Category: Articles

Human rights in childbirth resources

The topic of human rights in childbirth has never been so important, and today I am sharing a couple of resources in this area which offer interesting perspectives from obstetricians. The first is a freely available Reproductive Health article by…

We’ve always done it that way (part 3)

The previous two articles on this topic explored some of the issues around the advantages and disadvantages of habits, customs and traditions and took a backwards look in order to see how some traditions developed. In some cases, traditions have…

We’ve always done it that way (part 2)

I [recently] wrote about some of the advantages and disadvantages of habits, customs and traditions and suggested that, as well as looking at the bigger issues of the routine interventions that need to be challenged, it may also be beneficial…

We’ve always done it that way (part 1)

Aren’t habit, custom and tradition marvellously labour-saving devices?! It doesn’t matter how rational we might seek to be when making a decision that we have time to ponder; during the course of a day, we each have to make hundreds…

Regulation threatens women’s rights

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council has been deemed to be acting irresponsibly by denying choice to women and “directly jeopardi[sing] the health and safety of the women it is supposed to safeguard”. On January 13th 2017, the independent midwifery…

The madness of modern measurement

Cassie, who has given me permission to tell her story and who chose her own pseudonym, became pregnant via IVF. She was thus one of those women who know the exact date when they conceived, and she and her midwife…

To feel, or not to feel?

I’ve had a few requests recently for an article that I wrote several years ago about the practice of feeling whether or not the baby’s cord is around its neck during birth. Here’s the text of that article, in the…