Category: Research Updates

Induction of labour: what do women think?

A German study has shown that women want more information and support with decision-making about induction of labour, especially when there is no good medical reason to do this (for instance in the case of routine induction for so-called ‘post-term’…

Midwives, resilience and sustainability

A discussion paper on sustainability and resilience in midwifery has highlighted the importance of self-care, self-determination, relationship and passion in midwifery (Crowther et al 2016). The research was led by a team of authors who have worked on past and…

A bit of good news for older mums…

I speak to many older mums and mums-to-be who are really tired of hearing fear-based, anxiety-generating statements about the risks of older mumhood, and it’s partly because of this that I was really happy to read a recent study in…

Pelvic checks at the 6-week check

Sometimes, the combination of my travelling and reading of the midwifery and obstetric literature highlights areas where there is variation in what is seen as standard or usual practice in different areas of the world. There are lots of obvious…

A bit more on unassisted birth…

Earlier this week, I published a blog post which contained the text of an article I wrote several years ago on unassisted birth. A day or so later, although I hadn’t realised before I posted my article, two other related…

Midwife-led care works in Manitoba!

Over the past year or three, I have shared numerous studies and respected reviews that have shown midwifery-led care to be effective all around the world in countries from Australia to Ireland. Midwifery care helps keep birth normal and it…