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Mother of All Solutions
36 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
In this episode Laura interviews audio producer and Creative Director of Inkslingers Media, Leona Fensome. We talk about her varied career and interests, including running an independent production company with a focus on oral histories. We discuss her work in journalism, then community radio and her current role supporting creative industries at University of Bedfordshire. We also share thoughts on the arts, heritage, creativity and parenting! To find out more about Leona please visit: https://inkslingersmedia.com/ And to listen to the Tape Letters project: https://tapeletters.com/ I hope you enjoy hearing from Leona and enjoy the episode. Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Do subscribe for more episodes, and please keep in touch! @SolutionsMother
32 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
The Smallest Things
For World Prematurity Day on Thursday 17 November 2022, we have an episode with Catriona Ogilvy, founder of The Smallest Things. The charity is dedicated to creating a better world for premature babies and their families after neonatal care. Catriona shares her own experiences of having two sons born preterm. She also discusses the mission and work of The Smallest Things, including the campaign to extend parental leave and the Employer with Heart scheme. To read more about the charity please link to the following: https://www.thesmallestthings.org/ https://www.thesmallestthings.org/after-nicu-a-post-pandemic-report-2021 The Employer with Heart scheme mentioned is: https://www.thesmallestthings.org/employer-with-heart You can connect on Facebook and follow the charity on Twitter and Instagram @_smallestthings #AfterNICU Thank you for listening. Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. You can connect with the podcast via Instagram and Twitter @SolutionsMother
25 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
The March of the Mummies
This episode is a compilation of voices and stories from speakers and participants at March of the Mummies in Newcastle, Saturday 29 October 2022. #marchofthemummies protests were taking place in London, Newcastle and other UK cities, organised by Pregnant then Screwed: https://pregnantthenscrewed.com/event-march-of-the-mummies/ Laura Broderick, host and producer of Mother of All Solutions, was part of the crowd and took the opportunity to record with union rep Mel Wilson, councillor Erin Parker-Leonard and MP Catherine McKinnell. Also recorded for this episode is trustee of Pregnant then Screwed, Beth Hazon, and mums and dads on the march. Thank you to everyone for sharing - it was great to hear your reasons for attending #marchofthemummies and I hope the podcast captures some of the atmosphere and issues from the day. Listeners - I would love to hear your thoughts so do get in touch via Insta or Twitter @SolutionsMother Music for the podcast is by Ros Fraser; the protest song featured within the episode was written and performed by Beccy Owens. Chants by all marchers - including children!
29 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
In this episode, released on World Mental Health Day 2022, Laura speaks with Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg. We speak about burnout and what that means for parents in particular. We cover recognising our feelings, and why we should take time to rest - even in small bursts. We also discuss the need for collective as well as individual healing. It was a fascinating and helpful conversation for me as the host - and I hope for you too. If you enjoyed the interview please do rate, review and subscribe to Mother of All Solutions on your favourite podcast app. To connect with Laura Broderick you can via Instagram and Twitter @SolutionsMother. Dr Emma Svanberg can be contacted via https://dremmasvanberg.com/ or Instagram as @mumologist Also discussed were: Make Birth Better: https://www.makebirthbetter.org/ March of the Mummies on Saturday 29 October: https://pregnantthenscrewed.com/event-march-of-the-mummies/ The podcast is presented and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Thank you for listening!
28 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
The Professional Footballer
In this episode Laura speaks with Emma Mitchell, captain of Reading FC Women and member of Scotland’s National Team. We talk about her career as a professional footballer, maternity leave and motherhood. Emma’s daughter Innes is 10 months old and Emma returned to football after 8 months of mat leave. We touch upon mental health, physical recovery from birth and logistics of being a mum and training/playing professional football. It was brilliant to talk with Emma and hear what she had to say about motherhood and an athletic career. I hope you enjoy listening. You can watch Emma in the BBC programme The Future of Women’s Football: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0cdwd26 And the Scotland team video following Emma’s return to her national team and qualifying camp can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwRJ1E6KRwo Thank you for listening and supporting the Mother of All Solutions podcast - hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Do subscribe and keep in touch via @SolutionsMother on Twitter and Instagram - it would be great to hear from you.
42 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
The Content Creator
This episode of Mother of All Solutions, with content creator Vivi Koroma Kala, is part interview part book chat! Vivi is Head of Content for Amazing If and also the creator of the bookstagram, The Cultured Life, which she set up whilst on maternity leave. We talk about her career choices and changes, and have a conversation about the 3 books Vivi chose for us to read and review together: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis I hope you enjoy learning more about content creation and the books we discuss! Vivi is on Instagram as the @thecultured.life and her website is www.theculturedmarketer.co.uk You can connect to Laura via Instagram and Twitter via @SolutionsMother Thank you for listening - if you can rate or review the episode that would be amazing. And do subscribe for future episodes! Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser.
