The Science of Motherhood

The Science of Motherhood

Knowledge is power and we are all about empowering the mamas of the world! In each episode we will unravel and interpret the latest research and evidence-based practices for pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood.


March 14, 2023 21 min

Fill Your Cup is so thrilled to announce that we have expanded our Doula Village in Melbourne and have begun caring for newborn and sleep deprived mamas in Geelong, Bellarine, Sydney and Brisbane.

With more than 16 years in health and medical education, we understand how to replenish, restore and support you in the thick of motherhood. Our Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney (and soon Brisbane) practices focus on evidenced-based postpartum c...

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Happy International Women's Day and what a guest to have on this momentous day!

Eve Rodsky transformed a “blueberries breakdown” into a catalyst for social change when she applied her Harvard-trained background in organizational management to ask the simple yet profound question: What would happen if we treated our homes as our most important organizations? Her New York Times bestselling book and Reese’s Book Club Pick, Fair Pla...

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Dr Renee White walks through what a postpartum doula is, how they can assist families after the birth of their baby and how they are different to a nanny or midwife. 

Fill Your Cup doulas are unique in that they are evidenced-based, access further training within the FYC Doula Village and can provide continuity of care - the Gold Standard for maternity care in Australia. 

Learn more about Dr Renee White and Fill Your Cup Postpartum D...

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Lael Stone and Dr Marion Rose talk about their new book: Raising Resilient and Compassionate Children. We deep dive into Aware Parenting, How to bring balance back into your child's life and Where to Start when you are in the thick of parenthood. 

Lael Stone is a childbirth educator, TedX speaker, Doula, Calmbirth® Practitioner, Postnatal trauma Counsellor and Aware Parenting practitioner. Her philosophy is centralised around cr...

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It was recently reported that 'triangle families' are on the rise in Australia. Those families with two parents and one child, yet only children appear to still cop the flack of preconceived thoughts on behaviour, personality and how unfair it is for them to be only children. Yet the research shows that there is no difference in these factors when comparing only children to those of their multi-sibling counterparts

In today&...

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Today's episode is a bit of a heavy one. Dr Renee White is chatting with Dr Hazel Keedle about her 2022 publication detailing the obstetric violence experiences of women in Australia. Three key features came out of the study, the feeling of being dehumanized, violated and powerless. Listen in to hear more about how Dr Keedle devised and analysed the study and what the next steps are in her research.

Dr Hazel Keedle, PhD, is a S...

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Dr Renee White is 'Checking In' with the listener's on today's episode to discuss her favourite resources for transitioning your toddler or fur baby from only child to sibling, how you and your partner can manage big emotions, support the concept of a new kid on the block.

Resources discussed include:

  • The Fourth Trimester - Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • Becoming Us - Elly Taylor 
  • Fair Play - Eve Rodsky
  • A conversation on New Paren...
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    In Part 2 with Dr Laura Gainche, Sleep Physiology expert, takes us on a journey of what parents true expectations should be for their child's sleeping patterns. Laura walks us through case studies and provides details of her advice and recommendations for typical infant sleep issues. 

    Laura is a French-Chilean mom of a daughter and 2 kitties, a scientist, a holistic sleep coach, a wife in a multicultural family, a woman who want...

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    In today's episode, Dr Renee White discusses why so many women step into postpartum depleted of multiple micronutrients!

    Tune in to here about:
    - Postnatal depletion + Dr Oscar Serrallach work
    - What micronutrients you will need to replete your body and mind in postpartum
    -  Food and quick + easy recipes to stock your fridge, freezer and pantry to help sleep-deprived and busy newborn mothers.

    Things we mentioned:
    - Dr Oscar ...

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    It's our final episode for 2022, Dr Renee White shares the highlights of Fill Your Cup Postpartum Doula Village, The Science of Motherhood and what's coming in 2023. 

