Survive and Thrive: PANDA's podcast for expecting and new parents

PANDA Australia

Survive and Thrive is PANDA’s first podcast for expecting and new parents.

The good things, the exciting things, about bringing a baby into your family get a lot of airtime, so we’re going to be talking about some of the feelings and changes that come with parenthood that maybe don’t get talked about enough.

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The big changes that come with a new baby can affect everyone in your family differently.   Of course, there can be lots of excitement in anticipation of lovely cuddles with your newest family member, but there are some complicated feelings that might come up too.  Everyone’s family looks different, but there’s often an expectation that this will be a time of  total joy and togetherness. In reality, you might miss the way your relationships were before your bub arrived. You might find yourself arguing about values and parenting decisions with loved ones, or you might be bored of only talking about parenting and baby things!   It can be a stressful time. And it can feel hard to talk about issues in your relationships, when there is so much else going on.  In this episode our guest Bree talks about her experiences with family therapy and the importance of putting yourself first.   Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast.   Visit panda.org.au for more support.    Family violence support:  It’s important to know that there is a risk during this time in your life that family violence will get worse, or it may start for the first time. If you’re worried about safety in your relationship, support is available.  1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7)    Speak to PANDA:  Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST).  The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent.  Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.  Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents.    More resources:  Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7)  Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight)  Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7)  QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight)  Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7)    If you need help now:  If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department.  You might also be interested in:  Try a Mental Health Checklist: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/checklists. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website. 

Jul 29

22 min 26 sec

In this month’s Survive and Thrive podcast, our host Alice chats to Deb about unexpected birth experiences, and looking after ourselves around those birth experiences while juggling a newborn. Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast. Visit panda.org.au for more support. Speak to PANDA: Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST). The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents. More resources for support: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7) Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight) Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7) QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight) Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7) 1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7) If you need help now: If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department. You might also be interested in: Try a Mental Health Checklist: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/checklists. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website.

May 31

25 min

"Taking time for yourself is not just OK – it’s essential." People often come into parenting with high hopes and expectations of how they will be as parents and try really hard to be the best parent they can be. But what does this mean? How can you be a good parent, mind your mental health and not put too much pressure on yourself to meet unrealistic expectations? In this month’s podcast, Alice chats to our guest Jess, who shares some of her own experiences of the pressures of parenting and her strategies around managing these, and how she embraced the idea of being a ‘good enough’ parent.  Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast. Visit panda.org.au for more support. Speak to PANDA: Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST). The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents. More resources for support: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7) Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight) Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7) QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight) Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7) 1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7) If you need help now: If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department. You might also be interested in: Try a Mental Health Checklist: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/checklists. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website.

Mar 16

22 min 35 sec

In this bonus episode, PANDA Helpline Counsellor Helen guides you through surfing the emotional wave after feeling strong emotions, and grounding yourself in the present moment. Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast. Visit panda.org.au for more support. Speak to PANDA: Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST). The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents. More resources for support: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7) Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight) Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7) QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight) Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7) 1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7) If you need help now: If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department. You might also be interested in: Try a Mental Health Checklist: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/checklists. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website.

Feb 6

4 min 25 sec

The journey to becoming a parent can be exciting and joyful, but there can also be other feelings like sadness, boredom, loneliness or frustration. For many expecting and new parents, this comes as a shock, as these so-called negative feelings aren’t talked about very much. But as this conversation with our guest Khai shows, these feelings are extremely common, and even though it can be hard, it’s OK to feel this way – and it certainly doesn’t make someone a bad parent. Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast. Visit panda.org.au for more support. Speak to PANDA: Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST). The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents. More resources for support: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7) Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight) Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7) QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight) Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7) 1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7) If you need help now: If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department. You might also be interested in: Try a Mental Health Checklist: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/checklists. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website. Check out this resource on managing your wellbeing during times of global crisis: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/managing-emotional-wellbeing-in-expecting-and-new-parents-affected-by-natural-disasters-global-crises-or-concerns-for-the-future

Jan 17

18 min 46 sec

Every parent experiences frustration or overwhelm, and it can often be tricky to manage those feelings in the moment. Strong emotions can bubble up as fast as your baby can wake after finally going to sleep. In this bonus episode, we explore making your own management plan for these moments. Guided by PANDA Helpline counsellor Helen. We’ll be releasing more bonus episodes with helpful exercises for managing your emotional wellbeing each month. We know that as new parents your attention is divided in many different directions, so our mini episodes are only five minutes long. Subscribe to be notified when new episodes are released.

Jan 5

5 min 1 sec

Becoming a parent can be exciting but it can also bring a whole new level of worry into your life. All of a sudden you have a small human to look after! This first episode of ‘Survive and Thrive’ explores Catherine’s story of becoming a mum, and how she managed anxiety during her journey. Catherine talks openly and honestly with our host Alice about what prompted her feelings of anxiety, how she got through those difficult times, and how she grew to learn that while anxiety is often a common companion on a parent’s journey, it doesn’t need to stop you from thriving as a parent. Survive and Thrive is a PANDA podcast. Visit panda.org.au for more info and support. Speak to PANDA: Call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306 (9am-7:30pm Monday-Saturday AEST). The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Partners, family members and friends can also call, as can health professionals supporting expecting and new parents.   More resources for support: Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436 (24/7) Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7) or lifeline.org.au (12pm to midnight) Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au (24/7) QLife: 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au (3PM to midnight) Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au (24/7) 1800 RESPECT (support for people affected by family violence): 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au (24/7)   If you need help now: If you are concerned about your safety or that of a loved one, please call 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department.   You might also be interested in: Try a Mental Health Checklist: Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re experiencing (or noticing in a loved one) could be a reason to seek help. These short, anonymous checklists are available on the PANDA website. Tips on parental wellbeing: https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/wellbeing-and-self-care. How is Dad Going? Info and resources specifically for expecting and new dads: https://www.howisdadgoing.org.au/.   If you liked the show: Please rate, review and subscribe so that more people can here about Survive and Thrive. And let us know what you think on PANDA’s Facebook and Instagram.

Dec 2020

22 min 39 sec

Survive and Thrive is PANDA’s first podcast for expecting and new parents. We’re going to be talking about some of the feelings and changes that come with parenthood that maybe don’t get talked about enough. Every episode, we’ll be speaking with a parent who has real experiences to share, and practical tips that they’ve learned from coming out the other side. Survive and Thrive - subscribe for updates, and we’ll be coming soon, to wherever you like to listen.

Dec 2020

50 sec