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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
    • 4.9 • 59 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 Lyndsey Hookway - all things infant sleep!

    An interview with Lyndsey Hookway - all things infant sleep!

    Welcome to this episode of The Cauldron! We have the wonderful Lyndsey Hookway in the bubbling pot with us today. 
    Lyndsey is an experienced paediatric nurse, children’s public health nurse, IBCLC, researcher, responsive sleep/parenting advocate, and the author of 6 books. She has worked with children and families for more than 20 years within in-patient paediatrics, paediatric ambulatory care, NICU, and the community. 
    Lyndsey is a PhD researcher at Swansea University, exploring the needs and challenges of medically complex breastfed infants and children. In 2019 she founded the Breastfeeding the Brave project to raise awareness of the unique lactation needs of sick children in the paediatric setting. Lyndsey is the co-founder and clinical director of the Holistic Sleep Coaching program and Thought Rebellion. She is a respected international speaker and also provides regular training, advocacy and consultancy to both NHS and private organisations.
     We get to talk all things infant sleep in this episode! 
    how breastfeeding is often the scapegoat in the infant sleep scenario how challenging it can be to give sleep information and support when we are not provided with good education on itcommon myths of infant sleep advicethe sudo-science available onlinewhat the current science is sayinghow we can effectively, gently and with safe evidence implement sleep support into our own practice  LINKS: 

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    Instagram: @lyndsey_hookway
    Facebook: @LyndseyHookway
    Twitter: @FeedSleepBond
    www.lyndseyhookway.com 
    www.thoughtrebellion.com 
    www.holisticsleepcoaching.com
    www.breastfeedingthebrave.com 
    Mentioned in the show:
    A method to soothe and promote sleep in crying infants utilizing the transport response – Research paper (open access) 
     Leah Kuypers. Zones of regulationhttps://www.zonesofregulation.com/zones-creator-leah-kuypers.html
    Brazelton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Berry_Brazelton 
    Stephen Porges https://www.stephenporges.com/ 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    An interview with Dr Clare Davison - on all things assessing labour progress

    An interview with Dr Clare Davison - on all things assessing labour progress

    This episode is all about assessment of labour as we interview Dr Clare Davison.  Clare is a midwife, academic and feminist. Clare is passionate about promoting and supporting physiological birth and working with women so that they can be empowered in their birth choices. Clare combines these passions by working as an independent midwife, providing holistic continuity of care to women; and as an academic teaching and hoping to inspire the next generation of midwives.
    We delve into those questions you wanna know: 
    What is the cervix saying in labour? How can we properly assess labour progress? How do midwives using their other senses? We ask how can midwives and health professionals trust birth and support women if they are not being given the skills to support physiological birth progress and use their intuition? And we even ask:
    How many contractions ‘should’ there be for an “effective” labour? 
    How quickly ’should’ the cervix dilate? 
    How often ‘should’ a vaginal examination occur? 
    And when can we assess that labour has actually started?

    Find out lots in this episode of the cauldron, so, tie up your shoelaces, plug in your headphones and come with us on a ride into the world of assessing labour progress…. 

    Dr Clare Davison:
    Instagram @midwife.dr.clare
    Twitter @sagefemmeclare 
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Breastfeeding and formula supplementation – the traps and escapes

    Breastfeeding and formula supplementation – the traps and escapes

    It’s season 4 and to kick us off you have me and Rachel chewing the fat on all things breastfeeding and lactation. In this episode, we delve in to look at what is going on with in-hospital formula milk supplementation for breastfed infants. We ask why the supplementation rates are so high, and discuss it’s impact on breastfeeding, and lactation physiology. We talk about teat/bottle confusion, the best ways to give extra feeds and the acceptable medical reasons for this. We discuss why avoidance of top up feeds can be so hard in the early postnatal days for both the midwifery staff and new mothers, and we talk about the "top-up-trap", or as Rachel has termed it ”the top-up crap-trap”, and why it is so common for new parents to fall into once back at home. Rachel gives us an amazing impression of baby sleeping, please don't miss this it really is a treat for the ears, and following us along the way are the cicadas and noisy guinea fowl all joining us in the background from 'down at farm Rachel'!  
    The waiting is over folks, we're back and we're ready to fill ya luggols with all those golden nuggets you've been missing!
    RESOURCES & LINKS:
    WHO/UNICEF ABM GuidelineBiro 2011 Ali 2018Parry et al 2013Tender 2009Bookhart 2021Chantry 2013Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here

