35 – Holistic strategies to prepare for labour and birth with Luka and Kate

With the birth of Kate’s third baby getting very close, we have been getting inundated with questions about how to prepare for labour and birth, and how to support ourselves nutritionally.

For those who are tuning in for the first time, a little about us…

  • Luka McCabe – founder of Boob to Food, author of Milk to Meals, registered nurse and midwife, as well as mum of 3

  • Kate Holm – naturopath, nutritionist,  clinical director of Boob to Food and mum of 2 (with a third very soon to arrive!)

In this podcast we discuss

  • Naturopathic recommendations for the final weeks of pregnancy, including a very delicious food you should be including

  • All about the vaginal microbiome and ways that we can support it

  • Perineal massage and other physical practices that you can implement

  • Hydration during labour – what you should be drinking and how often

  • Snacks during labour – what to prioritise and how regularly you should nibble

  • Physical support for pain during labour

  • and so much more…


  • Anything by Ina May Gaskin

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Sarah Buckley (she has many other books about parenting as well)

  • Birth with confidence and Beyond the birth plan – Rhea Dempsey

  • Active Birth – Janet Balaskas

  • The First Fourty Days – Heng Ou

  • The Post Natal Depletion Cure – Oscar Serrallach

  • The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care – Sally Fallon Morell

Listen to episode 35 HERE

Today’s episode was brought to you by Mini + Me. Designed by parents and backed by science, Hydramama is the drink you’ll need to support you through conception to postpartum – and Kate will definitely be using it to stay hydrated during labour. A new age isotonic drink, Hydramama uses bioavailable water-soluble forms of vitamins to help ensure the best level of absorption. Think of it as a tasty drink that has the added benefits of Electrolytes, Folate, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. We cannot decide on a favourite flavour… but if we had to choose, we would probably go with Blackcurrant… but seriously, you should try them all!

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