Category: Questions and Answers

Do midwives kiss babies?

For a few years now, I have been blogging regularly about birth, midwifery and my work in these areas and, as a result of this, I have learned quite a bit about how the Internet works. Blogs, for instance, come…

Resources for questioning vaginal examination (2)

“Do you know of any good resources on the subject of questioning/declining vaginal examination? I’m thinking of vaginal examinations in a number of contexts – well woman exams, vaginal examinations in labour and especially at the end of pregnancy, as…

Resources for questioning vaginal examination (1)

“Do you know of any good resources on the subject of questioning/declining vaginal examination? I’m thinking of vaginal examinations in a number of contexts – well woman exams, vaginal examinations in labour and especially at the end of pregnancy, as…

Fear of childbirth, or fear of medicalisation?

A pregnant women just asked me a really good question, to which I didn’t know the answer. “What’s it called when you’re fearful of medicalisation?” I paused for a moment. The first word that came to mind was iatrophobia, but…

What’s the evidence for raspberry leaf tea?

My friends at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre in Edinburgh asked me, “At our yoga for pregnancy sessions women raise lots of interesting and sometimes complex issues. For example … is there any evidence on benefits or harms of using…

Thirty ways to make a difference…

Since writing this post in which I questioned the way in which women were being denied access to midwifery-led units because they are perceived to be at higher risk, I have received a number of emails which all essentially ask…

What is Mindfetalness?

I should have seen this one coming!  A week or two ago, I posted my thoughts on a recently published study looking at women’s experiences of two different self-assessment methods for monitoring fetal movements in full-term pregnancy.  But I forgot…

Epidural Fever

One of the topics that I was asked about at one of my recent ‘Recipes for Normal Birth’ workshops was that of ‘epidural fever’ and, as promised, here’s a post linking to my article on this topic along with three…