19 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

    • Kids & Family

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.

    An interview with Billie Harrigan

    An interview with Billie Harrigan

    In this episode we get to interview the wonderful Billie Harrigan. Billie is the Owner and Director of Birth Trauma Ontario, which provides education and training for maternity providers and allied birth professionals in trauma-informed care, as well as providing information and support for parents and loved ones that are dealing with birth-related trauma or birthing after trauma.
    Billie is a traditional birth companion, certified birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator. 
    We delve into some deep topics in this episode; what is trauma-informed care, how 1/3 of women experience trauma following birth, the importance of language and we discuss the skill of “affective empathy” and how this is key to gain an emotional resonance with another person. How affective empathy changes outcomes, improves client trust, how it reduces burnout in clinicians, and improves overall job satisfaction. 
    I think you’ll find this episode both challenging and game-changing. And as Billie says it's time to start equipping women with the tools they need.    

    LINKS:
    Billie Harrigan website: https://billieharrigan.com/

    Dr Rachel Reed book: https://rachel-reed.website/reclaiming-childbirth-as-a-rite-of-passage/


    MUSIC: Joesph McDade https://josephmcdade.com/music
    PRODUCTION: Katie James

    • 1 hr
    Breastfeeding: the early days

    Breastfeeding: the early days

    This time Rachel interviews Katie about the most common breastfeeding questions we have about the early days.  The usual banter and laughter ensue, with a musical number or two belted out by Rachel!

    LINKS: 
    Donna Ramsey. Anatomy of the lactating human breast redefined with ultrasound imaging: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15960763/ (open access article) 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    An interview with Dr Danielle Arabena

    An interview with Dr Danielle Arabena

    Dr Danielle Arabena, is a descendant of the Meriam Mer people in the Torres Strait, a medical doctor, GP specialist,  educator, respected figure in the medical community and host of the Indigenous Health MedTalk podcast. 

    This episode delves into aboriginal history, ancient medicine, medical magic and how we no longer recognise the importance of connecting to our menstrual cycle. We discuss how we can all benefit from sitting with ourselves properly during our cycle, learning more about our womb space and the energy it carries, including pain, trauma, and loss that we may be holding onto.
    Through her formal higher education studies, trials and cultural journeying, Dr Danielle Arabena has arrived into her true authentic self as a Doctor, Doula, Healer and Indigenous health educator. Danielle has spent 30 years devoted to studies of all types, defying odds & bending stereotypes.  Dr Danielle has a particular interest in holistic women's health, menstruation, childbirth, lactation and postpartum care. 
    LINKS:
    Website- https://www.drdaniellearabena.com/
    Podcast- https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/indigenous-health-medtalk/id1449821987
    IG - @drdaniellearabena

    Artist - Delvene Cockatoo Collins https://cockatoocollins.com/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage

    Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage

    In this episode Katie interviews Rachel Reed on her new book 'Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage'; from conception to birthing, including tea and toast at the end!

    LINKS:
    https://rachel-reed.website/reclaiming-childbirth-as-a-rite-of-passage/

    Chapters
    Part One: The Weft


    Herstory: an overview of the herstory of childbirth from early humans to the emergence of modern maternity systems.The legacy: how the legacy of herstory continues to influence the modern cultural landscape of childbirth.Blood mysteries: an exploration of women’s bodily rites of passage and how they are interrelated with the childbirth experience.Childbirth as a rite of passage: key elements of childbirth as a rite of passage and the role of care providers (setting the scene for Part Two).
    Part Two: The Weave


    Preparation: pregnancy and cultivating self-trust for birthSeparation: early labour and releasing the external worldLiminality: labour, betwixt and between, and transitionEmergence: birthing the baby and witnessing body wisdomIntegration: birthing the placenta and mother-baby enchantmentMedical birth rites: how to centre the woman when her childbirth rite of passage includes medical intervention.

    • 39 min
    An interview with Toni Harman

    An interview with Toni Harman

    Toni Harman is the incredible film maker of the multi-award winning documentaries Microbirth, Doula and Freedom for birth, as well as the producer of the microbiome online courses. In this episode, we explore the science of ‘seeding and feeding’ a baby’s microbiome during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding and the critical role of mothers’ microbes for optimal training of the infant immune system and lifelong health. Along with discussing the differences between vaginal and caesarean birth, those amazing human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), we also get down and dirty in the mud, Katie has now decided she needs a cow for a house pet, and we even talk about cave beer and pickling all in the name of healthy pregnancy, birth and for ongoing lifelong health for our babies, children and own bodies. 

    LINKS:
    Microbiome Courses website: http://microbiomecourses.com
    On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/473121803401844/
    On Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/MicrobiomeCourses/
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/microbiomecourses/

    Megan Azad: Perinatal antibiotic exposure of neonates in Canada and associated risk factors: a population-based study https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14767058.2014.947578

    Ewe Ewald: Proceedure in the NICU, University Hospital Sweden - Skin to skin contact https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=VVwbVJpfgAc 
    Lambic beer: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/what-is-lambic-beer-the-fermented-sour-belgian-beer-you-need-to-try 
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Pushing and cervixes

    Pushing and cervixes

     In this episode, Rachel and Katie take a look at the evidence surrounding the pushing phase of labour. Rachel discusses the reasoning behind why we need to stop talking about labour in stages and we delve into the cervical lip and how best to deal with it. And of course along the way we have some fun.  Join us in this episode of The Midwives Cauldron to learn while you laugh.

    LINKS: 
    Research mentioned:
    Dahlen et al. (2013) Vaginal examinations during normal labor: routine examination or routine intervention: https://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgrijc/3/3/142?implicit-login=trueMidwife thinking blog posts: 
    The anterior cervical lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth: https://midwifethinking.com/2016/06/15/the-anterior-cervical-lip-how-to-ruin-a-perfectly-good-birth/Pushing: leave it to the experts: https://midwifethinking.com/tag/cervical-lip/ 

    • 53 min

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