Category: Research Updates

When even simple tools can harm…

A case study shared in this month’s International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia carries an important warning message for women choosing to (and, almost more importantly, those supporting or working with women choosing to) use epidural or other forms of regional…

Why it’s not necessarily about you

We know that many of the caesarean sections that are carried out today aren’t medically warranted. A related concern is that a proportion of these may be being carried out in the interests of profit rather than for the benefit…

Closeness after birth

A Finnish study exploring parent-infant closeness and separation has thrown more light on how hospital practices both promote closeness and cause separation in the first couple of hours after birth. And it’s kind of paradoxical, because the researchers discovered that,…

Defining active labour

An article published in Birth has added to the debate about the different guidelines relating to the diagnosis* of active labour, considering which of them leads to the highest number of caesareans. *Before I move on, I’d like to quickly…

Who’s most likely to get an inaccurate due date?

A study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica might be helpful to women who are frustrated by the discrepancy between their own due date (as calculated by the date of their last period) and that calculated through ultrasound scanning.…

Celebrating the Albany Practice Outcomes

This week, an important paper has been published (currently in draft form) in Midwifery. Titled ‘Midwifery continuity of carer in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage in London: a retrospective analysis of Albany Midwifery Practice outcomes using routine data (1997–2009)’,…

What do women think of due dates?

A survey of pregnant women planning a hospital birth in Australia offers interesting food for thought in relation to women’s views and knowledge about the ‘due date’ and the timing of birth. As many readers of my work will know,…