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Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.

Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.
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Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.




Episode 116: The Supermum Myth with Dr Rachel and Anya

There's no such thing as a perfect mum, so why do so many of us keep trying to be one? This episode is all about learning to overcome anxiety, ditch the guilt, and embrace imperfection. Helping us out are psychologist Dr Rachel Andrew and writer Anya Hayes, author of The Supermum Myth. They give us loads of practical tips for becoming a happier mum, and we cover all sorts of topics from childbirth and post-natal depression to nits and brass bands. We round off with a bumper set of Scummy...

Duration: 00:41:32

Episode 115: Classical Music Special with Clemency Burton-Hill

What's the best age to start learning an instrument? Can you make kids musical? And what kind of vajazzle would the host of the BBC Proms go for? Answering all these questions is Clemency Burton-Hill! She tells us all about her love of music, which covers everything from Back and Mendelssohn to Take That and UK garage. We talk about her brilliant book, Year of Wonder, which recommends a piece of classical music to listen to every day. Year of Wonder is out now, and comes highly...

Duration: 00:43:03

Episode 114: Christmas 2017 with Steve Hill and Nurse Jessie

Ho ho ho! It's time to welcome back two of our most available friends, good old Nurse Jessie and Steve "bah humbug" Hill! In this Christmas special we reveal our highlights of 2017, including our favourite events, songs, food, and sex. Helen has a brand new game for us to play, and of course we enjoy the traditional Ham Review. Then it's time to round off with some festive Scummy Mummy Confessions. As discussed in this episode, we're supporting the #freeperiods campaign to make...

Duration: 00:38:31

Episode 113: Anxiety Special with Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson

Episode 113: Anxiety Special with Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson How do you know if you suffer from anxiety? What does a panic attack feel like? Is Instagram affecting our mental health? How long should you wait before sleeping with your personal trainer? Answering these questions are the amazing Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson! They share their experiences of anxiety - how it all began for them, how it changed with motherhood, and how they've learned to cope. There are some...

Duration: 00:43:54

Episode 112: Fashion Chat with Style Me Sunday

She's a stylist, a mother, an ex-midwife, and a woman with strong opinons about jogging bottoms - it's Instagram sensation Natalie Lee, otherwise known as Style Me Sunday! She tells us how she got where she is today, and why she thinks it's important to have a creative output after you have a baby. We go on to cover a wide range of topics including diversity, tomboys, worst fashion disasters, and whether you should shave your front bottom before you give birth. Helen chats about her own...

Duration: 00:39:31

Episode 111: Every Muslim needs a muslin with Dr Afrosa

Do kids need vitamin pills? Are smartphones really as addictive as heroin? And how are Muslim parents supposed to stop terrorism when they can't even get children to put their shoes on? Answering all these questions and more is Dr Afrosa Ahmed! She tells us about her work as a GP and her life as a mum to three boys. We get her top doctor's tips for raising kids, and discover why Instagram Wrist is the new Tennis Elbow. There's also some serious chat about religion, terrorism, and what...

Duration: 00:36:19

Episode 110: Meet the Hoopers - it's MOD and FOD, Clemmie and Simon!

This episode features two amazing guests - Clemmie and Simon Hooper, otherwise known as Mother and Father of Daughters! They tell us how they became Instagram sensations, and what it's like to be famous while still holding down your job as a midwife or whatever it is Simon does. There's some hosiery chat, in which Simon explains why he hates socks. We also discuss why most of his followers are women, and whether he can actually tell his twins apart. Then it's time for a bit of...

Duration: 00:40:58

Episode 109: Beauty and books with Lindsey Kelk

Are expensive face creams worth the money? What are the best beauty products on the high street? Is botox b****cks? Answering all these questions is the fantastic novelist and beauty expert, Lindsey Kelk! Although she's originally from Doncaster, Lindsey now lives in LA, so we chat about life under Trump. We discover how she began her literary career (writing the Girls Aloud annual), and how she went on to become a best-selling novelist. Then it's time to discover the beauty products...

Duration: 00:28:41

Episode 108: Comedy and Pregnancy with Croft and Pearce

They're comedians, they're mums, and they're a hilarious double act - that's right, it's Croft and Pearce! They tell us how they met, how they got their Radio 4 series, and how they ended up pregnant at exactly the same time. We also play a brand new game, Mrs & Mrs. Find out whether Croft knows Pearce's middle name, who Gibson thinks should play Thorn in a movie of her life, and everyone's favourite sexual position. You can follow our guests on Twitter @croftandpearce, and their website...

Duration: 00:28:40

Episode 106: Family Days Out with Jimi Famurewa

How do you have a great family day out? Where are the best places to go? And how do you survive the whole thing without going absolutely bonkers? To answer all these questions we have the hilarious Jimi Famurewa! He tells us all about his book, Family London, and reveals his favourite places to visit in the capital and beyond. We also talk about why the Swedes are so good at parenting, and discuss Jimi's career as an entertainment journalist. Find out what it's like to hang out with...

