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The Midwives' Cauldron

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.

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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.clareTwitter @sagefemmeclare Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
73:50 11/16/2022
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 Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
60:42 11/01/2022
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, etcBuy us a coffee to keep the caffeine flowing Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
02:24 08/17/2022
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 MoorheadAdvising 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) trialSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
66:31 07/28/2022
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: @newmoonmidwifeBlog Post: No Woman's LandDr Rachel Reed websiteSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
58:23 07/05/2022
An Interview with Dr Hazel Keedle - talking all things VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)
In this episode we have Dr Hazel Keedle and we are talking all things VBAC, vaginal birth after caesarean!Hazel is a lecturer of midwifery at Western Sydney University, Australia. Hazel has worked in midwifery group practices, an aboriginal medical service, a variety of hospital settings and as a privately practising midwife in both city and regional locations.  Hazel’s passion for VBAC followed her own experience of having a VBAC with her daughter in 2008 and since then has published research on women's experience of having a VBAC at home and on her PhD work exploring women’s experiences of planning a VBAC across Australia. Hazel is currently the lead researcher on Australia's largest survey on women's experiences of maternity care, the Birth Experience Study. Hazel is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth, and the early transition to mothering.  We asked Hazel all the questions you’ve been asking us for months to discuss! So here it is folks the topic you’ve been waiting for. Hazel definitely left us with some golden nuggets, you want to have your pen and paper ready. LINKS:Dr Hazel Keedle Dr Rachel Reed Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
65:18 06/12/2022
An interview with Professor Helen O'connell - talking all things clitoris.
In this episode we have Professor Helen O'Connell and we are talking all things clitoris!Professor O'Connell was elected Vice -President of USANZ in 2021. She was the first female Urologist in Australia and New Zealand, completing training in Melbourne in 1993 followed by a Fellowship in Female and Functional Urology in Houston, USA in 1994-5. Her doctoral studies in female pelvic anatomy have achieved international renown leading to significant conceptual changes in both medical and lay literature. Her higher degrees were conferred at the University of Melbourne where she became Professor in 2013 and Head of Department of Urology and Surgery in 2016. In 2014 Professor O'Connell became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completing its diploma in 2011 whilst a director for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 2019 she led a successful Australian Government bid to establish the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry to improve the outcomes associated with mesh SUI and POP implantation and explantation procedures. It is a collaborative effort with Monash University Registries, the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and leading pelvic floor surgeons and consumers. She has been Principal investigator on a large number of clinical trials for drugs and devices for overactive bladder, stress incontinence in men and women and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Her current clinical interests are native tissue pelvic floor repairs, minimally invasive approaches to pelvic floor mesh removal and benign prostate surgery. In 2021 Professor O'Connell was named an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia: For distinguished service to medical education, and to medicine, in the field of urology, as an academic and clinician, and to professional groups.We asked Professor O'Connell to come and talk to us specifically about the clitoris in all it’s glory. We learn about how medical training used to use pornographic images of the breast to teach anatomy. We discuss the nerves of the clitoris, what the anatomy textbooks don't tell us... Yet! Rachel ends up telling us about her broken clitoris! We ask about labiaplasty & FGM (female genital mutilation) and its potential impact on vulval stretching during birth. And how cultural sensitivity is essential to reframing our viewpoints. And we also ask Professor O’Connell how her work has influenced artists, sex therapists and academics in how we now approach things such as orgasm and our deeper female sexuality. And as Professor O’Connell quotes in the podcast "you are not literate until you are clitarate". LINKS:Prof Helen O'Connell Dr. Rachel Reed website, courses and booksMentioned in the show:SMH article - Get cliterate: how a Melbourne doctor is redefining female sexuality Giant infaltable clitoris facing Eiffel TowerSophia Wallace art Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
