Episode 22 is also available in video format. Head on over to my YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00eZ1R-fghE
I’d say that my guest today is like birth worker royalty, except that royalty typically represents a patriarchal system she’d hate. Instead, I will introduce her as a wild, wilful, wise woman. A goddess. A guru, the divine Jane Hardwicke Collings.
Often the best way to move on the path forward is to ask the wisdom of those coming back. Jane and I talk about the concept of “fish can’t see water”. The fish being birth workers in the patriarchal birthing system.
Jane is a women’s mysteries teacher. She began work as a midwife in the early 80s. She has seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted trauma in the birth space. Jane is a visionary, and I know that so many of the messages she shares today will feel like she is giving you a direct call to action.
There’s no way forward for a midwife who wants to just be a good girl. Many of us are still operating from fear of persecution. Except instead of worrying about being burned and drowned we worry about AHPRA complaints.
You are more powerful than you know. If we can rewild midwives to remember that they and the people they serve are powerful, then we will change the world.
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