Category: Articles

How are you sleeping?

In your practice, do you routinely ask women how they’re sleeping? And if you do, what do you do with that information? Do you use sleep-related questions as a way of triggering and exploring all manner of topics with women?…

Being clear about continuity

Happy 2016! And as a nice gentle start to the new calendar year, and with thanks to The Practising Midwife, who kindly let me repost my Thinking Outside the Box articles here on my website six months after publication, I…

Rethinking bugs (part 2)

“Last month, I wrote about my observation that bacteria seem to be ‘trending’ at the moment, and explained my hope that their current popularity might have a part to play in improving care for women and babies. In that article,…

Rethinking Bugs (part 1)

“You know those glossy pages in the Sunday paper supplements that tell you what’s going up and down in terms of style? Well every time I open them I am more and more surprised not to see bacteria featuring in…

Alien environments and the hormone of love

“Recent research collaboration between NASA and other agencies has led to the publication of a series of papers reviewing our knowledge about the impact of sex and gender on adaptation to Space. In this article, I look at some of…

Synthetic oxytocin: looking beyond the benefits

“While the notion of drug abuse tends to be applied more to substances used outside of medical settings, there is increased concern that synthetic oxytocin is being overused in maternity care settings. This article presents an overview of some of…

Caring for ourselves…

Despite the fact that they spend their days caring for others, midwives are not always good at taking care of themselves. But a lack of self-care can negatively impact upon midwives’ own health and well being, on their ability to…