The Stork and I
Series 5 Trailer

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January 14, 2022

The wait is finally over! The Stork and I Podcast for solo parents and those considering solo parenthood is back!

Series 5 of the podcast is launching on 2nd February 2022 and is focusing on all things donor conception. 

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S4: E10 The ones for friends and family

S4: E10 The ones for friends and family

November 3, 2021

Todays episode is a bit different from usual. 

I'm not talking to a guest. Instead I have dedicated this episode to provide guidance for friends and family members of solo mums. 

I've tried to incorporate my own experience as well as everything that has been shared with me by my fellow solo mum community. 

I've covered all the things we wish our friends and family knew about how to best support us and what not to say.

I cover: 

- Re-establishing a different relationship with your friend

- How hard asking for help is

- Practical things you can do to help a solo parent

- Things to avoid saying and more useful things to stay instead

- The importance of open communication 

 

I'd love to hear from you on your views of what good support looks like and if you are a friend or family member whether this has been useful for you. 

 

 

S4: E9 Fertility Yoga with Helen Davenport-Peace

S4: E9 Fertility Yoga with Helen Davenport-Peace

October 27, 2021

Todays guest is Helen Davenport-Peace from @at_the_fold 

Helen is a yoga teacher that has been immersed in the path of yoga, embodiment and teaching for 25 years. She is the owner of a small yoga studio in Greater Manchester, The Fold - a hub for anyone trying to conceive. Her aim is to provide a sanctuary of rest and community amidst the landscapes of creating a family. 
 
Helen supports people in the midst of a trying to conceive story through Fertility Yoga sessions and co-created 1:1 conception doula bespoke support packages for assisted conception and early pregnancy. Support is carefully curated together and can include yoga, guided relaxation, massage, breathwork and a range of other modalities. 

 

In todays episode we cover: 

  • The power of finding your community
  • The variety of ways that yoga can help support us through a fertility journey
  • Practical advice of how to incorporate a yoga practise into a busy schedule

 

Connect with Helen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/at_the_fold/

Website: https://thefold.uk/

 

Thank you for listening to The Stork and I Podcast! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Please take a moment to rate and review, it really helps others find the podcast which can be a great source of support!

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About Mel Johnson

Hi! I'm Mel, The Solo Parenthood Coach and following my own journey to solo parenthood, I created The Stork and I to support others going through the same journey. 

I'm also on a mission to change the narrative around solo parenthood

Learn more about me at www.thestorkandi.com

 
S4: E8 Emotional Freedom Technique with Sarah Holland

S4: E8 Emotional Freedom Technique with Sarah Holland

October 20, 2021

Todays guest is Sarah Holland, the Fertile Mindset® Coach and has a unique, effective and empowering approach to fertility support. Working in the world of fertility since 2001, and having
experienced fertility challenges herself, she pioneered the use of EFT Tapping specifically for
fertility support.

With the Fertile Mindset® approach to coaching, support and emotional healing she has helped thousands of people negotiate the emotional rollercoaster of fertility issues. Sarah believes it is possible for anyone’s fertility journey to become a much more positive and fulfilling experience, and that by recognising and supporting the emotional aspects of fertility, the path to parenthood can become more successful in every way including creating a family.

Sarah’s coaching clients and Fertile Mindset® Sanctuary members frequently tell her that
the results they achieve with her support and EFT “feel like magic!”.
Sarah has appeared on BBC News and Channel 5 talking about fertility topics, and has
spoken on stage at the Fertility Show and My Future Family Show in London, the American
Fertility Expo in California and Fertilitetsmessen in Copenhagen, as well as at numerous
online fertility events and podcasts. She is also a proud member of the AlphaZita holistic
fertility team, offering integrated fertility support on retreat at the luxury Sani resort in
Greece.

Sarah is based in the U.K. and her support is available worldwide via zoom consultations and
within her membership, the Fertile Mindset® Sanctuary which has both free and paid levels
of support.

Having experienced her own fertility challenges Sarah is now a mum to two boys through
both birth and adoption.

 

In todays episode we cover:

- EFT; what it is and how it can support you on your fertility journey

- How EFT tapping works and why it works

- How you can use EFT tapping to make and stick to a decision

- Why EFT is a skill for life

and much more!

