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.
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"