52:10 05/25/2022
An interview with Kemi Johnson
In this episode we have the fabulous Kemi Johnson on to chat with us. Kemi is a mother, birthkeeper in the birthroom, birth educator and birth activist. Formerly an independent midwife, registered in the UK she is now freely following her calling to facilitate healthy ecstatic births for mothers, and their babies. We chat with Kemi about home birth, free-birth, and why the reported outcomes can often be misunderstood. We look at induction, and childbirth outcomes, time frames in birth, as well as breech birth. We find out why Kemi left midwifery and started speaking out. Her thoughts on becoming a "safe" midwife and working as an independent birth keeper. We talk tough about the difficulty midwives & doulas are currently facing in our maternity systems, and how we can best serve families as birth keepers and protectors whilst maintaining our own health. This will be a brilliant but tough listen at times, however a conversation we need to be having and acknowledging. LINKS:Kemi Johnson website, courses, more https://www.kemibirthjoyjohnson.com/Find Kemi on Instagram @kemibirthjoyjohnsonRachel Reed website: blog, books, courses https://www.rachelreed.website/Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
77:30 05/09/2022
Your questions answered #3 – Inverted nipples, declining interventions, and more
In this episode, we answer your questions! We take a dive into, inverted nipples and what you can do during pregnancy and with breastfeeding. Answer whether vaginal examinations are necessary during pregnancy, why milk teeth are called milk teeth, look into informed non-consent in the hospital setting, and discuss declining interventions during labour & birth. We delve into the ethics and copyright of how to share information. Whether you can or should breastfeed whilst pregnant, how placental function is checked on an ultrasound scan, and more on placenta previa. As well as also squeezing in why some women experience lower libido and vaginal dryness whilst breastfeeding and the KICO - knees in, calves out birthing position.Phew! That was a lot and we hope you enjoy it. LINKS:Childbirth Physiology Course: https://www.rachelreed.website/storeDr Rachel Reed Website, blog, books and more https://www.rachelreed.website/Sara Wickham article re. sharing information: https://www.sarawickham.com/riffing-ranting-and-raving/how-to-share-blog-posts-so-that-everyone-benefits/Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
80:05 04/19/2022
An interview with Pippa Grace
In this episode in the cauldron, we have Pippa Grace, the author of Mother in the mother. Pippa is a socially engaged artist, writer, and sculptor. Her work brings together over 26 years of training and working in the worlds of holistic health, bodywork, dance, creative writing, film, and sculpture.  Pippa facilitates the sharing of stories and the creation of ‘visual narratives’ at beautifully held workshops. Pippa is particularly interested in helping to give voice to the quiet, everyday stories that may otherwise be overlooked or forgotten. Where voices have been silenced, her practice helps them find a creative way to speak out. A passionate feminist for as long as she can remember, Pippa specialises in working with women, exploring issues including motherhood, grand-motherhood, menarche, the female body, and trauma. All of her work is grounded by an ongoing fascination with, and research into, the healing qualities of literature, myth, fairytale, storytelling, dream, and archetype.In this episode, we explore the themes of maternal lineage and women's experiences when they themselves became a mother. We touch on what are some of the challenges or joys women often encounter in their own relationships when they themselves become a mother, how becoming a mother in itself, can be healing for some women, and we look at how Pippa explored the role of being both a mother and a daughter in the same body.I know you will enjoy this fascinating discussion which really looks deeper into themes of transitioning into motherhood and what it means for our relationships, both past, present, and the future. Thank you to all of you that support the show over on our Patreon page, and if this is something you think you like the sound of doing then all the links are below.  We are so thrilled to have you with us, stirring up the bubbles in the cauldron! Please share this podcast with your friends, family and social circle to keep getting these messages out there.LINKS:Pippa Gracewww.one-story.co.ukhttps://one-story.co.uk/product/mother-in-the-mother-book/https://www.facebook.com/motherinthemother/https://www.instagram.com/pippaonestory/https://twitter.com/PippaOnestoryhttps://www.womancraftpublishing.com/books/mother-in-the-mother/Dr Rachel Reed: Courses, books, webinars, blog and more.https://www.rachelreed.website/ Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
62:02 03/24/2022
The things they don't tell you about skin-to-skin contact!
