I have just formatted and uploaded a few more of my already-published articles and I am thinking that they might be of particular interest to student and practising midwives and others directly involved in the care of women and babies, because, although some are now a few years old, several deal with practice-related issues that do not go out-of-date nearly as quickly as, say, systematic reviews 😉
Most of these articles were originally written for The Practising Midwife and we begin with The trusty toilet, which was the result of one of those weeks where I indulged in one of my favourite data collection methods; talking to midwives, whether on the phone, via email or (best of all) in person over a bottle of wine. This is a very simple article offering tips and ideas about the use of the great white birth chair in labour, and it was followed a couple of months later by a similar piece called ‘Twenty birthkit essentials‘, which is based not just on the contents of my own birthkit but also informed by my asking midwives experienced in home birth to share the secrets of their birthkits and reveal their lists of items which they might consider essential equipment but that might not be found in the labour ward cupboard.
In Nutrition and the wisdom of craving, I offered a few ideas for reflection about the messages that women are given about what they should and should not be eating. It is important to note that more research has been carried out since this was published and a former colleague of mine revisited some of the questions relating to chocolate last year (Cooper 2012), which then led to my writing an editorial called Citations chocolate and colons: what gets research read? But some of the more philosophical questions remain just as pertinent, and perhaps more so, given the increasing focus on monitoring women’s shape, weight and nutritional intake.
I hope you enjoy the articles; more will be coming very soon!
Cooper T (2012). Don’t get mad, get chocolate! A review of chocolate in pregnancy. Essentially MIDIRS 3(4):32-37