7 episodes

Join us as we hubble, bubble, toil, and trouble our way through aspects of midwifery, birth, lactation, and womanhood. We tackle and discuss a variety of topics within the sphere of womanhood, birth, and lactation and what this entails in today's society. We want to be able to share in the strengths of women gathering together and being more informed, for their birth, their feeding experience, and the transition into knowing ourselves better. This is the podcast to connect us as a greater circle of women united.

The Midwives' Cauldron Katie James and Dr Rachel Reed

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Join us as we hubble, bubble, toil, and trouble our way through aspects of midwifery, birth, lactation, and womanhood. We tackle and discuss a variety of topics within the sphere of womanhood, birth, and lactation and what this entails in today's society. We want to be able to share in the strengths of women gathering together and being more informed, for their birth, their feeding experience, and the transition into knowing ourselves better. This is the podcast to connect us as a greater circle of women united.

    The herstory of breastfeeding

    The herstory of breastfeeding

    On this episode of The Midwives' Cauldron we take a whistle stop tour of breastfeeding over the years, stopping by to hear about some of the fascinating and peculiar 'herstories'.

    • 1 hr
    Perineal Bungles

    Perineal Bungles

    In this episode, Katie tries to enjoy a cup of tea while Rachel disturbs her with a tale of perineal bungles.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    An interview with Jane Hardwicke Collings

    An interview with Jane Hardwicke Collings

    In this episode we have the absolute delight of interviewing Jane Hardwicke Collings. We discuss women's rites of passage and pay particular attention to the Maga; Autumn phase of a women's life. Do not be fooled if you think you are too young to hear this episode, it is jam packed full of intelligent, jaw dropping and wonderful insights into womanhood. Please let us introduce Jane..

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Induction of labour from the baby's perspective

    Induction of labour from the baby's perspective

    Join us as we delve deeper into induction of labour through the early postnatal lens. We discuss the impact of induction on the baby, and on the mother's lactation, looking at ways to ensure all mothers and infants get off to the best start, despite the labour and birth they may have had. Somehow this episode ends up into the world of the Wizard of Oz, new and, personally I think, much better words for amniotic fluid and uterus, and we even learn about the delights of Rachel's cat. Listen in for great insights and laughs along the way.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The herstory of modern birth practices

    The herstory of modern birth practices

    In this episode the herstory of modern birth we take a step back in time and a short but deep dive into the history of women & our bodies, and how this has led us to the birthing practices we are in today. We visit the world of goddesses, vulva art, and how women were once revered for their ability to create life. And then move on through the times into a world where women were seen as dirty representations of men, whose primary role was to reproduce; and our bodies seen as machines, reflecting the mechanisation of the current world. On this whistlestop tour of history.. or should I say herstory, you will hear about the godsips (you definitely want to listen to this), the closing off of keyholes during birth, and of course some fun along the way, where you even get a sneak peek into the vulva art that one of us loves to make!

    • 57 min
    Introducing the midwives and their cauldron

    Introducing the midwives and their cauldron

    Welcome to episode 1, where we chat about how Rachel and Katie met, how our careers in midwifery evolved, and our plans for future podcast episodes.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Marythemidwife ,

With woman.....

As a student midwife studying at Northumbria University, I met Dr Rachel Reed! I have so many fond memories working with Rachel! Who was always so friendly!
In 2004 I was a 3rd year student and Rachel a qualified midwife I remember doing an antenatal class as part of my degree and Rachel always putting me at ease when she mentored me!
Like Rachel I was a teenage mum and also thought I was never bright enough to go to University and study anything let alone my dream job of midwifery!
But in 2001 age 33 and a mum of 3 children I started my degree and loved every minute of it and qualified in 2004!
How proud was I that me a girl from the West End of Newcastle with no other sibling who had attended University had completed my degree and got my dream job at The Royal Victoria Infirmary!
Just listened to the first episode and already looking forward too the next one!! Keep up the good work ladies ......
Mary x

Midwifery lecturer Scotland ,

great one!

I am a big fan of Dr Rachel Reed, so I may be biased, but this podcast is so good! loved the one on herstory of midwifery, will use it with my students!

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