27 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
The Graphic Designer
Frankie Tortora, graphic designer and host of the Doing It For The Kids (DIFTK) community and podcast is on Mother of All Solutions! DIFTK is for "parents who freelance", and was set up by Frankie following her first maternity leave. She co-hosts the DIFTK podcast with fellow parent and freelancer Steve Folland, and they won Gold in the business category of the British Podcast Awards 2021. Laura and Frankie discuss managing maternity leave as a freelancer, navigating school summer holidays, community building and support networks. It was a joy to speak with Frankie about her work, family and podcast. Doing It For The Kids website for all the DIFTK community, podcast and social links: https://www.doingitforthekids.net/ Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick with music by Ros Fraser. Connect with MOAS via Twitter and Instagram @SolutionsMother. Further listening - Laura recommends listening to Episode #72 of DIFTK 'Planning your maternity leave as a freelancer.' On MOAS there is also Episode 5 - The Freelancers. Further research - Frankie suggests searching Maternity Action's website https://maternityaction.org.uk/
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
The Host of Dear Daughter
For the MOAS summer 2022 episode Laura interviews Namulanta Kombo, the host of the award-winning Dear Daughter. The podcast is a BBC World Service series and won Gold in the Family category and was named Podcast of the Year in the recent British Podcast Awards. Namulanta is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and started the podcast a year ago after winning an international competition from the BBC World Service. The idea began with her writing letters to her own daughter, and the podcast extended this to include wider contributions globally - what do women write about to the younger generation. The series is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always warm and interesting. It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Namulanta and find out more about her life, the podcast and her journey to make it. Dear Daughter can be found as a podcast on BBC Sounds or as show on the BBC World Service. You can also listen on your favourite podcast app. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtvlp To reach out to Namulanta you can do so via Twitter and Instagram @namulanta. Her podcast recommendations were: The Moth https://themoth.org/podcast The Comb https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtv78 Jesus and Jollof https://jesusandjollof.simplecast.com/ Mother of All Solutions is presented and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. The show was nominated in the Family category of the British Podcast Awards 2022. To connect with Laura on Twitter and Instagram search @SolutionsMother or message via firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for listening, and if you enjoyed the conversation please do take a moment to rate/review and tell your friends!
35 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
The Theatre Director
In this episode Laura speaks with Thomas Pondevie, Co-Director of the theatre company, La Compagnie Babel. Thomas Pondevie and Elise Chatauret have brought their French production of the play Fathers to the Brixton House theatre. The play is a line of enquiry about fatherhood & family, and addresses, 'How can we imagine fatherhood outside of the patriarchy?' It is based on interviews (the practice of documentary theatre) and the end result is a very special show with portraits of fathers played by two male actors on stage. I hope you enjoy learning about the play, how it was created and the aim of the production. To find out more visit: www.compagniebabel.com Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. The sound clips from Fathers in this episode were created by Maxime Tisserand.
30 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
In this episode of Mother of All Solutions, Laura shares her short conversations recorded with women at the International Women's Podcast Festival at King's Place, London, on Saturday 18 June 2022. The festival was organised by Content is Queen podcasting agency and I speak with Imriel Morgan CEO of the business. I also chat with Sophie Doyle who is keen to start podcasting, and Karen Arthur who hosts the Menopause Whilst Black podcast. I hope this episode offers some interesting reflections on motherhood, maternity leave and work - as well as celebrating the podcasting community. Do reach out if you want to connect and listen some more: Content is Queen https://contentisqueen.org/ Menopause Whilst Black https://www.thekarenarthur.com/ Thank you to the women who recorded with me for this episode, and those I chatted to in the breaks between the festival sessions! The podcast is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Find Mother of All Solutions on Instagram and Twitter as @SolutionsMother or email Laura via email@example.com
26 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
In this episode Laura attempts to summarise the John Lewis Partnership event, Sharing the Juggle, held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 June 2022. To get to the real content of the panel discussion, Laura speaks with panellists Elliott Rae, Music Football Fatherhood, and Joeli Brearley of Pregnant then Screwed. They have great reflections...and news! The panel also included MPs Caroline Nokes (Chair of Women & Equalities Committee) and Minister Paul Scully, along with representatives from John Lewis and Home Start. The event was attended by parents, employers and even a few lovely kids! I hope by sharing what happened, and the voices of some of the panellists, we can all feel better equipped to know what businesses and government can do to support families. I hope you enjoy the episode. Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Thank you for listening.
