and help her new baby have the best start…


Pilates for pregnancy and new mamas

We welcome Ellesse Hawkins from Fleur Pilates in Charlestown to the podcast. She is talking to us about preparing your body for the changing demands of pregnancy, birth and post-partum. Being pregnant and running after a toddler, Ellesse knows all about being busy. Even with that craziness she emphasizes the importance of squeezing in a bit of time for self care. She is an ex-ballerina with a…


Introduction to Kinesiology with Erin Dube`

Erin Dube` is a kinesiologist with a background in occupational therapy and hypnobirthing.  She takes us through what kinesiology is and how it can help a wide range of health issues.  


Switched-on Kids

In this episode the tables have turned and Dani from NewyFitness interviews Dorte Bladt from Family Chiropractic Centre Charlestown about her Switched-on Kids program.


Sleep and Settle Babies

The baby whisperer Natalie Ebrill from Sleep and Settle shares with us her favorite tips to help baby have a good night's sleep. She reminds us of the importance of feeding well, playing well and sleeping well through the day as the secret to a better night. Enjoy :)


Exercising again after the birth of your baby

In this episode I have a chat to the lovely and knowledgeable Dani from NewyFitness.  She shares about the importance of being patient and kind to ourselves as we safely return to exercise.  Her advice is to gently build the pelvic floor and core stability from the inside out, and being mindful of healing that is still happening within.  Dani also talks about the many options for…


Chinese Medicine for women's health

Kristie Ussher shares with us how acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other aspects of Chinese medicine can help with various aspects of women's health.  She has a particular interest in helping couples with their fertility journey, supporting both mum and dad-to-be with whatever path they have chosen. With her background as a doula she also has a real passion for helping pregnant women prepare…


Empowered Lactation with Emma Maher

Emma Maher is a wonderful lady with lots of valuable knowledge about breast feeding. She is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) who also has a background in nursing and midwifery. The best thing is, she works right here in the Hunter :). Emma shares with us a wealth of information and advice about how to handle some of the challenges one may experience with breast…