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My Motherhood Story: Kate Fisher

**Themes of mental health, pregnancy loss, medical trauma and women’s health issues.
**This is not an episode for little people’s ears. Pop your headphones on, or listen to it when you’re alone.

“I’ve really learned that the best parents, and the best mums that I know are the ones that become the parent that their child needs them to be” shares Kate Fisher on her motherhood experience.

Kate is a fierce blood donation advocate and is the creator of the Milkshakes for Marleigh blood donation movement and podcast. She is also a child centre play therapist working with children and families who have experienced medical trauma

Kate and her husband Geoff have four children, three of those living, with her youngest having autoimmune encephalitis and accompanied by their additional family member, Patty the seizure response and autism assistance dog.

In this episode we cover:

  • How Kate sums up her motherhood experience and her road to welcoming children into the world
  • Gratitude, permission and the role of support networks for infertility and motherhood
  • Navigating a pandemic with an immunocompromised child
  • Navigating family life with three children with various neurodevelopmental disabilities and a critical health condition
  • Leaning in and leaning out, navigating survival mode and finding what serves Kate as a mum through difficult times

This is a deep and heavy conversation in parts and there is so much more that we cover than what is written here.

I know that there are mother’s out there that will benefit from hearing about Kate’s motherhood story.

Benita x

Connect with Kate:

Hear more about Marleigh’s story on the Milkshakes for Marleigh Podcast: Spotify or Apple

Join the Milkshakes for Marleigh Lifeblood Team: 131 495

Instagram: @katefisherplaytherapy and @milkshakes_for_marleigh

Website: milkshakesformarleigh.org

Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380
  • PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306

 

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