Hello witches, seekers, and friends! Thanks for tuning in to episode 34 of The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast, the show where we do a little ranting, raving, and wand-waving!
Today we’re talking about a profession and mission that’s common in witchy and pagan circles – midwifery, doulas, and birth work. Is Midwifery witchcraft? Why are there so many witchy and pagan doulas? When did that happen?
I’ll talk a bit about the history of the european witch trials and how many of those persecuted were accused of possessing the power to heal through natural remedies and … satanic witchcraft? How the rise of Doctors as a profession cost many women healers, and the women who depended on them, their lives and own rights to understand their bodies. Also how completely non-scientific and downright DISTURBING accepted medicine was at the time. ( soooooooo many laxatives and suppositories!)
I also share stories and experiences from other witchy parents, midwives, and doulas – including yours truly, a former doula.
I reference a BUNCH of great sources for you to continue your own research on this topic, including:
The Birth House by Ami McKay (and the #WitchyWednesday tag on twitter)
Modern Marvels S06E16 “Physical Fitness”