 

Connect with Sarah Holland

Begin your own Fertile Mindset® journey today by joining Sarah’s free membership in the
Fertile Mindset ® Sanctuary here: www.fertilemindset.com/sanctuary

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fertile_mindset/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FertileMindset

Podcast: Fertile Mindset

Website: www.fertilemindset.com

 

Thank you for listening to The Stork and I Podcast! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Please take a moment to rate and review, it really helps others find the podcast which can be a great source of support!

Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/the_stork_and_i.

 

About Mel Johnson

Hi! I'm Mel, The Solo Parenthood Coach and following my own journey to solo parenthood, I created The Stork and I to support others going through the same journey. 

I'm also on a mission to change the narrative around solo parenthood

Learn more about me at www.thestorkandi.com

S4: E7 A Single Revolution with Shani Silver

S4: E7 A Single Revolution with Shani Silver

October 13, 2021

In todays episode, I chat to Shani Silver

Shani is a writer and the host of A Single Serving Podcast. Her work focuses on changing the negative narratives around being single in an effort to improve the way single life is experienced. Shani's work helps singles reframe the limiting, shame-filled societal messages around singlehood and reframe them to hold more truth and authenticity. On October 26th, 2021 Shani is releasing her first book, A Single Revolution: Don't look for a match. Light one.

 

In todays chat we cover: 

- The narrative around single women as compared to that of single men

- How reframing can help us to enjoy singlehood a lot more

- The importance of language when discussing singlehood

- Why we don't have to find a partner for our life to start
- Coming to the realisation we don't have to have a baby, if we don't want to have a baby
- How spending time with babies can help you decide if you want to be a parent
- Challenging the assumption that we are all supposed to get married and have children
- The importance of making conscious decisions, whatever they may be

and much, much more.....

You can purchase A Single Revolution , Shani's new book from Amazon from 26th October 2021

 

Connect with Shani Silver:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shanisilver

Medium: https://shanisilver.medium.com/

Podcast: A Single Serving

Book: A Single Revolution: Don't look for a match. Light one.

Website: https://www.shanisilver.com/

 

 

Thank you for listening to The Stork and I Podcast! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Please take a moment to rate and review, it really helps others find the podcast which can be a great source of support!

Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/the_stork_and_i.

 

About Mel Johnson

Hi! I'm Mel, The Solo Parenthood Coach and following my own journey to solo parenthood, I created The Stork and I to support others going through the same journey. 

I'm also on a mission to change the narrative around solo parenthood

Learn more about me at www.thestorkandi.com

S4:E6 Getting fertility treatment abroad

S4:E6 Getting fertility treatment abroad

October 6, 2021

In todays episode I chat to Emma Haslam from @yourIVFabroad

Emma is an expert in fertility treatment abroad and after her own journey with treatment abroad she set up Your IVF abroad, to help others by making fertility treatment more affordable, accessible and supported and to give people who she was missing. Emma helps people to find a clinic that matches their needs and wants and supports them through treatment, she also offers donor conception information sessions so you can make informed decisions.
 
Aiming to change the narrative Emma has become an advocate, speaker, campaigner and writer for the infertility community and on donor conception. 
 
In todays chat we cover: 
 
- How to manage being told you need to lose weight before starting your fertility journey
- Some of the key reasons people choose to get treatment abroad
- Where to start if you're considering treatment abroad
- How long you need to spend abroad if you're having your treatment in a clinic in a different country
- The impact of Covid on getting treatment abroad
- Where you can get more information and connect with others getting treatment abroad
...and much more!
 
Emma has a free Facebook community where she and peers offer support to those curious about, planning or having IVF abroad. It's a closed community that will not show up in your news feed or profile and you can choose to post anonymously.
 
To check out the support group, have a listen to her podcasts, check out Emma's services and free resources - including a checklist to see if fertility treatment abroad is right for you please use the link below.
 
 
 

Thank you for listening to The Stork and I Podcast! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Please take a moment to rate and review, it really helps others find the podcast which can be a great source of support!

Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/the_stork_and_i.

 

About Mel Johnson

Hi! I'm Mel, The Solo Parenthood Coach and following my own journey to solo parenthood, I created The Stork and I to support others going through the same journey. 

