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!
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 birth
- Separation: early labour and releasing the external world
- Liminality: labour, betwixt and between, and transition
- Emergence: birthing the baby and witnessing body wisdom
- Integration: birthing the placenta and mother-baby enchantment
- Medical birth rites: how to centre the woman when her childbirth rite of passage includes medical intervention.
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