Podcast

I haven’t totally disappeared

It’s been a while and I’m sorry! Life has been busy. I’ve switched jobs from teaching to content writing and the shift and change of pace is taking quite a bit of energy and brain space. It’s been fantastic, but when I finish work at 5pm (instead of 3.30pm like… Read more

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Over the year I’ve been actively following, listening to, and engaging with as many disability self advocates as I can. I’m aware of my abled position of privilege as an ally, and I’m trying to use the right terminology, and pass the mic, and generally just nott fuck it up.… Read more

Dear Mamas podcast with guest, The One in a Million Baby

Before Christmas I got together with two fantastic women, Emily Writes and Holly Walker, on their podcast Dear Mamas which features on The Spinoff to talk about what it’s like to be a parent when someone in the family has chronic illness, medical needs or disability. We discussed Eva and… Read more

Podcast transcriptions coming!

It’s been a long time coming, too long in fact, but very soon I will be getting transcriptions for the podcast. It’s something I’ve always meant to do but with working full time and podcasting on the side I haven’t had a lot of extra time to sit down and… Read more

A new milestone – 20,000 downloads!!

A new milestone – 20,000 downloads!!

In August this year, 11 months after I started the podcast I announced I had reached a big milestone, I had reached 10,000 downloads. I launched the podcast in September 2015 and 11 months later I felt like I had hit something momentous (for me, not for most podcasts.) Today,… Read more

New investments in the podcast

New investments in the podcast

Last week I received my AMP Scholarship in my bank account. I suddenly had money to spend on the podcast. I did a lot of research when I first started the podcast. I bought some things cheap and other things quality. I have a tendency to start new hobbies and buy… Read more

Delivering good news – it feels good!

Delivering good news – it feels good!

There’s something odd that happens to you when tragedy strikes. You realise you need to disseminate the information to your family and friends. You know they need to know, and they would want to know, but part of you can’t bear to tell them because you know it brings them… Read more

A new episode out soon!

A new episode out soon!

  I have just spent the first weekend of my school holidays working on the next podcast episode. Episode 14 is due out on October 1st and will feature the very lovely Ashley Jones talking about her gorgeous daughter Victoria. I can’t wait to share this one. Ashley is one… Read more

AMP Scholarship interview – Done!

AMP Scholarship interview – Done!

I got up at 5am yesterday to catch a 7am flight to Auckland for my AMP Scholarship interview. My interview wasn’t until 11.45am but I wanted to be there early. I didn’t want to be panicking in a taxi on the way into town, knowing how close my appointment time… Read more

Exciting and busy times!

Exciting and busy times!

I feel like I’ve got about 10 balls in the air right now. I’ve gotten through to the AMP Scholarship semi-finals, so next week I fly to Auckland to give a presentation on the podcast and why they should give me money to help make it bigger and better. I… Read more

AMP Scholarship – please vote for me!

Since I started the podcast I’ve invested quite a bit of money into it. I bought all my own equipment and pay monthly subscriptions for a number of online services to keep in running. I’ve done all this because this project means a huge amount to me. But gosh, wouldn’t… Read more

Radio NZ Interview

I did this today. I went on Radio NZ and talked about the podcast live on air. I talked about Eva, about parenting about relationships. I was nervous, but it was a fantastic experience. Thank you to RNZ for having me! Read more

10,000 downloads, a milestone worth celebrating

10,000 downloads, a milestone worth celebrating

I’ve had my eye on the goal of 10,000 podcast downloads for a while. It was oh so slowly approaching. And then with the release of the last episode, it somehow snuck up on me and I have, right now, 10,186 downloads. In the grand scheme of things, this is… Read more

Meeting Chiara and Natalie

Meeting Chiara and Natalie

I am proud of the fact that my guests on the podcast are from all around the world. I want to show both the universality of our experiences and the differences. It does mean, however, that I will likely never meet most of my guests. After I talk to them… Read more

Invisibilia: The problem with the solution

Invisibilia is one of those podcasts which never fails to impress me. Every episode is beautiful, crafted, intelligent and interesting. Every episode leaves you thinking about some aspect of the world in a new way. This episode was no exception. In fact, it may be my favourite episode from either season.… Read more

Episode 10 coming soon!

In May I got prolific with the podcast and put out two in a month. This month, has been less productive. I haven’t managed to record until the weekend just been and I’ve watched the 1st of July sneak closer and closer with no material. I realised something, it’s hard… Read more

Washington Post’s Top Parenting Podcasts – we’re in there!

Washington Post’s Top Parenting Podcasts – we’re in there!

