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My Motherhood Story: Steph Schmidt

“Our challenges now will be their strengths in the future” shares Steph Schmidt on navigating her motherhood journey.

Steph is a psychologist working in farmer mental health and grassroots and community based strategies. She is also a mother to 3 boys and alongside her husband runs a sheep and cropping farm in South Australia.

Steph openly admits that she has found motherhood to be the hardest thing she has ever done, and has navigated raising 3 sparkler boys on a busy farm whilst battling postnatal depression.

In this episode we cover:

  • Navigating the ups and downs of motherhood and embracing the different seasons that come with it
  • The challenges and joys Steph has experienced balancing farmwork, solo parenting and prioritising what is most important in life
  • Embracing authenticity while sharing personal experiences and respecting the privacy of others
  • What Steph knows about motherhood now that she wishes she knew back at the beginning of her journey
  • Steph’s experience with postnatal depression

Steph is incredibly open and honest about the challenges and joys that she has faced on her motherhood journey so far and I know that you will take so much of her wisdom with you.

Benita x

Connect with Steph’s Story:

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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