Episode 6

Maddie McMahon - wild swimming, embracing our new identities and why mothering matters

Published on: 12th February, 2021

Today we hear from Maddie McMahon. Maddie has been a doula for 17 years and she runs her own doula training business, Developing Doulas.

Last year Maddie was diagnosed with a rare cancer, ocular melanoma, which affects less than 5 in a million people. Maddie talks about the need for holistic care, good communication and the nuances around positive thinking.

We discuss the benefits of wild swimming in cold water and how that was something that helped to bring her out of a deep depression during her treatment. Maddie says that, “her biggest tip for anyone dealing with a crisis, physical or emotional, to get out and start wild swimming.”

Maddie has written several books and we talk about her latest book “why mothering matters."

“The motherhood experience has been mostly overlooked by feminism, and women are still the ‘social skivvys’ ”

We talk about the fallacy of equality when we now live in a world where women work full time, as men have always done, and we also still do all or most of the traditional female roles of childcare and running a household.

You can find Maddie on facebook @maddiemcmahon and the developing doulas website is: https://developingdoulas.co.uk/

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About the Podcast

Tipping The Balance
Mental health and happiness is not as simple as arriving at a destination. It takes work everyday. How can we help to tip the balance in favour of our mental health?
We can all admit to wishing we had more balance in our lives. How many times have you said, "I just don't have the right balance at the moment." Maybe you think you need to work less, have more (or less!) time with your children, get outside more, exercise more, eat more healthily. What ever it is you and almost everyone else has an idea of what balance means to them, their lives and their mental health.

'Tipping the balance,' explores these concepts with a range of different people. Parents, business owners, people living with grief, overcoming abuse, mental health specialists. We have it all here and I hope you can listen to these shows and feel in someway you have spent time tipping the balance in favour of your own mental health.

You can find me on instagram @thebalanceddoula

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Katie Hickey

I am a birth doula, podcaster and vet! All my areas of work bring together elements of balance, growth and self-development. I am a convert to the slow living movement and live in rural Devon with my family. I love hearing from other people how they strive to find balance in their lives in order to live intentionally and maintain a positive tilt on their mental health.