Our show Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond (radio/podcast) turned new idea PBB Media (in development) along with around 100 other excited projects, has been chosen by the Walkley Media Incubator & Innovation Fund for longest in their much coveted training program. It is an absolute honour to be included in this list and for us as a group of women/mothers to enhance our skills, connections and understanding within the world of Media. Equally important, we are acutely aware of the critical position we hold to represent women in Australia and women's rights at large, within the context of childbirth.
As mothers, we undoubtably run full and rich lives (a term I borrowed from Deathwalker and dear friend Zenith Virago, instead of using the old 'busy' all the time, which is tiring to-even-just-say!). We have our children, houses, husbands, work, family community duties and connections, and civic duties to engage, satisfy and maintain. Then, we have our own health & wellbeing to attend to. Not an easy task for any woman and certainly any mother. Yet, we have all been pulled in by the lure of something bigger than us to PBBM. Woven over the years by the countless stories we have heard, each of us in our own roles - Sally as Maternity Consumer Representative, Lara trained in Psychology, Doulaing & Lactation support, and me Annalee, as Health Coach & problem solver (AKA Producer), we have heard these stories form our own unique capacities and threaded them into our tapestries, unable to un-hear them.
Our work at Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond crosses many borders, on a daily basis. We collect stories from researchers, we bring them back to base. We hear stories from mothers, and bring them back to base. We hear stories from midwives, families, fathers, doctors, professors, mothers (of all ages), heads of obstetrics, local health districts, consumers, teachers, colleagues, children, grandparents... We collect these stories that have been entrusted with us, knowing that they have a place in the bigger puzzle, not always knowing exactly where they fit and how they fit. Although slow and sometimes tedious is our work, there is a sense of urgency in it. There is a deeper understanding that each story is powerful in its own right and merits our full attention. No longer can we just 'hear a story', traumatic or positive, from a mother, caretaker or child. We must come full circle with it, seek resolve and make sense.
We see a world where families have access to the best quality information & are equally supported by their community and healthcare teams. Congruency between evidence-based research, long-held traditions & new ideas.. All converging to enhance health, happiness & resilience. This is our ethos, what stands behind our will to get up every day and continue the work that we do.
We have been OVER THE MOON finding out that we have been long-listed for the Walkeys Incubator & Innovation Fund this year, after applying for a grant through their program. The opportunity to learn from and connect with some of Australia's leading mentors in an incubator style learning and growing experience! Just like being in the womb :-D (you can imagine our delight!).
"This year, we extended the program significantly and brought in several of Australia’s best startup mentors to make sure as many projects as possible get access to transformational education to turn their idea into a viable and experimental venture. This year, 162 projects were entered, around 100 will receive training in the incubator program and three to eight will receive grant funding." Rose Powell, Innovation manager at The Walkley Foundation, Australia’s centre for excellence in journalism.
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