CAST 057
Keeping Birth Normal with Midwife Led Birth

In this first of the “Best Of” Series which is a mix of my personal favorites and the top downloaded episodes of all time since  Mum’s The Word  launched back in Dec 2015, I’m lucky enough to interview Jacky Bloemraad de Boer, my midwife for both of my children’s births! She is a woman of wisdom and has immersed herself in all things Birth for decades. I am so thrilled that I was able to have her share with the Mum’s The Word listeners and be my inaugral guest. Its still a fave episode of mine.

We discuss in this episode;

The role of a Midwife
The benefits of a midwife led birth
Midwife mindset
De-medicalizing Birth
Research around home birth and natural birth

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Jacky Bloemraad de Boer’s Bio:

Jacky Bloemraad de Boer is a mother, a wife, CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), a Doula, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a Nutritionist, Herbalist & a Doula Trainer. She lives in both Amsterdam and Cape Town.


Jacky is passionate about fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and women’s health and is continually exploring the various aspects of global maternal health and in particular midwifery care and the continuum of care.  Midwifery care can improve maternal outcomes because experience and research has clearly shown that pregnancy and childbirth care which has been de-medicalized and restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth by returning the control to the birthing woman has proven to be the safest approach.

Jacky is dedicated to educating midwives, the world needs more midwives and as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Jacky has also published a book: A-Z for a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth,

Sarah Buckley’s Quote:

“A healthy woman who labours and births spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.”

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CAST 049
Nutrition, Preconception to Birth and Beyond

Hi All,

It was truly fab to have my dear friend and coolague on the show sharing his wisdom on preconception nutrition and all mums- to be can do before pregnancy to ensure optimal health for themselves and their future baby.


X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Damian Kristof’s Bio:

I’ve been in the health industry now for more than 20 years in many different capacities. As a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Chiropractor I have enjoyed helping thousands of people regain health and vitality through natural approaches. I am continually excited and delighted by the life changes that people experience when they start to trust in their own ability to heal without excessive intervention.

Educate and inspire people

My path through health has been exciting and varied, and at the same time very challenging and rewarding. I love the ability to interact on a one on one basis daily with my practice members and at the same time, I love the ability to educate and inspire people to change through multi media including Radio (Melbourne’s Triple M), TV (Downsize Me, Inside New Zealand, Brian and Bobby, The Exchange) Podcasting (The Wellness Guys and 100 Not Out) and of course in a seminar setting with The Power Of Food and Crack Your Stress Code events. My belief is that both the nervous system and the gastro-intestinal system are both equally influential in the health and longevity of the individual, this is why I love chiropractic (as it deals with the nervous system) and I developed Forage Cereal (to assist the restoration of impeccable health to the gastrointestinal system).

Having combined the philosophies of both Naturopathic and Chiropractic approaches to healing and well-being – I believe that people learn and achieve the most when there is no interference and there is appropriate supply of goodness to allow the body to thrive.

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CAST 040
Reflexology for Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth

This week’s episode, we discuss all things reflexology. Sam is more than qualified to be our guest for the episode and she left me, and I’m sure you will be left feeling the same, wanting to be on her treatment bed with your feet up in her hands.

Enjoy the episode and please take a minute to rate and review the podcast here as it will help women join the community and to find the message of Mum’s The Word.

We also have our Facebook page for more articles on all things birth, conception, pregnancy and early parenting found  here.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Samantha Langridge’s Bio:

Samantha Langridge is a passionate and dedicated Reflexologist, Having worked as a full time professional reflexologist since graduating in 1999.


Reflexology Association

Currently working at vitalessence in Centre road Bentleigh, Samantha also shares her knowledge and passion with others through teaching in the community, mentoring reflexology students and working in aged care and corporate settings. Although in general practice, Samantha has a special interest in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy and has worked supporting many women through peri menopause and menopause. She has also had many years of experience working successfully to improve the health of clients with chronic bowel conditions, neurological conditions and foot issues such as plantar fasciitis and peripheral neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy.

Samantha has had many years of experience working within the Reflexology Association of Australia serving as a founding director of the national body, organising a very successful National conference, and holding many positions, both nationally and on a state level including Victorian branch chair.

In the last 17 years Samantha has also attended over 25 different Post Graduate Reflexology courses and seminars and is constantly adding to her knowledge and skills to further help her clients.

For those of you unaware of Reflexology it is a natural therapy that involves mapping all parts of the body onto reflex points on the hands and feet. Through a reflexology session Samantha will gently massage these reflex points in specific ways to induce an overwhelming sense of relaxation that will effect the whole person- in mind, body and spirit, helping the body to return to its natural state of balance.

Samantha’s Quote:

“Self care for women is not an indulgence- it is a necessity to support your own health and wellbeing and that of your family.”

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