Happy Mum Happy Baby

Giovanna Fletcher

In the Happy Mum, Happy Baby Podcast, Giovanna Fletcher continues the conversation about motherhood she began in her bestselling book of the same title. In a series of frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads, Gi discusses all aspects of parenthood - the highs, the lows, the challenges and rewards. There is no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all simply doing our best, something Giovanna fully encourages. It’s time to stop comparing ourselves and champion each other instead. Each episode is truly unique yet unifying. No topic is out of bounds, therefore this podcast is essential listening for any parent seeking solidarity and support. A Pixiu production.

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All Episodes

In the last mini episode of this series, Gi listens back to a moving interview with one of her oldest friends, violinist and mother of two Izzy Judd. Izzy and Gi met through their husbands, who are in a band together. In this clip, Izzy describes her journey with anxiety, infertility, miscarriage and undergoing IVF. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 23

15 min 18 sec

Annie Mac, or Annie Macmanus, is on the show! Author, presenter and DJ chats to Gi about juggling loud late nights with being a mum, taking the decision to leave Radio 1 after 17 years and finally getting to put her kids to bed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 21

44 min 29 sec

Father of two and pop star in Steps, Ian ‘H’ Watkins is today’s guest. Gi hears about H’s experience of surrogacy, taking his kids on tour with Steps and making the most of his platform to fly the flag for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Please note this episode contains conversation about miscarriage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 14

45 min 6 sec

In this mini episode, Gi chats to Sarah Turner AKA ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ about her writing that explores those less than picture-perfect parenting moments. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 9

13 min 27 sec

Gi is joined by actress, chef and presenter Lisa Faulkner. They speak about Lisa's experience of IVF, deciding to adopt her daughter and her family’s love of a roast dinner. This episode contains discussion around miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. If you’d prefer, please choose another episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 7

44 min 39 sec

Gi is joined by ex-Coventry City player turned reality star Ashley Cain and partner aesthetic practitioner Safiyya Vorajee. The couple’s baby Azaylia died at eight months old after fighting a rare form of cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia. We’ve split the episode into two parts because Gi wanted you to hear as much of their story as possible.In part two, the couple talk to Gi about how they celebrated every moment they had with their baby girl Azaylia. They’ve set up a foundation in Azaylia's name to support families dealing with childhood cancer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 31

38 min 8 sec

Gi is joined by ex-Coventry City player turned reality star Ashley Cain and partner aesthetic practitioner Safiyya Vorajee. The couple’s baby Azaylia died at eight months old after fighting a rare form of cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia. We’ve split the episode into two parts because Gi wanted you to hear as much of their story as possible.In part one, Gi learns how Safiyya took pregnancy in her stride and gave birth to Azaylia during covid lockdown. The couple explain when they started to think something was wrong with their baby and they stress how they want to make parents aware of the symptoms of leukaemia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 31

46 min 18 sec

In this ‘baby-size’ episode, Gi listens back to her chat with her husband, musician and writer Tom Fletcher. Recorded in 2017, they chat about how Tom navigated being a birthing partner and the often less discussed daddy guilt. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 26

15 min 29 sec

Gi catches up with friend from ‘I’m a Celebrity’, presenter and father of two, Vernon Kay. Vernon chats about being a dad to two girls, from getting excited about his daughter’s first music festival and turning into his own father.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 24

46 min 25 sec

Today Gi is chatting to blogger Harps Kaur. They discuss Harps’ experiences of post-natal depression after giving birth to her son Arjun and the impact of her son Saajan’s surprise Down's Syndrome diagnosis.In Harps’ blog ‘Baby Brain Memoirs,’ she writes about everything from the highs and lows of motherhood to travel adventures to party planning!Please note, this episode contains conversation about sensitive topics, including depression and suicidal thoughts. If you feel uncomfortable with these subjects, please pick a different episode.If you're feeling depressed or are unsure about your mental health, The Samaritans run a confidential 24-hour helpline. You can call for free in the UK on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org for other ways to find support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 17

55 min 51 sec

Throughout the last seven series of Happy Mum Happy Baby, there have been some amazing, informative and moving conversations.Gi wanted to bring you some of her favourite moments in a series of ‘baby-sized’ episodes. So to kick off, we hear part of her chat with best friend TV presenter Emma Willis. They talk about developing confidence as a new mum and three kids in, feeling like you still have no idea what you’re doing! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 12

14 min 56 sec

In this episode, Gi meets writer and journalist Alexandra Heminsley. Gi hears about Alexandra’s experience of IVF, how a huge error in a test result affected her during pregnancy, and how she came to terms with the fact her then-husband was going to transition.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 10

58 min 51 sec

Gi meets a couple The Guardian have named “The UK’s most influential LGBT Power Couple.” Captain Hannah Graf MBE is an Officer of the British Army serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In 2013 she came out as a transgender woman and became one of the highest-ranking transgender soldiers within the British Army. Jake Graf is an award-winning director, writer and actor known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl' and ‘Colette’', ’. After meeting in 2015, last year they welcomed their first child into the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 3

46 min 53 sec

From Woman’s Hour to Newsnight, today’s guest is broadcaster, journalist and writer Emma Barnett. Gi hears about Emma’s struggles with endometriosis, her IVF journey and learns how she was keen to retain her sense of self after giving birth to her son.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 27

58 min 59 sec

In this episode, Gi chats with sports pundit, TV presenter and Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan and his wife, singer Linda Harrison. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 20

