The Doula Dispensary

The Doula Dispensary

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 famil…


#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 • 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.
#25: A dilemma about offering reduced prices and discussion about boundaries and running a business
Feb 13 • 39 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of reduced prices and clients changing their mind
#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 6 • 48 min
Kicki and Siobhan consider the dilemma of support through a termination and DBS checks
#23: Kicki speaks to Hilary Lewin - Doula UK Founder and ATMAT Therapist
Jan 30 • 62 min
Kicki speaks to Hilary Lewin about the birth of Doula UK and The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT).
#22: Kicki speaks to Leti about Midwifery Conference and the mentoring process
Jan 23 • 26 min
Kicki and Leti talk about midwifery conference and mentoring.
#21: A dilemma about free birthing and offering postnatal support to a struggling client
Jan 16 • 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.
#20: A dilemma about distance and discussion about men in the birthing world
Jan 9 • 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.
#19: Interview with Emiliana and Sophie - What I’ll do for my best friend (*trigger pregnancy loss)
Jan 2 • 79 min
Kicki and Siobhan speak to Emiliana and Sophie about surrogacy.
#18: Christmas Special - All the bloomers
Dec 26, 2019 • 9 min
Kicki and Siobhan share their bloomers in this shorter Christmas special.
#17: Interview with Penny Simkin - The Significance of Birth
Dec 19, 2019 • 43 min
Interview with Penny Simkin about the significance of birth
#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
#15: If you bite off more than you can chew and how to handle vomit
Dec 5, 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#11: Client SROMs at home and the doula as the only birthing partner
Nov 7, 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.
#10: Breastfeeding dilemma and supporting a client to move on
Oct 31, 2019 • 49 min
Doula chat about breastfeeding, advocacy and cultural appropriation.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6: Induction dilemma and bad doula press
Oct 3, 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.
#5: Interview with Phyllis Klaus
Sep 26, 2019 • 33 min
Kicki speaks to Phyllis Klaus about active listening and sharing information with clients.
#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.
#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.
#2: Payment dilemma and personal safety
Sep 5, 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.
#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.