Category: Articles

Deconstructing prophylaxis

It has long been thought that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and many of the things we routinely do in our lives are aimed at preventing disease and danger. If we get into a car, we put our seat belt…

The evidence for rebozos – part 1

About 20 years ago, it was while sitting on the floor among friends at a Midwifery Today conference that I first encountered the use of the colourful woven shawls that Mexican midwives call rebozos. During a workshop led by midwife…

Pondering Domesticity…

My grandmother gave birth to all of her babies at home. There were simply no other options (Lee and Wickham 2000). But by the time her daughters were ready to birth, just a couple of decades later, they were offered…

The words we use…

Midwives have done a lot of reflecting on their language over the last few years. While visible changes in practice inevitably take a while to evolve, there is a clear movement in the progressive midwifery literature from use of words…

Do midwives kiss babies?

For a few years now, I have been blogging regularly about birth, midwifery and my work in these areas and, as a result of this, I have learned quite a bit about how the Internet works. Blogs, for instance, come…

Exploring the Exceptions

Last month (Wickham 2016), I wrote about a principle that I was taught and have subsequently shared with many other midwives. It involves asking oneself whether offering a screening test would change one’s management, or what one would offer to…

Is this going to change your management?

I have found, over quite a few years of teaching midwifery, that people who are learning midwifery and similar arts often like to have building blocks in the form of rules, lists and principles that they can learn and explore…

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…