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Thank you for tuning in and welcome to the SHE SPEAKS Podcast by The Great Canadian Woman™. My name is Sarah Swain and I am the founder of The Great Canadian Woman™, an empowered multi-media organization and inclusive community that focuses on producing 100% Canadian content to put the spotlight on the powerful and inspiring Womxn right here in Canada. We host events, we publish books, we produce a collaborative blog, we run a book club that tackles tough issues facing Canadians and you can find out about all of these things and more by visiting

On The SHE SPEAKS Podcast by The Great Canadian Woman, you can expect to learn something new, from someone new with each new episode. Producing 3 fresh episodes per week every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, you’ll listen to Womxn cover anything and everything from business to the environment to social justice to parenting to travel and just about everything in between. There is something here for everyone. The purpose here is for you to connect to, learn from and grow alongside other incredible Canadian Womxn - who have something to say. 

We as The Great Canadian Woman brand and platform no longer identify as being a like-minded community of Womxn because truthfully, we believe that by surrounding ourselves with people who think the same way as us only perpetuates the palpable divisiveness across our country, and globally at that. Instead, we are an open-minded community and we hope that by being here, you feel inspired to learn something new that challenges your existing beliefs. We hope that you connect with someone new that maybe you wouldn’t have otherwise connected with or had the opportunity to connect with. And we hope that by being here, it sparks growth in your own personal or professional journey. 

Most of our contributors are the everyday Womxn. Not celebrities. Not big influencers. Not famous. Womxn. I won’t even say JUST Womxn, because being a Womxn is enough. These are Womxn with something to say, and that is enough. More than enough.

Gone  are the days She remains humble and keep her gifts, her wisdom and her power to herself. 

Here, she takes the mic. 

Here, she owns her power. 

Here, She SPEAKS.

Nov 2, 2020

The idea that bearing and bringing a child to term is an easy feat is a myth that needs to be dispelled. While it is a beautiful process - all rainbows are formed after the rain. Losing a child at 8 weeks conception is one thing. Losing a child at 24 weeks - (6 months) conception is another. Penny’s womb and heart have experienced both scenarios. One feels as though their body has betrayed them - however if one peels back the onion layers, you discover that your body may actually be shielding you from a pain so heavy to bear. Pregnancy loss at 6 months (in a time of a global pandemic) was rock bottom - but with all clarity now, it is clear that the only place to go after hitting ground zero is back up. Penny’s goal is to share her journey through pregnancy loss, the grief and heartache of having to deliver a stillborn, walking through a funeral home to pick out a cremation container for your child who was born sleeping and yet through it all find a strength that you always knew was there but just needed to know how to tap into it.

In today’s episode Penny shares:

  1. Her story and experience of miscarriage and stillbirth
  2.  Insight into some of the struggles that come with conception, pregnancy and childbirth
  3. How Womxn can be empowered in their individual journeys to embrace their whole self and respect their bodies ability to nurture and breathe life

Pregnancy loss, stillbirth, miscarriage are all "taboo topics" Women have for the longest time not had the words to describe the feelings and the emotions of losing a child in infancy or during pregnancy. There is no term to describe the grief - no one knows how to help a woman grieve or what words to use. "Sorry for your loss" may seem shallow, so people tend to "give the woman space." Marriages break up, as each spouse grieves differently - which may appear "not enough" or "over the top" for the other. By sharing her journey Penny hopes that women will know it is okay to be candid with your loss, it is okay to feel as though your body has betrayed you and in so doing find healing, strength and peace in knowing there is a rainbow after the storm if we look hard enough.

You can find Penny over on Instagram at @njeripen

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