“I love the way mothering goes under the borders and connects people – I think this is our great hope for the future.”
– Naomi Stadlen
The third episode of Revillaging is live and it’s a particularly exciting one for me because it’s been an opportunity for me to meet and chat with Naomi Stadlen whose words I’ve found inspiring and healing.
Naomi is an existential psychotherapist, a La Leche League Leader, the facilitator of Mothers Talking which has been going for 29 years (!) and best selling author of What Mothers Do – especially when it looks like nothing and How Mothers Love – and how relationships are born. Naomi also has a new book out in April but currently available for preorder, What Mothers Learn – without being taught.
We talk about the identity loss new mothers often experience, how mothers learn to trust and feel safe with each other through talking and listening, the way vulnerability attracts us to each other and the new understanding of humanity mothers can take out into the wider culture, particularly when they feel supported.
Jump in here or listen wherever you get your podcasts. To improve the accessibility of this episode, it’s fully transcribed here.
References from the episode:
Naomi Stadlen’s website
Janet Balaskas and the Active Birth Centre
La Leche League Great Britain
Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality
Andrea O’Reilly and Demeter Press
Mothers At Home Matter
Grandmothers for Peace
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Grannies Against the Right
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