28 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
    • 5.0 • 26 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.

    An interview with Dr Sara Wickham No 2

    An interview with Dr Sara Wickham No 2

    In this episode we have got Dr Sara Wickham back! Sara’s newest book titled In Your Own Time: How western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop, is a masterclass in what the evidence really says about induction of labour and a fascinating insight into how birth has come to be controlled by Western medicine. 
    Staggeringly, over a third of all pregnant women have their labour medically induced, and this is accompanied by a tsunami of avoidable medical interventions. Worldwide, this trend is growing at an alarming rate. This is despite both a lack of evidence demonstrating its benefits and a wealth of evidence indicating the significant short- and long-term negative impacts of induction on the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.
    Sara discusses with us how her timely book, in light of the newly released NICE Inducing labour guidelines, demystifies the evidence and highlights the significant discrepancies between guidelines and what we really know about the benefits of supporting women to birth spontaneously.
    Sara is a midwife, speaker, bestselling author and researcher who works independently. Sara’s career has been varied and includes more than twenty years of experience as a midwife, lecturer and researcher. She is the author/editor of seventeen books and is the Director of the Birth Information Project. She divides her working time between speaking, writing, facilitating online courses, creating resources and undertaking a wide variety of consultancy projects and advisory activities.

    LINKS:
    Dr Sara Wickham website: www.sarawickham.com
    The book’s webpage www.sarawickham.com/time 
    Instagram  @drsarawickham 
    Facebook  fb/saramidwife

    The Cauldrons' donation page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron

    Dr Rachel Reed website: https://www.rachelreed.website/
    Instagram @midwifethinking


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Low milk supply

    Low milk supply

    In this episode we go on an hour-long whistle-stop tour all about low  milk supply. We touch on topics such as: 
    How many women experience low milk supplyBreast refusalRe-building milk supplyDonor milkNipple teat confusionBreast reduction surgeryThe top up trapMedications that could affect milk supplyWitching hours and COLIC Phew! It's jam packed.  We even have some great 80s or is it 90s movie references and some Ah-mazing accents from two of our comedy idols - Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. You can't miss this, and nor can your friends so go on, shout out the window now and tell 'em to put the kettle on as you're popping round with the podcast they need to hear!

    LINKS:
    Rachel Reed: https://www.rachelreed.website/
    Patreon donation page: https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron
    Instagram: @themidwivescauldron
    Resources for low milk supply:
    https://www.thewomens.org.au/health-information/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-problems/low-milk-supplyhttps://professoramybrown.co.uk/https://professoramybrown.co.uk/researchhttps://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/bf-basics/importance-responsive-feeding/https://kellymom.com/hot-topics/low-supply/ https://dianawest.com/books/
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    An interview with Dr Florence Wilcock

    An interview with Dr Florence Wilcock

    In this episode we have with us Dr Florence Wilcock , an obstetrician who has been working in NHS maternity services for more than 25 years. Florence has a special interest in improving women’s experience of maternity care & has been a consultant in London since 2007 where she is currently the lead obstetrician for Perinatal mental health as well as working with the Birth Options team, and homebirth team.
     As a member of the London Maternity Clinical Network Florence was responsible for the innovative Maternity ‘Whose Shoes’ co production workshops piloted across London in 2014. As a result she co-founded #MatExp with Gill Phillips; a grassroots movement of women, families and staff caring for them & working together to improve maternity services, and is also a clinical representative on the Royal College of Obs & Gyn women’s network. 
    Florence hosts the podcast TheObsPod. Where she works towards demystifying obstetrics and help both maternity staff and families. 
    Today we talk about how midwives and obstetricians can work more collaboratively in the hospital system. 
    We discuss safety, the current discussions on physiological birth as radical thinking and the thoughts of some who propose inductions for everyone! 
    Florence talks us through her Lithotomy challenge & the simple power of nurturing touch. She clearly points out how this education tool can spark our knowledge of how disempowering this can be for a woman. 
    And we discuss how the small changes, or what is often known as the 'warm and fluffies' for both obstetrician and midwife, can make a significant difference for the woman physiologically as well as emotionally. 
    And Florence leaves us with her zesty "nuggets" for us all to work in a space that benefits and protects women, midwives and obstetricians. 

    Links:
    Dr Florence Wilcock:
    The Obs Pod podcast 
    Twitter @FWMaternity and @TheObsPod Instagram @TheObsPod 
    "Whose shoes" #matexp with Gill Phillips 

    Dr Rachel Reed:
    https://rachel-reed.website/
    @midwifethinking 




    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron)

    • 1 hr 19 min
    End of season 2 trailer

    End of season 2 trailer

    We'll be back soon. Thanks for being with us for Season 2; all the in-depth conversations, truth-bombs, singing, laughter and so many golden nuggets!  It's great to have you with us in this big bubbling cauldron of goodness. 

