Category: Promoting Normality

The paracetamol question…

It occurred to me recently, while presenting on the topic of labour progress, that there is a blog post that I use frequently as a reference when I’m speaking about labour and birth – in particular, the question of what…

Analysing water immersion guidelines

I recently read the most fascinating paper. Called ‘A critical analysis of Australian policies and guidelines for water immersion during labour and birth’, it aimed “to determine how water immersion policies and/or guidelines are informed, who interprets the evidence to…

Keeping birth normal by reducing inductions

Despite attempts to convince us that induction of labour reduces the caesarean section rate, those of us who have worked within hospitals know from experience that induction of labour poses a real threat to a woman’s chance of giving birth…

More evidence that midwives help keep birth normal

A retrospective comparative cohort study which gathered information from databases held in an Australian tertiary hospital has shown that a significantly greater proportion of women who experienced a model of care based on midwifery continuity experienced normal vaginal birth, spontaneous…

Two bits of good news for normal birth…

Do you fancy some good news? I do ­čśÇ So here are two quick snippets that caught my eye as I updated my Recipes for Normal Birth research database, from which I think we can take hope… Firstly, let’s look…

Who is most at risk of caesarean section?

I’m back at my desk preparing to take my Recipes for Normal Birth workshops to Australia and, as ever, I’m searching the recently-published literature for clues and evidence that might help midwives, birth workers and women in their quest to…

A few rebozo resources…

Right about now, I will be getting ready to start my latest Recipes for Normal Birth workshops, and my rebozos are already in my teaching basket … not just because they’re great shawls for this changeable March weather, but because…

Want to promote normality? Try adding water!

An open access study┬ájust published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth by the Birthplace in England team shows that, for women having their first babies, getting into water while in labour helps in all kinds of ways and across all settings.┬á…