In this episode come with us on a journey into the land of kangaroos... only kidding we are talking about kangaroo mother care and skin-to-skin contact. You may think this is a topic you may know everything about but before you switch off I recommend listening in. Look, even Rachel learned stuff she didn't know, and she was the one in our planning meeting who said "what a whole hour on skin to skin?"! So, yes folks, here is a whole podcast on Katie's favourite topic. We find out what the bearded lady at the old-fashioned freak show has got to do with babies in the NICU. What is empty ward syndrome? The fascinating insight into the difference between a gardening chair and a sunlounger! The importance of maintaining the mother & baby's system in a state of regulation. How to advocate for prolonged skin-to-skin care, plus much more all on the "simple" topic of skin to skin! LINKS:Dr Rachel Reed website and coursesRenee Flacking researchUwe Ewald researchKangaroo Mother Care researchSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
59:59 03/10/2022
An interview with Dr Sarah Buckley
On this incredible episode, we get the pleasure of picking the brain of Dr Sarah Buckley, where we go on a journey into the hormones from conception to pregnancy, birthing to feeding, bonding & attachment.Sarah Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, where her research is focused on oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in labour and birth, and the impacts of interventions.Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children.She is well known from her incredible and bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices.And her ongoing interest in the hormones of labour and birth, culminated in her groundbreaking report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing This report, available for free online, has been described as “…one of the most revolutionary and influential publications on maternity and newborn care ever issued.”Sarah tells us much more about oxytocin - that marvellous feel good hormone, that really does control so much of our bodily functions. Sarah answers questions about whether oxytocin and synthetic oxytocin (syntocinon/pitocin) act the same in labour and birth. We talk contractions and how they work, pain relief in labour and the important role oxytocin plays, the effects of Epidurals on oxytocin and how they affect the mother's brain in labour. And even get time to discuss postnatal personality changes due to the hormones… And so, so much more! LINKS:Sarah's websiteBooks Dr Rachel Reed website Online CoursePatreon donationsSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
89:26 02/08/2022
An interview with Lily Nichols RDN
In this episode, we interview Lily Nichols RDN. Lily is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is co-founder of the Women’s Health Nutrition Academy and the author of two books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. Lily’s bestselling books have helped tens of thousands of mamas (and babies!), are used in university-level maternal nutrition and midwifery courses, and have even influenced prenatal nutrition policy internationally. She writes at https://lilynicholsrdn.com/ Lily’s second book, Real Food for Pregnancy, is an evidence-based look at the gap between conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines and what’s optimal for mother and baby. With over 930 citations, this is the most comprehensive text on prenatal nutrition to date. Lily is also creator of the popular blog, LilyNicholsRDN.com, which explores a variety of topics related to real food, mindful eating, and pregnancy nutrition. We talk about what is 'real' food, not just the difference between processed food and whole unprocessed food, its not just that! Of course, we touch on diet & supplements for pregnancy, diet for those women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and we even manage to fit in the best nutrition for recovery post-birth and breastfeeding. This is a wonderful episode full of golden nuggets! I know you'll thoroughly enjoy it and if you can please share this on your socials & tag us in your stories, plus we are so grateful to all of you who take that extra 5 mins to write us a review on Apple podcast to really help get this podcast out to a wider audience, and hey that can only be a good thing right?!  So sit back, get a hot water bottle and warm socks like me right now, or if your down under like Rachel grab a fan and open a window to enjoy this incredible episode.   LINKS:Lily Nichols RDN https://lilynicholsrdn.com/Real food for pregnancy and Real  food for gestational diabetes books https://lilynicholsrdn.com/books/ Lily's instagram @lilynicholsrdnLily's Courses - Women's Health Nutrition Acadamy https://whnacademy.com/ Rachel Reed: https://www.rachelreed.website/Patreon donation page: https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldronInstagram: @themidwivescauldronSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
75:25 01/20/2022
Placentas and cord blood