    Watch out for the beginning of Season 3 on our Instagram page where we have some great stuff coming up for you all. 

    Please check out our links below. 

    LINKS: 

    Dr Rachel Reed - https://rachel-reed.website/

    Our Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron 

    Our Instagram page - https://www.instagram.com/themidwivescauldron/

    • 2 min
    An interview with Bashi Kumar-Hazard

    An interview with Bashi Kumar-Hazard

    In this episode, we talk with Bashi Kumar-Hazard.  Bashi is an Australian-based lawyer who works to promote the human rights of women and infants in the provision of maternity healthcare.  She has represented families and healthcare providers defending their human rights in coronial inquests, court proceedings, and civil disputes. Her background experience is in the field of competition and consumer law. She is currently completing a PhD in anti-competitive practices in maternity healthcare at the University of Sydney Law School. Bashi has been a director of Human Rights in Childbirth since 2014. In that role, she has collaborated with consumer groups in a number of countries, the World Health Organisation, and the International Confederation of Midwives to advocate for and defend women's rights in pregnancy and childbirth.
    We discuss what is the law and what rights do women have over their bodily autonomy, the 2020 CEDAW case confirming that obstetric violence is a form of gender-based violence built on discriminatory stereotypes and perceptions about women, the special Rapporteur's report on abuse and disrespect in childbirth, and gender-based violence. We also discuss accountability for maternity care and how it can affect systemic change.

    LINKS: 
    Human Rights In Childbirth (HRiC) - Bashi Kumar Hazard http://humanrightsinchildbirth.org/

    Submission from HRiC on informed consent to NICE - 


    HRiC's submission - 

    Special Rapporteur's report - 
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    The report is also available in French and Spanish - 

    Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women -https://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx

    Report on a human-rights based approach to mistreatment and obstetric violence during childbirth - https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/SRWomen/Pages/Mistreatment.aspx

    Dr Rachel Reed - https://rachel-reed.website/

    Our Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron 

    Our Instagram page - https://www.instagram.com/themidwivescauldron/

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Gestational Diabetes: the baby's perspective

    Gestational Diabetes: the baby's perspective

    In this 2nd episode on gestational diabetes, we discuss the baby; what is hypoglycaemia, how does it affect babies, what are the signs, and how is it treated? We look at some of the evidence and latest guidelines for treatment of hypoglycaemia in the infant, as well as antenatal hand expression, what helps support a baby's glucose level after birth and the link between women with gestational diabetes and delayed onset of lactation (milk 'coming in' late) and its potential impact on future breastfeeding. And of course, how to get breastfeeding off to a good start. A jam-packed episode to complete our whirlwind tour of GD. 

     LINKS:
    Our Patreon account https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron

    Dr Rachel Reed - Gestational Diabetes blog https://midwifethinking.com/2018/03/20/gestational-diabetes-beyond-the-label/

    Hypo EXIT - Lower versus Traditional Treatment Threshold for Neonatal Hypoglycemia. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1905593

    ABM #1 Guidelines for Glucose Monitoring and Treatment of Hypoglycemia in Term and Late Preterm Neonates, Revised 2021  https://www.bfmed.org/assets/DOCUMENTS/PROTOCOLS/Protocol%20%231.pdf

    Dextrose gel for neonatal hypoglycaemia (the Sugar Babies Study): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61645-1/fulltext  
    Advising women with diabetes in pregnancy to express breastmilk in late pregnancy (Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing [DAME]): a multicentre, unblinded, randomised controlled trial https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31373-9/fulltext

    Lily Nichols- Real food for pregnancy https://lilynicholsrdn.com/books/ 

    Disclaimer:
    The information and provided on this podcast does not, and is not intended to, constitute medical or legal advice; instead, all information available on this site are for general informational purposes only. The Midwives' Cauldron podcast reserves the right to supplement, change or delete any information at any time.

    The information and materials on the podcast is provided "as is"; no representations are made that the content is error-free. Whilst we have tried to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information we do not warrant or guarantee the accurateness. 

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

nicki.french ,

Phenomenal

By far, one of the best podcasts out there. I’d give it 6 stars if I could. Love listening to you ladies and love the work that you’re doing.

RollyBaba ,

Smart, humorous and educational

I was a huge fan of the Birth Kweens podcast, and this is the British/Australian version! The friendship between the hosts is endearing and their banter is so funny. All the while I’m learning so much about birth support. I’m a birth doula in the Boston area, and I highly recommend this podcast!

mollyollymc ,

I’m here for it

Honestly I’m here to hear them laugh. Contagious laughter. I recommend starting with the intro episode!

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