Duration: 00:27:42

Episode 104: Jenny Eclair Special

Our guest for this episode is the wonderful comedian, writer and mum, Jenny Eclair! She tells us what she's learned in 28 years of parenting, and why she thinks all unruly London children should be sent up north for a bit. We hear about how Jenny got her start in comedy, what it's like to win a Perrier award, and why cheese conventions are less fun than you might think. We find out about her latest show, How to be a Middle-Aged Woman (Without Going Insane). Then it's time for Book Chat as...

Duration: 00:36:46

Episode 103: Mindful Parenting with Dr Genevieve Von Lob

Mindfulness: actual science, or hippy dippy nonsense? How do you stay in the moment if the moment's sh**? And what's the best way to increase your sex drive? Answering all these questions is the brilliant Dr Genevieve Von Lob! She's the author of the ace 5 Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting, which is out now. We talk about some of the issues she covers in the book including how to be a more confident parent, and the importance of being kind to yourself. Genevieve shows us how to...

Duration: 00:41:19

Episode 101: Marriage, mastectomy and menopause with Alice Evans

You might not think that having your boobs removed and your ovaries taken out are the funniest subjects for a podcast - but this episode will prove you wrong! Our guest is Alice Evans, who explains how her family history of breast cancer led her to have a double mastectomy. She also reveals what it's like to go through the menopause at a young age, and why she doesn't let her husband call her his wife. Honestly, it's more LOLs than it sounds. Alice reveals that she's basically an X-Man,...

Duration: 00:47:50

Episode 100: Dara O Briain Special

WE ARE ONE HUNDRED! And to celebrate we have a very special guest - it's hilarious comedian DARA O BRIAIN! He reveals his favourite thing about being a parent, and shares his number one nugget of parenting wisdom. There's some chat about how raising kids is like driving a boat, and trying not to get shipwrecked on Notadick Island. Helen and Ellie discuss their parenting goals, and Dara recounts the time he enraged Idina Menzel. As this is our hundredth episode, we've brought back a couple...

Duration: 00:33:30

Episode 99: Lists, Instagram and Oxfam with Clemmie Telford

Making lists, managing screen time, coping with debt, deciding which animals look like which biscuits - we cover all these topics and more with the brilliant Clemmie Telford! We talk about her blog, Mother of all Lists, and her career in advertising. There's some advice on making money from Instagram, and how to boost your creativity. Clemmie discusses what she loves about living in Peckham, and Ellie bangs on about how she remembers when it was all just fields. We also chat about our...

Duration: 00:37:01

Episode 98: Giovanna Fletcher Special

Our guest for this episode is the fabulous Giovanna Fletcher, author of the ace Happy Mum, Happy Baby. We discuss her book, find out how she got started, and discuss the tricky but important issues surrounding hotpants and flip flops. Giovanna shares the best vlogging tip ever, as invented by her husband, Tom McFly, and Helen reveals her favourite thing to do after the school run. There's also a bit of sleep chat, where we give our advice for coping without it, and play a stupid game. This...

Duration: 00:36:54

Episode 97: Birth Rights Special with Rebecca Schiller

What is a doula? Why do birth rights matter? And how would Ellie guide someone through a difficult labour with the help of a Pepperami? All these questions are answered in this episode, with special guest Rebecca Schiller. She's the author of the excellent book Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter, which is out now. We discuss the issue of birth rights around the world, including why it's so hard to have a home birth in Australia, and the difficulties facing migrant women in the UK. Ellie...

Duration: 00:37:11

Episode 96: DJ Special with Nikki Beatnik

She's been a DJ for nearly three decades, she's Kelis's best mate, and she was once pushed out of G-A-Y in a wheelchair while eight months pregnant - it's the amazing Nikki Beatnik! We discover the surprising truth about where Kelis likes to hang out on Saturday afternoons, and whether Madonna prefers M&S or M&Co. Nikki discusses the challenges facing women in her industry, and how she manages changing nappies one minute and DJing at Puffy's birthday bash the next. We also find out whether...

Duration: 00:41:13

Episode 95: Mother Pukka Special

She's a social media sensation, a champion for flexible working, and close personal friends with Gloria Hunniford - it's megavlogger Mother Pukka! We compare Caesarean scars, make jokes about bacterial vaginosis, and explain why everyone needs a c***ometer. There's also some serious talk about miscarriage, and Pukka tells us an amazing fact about herself. We learn about what inspired her to start the Flex Appeal campaign, and how to get involved. There's some practical advice on the best...

Duration: 00:31:56

Episode 94: Scummy Mummies Book Special with Jo Elvin

It's shameless plug time, as Ellie and Helen discuss their new Scummy Mummies book! And keeping them in check is fabulous Glamour editor Jo Elvin! The Scummies reveal how they met, how they got their book deal, and how much wine they consumed during the writing process. Plus, find out why they have to keep their famous catsuits in a hermetically sealed bag. It's not all book talk - Helen explains why she hates athleisure wear, and Ellie reminisces about the time she took a pee in the...

Duration: 00:28:38

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