Category: Research Updates

Castor oil for labour induction

A study has looked at birthing outcomes of 323 women who used castor oil as part of an attempt to induce their labour, with interesting results. The study was carried out in the US where, in contrast to countries like…

More evidence for rebozos…

I’ve been really amazed by the number of people who have been in touch to thank me for the two-part article that I have shared over the past few weeks about the evidence for rebozo use. (You can read part…

Protecting the perineum: midwifery expertise

A recent study has added to our knowledge about the views and skills of midwives who have expertise in protecting women’s perineums during birth. The research, known as the ‘MEPPI study’ is described as a qualitative exploratory study and the…

Understanding more about birth and story…

I often hear midwives and birth folk lamenting the way that one-sided, fear-based, sometimes mysogynistic and frequently inaccurate depictions and representations of birth permeate modern culture, and I share their concerns. Participants in my workshops and online courses note the…

Vaginal seeding – more data required?

A review article written by Danish doctors and published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has stated that the benefits of vaginal seeding “do not outweigh the risks”. This paper and the inevitable news stories which have been…

Antibiotics and operative vaginal birth

The authors of an updated Cochrane review entitled ‘Antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal delivery’ have drawn the same conclusion as in previous versions of the review: that routinely giving antibiotics to women who have forceps or ventouse births leads to…

Another ‘shared decision-making’ rant!

I’ve ranted before about what I see as the inappropriateness of the term ‘shared decision-making’ in medical circles. Calling a decision a ‘shared decision’ implies that the practitioner gets a say in what the person chooses. Yet when it comes…

Women’s experience of vaginal birth after caesarean

Australian researchers have published a review and meta-synthesis of twenty research papers exploring women’s experience of vaginal birth after caesarean in a variety of birth locations. This is an important and valuable piece of work because, although we know that…

Birth outcomes and women of size

Another study has suggested that the differences in birth outcomes experienced by women of size may be due as much to provider attitudes and biases as to any intrinsic difference or disadvantage. Ellekjaer et al’s (2017) research, carried out in…

More evidence on targeting anti-D

A study carried out in Finland has provided more evidence of how we can use fetal rhesus group testing in order to offer anti-D prophylaxis only to those rhesus negative women who are carring rhesus positive babies and thus reduce…