39 minutes | May 25, 2022
Special Episode - Baby Banks
In this special episode, Laura speaks with two fantastic women working to alleviate child poverty in the UK - Kelly Fort, Head of Operations at MammaKind (baby bank) and Sophia Parker, Director of Emerging Futures at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (social change organisation.) We talk about what baby banks are, the families using them and why, unfortunately, as Sophia tells us, "Baby banks are anticipating their busiest year yet." With huge cost of living rises on food and energy bills, insecure and low paid work, more and more families are in poverty and this has a massive impact on children and mums. I hope the conversation helps you better understand the situation many households are currently in. Kelly and Sophia also share some ideas on what we can do to help. If you think you might benefit from using a baby bank service, or would like to volunteer your time or gift a donation you can find one of the 150+ baby banks in the UK via this map: https://littlevillagehq.org/uk-baby-banks/ To read the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports visit: https://www.jrf.org.uk/reports To connect with the baby banks discussed: MammaKind Instagram @mamma_kind (also on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org) Little Village Instagram @littlevillagehq Sophia Parker Twitter @mssophiaparker This special episode is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick with music by Ros Fraser. Thank you for listening and do share, rate, review and keep in touch...Mother of All Solutions @SolutionsMother
49 minutes | May 13, 2022
In this episode Laura interviews journalist Phillippa Guillou, presenter of the Lockdown Babies podcast. We discuss why Phillippa wanted to make the podcast, her own experiences of having a baby in July 2020, and her career now. We also share some clips from Lockdown Babies - the remarkable and heartbreaking stories of the families who had babies in the middle of a global pandemic. I hope you enjoy this conversation focused on pregnancy and parenthood in the pandemic. To contact Phillippa on socials: Twitter @philly_guillou Instagram @lockdown_babies_podcast https://anchor.fm/lockdown-babies The Mother of All Solutions podcast is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. Please subscribe for further episodes and connect via @SolutionsMother Thank you for listening.
17 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
In this short special I have selected clips ("MOAS moments") from 6 past episodes to give you a flavour of the series and recent interviews. The moments come from: The Chapter - Lockdown, with writer Kate Burt The Job Sharers, with The Job Share Pair The Playworker, with author Adele Cleaver The Mums of Twins, with author Alison Perry The Dads, with teacher Will Blatherwick The Collective, with Georgie Grant of Onion Collective You will hear chats about maternity leave and lockdown, job sharing, the cost of childcare, celebrations of motherhood and a dad's perspective. Thank you to all my guests and listeners! And do listen on at the end of the MOAS Moments special - there are some outtakes from my conversation with Kate Burt that we hope you will enjoy! If you are new to the Mother of All Solutions I hope this offers an interesting intro to the podcast - do listen back to the full episodes and subscribe for more to come. Thank you, Laura, Host & Producer @SolutionsMother Music by Ros Fraser
53 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
In this episode Laura talks to Adele Cleaver, playworker and author of the memoir Children Don’t Dissolve in the Rain. Adele is a mom from Birmingham with two girls - a 5 year old and 7 month old. We talk about her professional and personal experiences of play settings, and how her book aims to encourage parents to play and rest more effectively. You can find Adele on social media @adeleplayworker Children Don’t Dissolve in the Rain is available from her website as well as book retailers: https://adeleplayworker.bigcartel.com/product/signed-copy-children-don-t-dissolve-in-the-rain-by-adele-cleaver Mother of All Solutions is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick with music by Ros Fraser. You can connect with Laura via Twitter or Instagram @SolutionsMother Show notes: In the episode Adele and I talk about: Assemble Play @assembleplay #hibernationplay Big Blue Play @bigblueplay Julia Cameron’s books, The Artist’s Way and The Artist’s Way for Parents The Parent Journey podcast If you enjoyed the themes in this episode I would recommend you also listen to the Radical Childcare episode in the MOAS playlist! Thank you for listening. Photo of Adele Cleaver and daughter by Vero Leopoldino
37 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
The Chapter - Lockdown
In this episode of Mother of All Solutions, host Laura Broderick and guest Kate Burt revisit Joeli Brearley’s book The Motherhood Penalty and discuss the NEW chapter, Lockdown, available in the newly released paperback edition! The original book review episode saw Laura and Kate, along with other members of their book group, discuss Joeli’s book in May 2021. It was a chance to explore our experiences of motherhood and the workplace, and reflect on the founder of Pregnant then Screwed’s book as a “call to arms.” Ten months later, and a new baby for Kate, we sat down to see what Joeli had put to page recently and share our own experiences from the pandemic around her writings. We hope it’s an enjoyable and insightful discussion and we would love to hear what you think and/or your experiences of lockdown life (especially from first time mums or those with insights from other countries.) You can reach out via social media to @SolutionsMother or email email@example.com – we would love to hear from you. If you haven’t yet read the book, The Motherhood Penalty – How to stop motherhood being the kiss of death for your career, it is available here: The Motherhood Penalty | Book by Joeli Brearley | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster UK (simonandschuster.co.uk) And to listen to the original book review episode we released it’s called ‘The Book – Pregnant then Screwed’ on the Mother of All Solutions pod platform. You can also listen to other relevant past episodes, including an important discussion on Childcare for WOW Festival March 2021. Happy listening and Happy International Women’s Day 2022!
