Category: Quotes and shares

The false economy of “busy-ness”

“Place shapes the ability of midwives to “be with” women. In the labour ward, strong cultural norms press midwives to engage in “busy work” while they feel more able to sit quietly with women in primary birth settings. Midwives are…

Staffing shortages and the culture of midwifery

“Midwives fear that the deep-seated culture of their profession is under threat. A main source of this threat is the overall and ongoing context of economic stringencies that increasingly impact on their working conditions. This is exacerbated by regulatory and…

Newborn gazing and the three-foot halo…

“There are not, nor have there ever been, confirming studies to support taking babies from their mothers at birth to suction, cut their cord, listen to their heart, observe them breathing, weigh them, measure them, treat their eyes, give them…

“You are your own treat…”

“A dancing girl is a revolutionary act – even more so if she is dancing alone, at night, in her bedroom, with her headphones on. A girl who knows how to give herself pleasure is a revolutionary girl. A girl…

Quote of the month (October 2015): a marginal benefit

“The implausibility of the hypothesis that more than half of all first labours were intrinsically abnormal did not stop widespread adoption from the 1980s onwards of high rates of oxytocin augmentation whenever labour was slower than average. Unfortunately, this has…

Quote of the Month (August 2015): EFM and Murphy’s law

“EFM inventors sidestepped the scientific method and simply branded their machine a success. They failed to question the fundamental principles underlying EFM theory — the nineteenth century myth that asphyxia caused CP. Rather, influenced by twentieth century man’s newfound control…

Quote of the Month for July 2015

“Of 115,502 studied women … non-Hispanic white women were significantly less likely to experience severe postpartum hemorrhage (1.6% non-Hispanic white compared with 3.0% non-Hispanic black compared with 3.1% Hispanic compared with 2.2% Asian) and peripartum infection (4.1% non-Hispanic white compared…