The Great Birth Rebellion

The Great Birth Rebellion

Hosted by: Mel and B

Modern birth practices are stifling women's autonomy, minimising the birth experience and endorsing the medicalisation of birth. The Great Birth Rebellion dismantles western beliefs and management of birth and...

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Episodes

Episode 23 - Obstetric violence and birth trauma

On this episode Mel and B welcome Dr Hazel Keedle (@hazelkeedle) and Amber-Lee Buendicho (@powerofbirth) to discuss the new research around Obstetric violence, Birth Trauma and healing strategies. If you need help...
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Episode 22 - Pain, Oxytocin and attachment

We are back for another year of rebellion! This is our first episode of the year and even though I (Mel) was on holidays during recording this one), B and Rhea steered the ship into grand waters!  This weeks episode...
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Episode 21 - Perineal suturing

In this episode (our last for 2022!) Mel and B discuss repair of perineal tears. We look into the research on the need to suture first and second degree tears and what would happen if they were left unsutured. We also...
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episode 20 - Sterile water injections

In this episode Mel and B continue their conversation with Nigel Lee and pick his brain about sterile water injections, which (unlike the perineal bundle) as a substantial evidence base to support it’s use for the...
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Episode 19 - The perineal bundle

In this episode Mel and B invited Nigel Lee to discuss the perineal bundle, the research (or lack thereof!) behind it and all the reasons why we don't like it.  To get access to all the resources/research we used to...
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Episode 18 - Gestational diabetes screening

In this episode B and Mel explore gestational diabetes testing and spend a lot of time picking part the details and research around the oral glucose tolerance test and the alternatives if you choose not to have this...
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episode 17 - Waterbirth

This week B is back (back again, B is back, tell a friend) and we are talking all about waterbirth, the safety, risks, mechanisms and how to access it. We look through the current research to help you as you make...
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Episode 16 - Doulas

Today Mel invites ex-doula and now midwife Lucretia McCarthy to talk all things doula-ing. Mel asked the big questions like what makes a 'good' or 'bad' doula, we explored the impact of ego in the birth space and the...
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Episode 15 - The hormones of labour

In this Episode, Mel speaks with Dr Sarah Buckley about what starts labour, the hormones of labour and how to protect them from interruption. We learn about the fundamental and essential needs of a woman in labour to...
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Episode 14 - Pushing out your baby

On this episode Mel and B discuss the research behind pushing out your baby, we discuss the difference between physiological/spontaneous pushing and coached/directed pushing and how one of them is more dangerous than...
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Episode 13 - Birth Mapping

On this episode Catherine Bell comes on to talk all about birth mapping, it's not birth planning, it birth mapping - they are different! She has a stack of free resources to get you started and is in the process of...
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Episode 12 - CTG with Kirsten Small

Mel and B sit down with Dr Kirsten Small to discuss the research related to CTG use during birth and all the risks and benefits of this monitoring option. The use of CTG to monitor babies in labour is common practice...
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