Category: Articles

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…

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

The previous two articles on this topic (part 1 here and part 2 here) 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…

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…