Herbalism, birth rights and faith, with Julie Bell
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Today, I’m in conversation with mother, doula, herbalist and activist, Julie Bell. Julie is the heart behind Blissful Herbs, and if you’re a homebirthing mama in Australia, chances are you already know exactly who Julie is, and you’ve probably even got a Blissful Herbs tea or tincture sitting in your cupboard somewhere. If you haven’t come across Julie and her beautiful work yet, then you’re in for a real treat in today’s episode!

We talk about:

  • Julie’s childhood experience of trauma and disruption, and how this experience led her on a path towards, and shaped her work as, a herbalist and doula.
  • The wisdom and kindness of plants, and how so many plants offer support and healing especially to women and women’s needs.
  • The history of misogyny and racism that continues to undermine women’s birthing choices, and how women will always intuitively come back to birthing our babies at home, in safety.
  • The importance of sharing candid stories and images of birth, as well as other aspects of the experience of being a woman, and how Julie’s refusal to accept Instagram’s “community standards” led to her account being penalised.
  • The relationship between spirituality and motherhood, and the role that Julie’s Christian faith plays in her life, her work, and her service in the world.
  • And so much more.

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Join me for my FREE live masterclass, “Reclaiming the Sacred Blueprint for Birth”

Women who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

Midwives, Witches and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

The Flexner Report, 1910 

On Instagram 

On Facebook

At Blissful Herbs

At her blog about birth, ‘The Melbourne Doula

At her blog about Christianity and faith, ‘It is for Freedom

Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

Jess xx

Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens


Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.

Cover image by Briony Goodsell.

I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

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