The Midwives' Cauldron

Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage

March 15, 2021 Katie James and Dr Rachel Reed Season 2 Episode 5
The Midwives' Cauldron
Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage
Show Notes

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/

Chapters

Part One: The Weft

  1. Herstory: an overview of the herstory of childbirth from early humans to the emergence of modern maternity systems.
  2. The legacy: how the legacy of herstory continues to influence the modern cultural landscape of childbirth.
  3. Blood mysteries: an exploration of women’s bodily rites of passage and how they are interrelated with the childbirth experience.
  4. 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

  1. Preparation: pregnancy and cultivating self-trust for birth
  2. Separation: early labour and releasing the external world
  3. Liminality: labour, betwixt and between, and transition
  4. Emergence: birthing the baby and witnessing body wisdom
  5. Integration: birthing the placenta and mother-baby enchantment
  6. Medical birth rites: how to centre the woman when her childbirth rite of passage includes medical intervention.


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