Today on the show I speak with author and academic Dr Rachel Reed. Rachel is an ex-private homebirth midwife who gave up her practise for both political and personal reasons. Like all my interviews - we start with Rachel’s own birth and then chat about the births of her two children - her first when she was only 19. We then go onto her academic career and of course - the politics of birth! What I love about Rachel is; firstly, she is an extremely knowledgeable academic but at the same time - she is incredibly down to earth and completely woman centred in her approach. Personally her research has really helped inform me over the years - so if you have any birth questions - go check out her blog Midwife Thinking. I also love the fact that Rachel is openly supportive of freebirth - so refreshing in a world were people are pro-choice, until it comes to freebirth! Thank you so much Rachel for your work - it’s just what the world needs right now!
Dr Rachel Reed is a midwife, academic, author, and international speaker who focuses on childbirth physiology, midwifery practice, and women's rights (and rites). She has provided midwifery care for many women and has attended births in a wide range of settings and circumstances. Rachel is the author of the award-winning blog MidwifeThinking and the co-host of The Midwives' Cauldron podcast. She has published widely in journals and magazines, and her first book Why Induction Matters is a popular resource for women and care providers. Her most recent book Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage: weaving ancient wisdom with modern knowledge will be published early 2021. Further information about Rachel and her work is available at www.rachel-reed.website