Category: Research Updates

Breastfeeding: food for thought…

If you have any contact with women who are giving birth and/or breastfeeding, then I would urge you to consider reading a study published recently in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (which means it’s free, and here’s the link) in which…

Another riff on the latest home birth research…

It doesn’t matter how many insults are thrown at those who choose and support homebirth; research study after research study continues to show that this is a safe and reasonable option.  This week, the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health…

Age, obesity and uterine contractility…

During the last week, two important papers from the Birthplace team have been published. The impact of maternal obesity on intrapartum outcomes in otherwise low risk women: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study, which has been available…

Five things we learned in Winter 2013…

Just in case you missed some of these as we slowed down for the holidays, I am offering a quick trip through five papers from towards the end of 2013 whose contents, for one reason or another, might be worthy…

Induction, augmentation and autism…

A study published in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey this week which analysed birth and educational records has shown that children born to mothers who were induced, augmented or both had increased odds of having autism (Gregory et al 2014).  As…

Cochrane VBAC review updated…

The Cochrane review on VBAC was updated a couple of days ago, although there was no change to the conclusions (below).  The reviewers conclude that, while both planned cesarean section and planned VBAC for women with a prior caesarean birth…

The importance of BO…

I once found a template in a certain version of a popular word processing programme that offered a checklist of things you might want to pack and take to the hospital when you went in to have your baby.  I…