The Doula Dispensary

May 28 2020 14 43 mins

The Doula Dispensary is a weekly podcast, prescribing a weekly dose of all things doula. Siobhan and Kicki bring you a show which is a bit like sitting down with your mates for a cup of tea... So put the kettle on, sit down and enjoy listening to familiar issues as a working doula, woman and mother.



Episode #40: A dilemma about a client asking the doula to change their role and being 'just' a doula.
May 28 2020 • 31 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of childminding rather than doulaing and being 'just' a doula


Episode #39: A dilemma about what to do if two clients want to book you for the same dates and virtual doula courses
May 21 2020 • 37 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of double booking and virtual doula courses.


Episode #38: A dilemma about body image and what have we learnt so far from the Corona outbreak
May 14 2020 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan are joined by a cuddle of BirthBliss Academy doulas!



Episode #37: A dilemma about client who won't try any of the suggestions and a warning about hoax clients
May 07 2020 • 61 min
Kicki and Siobhan speak to Verina Henchy about hoax clients as well as the usual doula stuff.


Episode #36: A dilemma about how often to contact clients and how to keep getting better.
Apr 30 2020 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan are joined by Emily Bray and Mal Downing, two Cornwall doulas.


Episode #35: A dilemma about mentoring and a questions about shared care (PS. no mentioning of the 'c' word in this podcast!)
Apr 23 2020 • 49 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of mentoring and joining your local MVP


Episode #34: A dilemma about a first interview and do doulas need insurance
Apr 16 2020 • 49 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of a first interview and do doulas need insurance?


Episode #33: A dilemma about doing in person postnatal support and a question about offering doula support for free
Apr 09 2020 • 45 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of in person doula support and doula services for free


Episode #32: COVID-19 and the impact on maternity services
Apr 02 2020 • 50 min
Kicki and Siobhan talk about the current Coronavirus pandemic on maternity services.


Episode #31: COVID-19 FAQ from doulas and what to do in current times as a doula
Mar 26 2020 • 42 min
Kicki and Siobhan talk about the current Coronavirus pandemic


Episode #30: All about COVID-19 aka Coronavirus
Mar 19 2020 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan talks about COVID-19 aka Coronovirus and the impact on doulas and their clients.


Episode #29: A dilemma about what to do if a midwife steps between the doula and her client.
Mar 12 2020 • 34 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma what to do if a midwife steps between the doula and the client.


Episode #28: A dilemma about birth client booked who schedules a caesarean birth and discussion about working with other doulas
Mar 05 2020 • 38 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of birth client booking an elective caesarean and how do we challenge the old ways of doula work



Episode #27: A dilemma about what to charge when supporting twin parents and question about water births
Feb 27 2020 • 49 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma working with twins and using water for pain management.


Episode #26: A dilemma about staying on in a postnatal job, what do we do when we're unwell and funny things from meetings with clients
Feb 20 2020 • 51 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma about staying on as a PN doula, what to do when we're unwell and funny stories about initial meetings.


Episode #25: A dilemma about offering reduced prices and discussion about boundaries and running a business
Feb 13 2020 • 39 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of reduced prices and clients changing their mind


Episode #20: *TRIGGER WARNING - Termination of pregnancy** A dilemma about supporting through a termination for medical reasons, DBS checks and 'the cult of natural childbirth'
Feb 06 2020 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of support through a termination and DBS checks


Episode #23: Kicki speaks to Hilary Lewin - Doula UK Founder and ATMAT Therapist
Jan 30 2020 • 62 min
Kicki speaks to Hilary Lewin about the birth of Doula UK and The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT).


Episode #22: Kicki speaks to Leti about Midwifery Conference and the mentoring process
Jan 23 2020 • 26 min
Kicki and Leti talk about midwifery conference and mentoring.


Episode #21: A dilemma about free birthing and offering postnatal support to a struggling client
Jan 16 2020 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of a free-birth, how to support as a postnatal doula and their views on labour simulators.


Episode #20: A dilemma about distance and discussion about men in the birthing world
Jan 09 2020 • 37 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma what to do if you get an enquiry from someone further away than you would usually travel and why local doulas for local women limits choice.


Episode #19: Interview with Emiliana and Sophie - What I'll do for my best friend (*trigger pregnancy loss)
Jan 02 2020 • 79 min
Kicki and Siobhan speak to Emiliana and Sophie about surrogacy.


Episode #18: Christmas Special - All the bloomers
Dec 26 2019 • 9 min
Kicki and Siobhan share their bloomers in this shorter Christmas special.



Episode #17: Interview with Penny Simkin - The Significance of Birth
Dec 19 2019 • 43 min
Interview with Penny Simkin about the significance of birth


Episode #16: A dilemma about Clary Sage and how to get involved with your local hospital
Dec 12 2019 • 47 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of diffuser on or off and how to get involved with your local hospital


Episode #15: If you bite off more than you can chew and how to handle vomit
Dec 05 2019 • 49 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when you agree to more than you want to do and a question from a listener on how to handle a vomiting client.


Episode #14: Doula Support through loss (*TRIGGER WARNING*) and supporting our doula colleagues
Nov 28 2019 • 45 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of doula support through loss, question about scheduling of antenatal sessions and doulas supporting each other.


Episode #13: Client not seeing value dilemma and trauma support
Nov 21 2019 • 45 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when a client can't see the value of the antenatal sessions and how to support a client with trauma.


Episode #12: Conflicted client dilemma and initial meetings
Nov 14 2019 • 41 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when a client is conflicted, how to do initial meetings and directed pushing.


Episode #11: Client SROMs at home and the doula as the only birthing partner
Nov 07 2019 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when a client's waters break, how to be the only birthing partner and the latest news coverage of doulas.


Episode #10: Breastfeeding dilemma and supporting a client to move on
Oct 31 2019 • 49 min
Doula chat about breastfeeding, advocacy and cultural appropriation.


Episode #9: On-call dilemma and how to quit your postnatal job
Oct 24 2019 • 43 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when your on-call period is up to 42 weeks, how to quit a job and boundaries.


Episode #8: Two's company; three's a crowd and a serious dose of doula
Oct 17 2019 • 29 min
Dilemma about client's mother in support team and humility.



Episode #7: Postnatal client dilemma (*TRIGGER WARNING SIDS*) and tongue tie
Oct 10 2019 • 38 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when a postnatal client doesn't follow national guidelines and how tongue tie is diagnosed.


Episode #6: Induction dilemma and bad doula press
Oct 03 2019 • 35 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when your client goes for an induction of labour and what fee to charge repeat clients.


Episode #5: Interview with Phyllis Klaus
Sep 26 2019 • 33 min
Kicki speaks to Phyllis Klaus about active listening and sharing information with clients.


Episode #4: Antenatal dilemma and supporting the LGBTQ+ community
Sep 19 2019 • 38 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of sharing information with our clients without being biased and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.


Episode #3: Midwife dilemma and being on-call
Sep 12 2019 • 43 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when the midwife doesn't acknowledge the doula and how to stay calm and relaxed during the on-call period.


Episode #2: Payment dilemma and personal safety
Sep 05 2019 • 36 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma when when you haven't received the full payment but due to start your on-call period and supporting someone who's full of adrenaline.


Episode #1: Pilot
Aug 28 2019 • 41 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of having a back-up or doing shared care as well as supporting a client after a traumatic birth.


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