A second season of 1 in 5 mothers, 1 in 10 fathers podcast to discuss perinatal depression and anxiety

A second eight episode season of the 1 in 5 mothers, 1 in 10 fathers podcast, hosted by Davina Smith and in partnership with the the Gidget Foundation Australia will explore the often silent truth of perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA).

Nine News presenter Davina Smith and her husband Mark gave birth to their daughter Rose in 2016. Being apart from family and friends and with their baby daughter experiencing reflux and food allergies, alongside sleep deprivation, saw Davina diagnosed with PNDA after several months.

Smith, now a Gidget Foundation ambassador, gives listeners honest accounts from people living with PNDA with insights from psychologists and counsellors in the field giving parents the tools on how and when to seek support.

Guests this season include Ellidy Pullin, the host of LiSTNR’s Darling, Shine!, who tragically lost her husband, mother of triplets and Director of the Australian Multiple Birth Association Silje Andersen-Cooke and mental health educator Kylianne Farrell. Experts include Dr Daniel Golshevsky from LiSTNR podcast Dr Golly and the Experts, and clinical psychologist Dr Erin Seeto, among others.

Gidget Foundation Australia was established 23 years ago to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure they receive timely, appropriate and specialist care. Gidget was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who tragically took her own life while experiencing postnatal depression, a diagnosis that she kept to herself.

Smith said:

“I’m so honoured to help share the stories of these wonderful parents in the second series of the podcast. Last year we spoke to families who faced a perinatal anxiety or depression diagnosis. This year is a little different. It’s a tool kit for parenting, inspiration for when the Hollywood script of having a baby doesn’t run exactly to plan – when does it ever though? We offer practical tips to guide you through those challenges, easy things you can incorporate into your busy, crazy, challenging, unique, colourful, and frustrating new life as a parent.

“My greatest fear when I was very sick with PNDA was I was failing, and I was all alone. Through these stories we prove you are not alone. We all feel it, being a parent is tough. During recording, I laughed and cried, every parent we spoke to hitting a nerve and helping me now even in my parenting journey. I hope listeners like me will be empowered and supported by these deeply personal stories.”

The first episode of 1 in 5 mothers, 1 in 10 fathers is out now with the future episodes released fortnightly on a Wednesday.

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