    Learn more about Dr Renee White and Fill Your Cup Postpartum Doulas:
    Want to be nurtured and nourished after the birth of your baby, have a peek at our doula offerings.
    If you want to gobble up our famous Chocolate + Goji lactation cookies, look no further.

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    In today's episode Dr Renee White and Dr Micka Bertucci sit down with multi-award winning meditation teacher, Creator of The Happy Habit App, best selling author and philanthropist Fleur Chambers. They discuss how mindfulness doesn't have to be this chore that we 'add' to our already busy lives as mothers. Rather, we can tune into moments in the present to ground ourselves and indulge in some well-deserved self-care...

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    Thanks for joining Dr Micka Bertucci and Dr Renee White in another episode where they sit down and 'Chick-in' on one another. Today's discussions are around their favourite parenting books which include, The Postnatal Depletion by Dr Oscar Serrallach; The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline by Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson. Listen to the ladies talk about what they love about these books and how you can i...

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    Today's episode Renee and Micka sit down with environmental medicine expert Nicole Bijlsma to discuss common factors around that household home that could be causing you and your family illness. She walks through treatment and preventative strategies and how you can make your home a safer environment.

     Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become ...

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    In the lead up to Christmas, with the warm weather on the horizon and presents flying all around the family lounge room there are two topics we should all be talking about, water safety and button batteries. 
    Today we chat with Kidsafe Victoria's General Manager, Jason Chambers about the dangers, what to be on the look out for and how families can be better educated on these two deadly hazards.

    Learn more about Kidsafe Victoria


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    In today's episode Dr Micka Bertucci talks to Dr Renee White about her upcoming Mum Hotel Staycation. Why she needs one, the feelings around being away from her partner and children and the importance of Filling Your Cup First. 

    Learn more about Dr Renee White and Fill Your Cup Postpartum Doulas:
    Want to be nurtured and nourished after the birth of your baby, have a peek at our doula offerings.
    If you want to gobble up our famous ...

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    Dr Laura Gainche discusses with Dr Renee White how her PhD in sleep physiology empowered her for change in motherhood. After becoming a mom, she found the conflicting information about science and baby well-being to be triggering. She wanted women and mums to be informed so that they can make the right decision for their specific needs. Dr Gainche wants to make holistic sleep approaches as mainstream as Sleep training or Cry it out...

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    You've had a very busy day, full of meetings, project management or difficult conversations... and that's just managing a toddler at home! Before you get in the car or walk down to school to pick up your little people, what do you do in the last 10 minutes for yourself?
    Dr Renee White and Dr Micka Bertucci explore some ideas for grounding yourself and honouring some self-care before the 'Second Shift'. 

    Learn more abo...

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    How many times have we heard about birth trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder...but have you heard about post-traumatic growth? Dr Marion Piper walks us through the stages of this phenomenon and how Mothers can 'spiral up' after trauma. 
    A bit about Dr Marion:
    If you’re looking for practical creativity for big ideas, then Dr Marion Piper is your go-to gal.

    As a creativity coach and copywriter, she supports cr...

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    Welcome to our first Check-in Tuesday Podcast Episode! How to Survive Bleed Week. Tune in to hear Dr Renee White and Dr Micka Bertucci discuss their tips for preparing for a stress-less period week.

    - Alisa Vitti - Into the Flo

    Learn more about Dr Renee White and Fill Your Cup Postpartum Doulas:
    Want to be nurtured and nourished after the birth of your baby, have a peek at our doula offerings.
    If you want to gobble up our fa...

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    In today's episode, Dr Renee White speaks with Dr Melanie Jackson, 'a.k.a Melanie The Midwife' about the Australian Birth System - How we got here? Where did it all go wrong? What you should know before birthing your baby?

    Dr Melanie Jackson is a privately practicing midwife living in the Blue Mountains NSW, she also works as a researcher at Western Sydney University, runs 'the great birth rebellion' podcast and ...

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