The Midwitch Podcast, hosted by Anita, is a virtual portal to the ancient practice of women gathering in circle.
It is a platform for the reclamation, reparation and resurgence of Birth, through the centering of Women, Nature and Spirit.
The Midwitch Podcast is a space for conscious women to listen and remember, as they take a seat in the circle of wise women sharing their medicine stories.
The intention of this space is to invoke a woman's remembering and reconnection to her own inner wisdom, power and knowledge - by awakening her to the new, yet ancient, paradigm of Spirituality and Birth.
Feminism, Female Erasure + Modern Womanhood with Freya Kellet
I speak with Freya Kelley on womanhood and why it is not an identity.
We discuss and define the terms Feminism, Matriarchy, Female Erasure, TERF and the difference between gender and sex; what a Matriarchal household can look like, the Universal principles of fertility, the uplifting of the natural processes of birth, the regeneration of Mother Earth and the damaging effects of the technocratic shift away from Nature under a Patriarchal Structure.
This discussion doesn't come without controversy, so there's one poignant take away from our discussion that I'd really love you to ponder: if we don't have the word woman, how can we speak about our oppression...?
Traditional Eastern Therapies for Birthing Mothers with Casey Hone
In the latest episode of the Midwitch Podcast, I speak with Casey Hone; Birth and Postpartum Doula, Acupuncturist, Yoga Teacher and Spirit Baby Intuitive. Casey understands that our modern western culture can be a hostile place to create and raise a family and so applies her traditional Chines Therapies in all aspects of her work.
Casey believes that if our mothers are not well rested, loved and nourished, our future generations won't be either and that the world's health and wellbeing begins there.
Listen in to our discussion on Western vs Eastern approaches to conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum; how acupuncture works and can support all stages for a birthing mother; how crucial women to woman care is for women's business; the energy and sanctity of the placenta; the benefits of placenta consumption, tinctures, chocolate and encapsulation; and the underlying energetic imbalances behind most 'issues' that arise for a birthing woman.
Mel: An Aussie Freebirth Story
Well, you asked for it - more Aussie freebirthing stories! Here is the first of many to come!
After 2 previous birth experiences that were unnecessarily sabotaged by the medical system, Mel decided she was not going to be a part of that system for the birth of her third child. She was no longer going to do what she was told and allow the same things to happen again. So she decided to opt out of that system.
Mel speaks about the moment the term 'freebirthing' came into her consciousness and the healing journey of questioning and re-framing her 2 previous birth experiences, to awaken to the painful truths of what had unfolded.
Mel's medicalised birth experiences were so frighteningly similar to other Mamas; a non present Midwife, an intimidating OB telling her to 'get it done', internal vaginal exams, misinformation presented to her during prenatal care that was later absent on her file, a non consensual episiotomy, an unnecessary vacuum delivery, failure to progress - all the things that became unacceptable to Mel as a birthing woman third time round.
And you wait til you hear her story of free birthing! Think rainforest, back deck, incense burning and a beautiful 'earth babe' (as her Mama describes her) daughter entering the world...you're going to love it!
Postpartum Planning with Amy at Mother Unearthed
My dear friend Amy from Mother Unearthed shares her wisdom and knowledge as a Postpartum Doula, Nutritionist and Mama of 2. Amy and I discuss our own positive and negative experiences of postpartum, the expectations we place on ourselves as mothers post birth, how to re-create your own village of support, postpartum depletion and repletion, the impact of medicalised birth on our postpartum experiences, the cycle of anxiousness and low feelings, the loneliness, how mothers can and do create a supported and restful postpartum AND the importance of planning for your postpartum - for the one time in our lives we may not actually know what we need!
Midwifery and Autonomy in a New Paradigm of Birth with Maryn from Indie Birth
It was an honour (and dream come true!) to interview Maryn from Indie Birth on the podcast. Indie Birth are leading a global revolution in restoring autonomous birth, for birthing women and birth workers.
Maryn shares her own relationship, and journey, with our industrial birth model - as a licensed Midwife, birthing mother, and now as a truly independent Midwife. We discuss the fact that medicalised birth is still relevant, why and how this relates to the evolution of our consciousness as women reclaiming their power, plus the elements and vision of the new paradigm of birth we wish to see in the world.
Maryn speaks directly to the 'indie' part of their name, their history, message and work in the world. I ask Maryn her thoughts and beliefs on medicalised birth, the term, varying definitions and the spiritual role of the word Midwifery, the dynamics of social media and it's role in the world of birth, and so much more!
Secrets of a Birth Photographer with Michelle Palasia
Michelle Palasia has been described as capturing the unseen energy of birth, with her amazing birth space holding and photography skills.
In this podcast episode, she chats to us about her contrasting experience as a Birth Photographer and BirthKeeper working in the system, and outside of it; plus her activism in keeping birth transparent through the allowance of birth photographers in hospital birthing suites.
Michelle has a beautifully gentle and nurturing, yet fierce, wise woman energy and it was an honour to be able to unite with her in this honest, and at times raw, discussion.