I didn’t have my phone on me yesterday. The usual vibrations and alerts didn’t reach me. During period five, when my year 13s were working hard on their writing, I checked my personal email. It was full of alerts that people were tagging me in posts on Facebook. I wondered… Read more

My next guest – Rachel Callander

My next guest – Rachel Callander

Earlier tonight I was angry about the way a mother was having to get signatures on a petition in order to get her special needs child a heart transplant. I was railing against a belief in society that someone with developmental delays is someone deemed less worthy than “normal” people.… Read more

Better late than never – the next episode is almost here

The next episode of the podcast is almost here. My goal of releasing each month on the first of the month sort of flew out the window when I spent seven weeks in the USA and got back right before the February issue was due to be published. I’m crawling… Read more

Putting the podcast out there

Putting the podcast out there

Telling my story and Eva’s story hasn’t been easy. At times I have closed my eyes to avoid seeing my fingers hitting “Publish” on certain posts. I worry that I’ve said too much, that I will be judged and condemned for things I’ve done. But even with that worry, I… Read more

The podcast – how you can listen in

The podcast – how you can listen in

If you are new to this blog, or just new to podcasts, I thought I’d just take a moment to introduce you to this side of my site. In October I launched The One in a Million Baby podcast. My plan was to create a resource for new parents who… Read more

Episode 03: The call is recorded – what an honour

Episode 03: The call is recorded – what an honour

This morning I talked with Natalie Roberts about her journey with her daughter Chiara and her husband Mauro and their older daughter, Grace. I have followed Natalie’s blog Chiara’s Journey. You can read more about them through their facebook page as well.  Chiara’s journey started as a simple treatment for… Read more

The new episode is almost here!

The new episode is almost here!

As of five minutes ago, Episode 02 of the podcast is ready for release. I am just bursting with pride about this episode, just as I was with the first one. I don’t think I have ever felt as proud of anything as I do of these last two episodes.… Read more

Now on Stitcher Radio!

Now on Stitcher Radio!

If you’re an Android user, you can now listen to The One in a Million Baby on Stitcher Radio. As with iTunes, subscribe, and if you like what you hear, leave a review.   Read more

Episode 00: An introduction

Episode 00: An introduction

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3802674/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″]It’s here! The first ever episode of The One in a Million Baby podcast. It’s not perfect, but nothing is. This episode is a starting point, a way to begin. It’s my way of introducing listeners to me, to Eva and to our story. It’s my way… Read more

The first interview is in the bank

The first interview is in the bank

Last night, Jen Carter from Jacob’s Fight was the first guest on The One in a Million Baby Podcast. We spoke for over an hour about her journey with her son Jacob and the challenges and triumphs they have faced. It is quite a story. One that had me with my… Read more

Discovering stories – Bethany Van Delft

Discovering stories – Bethany Van Delft

I get so excited about discovering new things these days. New friends to meet. New TV shows to binge watch. New comedians to make me laugh. New stories to inspire me. New music to smile to or cry to. New authors to read. It’s a big part of why I’m… Read more

One year ago today

One year ago today

Facebook has a lovely memory function where it pulls something, a photo, or a post from your past and chooses to remind you about them a year on, or five years on. Today, a photo of me holding Eva in Starship hospital popped up. “See your memories,” Facebook prompted me.… Read more

A taste of things to come

A taste of things to come

I have audio! It’s not much. A quick teaser of the intro I’m planning to play in each episode, but it’s something. Next weekend I am having a pre-interview chat with my first subject, and then we are going to get down to recording. I have a few small kinks… Read more

The flip side of scary

All the equipment is here. I now just need to test it out, record my first interview and learn to edit! The podcast is still weeks away from its launch, but it feels so close. And I’m nervous. I know I put myself out there multiple times a week to… Read more

It's almost ready to go

It's almost ready to go

The podcast is so close to becoming a reality. I am waiting on just one tiny piece of equipment and I am ready to go. The set up is almost complete. After staring at my mixer for over an hour, and then turning to YouTube in desperation, I now know… Read more

I'm in a unique position, and I know it

I'm in a unique position, and I know it

I’m in a unique position as a special needs mother. Eva died in one of the slightly easier stages of her life. I had got past the difficult first months. The time of adjustment and grief. I had accepted my girl for who she was, but as a baby the… Read more

Podcast update: equipment is arriving!

Podcast update! The first lot of equipment has arrived. I have microphones! And microphone stands! And a digital recorder! And microphone cables! I don’t usually use exclamation points. Can you tell I’m excited? Once customs clears it, I will have the mixer, and then I am just one Amazon package… Read more

The next step – The One in a Million baby as a podcast

The next step – The One in a Million baby as a podcast

This post is going to be different. I am excited. Really genuinely excited. I can feel life buzzing away in me. I can feel Eva’s influence on that excitement and feel her steering me gently into the project which is making me so excited. I wrote a while ago about… Read more