Category: Research Updates

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…

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…