Passionate young kiwi Jordyn Gregory is smashing her goals while forming a community of support for new mum and dads. At just 25 she has created Kiwi Birth Tales, a podcast created for kiwis to share their pregnancy and birth journeys. I chatted with Jordyn about her life, passion, journey creating Kiwi Birth Tales and the latest episode of her podcast.
Words by Zeta, YWCA Hamilton.
First could you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Tauranga and studied a Bachelor of Management Studies through Waikato Uni. When I was 22 I moved to Brisbane for a Graduate HR role. After that year they promoted me to a role in Sydney so I made the move there. I then progressed into a Human Resources Business Partnering role supporting 500 team members across a support functions team Australia wide. I love my job and have always been so career driven, but mid last year my Partner Joe was offered a contract in Italy playing water polo, so we decided to leave Sydney and move here for the season. I had never been to Europe before. We are living in Recco, Italy, a small town of 10,000 people by the beautiful sea. I am freelancing on different HR projects as well as contracting for my previous role. My work have been so supportive of me doing this which is incredible! I plan to go back there after the season and we see ourselves back in Tauranga in the future.
What is Kiwi Birth Tales?
Kiwi Birth Tales is a platform for kiwi mums and dads to share their pregnancy and birth journeys, to support and empower one another. I have a website and Instagram to support the podcast which is coming up 20,000 listens in just a few short months.
How did you come up for the idea?
I have always been curious about pregnancy and birth, I had considered studying to be a midwife when I left school but decided I wanted some more life experience first. I loved listening to other birth story podcasts and YouTube videos and when my friends started having babies I realised there was nothing similar in New Zealand and a real lack of resources online.
What is your Y (purpose) behind Kiwi Birth Tales? (Why is it important for others?)
I want kiwi mums and dads to feel empowered in making decisions about their pregnancies and births. I want to create a community where families can share and learn with one another and never feel isolated or alone. It is important to me that we normalise birth and talking about the reality of birth in New Zealand.
Where do you want to see Kiwi Birth Tales in 5 years?
I want to see Kiwi Birth Tales continue to grow and gain awareness through sharing unique experiences of NZ pregnancy and birth. It is my goal to create a platform that becomes an extremely valuable resources to families when they are preparing for pregnancy and birth. In five years I hope the platform is a go-to recommendation from friends and family to all pregnant women and families.
What is your most favourite and least favourite part of your role?
My favourite part about being the host of KBT is hearing each story, enjoying the differences and feeling so privileged that these families are willing to share their experiences with me. My least favourite part is having too many emails in my inbox and not enough time to interview everyone all at once. I am currently booked until the end of April and have so many women waiting to share their stories - I wish I had the means to put my time into it on a full-time basis.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to women out there?
Your experience is never isolated and if you are feeling lost, reach out to a community, search for an online platform or resource you can use to connect.
What do you think we need to do as women to support each other more?
I could go on for days with the answer! To put it simply I think we need to care about each other like we would our own loved ones. A kind message or comment can change how someone feels about their day or their week, just like a negative one can. I think we should be building one another up and sharing our experiences as much as possible, strong women support other women.
Please tell us a little about your latest podcast: Caitlin, Kyrie & Kemba.
Caitlin’s episode is so beautiful, she is an incredible woman and I am so grateful she took the time to talk with me. Caitlin discusses the birth of her first daughter Kyrie, and then falling pregnant and losing her baby boy at 38 weeks. Caitlin talks about finding support in her partner and family and wanted to share her experience to help others who may have been through or are going through something similar. I am in awe of Caitlin and think she is such a brave and compassionate kiwi mum.
TW: Caitlin, Kyrie & Kemba covers birth, loss, grief and support mechanisms. If these are triggers for you please take precautions when listening in or avoid.
If you are interested in getting involved with Kiwi Birth Stories please message Jordyn on her Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org top submit your story.