This episode begins with the difficult journey travelled by Jenn Hepton – an incredible and resilient woman who has experienced more heartache then many people could ever imagine. If you are feeling fragile today and worry that hearing stories of loss are too painful and raw for you at this time – please skip forward in the episode approximately 20 minutes.
In this episode, Dr Ashleigh Smith discusses ‘the motherhood journey’ - all the highs and lows, challenges and triumphs that go along with fertility and parenting. Jenn Hepton, is a certified Grief, Life and Conscious Parenting Coach who uses NEUROSCIENCE + MINDFULNESS to assist parents to heal after loss and help them to live from a place of strength, consciousness, and empowerment. Jenn suffered the loss of her daughter, Loey, at 39 weeks in 2018, twins at 22 weeks in 2013 and years of infertility, miscarriages, a blood clot and eventual diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. She felt that after losing Loey, her soul was ripped into a million pieces.
Jenn felt she was in the middle of a breakdown, in the depths of PTSD and stuck in limiting beliefs and experiencing a lot of trauma. Jenn and her husband subsequently used a surrogate and now have a baby boy, Milo. It has been a long and tumultuous journey. Jenn has recently made the move from running a group coaching for pregnancy related grief to developing a conscious parenting online program. She shares her reproductive journey and what is involved with her grief group coaching.
Jenn discusses the baby ‘Psychic’ Jessica McKeown and how she contributes to the grief journey for some women. The love story between Jen and Milo and how she felt when she got to hold him for the first time is so beautiful and heart warming.