Category: Articles

Pondering placentophagy – part 2

This is the second part of an article in which I am reflecting upon our knowledge about placentophagy; an area in which we have no conclusive evidence of benefit or harm (Coyle et al 2015).  As my pondering continued, I…

Pondering placentophagy – part 1

I am by now used to the kind of spin that internet discussion can put on birth-related stories, and I’m not usually too surprised when, upon reading the actual research article which has inspired a headline or discussion, I find…

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

I remember the first time I encountered the difference between the terms continuity of care and continuity of carer.  I was a student midwife, and a senior midwife was correcting what she felt was my inappropriate use of the term…

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

I recently happened upon a rather unique compendium of research papers which I found completely fascinating.  A collection of reviews entitled ‘The Impact of Sex and Gender on Adaptation to Space’, the series is the result of collaboration between the…