In this episode, Rachel and I discuss all things placentas! We look more deeply at the time it takes to transfer blood from the placenta into the baby after birth and what the reason for this is. Rachel makes a stand for the “forgotten placenta” as well as bringing in some blokes named Erasmus from 1796 and Pierre from 1875 to make our jaws drop when she reveals what they were saying about letting the blood from the placenta flow to the baby all that time ago! And of course, we look further at expectant and active management of the placenta and how this looks in our current day hospital systems, Lotus birth, and the history of ceremonially cutting of the cord. We also dive fully into “confessions of a vampire”, as Rachel puts it!: Cord blood banking and all it entails, according to the current research. LINKS:MWT blog posts: An actively managed placenta may be the best option for most womenThe Placenta: essential resuscitation equipmentCord blood collection: confessions of a vampire-midwife Research: Birthing the placenta: women's decisions and experiencesResearch: Third stage management practices  Rachel Reed: https://www.rachelreed.website/Patreon donation page: https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron Instagram: @themidwivescauldronSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
81:08 01/06/2022
An interview with Professor Hannah Dahlen
In this episode Professor Hannah Dahlen talks us through her incredible beginnings growing up as the daughter of a midwife and her early initiation into the birth world in Yemen. How her passion for feminism and supporting women was seeded into her through her young girl experiences seeing and recognising how differently women and girls are treated and seen.  Hannah shares with us her own connection to the real-life 'Call the midwife' book through her mother's experience working in the east end of London. And she kindly shares with us her incredible and heartfelt story from midwife to professor, and what keeps her fire burning to continually strive to improve the outcomes for women and infants globally. Hannah's interview with us is one of story and delight, utter strength and empowerment despite the odds. A must-listen for everyone, as this will definitely leave you feeling positive for the future and grateful for women like Hannah who work in this field. Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery, Discipline Leader of Midwifery, and Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degree Research) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has been a midwife for 30 years and still practices. Hannah has over 200 papers and book chapters and has strong national and international research partnerships. She has received 20 grants since 2000, including being CI on three NHMRC grants and an ARC Linkage grant. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences in the past 5 years and given invited keynote addresses at most of these.In 2019 Hannah was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her significant services to midwifery, nursing, and medical education and research. In November 2012 Hannah was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” and named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.LINKS:Prof Hannah Dahlen on IG: @hannahdahlenOverview of research https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hannah-Dahlen-2The Cauldrons' donation page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldronDr Rachel Reed website: https://www.rachelreed.website/Instagram @midwifethinkingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron)   Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
55:16 12/11/2021
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.comThe book’s webpage www.sarawickham.com/time Instagram  @drsarawickham Facebook  fb/saramidwifeThe Cauldrons' donation page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldronDr Rachel Reed website: https://www.rachelreed.website/Instagram @midwifethinkingSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
69:02 11/17/2021
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/themidwivescauldronInstagram: @themidwivescauldronResources 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/ Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
61:58 10/28/2021
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 Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
79:51 10/12/2021
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/Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
02:46 08/20/2021
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 - .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.aspxReport on a human-rights based approach to mistreatment and obstetric violence during childbirth - https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/SRWomen/Pages/Mistreatment.aspxDr Rachel Reed - https://rachel-reed.website/Our Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldron Our Instagram page - https://www.instagram.com/themidwivescauldron/Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
93:06 08/04/2021
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. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the content of the podcast are hereby expressly disclaimed. Your use of content contained in or linked to this podcast is entirely at your own risk. The Midwives' Cauldron podcast accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the use or reliance on the content.Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
59:15 07/14/2021
Gestational diabetes: the pregnancy perspective
