The Other Mothers Podcast is hosted by friends Elle, Caro and Jen who speak candidly about their experiences of baby loss and invite guests to share their stories too. About the hosts: Caro Tasker runs The Spikey, a neurodivergent space/community as an autistic ally and educator. An ardent ambassador for neonatal research in memory of her son Freddie, the funds raised so far have made one of the biggest impacts on preterm labour in almost 60 years. Caro can be found on instagram as @spikey. Elle Wright is a blogger and The Sunday Times Bestselling author of Ask Me His Name and A Bump In the Road. Writing about the loss of her son, Teddy, who died at 3 days old in 2016, Elle has been instrumental in opening up the conversation around pregnancy and child loss to the media. You can find her writing at featheringtheemptynest.co.uk or as @feathering_the_empty_nest on Instagram where she shares life, loss, laughs and much more. Jen Reid is the Co-Founder of Teddy's Wish, a charity that funds potentially life-saving research into the causes of baby loss and provides bereavement counselling for grieving families. The charity was set up by Jen and her husband Chris in July 2014 to honour the memory of their baby boy Eddie who they lost to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when he was only three months old. Jen can be found on instagram as teddys_wish If you are a bereaved parent and would like support or if you have any other questions please contact Teddy's Wish at [email protected]
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1:03:27In this episode we chat about supporting someone close to you who has lost their baby. We speak honestly about our personal "do’s and don’ts" in supporting: what worked for us (and what didn’t!) We also talk about how other peoples reactions to our losses affected us in the early weeks of grief.
Parenting After Loss
48:05Parenting another child after loss can be an extremely frightening time for anyone. In this episode we discuss our experiences of some of those anxieties, and what parenting after loss can feel like. We also chat about things that each of us have found most helpful, and what we think we’ve done differently, as a bereaved parent.
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1:05:03In this episode we are joined by Teddy’s Wish Bereavement Counsellor, Paula Abramson. Paula gave her time and expertise to explain what bereavement counselling is, and how it can help bereaved parents in the immediate aftermath of loss, or further down the line. We also chatted about the importance of bereavement support training for healthcare professionals who are looking after families, and how those early experiences, conversations and language used can have a lasting affect on parents.
1:04:46In our first episode of series 2, we speak to broadcaster, journalist and SANDS ambassador Genelle about her experience of losing her daughter, Sade-Rose, to stillbirth. Genelle highlights the disparities and inequalities within maternal healthcare in the U.K, and what we can all do to work towards making changes and improvements for expectant mothers.
1:07:45In this episode we talked with award-winning food writer and presenter Georgina Hayden about the loss of how her son Archie, who was stillborn in 2014. Georgie shares with us her heartbreaking experience of having to say goodbye to Archie and then finding herself in a world of secondary infertility and IVF treatment before she went on to welcome her two daughters. It’s fair to say that Georgie, alongside her fantastic network of friends and family, has a wicked sense of humour that has definitely seen her through the darkest times in her life. Georgie also shares honestly about how she used her passion for cooking to create new work projects to help herself process losing her son, and her involvement in brilliant charities such as Tommy’s.
Conceiving After Loss
1:08:07In this episode we talk about conception after loss; what it looks like to take that leap of faith into trying again after losing your baby. Caro opens up about her ability to fall pregnant easily, but a diagnosis of an incompetent cervix left her terrified that she’d never be able to carry a baby to term. We hear about the incredible care that she received throughout her next pregnancy that ensured her second son was delivered safely into the world. While Jen and Elle discuss their personal stories of fertility treatment after loss and secondary infertility. All of our stories are so different, and yet the one common story is that we all had to take the leap of faith into allowing ourselves to try again.
Finding Our Tribe In Grief
57:16In this episode we talk to blogger Kajal about losing her daughter, Aurelia. Kajal shares with us how she got through those first days and weeks without her daughter, and what she did to find and build her community online, creating a network of supportive women who would help her through the most heartbreaking time of her life. We all learned so much from our chat and were all in awe of Kajal’s warmth, kindness, humility and fantastic sense of humour, and we think that you will be too.
Life After Loss
1:04:34In this episode we discuss what life after the loss of your baby actually looks like. We have an honest chat about what really got us through those darkest early days after death, and how we coped navigating the road of integrating back into life again. We cover everything. From late night walks, to life-saving pets, family get togethers and more...
Our Stories - PART 1
48:06In this episode we discuss our personal stories of losing our boys Freddie, Teddy and Eddie; how they all came into this world, and how we navigated through those first days and weeks without them. There are many tears shed, but we feel it’s important to highlight the many different circumstances of losing a baby, and how this often leads to similar emotions. We also talk about how we came to meet one another, and in-turn how the Other Mother’s podcast was born.