The Midwives' Cauldron

The Midwives' Cauldron

Hosted by: Katie James and Dr Rachel Reed

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...


End of season 2 trailer

Season #2

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...
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An interview with Bashi Kumar-Hazard

Season #2 Episode #13

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...
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Gestational Diabetes: the baby's perspective

Season #2 Episode #12

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...
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Gestational diabetes: the pregnancy perspective

Season #2 Episode #11

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...
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An interview with Dr Sara Wickham

Season #2 Episode #10

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...
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An interview with Prof Amy Brown

Season #2 Episode #9

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...
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An interview with Billie Harrigan

Season #2 Episode #8

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...
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Breastfeeding: the early days

Season #2 Episode #7

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...
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An interview with Dr Danielle Arabena

Season #2 Episode #6

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...
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Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage

Season #2 Episode #5

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...
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An interview with Toni Harman

Season #2 Episode #4

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...
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Pushing and cervixes

Season #2 Episode #3

 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...
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