I'm also on a mission to change the narrative around solo parenthood

Learn more about me at www.thestorkandi.com

 
S4: E5 Single Parent Rights

S4: E5 Single Parent Rights

September 29, 2021

In todays episode I speak to Ruth, a single mum who works in the charity sector. She has two young boys who she has raised solo since her eldest was six months old. Her first was conceived through marriage, and the second via donor conception.

Ruth has been writing about single parenting for over six years on her blog Ellamental Mama, trying to raise understanding of the realities faced by single parents - the good, bad and the ugly.

Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, The I Paper and The Metro, amongst others.

In 2020, Ruth set up the Single Parent Rights campaign to push for changes to UK law to address the ongoing discrimination of single parents after helping to lobby for the introduction of single parent support bubbles in the first UK lockdown.    

In todays episode we discuss: 

- The decision to have a second child using donor conception
- Talking to your children about their conception
- First hand experience of becoming a parent in a relationship and then becoming a parent outside of a relationship
- Why its not always better to have a partner
- Getting single parents included in the Equality Act
- Examples of discrimination against single parents
- How to get involved with Single Parent Rights

and much more!

You can see more of Ruth on Instagram on @ellamental_mama and @singleparentrights
S4: E4 Using an Au Pair as part of your support network

S4: E4 Using an Au Pair as part of your support network

September 22, 2021

In todays episode I chat to Sophy. 

Sophy is 36 and lives in South Oxfordshire with her 3 year old twins. She started the journey to solo motherhood at 31 after receiving the results of a fertility test she took. 

Sophy got 2 eggs from her treatment, transferred them both and now has twin girls. 

 

In this episode we cover: 

- The decision to transfer 2 embryos

- Solo parenting twins

- Using an au pair to form part of your support network

- Freelancing as a solo parent

- Dating as a solo parent

and much, much more!

 

Update:

If you live in the UK, finding an au pair is much more challenging now that EU citizens cant get to the UK without a work VISA. Au pairing does not count as work but its also not a holiday, so its sadly got a lot more complicated.
S4: E3 Thoughts on being donor conceived

S4: E3 Thoughts on being donor conceived

September 15, 2021
In today's episode I speak to Emma, 25, from Denmark who is donor conceived. 
Emma was born using an anonymous donor. She has a mum and a dad and 2 sisters. 
She started a blog 3 years ago where she shares her thoughts and experiences on being donor conceived.
 
In this episode we cover:
 
- The importance of how our children's conception story is shared with them
- Why Emma decided to start @donorchild Instagram account
- Why it can be helpful for our children to hear their conception story from birth
- How being donor conceived can make you feel 
- Having siblings who are not donor conceived when you are
- The importance of honesty from the very beginning
- Why Emma hasn't had an interest in finding more out about her donor or any potential half siblings
- A different perspective on using an anonymous donor
- Donor siblings and when and if to try to find them
- Advice for those considering solo motherhood
 
You can find her at:
 
Instagram: @donorchild
Book: Donor Child: A Child of Love
 
 
 
 
 
 
S4: E2 Managing your finances as a solo parent

S4: E2 Managing your finances as a solo parent

September 8, 2021
In today's episode of the podcast I chat to George Agan. George is a Chartered Financial Planner. He runs Principles Personal Finance which is a financial education site. He also has his own YouTube channel
 
I often get questions about finances from people who contact me and I didn't used to feel properly equipped to answer in depth enough, and this episode helps to provide some further clarity.  
 
In todays episode we covered: 
 
- The cost estimate of having children
- How to bring clarity to your own financial situation
- Adopting a renting methodology to save money (and the environment)
- What amount of savings you might need to feel secure
- What levers you have available to help manage your budget
- How you can get creative to help your budget
- Why planning is everything
- How to plan for the worst case scenario 
- The importance of Power of Attorney and having a will
- The 3 golden rules of personal finance
 
RISK WARNING 
The views stated in this discussion are for informational and education purposes and should not be viewed as advice. The information provided in this presentation has been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and current, but accuracy should be placed in the context of the underlying assumptions. Any views stated are individual.
 
All content is being provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment or tax advice. No financial or investment decisions should be made solely based on the information in any podcast, blog or video.
 
Some of the useful links we covered in the podcast are below: 
 
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