Category: Articles

Iron supplementation: lumping, splitting and choice

I have just uploaded two new articles relating to the recent update of the Cochrane review on daily oral iron supplementation; firstly, the ReView article (Wickham 2013a) in which I discussed the content and considered the implications of Peña-Rosas et…

Pondering the post-birth tea break

I am getting more and more feedback letting me know that my ‘revisiting’ activities are useful because the act of writing posts that link to specific articles and topics is helping people find articles and other content on this site,…

Folic Acid: what to do?

As I’m a tiny bit busy moving house this week, I am going to feed two birds with one bun (a phrase which I believed was my own creation until I googled it just now out of curiosity and discovered…

Choice, Control and the Parenting Police…

A pregnant woman, who we’ll call Amanda, was recently reported to Social Services by her midwife.   A representative from Social Services contacted Amanda and, somewhere along the line, Amanda realised that her ability to be a good mother to her…

A few top tens…

I have just uploaded some more articles: Top ten tips for dealing with emergencies in the community Top ten tips on turning an assignment into an article Top ten technologies that have improved the lives of women and midwives I…

Happy Spring!

I have just uploaded a few more articles – all of them ReView articles which can be accessed via the links below or from the Articles page. Cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of fetal heart on admission to labour ward for…

Are we nearly there yet?

If one believes in the more radical versions of quantum theory (or watches enough Star Trek), there must be a parallel reality somewhere in which British midwives are very excited about the year 2003.  In this alternate universe, midwives all…

Epidural Fever?

Here’s a clinical mystery… On one postnatal ward in a fairly average hospital at the beginning of this year, almost a third of the women were being given antibiotics.  Several of these women’s babies were also receiving antibiotics.  In all…

Deconstructing prophylaxis – part 2

I [once] wrote about some of the issues surrounding prophylaxis, which is the category into which many of the interventions currently offered to pregnant women fall.  I offered a breakdown of some of the main questions that need to be…