CAST 085
More Than Just the Blues

Such an important topic and when you hear the statistics that Joyce shares in this interview its truly so strange that we don’t talk about it more. The Blues, Depression….. We need to talk about it and we also need to know that there ARE solutions. Joyce shares so much wisdom and even better … she shares HOPE on this cast, I am truly feeling honoured to host such a show, and that we can get this message out to the masses that help is available and healing is possible and that it happens.

Enjoy the Episode!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Joyce Bergsma’s Bio:

Joyce Bergsma is a registered Nutritional Therapist, practicing Orthomolecular and Functional Medicine since 2010. Joyce has a BA from Canada and later trained as a Nutritional Therapist in the UK. Her interest is on how food affects mental health and she is an advocate for approachable change for her clients. 


Before studying nutrition, Joyce worked for the largest private health insurer in the UK. Since moving to the Netherlands, she’s focussed on where food comes from and how it can be used to best promote our mental health. 

Growing up in Canada, the kitchen was the centre of Joyce’s family home. Her mother taught her how to cook from an early age with the vegetables from their garden. 

As she got older, she noticed how food affected her mood, energy levels, digestion and stress levels.

When several people close to her started developing serious health problems, she felt there was a connection between the illnesses and their diets. Would a healthier diet create a healthier life?

This interest led Joyce to study nutrition in the UK, where she learned to identify the connections between the systems of the body. She found out how diet, exercise, our environment and genetics affect whether diseases develop or not. 

Joyce’s interest in preventing the same depression her close family suffer from inspired her to learn how mental health could be influenced by nutrient therapy. Understanding the challenges of adjusting our lifestyles in a consumer society, she is keen to motivate others in making practical changes that enable their bodies to heal themselves.

Change is difficult, there’s no two ways about it. Joyce works to break down the different factors that contribute to mental health into bite-sized pieces so each step is manageable. We all have busy lives, but making change just happens one step at a time. 

Joyce is currently working on developing the Happiness Hub, a place to connect and learn about being mentally healthier. She also offers personal consultations and runs workshops for private groups on Stress Management and Fermenting Foods. You can book online at

Joyce’s Resources:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take one step at a time”

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CAST 084
Birth Trauma Myths

Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Bianca Sprague’s Bio:

Bianca Sprague is a birth doula and lactation educator and has supported hundreds of families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. She feels particularly passionate around maintaining the family’s relationships and mental wellness. As a queer woman she advocates for inclusive language in the birthing space. She lives in Toronto with her spouse, Alana, and their daughter, Gray. 

And a bio of BEBO MIA:

BEBO MIA INC. is a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field, including pregnancy/birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists. They offer comprehensive skills, business support & community care through an innovative online structure that spans a global market. 

A very different culture from both the patriarchal boardroom model & the female-centric multi-level marketing industry, bebo mia offers opportunities for women to work from home while making an income for themselves and their families. They develop inclusive, accessible trainings for women that provide the skills needed to grow & sustain a lucrative business. bebo mia remains fiercely committed to their original mission that was developed in 2008: To connect women to their intrinsic value and power.

Bianca’s Resources:

“Not my circus, not my monkeys”

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CAST 077
Baby Sensory and The Importance of Play

So great to have Natalie on the show discussing this vital topi and sharing all about The Baby Sensory Program. We touch on so many aspects in this interview, those that affect new babies and their new parents and why these parents need to put attention to developing their child’s  awareness and experience with the world around them. Pure and simple getting back to basics, no gimmicks.

Such a great episode!


X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Natalie van Gelder's Bio:

As a mother of three young kids, Natalie decided to quit her job as Head of Research and Development at IMC Weekendschool. As a pedagoog (child developmentalist), she wanted to spend more time with her kids. But she also wanted to follow her ambition and start her own business. Natalie was looking for a way to combine her passion for children and parenting and her drive to run her own business, in her own time so she could be there with her kids. Then she discovered Baby Sensory and fell in love on the spot. What an amazing program. It is positive, preventive (not problem driven), and is a great inspiration for parents. At the course, parents learn all about children’s developmental phases and how parents can stimulate their development through play, communication, games, and music. And most of all it is just a lot of fun.

