Confessions from the gyno’s chair: What it’s really like to start maternity leave in Germany…2 weeks before Christmas

Whoever said maternity leave was easy obviously did not start their 36th week of pregnancy in soupy 5° C, surrounded by Stollen, ‘evenings’ that commence at 3:45pm, the heady scent of Bratwurst and Gebrannte Mandel wafting through the air at the Christmas markets and itchy wool stockings. And so it begins. Mutterschutz. This is the official period 6…

New work – Cover Story in Renegade Collective Magazine “Lean In/Getty Images Collaboration to remove se*ist portrayals of women in media”

Here is the full text of my cover story from the November edition of the Renegade Collective magazine on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In collaboration with Getty Images to stamp out sexist portrayals of women in media.

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It’s available in hard copy all over Australia, at Barnes & Nobel in the US, lots of other places around the world (including oddly, Mauritius). Or via magshop or zinio for ipad.

Cover Story- Lean In and Getty Images

It’s ok to bawl in the Bäckerei and a few other things Berlin taught me about Motherhood (Part One)

Thought I’d disappeared, gone to a kibbutz or started an underground urban gardening co-operative the last few years? Not really. Truth be told, I had a baby in Germany in mid – 2012 and spent eighteen months on maternity leave in Berlin.

Reflections on the unpredictability of life as a new mum in Berlin and what happens post-maternity leave.

A slice of Expat Life

A few months ago during the cold, dark Berlin winter, there was a little ray of sunshine that brightened it up. The lovely Valerie Khoo, Sydney-based award-winning  Journalist, Director of the Sydney Writer’s Centre and Editor of Latte Magazine (the magazine of Business Chicks – Australia’s largest female business and mentoring network) got in touch. She wanted to know if I would…