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    • 1 hr
    End of Season 3 trailer

    End of Season 3 trailer

    Thank you to all of you who joined us in season 3, it has been epically wonderful! We are off for a little summer/winter break, but stay tuned as we will be back with some awesome new and exciting offerings for your lugg'ols and eyeballs! Listen in to the trailer to hear more. Until then you can find lots more  below.
    LINKS:
    Rachel Reed -courses, books, blog, etc
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    • 2 min
    An interview with Anita Moorhead - talking all things antenatal hand expression

    An interview with Anita Moorhead - talking all things antenatal hand expression

    In this episode we talk to Anita Moorhead about all things antenatal hand expression. Anita is a Clinical Nurse/Midwife Consultant (for Lactation), at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, a coordinator for the DAME (Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing) trial and PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Australia. Anita has collaborated on breastfeeding papers and reports, hospital, and state clinical guidelines and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. 
    We start our conversation with Anita about the Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing trial and what was its purpose and why this was a needed study. Then we delve deeper to ask all those common and not-so-common questions around the topic of antenatal hand expression. So in this episode you'll hear us talking about-
    What were the feeding outcomes after women initiated antenatal hand expression in the DAME trial?
    Does antenatal hand expression help with future breast milk feeding? 
    Could antenatal hand expression cause an increase in the number of babies admitted into the special care nursery after birth?
    Does antenatal hand expression cause earlier birth?
    What were the average expressed milk volumes achieved by the women during the DAME study?
    And we take an important deep dive into the psychological aspects of this practice in relation to the newly published paper looking at the views and experiences of the women in the DAME trial . We spoke about what midwives and birth workers should consider in relation to how women felt about this practice and the milk volumes they were expressing. 
    LINKS:
    Dr Rachel Reed - Courses- Books 
    Anita Moorhead
    Advising women with diabetes in pregnancy to express breastmilk in late pregnancy (Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing [DAME]): a multicentre, unblinded, randomised controlled trial
    ‘Is there any point in me doing this?’ Views and experiences of women in the Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing (DAME) trial
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    An interview with Ellie Young - freebirth, transition phase and polyvagal theory

    An interview with Ellie Young - freebirth, transition phase and polyvagal theory

    In this episode we interview Ellie Young. Ellie is an Australian edge-dwelling registered midwife, qualitative researcher and writer. She has worked with women and families for over 15 years within the permaculture and traditional nutrition space whilst supporting women choosing to give birth outside the system. After midwifery training, Ellie went back to attending homebirth within her community, whilst undertaking a research study on women's experience of the transition phase of physiological labour during freebirth. This inquiry led her down the rabbit warren of all things nervous system, somatics and the Polyvagal Theory, whilst exploring women's unique perceptions of peak intensity within physiological labour processes. She's now a self-confessed geek for the rewilding of childbirth through understanding the social nervous system at play during birth and positioning it within a biopsychosocial model. Her work in the world is now firmly centred on supporting women and midwives on their paths to reconnection with self, the body, intuition, female physiology, birth and this precious earth. We discuss all this and more in this episode of cauldron.

    LINKS:
    Ellie Young: @newmoonmidwife
    Blog Post: No Woman's Land
    Dr Rachel Reed website
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

Julia80114 ,

Funny, educational, and inspiring

I found this podcast during my third pregnancy and I’m so grateful that I did. The day before I gave birth, I had listened to their episode about cervical dilation and pushing. It gave me the confidence, along with my midwives, to trust my instinct to push when the time came. I only wish I’d found the podcast sooner.

Lauren CF ,

Love being in the cauldron!

It’s so refreshing to listen to this podcast! I always finish feeling grateful to the people doing all the different kinds of work to promote physiologic birth (and all things womanhood), and of course to Rachel and Katie for their dedication. It’s good to know I’m not alone, and excellent to be surrounded by other birth nerds!

Traveling blossom ,

Encouraging

I’m a trained home birth Midwife about to get my CPM in the USA. My mom was a birth keeper and I started attending births with her when I was 10years old. I’ve never stopped going to births. This year I've seen my first (and hopefully only) two fetal demises in labor. This podcast has kept me encouraged and reminded me why I do what I do on the tough days. Thank you for sharing ALL your nuggets(gold and other wise), a young midwife here in the States is holding on to all your wisdom and grateful for your pioneering.

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