Natalie’s Quote:

“Live in The Moment”

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CAST 059
Fussy Eaters, Baby’s First Foods, Gag Reflexes & More

Since this episode was released I’ve had so many mums tell me how helpful the information was. Seeing as Mandy is so passionate and is a wealth of knowledge on the topic of fussy foods, dysphagia and fussy eaters this episode just had to be included in the Best of Series. Mandy also shares her wisdom around oral development and how it relates to speech and sensory development which is something that I also share with my mum’s in practice. It’s a “must listen to” episode where we talk about….

  • when and how to introduce first foods,
  • why kids might be fussy with food,
  • what to do about it,
  • clear signs for when to seek help and there are so many fabulous links and resources that Mandy shares in this episode.

I do my best to find passionate experts but honestly, Mandy had so much passion for what she does that it was such a joy to have her share on Mum’s The Word. Because it was full of gold, the episode runs over my (suggested) 40 mins – well let’s be honest, most of them have so far!! as clearly my guests are so passionate about helping other mums and its obvious we all love what we do.

Please do share this episode and it’s links/resources with those around you struggling to get their little ones to eat or enjoy food. Its such an important topic and this episode highlights once again, that we are all in this parenting world together. It truly takes a village to raise a child so please don’t keep these pearls of wisdom to yourself but share it with the new mum’s in your circles.


X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Mandy Adno’s Bio:

Mandy-Lee Adno is a Paediatric Feeding Therapist. She has a private practice at The Children’s Clinic in Bondi Junction, Sydney, where she assesses and treats babies and children with a range of feeding issues.

Paediatric feeding

Mandy graduated as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002. She then went on to specialise as a Paediatric Feeding Therapist at Manchester University, United Kingdom. She set up a Paediatric feeding department in Havering in the United Kingdom, treating babies and children with a range of feeding and swallowing difficulties. Mandy is also an accredited SOS therapist.

Mandy has worked as a Paediatric feeding therapist at Royal North Shore Hospital in the neonatal and Paediatric wards.

She has extensive experience in assessing and treating newborns, infants and children with various feeding difficulties including: Medical and behavioural feeding difficulties; difficulties with breast/bottle feeding; gastro-oesophageal reflux; transitioning from feeding tubes, transitioning to solids and fussy eaters.

Mandy resides in Sydney, Australia with her husband and 3 daughters.

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CAST 057
Keeping Birth Normal with Midwife Led Birth

In this first of the “Best Of” Series which is a mix of my personal favorites and the top downloaded episodes of all time since  Mum’s The Word  launched back in Dec 2015, I’m lucky enough to interview Jacky Bloemraad de Boer, my midwife for both of my children’s births! She is a woman of wisdom and has immersed herself in all things Birth for decades. I am so thrilled that I was able to have her share with the Mum’s The Word listeners and be my inaugral guest. Its still a fave episode of mine.

We discuss in this episode;

The role of a Midwife
The benefits of a midwife led birth
Midwife mindset
De-medicalizing Birth
Research around home birth and natural birth

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Jacky Bloemraad de Boer’s Bio:

Jacky Bloemraad de Boer is a mother, a wife, CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), a Doula, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a Nutritionist, Herbalist & a Doula Trainer. She lives in both Amsterdam and Cape Town.


Jacky is passionate about fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and women’s health and is continually exploring the various aspects of global maternal health and in particular midwifery care and the continuum of care.  Midwifery care can improve maternal outcomes because experience and research has clearly shown that pregnancy and childbirth care which has been de-medicalized and restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth by returning the control to the birthing woman has proven to be the safest approach.

Jacky is dedicated to educating midwives, the world needs more midwives and as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Jacky has also published a book: A-Z for a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth,

Sarah Buckley’s Quote:

“A healthy woman who labours and births spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.”

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CAST 048
Choosing a Home Birth

I absolutely loved this episode! Super relaxed and it was my first time interviewing my guest in person, sitting relaxed on the couch and having a chat. I could get used to it!

Not only do Karen and I have the same name (ok well you all know me as Kaz , true, which is my preferred name but Karen is the name my mum gave me) but we also speak the same language and I am not referring  to the English language if you get what I mean. 

We sepak all things birth, natural parenting and loads about what to expect for new mums.


