The Great Birth Rebellion

The Great Birth Rebellion

Hosted by: Dr Melanie Jackson

Hosted by Dr Melanie Jackson (@melaniethemidwife www.melaniethemidwife.com). The Great Birth Rebellion dismantles western beliefs and management of birth and presents an evidence-based alternative to modern birth...

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Episode 83 - Moving in labour and birth

In this episode Mel takes you through the research and historical background behind the use of a bed and laying down during labour and birth. Is this where you imagine yourself giving birth? If so, this episode is for...
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Episode 82 - Failure to progress or just normal?

In this episode, Mel speaks with researchers Marina Weckend and Clare Davison from Edith Cowen University about their work on Physiological Plateaus in labour. This is truly rebellious work because it challenges the...
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Episode 81 - How do homebirth midwives manage birth emergencies

In this episode, Mel invites her work-wife Ashlee Anslow from the birthing tree midwifery to discuss how they manage birth emergencies at home. We discuss foetal distress in labour, cord accidents, shoulder dystocia,...
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Episode 80 - Caring for a late preterm baby

In this episode Mel draws on her life and midwifery experience (and of course, the research evidence) to discuss care of late pre-term babies born between 34-36.6 weeks gestation. Mel offers some alternative care...
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Episode 79 - Interview with wise woman Sheryl Sidery

In this episode Mel interviews wise woman midwife Sheryl Sidery who has been a private midwife for 40 years. Learning from experienced midwives, in our western culture, is one of the only ways to learn new things...
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Episode 78 - Meconium in the waters

In this episode Mel describes what the current research says about meconium stained amniotic fluid. What is it? Is meconium truly ‘sterile’? Is meconium always a problem? and what might happen to your baby if there is...
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Episode 77 - The place of policy

In this episode, Dr. Kirsten Small and Dr. Melanie Jackson discuss the place of policy in maternity care. If you think this episode is not for you because you are a woman planning to give birth, remember - you can...
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Episode 76 - Ask me anything

In this episode, Mel answers some listener questions in a one and only public ‘Ask me anything’ episode. In the future these episodes are reserved for premium hub members who get one of these per month and have access...
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Episode 75 - Things are changing around here

In this episode Mel explains why she chose to release B as co-host of the great birth rebellion podcast and offers a summary of the changes you can expect of the podcast going forward.  Time stamps: 04:30 - Summary of...
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Episode 74 - The cascade of interventions

In this episode Mel and B discuss the concept of ‘the cascade of interventions’. The cascade occurs when an additional intervention is needed in order to counteract the impact of the last intervention. We specifically...
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Episode 73 - Episiotomy Part 2

This is part 2 of our look into episiotomy. Part 1 (episode 72) is essential listening if you want to get the full picture. In this episode Mel and B continue their exploration into the intervention of episiotomy by...
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Episode 72 - Episiotomy Part 1

In this episode Mel and B start their exploration of episiotomy. Episiotomy is the practice of using scissors to cut the opening of the vagina to make it larger for childbirth. In Australia, 25% of women receive one....
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