Category: Research Updates

Yay for the Barkantine!

Research carried out as part of a project designed to assess a London freestanding birth centre in collaboration with the Birthplace project has found that women who booked their care at the Barkantine Birth Centre rated their care more highly…

The importance of immediate/early skin-to-skin after caesarean

“Immediate or early skin-to-skin contact after a Caesarean section may increase breastfeeding initiation, decrease time to the first breastfeed, reduce formula supplementation in hospital, increase bonding and maternal satisfaction, maintain the temperature of newborns and reduce newborn stress” (Stevens et…

Could maternal body slope be key to protecting babies?

I caught up briefly with Suzanne Colson at the Midwifery Today conference last month, and was really interested to hear about her take on a possible explanation for the possible link between maternal breastfeeding position and sudden unexpected postnatal collapse…

Is 28-week rhesus antibody testing justifiable?

Researchers in the US have published a paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology questioning the value of carrying out indirect antiglobulin screening on rhesus negative women at 28 weeks of gestation (Abbey and Dunsmoor-Su 2014). In most Western countries, all women…