X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Karen Tham’s Bio:

Karen Tham is a mother of 2 beautiful children – Kaia who is 8 and Christian who is 5.  She is a stay at home mom, chauffeur for 2 and a very talented juggler who manages to co-ordinate her children and husband’s busy schedules while trying to find time to bake cookies and read teen fiction.

Moving and travelling

Karen has 2 University degrees, a Bachelor of Commerce in Psychology and Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Chiropractic.  She’s spent most of her life moving and travelling, she has a passion for Interior decor and design and is the Co-host of Inside the Champions Mind.  A podcast she shares with her husband where they discuss mindset and their stories and challenges in Life, Love and Legacy.

Karen’s Deets:

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CAST 026
Inability to Breastfeed. Healing the Grief

Thankyou so much To Rachael for sharing her journey with breastfeeding when her little ones were born. A real honest raw share and I invite you to listen.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe 

Dr Emily’s Bio:

Rachael is a qualified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Spiritual Mentor. She also has a work from anywhere business, teaching people how to gain financial freedom.


Cleanse, heal and transform

She is passionate about providing a loving, open space for people to cleanse, heal and transform their lives on every level body, mind and Spirit.

Rachael is a mum of 2 beautiful girls, Isis 10 and Pixie 8, whom she homeschools. She is peacefully and happily married to her husband of 11 years Ash Moses. They live in Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

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Lamaze. Not your Mum’s Huffing and Puffing class.

The highest energy guest to date on Mum’s The Word. And we both could have kept talking forever. What a delight Tanya Strusberg was to have on the podcast talking about Lamaze and so much more!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Tanya Strusberg's Bio:

Tanya Strusberg is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and founder of BirthWell BirthRight an independent childbirth education practice based in Melbourne. In 2015, Tanya was inducted as an FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators) in recognition of her significant contribution to childbirth education.

Through her internationally accredited Lamaze Educator Training program, she is very excited to be training a new generation of Australian Lamaze educators.

Last, but absolutely not least, she is also the mum of two beautiful children, her son Liev and daughter Amalia.

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Birth Plans, Hospital Preferences

I was thrilled to have Pip from Birth Savvy on Episode 14 who is so passionate about birth, outcomes, people knowing their options and asking for what they want. So very often discussed but never is there really a what to avoid or a where to look…. here are some tips to consider for your birth plan. Why you need one… why its ok to call it a plan and what might never be accepted if it was in one. So as you can imagine this week is a very important message that all mums to be would love to hear. One to certainly be shared many times!!

So please do share this episode and it’s links/resources with those pregnant women around you especially those nearing the end of their pregnancy. And Have you subscribed yet to Mum’s The Word to get all the episodes delivered to your phone as soon as they are released each Friday? You can do so here on iTunes.

ENJOY this week’s Episode here and thanks for listening!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Pip Wynn Owen's Bio:

Pip is a childbirth educator, midwife and mother of four who is a passionate advocate of empowering parents to create better births. Over a decade ago Pip was charged with the antenatal classes program and teaching at a large private hospital. Working as a midwife at the time, Pip decided to enrol in formal childbirth education study through Birth International. The study dramatically changed her understanding and approach to prenatal education. 

Independent childbirth education service

With the birth of her fourth child, her first with an obstetrician in the private hospital, Pip realised the real need to create an independent childbirth education service, operating externally and alongside the system. 

She launched “Birth Savvy – Ask for What You Want” in early 2013 which promotes Better Birthing through education. Workshops are held throughout WA and focus on helping parents get the birthing experience they deserve through increasing their confidence and knowledge and promoting an equal partnership with their obstetricians. Since the inauguration of “Birth Savvy”, Pip has discovered the complimentary practice of hypnobirthing, and has since qualified as a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner.

Through her passion for improving birth experiences for couples Pip has become a sort after commentator on maternity issues and makes regular appearances on National Radio and TV. She has also been asked to written opinion pieces for national newspapers. She has also contributed to magazines and online blogs, such as Practical Parenting, Empowering Birth and Pip was also awarded the National Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner of Excellence 2014/2105

Pip’s Quote:

“Enjoy the pregnancy, its such a special time, you are growing a human being” 

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