59 min 26 sec

To kick off the new series, Gi is joined by Greg Rutherford, MBE, former track and field athlete who specialised in long jump. He represented Great Britain at the Olympics, World and European Championships, and England at the Commonwealth Games. He’s also Masterchef Celebrity champion for 2019 and is planning to compete in the GB bobsleigh team at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing! Greg is a father of three and in this episode he shares his experience of supporting his partner through severe hyperemesis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 13

1 hr 3 min

Wellness, fashion and former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh joins Gi this week to reflect on her first year as a mother. They discuss emotional wellbeing, reflux, cracked nipples and dealing with her baby's hip dysplasia diagnosis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 13

55 min 47 sec

This week's episode is with Africa Daley-Clarke AKA, The Vitamin D Project. Africa is an Interior Stylist and mother of three. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 6

55 min 31 sec

This week Gi meets with long-time friends, actors Tom and Laura Hopper. They share their story of becoming parents and how they've dealt with their son's recent autism diagnosis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 30

56 min 50 sec

Cancer, surrogacy and miracles that come in threes... Kreena Dhiman (of The Intended Parent podcast) shares the unique and hugely inspirational story of how she became a mother to four children. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 23

1 hr 9 min

Journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern joins Gi to talk about how she's juggled motherhood with her career – plus thoughts on Irish dancing and projectile watermelon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 16

50 min

Actress and mum of three, Jennifer Garner joins Gi to share her story of motherhood – and explains how her new film Yes Day is all about letting kids make the rules. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 9

36 min 31 sec

This week Gi is joined by dancer and mum Chloe Gill alongside popstar husband JB Gill, from JLS. This episode contains discussions around difficult births and postpartum recovery – and may not be suitable for all listeners. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 2

1 hr 1 min

Gi is joined by presenter, podcaster and mum of two, Edith Bowman. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 23

1 hr

This week Gi is joined by presenter, politician and eleven time Paralympic gold medalist, Tanni Grey-Thompson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 16

50 min 6 sec

Gi is back for season 7 with TV legends Richard and Judy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 9

52 min 59 sec

In this special bonus edition of Happy Mum Happy Baby, Gi is joined by @mothers2mothers Mentor, Nozi Samela. Nozi discusses how the organisation helped guide her through an HIV - positive diagnosis at 19 years old, when she was 6 months pregnant. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

Joe Wicks returns to the podcast to discuss baby number two and becoming the nations lockdown PE teacher. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

In the final episode of the series, Giovanna is joined by Samantha Cameron. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

57 min 25 sec

Gi is joined by fellow Baby Club presenter and Dadvenger, Nigel Clarke. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

57 min 45 sec

Actress, comedian and mum of three, Sally Phillips is Giovanna's guest this week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

1 hr 8 min

Author Liv Thorne AKA Liv's Alone joins Giovanna to share her journey with sperm donation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

1 hr 17 min

Giovanna is joined by midwife, mum and hypnobirthing teacher, Illy Morrison to discuss motherhood, birth rights, birth trauma and racial inequality in childbirth See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 17 min

Lifestyle vlogger, Sunday Times bestseller and mum Lily Pebbles is this week's guest. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 7 min

This week's Happy Mum is Baby Spice AKA Emma Bunton! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 4 min

Gi is joined by presenter, writer and mother of two, Dawn O'Porter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 10 min

Gi is joined by award winning solo artist Paloma Faith. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 8 min

This week Gi is joined by Endy McKay, Natalie Duvall and Carina White from Dope Black Mums. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 29 min

We're back for season 6 and to kick things off Gi is joined by celebrated children's author and the 2019 Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell to discuss how raising a child is not too different from training a dragon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this special bonus episode, to celebrate the Apple TV release of ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ , Giovanna is joined by best selling author Oliver Jeffers who's book the film is based on. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 2020

27 min 23 sec

In this bonus edition, Gi is joined by the Founder and CEO of Peanut, MIchelle Kennedy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

41 min 25 sec

Singer, author and everyone's favourite judge, Alesha Dixon joins Gi for the final episode of the series to discuss being a mum to Azura and Anaya. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

55 min 23 sec

This week Gi is joined by author, journalist, mum, grandma and Bake Off judge, Prue Leith. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2020

44 min

Gi is joined by chart topping Roxanne Hoyle AKA LadBabyMum. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2020

49 min 55 sec

Ferne joins Gi to discuss life with her daughter, Sunday Skye, being a mum in the public eye and prolapse. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 2020

51 min 19 sec

Giovanna is joined by author, poet and illustrator, Laura Dockrill who shares her personal story of postpartum psychosis after the birth of her first child.TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains explicit discussion surrounding issues including depression, postpartum psychosis and suicidal thoughts. This may prove a difficult listen for some and if you feel that listening may affect you negatively then please choose another episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

Lorraine Kelly OBE joins Giovanna this week to discuss how she managed motherhood and those early mornings! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2020

39 min 40 sec

Gi is joined by comedian Isma Almas who shares her incredible story of being a gay Pakistani woman going through the process of adoption. Plus as a special bonus stay tuned to the very end of the episode to hear an exclusive preview of the audiobook version of Gi's new book 'Letters on Motherhood'. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2020

1 hr 2 min

In this special episode, The Duchess of Cambridge joins Giovanna Fletcher to talk about the importance of the early years in her first ever podcast interview. Having met in Birmingham at the launch of her landmark survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’, they sat down after a joint visit to LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to talk about the work that has built up to this landmark survey and some of their shared experiences as mothers to three children.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2020

34 min 44 sec

Kate Ferdinand joins Gi to discuss the realities of becoming a step-family. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2020

38 min 2 sec