Category: Research Updates

Delivery method and women’s experiences

A study looking at women’s experiences of different types of birth has again reinforced the idea that we should be doing all we can to promote physiological birth and reduce interventions. (Yes, we also definitely need to work on making…

More reasons to personalise the ‘due date’

A new study has added further weight to the idea that we ought to be individualising women’s ‘due dates’ rather than using a universal calculation. Published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, a paper by…

More on consuming placenta…

A few weeks ago, I shared a two-part article that I had written about the practice of consuming the placenta (you can read part one here and part two here) and the lively discussion that followed highlighted one key thing:…

‘Risk talk’ and reducing fear

Today, I’m sharing a study which I wrote about in my newsletter a few weeks ago. Canadian midwife Vicki van Wagner (2016) looked at ‘risk talk’ and shows how it is possible to use language and other strategies in order…

Supporting women to decline standard care…

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a pregnancy must be in want of a standard package of care as dictated by those in charge of the local maternity services. Except it’s not. While some…