Why we all need to embrace the 'fourth' trimester

Great podcasts for parents and carers

Tue 25 July 2017

10 mins

Anyone who has had a baby knows all about the three trimesters, but have you heard about the "fourth"?

The fourth trimester follows the idea that during the first months of a baby’s life they are still incredibly vulnerable and dependent.

Annalies Corse is a medical scientist, naturopath and lecturer in Naturopathy at Australasian College of Natural Therapies, who believes that our community needs to get better at supporting parents through this period.

"It's not about having your family there every waking moment," Annalies says, "it's more about this idea of knowing it's a tough time in your life. Just having a five minute conversation with someone, a stranger even, makes so much of a difference."

 To see Annalies’ short TED Talk check out the video at the TEDXSydney website at the 7:54:24 mark.

Listen to more Parents & Carers segments

The Fireside Project: A safe space for divorced dads to get support

We all experience grief differently, but divorce and separation creates feelings of loss and loneliness That’s what Matt Godfrey found when he separated from his partner and mother to his…
15 mins

Makeup tips and tricks that'll have you looking and feeling great

Bern Fisers has travelled the world doing the makeup of famous actors and musicians What she’s learnt is that looking and feeling great doesn’t have to cost the earth. It…
13 mins

Dealing with loss at Christmas

While many people are excited about the silly season, it fills others with dread or sadness When a family has suffered loss – through death, separation or divorce, Christmas can…
18 mins

How philosophy can help you enjoy parenting

It may sound a bit highfalutin but philosophy can be a big support for the modern parent. That’s according to John Armstrong, faculty member of The School of Life…
12 mins

Ladies, you don't have to put up with heavy periods!

Dr Sneha Wadhwani is a GP passionate about women’s health Heavy periods aren’t much fun – but how do you define “heavy”?   Sneha gives us a definition of what…
11 mins

Dad's Mental Health: How does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder impact families?

According to a report released in June 2018 by the Australian Federal Police, between three to four million Australians live with, or have family affected by PTSD Dr Brian O'Toole 
20 mins