Does the so-called fertility cliff exist? – Life Matters

Both men and women’s fertility is a game of numbers, but age is not the only factor delaying parenthood.

We speak to a 42-year-old woman, who is pregnant with her second child, and a fertility expert who says policy needs to change to accommodate working mothers.

Guests:

Hilary Walker, Melbourne mum pregnant with her second child

Dr Karin Hammarberg, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and Senior Research Officer, Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority

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Too Hard Basket: How do you uninvite guests to a birthday party? – Life Matters

You have a significant birthday coming up and have booked a pub for the party. Due to COVID-19, the attendance numbers have been reduced at the venue.

In your excitement, you have inadvertently invited too many people and there is a risk some will be turned away.

What should you do? How do you uninvite people to a birthday party?

Guests:

Mrs Woog, co-creator of The Hot Flush podcast

Kim Berry, co-creator of The Hot Flush podcast

Every Friday we challenge our guests with a dilemma from your ‘too hard basket’ – to discuss, unravel, and maybe even help solve for you. Send your dilemma via email on the Life Matters web page or ABC Radio National Facebook page, or send us a voice memo. Keep it to 150 words and you can always use another name.

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Talkback — What advertising has taught you about periods – Life Matters

When it comes to advertising menstruation products, we’ve come a long way.

From sanitary napkins and censoring images of period blood, to modern day moon cups and celebrating androgynous bodies.

Dr Jane Connory has examined 100 adverts for menstrual products over the last 100 years.

So, what have these advertisements taught us, about shame, society and women’s bodies?

Dr Jane Connory, Lecturer in Communication Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Read about Jane’s work and see how period advertisements have changed

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Why one couple decided to restore a 75-year-old tall ship for a new life at sea – Life Matters

Tomorrow, with a traditional Torres Strait Islander “blessing of the fleet”, the newly-restored Derwent Hunter will prepare to set sail for a new life at sea.

The couple behind the new endeavour Sonia Minniecon and Mike Smith have worked with local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities to convert the 75-year-old tall ship into a venue for cultural education as well as a platform to train the next generation of Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander shipwrights and sailors.

Guests:

Sonia Minniecon and Mike Smith, co-owners of the Derwent Hunter and co-founders of the Saltwater Club and Blackbird International

Caleb Zaro, Derwent Hunter deck crew trainee

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Justine Cullen: Magazines, motherhood and misadventures – Life Matters

Award winning fashion magazine editor Justin Cullen did her year 10 work experience at Elle Magazine and went on to work there for 28 years.

Beyond the sipping of cocktails in the home of Christian Dior and going green on a boat shooting a cover with Elle Macpherson, she brought diversity of talent and the championing of women to her editorship all while bringing up a family.

Justine has captured her experiences in a new book called Semi Gloss: Magazines, motherhood and misadventures in having it all.

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