In this episode, we discuss all things gestational diabetes. This is a two-part episode as there was just so much we had to talk about. We start with gestational diabetes in pregnancy and next time we will be looking at it from the mother and baby perspective. Listen in as Rachel gives us the most wonderful analogy about insulin and glucose wrapped up in the form of Pac-Man, and Rachel dissects some of the research to give us a greater understanding of testing for diabetes in pregnancy and what this all really means but when a mother is diagnosed with gestational diabetes.This is a cracker of an episode and we'll be back with the 2nd part very soon! Get your lugholes ready coz here we go!LINKS:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/themidwivescauldronDr Rachel Reed website https://rachel-reed.website/Midwifethinking Blog: https://midwifethinking.com/2018/03/20/gestational-diabetes-beyond-the-label/Michel Odent real quote (!) “A diagnosis looking for a disease. ”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. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the content of the podcast are hereby expressly disclaimed. Your use of content contained in or linked to this podcast is entirely at your own risk. The Midwives' Cauldron podcast accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the use or reliance on the content.Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
38:48 06/26/2021
An interview with Dr Sara Wickham
On this episode we talk to Dr Sara Wickham, a midwife, best-selling author, speaker and researcher. Sara is the Director of the Birth Information Project. She divides her time between speaking, writing, facilitating online courses, creating resources, and undertaking consultancy services for midwifery and health-related organisations around the world. Today we are discussing all things Anti D. We delve into the founding history of Anti d – who discovered it, how it's made, what monkeys have got to do with Anti-D, the limitations in the research, and where we are at in current maternity practice. It's a jam-packed show!Plus Rachel and Sara discuss their, let's say unusual, hobby of being guideline detectives! Sara's passion is "Getting good information out so women and families know what the evidence is and know what they want to do." This episode is both wonderfully informative and full of discoveries you've probably never heard before and of course some laughter along the way!LINKS:Sara's website https://www.sarawickham.com/Sara on Instagram @drsarawickhamSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
82:49 06/08/2021
An interview with Prof Amy Brown
In this episode we talk with the utterly wonderful Prof Amy Brown about why she doesn’t like sea lions, looking at breastfeeding from a biological perspective,  women’s experiences of feeding their babies, how to navigate the internet as a birth worker and more! Prof  Amy Brown is a professor of maternal and child public health at Swansea University. She is based in the department of public health, policy and social sciences where she is the director of their research centre 'LIFT' which stands for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translation.  She researches everything to do with becoming and being a new parent, with a particular focus on infant feeding, mental health and normal baby behaviour. The ultimate aim of her research being to change society and culture, which as she states“turns out not to be an overnight job”. Amy wants to see a future where women and families are respected, valued and supported in growing, birthing and caring for their babies.  Amy has written extensively; a plethora of books, research, blog articles and videos which you can find below.LINKS:Website: https://professoramybrown.co.uk/Books: https://professoramybrown.co.uk/books-%26-shop  Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
68:30 05/24/2021
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/musicPRODUCTION: Katie JamesSupport the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
60:57 05/03/2021
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) 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. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the content of the podcast are hereby expressly disclaimed. Your use of content contained in or linked to this podcast is entirely at your own risk. The Midwives' Cauldron podcast accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the use or reliance on the content.Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
70:15 04/17/2021
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/id1449821987IG - @drdaniellearabenaArtist - Delvene Cockatoo Collins https://cockatoocollins.com/Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs, books and the collective
81:28 04/06/2021
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/ ChaptersPart One: The WeftHerstory: 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 WeavePreparation: 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.Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
39:54 03/15/2021
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.comOn 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  Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
72:08 02/27/2021
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/ 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. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the content of the podcast are hereby expressly disclaimed. Your use of content contained in or linked to this podcast is entirely at your own risk. The Midwives' Cauldron podcast accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the use or reliance on the content.Support the show Produced and edited by Katie James Music Joseph McDade Like this podcast? Then head over to leave us a review here Want more from Katie and Rachel? Katie's website with links to courses and moreRachel's website with links to courses, blogs...
53:55 02/10/2021