Category: Research Updates

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,…

Research on breech birth in an upright position

A new and groundbreaking research study has found that, “Upright vaginal breech delivery was associated with reductions in duration of the second stage of labor, maneuvers required, maternal/neonatal injuries, and cesarean rate when compared with vaginal delivery in the dorsal…

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…