30 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
The Job Sharers
For this Mother of All Solutions episode, host and producer Laura Broderick talks to Rachel Maguire, one half of The Job Share Pair. We discuss what job sharing is, the benefits of working in a pair and Rachel’s work story of maternity leave and returning to job share in HR with Hannah Hall-Turner. They are now running The Job Share Pair consultancy together and you can follow Rachel and Hannah on LinkedIn and Instagram as @thejobsharepair The latter section of the episode is me responding to questions from Hannah and sharing my experience of job-sharing! I job shared for a year between 2019-20 after my second maternity leave. And my previous job share partner, Ros Fraser, is the composer of the music for Mother of All Solutions. I really hope you enjoy the episode (sorry about the sound quality in some parts.) It would be great if you could “share” the episode, follow Mother of All Solutions podcast on Twitter and host Laura Broderick on Instagram as @SolutionsMother Or contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org – I would love to hear from you!
43 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
In this episode Laura interviews Georgie Grant, Co-Director of The Onion Collective CIC based in Watchet, West Somerset. “The Onions” met as a group of mums in the town – some local and some new, but all with a desire to improve the area for their children. Bringing their skills, and friendships, to the table they set about to find out what the residents of Watchet also wanted to see happen to improve where they live. Over years of development and fundraising the result is a fascinating new building. Recently opened, the East Quay development is a community hub, youth space and art gallery. The ideas of generations of the town fed into the design but it was this group of mums driving it to happen over 9 years. To find out more about East Quay: https://www.eastquaywatchet.co.uk/ The current exhibition by artist Bedwyr Williams: https://www.eastquaywatchet.co.uk/events/exhibition-the-see-wall Architecture article on the building: https://architecturetoday.co.uk/east-quay-arts-centre/ The Watchet Boat Museum: https://www.onioncollective.co.uk/boatmuseum Valentine, the Carol Ann Duffy poem that inspired their name: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/valentine/ I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. From Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy I hope you enjoy hearing about this group of women - their achievements for their own kids and their whole community. It would be much appreciated if you could rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. And do follow East Quay and Mother of All Solutions on social media at @eastquaywatchet / @SolutionsMother The podcast is hosted and produced by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser.
46 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
The Artist Midwife
For this episode, MOAS host Laura Broderick interviews Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, an artist and midwife and co-author of the book Maternal Journal, A creative guide to journalling through pregnancy birth and beyond. We talk about Laura’s experiences of work as an artist and a producer, and later training to be a midwife. We cover lots! The new book and the origins of the Maternal Journal project, birth experiences, creative practice, the pandemic and the March with Midwives (on the the day we recorded.) Laura has two adult daughters and lives in London. To find out more about the book and the Maternal Journal process: Book — Maternal Journal To connect with Laura on Twitter and Instagram @godfrey_isaacs / @maternaljtnl #maternaljournal Thank you for listening – if you enjoyed this episode please do share with your friends. You can also subscribe for future listens, and explore past episodes of Mother of All Solutions, rate and review the podcast! Also please do email your ideas to host and producer Laura Broderick via email@example.com Twitter and Instagram @SolutionsMother
40 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
The Mums of Twins
In this episode Laura Broderick interviews Alison Perry, author, podcaster and blogger, about her experiences of maternity leave and her career as a mum of three, including twins. She shares the specifics of parenting twins through pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work. We discuss being employed in a workplace and being self-employed, as well about the huge cost of childcare when you have multiples. We also talk about Alison’s book OMG It’s Twins! published earlier this year. After the interview with Alison the episode contains audio contributions from two other mums of twins, both currently on maternity leave, and how they are considering their situations and solutions. We hope you enjoy the episode and it offers support or useful points of reflection. Mother of All Solutions is produced and hosted by Laura Broderick, with music by Ros Fraser. To contact Laura you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mother of All Solutions: Twitter and Instagram @solutionsmother Alison Perry: Twitter and Instagram @iamalisonperry Find Mother of All Solutions and Not Another Mummy Podcast on your favourite podcast apps! To find out more about Alison’s book OMG It’s Twins! https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1119275/omg-it-s-twins-/9781785043130.html
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