Trying Again Podcast

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November 19, 2020  

EP09: Miscarriage and our mental health

Exploring some of the mental health issues triggered by miscarriage.

I am joined by Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Director of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research (03:31) Rev. Joy Van Staalduinen from the Love and Loss podcast (10:12) and Nicola from @Miscarriage_Afterlife (22:12).

Featuring clips from the Channel 5 documentary Miscarriage: Our Story with thoughts from Izzy Judd (33:55); Anna Whitehouse (34:41); Lacey Turner (36:02) and Jane Danson (36:39).

There may be triggers with the topics discussed including PTSD; depression; anxiety and self-harm.  There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

November 5, 2020  

EP08: Miscarriage and our bodies

What happens to our bodies when we go through a miscarriage? I chat with Julia Bueno, psychotherapist and author of the book The Brink Of Being and Kate Marsh, Midwifery Manager at Tommy's.

What’s discussed:

  • When should I worry? (02:44)
  • How to cope with the changes? (04:18)
  • How can I get help if I am not sure what’s wrong? (07:03)
  • How do you support a family member or friend through miscarriage? (12:48)
  • How much blood is too much blood? (18:16)
  • What colour blood is a miscarriage? (19:58)
  • What happens to breast milk after miscarriage? (22:00)
  • How do you get your figure back to pre-pregnancy? (25:10)
  • When can you have sex after miscarriage? (27:42)
  • When would you know a miscarriage is complete? (31:24)

For some there may be triggers. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

October 29, 2020  

EP07: Going full term after miscarriage

I explore what it feels like to go full term after miscarriage with ‘Anjali Patel’ (not her real name) (1:38) and I catch up with Jennie Agg, from The Uterus Monologues, (17:56) following on from our chat in EP04 and the birth of her son.

For some there may be triggers. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Thanks to The Miscarriage Association for their support with this episode.

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

October 22, 2020  

EP06: Hope after miscarriage

I am joined by Erica M. McAfee from the Sisters in Loss podcast (01:45) and I talk with Liberty’s Mother singer-songwriter Sophie Daniels (16:35), exploring healing and hope following a miscarriage and babyloss.

For some there may be triggers. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Click here to hear more from the Sisters in Loss podcast.

Click here to listen to and download “I Can Love You From Here” by Liberty’s Mother.

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

October 15, 2020  

EP05: Miscarriage taboo

This is an episode about the taboo surrounding miscarriage and why there even needs to be one. What is really going on here?

With thoughts from: Professor Quenby from Tommy’s Miscarriage Research centre (00:15), Jennie Agg from The Uterus Monologues (1:43), Ruth Bender-Atik, Director of The Miscarriage Association (3:36), Alison Ingleby from the Footprints On Our Hearts podcast (06:42), Nicola from @Miscarriage_Afterlife (20:18) and Jessica Brotherton (22:08).

Instagram posts are read by actors: Blythe Renay; Claire Wescott and Margaret Ashley.

There is some bad language and for some, there may be triggers including a pregnancy announcement. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

October 8, 2020  

EP04: Miscarriage? You are not alone

I explore the community surrounding miscarriage. What is around; who are the experts and what are they doing?

Featuring: Jennie Agg from The Uterus Monologues (3:42), Nicola from @Miscarriage_Afterlife (13:43), Ruth Bender-Atik from the The Miscarriage Association (19:40) and Christine McDonough from Infertility Illustrated (22:05).

There is some bad language and for some, there may be triggers including a pregnancy announcement. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

October 1, 2020  

EP03: What happened next - Tommy’s and tests

After my miscarriages, I visit Coventry University Hospital to under-go tests with Professor Jan Brosens and talk to Professor Siobhan Quenby from the Tommy’s Miscarriage Research centre.

For some, there may be triggers. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

September 24, 2020  

EP02: The story so far… (a story of miscarriage)

Sharing a story of miscarriage through drama. Based on real-life blogs, diary notes and memories.

Featuring UK/Midlands actors and recorded during coronavirus lockdown. This is an honest and raw account of pregnancy and loss in the first 12 weeks.

There is some bad language and for some, there may be triggers. There’s links to help available via www.tryingagainpodcast.com

Credits:

  • Rachael: Emily Jane Brooks
  • Lee: Philip Kingsley Elton
  • Vanessa: Loretta Hope
  • Luke: Oraine Johnson
  • The walk-in centre nurse: Alexander Doddy
  • The clinic nurse: Olivia Finch
  • The EPU nurse: Lynne Payne
  • Tommy’s Midwife: Dawn Butler

Production:

Funding for this episode was kindly granted by the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

With thanks to: Lee, Vici Edwards, Kim Greengrass and Kirtan Bhachu.

Written, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

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On social @TryingAgainPod.

September 24, 2020  

EP01: Miscarriage - Where to begin?

In the first episode of the Trying Again podcast, I get expert advice from Ruth Bender-Atik, Director of The Miscarriage Association (05:04) and I talk with my boyfriend (10:43) about the coronavirus lockdown.

Hosted, produced and edited by Rachael Smith.

On social @TryingAgainPod.

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