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031. The Magnitude of Becoming a Mother

with New York Times Best Selling Author, Sally Hepworth

In today’s episode, which was actually recorded back in October last year… I know… I chat with Sally Hepworth, a New York Times Bestselling Author & Mother who has published seven novels, including The Good Sister which was an instant bestseller, and her brand new release – The Younger Wife. Her domestic thriller novels are laced with quirky humour, sass and a darkly charming tone. 

Sally and I discuss her path to becoming the breadwinner in her home, the shock of her first birth and how that impacted her ability to connect with her baby as quickly as she imagined she would, Mothering two neurodiverse children, the dynamic dance of parenthood between her partner and herself. 

Motherhood is interesting in the sense that it doesn’t make sense otherwise no one would ever do it

Sally brought something really fresh to the table for this endless discussion on Motherhood, and that is that Motherhood is a theme in everyone’s life, not just Mothers. It sounds so simple when I say it like that, but it really did hit me that it’s not just Mothers who have a motherhood experience or an awareness of that role. Everyone on this earth in one way or another, has experienced Motherhood – whether they lost their Mother, they were Mothered by another type of Mother figure, whether they have a terrible relationship with their Mother, it’s all Motherhood. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, Motherhood is not a universal experience or a universal role, even though, universally, we have all experienced it in one way or another.

I feel so lucky to have had this conversation with one of Australia’s most admired writers, and mothers, and I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed chatting with her. 

TW: Sally discusses Miscarriage, trying to conceive, and traumatic birth during this episode. If you are currently sensitive to this topic, please go gently.

Feature images by  Mrs Smart Photography.

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SHOW NOTES:

The Younger Wife
Sally Hepworth’s Other Books
Kate Mildenhall – The Mother Fault
The Birth House – Abi Mckay
Call the Midwife Series 
AB Mcarthur
Liane Moriarty
Jane Harper
Sue Monk Kidd

Sally Hepworth Website

Sally Hepworth Instagram

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson.

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