8 episodes

Modern birth practices are stifling women's autonomy, minimising the birth experience and endorsing the medicalisation of birth. The Great Birth Rebellion dismantles western beliefs and management of birth and presents an evidence-based alternative to modern birth practices. We believe that calculated rebellion against medicalised maternity care is the evidence-based and preferred path to having a great birth. This is the great birth rebellion.

The Great Birth Rebellion Mel and B

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

Modern birth practices are stifling women's autonomy, minimising the birth experience and endorsing the medicalisation of birth. The Great Birth Rebellion dismantles western beliefs and management of birth and presents an evidence-based alternative to modern birth practices. We believe that calculated rebellion against medicalised maternity care is the evidence-based and preferred path to having a great birth. This is the great birth rebellion.

    Episode 8 - Giving Birth at Home

    Episode 8 - Giving Birth at Home

    B couldn't be with us today, so in this episode Mel talks with Aimee Aroha (a.k.a @ripsnorter) about giving birth at home along the full spectrum from freebirth to homebirth. We discuss the research about homebirth, freebirthing culture and what it means to be fully autonomous and liberated at and by your birth wherever you choose to birth. We discuss authoritative knowledge about birth and why decolonising and demedicalising birth is a rebellious act in a society that values making birth medical.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 7 - Birth after Caesarean

    Episode 7 - Birth after Caesarean

    In this episode we invited Dr Hazel Keedle to discuss birth after caesarean. We dispelled the myth of 'once a caesarean always a caesarean', discussed the risks and benefits of planning a vaginal birth vs repeat caesarean and talked about the best things women can do to set themselves up from the beginning to have the birth experience they hoped for when planning their next birth after caesarean. As always, there is a butt load of evidence to support our discussion and B adds a new word to the 'b-ism' dictionary... bone hole... the bones where your baby comes out from... your bone hole. You'll also get a chance to win Hazels new book, 'birth after caesarean'.  

    You can join our mailing list at www.melaniethemidwife.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 6 - Group B Strep (GBS)

    Episode 6 - Group B Strep (GBS)

    In this episode Mel and B lay out information about group B strep (GBS) and the GBS swab in pregnancy. We discuss why it is a bacteria found normally in 20% of the female population, the difference between colonisation and infection, the risks during, pregnancy, birth and the first week of your babies life. We talk about how it's accidentally discovered, what the usual treatment is and if this is even needed. As usual, it's information, but rebellious. We dare you to make an informed decision about what you'll do about GBS after hearing this episode. 

    • 58 min
    Episode 5 - Preparing your vulva for matrescence

    Episode 5 - Preparing your vulva for matrescence

    In this episode B prepared a pelvic bowl full of information about how to prepare your body for pregnancy and birth, instead we got stuck at the very beginning on the clitoris, the right way to poo, the importance of regular organisms to prepare for birth and the function of your skenes glands in sex and birth. We both learnt more about our bodies and ourselves than we thought, and we think you will too. After hearing this episode you won't ever think of sex, orgasms, birth or your cervix the same ever again. You're welcome. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 4 - Finding and interpreting research

    Episode 4 - Finding and interpreting research

    We are ALL about sharing evidence-based information. That is, information that comes out of actual research papers. This week, along with our guest Prof. Hannah Dahlen, Mel and B talk about how anyone (maternity care providers, women, families, birth workers, etc) can find good quality research without having to pay for it. We give secret hacks about getting access to research papers that might help you better negotiate your care options and we discuss how to interpret and use it once you've found it. As a bonus, Hannah breaks down the ARRIVE trial to help us understand why it is a useless research paper in the real world when deciding if induction of labour is right for you. To get access to research papers and databases mentioned in this podcast, get on the podcast mailing list at www.melaniethemidwife.com

    Fact check on this episode - we mentioned that midwives and health professionals have poor access to research, we have since learnt that publicly employed staff have access to a database through the government - however it's not 'everything' like a university database. But it is more than nothing. Midwives, if you are still employed, you have access! go git it :-)  

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 3 - Due dates.

    Episode 3 - Due dates.

    Due dates - this week we talk about due dates, how they are calculated, how the timing of pregnancy has been medicalised, the shortfalls of 'estimated due dates' and the importance of knowing your due date in a world where 'post-dates' pregnancy is taboo. We also discuss how women who go beyond 41 weeks of pregnancy are 'cared for' by the system and navigate the pressure that women feel to have an induction of labour. We learn about the history of full term pregnancy and catch the bloopers at the end where Mel educates B on a few farm facts about animals and their due dates. Remember, its an 'estimated' due date, because babies come when they want to ;-)

    If you want to get on the mailing list head over to www.melaniethemidwife.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

staceycarterfitness ,

Informative podcast!

Easy listening and full of great information as well as being able to access the evidence. Definitely recommend the listen for those who may birth and those who support these people. Well done & thank you Mel & B xx

Cam n Shay ,

So good

As a student midwife passionate about physiological birth and a midwife being “with woman” this podcast is so good!! You’re equipping us with the evidence to back up what we believe (and know) is right in caring for the woman and baby!

P.S. Where do I find midwives like you to learn under and work with??

Jessicamthom ,

Great evidence based information

An absolutely fantastic podcast that is fearless as it dives into current evidence based maternity care. Thank you ladies! You all shine light into the dark places. Keep bringing the information, our society needs it.

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